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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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March 8, 2012

Speaker: Dr. Christopher Dockendorff, Broad Institute, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Title: Creative Synthetic chemistry approaches to probe and drug discovery

Abstract: Gene-silencing techniques have gained great utility in recent years for the study and modulation of biological systems, however the importance of small organic molecules for such purposes has not subsided. In particular, the creative use of synthetic organic chemistry continues unabated to provide valuable new tools for probing biology, as well as important lead compounds for drug discovery efforts. Select results from the fields of synthetic methodology development, diversity-oriented synthesis, and high-throughput screening will be presented in the context of discovering compounds with interesting and valuable bioactivities.