Past Sun and Science Events

"Sun and Science" became the virtual edition of our popular Soup and Science series. Students and community members heard from outstanding McGill professors across disciplines talk about their research program in lightning-style talks, followed by active discussions in dynamic breakout rooms. Click on the session date to view the  video recording of the presentation.


Thursday July 30, 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Prof. Nicole Li-Jessen
School of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Coughing? Choking? No Voice? What went wrong with your throat?

Prof. Judith Mandl
Department of Physiology

Interrogating immune responses in bats


Imane Chafi
Faculty of Engineering

Cress - MEI Mapping Tool : A Software Engineering Web Interface to Classify Musical Neumes

Jessica Ford
Redpath Museum

STEMM Diversity @ McGill


Thursday July 23, 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Prof. Wayne Pollard

Department of Geography
Changing Arctic Landscapes

Prof. Christopher Thibodeaux

Department of Chemistry
Modern Mass Spectrometry: So Much More than Molecular Weight


Prof. Eve Lee

Department of Physics
The Diversity of Exoplanets

Lisa Dang

Department of Physics
Why Physics Matters (McGill Physics Outreach)


Tuesday July 21, 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM

Prof. Christophe Dubach

School of Computer Science and Department of Electrical Engineering
Language Design, Compilation and Hardware Synthesis for Machine Learning Acceleration


Prof. Nicolas Cowan

Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and Department of Physics
Supersonic Sandstorms on Lava Planets

Prof. Alba Guarné

Department of Biochemistry
Damage, Repair and Cancer: How do you keep your DNA safe?

Fiona D'Arcy, PhD Candidate

Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
Join for the Rocks, Stay for the S'mores! Students of McGill Outreach in Earth Sciences


Thursday July 16, 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Prof. Grant McKenzie

Department of Geography
COVID-19 mobility response: A country comparison

Prof. Laura

Department of Biology
Protecting biodiversity in all its complexity

Prof. Siva

School of Computer Science and Department of Linguistics
Building computers that understand and interact in human language


Tuesday July 14, 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM


Prof. Audrey Moores

Department of Chemistry
How to turn crustacean or insect shells
into new plastics


Prof. Bastien Castagner

Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Understanding and manipulating the human gut microbiota


Prof. John White

Department of Physiology
Vitamin D and


Ada McVean

Department of Chemistry
More than just blowing things up: McGill Chemistry Outreach Group


Thursday July 9, 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Prof. Jordan

Department of Psychology
Measuring and Mitigating Implicit Biases in Judgment

Prof. Yann le Polain de Waroux

Department of Geography and Institute for the Study of International Development
Capital has no homeland – and neither does faith

Prof. Shirin A.

Department of Oncology and Medical Physics Unit
Fighting cancer with physics and scientific computing


Tuesday July 7, 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM

Prof. William Minarik

Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
Strength below the Continents

Prof. Brent 

Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Interactions between geometry, algebra and quantum theory


Prof. Bernhard Lehner

Department of Geography

Global lakes and rivers: putting the world's water resources on the map



Tuesday June 30 | 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Prof. Don

Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Tackling Fungal Diseases

Prof. Samantha Gruenheid

Department of Microbiology and Immunology
New links between the gut and the brain in Parkinson’s Disease

Prof. Alvin

Department of Physiology
Potassium ion channels and cardiac arrhythmias



Thursday June 25 | 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Prof. Daryl Haggard

Department of Physics
Black Hole Exotica

Prof. Jonathan Sievers

Department of Physics
HIRAX and the Search for Dark Energy

Prof. Anna Weinberg

Department of Psychology
Familial and environmental contributions to risk for depression: The role of the positive valence system


Tuesday June 23 | 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM

Prof. Eric Galbraith

Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
Integrating humans into Earth System models

Prof. William Hamilton

School of Computer Science
Machine Learning on Graph Data

Prof. Nigel Roulet

Department of Geography
For Peat Sake: carbon cycling from bogs to your garden


Friday June 19 | 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

Prof. Melanie Dirks

Department of Psychology So, what happened at school today?

Prof. Blake Richards

School of Computer Science Using artificial brains to understand real brains

Prof. Mylene Riva

Department of Geography
Northern housing and Indigenous Peoples’ health


Wednesday June 17 | 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM


Prof. H. Cynthia Chiang

Department of Physics
Searching for cosmic dawn


Prof. Alanna Watt

Department of Biology
Exercise in a pill for ataxia


Prof. Mathieu Roy

Department of Psychology
No pain no gain: how does the brain decide between pain and monetary rewards?


Friday June 12 | 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM


Prof. Nagissa Mahmoudi

Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
What are microbes eating and why?


Prof. Paul Wiseman

Department of Chemistry and Department of Physics
Singing cells? Label free imaging inside cells using optical harmonics

Julie Alexia-Dias

Department of Mathematics and Statistics
The opioid epidemic: mathematical pharmacokinetic modelling of fentanyl and naloxone.


Michelle Yang

Department of Psychology
Psychophysiological markers in PTSD treatment



Wednesday June 10 | 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Undergraduate Student Panel


Dylan Wong

Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Investigating Terminal Deoxynucleotidyl Transferase as a
Novel Biomarker for Checkpoint Blockade

Morgan Sweeney

Department of Psychology
Magic of the Mind

Nadia Blostein

Cognitive Science
The Modular Organization of Heritability
Across the Cortex

Laura Meng

Using a mouse model to treat Anorexia nervosa


Friday June 5, 2020 | 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM


Prof. Virginie Millien

Redpath Museum
Mouse tale in a warming world

Prof. Peter Grütter

Department of Physics
May the force be with you!

Prof. Tomislav Friščić

Department of Chemistry
A Solid Case for New, Cleaner Chemistry


Wednesday June 3, 2020 | 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM



Prof. Adrian Liu

Department of

Making the Largest 3D Maps
of our Universe


Prof. Christie Rowe

Department of Earth and
Planetary Sciences

Ancient and future


Prof. Janine Mauzeroll

Department of

Tracking Cell Metabolism and



Friday May 22, 2020 | 1:00 - 2:15 PM

Prof. Thomas Brunner

Department of Physics

Understanding our Universe through neutrinos

Prof. Yajing Liu

Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences

Earthquakes and faults

Prof. Anna Hargreaves

Department of Biology

Life at the edge: understanding species current and future geographic distributions

Prof. Eric McCalla

Department of Chemistry

Accelerating advanced battery materials research


Sun and Science was produced by

Preeti Purba-Singh, Research Office of the Faculty of Science
Eduardo Ganem Cuenca, Research Office of the Faculty of Science

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