Society of Italian Researchers & Professionals in Western Canada
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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.
Trust and Authenticity in the Digitial Environment: An Increasingly Cloudy Issue
Prof. Luciana Duranti, Chiar and Professor School of Library, Archivial and Information Studies, University of British Columbia

Trust has been defined in many ways, but, at its core, it involves acting?without the knowledge needed to act. It consists of substituting the?information that one does not have with other information. For example, a?person who does not have the knowledge necessary to assess the authenticity?of a record relies on the credentials of the expert who authenticates it.?Individuals and organizations are increasingly saving and accessing records?in the highly networked, easily hacked environment of the Internet. This is the world of the so-called 'big data'. Can these data be trusted? Can they be preserved over the long term? Can their custodians be trusted? This presentations will discuss these and other issues related to the trust we are putting in the Cloud.

May 17, 2012 at 6:15pm

Italian Cultural Institute

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.
20170606_EventProfile_Bostock.jpgWe have the good fortune of living in a beautful corner of the planet where spectacular coast mountain scenery borders the temperate Pacific Ocean. But this priviledge comes at a price. The same forces that lift the coast mountains from the sea are responsible for one of the most powerful of natural disasters: earthquakes. In this talk, I will discuss several distinct classes of earthquake that occur in the Pacific Northwest and the seismic hazard they pose. This list includes the highly anticipated magnitude 9 "megathrust" event that will rupture the entire Cascadia plate…

June 06, 2017 at 6:00pm

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

20170412_EventProfile_Alimenti.jpgIt is now 35 years since the discovery of AIDS but its origins continue to be puzzling. Looking back to the early 20th-century events in Africa, scientists traced the emergence of the HIV/AIDS epidemic from its transmission from chimpanzees to man, and uncovered how colonial medical campaigns to eradicate tropical diseases started the spread of the virus, and how urbanization and prostitution had a disastrous effect later on to amplify the epidemic from West Africa to Kinshasa, then to the rest of Africa, to Haiti and ultimately worldwide.

In 2017, where are we with the…

April 12, 2017 at 7:00pm

Kitsilano Community Centre - Snowey's Lounge - (2690 Larch St, Vancouver, BC)

ARPICO presents:

It is our pleasure to invite you and your significant other to ARPICO's year-end dinner.

The event will take place on Saturday December 3, 2016 starting at 7 pm at recently renovated Italian fine-dining 'Bay Moorings Restaurant' in West Vancouver, which we have reserved for the occasion. (Yes, it is a little out of the way, but the word is on the street that is serves excellent food at reasonable prices---some of our board members have recently tried it with great satisfaction; check it out here baymooringsrestaurant.com)

The approximate program for the evening is as follows:
  • 7-7:30 -…

December 03, 2016 at 7:00pm

Bay Moorings Restaurant - 6330 Bay Street West Vancouver, BC

ARPICO presents:

The 2016 AGM of ARPICO will take place on May 31st, 2016 at 5:30PM at the Roundhouse Community Centre, Room B.

May 31, 2016 at 5:30pm

Roundhouse Community Centre - Room B - (181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver, BC, V6Z2W3)

Patrick Walden graduated with a B.Sc. in Physics from UBC and a Ph.D in Particle Physics from Caltech. His Post Doctoral research was done at the Stanford University Linear Accelerator (SLAC), and since 1974 he has been at TRIUMF here in Vancouver. Patrick has been active in the fields of pion photo-production, meson spectroscopy, the dynamics of pion production from nuclei, and nuclear astrophysics. Nuclear power is the second largest source of greenhouse gas emissions-free energy in the world. It supplies approximately 5% of the world's total energy demand. Presently, human activity is on the brink of initiating…

May 31, 2016 at 7:00pm

Roundhouse Community Centre - Room B - (181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver BC V6Z2W3)

Christopher McPherson, senior prosecutor with the Ministry of Justice, Province of British Columbia, is responsible for challenging high-profile homicide cases. He has prosecuted over 30 homicide cases. Elected a Bencher for 2016, Christopher is a member of the Discipline Committee and Equity and Diversity Advisory Committee. Christopher has served as a director of the BC Crown Counsel Association, and is a member of the International Association of Prosecutors and International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law. His teaching and lecturing experience includes coach of the Western Canadian Criminal Moot Competition and UBC Burns Moot Competition, instructor…

February 24, 2016 at 7:00pm

Vancouver Public Library - Alma VanDusen Room - (350 W. Georgia St., Vancouver, B.C.)

