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The Universe of Opportunities: The Series

Welcome to our webinars for high school students offered in partnership with Grenfell CampusNSERC PromoScienceQalipu First Nation, Parks Canada and NL Hydro. Learn about STEM carriers of the future, funding and online learning, and have your questions answered by experts.

Friday, November 27th, 2020

Subatomic Physics Research in Canada: Planning and Strategy

Dr. Svetlana Barkanova, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Time: 17:00 – 18:00 Newfoundland, 15:30-16:30 Eastern

Venue: Zoom - Registration Required; Please see https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAqc-mpqjIpHt0wp45t3XZ-iPmduXH8DH9w

Soon, we may see a revolution in our understanding of the nature of matter and its interactions, as we seek answers to questions such as the nature of the dark matter, the reasons for dominance of matter over antimatter in the Universe, and the origin of the atomic elements. Subatomic physics research, which includes nuclear and particle physics and astrophysics, is a quest to discover the laws governing our Universe, and our research community has received several recent major international awards for projects with leading Canadian involvement.

One of the reasons why Canada is so well positioned for discovery and innovation in subatomic physics is nation-wide strategic planning and public investment. Right now, we are working on establishing scientific and funding priorities for future endeavours, covering the period from 2022 through 2026, with the scope extending to 2036. The talk will briefly describe the most fascinating and challenging questions we are facing today, the leading Canadian research groups and facilities, our plans for the next decade, and our joined efforts for improving equity, diversity and inclusion in our field.

Thursday, November 19th, 2020

Maw-lukutinej / Let's Work Together: Indigenous Studies in Collaboration (a virtual symposium)

Presenter: Dr. Hilding Nielsen- U of T

Time: 1:00pm-2:30pm 

The Bay St. George Mi'kmaq Cultural Revival Committee, Grenfell Campus Office of Research and Graduate Studies, and the Grenfell Campus Indigenous Resource Centre are pleased to host a virtual symposium centering Indigenous Studies in Campus-Community collaboration. The symposium will be held over two days, on the evening of Nov. 18 and throughout the day on Nov. 19, 2020. This symposium will be hosted fully online, so interested participants can join from the comfort of their own home. For more information, click here.

Thursday, October 29th, 2020

Indigenous Academic Night

Hosted by Alaa Alhowaide
Thursday, Oct 29, 2020 7:00 pm | 2 hours | (UTC-02:30) Newfoundland
Event link: https://mun.webex.com/mun/j.php?MTID=m287a8bc744b4e34405ba4f26de756f4f  

Meeting number: 132 422 9109
Password: yQ5JVP4PbN3

Tuesday, October 27th, 2020

A Guided Tour of Our Universe – What, Where and When 

Presenters: Angie Payne, Public Outreach Education Officer, Parks Canada and Svetlana Barkanova, Professor of Physics, Grenfell, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Time: 7pm

The video is now posted on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/grenfellcampus/

Anyone can enjoy the beauty of our Universe on a dark and clear night – you just need to know how to find a good stargazing location, what to look for in the sky, and when is the best time to see these stars and planets. Gros Morne National Park has been working towards Dark Sky Preserve designation with the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, adding to the roster of the many Parks Canada places awarded this honour. The presentation will discuss Parks Canada collaboration with Memorial University and what the park offers admirers of the night sky. We will also give practical tips on how to select the best time and place for stargazing, find your bearings, read sky maps, and trace constellations across the sky.

Thursday, October 22nd, 2020

Lidar in the Canadian High Arctic- Emily McCullough (Atmospheric Science, Dalhousie)

Time: 3.30-4.30pm, Oct 22.
WebEx link:
https://mun.webex.com/mun/j.php?MTID=m2df817201eb643941a9a012490770fb8Abstract:
Clouds influence Earth's radiation budget and therefore global climate. However, there remains large uncertainty in the net effect of clouds on the climate, especially in the Arctic, which is warming twice as quickly as other areas. An individual cloud can either warm or cool the atmosphere, depending on its size and composition. Accurately measuring cloud properties is challenging, particularly in the Arctic where there are few research stations and much of the year is dark and extremely cold.

