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Dr. Rob Sutherland: Why is the Brain Important?

PUBlic Professor Series | Dr. Rob Sutherland


Dr. Rob Sutherland is Professor and Chair of the Department of Neuroscience, Tier 1 Board of Governors Research Chair in Neuroscience, and Director of the Canadian Centre for Behavioural Neuroscience. In 2021, he was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and in 2022 was awarded the Donald O. Hebb Distinguished Contribution Award by the Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour, and Cognitive Science. He investigates the neurobiology of learning, memory and dementia in rodents and humans. Sutherland received his degrees from the University of Toronto and Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. After he received his PhD, he moved to the University of Lethbridge in 1980 for postdoctoral training in neuropsychology. He has held faculty positions at the University of Lethbridge, University of New Mexico, University of Colorado Boulder and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. 

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2023-2024 PUBlic Professor Series schedule


Past talk: September 28, 2023

Recent Trends in the Food Industry

Dr. Digvir Jayas

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Past talk: October 26, 2023

Person-centred Care from Rhetoric to Reality

Dr. Sienna Caspar

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Past talk: November 23, 2023

Borders are Stupid

Dr. Sheila McManus

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Past talk: January 25

Weaving World Views: The Web as a Space for Cultural Vitality

Melissa Shouting (BHSc '19) & Christine Clark (BFA - New Media '10, MFA '14)

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Past Talk: February 29, 2024

Owning my Voice and Speaking my Truth in Academic Spaces

Dr. Sandra Dixon

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Next Talk: March 28, 2024

Why is the Brain Important?

Dr. Rob Sutherland

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Community outreach is a priority for the University of Lethbridge. Dissemination of faculty research expertise to a wider community through programs and activities such as talks, lab visits, youth and family activities, and in-school presentations has been delivered with great success over the years.

In June 2014, the Faculty of Arts & Science launched something special: the PUBlic Professor Series. Fast forward to 2023, and we're thrilled to announce that we've expanded the series to include talks by researchers from across the University. This monthly lecture series is designed to spark thought-provoking discussions and bring a diverse group of experts and researchers from our campus right into the community.

While the size of the series has grown, its core mission remains unchanged. These talks will continue to offer valuable insights into topics that pique interest, inspire questions, and foster open and engaging conversations. The PUBlic Professor Series provides an excellent opportunity for the community to come together, connect with one another, and dive into meaningful discussions.

This series is a natural extension of the popular Public Professor column, co-edited by Dan Johnson and James Linville, which you may have enjoyed reading in the Lethbridge Herald. Over the span of three years, they published a total of 146 regular Saturday columns, each penned by our talented faculty, sharing intriguing aspects of their research with you.

Together, let’s explore the fascinating world of knowledge, one conversation at a time.

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The Intersection of Remote Sensing and Archaeology: Discovering Our Past Using Drones

In our territorial acknowledgment we recognize that this land has been inhabited for a very long time – existing since beyond the reach of memory - immemorial. Uncovering and understanding the past is the research …

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Unlocking Nature's Potential: The Journey of Gregory Robinson with Mushrooms

Unlocking Nature's Potential: The Journey of Gregory Robinson with Mushrooms. In the tranquil embrace of nature, amidst whispering trees and fertile soil, Gregory Robinson, CEO and founder of Mycos and Mycos Biotech, …

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