Dr. Arianna Dagnino is a researcher, writer, and socio-cultural analyst. She holds a M.A. in Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures from l'Università degli Studi di Genova and a Ph.D. in Sociology and Comparative Literature from the University of South Australia. She currently teaches at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

Global cities such as Vancouver, London, Berlin or Sydney currently face two major problems: house affordability and the risk of highly fragmented societies across cultural lines.

In her talk, Dr. Dagnino argues that one of the possible solutions to address the negative aspects of economic globalization…

January 27, 2016 at 7:00pm

Vancouver Public Library - Alma VanDusen Room - (350 W. Georgia St., Vancouver, B.C.)

ARPICO presents:

Please join us in celebrating the holidays and another wonderful year at our annual Christmas Dinner at Marcello's Pizzeria.

December 07, 2015 at 6:30pm

Marcello Pizzeria & Ristorante (1404 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC)

Prof. Douw Steyn, PhD, ACM, FCMOS, is Professor Emeritus of Atmospheric Science at The University of British Columbia, in the Department of Earth Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences. He is a member of the Institute for Applied Mathematics, the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, and the Liu Institute for Global Issues. He has served as Associate Dean (Research and Faculty Development) in the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Principal of the College for Interdisciplinary Studies.

Prof. Steyn's professional, teaching and research activities are in the field of air pollution meteorology, boundary layer meteorology, mesoscale meteorology, environmental science…

December 01, 2015 at 7:30pm

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

ARPICO is pleased to invite you to the informal dinner on August 22 in honor of Anadi Canepa, our president of four years, who will be leaving Vancouver the end of August to accept a position as a research scientist with a most prestigious research facility, Fermi Lab-Chicago, USA.

We will try to give her a farewell befitting her role as a founder of ARPICO and her tenure as president. We can assure you it will be an evening of great refreshments, conversation and other activities! Please join us for Anadi's send off, noting spouses/partners are most welcome.…

August 22, 2015 at 6:00pm

Ravenwoods Clubhouse, 3608 Deercrest Dr., North Vancouver

ARPICO presents:

The 2015 AGM of ARPICO will take place on May 27th 6:00PM at the Community Center at 480 Broughton St, Vancouver, BC. Doors open at 5:30pm.

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May 27, 2015 at 6:00pm

Rented Community Facility - Activity Room, Main Level - 480 Broughton St, Vancouver, BC

Prof. Samoil Bilenky will introduce a movie on the life of Bruno Pontecorvo

The movie will trace the main points of Bruno Pontecorvo's life, a nuclear physicist, who was born in 1913 in Pisa, Italy, and died in 1993 in Dubna, Russia.
Samoil Bilenky worked with Pontecorvo from 1975 until 1989 in Dubna where they developed the theory of neutrino masses and oscillations, and proposed experiments on the search for neutrino oscillations.
The impact of Bruno Pontecorvo on neutrino physics is well recognized in the Scientific World.

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May 27, 2015 at 7:00pm

Rented Community Facility - Activity Room, Main Level - 480 Broughton St, Vancouver, BC

Dr. John J. Spinelli is a Distinguished Scientist and Head of Cancer Control Research at the BC Cancer Agency, Professor at the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia, and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science at Simon Fraser University. He is the principal investigator for the BC Generations Project, part of the Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project, the largest health study ever undertaken in Canada.

Dr. Spinelli's primary research focus is on the identification of environmental and genetic risk factors for cancer and in the interaction between…

February 06, 2015 at 7:00pm

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

Dr. Francesco Berna is Assistant Professor at Simon Fraser University's Department of Archaeology, where he teaches introductory and advanced courses in archaeology. Born in Rome, he graduated from the University of Florence, where he also obtained his PhD. The main focus of his research is on the origin of modern behaviour and the onset of the controlled use of fire during the Lower and Middle Paleolithic in Africa, Europe, and the Middle East.

