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3rd Annual Indigenous Science Speaker Series: Dr. Dustin King
June 21, 2022Free
In Canada, decolonizing and indigenizing our academic institutions is central to making our society more inclusive and to striving toward reconciliation. This endeavour is particularly challenging in STEM disciplines, where there is a lack of indigenous representation and where knowledge is often compartmentalized into highly specialized areas in western science. In this talk, Dr. King shares his journey as a scientist and uses examples from his research to weave together western science and an indigenous worldview. In doing so, he discusses his biochemistry research into how organisms sense carbon dioxide gas to drive adaptive responses. His hope is that through this approach, he can illustrate how these two ways of thinking can complement one another to enrich our understanding.