Lecture Me! a series


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The UTM Office of the Dean, Experiential Education Unit and Mississauga Library System are proud to present Lecture Me! a series of lectures by UTM Faculty

The Lecture Me! series highlights research from different departments by UTM faculty members in a way that is approachable and fun for the whole family. This multidisciplinary series will feature a different faculty member each month who will deliver their presentation to the community about their research.

The events will be hosted virtually by the Mississauga Library System through their Virtual Library - Webex platform typically on the first Tuesday of each month from 7:00-8:15pm.

Registration is required for all talks and can be found through the Mississauga Library. Registration links for each talk can be found in the table below. *An Active Net account must be created to register. However, you do not need to be a Mississauga resident to register for the Active Mississauga account.

For any issues relating to registration, please contact customer service at 905-615-4100 or email rec.info@mississauga.ca.

Date Faculty Name Description Event Registration

Tuesday, September 13, 2022



Professor J. Percy

Professor John Percy

Department of Chemical & Physical Sciences

Misconceptions about the Universe: From Everyday Life to the Big Bang

A misconception is a belief that is strongly held, but actually incorrect.  In this profusely-illustrated, non-technical presentation, This talk will provide a gentle overview of astronomy by touching on a wide variety of common misconceptions, from everyday life (e.g., the cause of the seasons) to things in our solar system, to black holes, UFOs, and the Big Bang. I shall emphasize the many causes of these misconceptions, since these same causes are responsible for much of the other misinformation and "fake news" which is so rampant in today's society.  Lots of time for Q&A.




Tuesday, October 4, 2022


Professor M. Cowan

Professor Mairi Cowan

Historical Studies 

“Demonic Infestation in 17th-Century Quebec: "The Diabolical Arts and Daily Lives of Early Canada”

What can we learn about history from studying beliefs about witches and demons? In researching a case of bewitchment and demonic possession in 17th-century Quebec, Professor Cowan has gained insight into the everyday experiences and deep anxieties of colonists in early Canada. This research project has brought her from the shores of the St. Lawrence River to the Vatican archives as she follows stories about strange signs that appeared in the sky in 1660, a teenaged domestic servant who acted as if possessed, disputes between a bishop and a governor about how to respond to reports of demonic interference, treatments by nuns in a hospital, the execution of a miller accused of witchcraft, and a healing ritual performed by an unexpected agent. Mairi’s analysis of these stories shows us what the people of New France feared as both natural and supernatural threats, and reminds us that their colonial endeavour was in a precarious position.





Tuesday, November 1, 2022


Professor O. Jazi

Professor Omidali Jazi

Mathematical & Computational Sciences

COVID-19 Pandemic: Tracking the Global Outbreak, Statistical Modelling, Vaccine Efficacy

This talk will illustrate the global outbreak of coronavirus during the first phase of the pandemic. As well as the statistical methods for modeling infectious diseases. Lastly, Professor Jazi will talk about the efficacy of the mRNA vaccine.




Tuesday, February 7, 2023


Professor R. Chiuzi

Professor Rafael Chiuzi



Exprocity! The surprising Science behind Effective Team Performance

Have you ever wondered how to increase engagement and achieve better performance with your team? Do you have questions about remote team management in flexible work arrangements? In this intriguing Lecture Me! talk, Dr. Rafael Chiuzi will share with you the surprising science underlying high-performing teams and some practical ideas you can apply to your life. After three years of research and hundreds of participants, Dr. Chiuzi has summarized all the evidence and will present it using real-life examples.




Tuesday, March 7, 2023


Rasmus Larsen
Professor Negin Dahya

Institute of Communication, Culture, Information and Technology

Learning Technology Systems in Everyday Life: Women’s Experiences Navigating Refugee Resettlement

This research presents findings from nine focus group discussions (n=23) with women in Washington State who have experienced forced migration and are now living in the USA. The data set additionally includes interviews with refugee service providers, including public librarians (n=21). Adopting a Feminist STS framework, and drawing on transformative research design practices, the study focuses on what types of technology education and access are available through refugee service providers, as well as addressing women’s lived experiences of technology starting in their countries of origin and moving through this migration into the USA. Distinctly, this research has engaged participants in discussions about expanded notions of technology, including tools like household appliances, transportation technology, and financial services like ATMs, in addition to digital technology like mobile phones and online media. Preliminary findings from this research offer a picture of what types of technology education and access services are available to women. Additionally, through this research we address how women learn to navigate technology systems in everyday life, across domestic, public, and government spheres.





Tuesday, April 4 , 2023
Elizabeth Johnson

Professor Elizabeth Johnson


How Children Learn Language?

Long before children learn to tie their shoes or ride a bike, they master language. By the age of 2, children typically know hundreds of words and are stringing together grammatically meaningful multi-word utterances. How do children master the language so quickly and seemingly effortlessly, while adults often struggle for years to simply learn to order a meal in a new language? In this talk, I will summarize the state of the art in child language acquisition. I will outline some active debates in the field (e.g., does baby talk facilitate early language acquisition) as well as debunk some classic myths about how language learning works (e.g., learning more than one language at once is detrimental to a child’s development). I will also discuss best practices for helping children develop strong language skills and summarize our recent findings regarding the pandemic’s impact on infant and toddler language development. Instructions for how you and your child can learn more about children’s development by getting actively involved in local research projects at universities in the Mississauga-Oakville area will be provided.