Kiara Mikita

Kiara Mikita, PhD, is the Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning's (TI) inaugural post-doctoral scholar working in the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL). Kiara facilitates the SoTL Foundations Program for Graduate Students and SoTL Foundations for Postdocs, facilitates and speaks in other TI workshops, and guest speaks and lectures elsewhere in the University and in the broader Calgary community.

Dr. Robert Thirsk

Former Canadian astronaut Dr. Robert Thirsk was elected the 13th chancellor of the University of Calgary in May 2014. During his missions aboard the space shuttle Columbia and the International Space Station, Thirsk and his crewmates performed multidisciplinary research, robotic operations and maintenance tasks. Thirsk is a strong promoter of an economy based on exploration and innovation. He encourages Canadians to build their career dreams upon an educational foundation, advanced skills and lifelong learning. He works with organizations and educators to develop space-related curricula that introduce young people to the wonder of scientific discovery.

Is there a dark side to the northern lights?

When we think about weather, we don't usually think about space. But space weather, which causes phenomena like the aurora, can have profound impacts on our daily lives. We talk to Eric Donovan, associate professor in our Department of Physics and Astronomy, about what's going on with the weather in space.

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