The biology, diet, habitat, and behavior of our species are deeply entangled with the use of fire to the point that our survival is,…

September 12, 2014 at 6:30pm

Istituto Italiano di Cultura

ARPICO presents:

We are pleased to announce that the 2014 Annual General Meeting of ARPICO will be held on May 28th at the Istituto Italiano di Cultura (500 - 510 West Hastings St Vancouver BC V6B 1L8). Doors will open at 6:15PM. The meeting will start at 6:30PM and end at 7:15PM.

A dinner with the board of directors will follow.

RSVP to info@arpico.org by May 24th if you wish to attend and if you would like to join the board of directors for dinner.

May 28, 2014 at 6:30pm

Istituto Italiano di Cultura

Arianna Dagnino holds a PhD in comparative literature from the University of South Australia and a Masters Degree in foreign languages from the University of Genoa. In the last 25 years she has lived across four continents, writing more than 700 articles for the italian press. She has published a transcultural novel, Fossili (Rome: Fazi, 2010), inspired by her four years in South Africa, and several books on the impact of socio-techno globalization. Dagnino is also an ethnographic researcher working with the international research centre Future Concept Lab (www.futureconceptlab.com

Dagnino's analysis and presentation of the…

April 23, 2014 at 6:15pm

Istituto Italiano di Cultura

Federico Rosei has held the Canada Research Chair in Nanostructured Organic and Inorganic Materials since 2003. He is Professor and Director of Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique, Énergie, Matériaux et Télécommunications, Université du Québec, Varennes (QC) Canada. Since January 2014 he holds the UNESCO Chair in Materials and Technologies for Energy Conversion, Saving and Storage. He received MSc and PhD degrees from the University of Rome "La Sapienza" in 1996 and 2001, respectively.

Dr. Rosei's research interests focus on the properties of nanostructured materials, and on how to control their size, shape, composition, stability and positioning when…

March 25, 2014 at 6:30pm

Roundhouse Community Centre Room C

ARPICO presents:

ARPICO Christmas social 2013 at Marcello Pizzeria & Ristorante.

December 09, 2013 at 6:30pm

Marcello Pizzeria & Ristorante

Steno Ferluga, who will give a talk about Hack's career and life, was a pupil of Margherita Hack and then became a coworker of hers as well as a personal friend. He now teaches Environmental Physics at the University of Udine.

On June 29, 2013, Margherita Hack passed away at the age of 91. Hack was an eminent astrophysicist, as well as a popular science writer, very well known in Italy and abroad for her professional achievements but also for her personal choices and opinions. A staunch vegetarian and a convinced atheist, Hack directed the Trieste Astronomical…

December 05, 2013 at 6:30pm

Istituto Italiano di Cultura

Dr Schaffer is responsible for maintaining the medical isotope and radiotracer production programs at TRIUMF, in support of neurology and oncology research. For his leadership in the field, Dr Schaffer was recently recognized as one of BC's Top Forty under 40 by Business in Vancouver magazine. He continues to re-define the TRIUMF nuclear medicine program as a leader, an entrepreneur and one of British Columbia's most promising scientific talents. A modest man with a sense of humour and a strong commitment to his family and playing hard outdoors, Paul came to TRIUMF in 2009 from the private…

November 27, 2013 at 6:30pm

Telus World of Science, 1455 Quebec St, Vancouver, B.C.

Dr. Matthews is Mission Scientist leading the Canadian Space Agency's MOST project, and a Professor of Astrophysics in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of British Columbia. Prof. Matthews is a world-leading expert in the fields of stellar seismology, exoplanetary science, and astronomical instrumentation and time series analysis. Prof. Matthews' media adventures include frequent appearances on CBC TV and Radio, CTV, Global, CNN, CityTV, The Knowledge Network, Shaw TV, and Space: The Imagination Station, as well as playing himself ("Jaymie" Rocket Scientist) in a national Fountain Tire television ad campaign. Dr. Matthews posed in…

May 21, 2013 at 6:30pm

Round House Community Center - 181 Roundhouse Mews

Marco Ciufolini (b. Rome; B.S., Spring Hill College; Ph.D., Michigan; Postdoc 1982-84, Yale) has held academic positions at Rice University (1984-98), the University of Lyon (1998-2004), and UBC (2004-present), where he is the Canada Research Chair in Synthetic Organic Chemistry.
The Istituto teams up once again with ARPICO, the Society on of Italian Researchers and Professionals of Western Canada, to present a fascinating talk celebrating the 50th anniversary of the awarding of the Nobel Prize to Italian scientist Giulio Natta. Organic chemistry, the branch of chemical science that focuses on carbon-based materials, permits the conversion of basic…

March 27, 2013 at 6:30pm

Istituto Italiano di Cultura

ARPICO presents:

The 2013 AGM of ARPICO will take place on March 13th 6:00PM at the Istituto Italiano di Cultura (500 - 510 West Hastings St., Vancouver BC).  We invite all members to join us for a no-host dinner afterwards.

