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Season 1, Episode 2: Visual Thinking

Professor Glenn Ruhl

Dr. Glenn Ruhl is a Full Professor in, and former Chair of, the Information Design program in the Faculty of Communication Studies at Mount Royal University. His industry experience includes serving as Education Program Manager for the Environmental Services Association of Alberta and as the Executive Director for the Canadian Plastics Industry Association (West). He is a member of the International Institute for Information Design. In 2012, he received Mount Royal University’s Distinguished Faculty Award.

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Season 1, Episode 1: Research Posters to Scaffold Essay Writing

Professor Karen Manarin

Dr. Karen Manarin is Professor of English and General Education at Mount Royal University. A recipient of MRU’s Distinguished Faculty Award, Dr. Manarin’s teaching and research interests include how people read, and undergraduate research. Her coauthored book Critical Reading in Higher Education: Academic Goals and Social Engagement explores how students read in four, very different, required, first-year courses, from scientific literacy through composition. Dr. Manarin talks about research posters in a Teaching and Learning Inquiry article published in 2016 entitled, “Interpreting Undergraduate Research Posters in the Literature Classroom.”


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Professor Trevor Day

Trevor Day earned a Ph.D. in Respiratory Neurobiology (University of Calgary) and is currently an Associate Professor of Physiology in the Department of Biology at Mount Royal University. His research interests include the integration and interactions between the heart, lungs and brain in response to stressors in humans (e.g., body position, high altitude, sedentary behaviour). Trevor is a multiple-award-winning scholar, notably a recipient of the MRU Distinguished Faculty Award, and most recently a NSERC Discovery grant. As a musician, Trevor collaborates on various projects, including live science-music productions with veteran science broadcaster Jay Ingram and his band the “Free Radicals.”

Steve Dodd

Steve Dodd is a Calgary-based composer who has written roughly a thousand pieces for films, documentaries and network television shows worldwide.

Josip Vulic

Josip Vulic is a Calgary-born musician who was raised by very musical Croatian parents within the Croatian community. For 17 years, he has been the local, traditional wedding singer for this community. He credits his family and the Croatian community for all his creative ways. He continues to perform as a vocalist, bassist, and guitarist in a number of groups within the Calgary music scene.