Support Graduate Students at 3 Minute Thesis Competition

March 26, 2015


Come out and support the Faculty of Education’s
Three Minute Thesis Contestants

3MT (Three Minute Thesis) -a research communication competition where graduate students have 3 minutes or less to present their research and its impact to a panel of non-specialist judges and peers.

Preliminary Heat
for Faculties of Education, Arts and Humanities, FIMS, Music

Thursday, April 2
International & Graduate Affairs Building, Room 1N05

Graduate Student Research in Education Symposium

March 25, 2015

Faculty of Education community: YOU’RE INVITED!

The 2015 Robert Macmillan Graduate Research in Education Symposium (GRiES) committee invites you to the 6th annual symposium taking place on Wednesday April 1, 2015. This free event is taking place in the Faculty of Education building with registration starting at 3:00p.m. and the event starting at 3:45p.m.

Please see the attached invitation for more information or visit the website for a description of the panelists, presentation summaries, and more!

Crooks’ Research Highlighted

March 24, 2015

A Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) supported research study by Claire Crooks and her team is highlighted in a story on the CIHR website. “Crooks is leading the evaluation of the implementation, effectiveness and potential scalability of the MHFA-FN [Mental Health First Aid – First Nations] pilot studies in six First Nations communities, from British Columbia to Nova Scotia.” More.. at Mental Health First Aid course empowers First Nations’ community


Seminar – Researching Identity and Learning in Transnational Settings

March 23, 2015

The day after his public lecture, Professor Fazal Rizvi will lead a seminar especially for graduate students as well as for faculty on researching identity and learning in transnational settings at 10 a.m. in Room 1010 (Tuesday, April 14).

Please RSVP to if you would like to attend and please send along an abstract of your (prospective) research study (one page max).

Using social media & innovation

March 19, 2015

Even though this comes from a health context, this talk may be of interest to those of you looking to use social media to promote the results of your research.

Using social media & innovation to promote health behaviours

Dr. Mike Evans
University of Toronto

Wednesday, March 25, 2015
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Arthur & Sonia Labatt Health Sciences Building (HSB) Room: 40

Dr. Mike Evans is known worldwide for his work in innovative health messaging to the public. His media lab fuses patients with creatives (filmmakers, designers, writers) and expert clinician-researchers. The premise of his lab is that most healthcare happens at home and that the biggest missing workforce is the public, and that if we can create high quality infectious health media we can engage “peer-to-peer healthcare”. Dr. Evans tells evidence-based stories and then imbeds them in the relationships of care: friend to friend or caregiver to patient. This ranges from documentary style unscripted interviews of patients with cancer in the The Truth of It film series, to health info-graphics, curation, to founding a Med School for the Public at the University of Toronto.  His radio show on CBC’s Fresh Air is listened to widely. More than 10 million people have seen his famous whiteboard series on YouTube. Topics range from stress management to acne to quality improvement to the early childhood brain.

Dr. Evans is also a staff physician at St. Michael’s Hospital, an Associate Professor of Family Medicine, and a Scientist at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute. Current projects include The Better Life Project, a walking company called the 23 and ½ hours club, and being the CBC doctor for the Sochi 2014 Olympics.

His work has been profiled in a wide range of publications from JAMA to the BMJ to Walrus to the Netflix blockbuster, Readers Digest, and the hit Netflix series Orange is the New Black. Recent awards include being chosen as the top 10 innovators in health by the Canadian Medical Association, top 45 Canadians over 45, and the Gold medal in Social media at the Web Health Awards.

In 2014 he was given the first worldwide endowed chair in Patient Engagement (and childhood nutrition) at the University of Toronto and he was awarded the McNeil Medal from the Royal Society of Canada in recognition of his outstanding ability to promote and communicate science to the public.

He is asked to speak widely about innovation, patient engagement, creativity, and best health. He lives in the Annex neighbourhood of Toronto with his family of five who all play hockey.

Conference – It’s Not Right! Changing Attitudes – Changing Responses

March 17, 2015


A dynamic event to explore a pan-Canadian approach to engaging citizens as first responders to address violence and abuse against older adults. Learning will focus on using social norms and bystander interventions to bring about social change. Discover that the journey to creating a more peaceful and just society is challenging, rewarding and at its heart, deeply personal and ultimately possible.


  • Dr. Alan Berkowitz internationally renowned for his ground breaking work on social norms and bystander interventions will discuss research, skills and the role of social norms.
  • Dr. Beatriz Berkowitz a transpersonal psychologist will speak about the tension between the social norm to mind your own business and being true to your values.
  • Alison Leaney MSW, RSW, a tireless advocate who brings her many years of experience across multiple sectors to serve as the National Trainer for the It’s Not Right! initiative.
  • Dr. Peter Jaffe internationally recognized for his expertise on interpersonal violence, will speak about emerging gaps and trends identified in cases of domestic homicide-suicide of couples aged 60+.
  • Barb MacQuarrie a recognized leader in the anti-violence movement will speak about the changing face of risk in the aging process.

Related topics and questions that will be explored by panels over the two days include:

  • Ageism as a social norm
  • Interrupting Social Isolation
  • Bystanders as first responders
  • Risk factors of domestic violence in older couples
  • Limits of a strictly criminal justice approach
  • Elder abuse in remote communities and immigrant communities
  • Elder abuse and mental health challenges

$200 early registration prior to March 31, 2015
$250 registration April 1 to May 3, 2015


Moderators needed for Graduate Student Symposium

March 16, 2015

The Robert Macmillan Graduate Research in Education Symposium (GRiES) Steering Committee is in need of moderators on Wednesday April 1 at the Faculty of Education.

Due to an increase in the submissions of presentation proposals, we are in need of 10 additional moderators.

Thank you to those who have graciously responded to earlier requests!

Please volunteer your time as a moderator for:
Session 1 (6:45 – 7:45) and/or Session 2 (7:50 – 8:50)

Please respond by March 23rd to:
Heather Crowe, PhD Candidate
Chair, Moderator Committee, GRiES
Western University


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