Spotlight on uOttawa Alumni Week events: 100 days of Trump, innovation, memory, climate and more

Posted on Friday, April 28, 2017

Here are some of the events taking place during Alumni Week at the University of Ottawa.

Saturday, April 29

Department of History 60th Anniversary
4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Faculty of Arts

  • A public panel discussion on 60 years of history at uOttawa and Canada 150


  • Jeannine Ritchot, Executive Director, Regulatory Cooperation, Regulatory Affairs Sector, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
  • Suzanne Beauvais, Assistant Curator, Canada Science and Technology Museum
  • Christian Brideau, Whip's Assistant, NDP

Tuesday, May 2

Saved by a Story: The Healing Power of Narrative
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Faculty of Education

  • In this keynote talk, David Paré will explore how narrative research and practice offers exciting possibilities for stepping into new territories of meaning and identity.


  • David Paré, counselling psychologist and director of the Glebe Institute

Wednesday, May 3

Discover the problem. Innovate for healthcare.
5:30 p.m.
Faculty of Social Sciences

  • Hear how researchers from the faculties of Engineering, Science, Health Sciences, Medicine and the Telfer School of Management have brought innovative solutions to real-deal healthcare issues.


  • Dr. Ghassan Jabbour, Canada Research Chair Tier 1, Faculty of Engineering
  • Dr. Robert N. Ben, director of the Biopharmaceutical Sciences program, Faculty of Science
  • Dr. Linda Garcia, Vice-Dean, Governance and Secretary of the Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Dr. Ivy Bourgeault, CIHR Chair in Gender, Work and Health Human Resources, Telfer School of Management
  • Steffany Bennet, University Research Chair in Neurolipidomics, Faculty of Medicine

Thursday, May 4

Storing, losing and preserving memories
11:30 a.m.
Alex Trebek Forum for Dialogue

  • Graham Collingridge will explain how we store memories and how our ability to learn and remember may become impaired in Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Collingridge will also discuss what approaches are available today and what may become available in the future for treating cognitive decline.


  • Alex Trebek, Host of Jeopardy!, winner of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the U.S. National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, and Honorary chair of Defy the Conventional: The Campaign for uOttawa


  • Graham Collingridge, Chair of the Department of Physiology at the University of Toronto and  senior investigator at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute at Mount Sinai Hospital

"Canada-U.S. Relations: 100 Days into the Trump Administration"
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Faculty of Social Sciences

  • Charles Doran focuses on the strategic interaction of the two countries’ governments, and has provided briefings and testimony on energy matters, trade policy and international security before committees of the U.S. Congress and the Canadian Parliament.


  • Charles Doran, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of International Relations at Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies

Friday, May 5

Meet the Difference Makers
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Faculty of Engineering

  • Several teams of young student innovators engaged in a Dragons’ Den-style pitch competition to showcase their difference-making products.

Guided tour of campus
D10:00 a.m.

  • During a guided tour of campus, uOttawa’s chief archivist, Michel Prévost, will offer insight on how our two official languages have flourished on campus and how Francophones and Anglophones have lived side by side for more than 150 years.

Sheila Watt-Cloutier: Seeing Human and Climate Trauma as One
7 p.m.
Alex Trebek Distinguished Lecture Series

  • Alex Trebek welcomes Nobel Peace Prize nominee Sheila Watt-Cloutier. Cloutier is in the business of transforming public opinion into public policy. Experienced in working with global decision makers for over a decade, she offers a new model for 21st century leadership.


  • Sheila Watt-Cloutier, environmental, cultural and human rights advocate and Nobel Peace Prize nominee

Saturday, May 6

Molecular Cuisine
10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
11:30 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.
12:30 a.m. to 13:00 a.m.
13:30 a.m. to 14:00 a.m.

  • Family event featuring liquid nitrogen cooled strawberry meringue "dragon style" and tropical pineapple sorbet with “bubble-gum” air!

uOttawa Richard L’Abbé Makerspace Open House
10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

  • A student-run space with 3D printing, virtual reality, the Internet of Things and wearables and much more

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