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Broaden your mind with the Scholars' Hub @ Home Speaker Series

Do you enjoy hearing about the latest thought-provoking research? The Scholars’ Hub @ Home speaker series features discussions on a broad range of topics, with engaging lectures from some of York’s best minds. The Scholars’ Hub events are done in partnership with Vaughan Public Libraries, Markham Public Library, and Aurora Public Library. The Scholars' Hub @ Home series is brought to you by York Alumni Engagement. We invite students, alumni and all members of the community to join us. All sessions take place at 12pm ET.

Dr. Katie MacEntee, Research Associate, Faculty of Health, York University; Roxanne Mykitiuk, Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University; Brooke Magel, Masters Student, School of Health Policy and Management, York University; Iris Epstein, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, Faculty of Health, York University

In this presentation, experts will discuss the ACTon study, which adapted a participatory video method for working online with students with disabilities and their instructors to explore issues of accessibility in experimental learning settings. The scholars will describe the research approach and discuss the challenges and successes of working virtually to collect and analyze visual data while still maintaining the study's commitment to inclusive, participatory and community-based research principles.

Debra J. Pepler, O.C., Ph.D, C.Psych., D.Sc.(Hon), Distinguished Research Professor of Psychology, Faculty of Health

We seldom think about relationships as essential to health, but that’s what research is starting to show us. Beginning in infancy, healthy relationships shape healthy physical, mental, and social health – down to the integrity  of DNA in cells. This session will illustrate unhealthy relationships and briefly highlight research on relationships and health from infancy through old age. There will also be discussion on what makes a healthy relationship – which is so important in these times of COVID.

Dr. Aaida A. Mamuji, Associate Professor, Disaster & Emergency Management Program, School of Administrative Studies, LA&PS

Due to the geographic origins of the first major outbreak of COVID-19 in Wuhan, China, there have been reports of Asians around the world experiencing discrimination, xenophobia, or racism. Such reports have been prevalent in Toronto, a global urban centre that has significant Chinese diaspora communities. While the emerging story of the instances of COVID-19 stigma and discrimination are only one aspect of this story, other aspects include a deeper understanding of the community itself along with an awareness of the capacity the Chinese diaspora community brings forward to help us all overcome COVID-19. 

Dr. Shayna Rosenbaum, Professor, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Health

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to an unprecedented global disruption, costing jobs and lives. This talk will focus on applying principles of memory and decision-making from cognitive psychology to understand how the pandemic is affecting decisions about adhering to protective measures until a vaccine or treatment is available.

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