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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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October 14, 2010

Speaker: Dr. C. Sean Bohun, Faculty of Science, University of Ontario Institute of Technology

Title: Modelling a cadaver decomposition island to estimate time of death, a case study in industrial mathematics.

Abstract: Propagation of fluids from a decomposing cadaver produces a characteristic stain on the landscape known as a cadaver decomposition island or CDI. What is required is a model to predict how this fluid propagates through the soil and whether or not it is feasible to use as a predictor for the time of death of the cadaver. As well as addressing these issues we will systematically go though the modelling process to identify the dominant processes that are involved. Along the way we will determine not only the gross characteristics of the CDI development, but also show how one can refine the model to account for rainfall or other processes in the soil. The talk will be accessible to any fourth-year Science student as long as they are not too scared by the occasional differential operator.