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U of T celebrates National Science Literacy Week with free public events

September 21, 2015

TORONTO, ON – The University of Toronto celebrates National Science Literacy Week by hosting two free public discussions September 23 and 24 on Health Care and Aging, and Sustainability and Energy.

The discussions, featuring prominent U of T researchers and representatives from business and industry, are being organized by U of T’s Science and Engineering Engagement program, which works to foster engagement between U of T scientists and the public and stimulate discussion about new discoveries.

Health Care and Aging: Moderated discussion on aging, end of life care, assisted death, and the relationship between diet and brain function.

When: Sept. 23, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Where: Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles St. West, Victoria University at U of T

Speakers: Discussion to be moderated by Toronto Star science & technology reporter Kate Allen. The panel includes bioethicist Dr. James Downar, discussing “The future of assisted and unassisted death in Canada”; Department of Nutritional Sciences Prof. Carol Greenwood on “The Fruits and Nuts of Better Brain Aging”; Dept. of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering Prof. Mike Carter speaking about how to improve our healthcare system; Ron Baecker, Emeritus Professor of Computer Science, talking about how to keep socially isolated and lonely seniors connected technologically to family and friends; and clinical ethicist Kerry Bowman of  Mount Sinai Hospital, speaking on “The Changing Landscape of End of Life Care in Canada.”

Tickets: Reserve free tickets through Eventbrite.  Please let U of T Media Relations know if you’ll be attending at media.relations@utoronto.ca.

Sustainability and Energy: Moderated discussion on building energy efficient cities, renewable energy, solar cells and nuclear energy.

When: Sept. 24, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Where: Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles St. West, Victoria University at U of T

Speakers: Discussion to be moderated by Globe & Mail science reporter Ivan Semeniuk. The panel includes Architecture Associate Prof. Aziza Chaouni discussing “Toward Energy Efficient Cities: Integrating Infrastructure with Architecture”; Ravi Seethapathy, Adjunct Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering on “Distributed Renewable Energy: Global Impact & Potential New Business Models”;  Aerospace Studies Prof. David Zingg on “Environmentally Sustainable Aviation”; PhD student Brandon Sutherland, who is developing low-cost and mass-manufacturable solar cells; and Ron Oberth, President of the Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries, talking about “Nuclear Energy: a major player in the fight against climate change.”

Tickets: Reserve free tickets through Eventbrite. Please let U of T Media Relations know if you’ll be attending at media.relations@utoronto.ca.

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For more information, please contact:

Jelena Damjanovic
U of T Media Relations
(416) 978-0100
media.relations@utoronto.ca

Stephannie Roy
Vice-Provost, Faculty and Academic Life
(416) 978-6662
stephannie.roy@utoronto.ca