March 13, 2013 at 6:30pm

Istituto Italiano di Cultura

Prof. Fabio Rossi & Video Interview with Rita Levi-Montalcini

On December 30, 2012, Italy lost one of its most prestigious minds in the scientific domain: neuro-biologist Rita Levi-Montalcini, who passed away at the age of 103. Together with colleague Stanley Cohen, Levi-Montalcini was awarded the 1986 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their discovery of nerve growth factor. The Istituto Italiano di Cultura, in collaboration with ARPICO - the Association of Italian Researchers and Professionals of Western Canada -, presents an evening commemorating the life and achievements of this outstanding scientist, who famously had to conduct…

February 26, 2013 at 7:30pm

Istituto Italiano di Cultura

Particle Physicist "Nephew of Emilio Segre, winner of the 1959 Nobel Prize for the discovery of the antiproton". Born in Florence, Italy in 1938, Gino Segre grew up in New York and Italy. He graduated from Harvard University (A.B., 1959) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Ph.D., 1963). He is now a professor emeritus in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Pennsylvania. He has been a visiting professor at M.I.T and at Oxford University as well as a visiting Fellow at CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) and the University of California,…

November 20, 2012 at 6:30pm

Science World Museum

Alberto Angela is a paleontologist, science writer, author, and italian journalist.

This fascinating documentary illustrates Italy's major recent achievements in the field of science and technology, achievements that will have significant consequences at a global level in the years to come - like the iCub robot, who is capable of learning from experience. Filmed in the beautiful setting of Rome's Centrale Montemartini - the new exhibition space for the Musei Capitolini, in the former "Giovanni Montemartini Thermoelectric Centre", an extraordinary example of industrial archaeology converted into a museum -, the documentary is presented by Alberto Angela and…

October 24, 2012 at 6:15pm

Italian Cultural Institute

A former Pisa scholar, Sergio Bertolucci has worked at DESY, Fermilab and Frascati. He was appointed head of the Frascati National Laboratories accelerator division becoming Director in 2002. Before taking over the Directorate for Research at CERN, Bertolucci was already chairing the LHC committee and was a member of DESY's physics research committee. He was also vice-president and a member of the Board of the Italian National Institute of Nuclear Physics.

Bertolucci will talk about the investigation of the deepest-held mysteries of our universe at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) of CERN. "The LHC is probably the…

February 15, 2012 at 8:30pm

Italian Cultural Institute

Dr. John Robinson, executive Director of the UBC Sustainability Initiative Professor with the Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability, and the Department of Geography, at the University of British Columbia.

The Greenest City Conservations (GCC) project is aimed at testing multiple channels for public engagement on sustainability policies. Its two main goals are (1) to facilitate discussion, solicit and analyze public attitudes and opinions on, and support for, a variety of sustainability policies; and (2) to provide a comprehensive understanding of the content and impacts (both qualitative and quantitative) of six different modes of public engagement ("channels"):…

October 27, 2011 at 8:30pm

Roundhouse Community Centre

Dr. Fabio Rossi, tenured associate professor in Medical Genetics at the University of British Columbia, member of the board of directors of the National Centres of Excellency - Stem Cell Network, and scientific advisor of Muscular Dystrophy Canada. More information about Dr. Rossi are available here: http://www.cbr.ubc.ca/research_frossi.htm

Stem cells hold tremendous promise for both therapeutic and commercial applications. However, theoretical, practical, ethical and regulatory obstacles hinder the path to these achievements. How long before we see these promises realized? Which applications will come first? Dr Rossi will review recent advances in this fast moving field,…

June 23, 2011 at 7:00pm

Italian Cultural Centre, 3075 Slocan Street, Vancouver