In this week's episode of GradCast, we present Part 1 of our 2 part series from the Western Research Forum, Western University's largest interdisciplinary showcase of research. Every year, the Society of Graduate Students presents a day-long conference filled with talks from faculties around campus, all associated with the theme of the year. WRF 2018 is all about Controversy.
Navaneeth and Yimin chat with WRF 2018 organizer Emily Carlisle, about Controversy and how it is to organize such a big event.
We also chat with keynote speaker Dr. Shelley McKellar from History of Medicine at Western. Dr. McKellar gave an engaging talk about the controversy-laden and boundary-breaking invention, the artificial heart, a topic of her new book "Artificial Hearts: The Allure and Ambivalence of a Controversial Medical technology".
On ingesting cannabinoids, why do some people have panic attacks, while others experience cerebral euphoria? The answer might lie with a specific part of the brain. Western PhD student Chris Norris has specifically targeted the "hedonic hotspot". Here on Gradcast, with Viki and Nav, he shares his research that could change the lives of people living with PTSD.
Chris is on Twitter and you can follow him @QABalistic
To connect with Chris' supervisor, Dr. Steven Laviollette, you can follow him on Twitter @neuralnetwork19
Alexandre Desbiens-Brassard joins Roger and Charlotte to speak about his PhD thesis in comparative literature. Alex's work is examining English and French language contemporary horror and science fiction works, including Jurassic Park, which features monsters created by human technology with the ultimate goal to explore and comment on capitalist modes of production in our society.
In 2015, the Trudeau government committed to resettling 39,000 Syrian refugees across Canada, with over 1,000 finding their way here to London. On this episode, Yimin and Ariel speak with Masters of Public Administration candidate Henry Awere, who is investigating the municipal programs in place to help refugees integrate into our community.