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How do we inspire the next generation of neuroscientists who will find cures for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease? This is the mission of the Firefly Foundation in Toronto, and my community partner for Canada’s first hands-on Neuroscience summer research camp that runs every July at the University of Toronto Schools.


Hello! My name is Anand Mahadevan and I am one of the recipients of the 2015 Fulbright Community Leadership Program grants. Over the last three years, I have run Bright Lights in the Lab, a research based summer camp for kids in grades 6-12 in the greater Toronto area. This camp allows students to learn about neuroscience through hands-on inquiry activities and designing labs to measure action potential speeds in earthworms, rate coding in crickets, classical condition in fruit flies and nematodes as well as learning and behavior experiments using snails. Through our partners at the Department of Physiology, University of Toronto, we allow teenagers to meet and learn from graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and scientists at the forefront of innovative neuroscience in Canada. read more

The goal of this Fulbright Canada-U.S. Embassy in Ottawa Community Leadership Program project, led by Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) Professors Victor Armony and Bernard Duhaime, was to foster a conversation about the legacy of human rights violations and crimes against humanity in Latin America, particularly as part of a collective memory shared by many Canadians of Latin American heritage. The project’s core idea was that, by creating opportunities for the expression and exchange on these issues, it may become possible to preserve and help disseminate accounts of individual experiences by victims, to engage participants in understanding and discussing the history of state-sponsored political violence, persecution, and discrimination in Latin America, and to consider the implications of a duty of remembrance for Latin American diasporas—specific to their national origins but also as part of the larger Canadian story of inclusive citizenship and global responsibility to protect. The Latin American population in Canada is rapidly growing and integrating into the larger society. Compared to Hispanics in the United States, Canada’s Latinos constitute a much smaller, recent and diverse minority, one that as yet has not developed a full sense of community. However, there are some elements that point to an emerging common identity among Canadian Latin Americans, which are in part related to a shared experience of “low-intensity citizenship” and “incomplete democracy” in their countries of origin. In order to explore how the (personal or transmitted) memory of injustices committed by Latin American governments brings together individuals of different backgrounds, allows them to discuss their lasting effects, and also encourages them to formulate their idea of what a fully realized citizenship means, several activities were planned. read more

This post was written by the The University of California, Los Angeles, a member of the Fulbright Canada ecoLeadership program.

Los Angeles has much to learn from Vancouver.  While both are dense, diverse, cosmopolitan cities bounded by mountains, LA’s sister city to the north is renowned for its compact development and walkable neighborhoods.  Vancouver is a model of sustainability, largely due to planning efforts focused on smart growth and environmental protection.

In March 2015, a group of UCLA Graduate Students from the Luskin School of Public Affairs traveled to Vancouver to learn first-hand about the city’s compact development pattern, comprehensive urban transit network and successful natural resource management.  Students met with over 30 government agencies, non-profits, and leading researchers to understand the Vancouver success story.
Preliminary findings can be found on the trip blog and Twitter. read more

Post by Naria Kiani and Rachel Lindt, MURP ’15 candidates

Vancouver’s urban design is an urban planner’s dream: dense towers with visual transparency, adjacent green space, and thoughtful spacing between buildings to ensure the preservation of site lines. Perhaps it was the wet weather or the fact that we are analytical urban planners, but we left this day with a critical view of aspects of Vancouver’s urban design. Through engaging conversation and interactive tours, we were left with two takeaways from the day. read more

Post by Mike Janusek, MURP candidate ’16

Taking a moment away from our action-packed Vancouverism tour, I ventured around the corner from our quaint Craftsman-style Airbnb to a local cafe.  With ease, I navigated the rain-soaked, traffic-calmed streets of the Kitsilano neighborhood, reached the café, and struggled to pay for my coffee in exact change with novel Canadian currency.

While at the café, I caught up on suspended responsibilities back in LA. My mind wandered – it is spring break after all – and I found myself eavesdropping: two young professionals were empathizing over a difficult apartment hunt. Was I back in LA all of a sudden? read more

By Jeff Loi, MURP candidate ’16

What do you think of when you think of Vancouver?  Beautiful landscape?  Great bicycle infrastructure?  Gray, overcast skies and drizzling rain?

Well, our Luskin Spring Break crew unwittingly experienced all three of these defining characteristics at the beginning of our trip. The theme on Monday was transportation, which is appropriate for the first day since about half of us urban planning students are concentrating in transportation policy and planning.  After spending most of the day meeting with representatives from the regional transit authority TransLink (two of whom were also alumni of the UCLA urban planning program), and touring the operations facilities of SkyTrain, the automated light rail system, we were scheduled to take a bike tour of the city. read more

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