Vaughan Public Libraries Scholars Hub Speakers Series

Vaughan Public Libraries and York University invite you to the Scholars Hub Speaker Series. The partnership brings some of York’s top academic minds to Vaughan.

The series will feature talks and expertise  from professionals in the Faculties of Science and Health with subject matter around psychology, exercise, astronomy and biology.

The series will take place at the Civic Centre Resource Library located at 2191 Major MacKenzie Drive West. Each talk is from 7pm to 8:30pm, and refreshments are provided.

Jun. 26, 2018 - Paul Delaney (Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Faculty of Science) The Search for Life on Other Planets

Jun. 26, 2018 - The Search for Life on Other Planets

Since 1995 thousands of planets have been detected orbiting other stars. Many of these worlds could possibly contain liquid water and even life. Professor Paul Delaney describes our current understanding of exoplanets, the ongoing search for them and the implications for the search for life.

Jul. 31, 2018 - Peter Backx (Professor and Canada Research Chair, Department of Biology, Faculty of Science)
Exercise And The Heart: What Every Sports Buff Should Know

Jul. 31, 2018 – Exercise And The Heart: What Every Sports Buff Should Know

We all know exercise is good for the mind and body. Recent studies have found a link between endurance sports and atrial fibrillation, the most common electrical disturbance (i.e. arrhythmia) affecting the upper chambers of the heart whose incidence is reaching epidemic levels.  Exercise’s association with atrial fibrillation is unexpected because this condition is more commonly associated with aging, heart disease and general poor cardiovascular health.  Our mouse models reveal that endurance exercise causes atrial alterations resembling closely changes seen in atrial fibrillation patients and are thereby providing us with novel approaches for treating and preventing this cardiac arrhythmia.

Aug. 28, 2018 - Ward Struthers (Professor, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Health)
The Effects of Power and Apology on Revenge, Grudge and Forgiveness

Aug. 28, 2018 – The Effects of Power and Apology on Revenge, Grudge and Forgiveness

Social bonds are crucial for the survival of human beings. However, in the process of developing and maintaining relationships, people commit transgressions that jeopardize their social bonds. Although such offenses have negative implications for both victims and transgressors, their effects may be greatest for victims because they often have no control over becoming victims. Fortunately, victims can play an active role in the reconciliation process by seeking revenge, harbouring grudges, or forgiving transgressors. In this talk, I will show how, why, and when victims’ social power influences their motivation to seek revenge, harbour a grudge, or forgive transgressors following a transgression. This research is important because it suggests that while individuals may not always be able to prevent becoming victims of transgressions, they may have the power to remain victims or not. This research is also important because it demonstrates that transgressors can play an active role in the reconciliation process limiting unforgiving responses and facilitating forgiving responses through apologies, particularly ones that assure victims that they will not transgress again.

Sept. 25, 2018 - Alison Macpherson(Professor, School of Kinesiology and Health Science, Faculty of Health) Keeping Kids Active, Healthy and Safe: Success Stories in Child Injury Prevention

Sept. 25, 2018 - Keeping Kids Active, Healthy and Safe: Success Stories in Child Injury Prevention

This presentation will examine the burden of injuries in childhood, including the challenges faced when trying to keep kids active, healthy, and safe.  It will also present some of the evidence for preventing childhood injury, and examine three stories of success in advocacy and policy changes. Finally, some recommendations for moving forward in Canada will be suggested.

Oct. 30, 2018 - Laurence Packer (Professor, Department of Biology, Faculty of Science)
Bees: Importance and Diversity

Oct. 30, 2018 - Bees: Importance and Diversity

In this talk I will debunk some myths about bees, describe the remarkable diversity of bees in terms of their diversity of form, ecology and behaviour. I will also outline why bees are important, not only for pollination of our crops but also because of their potential for monitoring the state of the environment. I will outline two Canadian-led initiatives that aim to make bees easier for people worldwide to identify and study them. Lastly, I will outline what we can all do to assist with the conservation of bee populations.

Nov. 27, 2018 - Shayna Rosenbaum (Professor and York Research Chair, Department of Psychology and Vision: Science to Applications (VISTA) Program, York University) How Memory Changes With Age

Nov. 27, 2018How Memory Changes With Age

Episodic memory is our internal record of the past events in our lives. Episodic memory decline is prominent in healthy aging and in age-related brain disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease, that affect the functioning of a brain structure called the hippocampus. Difficulties remembering the details of past personal events directly limit one’s ability to function in everyday life. Recent research shows further that people who are unable to remember past events often have difficulties imagining or “pre-experiencing” future events. Does this imply that people with episodic loss are confined to the “here and now”? Can one make important decisions about how one’s life should go or about which actions one should take when one is unable to remember past or imagine future personal experiences? Using patient and brain imaging methods, we have demonstrated that while episodic memory and future imagining are affected in healthy and unhealthy aging, other time-related decisions remain unchanged with age. These findings help to predict what individuals experiencing episodic memory decline can and cannot accomplish in their daily lives and are being used to guide clinical interventions.


Registration for the Nov. 27th talk is now full.

The unique partnership is part of York University’s goals of community engagement and reputation-building, with a unique collaboration that invites alumni, students and their families, and the public to engage in meaningful talks and discussions on the fascination of our environment.

Space for each talk is limited.