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ARPICO aims to promote, share and facilitate the dissemination of knowledge and research work; to provide an accessible and informal forum for discussions, debate and exchange of ideas related to topics and issues relevant to modern society; to be a point of reference, support and networking for researchers, professionals and students in Western Canada; to promote cooperation and networking with governmental, industrial, and professional entities.
20180411_EventProfile_Sossi.jpgBrain illness, comprising neurological disorders, mental illness and addiction, is considered the major health challenge in the 21st century with a socio-economic cost greater than cancer and cardiovascular disease combined. There are at least three unique challenges hampering brain disease management: relative inaccessibility, disease onset often preceding the onset of clinical symptoms by many years and overlap between clinical and pathological symptoms that makes accurate disease identification often difficult. This talk will give examples of how positron emission tomography (PET) imaging has contributed to better understanding of the brain function and disease with particular focus on Parkinson’s disease. Emphasis will be placed on the interplay between scientific discoveries and instrumentation and data analysis development as exemplified by the current understanding of the brain function as comprised by interactions between connectivity networks and neurochemistry and advancement in multi-modal imaging such as simultaneous PET and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

Vesna Sossi is a Professor in the University of British Columbia (UBC) Physics and Astronomy Department and at the UBC Djavad Mowafaghian Center for Brain Health. She directs the UBC Positron Emission Tomography (PET) imaging centre, which is known for its use of imaging as applied to neurodegeneration with emphasis on Parkinson’s disease. Her main areas of interest comprise development of imaging methods to enhance the investigation of neurochemical mechanisms that lead to an increased risk of Parkinson’s disease (PD) and mechanisms that contribute to treatment-related complications. She uses PET imaging to explore how alterations of the different neurotransmitter…

April 11, 2018 at 7:00pm

Roundhouse Community Centre - Room B - (181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver, B.C.)

Join us as a member of ARPICO to support our endeavour to disseminate knowledge and research work, provide accesible and informal forums for discussions and debate, and exchange ideas realted to topics and issues relevant to modern society.
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Grants for Foreign Citizens Awarded by the Italian Government

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI) offers grants in favor of Canadian citizens not residing in Italy and Italian citizens living abroad (IRE)* for the academic year 2018-2019 in order to foster international cultural, scientific and technological cooperation, to promote Italian language and culture and to support Italy’s economic system in the world (According to Law 288/55 and its subsequent changes and additions).

For a full description of the procedure, please visit https://studyinitaly.esteri.it/en/call-for-procedure

NOTE: Applications must be submitted by 2 pm (Central European Time) April 30th, 2018.
* IRE grants are offered for the following countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ethiopia, Peru, South Africa, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

Unveiling the Universe

“We are made of star stuff”

Bringing the stars into the laboratory to understand the origin of the elements

What Carl Sagan meant when he said, “We are made of star stuff”, is that every single atom of elements heavier than lithium – like the oxygen we breathe and the carbon that makes up our bodies – was created during the life and death of stars. Within the periodic table, we have a good understanding of how the elements from hydrogen to iron are produced, but the details of how the elements from iron to uranium came to be are still shrouded in mystery.

We’re getting closer to solving that mystery, however. The recent observation of a kilonova – an astronomical event involving the merger of two neutron stars – revealed that some heavy elements like gold and platinum can be produced in such destructive interstellar mergers. This event, observed by both traditional telescopes and the gravitational wave detectors LIGO and VIRGO, demonstrated the awesome power of multi-messenger astronomy, and the need to study the short-lived atomic nuclei produced in this cataclysmic event. Understanding these nuclei and the forces and mechanics that govern them may become the key to unlocking the mystery of how these heavy elements came to be.

Vancouver is home to one of the few facilities in the world capable of producing and studying these short-lived particles- TRIUMF, Canada’s particle accelerator centre. And, as part of TRIUMF’s 50th anniversary celebrations in 2018, this inaugural Unveiling the Universe lecture will summarize our current knowledge, the lab’s ongoing research, and the burning, yet-unanswered questions regarding the creation of elements in our universe.

Discover how TRIUMF has evolved over its 50-year history, from corralling stellar explosions to tuning into neutron-star collisions, to become a Canadian pioneer in studying the atomic nuclei and galactic events that give rise to the stardust we are all made of.

Doors open at 6:00 PM
Lecture begins at 7:00 PM
Q&A to follow

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Concert for Piano and Violin

The Dante Alighieri Society of BC invites you to a concert for piano and violin with Maestros Domenico Mongelli (piano) and Maria Calvet (violin).
Organized in collaboration with the Consulate General of Italy, this event is part of the celebrations for the "Festa della Musica" 2017.

June 20, 2017, at 6.30 pm
St Paul's Anglican Church
1130 Jervis St, Vancouver
BC V6E 2C7

Dante Society Members: free entrance
Non Members: 10$ (children under 15: free)
Non members: tickets available at the door

The Dante Alighieri Society of BC is the local branch of a worldwide non-profit organization whose mission is the promotion of the Italian language and culture through the organization of language courses and cultural events. The Society also administers the PLIDA certification tests.

