Research in Science Education - Toronto


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The Research in Science Exhibition (RISE) is a series of events run nationally run by the Foundation for Student Science and Technology (FSST). Coordinated by the Greater Toronto Area Ambassador Team, RISE GTA 2017 will be held on June 10th, 2017 at the Bahen Centre for Information Technology.

Offering a holistic approach, RISE differentiates itself from other science-oriented conferences through the emphasis on all four components of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and that they are student-driven conferences. The purpose of this one day event is to educate, motivate, and empower a world of global changemakers and scientists who will have the skills, connections, and launch pad to succeed in future endeavors. With a selection of interactive lectures, workshops, exhibitions, and networking opportunities, RISE facilitates both professional and personal interaction between students and established scientists. In doing so, it focuses on the research aspect of scientific pursuit, inspiring a motivated, scientifically literate, and well-equipped generation of future researchers.

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Saturday June 10, 2017
Bahen Centre for Innovation Technology - University of Toronto
9:00 to 5:00

Lunch will be provided.

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9:00-9:30 Registration
9:30-10:00 Introductions
10:00-10:45 Co-op Research Panel
10:45-11:15 Science Trivia (Kahoot)
11:15-12:00 Dr. Paul Nathan
12:00-1:30 Lunch Time (with FSST Co-op Exhibitors)
1:30-2:15 Dr. Zhong-Ping Feng
2:20-3:20 COBWEB at University of Toronto/Suturing Workshop (Rotation 1)
3:20-3:30 Transit Time
3:30-4:30 COBWEB at University of Toronto/Suturing Workshop (Rotation 2)
4:30-5:00 Closing Ceremony


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Speakers Section:

Dr. Brad Bass: “A researcher based in Toronto, Ontario. He was a co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 as a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and is currently an adjunct Professor at University of Toronto at the School of the Environment. Dr. Bass' work in education includes the development of the Climate Change, Health & Adaptation curriculum for secondary schools in Toronto and the University Research Experience in Complex Systems (URECS). URECS provides secondary school and university students opportunities for advanced research in complexity applied to many areas such as the emergence of new diseases under climate change, diseases, heat waves and health, genetic change and cooperative/criminal behaviour.”

Dr. Paul Nathan is a Clinical Investigator and the Director of the Aftercare program in the division of Haematology and Oncology at Hospital for Sick Children. He is also an Associate Professor in the Departments of Paediatrics and Health Policy at the University of Toronto. His extensive qualifications include receiving his medical degree from the University of Toronto, completing a masters degree in Clinical Health Sciences at McMaster University, and spending a year at the Advanced Studies Program in Pediatric Oncology at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. Nathan’s clinical practice and research interests include the long-term outcomes in survivors of childhood cancer, as well as how health service is utilized by adult survivors of childhood cancer. He is also a member of the steering committees of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG) Survivorship and Outcomes Committee, the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study (CCSS), and the St. Jude Consortium for Pediatric Interventional Research. Amongst his many achievements, his studies on “Risk based care in survivors of childhood cancer” and "Cancer screening in adult survivors of childhood cancer” have both been chosen as one of the “major research advances in cancer treatment, prevention and screening” by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). He has also received the American Society of Clinical Oncology Merit Award and the Early Researcher Award (ERA) from the Ministry of Research and Innovation. We are lucky to have him at RISE to talk about how his experiences have made him an amazing global researcher!

Dr. Zhong-Ping Feng has been a professor at the University of Toronto in the department of physiology for 14 years. She is also the director of the Collaborative Program in Neuroscience (CPIN), and organizes the Neurosci 101 Classes for high school students and the Toronto Brain Bee. Dr.Feng completed her Masters of Science at the University of Alberta, specializing in pharmacology, and went on to complete her PhD in Neuroscience at the University of Calgary. She also received her MD from Zhongshan Medical College in China. Her research interests include synapse formation, synaptic physiology, ion channels, calcium binding proteins, voltage- dependant calcium channels, rhythm generation and regulation, as well as neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative disorders. Her laboratory studies the molecular determinants of calcium channel functions and modulation, ion channel basis of rhythm generation and regulation, as well as the role of ion channels and calcium binding proteins in neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative disorders. With numerous publications and collaborations with universities and research institutes all over the world, Dr. Feng will be talking about what it means to be a global researcher in this modern age!

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Thematic Information:

The theme for RISE GTA 2017 is “Global Research: Worldwide Endeavour”. Through this, we aim to promote dialogue and thinking about three major questions:

To what extent has the global nature of science research facilitated progress?

The globalisation of research and the interconnectivity of scientific knowledge has brought maturity to fields that were previously underdeveloped. Advances in bioinformatics, computational chemistry, and epidemiology are among the many that have blossomed through the ease of data connection. In our near-universally connected 21st century, we ought to take a step back and ask: how has the globalisation of scientific endeavour made a change on the speed and impact of modern research?

How has global science shaped the landscape of our society?

There has always been a historical divide between the pure and the applied sciences. While we are constantly updated on the status of scientific inquiry, we are often oblivious to its effect on us, the people. Health, economic, and social policies are continuously revised under the radar by private and public research organizations in the interest of improving quality of life. We are especially oblivious of the efforts (and perhaps non-efforts) of global science in places distant from us, with living conditions different from our own. How has research enabled shifts in the life and culture of citizens around the world? And if it has not, how ought it proceed?

What does it mean to be a global researcher?

As inspiring researchers who will inevitably participate in this global landscape, the next age of scientific discovery rests upon our figurative shoulders. While those who will pursue professional paths often swear oaths and pledge to certain values, the majority of researchers who pursue careers will be fully focused in their work, specifically relevant to their field. In light of this, we give some time to the questions: what are our responsibilities as a global researchers, participating in the large scale movement of science? How is it that we should fulfill these responsibilities?


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