Lidar is an excellent tool for studying Arctic clouds. The CANDAC Rayleigh-Mie-Raman lidar (CRL) is located at Eureka, Nunavut (80° N, 86° W) in Canada's High Arctic. With two lasers and a 1-m telescope, the remotely-operable lidar makes vertical profiles of the atmosphere with 7.5 m resolution every 1 minute, 24 h/day. Its measurements allow liquid droplets to be discerned from frozen particles, even during the darkness of polar night. Co-located instruments at the Polar Environment Atmospheric Research Laboratory (PEARL) make for a data set which is well-supported for intercomparison analyses.

Most recently, I have been using CRL to study mixed-phase clouds, which have a mixture of liquid and ice particles. Using the highest resolution CRL data, I have detected thin laminations within these clouds. These laminations are well-correlated with snowing conditions at Eureka, and have implications for the way in which the Arctic clouds are influencing the local radiation budget and the global climate.

I will present the scientific results from CRL and Eureka, and discuss the practical side of doing high-quality research at a remote Arctic research station.

Thursday, October 8th, 2020

Cosmology with galaxy surveys in a data-rich era

 Time: 3.30-4.30pm (NL)

Link: https://mun.webex.com/mun/j.php?MTID=m2df817201eb643941a9a012490770fb8

Presenter:  Dr. Danielle Leonard, Newcastle University

Abstract: Late-time observational cosmology is coming of age. With the unprecedented power of current and upcoming surveys, we will not only produce excellent constraints on the standard model of cosmology, but also pin down the properties of potential extensions to that model, such as dynamical dark energy and modified gravity. I will discuss the state-of-the-art in testing and constraining these phenomena using weak gravitational lensing and galaxy clustering measurements. I will also describe some of the challenges and opportunities involved in such analyses using data from surveys such as the ongoing Dark Energy Survey (DES) and the next-generation flagship Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST).

Date TBA

The Universe of Opportunities: Essential Workers in STEM

Join us, Wednesday September 16th from 3:00-4:00pm for a webinar about essential workers in STEM. Registration is limited. (TBA)

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020

The Universe of Opportunities: The Key to Online Learning

Join us, Wednesday, September 2nd from 3:00-4:00pm for a webinar on tips to help with the upcoming remote semester. The webinar will include 5 minute presentations plus questions & discussion between and following the talks. We will have presentations by:

  • Angela Brockway, "Distance Learning: a Students Perspective", Education Outreach Officer with Qalipu First Nation in Corner Brook and a student, Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • Dr. Svetlana Barkanova, "World Wide Science: Teaching and Learning Online" Professor, Physics, School of Science and the Environment, Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland Teaching and Learning Online Sept2 2020[2].pdf
  • Jasmine Penney, "Surviving Remote Teaching: Through the Eye of A Student", 4th year student, Physics and Computational Mechanics, School of Science and the Environment, Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland Surviving Remote Teaching- Through the Eye of a Student.pptx
  • Kristen Pittman, "Opening Doors: Your Journey to Success", Team Lead, Education and Training with Qalipu First Nation.
  • Victor Hayden, "New Normal: Online Labs", Physics, School of Science and the Environment, Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland 

Registration is limited.  https://universeofopportunities-key_to_online_learning_v2.eventbrite. 

Friday, August 28th, 2020

FLIRT Online Webinar

Please join us at 12:30pm on August 28th for the live webinar "Open Space: Dark Sky Preserve in Gros Morne National Park", at https://www.facebook.com/grenfellcampus/.

Presenters:  Angelina Payne, Public Outreach Education Officer, Western Newfoundland and Labrador Field Unit, Parks Canada, and Dr. Svetlana Barkanova, Professor of Physics, School of Science and the Environment, Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Wednesday, August 5th, 2020

The Universe of Opportunities: STEM Journalism and Communication

Join us, Wednesday August 5th from 3:00-4:00pm for a webinar about journalism and communication in STEM. The webinar will include 5 minute presentations plus questions & discussion between and following the talks. 

We will have presentations by:

  • Ruth McAvinia, "You Don't Have to Know Where You're Going to Work on Getting There", News Editor at ATG Europe for the European Space Agency

  • Dr. Chantal Barriault, "Science Needs Communication: How my summer job turned into a career", Director, Science Communication Graduate Program, Laurentian University

  • Michelle Leslie, "Information Overload: Why Critical Thinking Matters", Former Broadcast Journalist and scientist. Dual educational and professional background in atmospheric physics and journalism. Former Munk School of Global Affairs fellow. Worked for CBC, CTV, the Weather Network, Boston Globe, Eni and many others.

