Markham Public Library and York University launch winter 2018 program for the Scholars Hub speakers series

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

The series, will feature talks and expertise  from professionals in the Faculty of Science, with subject matter around physics and astronomy, as well as biology.

The series will take place at the Markham Village Branch located at 6031 Highway 7. Each talk is from 7pm to 8:30pm, and for added convenience, childcare is provided for schoolage children ages 4-12.

Feb. 8, 2018 - Kathi Hudak (Professor, Department of Biology)
Harnessing Nature’s Pharmacy

Feb. 8, 2018 – Harnessing Nature’s Pharmacy

Humans have taken advantage of plants’ natural defences to fend off pathogens for thousands of years. Professor Kathi Hudak discusses an antiviral protein that protects plants and inhibits the replication of human retroviruses such as HIV.

Mar. 8, 2018 - Jean-Paul Paluzzi (Assistant Professor, Department of Biology)
Bug Off! Biology of Blood-Sucking Pests and Prospects for Lessening Vector-Borne Diseases

Mar. 8, 2018 Bug Off! Biology of Blood-Sucking Pests and Prospects for Lessening Vector-Borne Diseases

Diseases spread by mosquitoes and ticks infect over half a billion people and cause nearly a million deaths annually. Professor Jean-Paul Paluzzi will discuss the biology of these blood-feeders and how we can use their blood sucking ways against them to reduce the incidence of infectious diseases linked to these pests.

Apr. 12, 2018 - George Conidis (PhD Student, Department of Physics and Astronomy)
The Social Habits of Galaxies

Apr. 12, 2018 - The Social Habits of Galaxies

Most galaxies enjoy the company of other galaxies and organize into various shapes known as the “cosmic web.” Many of them also like to spin – creating beautiful, disks of stars and gas. PhD student George Conidis examines copies our own galaxy, The Milky Way, and its friends to better understand the social habits of disk galaxies and how they spin.

May 10, 2018 - Paul Delaney (Senior Lecturer, Department of Physics and Astronomy)
The Search for Life on Other Planets

May 10, 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.

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.

To RSVP for Feb. 8 and for more details please click here.