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Program Coordinator: Hugh Hodges, English Literature
Arts Advisor: Suzanne Bailey, English Literature
Note: In years when the Program Coordinator is from an arts discipline, there will be a Science Advisor. When the Coordinator is from the sciences, there will be an Arts Advisor.
Suzanne Bailey, English
Suzanne Bailey is Professor of English Literature at Trent University in Peterborough, Canada. She is the author of Cognitive Style and Perceptual Difference in Browning’s Poetry (2010) and senior editor of P.K. Page’s Brazilian Journal (2011). She has published on nineteenth-century intellectual history in Victorian Poetry, Victorian Studies, Photography and Culture, Women’s Writing and other journals, and she writes the annual review of publications on Robert Browning for the journal Victorian Poetry. Her work on Canadian travel writing and poetry appears in Mosaic, University of Toronto Quarterly, Canadian Literature and Canadian Poetry. Her research and teaching issues range from literature and science, especially evolution, to women’s travel writing, the visual arts in Canadian modernism, and theories and representations of age in poetry and life-writing. Read more about Suzanne Bailey's interests and research.
Jessica Marion Barr, BAS Faculty
Jessica Marion Barr is an artist, educator, and researcher who completed her Ph.D. in Cultural Studies at Queen's University in fall 2015. Her interdisciplinary practice incorporates artmaking, arts-science research, and pedagogy, focusing on creative and collaborative approaches to issues around climate change, species decline, and social/ecological justice. Jessica has recently exhibited artwork at the Gladstone Hotel (Toronto); World of Threads Festival (Oakville); Wall Space Gallery (Ottawa); FINA Gallery, University of British Columbia (Kelowna, BC); Hart House (University of Toronto); and Union Gallery, The Artel, Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre, and the Ban Righ Centre (Kingston, ON). Jessica's 2013 Nuit Blanche (Toronto) installation project Indicator investigated the concept of indicator species and the suffering of wildlife due to habitat destruction, climate change, and environmental contamination; the project was included in NOW Magazine's Critics' Picks as well as The Grid's "Nuit Blanche Animated" (listen to Jessica's sound installation Indications). Vernal Pool: A Participatory Project about Place + Precipitation, a collaboration with artist Karen Abel, was the recipient of the 2014 Jury’s Choice Award and the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects/GROUND Award at Grow Op: Exploring Landscape and Place at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto (more on this project, and listen to Jessica's sound installation Vernal Chorus). Jessica is very enthusiastic about teaching, and is looking forward to bringing her interdisciplinary training and creative approaches to the BAS program.
Stephen Bocking, School of the Environment
Stephen Bocking is an environmental historian, with a special interest in the history and political roles of science. His current research in this area includes studies of the history of environmental knowledge in northern Canada, the roles of science in the salmon farming industry, and the history of conservation science. Some of his books include Ice Blink: Navigating Northern Environmental History (University of Calgary Press, 2016), Nature's Experts: Science, Politics and the Environment (Rutgers University Press, 2004), Biodiversity in Canada (Broadview Press, 2000), and Ecologists and Environmental Politics: A History of Contemporary Ecology (Yale University Press, 1997). He also writes about his research activities and other interests on his "Environment, History, Science" blog.
Ray Dart, Business Administration
Ray appreciates curiosity which spans ideas, organizations and disciplines, and feels his undergraduate degree from Trent University – where he studied biology, philosophy, anthropology and environmental studies – was a perfect foundation for his lifelong interest in the organizational side of community development, sustainability and social change. His master’s degree was in Environmental Studies, and his doctoral degree was at the Schulich School of Business at York University. His research focuses on social enterprise, organization theory, entrepreneurship, and sustainability. Check out his many areas of expertise and research interests
Hugh Elton, Ancient Greek and Roman Studies
Hugh Elton is interested in the way in which new technologies can be used to ask questions about the Roman Empire. In the past fifty years, there has been an explosion of archaeological data as well as a transformation of our tools, enabling new questions to be asked. I am thus interested in the way in which, for example, GPS and satellite imagery have transformed our ability to map the ancient world while GIS tools enable this new data to be manipulated in different ways, e.g. in terms of visibility from sites or ways of connecting between sites. Most recently, I have used these techniques in an article about the Roman Cemetery at Alahan, Turkey, co-written with Emma Baysal, and in an MA thesis by Nayla Abu Izzeddin which I supervised regarding least-cost route analysis in Southern Turkey, thus shedding new light on how the Romans travelled in this mountainous region. At the same time, questions about the past enable us to refine our understanding of these tools, so Nayla’s thesis showed the difference between the horizontal and vertical accuracy of satellite data.
Joanna Freeland, Biology
Joanna's research programs (past and ongoing) use molecular genetic data to address questions such as the relationship between environmental change and genetic diversity, the taxonomic status of endemic fauna, the extent to which populations are interconnected by gene flow, and the importance of genetic lineage to the invasibility of plant populations.
Moira Howes, Philosophy
My current research addresses the following question: "How can we become more objective thinkers?" In response, I argue that we need to look more carefully at the role of intellectual virtues and emotion in reasoning. My research indicates that we will need to change how we relate to others in teaching, research and everyday inquiry if we are to become more virtuous thinkers.
My teaching interests (1st-3rd year) include: Philosophy of Science, Biomedical Ethics, Critical Thinking, Philosophy of Sport and Recreation, Philosophy of Emotion, and Philosophy, Gender and Feminism. My teaching interests in 4th year include: Philosophy of Biology, Values in Science and Science Policy, Virtue Epistemology, Science and Ethics, and Scientific Objectivity.
Peter Lafleur, School of the Environment
Peter is a Geographer who does research in ecosystem sciences, specifically the carbon cycling on Arctic tundra and in northern peatlands. His research is highly interdisciplinary, spanning biogeochemisty, plant ecology, hydrology and climatology. He has work extensively in the Canadian boreal and Arctic environments for the past 30 years. Learn more about Peter Lafleur's research.
As a professor in Geography, he has a strong interest in education in Arts and Sciences, teaching courses to both BA and BSc students in the program. He is a strong proponent of the integration of human and physical perspectives in undergraduate level education that is a cornerstone of the Trent Geography degrees and the BAS.
Steven Rafferty, Chemistry
Kevin Siena, History
I am an historian of medicine. My research focuses on seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Britain. My initial books and articles explored the problem of sexual disease in the era before antibiotics, looking especially at how factors like class and gender impacted understandings of the disease, institutionalization of treatment and especially the experiences of sufferers. I have since worked on the medical histories of suicide, homosexuality, forensics, medical ethics, dermatology, medical advertising and female healers. I am currently completing a book on class and contagion in the eighteenth century which looks at how medical discussions of epidemic diseases such as plague and typhus allowed doctors to medicalize prevailing assumptions about the urban poor.
Aaron Slepkov, Biomaterial Physics
Aaron's research interests: Nonlinear photonics, Optical properties and characterization of organic and bio-materials, microscopy. Learn more about Aaron's research by visiting his website.
Rhonda Smith, Forensic Science
Rhonda has a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons.) and Bachelor of Laws, both from Queen’s University, as well as a Master of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School. In her early legal years she practiced criminal law as both Crown and Defence Counsel, as well as labour, employment, and family law. Rhonda has worked in both the private and public sectors in various roles throughout her career. For the last number of years she has focussed on her mediation practice and teaching. Rhonda is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, ADR Institutes of Ontario and Canada, and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.