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Pints & Perspectives - Graduate Student Speaker Series-FR

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Posted on Feb 20, 2018

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On March 1 and March 29, the Grad House will be featuring short research talks from graduate students at UNB. Join us to hear about their work, share ideas, and enjoy a tasty beverage. Pints & Perspectives is presented by UNB Fredericton Faculty of Arts, Graduate Student Association - UNBF, and the Grad House.

March 1 speakers:

  • Charlene Bélu – doctoral candidate in Clinical Psychology at UNB
    TITLE: I've Got a Crush on You, but You're Not Mine: Romantic Attraction to Someone Other Than your Partner
    ABOUT: Throughout a romantic relationship, individuals are likely to experience a “crush” (i.e., attraction to someone to whom one is not pursuing romantic or sexual connection). Crushes are common: one study revealed that 70% of the women surveyed had experienced a crush while in their current long-term relationship. Despite their prevalence, not much is known about these crushes. My research focuses on these unknowns: Who tends to be the target of these crushes? What are some of the benefits of crushes? Do crushes matter for your relationship?
  • Jessica Hinton – master's candidate in Anthropology at UNB
    TITLE: Radiographic Assessment of Vitamin D Deficiency of the 18th century Burials from the Fortress of Louisbourg, Cape Breton, NS
    ABOUT: Human skeletal remains are valuable sources of information that inform our interpretation of the once living populations. Recently, significant attention has been paid to improving the identification of vitamin D deficiency in archaeological skeletal assemblages. Radiographic assessment has proven to be an inexpensive and non-invasive technique for the detection of vitamin D deficiency in human skeletal remains. In humans, vitamin D is synthesised when the skin is exposed to sunlight and when it is ingested through dietary sources. Malnourishment and inadequate sun exposure, as well as latitude, clothing, environmental conditions, and cultural practices can cause vitamin D deficiency. Failure to acquire sufficient vitamin D can lead to the development of dental abnormalities. Pulp morphology changes in permanent molars are related to vitamin D deficiency in childhood. Using radiography, my research examines the dentition from the Block 3 Fortress of Louisbourg skeletal assemblage for evidence of vitamin D deficiency. Within the context of Louisbourg history, the 18th century population`s vitamin D status is an important source of information that can expose the stressors associated with daily life at the Fortress of Louisbourg - the most expansive French colonial fortress site in North America.


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