For more information about the Society:
www.dantesocietybc.ca
email: info@dantesocietybc.ca
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2017 ISSNAF Inaugural Canadian Annual Event

On May 19-20th SIRO (Society of Italian researcher in Ontario) official Chapter of the Italian Scientists and Scholars of North America Foundation (ISSNAF) will host in cooperation with the Embassy of Italy in Ottawa the inaugural Canadian Annual ISSNAF meeting.

The event is organized under the auspices of H.E. Ambassador Claudio Taffuri, Consul General of Italy in Toronto, Giuseppe Pastorelli, and Director of the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Toronto, Alessandro Ruggera and Scientific Attache' of the Italian Embassy in Ottawa, Anna Galluccio. This year's exciting conference will focus on innovation, exploring innovation as invention and transformation and its impact on how we live and think.

During the event, the italian scientific community meets the institutions, the industry, academia to discuss breakthrough ideas, to network, and to award projects of young Italians through the ISSNAF Young Investigators Awards.

After an introduction by H.E. Ambassador of Italy, Claudio Taffuri, and other representatives of italian institutions, the event will open with two prominent speakers: Paolo Maccario, Chief Operating Officer and General Manager at Silfab Solar Inc. and Franco Vaccarino, President and Vice-Chancellor of Guelph University, who will discuss current and future strategies in academia and industry required for students and workers to deal with the disruptive technologies and the exponential increase in knowledge.

The later part of the day will feature speakers from different institutions from all over Canada. Corrado Paina, President of the Italian Chamber of Commerce, will address the importance of innovation and research from the industry prospective. Umberto Berardi, Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, Ryerson University, will bring his experience as winner of the Franco Strazzabosco Award for Engineers. Nicola Fameli, Research Associate of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology and Therapeutics, U. of British Columbia and Franco Mammarella, Group leader Canada's National Laboratory for Particle and Nuclear Physics, president and vice-president of ARPICO (Society of Italian Researchers & Professionals in Western Canada), who will explain the importance of developing a global network amongst researchers. The day will be closed by Gabriella Gobbi, Associate Professor, Dept. Psychiatry, McGill University on the current status of the Italian Scientific Community in Quebec.

Day One of ISSNAF's Annual event will conclude with a reception at the Istituto. Day two of the event is dedicated to young Italian researchers and scientists who will present their work and will receive the ISSNAF Certificate for Young Investigators. The day will end with a round table and a discussion directed by the ISSNAF Ontario chapter Chairs, Barbara Cifra, Vito Mennella and Leonardo Salmena on how to build a successful academic network and how ISSNAF can contribute to the process.

For this year the event will be attended by 60 selected researchers and scholars working in Canada.

For more information email issnafontario@gmail.com

Made in Italy or Made in China?

The Dante Alighieri Society of BC Invites you to A talk by UBC Prof. Gaoheng Zhang,

MADE IN ITALY OR MADE IN CHINA?

Monday, April 10, 2017 at 6:00 pm

Doors open at 5:45 pm
UBC Robson Square (Theatre), 800 Robson St., Vancouver
Access parking from Howe St. (and Nelson)
RSVP at info@dantesocietybc.ca
Registration is required.

Since Marco Polo, intercultural and trade relations between China and Italy have flourished. In recent decades, the two countries faced strenuous competition in the manufacturing sector. According to conventional wisdom, while Italian fashion represents creativity and refined style, mass production characterizes ‘Made in China’ garments. Dr. Zhang’s talk will focus on the textile and clothing industry in Prato, Italy, which has become emblematic of the presumed conflicts between these two modes of manufacturing.

It is right in the heart of Tuscany, in Prato, that a Chinese diaspora has been increasingly involved in the production of low-and middle-end ready-to-wear fashion. For some local industrialists, this is an unwelcome development, as it damages their businesses and the ‘Made in Italy’ label. Others have argued that this evolution has been beneficial to the ‘Made in Italy’ fashion sector. What has been the role of the media in conveying these dynamics to the public? And why should we care about the ‘Made in Italy ‘and ‘Made in China’ label? Dr. Zhang will use the Prato case study to provide insights into the complex relationship between two of the biggest producers in the ‘fast fashion’ market: Italy and China.

A related exhibition titled ‘Global Routes: China, Italy, Toronto’ will be on display at UBC Robson Square (Sunroom) during March 17-April 13, 2017.

Dr. Gaoheng Zhang is Assistant Professor of Italian Studies at UBC. His research specializations include Chinese immigration to Italy and Italian-Chinese relations. He was educated in the fields of Italian Studies and Comparative Cultural Studies at Beijing Foreign Studies University (B.A.) and at New York University (M.A., Ph.D.).

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The Dante Alighieri Society of BC: www.dantesocietybc.ca

60th Anniversary of the Treaties of Rome - And Now?

On the occasion of the 60th Anniversary of the Treaties of Rome, The Consulate General of Italy in Vancouver, and The UBC Institute for European Studies are pleased to present a talk by professor Kurt Hübner, Jean Monnet Chair for European Integration and Global Political Economy at UBC, introduced by Massimiliano Iacchini, Consul General of Italy in Vancouver:

60th Anniversary of the Treaties of Rome - And Now?

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 from 12:30 to 14:00 pm Room 120 C.K.Choi Building, 1855 West Mall UBC Vancouver

Refreshments to follow

RSVP by Monday, March 20, 2017

cultural.vancouver@esteri.it

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