Matt Walters

Lecture to consider role of schools in promoting healthier diets for children

Canada’s young people are overweight, and poor eating habits are a major reason why, says Rhona Hanning.

An associate professor in the  School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo , she will deliver a free public lecture entitled “Promoting Healthier Diets for Kids: Can Schools Make a Difference,” at noon on Friday, March 23, in room 145, Human Kinetics Building.

Medical historian to explore relationship of plague to poverty

Notions of class have been rooted at least in part in physiology, says Kevin Siena.

An associate professor of history at Trent University, he will explore the contributions of medical literature to that process in his free public lecture, “Rotten Bodies: Plague, Fever, and the Plebeian Body in Early Modern England,” Friday, March 23, at 5 p.m. in the Oak Room, Vanier Hall.

Seventeenth- and eighteenth-century plague and fever tracts commonly connected epidemics with poverty, Dr. Siena says.

Receptions to celebrate student art projects

The LeBel Building will be a beehive of activity Friday, March 23, as receptions celebrate the opening and closing of several student exhibitions.

Artists Sarah M. Robbins, Jessica Terpstra and Ashley Washburn-Hayden present Memory ... Reality? Miriam Brathwaite, Diane Dosen, Dongni Li and Veronica Murawski have collaborated on A Visual Dissection. Both shows are displayed in the School of Visual Arts Project gallery. Friday public receptions starting at 7 p.m. will celebrate the exhibitions’ closing.

Art curatorship subject of discussion

The Art Gallery of Windsor and the UWindsor School of Visual Arts present a talk by David Liss, artistic director of the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, as part of the 2012 Alone + Together Speakers’ Series.

Set for the gallery at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 22, the event is titled “Curating Spaces in Museums and Beyond.”

Lecture to address making mobile art

Art can take the temperature of a culture and allow us to gauge ourselves through our sensual and perceptual experiences, says Paula Gardner.

An associate professor in the Faculty of Liberal Studies at the Ontario College of Art & Design, she will discuss her approach in a free public lecture, “Making Mobile Art: Consumption and Embodied Looking from Stereoscopy to Everyday EEG,” Wednesday, March 21, at 7 p.m. in room 115, LeBel Building.

UWindsor professor moving on to the rock

UWindsor anthropology professor Lynne Phillips will take up a five-year post as dean of the Faculty of Arts at Memorial University, effective July 1.

Dr. Phillips has been at the University of Windsor since 1989 and served as head of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology from 2000 to 2007. She said she is “thrilled” to be heading to Memorial, located in St. Johns, Newfoundland and Labrador.

Sunny days: warm weather has students shedding socks

Patrick Murphy

Barefooting: First-year psychology major Patrick Murphy was one of hundreds of students on campus Wednesday to don sandals and shorts yesterday, as the temperature climbed well above 20˚ C.

“The sun is out, so I threw off my shoes and threw on some flip-flops,” he said.

Dragon boat team seeking paddlers

Dragon boat racing started as a therapeutic sport for breast cancer patients, but it has evolved into so much more, says Maureen Hayden-Wing.

A member of A Breast or Knot, a dragon boat team of paddlers who have or had breast cancer, she says the fellowship and activity was a great tonic to her.

“When I got breast cancer, I had never been sick before,” she says. “I found I was much better off getting my mind off it.”