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Faculty compete in first ever 180s Research Challenge

  Posted on: March 28, 2017

What can you learn in 180 seconds? You’d be surprised.

As part of TRU’s annual Research Week, faculty go head-to-head in the first ever 180-second Research Challenge (180sRC), competing to share their research in a compelling way — and to win prizes and bragging rights, of course.

Modelled after the internationally renowned Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition, the goal is identical: Deliver a compelling presentation of research to a non-specialist audience — in 180 seconds or less — using only a single static slide.

The event is coordinated by TRU’s Faculty Research Mentors, Cindy James, Ginny Ratsoy and Amie Schellenberg.

“We were looking for innovative ways to showcase faculty research, and we thought mimicking the 3MT would be a perfect way to do that,” said James.

Asked whether it’ll be tough for faculty to reduce their research into such a tight timeframe, James laughed: “Most of the time we get between 15-90 minutes to give a presentation, so 180 seconds will be a challenge for sure, but that’s also why it will be so much fun.”

Making it even more fun, she said, is the fact that the winners of the morning 3MT competition will judge the faculty presentations. The audience members will also have an opportunity to vote for People’s Choice.

Schedule of presentations:

  1. Wilson Bell, “44 Lenin Avenue: Siberia’s 2oth century history as told through its most remarkable building.”
  2. Nina Johnson, “The Wellness 180: The Labyrinth is a Mindful Path to Low-Stress Learning.”
  3. Soumya Ghosh, “White Nose Syndrome – killer of bats”
  4. Monica Sanchez-Flores, “Mindfulness and Complex Identities in Equity Training.”
  5. Oleksandr Kondrashov, “Welcome to Kamloops: Help for newcomers is a course away.”
  6. Naowarat Cheeptham, “Drugs from the dark?”
  7. Michael Woloszyn, “Online dating preferences: what women want, and what men think they want.”
  8. Patrick Walton, “Online Indigenous University Student Supports, Barriers, and Learning Preferences.”
  9. Karl Larsen, “Just how old is a snake?”
  10. George M. Johnson, “Making Mockus.”
  11. Derek Cook, “Belief systems and ego defense mechanisms.”
  12. Matt Reudink, “As the songbird flies: using smart bird feeders to track and visualize bird movements.”
  13. Bruce Baugh, “Off the beaten track.”

Date: March 29, 2017
Time: 2:30 – 4 p.m.
Location: Modo Lounge, Culinary Arts