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  • Jasmine Parmar, M.Sc. Thesis defence
    1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    July 22, 2014
    You are invited! Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014 1:00 pm 1520 Barrick Gold Lecture room, Harbour Centre campus Sugar sweetened beverage consumption and its relationship to overweight and obesity among South Asian children Abstract The prevalence of obesity among South Asian (SA) children is increasing in comparison to their ethnic counterparts. This is of great concern given that SA adults have a greater predisposition to cardiovascular disease and type II diabetes. This increase in obesity may be further exacerbated by the adoption of ‘Westernized’ lifestyle behaviours such as dietary changes. Over the past fifty years, consumption of sugar sweetened beverages (SSBs) has increased to alarmingly levels which has led SSBs to become highly scrutinized as a major contributor to the rise in childhood obesity. Evidence suggests the consumption of SSBs is associated with a rise in body mass index (BMI) in young children and adolescents. It is unknown whether this effect is exacerbated in specific populations at high risk of obesity, such as SA children. For this investigation a total of 363 SA children enrolled in grades 2-3 were randomly recruited from communities in Vancouver, British Columbia and Hamilton, Ontario. Children were evaluated using the RICH LEGACY Questionnaire that included a comprehensive assessment of the child’s lifestyle and physical measures. Independent multiple linear regression models adjusted for age and sex displayed an association between consumption of SSBs with z-BMI (p=0.02) but not with waist circumference (WC) (p=0.35) and waist to height ratio (W:Ht) (p=0.86). Diet beverages were not associated to z-BMI, WC or W:Ht (p=0.43, 0.46, 0.43, respectively). This new evidence is imperative in shaping future public health policies and interventions aimed at reducing the prevalence of childhood obesity.
  • Annique Boelryk Education PhD Thesis Examination
    1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    July 22, 2014
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  • Jaclyn Stewart, PhD Education Thesis Examination
    10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    July 23, 2014
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  • Lorelei Lester: Lil’wat Urban academic anvil July 22, 2014
    When I returned to school in September 2012 it had been almost 5 years since I had left. I had to learn how to be a student again. Taking notes during lecture made my hand sore so I considered using my laptop.

  • External Award: Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Scholarships in UK July 21, 2014
    Applications are invited for the Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Scholarships to support full time doctoral study in a subject area of the applicant university’s choice. The scheme will make ten awards of £1 million each to UK universities. Each award will fund 15 Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarships at that institution, with five scholarships to be offered in each year of the three-year grant.