2018 - Diversity

SPARK Talks Theme for 2018:

MichaelGaida, 2018. Source: Pixaby


Think novel applications, paradigm shifts, new voices, variety, worldviews, evolving conversations, and more. Possibilities include, but are not limited to, diversification of power, legislation, interpretation, application, or cultural norms within the arts, sciences, business, law, and literature. Unexpected, intriguing, or stimulating interpretations of the theme are especially welcome!


Please join us for the SPARK Talks event in Mann Room 160 on Thursday, October 18 from 4:00 - 6:00 pm for the following program.  

4:00pm – Welcome and introduction
Alison Shea, Public Services Librarian, Nestlé Library
Danianne Mizzy, Associate University Librarian for Research and Learning Services
4:10pm – Session 1
Janani Hariharan, PhD student in Soil and Crop Sciences
Biodiversity and Social Diversity
William Pennock, PhD candidate in Civil and Environmental Engineering
Diverse Water Treatment for Diverse Contexts
Angus McKenzie, MPS candidate in Accounting
Is New Zealand the Answer? How International Diversity is Key to Solving the Sports Betting Industry
Julia Nolte, PhD student in Human Development 
Measuring the Invisible: How Do Diverse Methods Compare?
Casey Ching, PhD student in Civil and Environmental Engineering 
Diversifying Adsorption Technology to Remove Fluorinated Substances from Water
4:35pm – Questions
4:50pm – Break
5:00pm – Session 2 
Renee Sifri, PhD candidate in Chemistry and Chemical Biology 
A Diverse Distribution for Plastics
Marika Nell, PhD candidate in Civil and Environmental Engineering
The Impacts of Fracking: Diversifying our Understanding of Water Contamination using Environmental Forensics
Teddy Samuel Yesudasan, MS candidate in Plant Breeding and Genetics
Addressing Diversity in Potatoes: Why Red Potatoes are Red
Jessica Huisi Li, PhD candidate in Management and Organizations
Talk and Let Talk: How Language Diversity Influences Cross-Cultural Teamwork
5:25pm – Questions
5:35pm – Reception