The 40th Annual E.W. Guptill Lecture: Black Holes and the Fate of the Universe

Thursday, Oct. 12, 8 p.m. with reception to follow
Scotiabank Auditorium, Marion McCain Arts and Social Sciences Building
6135 University Ave., Halifax

Space imageJoin the Department of Physics and Atmospheric Science for the 40th Annual E.W. Guptill Lecture during Homecoming 2017, feautring Dr. Günther Hasinger of the Institute for Astronomy at University of Hawaii.

The first stellar mass black holes have probably been formed in powerful gamma ray bursts in the early universe. Stellar remnants of the first generation of stars have been the seeds of supermassive black holes, which we find dormant in the centres of most nearby galaxies – including our own milky way. The ligo discovery of gravitational waves from several merging black holes has created excitement recently. What will be the fate of the black holes? They can live much longer than other forms of matter and structures in the universe, but nevertheless must evaporate after a finite time. If dark energy indeed accelerates the expansion of the universe forever, the most massive black holes can grow to hundreds of billions of solar masses, which can live as long as 10100 years – a truly unimaginable time span. The first compact objects, which entered the stage of the universe, will then also be the last ones to leave it.

10th Anniversary Ransom A. Myers Lecture on Science and Society
25 Years After the Cod Collapse: The Future of Canada’s Fisheries

Thursday, Oct. 12, 7 p.m. with reception to follow
Ondaatje Hall, Marion McCain Arts and Social Sciences Building
6135 University Ave., Halifax

Attend this series of short talks followed by a panel discussion celebrating the life and legacy of Ransom A. “Ram” Meyers (1952–2007), world-renowned marine biologist and conservationist. Ram received a physics degree at Rice University in 1974 and a doctorate in biology at Dalhousie in 1984. Before joining the Dalhousie faculty, he was a research scientist in the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans. He led a team of scientists who reported in 2003 that 90 percent of the world’s stocks of large fish, open-ocean predators like tuna and swordfish and groundfish like cod and flounder, had been lost to overfishing. The study drew criticism from fishery managers who took issue with what they called its overly gloomy outlook, but the work and Ram’s efforts to predict fish larvae survival rates was widely praised by environmentalists and marine ecologists, and it brought declining fish stocks, overfishing, and ocean issues to the mainstream press.

Speakers for this event include:

  • Julia Baum, University of Victoria
  • Stephanie Boudreau, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Moncton
  • Susanna Fuller, Ecology Action Centre, Halifax
  • Coilin Minto, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Ireland

60th Anniversary Reunion of the BSc Class of ’57 (Mathematics)

Thursday, Oct. 12, 6 – 9 p.m.
McInnes Room, Dalhousie Student Union Building
6136 University Avenue, Halifax

Alumni of the Bachelor of Science Class of 1957, you and your classmates are invited to your 60th Class Reunion, which will take place during the annual Alumni Dinner during Homecoming 2017.

The evening will be hosted by Adrienne Power (BComm’05), Olympian, five-time Canadian Champion and motivational coaching expert. Join us as we honour our 2017 Dalhousie Alumni Association Awards recipients.

Please purchase tickets online in advance:

Individual ticket: $65.00 + tax | $74.75 including tax
Table of eight tickets: $500.00 + tax | $575.00 including tax

Carl C. Coffin Chemistry Lecture
Insights on a Career in Industrial R&D – Lessons Learned at Dalhousie

Friday, Oct. 13, 1:30 p.m. (alumni lunch at 12 p.m.)
Dalhousie Chemistry Building, Room 226

Douglas MacLaren

Please join us for the Carl C. Coffin Lecture featuring Dr. Douglas C. MacLaren (PhD’03), Section Head at Sarnia Applied Process Research, Imperial Oil Ltd. Alumni are also invited to attend a Coffin luncheon before the lecture, from 12 – 1:15 p.m. in Chemistry Room 225.

Dr. MacLaren’s lecture will provide an overview of activities within the petrochemical industry with a focus on the Sarnia region and Imperial Sarnia Technology Applications & Research. The discussion will include an overview of his Imperial career path and thoughts and reflections on useful lessons learned during his experiences at Dalhousie that can be applied to any successful career path in industry, academia or whatever path one chooses.

Marine Affairs Program’s 30th Anniversary Alumni Panel

Friday, Oct. 13, 3 – 5 p.m.
Halifax Central Library, Lindsay Children’s Room (2nd floor)
5440 Spring Garden Rd., Halifax

MAP alumni drawn from each of the three decades will reflect on their successes and challenges in their professions. Alumni will have the  opportunity to share experience and advice from the various marine management sectors with other alumni and students.

Marine Affairs Program’s 30th Anniversary Alumni Dinner

Friday, Oct. 13, 6 – 9 p.m.Marine Affairs Program student Armdale Yacht Club (AYC) – just off Purcell’s Cove Road
75 Burgee Run, Halifax, N.S.

Alumni are invited to a celebratory dinner to recognize the 30th Anniversary of MAP. You will have an opportunity to reconnect with classmates and meet other alumni. We look forward to an evening of sharing memories and making new friends.

Please purchase tickets by October 12. Tickets are $10.00 per person (tax included).


Please register on the form below to indicate the Science Homecoming events you plan to attend.

**Please note, separate registration is required to attend the Class of 1957 Reunion at the Alumni Dinner and the Marine Affairs Program’s 30th Anniversary Alumni Dinner.**

Plus, don’t miss signature Homecoming events including the President’s Fun Run/Walk and Homecoming Hockey Night.

If you have any questions, please contact Jocelyn Adams, Alumni and Donor Relations Officer, Faculty of Science, at or 902.483.7343.