June 29, 2017 — This is the third of three presentations I gave to the attendees of a summer institute on social justice, hosted by the Indian Institute of Technology in Ahmedabad, India. Slides can be downloaded here.
It’s been a while since I’ve blogged about my travels. Perhaps it’s time to start again?
I’ve just completed a whirlwind tour of England’s north, a bit of Switzerland, and Venice, Italy. With a 24-hour turnaround, I’m now back in India, where I am once more participating in the summer institute of the Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar campus, in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. You may recall (but probably won’t) that I was one of the instructors in 2015, as well. Continue reading Arrival in Ahmedabad… Again
Following up on last year’s successful CSEB Trivia Night, we held the 2017 version last week on May 19. There was substantially less turnout, due to the timing, I believe. But fun was had by all.
There were three rounds of 15 questions, followed by a 4th round of just 5 questions, with the theme of round 4 being all things Canadian. Due to popular demand, the rules for round 4 were also changed on the fly, with each point being worth 2 points, rather than just one, and 2 points being deducted for either a blank or incorrect response.
Here were the results:
|TEAM NAME||round 1||round 2||round 3||round 4||sum|
|lets get quizzical||5||6||8||-2||17|
Note that RayPutYourPantsOn changed their name several times. I just call them “Team Asshole”, because, well, you know.
Here are some pics:
And now the questions. How well would you have done?
|1||Geography||In which U.S. state would you find Mount Rushmore?||South Dakota|
|2||History||What was Malcolm X’s real surname?||Little|
|3||History/ Science||Who was the first female Canadian astronaut to actually go to space?||Roberta Bondar|
|4||Science||What was the first planet to be discovered using the telescope?||Uranus|
|5||Geography||What body of water separates Saudi Arabia from Africa?||The Red Sea|
|6||History / Politics||Who is the only U.S. president to serve more than two terms?||Franklin D. Roosevelt|
|7||History||In what year was Napolean defeated at Waterloo?||1815|
|8||Science||What percentage of the world’s population is left-handed? 10%, 20%, or 30%?||10%|
|9||Art||How many paintings did Vincent Van Gogh sell during his lifetime?||One, “The Red Vineyard at Arles”|
|10||Sports||Who was the last NHL player to play without a helmet?||Craig MacTavish|
|11||Geography||What is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea?||Sicily|
|12||Science||In computer science, what does “GUI” stand for?||Graphical User Interface|
|13||Sports||Who is the only athlete ever to play in a Super Bowl and a World Series?||Deion Sanders|
|14||Geography /Business||In what city was the very first Hard Rock Cafe opened?||
|15||Geography||In which state of the United States would you find Fort Knox?||Kentucky|
|1||Science||Which liquor is made from the blue agave plant?||Tequila|
|2||Geography||Yerevan is the capital city of what country?||The Republic of Armenia|
|3||Music||Which one of Prince’s songs reached highest on the music charts?||When Dove’s Cry|
|4||Geography / History / Politics||What did the letters of the former communist country U.S.S.R. stand for?||Union of Soviet Socialist Republics|
|5||Science /Math||What is the largest three-digit prime number?||997|
|6||Business||What was the first commercial product that had a Barcode?||Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit Gum|
|7||Sports||What professional wrestler was the first to defeat the Undertaker at Wrestlemania?||Brock Lesnar|
|8||Geography||What nation produces two thirds of the world’s vanilla?||Madagascar (also accept Malagasy Republic)|
|9||Art||Which painter started the impressionist movement?||Claude Monet|
|10||Geography||What is the only sea on Earth with no coastline?||Sargasso Sea|
|11||Sports||Who was the shortest player ever to play in the NBA?||Tyrone Bogues|
|12||History||In 1783, the first free flight of a hot air balloon carrying a human occurred in what city?||Paris|
|13||Art||What does the Statue of Liberty hold in her right hand?||A torch|
|14||History||The Beothuks were the indigenous people of what Canadian province?||Newfoundland|
|15||Geography||What’s the capital city of Zambia?||Lusaka|
|1||History||Who was Canada’s first female Prime Minister?||Kim Campbell|
|2||Geography||What’s the capital city of Croatia?||Zagreb|
|3||History / Geography||Which Great Lake did the Ojibwe call “Gichi-Gami”||Lake Superior|
|4||Science||Which blood type is the universal donor?||O-|
|5||Science||How many people have walked on the Moon?||12|
|6||Sports||Which country originated the sport of Curling?||Scotland|
|7||Business||In what year was the first iPhone released?||2007|
|8||Mythology||Who is the Greek god of victory?||Nike|
|9||Science||On what planet would you find the biggest volcano in the entire solar system?||Mars|
|10||Music||What was the Beatles’ first single (1962)||Love Me Do|
|11||History /Geography||Founded in 1607, what is considered to be the first permanent English settlement in the New World?||Jamestown, Virginia|
|12||Philosophy||“The Analects” is the name given to the collected wisdom of what philosopher?||Confucius|
|13||Philosophy||Who said, “Life must be understood backward. But it must be lived forward.”||Soren Kierkegaard|
|14||History||In what year did American women gain the legal right to vote in federal elections?||1920|
|15||History||Who was the first woman to be US Secretary of State?||Madeleine Albright (1996)|
|1||Politics||Who is the youngest Prime Minister in Canadian history?||Joe Clark (40); Trudeau was 43|
|2||Music||Who was the first person inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame? (1978)||Guy Lombardo or Oscar Peterson|
|3||Business||When did Canada abandon the gold standard? 1908, 1933, 1971, never was, still is||1933|
|4||Politics||What Canadian province has the highest percentage of women in their provincial legislature?||BC (39%)|
|5||Geography||What is the only officially bilingual province?||New Brunswick|
Oct 30, 2016 — I’m quite honoured to be one of the five 2016 recipients of the prestigious OCUFA Teaching Award, which is given to exceptional professors from Ontario universities. The awards ceremony was yesterday at the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel in Toronto.
I took the liberty of recording both my introduction and my brief address at the ceremony. Sadly, I recorded it on my cell phone, which was inside my jacket pocket. So the audio quality is atrocious. Lots of scratching noises. Sorry. Clearly the award was not for best sound engineering.
The introduction is by Dr Judy Bornais, herself a former Teaching Award winner, and is shared here with her permission. The text of her comments is available here (which I include just so I know that there’s a record somewhere.) And photos from the event, at least the ones that I have had access to, are here.
My deepest gratitude to my nominator, those who wrote supporting letters for my nomination, and especially to members of the OCUFA awards committee, who had to plow through many pages of, no doubt, exceptional submissions.
Update: Hey, maybe I got the idea for my speech from these comments from my boyhood hero, Carl Sagan: