GRADtalks kicks off as successful seminar series

Friday, March 31, 2017

GRADtalk group

Yesterday, the Graduate Studies Office (GSO) kicked off its first event for the new GRADtalks series. The Faculty of Science took part in the commencement by featuring Department of Biology’s Casey Remmer as an initial speaker. With a successful launch, the evening started with wine and cheese, which quickly led into an audience-filled lecture hall with welcoming remarks from University President Feridun Hamdullahpur.  

Presenting students were chosen and nominated by their supervisors based on the relevance of their research to the chosen topic. The first focus in the series was Measuring Climate Change: Science or Politics? Casey Remmer, Science PhD Candidate in the Department of Biology, examined the importance of long term records in environmental change and stakeholder responsibility. Her research with Professor Roland Hall looks at assessing the impacts and transformations of hydroecological conditions in northern floodplains, specifically surrounding Lake Athabasca. Marisa Beck, Environment PhD Candidate in Global Governance, investigated how climate-economic models are used for political and economic analysis. She is a recipient of the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship.   

GRADtalk presenters

After each 20-minute presentation, the evening concluded with an interactive question and answer period where audience members were able to take part in an educated discussion about the tensions between science and politics.

Supported by Waterloo’s President Feridun Hamdullahpur and Associate Provost of Graduate Studies Jeff Casello, GRADtalks is a new series of research seminars featuring doctoral students from two faculties to share contrasting perspectives on a common issue. It is a chance to appreciate different angles of research while recognizing the outstanding work of graduate students across the University of Waterloo.

The next talk is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 and will focus on Beyond 60: The promises and realities of Artificial Intelligence. For more information or if you would like to take part in the series, visit the GRADtalks website

GRADtalk Audience