uOttaKnow, a podcast that illuminates, inspires and entertains!
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The first season of uOttaKnow featured leading uOttawa researchers covering trending topics such as stress and mental health, vaccine research and educational adaptability. The second season focuses on wellness and personal growth with alumni guests from the fitness, fashion and music industry. uOttaKnow is produced by the Alumni Relations team at the University of Ottawa.
Episode 1 - Stress, Resilience and the Brain (with Nafissa Ismail)
Episode 2 - COVID Vaccine Development (with John Bell)
Episode 3 - Beyond the Classroom, Education in a Pandemic (with Joel Westheimer)
Episode 1 - Think Like an Olympian (with Jean François Ménard)
Episode 2 - Afrobop, Music and Healing (with Idris Lawal)
Episode 3 - Fashion is Passion (with Chantal Durivage)
Episode 4 - Inclusive Fitness, Motivation and Positivity (with Jeanette Jenkins)
April 27, 2021
In this episode, host Gwen Madiba (MA ’12; BSocSc ’08), is joined from Los Angeles by celebrity fitness trainer alumna Jeanette Jenkins, founder and president of the Hollywood Trainer. Jeanette talks about her journey to reaching millions online with her workouts and the evolving landscape of the fitness industry. She shares inclusive fitness tips for individuals of all abilities and backgrounds to motivate, build confidence and embrace healthy living. This episode also includes a special spotlight question by alumnus Trevor Monaghan (Gee Gees Men’s Football ’97-’01) member of the Cree Nation of Chisasibi, and fitness manager of the Chisasibi Fitness Center located on the eastern shore of James Bay in Northern Quebec.
March 30, 2021
In this episode, host Gwen Madiba (MA ’12; BSocSc ’08), is joined by Chantal Durivage (BA ’93) founder and EVP, Creative Affairs of Groupe Sensation Mode. Their conversation touches on everything from fashion as self-expression, eco-conscious clothing to the future of retail and body diversity. This episode also includes a special spotlight question by Isabelle Gauvreau (BFA ’97) visual artist, owner and private stylist of the Ottawa boutique Isabelle Mode.
February 23, 2021
In this episode, host Gwen Madiba (MA ’12; BSocSc ’08), is joined by Afrobop Toronto based recording artist, Idris Lawal (BCom ’15), who released his debut EP Young, Black & Blue to great acclaim in 2020. They explore the power of music for social change, as well as healing. This episode also includes a special spotlight question by Haitian Canadian musician, Liautaud H Philogene (BSocSci ’17) who works under the artist name King H.
January 26, 2021
In this episode, host Gwen Madiba (MA ’12; BSocSc ’08), is joined by mental performance coach and two-time graduate, Jean Francois Ménard (MA ’07; BSc ’05), who has worked with an incredible roster of elite athletes such as Olympic champions Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue, Super Bowl Champion Laurent Durvernay-Tardif. They discuss practical strategies on how to manage uncertainty and build resilience from his book “Train Your Brain Like An Olympian - Gold Medal Techniques to Unleash Your Potential at Work". This episode also includes a special spotlight question by head assistant coach, Gee Gees women’s volleyball Kaly Soro (BA ’19; Gee Gees Women's Volleyball ’13-’18).
September 22, 2020
In this episode, host Gwen Madiba (MA ’12; BSocSc ’08), is joined by Nafissa Ismail, PhD, University Research Chair in Stress and Mental Health with the School of Psychology at the University of Ottawa. Dr. Ismail explores the impact of prolonged stress on the brain and shares strategies to build resilience during challenging times.
November 17, 2020
In this episode, host Gwen Madiba (MA ’12; BSocSc ’08), is joined by Dr. John Bell, Professor with the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa and Senior Scientist at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. Dr. Bell sheds light on the topic of COVID-19 vaccine development, as well as the challenges of mass distribution, access, safety, and effectiveness.
December 15, 2020
In this episode, host Gwen Madiba (MA ’12; BSocSc ’08), is joined by Dr. Joel Westheimer, University Research Chair in Democracy and Education at the University of Ottawa and education columnist for CBC Radio’s Ottawa Morning. Dr. Westheimer explores how learning during a global pandemic is shaping and impacting the younger generation, Gen C- ‘Generation Covid’.