Megan Sumeracki

Megan Sumeracki

Megan Sumeracki (formerly Smith) is an Assistant Professor at Rhode Island College. She received her Master’s in Experimental Psychology at Washington University in St. Louis and her PhD in Cognitive Psychology from Purdue University. Megan studies human learning and memory, specifically applying the science of learning in educational contexts. Her research focuses on retrieval-based learning strategies, and the way retrieval can improve meaningful learning. Megan’s work has been published in journals such as Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, & Cognition, and Applied Cognitive Psychology. Megan has given talks at regional and national conferences in the US, and abroad such as a lecture at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study and delivering the Keynote at ResearchED in Rugby, England. Megan is also passionate about bridging the gap between research and practice in education. In an effort to promote more conversations between researchers and practitioners, she co-founded The Learning Scientists ( 

Talk Title - Applying the Science of Learning from the Laboratory to the Classroom 


Bruce Wainman

Bruce Wainman, PhD, is the Director of the Education Program in Anatomy and the Surgical Skills Laboratory at McMaster University, a Professor in the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine, an Associate Member of the Department of Ob/Gyn and the Coordinator of Biological Sciences for the Ontario Midwifery Consortium.

Bruce’s research is on various aspects of anatomy education and the effects of environmental contaminants on fertility and the menstrual cycle.  Recent eBooks produced by Dr Wainman  include “Pharmacology Revealed” and “Physical Assessment of the Well Woman and Newborn.”

Dr Wainman lectures at McMaster mainly on anatomy, pharmacology and reproductive physiology to the MD, undergrad Health Sciences and Midwifery programs. For his teaching activities he has received the McMaster Student Union Award numerous times, the President’s Award for Education,  the Canadian Association for Medical Education Certificate of Merit Award for 2015,  Osler Lecture Award and a 3M National Teaching Fellowship.

Talk Title - X Reality and the Concorde Fallacy in Education 


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