A week-long program of speakers and events will get off to a great start on Monday, March 26th at 1 pm, when renowned Montreal cardiologist Dr. François Reeves from Université de Montréal, speaks to students at Vanier College about the effects of pollution on cardiovascular health. Given that cities can be designed to reduce cardiovascular disease, Dr. Reeves talk will touch on a topic of growing concern to Mr. Jacques Cohen, Borough Councillor of Côte de Liesse, who will attend the presentation entitled Toward a Cardio-Protective City, and make a short speech at the same time.
Indeed, while researchers have shown dietary and airborne pollutants are bad for the heart and cause a number of diseases, other studies have demonstrated the positive effects of green spaces on all aspects of human health. Cardio-protective cities that have an optimal urban canopy promote an environment free of pollutants in food and air.
Dr. Reeves’ talk will be followed by an another impressive presentation at 2:30 by McGill University’s Dr. Mallar Chakravarty, who will talk about Brain Imaging, Big Data, and Neuroscience: Insights on the incredible plastic brain, and demonstrate how neuro- and computer sciences working together allow us to better understand how the brain changes and why.
On Tuesday, March 27, Dr. Alain Tapp, Université de Montréal, will present The Math of Artificial Intelligence. In recent years, when discussing how computers learn, researchers talk about deep learning, an area where the Université de Montréal is at the forefront. This presentation will explore different technical and philosophical aspects of learning and intelligence.
On Wednesday, March 28th, Dr. Dmitry Jakobson, of McGill University, will explore Fractal Sets, which describe many interesting objects in nature.
The following day, on March 29, in Wastewater Cleanup to Mustard Gas Detoxification: Surprising Applications for Molecular Sponges, Ashlee Howarth, of Concordia University, will describe how the physical and chemical properties of metal–organic frameworks (MOFs), make them excellent molecular sponges for environmental clean-up or filters for toxins.
Rounding off the line-up of the week’s events are Wednesday’s Science Coffeehouse in a transformed STEM Centre where science students and faculty will display their musical and artistic talents; and a panel discussion Thursday on University and Life after CEGEP – Perspectives from Vanier Science Student Alumni with seven Vanier graduates.