Through the generous support of Dr. Donald Hill (MD ’60), a Dalhousie alumnus with a distinguished career in business, medicine and research, Dalhousie is thrilled to announce the establishment of the Donald Hill Family Postdoctoral Fellowships – three prestigious post-doctoral research fellowships in the areas of Medicine, Computer Science and Humanities and Social Sciences. These fellowships have been created to accelerate the careers of recent doctoral graduates engaged in leading-edge research in each discipline that focuses on exploring the impact of technology on broader society.

The objective of this exciting fellowship initiative is to broaden research on how science and technology impacts society and culture. Advances in digital technology continues to fuel exponential growth in almost every discipline of science, medicine, computer science and engineering. The direct, unintended and largely unknown consequences on society will be significant. Academic and industrial leaders engaged in these disciplines will need to consider and address the broader societal, cultural and economic impacts in our efforts to manage these important changes. It is Dr. Hill’s desire to reach the next generation of scientists by enhancing the quality of dialogue and debate on the broader societal repercussions of emerging technologies. The objective is to promote a culture of accountability for future generations.

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, in cooperation with the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Computer Science, is pleased to invite you to a special panel event to introduce the three Donald Hill Family Postdoctoral Fellows.Their panel will discuss their research intentions and generate stimulating dialogue about the impact of emerging technology on society. 

Please join us for this panel event. All are welcome! 

Reception to follow.


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The three Donald Hill Family Postdoctoral Fellows are:

Dr. Michael Halpin received his Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research examines how neurobiology is used to explain social issues, with a particular focus on crime and poverty. He has received support from the Killam Foundation and has received awards from the American Sociological Association and the Society for the Study of Social Problems.

Dr. Tamara Sorenson Duncan holds a PhD in linguistics. She has worked for the past year as an IWK Research Fellow in a collaborative position between the Autism Research Centre at the IWK Health Centre and the Language and Literacy Lab in the Department of Psychology at Dalhousie University. Her research focuses on language and literacy development across several diverse populations, including children from immigrant and refugee backgrounds and children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Dr. Colin Bellinger is a Donald Hill Postdoctoral Fellow in the Faculty of Computer Science at Dalhousie University. Prior to this, he held a Postdoctoral Fellowship with the Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute at the University of Alberta. He obtained his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Ottawa in 2016 with the dissertation title: Beyond the Boundaries of SMOTE – A Framework for Manifold-Based Synthetic oversampling. Colin is interested in developing data mining and machine learning algorithms for rare and imbalanced data, along with investigating innovative applications of machine learning in health science and medicine.