Science Unplugged brings Faculty of Science community together

Professor Sapna speaks about her research
Biology Professor Sapna Sharma speaks about her research

Earlier this month, the Faculty of Science hosted a novel event, titled “Science Unplugged,” bringing together faculty members, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, alumni and staff.

The event was held at The Underground in the Student Centre and featured three short, stimulating presentations from Faculty of Science community members: Mathematics and Statistics alumna Heather Krause, Biology professor Sapna Sharma, and Physics and Astronomy PhD student Alexandra Terrana each spoke about their exciting research.

Mathematics alumna
Mathematics and Statistics alumna Heather Krause

After a welcome and introduction from Ray Jayawardhana, dean of the Faculty of Science, Krause was first on the stage to present “Statistics in the Wild: The use of data and analysis in global development.” She spoke about her experiences with data collection and analysis projects for non-profits and non-governmental organizations through her global statistical consulting firm Datassist.

Next up was Sharma, who presented “On thin ice: Are lakes feeling the heat?” Sharma shared some of her groundbreaking research on the effects of climate change on lake water temperatures and ice dynamics.

Lastly, Terrana offered a captivating journey into a grand puzzle of cosmic proportions with her presentation “Beyond Einstein? The dark universe and modified gravity.” She discussed her research on the prospect of modifying the current theory of gravitation in order to solve the mystery of dark matter and dark energy.

Following the presentations, guests and speakers interacted over light refreshments.

Physics and Astronomy PhD student Alexandra Terrana

“We are delighted to launch Science Unplugged as an opportunity to hear about the fascinating work of our colleagues and alumni,” said Jayawardhana. “It is also a terrific way to strengthen the sense of community and boost intellectual engagement across the Faculty of Science.”