Posted on January 14, 2016 by Tia Lalani

Inspired by TEDTalks, hear five 15-minute presentations on research going on at Augustana!

Dagligtale - Idea Talks - Poster 1Five of Augustana’s best professors present their work in short talks, inspired by the popular TEDTalks series, at the Lougheed Centre on Jan. 21 at 7:30 p.m. Each presentation will be no longer than 15 minutes followed by questions from the audience.

This year’s presenters are Peter Berg, Marina Endicott, Keith Harder, Anne McIntosh and Jane Yardley; five professors who come from a wide variety of disciplines. This event is a great opportunity to hear about the fascinating research and work happening right here in Camrose.

Peter Berg was born during the first oil crisis. Equipped with a physics degree from Germany and a PhD in mathematics from the UK, he moved to Canada to conduct research on fuel cells. After stops in BC, Ontario and Norway, he is now chair of the Department of Science at the Augustana campus and a professor of physics and mathematics.

With a passion for public speaking, Peter likes to share his thoughts about our finite planet and has written a book on this topic. His talk is titled “Finite Planet, Infinite Money: Sustainability’s True Dilemma.”

Marina Endicott’s Good to a Fault, a finalist for the 2008 Scotiabank Giller Prize, was a CBC’s Canada Reads book and won the 2009 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. Her next, The Little Shadows, was long-listed for the Giller and short-listed for the Governor General’s award.

Marina’s new novel, Close to Hugh, was long-listed for the Giller Prize and named one of CBC’s Best Books of 2015. She teaches creative writing at the Banff Centre and at Augustana. Her talk is titled “Thinking About the Difference.”

Keith Harder teaches art studio courses, art theory, and, occasionally, an art history/tour course. He brings to his teaching the experience of a practicing artist in the disciplines of painting and drawing. He works in a descriptive/realist style. His talk is titled “Time Flies.”

Anne McIntosh is an ecologist with over 15 years of experience conducting research in a diverse range of ecosystems in North America, Sweden, and Costa Rica. Anne received her Bachelors of Science (Honours) in Biology and Chemistry from University of British Columbia, her Master of Science in Forest Science from Oregon State University, and her PhD in Forest Biology and Management from University of Alberta.

Anne joined Augustana as an Assistant Professor of Plant Biology in July 2014. Her research focuses on recovery of forested and grassland ecosystems after both natural and anthropogenic disturbance. Her talk is titled “Where Are They Now? Monitoring Ecological Recovery of Reclaimed Wellsites in Alberta.”

Jane Yardley is an avid exercise enthusiast whose professional and personal passions both include physical activity. She took a winding road to arrive in Augustana in January 2014, having done a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, a Master of Science in Physical Anthropology at University College London in the UK, a PhD in Population Health at the University of Ottawa, and postdocs in Thermal Physiology and Clinical Exercise Physiology from the University of Ottawa and the University of Manitoba respectively.

Jane’s research focuses on describing the effects of different types of exercise on blood glucose in individuals with type 1 diabetes. Her talk is titled “Intensity Matters: Exercise in Type 1 Diabetes.”

presenter-bannerTickets are available at the Lougheed Centre box office; $10 general admission, free for students. For tickets, contact the Lougheed Centre at 780-608-2922, or visit the box office in person. For more event information, email or visit

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