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Friday, October 5, 2018

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Introduction to Conservation Biology and Biodiversity (For Students and Open to All)
Dr. Han Y. H. Chen, Lakehead University

Introduction to Conservation Biology and Biodiversity (For Students and Open to All)

Event date: 5 October 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Event type: Seminar
Venue: ASE 3-D Visualization Lab (N2-B1c-16c)
Speaker: Dr. Han Y. H. Chen, Lakehead University
About the speaker:

Dr. Chen received his undergraduate and MSc education in China, and Ph.D. at the University of British Columbia, Canada, in 1997. Before joining Lakehead University as an assistant professor in 2003, he worked for Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources as senior forest management specialist for five years. He has been a full professor since 2008 and Lakehead University Research Chair professor since 2014.
Dr. Chen has authored 172 articles in peer-reviewed journals including as Nature Climate Change, Nature Communications, and Ecology Letters. His research program has been continuously funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada with three Discovery grants and three Strategic Project grants among other research supports.
Dr. Chen has successfully supervised about 60 highly qualified personnel (15 postdoctoral researchers, 16 Ph.D., 13 MSc, and others), who have actively published in peer-reviewed journals. Most of Dr. Chen’s students are active in research and government policy as university professors and research scientists.
Dr. Chen received an Ontario Early Researcher Award in 2008 and numerous awards from Lakehead University including the highest recognition, Lakehead University Distinguished Researcher Award in 2014.


In this class, we will introduce course outline, evaluation methods, and expectations. We will define the concept of conservation biology, overview the state of global biodiversity, and examine the role of conservation. 

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Earth Girl Volcano - An interactive casual strategy game of volcanic preparedness and response
Isaac Kerlow

Earth Girl Volcano - An interactive casual strategy game of volcanic preparedness and response

Event date: 5 October 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Event type: Seminar
Venue: ASE 3D Visualisation Laboratory (N2-B1c-16c)
Speaker: Isaac Kerlow
About the speaker:

Isaac Kerlow is an award-winning director and artist. Prior to joining the Earth Observatory of Singapore he was involved in classic Disney Interactive games such as Disney's Hercules for Playstation, Mulan and Toy Story 2 Animated Storybooks, and 101 Dalmatians: Escape from DeVil Manor. Isaac's most recent documentary "HAZE it's complicated…" is nominated for Best Feature Film at the 2018 Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival, the premiere eco film festival in Southeast Asia. His work can be found here

Earth Girl Volcano is a preparedness and response tablet and computer interactive game for a core audience of 7-14 kids and also a general mainstream audience. The game was developed and produced by an interdisciplinary team at the EOS Art and Media group with input from the scientific research staff and students from the Asian School of the Environment. At this session we will do a game postmortem and discuss some of the lessons learned.

The game simulates a variety of volcanic hazard and evacuation scenarios at different levels of expertise with single or multiple hazards. This casual strategy game offers players a variety of tools and strategies to mitigate risk and respond to scenarios based on real-life situations. Players can “chat” with villagers at the market and learn about local knowledge and past volcanic activity.

This interactive game represents the cutting edge of games that seek to be engaging and also communicate hazard and monitoring realities through the gameplay. The game can be used as a tool for learning in the classroom and also to explain volcanic hazard and risk mitigation to a non-technical audience including community leaders. We will demonstrate some of the game scenarios played at different levels of difficulty, and will discuss some of the design strategies used to translate volcanic hazard complexity into an interactive game of preparedness and risk mitigation.

The game is currently available as a pre-release prototype in English. Localizations to other languages and cultures from the Pacific Ring of Fire are in the works, including Indonesian, Tagalog, Japanese, Bislama (Vanuatu), Russian and Spanish.

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