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2020

The Universe of Opportunities: STEM Careers of the Future

Join us, Wednesday July 22th from 3:00-4:00pm for a webinar about careers of the future in STEM. The webinar will include 5 minute presentations plus questions & discussion between and following the talks. 

We will have presentations by:

  • Dr. Svetlana Barkanova, "Careers of the Future - Skills You Will Need and How to Get Them", Professor, Physics, School of Science and the Environment, Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland. Careers of The Future July2020.pdf

  • Caryn Massie, P. Eng, Protection and Control Engineer at Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro

  • Dr. Niamh Shaw, "Dare to Dream Big: A STEM Career led by Curiosity and Creativity", On a mission to get to Space as Irish Scientist/Engineer, Writer/Performer, and award-winning STEM Communicator

  • Andrea Coombs, "Biologist to Business Owner - An Applied Career in STEM", Owner and Principal Consultant, Terra Environmental Consulting 

Wednesday, June 24th, 2020

The Universe of Opportunities: The Key to Online Learning

Join us, Wednesday, June 24th from 3:00-4:00pm for a webinar on tips to help with the upcoming remote semester. The webinar will include 5 minute presentations plus questions & discussion between and following the talks. We will have presentations by:

  • Dr. Michele Piercey-Normore, "School of Science and the Environment: Insights into Remote Course Delivery and Career Opportunities", Dean of School of Science and the Environment, Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland

  • Jasmine Penney, "Surviving Remote Teaching: Through the Eye of A Student", 4th year student, Physics and Computational Mechanics, School of Science and the Environment, Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland Surviving Remote Teaching- Through the Eye of a Student.pptx

  • Dr. Svetlana Barkanova, "World Wide Science: Teaching and Learning Online" Professor, Physics, School of Science and the Environment, Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland Teaching and Learning Online June24 2020.pdf

  • Angela Brockway, “Distance Learning; a Students Perspective", Student, Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland and Education Outreach Officer with Qalipu First Nation in Corner Brook.

  • Kristen Pittman, "Opening Doors: Your Journey to Success", Team Lead, Education and Training with Qalipu First Nation.


Wednesday, June 17th, 2020

The Universe of Opportunities: Science in the Park

Join us, Wednesday, June 17th from 3:00-4:00pm for a webinar on Science in Gros Morne National Park – learn about ecosystem monitoring, ecosystem restoration and what we call “ecological integrity”. The webinar will include 10 minute presentations about different projects happening currently in the park, plus questions & discussion between and following the talks. We will have presentations by:

  • Swimming Upstream: Atlantic Salmon Restoration in Trout River - Courtney King, Resource Management Officer
  • Forest Health: Managing the Forest Ecosystem in Gros Morne - Gabrielle Robineau-Charette, Resource Management Officer
  • How we Monitor the Health of our Ecosystems in Gros Morne - Margie Wilkes, Resource Management Officer
  • Bats, Birds and Bumblebees: Species at Risk in Gros Morne - Holly Lightfoot, Ecosystem Scientist

Wednesday, May 27th, 2020

The Universe of Opportunities: Women in STEM

Join us, Wednesday, May 27th from 11:00am-12:00pm for a webinar about careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields! The webinar will include 5 minute presentations, plus questions & discussion between and following the talks. We will have presentations by:

  • Dr. Julie Sircom, Associate Professor, School of Science & the Environment, Faculty of Environmental Science, Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • Angelina Payne, Public Outreach Education Officer, Western Newfoundland and Labrador Field Unit, Parks Canada 
  • Kathryn Hong, Coordinator for Outreach Activities, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Memorial University
  • Caryn Massie, P. Eng, Protection and Control Engineer at Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro
  • Angela Brockway, Education Outreach Officer with Qalipu First Nation in Corner Brook.
  • Dr. Rebecca Milley, Assistant Professor, School of Science & the Environment, Faculty of Computational Mathematics, Memorial University of Newfoundland 

Wednesday, May 13th, 2020

The Universe of Opportunities: Careers, Education & Funding in STE(A)M

Join us, Wednesday, May 13th from 2-3pm for a webinar about careers, funding, and education in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) fields!

