Herzberg Public Lecture Speaker
The Herzberg Memorial Public Lecture will take place on Sunday June 6th in the evening. The lecture will be live streamed to the whole of Canada. University academics, students and researchers, high school teachers and students, and the general public are encouraged to attend.
The Herzberg Public Lecture Speaker will be announced in March 2021.
Avery E. Broderick
University of Waterloo
University of California, Berkeley
“Leveraging Local Symmetry Breaking to Engineering Novel Materials”
The 20th century has been dominated by the realization that symmetry and symmetry breaking influence the forces that govern our universe and are keys to much of the novel phenomena observed in materials today. Recently it has been realized that, even if the global symmetry of a system is retained, a local symmetry breaking can still drive a variety of novel fascinating behaviors. In this talk I will present the effect that local breaking of inversion, translational and rotational symmetry can have in defining fundamental properties of matter from topological phases to superconductivity and how it can be used as a tuning parameter to control novel properties in van der Waals heterostructures.
University of New Hampshire
University of Toronto
“Cancer and Light: How optical sciences and engineering impact cancer research and patient care”
The multiple interactions of light with biomolecules, cells and tissues enable established and emerging techniques and technologies used in cancer research and patient care. These approaches range from simple, point-of-care devices to complex, multifunctional platforms combined with complementary non-optical methods, including nanotechnologies, robotics, bioinformatics and machine learning. This seminar will use specific examples from current research to illustrate the biophysical and biological principles underlying the emerging fields of “onco-photonics” or “photo-oncology”.