Women in Physics: Dr. Renee Horton

This post is part of an ongoing series by Jenny Kliever about women in physics who have inspired others and contributed to the field in unique and impressive ways. The Canadian Journal of Physics will be publishing a special issue on women in physics in 2018. Keep up to date on all CJP activities by signing up for the CJP newsletter. As a child growing up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Renee Horton spent many nights…

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Mind the (Detection) Gap: Tracking Fish Across Coral Reef Habitats

The location of fishes can be tracked using underwater listening stations. But is the detection of electronically tagged fish by these stations equal across habitats? In their new publication in Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, Nick Farmer and Jerry Ault develop a statistical method to account for gaps in tag detection. Read on to learn about their multi-year study in one of Florida’s marine protected areas.  By Nick Farmer and Jerry Ault Located…

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<i>The Hidden Life of Trees</i>, by Peter Wohlleben

By Erin Zimmerman, PhD Walking through a quiet forest setting, the landscape can seem so peaceful and static that it's hard to even imagine the flurry of activity and strife going on beneath the soil and at scales smaller than we can see. At the centre of it all is the individual tree, struggling to get enough light, water, and nutrients to survive while vying against competing plant species, invasive insects, and furious winter storms.…

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Considerations for Mentoring an Undergraduate

By Erin Zimmerman, PhD One of the best ways to both give of your time and improve your teaching skills as a graduate student, post-doc, or early-career researcher is to mentor an undergraduate in the lab. With proper planning, communication, and reasonable expectations, it can be a mutually beneficial experience for both mentor and mentee. Without sufficient planning and structure, partnerships run the risk of being a frustration or disappointment to one or both parties…

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Understanding Interactions Between Anglers and Fish

Anglers use nets to land fish and fisheries scientists use networks to study the relationships between resource consumers and natural resources. One such scientist is Dr. Christopher Chizinski, Assistant Professor of Human Dimensions of Wildlife Management at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In a new study in the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, Dr. Chizinski and colleagues use a specific type of network analysis to model connections between two specific entities: anglers and their catch…

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<i>The Science Writers’ Handbook</i>, Writers of SciLance

By Sarah Boon, PhD Are you a science writer, or do you hope to be one someday? The Science Writers' Handbook should be the first book you buy. Written in 2013, the book is a timeless and indispensable tool, collating the collective advice of 35 award-winning science writers (the SciLance team) who have over 300 years of combined experience. It's more than just a book, however. There's also a website that hosts a blog and…

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Women in Physics: Dr. Diane Nalini de Kerckhove

This post is part of an ongoing series by Jenny Kliever about women in physics who have inspired others and contributed to the field in unique and impressive ways. The Canadian Journal of Physics will be publishing a special issue on women in physics in 2018. Keep up to date on all CJP activities by signing up for the CJP newsletter.  Some people go through life following a traditional or linear career path, others listen…

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Nick Preobrazenski: <i>APNM</i> Undergraduate Research Excellence Award Winner

Canadian Science Publishing sponsors the Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism Undergraduate Research Excellence Awards, which are awarded in partnership with the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology and the Canadian Nutrition Society. Award winner Nick Preobrazenski shares his research on the Talk Test. By Nick Preobrazenski Generating a research question can seem like a daunting task and collaboration is key. Fortunately, my supervisor, Dr. Gurd, and a PhD candidate in the Queen’s Muscle Physiology Lab, Jacob…

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Another System Troubled by Age—Even Healthy Older Adults Can’t Handle the Heat

A new study published in Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism by researchers from the Universities of Ottawa, Calgary, Sherbrooke, and Thessaly in Greece. Lead author Ryan McGinn explains how older adults are at higher risk for heat stress.  By Ryan McGinn, MSc, MD (Candidate) Increasing age is associated with a host of changes to health and physical function. While it has been thought for some time that older adults also have a reduced ability to regulate…

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How to Create a Professional Website: A Guide for Academics

By Erin Zimmerman, PhD If you’re in the academic job market these days, or plan to be in the future, you’ve probably given some thought to setting up your own website or been told how important it is. The idea is that a customized website gives you a much greater degree of control over how your public persona comes across online compared to the random scattering of sites and social media a Google search by…

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