Fifth edition of Soup and Science, January 2008
Each day at lunch from January 7 - 11, 2008, you are invited to see and hear some of our coolest professors give short presentations about their research. Then as you mingle over lunch, you will be able to find out more about their research and how you can participate. Come and discover some of the opportunities that exist both within and outside your own departments.
Dates: January 7 - 11, 2008
Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Redpath Museum
This preliminary schedule is subject to change. Follow the links below to visit participating researchers' websites.
Monday, Jan 7, 2008
- Prof. Karine Auclair (Chemistry)
Antibiotic resistance and green chemistry via biocatalysis (P450 enzymes)
- Prof. Pavlos Kollias (Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences)
The cloud problem
- Prof. Martin Lechowicz (Biology)
The functional basis for variation in plant performance across environments: comparative ecology of trees; evolutionary and ecological responses of herbaceous plants to environmental heterogeneity.
- Prof. Joelle Pineau (Computer Science)
Reinforcement learning and partially observable Markov decision processes (POMDPs); robotics; adaptive treatment design
- Prof. Navin Ramankutty (Geography)
How human land use and land cover change affects the structure and function of terrestrial ecosystems, and in turn, the vital services that humans derive from ecosystems.
- Prof. Jan Seuntjens (Medical Physics + Oncology)
Improvement of radiation therapy through the development and clinical implementation of accurate dosimetry techniques.
Tuesday, Jan 8, 2008
- Prof. Chantal Autexier (Anatomy & Cell Biology)
Research to develop anticancer therapies that target telomerase or telomere integrity and effective treatments of age-related cell death.
- Prof. Al Mucci (Earth & Planetary Sciences)
Low-temperature and marine geochemistry. Fate of carbon in marine and estuarine environments and CO2 exchange at air-sea interface. Sediment diagenesis.
- Prof. Prakash Panangaden (Computer Science)
The theory of probabilistic systems; the theory of labeled Markov processes.
- Prof. Richard Roy (Biology)
How cell proliferation is controlled in an organismal context. Identifying and characterizing the genes which affect cell division throughout the course of embryogenesis and postembryonic development in C. elegans.
- Prof. Ian Strachan (Natural Resource Sciences)
Micrometeorological research: how human-induced management and modification of ecosystems influence surface–atmosphere interactions.
- Prof. Daniel Wise (Mathematics & Statistics)
Infinite groups and 3-manifolds, especially: Geometric Group Theory, Coherent Groups, Residual Finiteness and Subgroup Separability, and 3-Manifolds.
Wednesday, Jan 9, 2008
- Prof. Ichiro Fujinaga (Music Technology + Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology)
Music Information Retrieval, Optical Music Recognition, Music Digital Libraries
- Prof. Vincent Gracco (Communication Sciences and Disorders)
The neurobiological processes of spoken language and human communication.
- Prof. Siegfried Hekimi (Biology)
How cellular and molecular mechanisms determine animals' physiological features including lifespan.
- Prof. Paul Kry (Computer Science)
Computer graphics, physically based animation, skin deformations of articulated characters, motion capture, interaction, and physically based modeling of humans and animals.
- Prof. Garry Peterson (Geography + School of Environment)
Theory and practice of ecological management
- Prof. Isabelle Rouiller (Anatomy & Cell Biology)
Cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) and cryo-electron tomography (cryo-ET)
Thursday, Jan 10, 2008
- Prof. Michael Langer (Computer Science)
Computer vision, computer graphics and human vision
- Prof. Gary Scavone (Music Technology + Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology)
Acoustic analysis and modeling, sound synthesis
- Prof. Renee Sieber (Geography)
The use and value of information and communications technologies (geographic information systems - GIS, e-commerce, and the Internet) in social movements and in marginalized, poor and rural communities.
- Prof. Bruno Tremblay (Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences)
The Canadian Arctic Buoy Program
- Prof. John White (Physiology)
The molecular genetics of vitamin D actions, or why you should take vitamin D supplements.
- Prof. Keith Worsley (Mathematics & Statistics)
The geometry of random images in astrophysics and brain mapping
Friday, Jan 11, 2008
- Prof. Elaine Davis (Anatomy & Cell Biology)
The role of elastin in vascular development and in smooth muscle cell differentiation; the role of fibulin-5 in elastic fiber assembly and angiogenesis.
- Prof. Louis Lefebvre (Biology)
Evolution of animal intelligence. Measuring avian intelligence based on innovativeness. Similarities and differences between intelligence of birds and other primates; connection to cross-species brain differences. Ecological and evolutionary advantages of intelligence.
- Prof. Wayne Pollard (Geography)
Ice3: Extreme Research
- Prof. Ken Ragan (Physics)
- Prof. Martin Robillard (Computer Science)
Software engineering, software evolution and maintenance, information traceability, reverse engineering, aspect-oriented software development, program understanding, software modularity, static analysis, empirical software engineering.
- Prof. Barbara Sherwin (Psychology)
Human psychoendocrinology - how hormones influence memory and mood; estrogen's effects on depression and memory.
Undergraduate Research Officer
[ victor [dot] chisholm [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email) ]