This event is intended to support graduating high school students as they consider post-secondary education options in the current extraordinary situation. The webinar will include the following 5-minute presentations, plus questions & discussion between and following the talks:

Tuesday, May 5th, 2020

Grenfell Matters Online presents: "Subatomic Physics Research in Canada: Strategy to our Success"

Dr. Svetlana Barkanova is participating in Grenfell Matters Online! Join her Tuesday, May 5th at 3pm on the Grenfell Campus Facebook Live while she shares her passion for subatomic physics. Click here for Dr. Barkanova's abstract, bio and more information on Grenfell Matters Online

Tuesday, March 10th, 2020

In celebration of International Women's Day: "Women in STEAM”

Tuesday, March 10, 2020, 5:30pm-7:00pm, FC2014 (Forestry Centre), Grenfell Campus, MUN.

Women are still drastically underrepresented in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) fields, as well as in positions of influence.  Let’s narrow the gap! Please join as for several short talks celebrating talented women in our community, and fun Q&A with prizes.  Everyone is welcome!

Click here for Abstracts


Friday, March 6th, 2020

“Penguins and Physics: Looking for Dark Matter in Antarctica”, by Dr. S. Barkanova

Friday, March 6, 2020, 12:30pm – 1:30pm, AS 2011, Grenfell Campus, MUN. Everyone is welcome!

The existence of Dark Matter is well proven from its gravitational effects on light, visible matter, and the large-scale structure of the universe.

Yet, Dark Matter, which makes up 80% of all matter in the universe, neither emits nor absorbs light, so its fundamental properties remain unknown. 

One of the way to look for Dark Matter signature is to capture particles coming from deep space in the Antarctic ice. The talk will discuss Dark Matter searches, explore physics of the polar regions, and touch on some fun Antarctica-related trivia. And yes, lots of photos of penguins!


Tuesday, February 4 at 7:00pm-9:00pm at Grenfell Campus (room AS 2026)

GRENFELL OBSERVATORY PRESENTS: "PENGUINS AND PHYSICS: MY TRIP TO ANTARCTICA 

Please join Dr. Svetlana Barkanova for a talk about Antarctica, exploring the physics of seasons, auroras, glacier ice, and the search for Dark Matter at the South Pole. A talk will be followed by a trivia game with prizes and a visit to the Grenfell Observatory. All ages, free admission. Registration required - please go to GRENFELL OBSERVATORY PRESENTS: "PENGUINS AND PHYSICS: MY TRIP TO ANTARCTICA  or search for Grenfell events on Eventbrite. In partnership with Grenfell CampusNSERC PromoScienceQalipu First Nation and Parks Canada.


Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Grenfell Observatory and TNL’s Sara…H McDonald Youth Theatre Present: “Sky Stories”

Tuesday, November 26, 2019 beginning 7:00pm in the Arts and Science Atrium at Grenfell Campus

Join us for an inspiring and entertaining evening of stories about the beauty of the universe. TNL’s Sara…H McDonald Youth Theatre, directed by Adam Brake, will present a short dramatic piece inspired by Indigenous stories about the night sky. The show will begin at 7pm in the Arts and Science atrium. Following the show, Dr. John Bodner will give a brief talk on folklore and science, and Dr. Sveltana Barkanova will give a presentation on the physics behind the stories in AS2026. Finally, audience members will be welcomed to join in an optional tour of the Grenfell Observatory. All ages are welcome. 

Online registration is required for this free event as seating is limited. Please visit Grenfell Observatory Presents: "Sky Stories" or search Grenfell events on Eventbrite.  In partnership with Grenfell CampusNSERC PromoScience, and  Qalipu First Nation.


Friday, November 22nd, 2019

This FLIRT presentation (subtitled "Open Space") describes a scientific and cultural outreach program developed for youth in Western Newfoundland, especially rural youth, girls and Indigenous students. It will be delivered by Dr. Svetlana Barkanova, from 12:30 to 1:20 in AS 2011 on Friday, November 22nd. Coffee, tea, and snacks will be provided, but feel free to bring your lunch!


Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Grenfell Observatory Presents: "Spooky Space"

Tuesday, October 29th at 8:00pm-10:00pm at Grenfell Campus (room AS 2026)

Come and learn about some spooky space phenomena from black holes and gravitational waves to Dark Matter. A talk will be followed by a trivia game with prizes, and a visit to the Grenfell Observatory. All ages, free admission. Come in a costume for a free raffle ticket, or pay $5 to benefit the Student Physics Club. Registration required - please go to Grenfell Observatory Presents: "Spooky Space" or search for Grenfell events on Eventbrite. In partnership with Grenfell CampusNSERC PromoScienceQalipu First Nation and Parks Canada.


Saturday, September 21, 2019

Parks Canada and Grenfell Observatory Present: Star Party at Trout River Pond, Saturday, September 21st at 7:00pm.

Come enjoy an evening of star-gazing with Parks Canada and Dr. Svetlana Barkanova, Physics Professor at Grenfell, MUN - learn about the night sky and the stars, their legends and how wild life depends on darkness. Free; no registration required; all ages. Please see Gros Morne National Park calendar of events for more information. 

Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Grenfell Observatory Presents: “Navigating by Sky Day and Night: Past and Present”, 8:00pm – 10:00pm, Tuesday, September 17th, AS 2026. Do you know how to find the North Star? How to navigate by the Sun? Join us for a talk about Celestial Navigation with a bit of Newfoundland history, storytelling, a trivia game with prizes, and a visit to the Grenfell Observatory. All ages, free admission. Registration required - please go to Grenfell Observatory Presents: “Navigating by the Sky: Past and Present” or search for Grenfell events on Eventbrite. Part of Science Literacy Week September 16 – 22, 2019, highlighting Canada’s scientists and science communicators from coast-to-coast. In partnership with Grenfell Campus, NSERC PromoScience, Qalipu First Nation and Parks Canada.


Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Night at the Observatory - 7 p.m.
Registration: https://grenfellreunion2019.eventbrite.ca
Arts and Science Airport Lounge + Grenfell Observatory, Grenfell Campus
Have you ever been curious about the night sky? Join Dr. Svetlana Barkanova, a physics professor at Grenfell Campus, for a lecture about the night sky and celestial folklore, followed by tours of the Observatory, crafts and snacks.


Monday, July 22, 2019
Women in Science and Engineering TED-Style Talks - 1:30 p.m.

Room 2026, Arts and Science Building, Grenfell Campus
Registration: https://grenfellreunion2019.eventbrite.ca  
Join us for TED-Style Talks (10 minutes or less) from faculty and staff of Grenfell Campus, including:

  • Dr. Svetlana Barkanova, is an internationally-known researcher who joined our new physics program in 2017. She will talk about particle physics and the hunt for Dark Matter. 
  • Dr. Karen Doody is the coordinator of the Aging Research Centre of Newfoundland and Labrador. She is a biomedical researcher that is currently seeking to understand susceptibility to disease and to find potential therapies.
  • Dr. Julie Sircom is a biologist with a research interest in bees and their role as pollinators. More specifically, she is trying to understand the causes, incidents and impacts of changes in the bumblebee population. 
  • Dr. Maria Killfoil is the manager of the Makerspace in the Navigate Centre. She is a physicist that is currently helping to lead the new NSERC PromoScience Western NL program to promote science to youth in Western Newfoundland, particularly groups in rural areas, female students, and indigenous students.
  • Dr. Erin Fraser, a professor in our environmental science program, is a vertebrate biologist and her research focuses on bat biology. She is particularly interested in aspects of bat echolocation and migration. 


Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Grenfell Observatory Presents: "A Stellar Night with Saturn and Muin", 9:00pm – 11:00pm, Tuesday, July 16th, AS 2026. The ringed planet is at its closest and brightest now, and right next to the full Moon on 16th. Join us for a short talk about Saturn, a reading of "Muin and the Seven Bird Hunters", space trivia, and a visit to the Grenfell Observatory. All ages, free admission. Registration required - please go to GRENFELL OBSERVATORY PRESENTS: A STELLAR NIGHT WITH SATURN AND MUIN  or search for Grenfell events on Eventbrite. In partnership with Grenfell Campus, NSERC PromoScience, Parks Canada and Qalipu First Nations. Please contact observatory@grenfell.mun.ca if you would like any additional information.

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