Science communication is very diverse and requires a variety of expertise and knowledge. As such we have a diverse faculty to provide you with a good background in the field.
Dr. Chantal Barriault
Director, Science Communication Program
Chantal Barriault has worked in a science centre environment since she was 16 years old. Starting out on the exhibit floors at Science North, she spent most of her early career engaging visitors with exhibits and programs. Throughout her 25 year career at Science North she led many science communication projects including teacher training, education programmes, live theatre science shows and exhibit development. Chantal has also led visitor studies and learning impact research for Science North, its programs and its travelling exhibits for many years. Her research interests focus on understanding and assessing the impact of science communication strategies through the application of learning theories and cognitive science. Most recently, her PhD research investigated the learning experience of visitors to zoos and aquaria to determine the impact of live animal exhibits on visitor learning. Chantal joined the faculty team at Laurentian University in 2013 and recently completed her PhD in Science Education at Curtin University in Perth, Australia.
Dr. Philippa Spoel
Associate Professor, Department of English, Laurentian University
Dr. Spoel's main area of teaching and research is rhetorical studies, with a focus on rhetorical criticism of health, environmental, and science communication. Much of her work occurs through interdisciplinary programs and research activities. In addition to teaching in the English Department's Rhetoric and Media Studies program, Philippa also teach in Laurentian-Science North's graduate program in Science Communication and in the Interdisciplinary Humanities M.A. in Interpretation and Values. Dr. Spoel is cross-appointed to Laurentian's new School of the Environment. Her recent publications include articles and chapters on the rhetoric of midwifery care, public communication of environmental science, and lay perspectives on healthy living. Her current research explores rhetorics of local food and food security in Ontario's public health contexts as well as conducting a rhetorical analysis of public debate concerning Northern Ontario's "Ring of Fire" mining development.
Dr. David Pearson
Professor, School of the Environment
Dr. David Pearson is a Professor in the School of the Environment, working in the Vale Living with Lakes Centre at Laurentian. He is an earth scientist and was a member of the Department of Earth Sciences from 1969 until 2005 when he became one of the two founding Co-Directors of the Laurentian University / Science North Graduate Diploma Program in Science Communication. From 1980 to 1986 he was on leave from Laurentian as the Project Director and then Founding Director of Science North.
From 2001 to 2007 David was founding Chair of the Ontario Office of the Canadian Climate Impacts and Adaptation Research Network housed at Laurentian and is now science advisor to its successor, the Ontario Centre for Climate Impacts and Adaptation Resources. From 2008 to June 2010 he was Co-Chair of the Ontario government's Expert Panel on Climate Change Adaptation and also chaired the provincial government's Science Advisory Panel for Ontario's Far North Initiative. He has hosted two TV series: "Understanding the Earth" (TV Ontario) and "Down to Earth" (Mid Canada TV); and was "Dr. Dave", the scientist for CBC Northern Ontario's weekly Radio Lab" from 1982 to 1997.
Dr. Ratvinder Grewal
Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Laurentian University
Ratvinder Grewal received the B.Sc. honours degree in computer science/software engineering from the University of Birmingham, England, in 1994, the M.Sc. degree in software engineering from the University of Aston, England, in 1995, and the Ph.D. degree in human-computer interaction, University of Wolverhampton, England, in 2001. He is an Associate Professor at Laurentian University, Sudbury, ON, where he teaches courses in ERP systems, Web programming, human-computer interaction, and science communication. In 2007 he formed the Human-computer Interaction Research Group consisting of faculty and students from various disciplines. His research work involves the study of human performance with user interfaces, and technology adoption in e-business environments. He utilizes the quantitative electroencephalogram (QEEG) to measure how much cognitive load users expend during interface usage. His research has been widely published in journals and conference proceedings.
Dr. Ann Pegoraro
Associate Professor, School of Human Kinetics
Dr. Ann Pegoraro is an Associate Professor at the School of Human Kinetics in the Faculty of Health at Laurentian University and an Adjunct Professor in Communication Studies at Huntington University. A holder of B.A., MBA, and PhD degrees, Ann is also the Director of the Institute for Sport Marketing, a research center at Laurentian. She is an active researcher, who has presented at international conferences and published in refereed management journals in the areas of digital media, marketing, communications, and sport management. Her research primarily focuses on communication and marketing with a focus on the digital world. Dr. Pegoraro (@SportMgmtProf) teaches the Communicating Science through New Media course working with students to further their knowledge and skills in digital media and #scicomm.
Senior Scientist, Science North
Danielle has been a part of the Science North team since 2001, with most of her career spent in Science Program developing and implementing visitor experiences. In 2014, Danielle stepped into the role of Senior Scientist, Science Initiatives, and is responsible for leading the development of new and relevant science experiences that grow new audiences. In this role, Danielle has successfully lead the development and implementation of Science North's very popular NIGHTLIFE on the Rocks series of events targeting young adults. Danielle also leads and implements audience research which include visitor surveys, visitor types and audience trends and the measurement of learning impact in exhibits and programs. She provides leadership in applying these results in the development of new visitor experiences and program initiatives. Danielle teaches the Exhibits course in Science Communication.