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Dr. Ford Doolittle, Dr. Mélanie Frappier, Dr. Brian Noble, Dr. Gordon McOuatDr. Letitia Meynell.  



Ford Doolittle, PhD, FRS(C)

Professor Emeritus, Biochemistry and   Molecular Biology, Dalhousie University

Dr. Ford Doolittle is an Emeritus Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Dalhousie. His laboratory research has been in microbial molecular genetics, phylogenetics and metagenomics, and areas of theoretical interest include the Gaia hypothesis, “selfish DNA”, the origins of genomic complexity, lateral gene transfer and the “Tree of Life”. He was a senior research scholar at the Dibner Institute for the History of Science and Technology in 2004-05, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and Member of the US National Academy of Sciences.



Mélanie Frappier, PhD

Assistant Professor, History of Science and Technology Programme, University of King’s College

Dr. Mélanie Frappier teaches the history of modern science and history of technology at the University of King’s College. She is at present assembling a collection of primary texts to be used in the teaching of the history of technology and is currently developing a collection of historical scientific instruments to enhance the teaching of science and its history in local universities. Dr Frappier’s research focuses on the history of philosophy of 20th century physics (especially special relativity and quantum mechanics), the interpretation of theories, the role of thought experiments in science, and the historiography of science.





Letitia Meynell, PhD

Assistant Professor, Philosophy Department, Dalhousie University

Dr. Letitia Meynell’s teaching and research is primarily in the area of philosophy of science, with a particular interest in the epistemology of scientific images and feminist critiques of biology. Specifically, she has written on the epistemology of Feynmen diagrams, anatomical drawing and is currently working on neuroimaging. She has also published on feminist approaches to biology and co-edited a collection of essays with Sue Campbell and Susan Sherwin on feminist embodiment theory, Agency and Embodiment (Penn State, 2009). Currently, she is working with Jim Brown (University of Toronto) and Mélanie Frappier (University of King’s College) as a guest editor for a special issue of Knowledge Engineering Review on visual reasoning.  Website


Dr. Brian Noble, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology

Cross appointed with International Development Studies and Canadian Studies, Dr. Noble is a social anthropologist currently active in two research areas.  One addresses anti-colonial resolution of relations between Indigenous Peoples and settler Canada, and the processes animating indigenous land, economic and knowledge authority in global arenas. Noble, and his graduate students, have collaborated with Piikani, Secwepemc, Kwakwka'awakw, Mi'kmaq, and Cree peoples. He is also Co-investigator on the SSHRC-MCRI


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