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    Thursday
    Oct102013

    You Should Enter This Contest

    I am the 'acadmeic colleague' from Algoma University at the Council of Ontario Universities.  We basically meet to talk about system wide issues etc in Ontario.  It is made up of the various university presidents and us, the academics from each school.  

    One of the cool initiatives that COU has started is a contest about promoting mental health using social media.  I am the contact person for Algoma, and if you are an undergraduate or grad student in the Ontario system you should consider entering the contest.  There is prize money and everything.

    From the site:

    "Social media has revolutionized the way we communicate with each other. COU wants to see how graduate and undergraduate students at Ontario’s universities can use these social media tools to promote campus mental health. Show us how you would use social media to promote positive changes in mental health at your university, and you could win a cash prize and an invitation to attend a celebration in March 2014. You can work individually or as a team. The winners will receive $1,500 for first place, $1,000for second place, and $500 for third place."

    So, get to it, ideas, content, whatever.  Oh yeah, a link might be useful.....

    I hope to see some AU psych students get involved with this.


    Saturday
    Sep072013

    Psychology 3106 and Biology/Psychology 2606 Course Materials

    They are available here, click on the appropriate link on top of the page.  I think the title is almost as long as this post......

    Tuesday
    Aug202013

    In Response to 'One Pissed Off Mother'

    By now you have probably heard about the horrible excuse for a human being  who wrote a hateful letter to the family of Max, a kid with autism.  I linked there to the story of the letter written by this waste of skin and about how twitter has responded.  More importantly of course, his neighbourhood has responded, they like Max.  He is part of the community.  Seeing other kids high five him on the news, and seeing how they clearly meant it made most of us feel good, and Max seemed into it. 

    Most people are pretty good about disabilities nowadays, indeed, our son, Jon, has never had anything bad happen in school from classmates.  There have been misunderstandings (see an earlier post of mine about Jon's art) but generally the school has been excellent.

    Today we were out getting a couple of games at EB and the guy there was awesome, he talked to Jon, Jon kept trying to pre order COD:Ghosts, and the guy at EB said 'It is an M rated game, you can't have it without ID'.  It was cool.  (As an aside, the guys at EB here are great with most anyone, I have seen them interact with all types of people with all kinds of disabilites, always with class, good on them).

    In our neighbourhood people know Jon, they say hi.  At the mall Jon saw one of his teachers, he said hi, the guy responded all happily 'Hi Jon!'  

    So you see 'Pissed Off Mother' you are the one with the fucking problem.  Most everyone else in the society we live in is just fine with people who are different.  

    Oh, and from One Proud Father to One Pissed Off Mother, fuck off.

    Sunday
    Mar172013

    My Talk at the Conference on Comparative Cognition

     

    Giving my talk, photo credit Chris Sturdy

    So, last week I spoke at CO3 in Melbourne, Florida.  Some of the students in Memory and Brain and Behaviour asked me to record it, so, umm, here it is.

    I was introduced by Ken Cheng, which is fun.

    Music “Hundred Times Over” by Private Joker

    Powerpoint slides

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    Sunday
    Jan202013

    Broken Area Now Has Its Own Website

    Yup, it's true, we have our own website now.  I have imported all of the episodes from here to the new site.  The comments came along as well.