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Theme: Eidemic: Thinking Is Contagious

This event occurred on
March 3, 2013
9:00am - 5:00pm EST
(UTC -5hrs)
Hamilton, ON

Our theme this year, Eidemic: Thinking Is Contagious, looks to address the TED motto of "ideas worth spreading." What makes an idea worth spreading and, more importantly, how exactly does an idea spread? Once an idea is conceived and shared, how is it transmitted from person to another? Why do some ideas so quickly and so easily disseminate while others simply dissipate? We are sure that these questions can be answered from a perspective based in neurology or psychology. However, we hope to solve these problems from a more abstract and even philosophical perspective, one that covers a wide range of disciplines. Thus we began looking at ideas, thoughts, and concepts, due to their communicable nature, as viruses, infections, and contagions. We formulated the word eidemic - a portmanteau of eidetic and epidemic - in hopes of describing this remarkable phenomenon: how thoughts can spread as if they were contagious. We hope that this theme provides an avenue for our speakers to share their unique ideas in a way that draws connections with other speakers and keeps our audience thinking long after the conference is over.

McMaster Innovation Park
175 Longwood Road South
Hamilton, ON, L8P0A1
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Dr. Paramjit Singh

Parmjit Singh is an Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor with the Department of Family Medicine at McMaster University and has a PhD in psychology. He has done clinical training in mind-body medicine at Harvard Medical School and in mindful communication at Rochester School of Medicine. He also has participated in intensive retreats on mindfulness-based stress reduction in mind-body medicine led by Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli, as well as a 10 day silent retreat in Vipassana meditation tradition. Dr. Singh is also a mindfulness practitioner and certified yoga instructor.

Erika Richter

Erika Richter is a 4th year Honours Arts & Science student combining in Peace Studies. She first became interested in the connection between youth and activism after volunteering with youth in Jamaica. Following that experience, Erika began to connect her extensive experience working with youth in camp settings, to the potential for youth to be agents of social change. Erika’s experience this past summer working for Seeds of Peace was incredibly transformative and solidified many of her interests. This year she is completing her thesis on the role of dialogue sessions in improving intergroup relations among youth in the context of intractable conflict and in the context of structural violence. Erika is graduating this year and will be working for a year before hopefully going to graduate school to study in the field of global governance or international development.

Dr. Celine Marie

Céline Marie obtained her PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience in Marseille in 2010. At this time she worked with Mireille Besson at the French National Centre of Scientific Researc and her work centred on studying the influence of expertise (musical and linguistic) on the processing of linguistic and non-linguistic sounds in adults. Using psychological and brain imaging methods, she examined the transfer of training effects from one domain of expertise to another domain. After her PhD, Dr. Marie went to Canada in order to work with Laurel Trainor as a postdoctoral researcher at McMaster University. Her current work focuses on studying the effects of brain development and musical expertise on simultaneous sound processing in infants and adults. Her recent published work showed that infants as young as 7-month olds process simultaneous sounds like adults, with a more robust encoding of the higher pitched tone.

Kobi Annobil

Kobi Annobil was born in London in 1979 to Ghanaian parents. He moved to Hamilton in 2008 to assist in documentary reporting with his uncle Jojo Chintoh, an award-winning City TV journalist. As a music journalist, he has written for newspapers such as Hamilton’s The View and a number of blogs based in Toronto, Montreal, New York, and London. He also fronts the Hamilton hip-hop group Canadian Winter, winners of the Hamilton Music Award for Hip Hop Recording of The Year in 2011.

Dr.David Earn

David Earn was born and raised in Winnipeg, Canada, and was an undergraduate in Mathematics at the University of Toronto. He obtained his PhD from the University of Cambridge, England, where his research involved the application of mathematical methods to problems in theoretical astrophysics. During his postdoctoral years he became interested in applying mathematics to biological problems and soon shifted focus entirely to biology, especially the epidemiology of infectious diseases. Dr. Earn is currently a Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at McMaster University, where he has been since January 2000. He has been a recipient of a New Investigator Award from the Canadian Institites of Health Research (CIHR), an Ontario Premier's Research Excellence Award, and a J. S. McDonnell Foundation Research Award. He is also the founder and curator of the International Infectious Disease Data Archive.

Lori Nemoy

Lori Nemoy is a 4th year Honours Arts & Science student with a broad range of academic interests. Lori’s love of music is rooted in her childhood, starting formal piano lessons at age six. In high school, she joined the school choir where she was introduced to the power of group music-making in shaping personal growth and community. Lori has been an active member of the McMaster University Choir for the past 4 years and an active member of the McMaster community, working as a campus tour guide and volunteering with the Farmstand. She also thoroughly enjoys cooking and exploring the outdoors.

Dr. Laura Wiebe

Laura Wiebe recently completed her PhD in English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University, where she is currently teaching courses in women's studies and science fiction. Her doctoral thesis is an examination of contemporary science fiction and fantasy featuring women protagonists, with a particular focus on series also authored by women. Dr. Wiebe’s other academic interests include contemporary literature, media and culture, more generally, as well as popular music studies; her MA thesis looked at the intersections between science fiction and metal music. Her involvement with metal music and culture goes beyond academia, evidence of which can be found in the print and online pages of publications such as Exclaim magazine.

Dr. Eric Brown

Eric Brown is Chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. His research group is taking on drug resistant superbugs by researching new approaches for the discovery of new antibiotics. Brown lab researchers are studying complex and poorly understood aspects of the bacterial cell, including cell wall and ribosome biogenesis. Dr. Brown has been the recipient of a number of investigator awards including a Canada Research Chair in Chemical Biology, the Canadian Society of Biomolecular Sciences New Investigator Award, and the Canadian Society of Microbiology Murray Award for Career Achievement. Currently he is a member of the Medical/Scientific Advisory Committee for Cystic Fibrosis Canada and a member of the Institute Advisory Board for the Institute of Infection and Immunity of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

Areej Siddiqui

Areej Siddiqui is a 4th year Honours English and Cultural Studies student, feminist, writer, and activist. She is invested in anti-oppressive practice and believes in local action for global change. Her politics encourage her to ask: what can we do now to aid social equity in ten years? She is currently working on an undergraduate thesis on community-building and running the English and Cultural Studies Society. She has been involved with Occupy McMaster and the McMaster Mobilization Committee, which address student debt and alienation. She has also worked at The Missing Slate, an arts and culture magazine, and Papercuts, a literary magazine.

Dr. Dawn Martin-Hill

Dawn Martin-Hill (Mohawk, Wolf Clan) holds a PhD in Cultural Anthropology and is one of the original founders of the Indigenous Studies Program at McMaster University, where she recently accepted a position as the Paul R McPherson Chair in Indigenous Studies Research. Her research includes: Indigenous knowledge & health prevention, Indigenous women, traditional medicine & well-being, and Indigenous methodologies & community research. Dr. Martin-Hill has her own book, The Lubicon Lake Nation: Indigenous Knowledge and Power (UofT 2007), which outlines the human and environmental impact of oil in Alberta on the cultural survival of the Lubicon Cree. She is also principal investigator of a SSHRC grant for the Digitization of Ceremonies in the Hewitt Collection and co-investigator of the Indigenous Health Research Development Program, a CIHR-IAPH grant for the Network Environments in Aboriginal Health Research.

Sean McGuire

Seán McGuire is currently in his 2nd year of the Master of Divinity degree at McMaster Divinity College. He hails from Sudbury, Ontario, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from Laurentian University. His areas of academic interest include the intersection of science and faith, narrative theology, and how technology continues to shape us as individuals and communities. His hobbies include hiking, pyrotechnics, drinking good coffee with friends, and pretending to be a hipster.

Sam Klass

Sam Klass has spent the last 2 years developing a unique and groundbreaking live performance of electric/organic live looping using guitar, voice, and beatboxing with analog and digital effects in original songs. Recently his act has taken him across the continent, from a sold-out Opera House spotlight set for the New Deal's final hometown show, to a renegade campground stage at Bonnaroo, to Canada Day on the main stage of a downtown Victoria festival - all stemming from a single epic street performance at Nuit Blanche in Toronto that spontaneously drew a crowd of hundreds. Sam's third independent release, Fluid Identity, explores the possibilities of live looping in a multitrack environment.

Dr. Chad Harvey

Chad Harvey is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology and the Integrated Science Program at McMaster University. He received his PhD in Zoology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2007. He has a passion for teaching and pursues pedagogical research into the fine lines between entertainment and engagement in the university classroom. Dr. Harvey is a foodweb ecologist by training, whose discipline research deals with the impacts of invasive species in both terrestrial and aquatic systems. Having a MS in Entomology, he is passionate about insects and other creepy crawlies, hence some of the content in his talk today.

Sarah Rostom

Sarah Rostom is a 4th year Honours Arts & Science student. During her time at McMaster, she has engaged with pedagogy, teaching, and research in many different capacities. Sarah has worked as Teaching Assistant in both the Arts & Science and Health Science programs while conducting global public health research in her own program and the Faculty of Social Sciences. Her work has been recognized in academic and peer-reviewed journals. She believes she cannot acknowledge her successes without acknowledging the process by which they were made possible: never-ending stress, consistent late nights, and incessant comebacks from poor grades, rejected applications, and personal challenges. She hopes for an academic culture that recognizes this part of success stories.  

Organizing team

  • Josh Wiener
  • Ashley Yu
    Communications and Promotions
  • Ashkan Javidan
  • Matthew Blackshaw
  • Mel Napeloni
  • Nikita Arora
    Communications and Promotions
  • Mike Cheung
  • Nigel Pynn-Coates
  • Natasha Sandhu
  • Shivum Sharma