Rediscovering Kingston’s Skeletons: A Queen’s undergrad’s experiential learning opportunity

For many people, some of the most recognized moments of Kingston’s history are centred on the political career of Canada’s first Prime Minister and Kingston resident, Sir John A. Macdonald. For Ronen Goldfarb and his supervisor Dr. Laura Murray (English), Kingston’s history goes well beyond that. Taking on an Undergraduate Student Summer Research Fellowship with Dr. Murray in 2016, Goldfarb participated in her oral history-based project SWIHHP—the Swamp Ward and Inner Harbour History Project. The…

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University researchers study sports, athletes, and the Olympic Games

As the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang draw to a close this weekend, many Ontario university researchers have either had a hand in Team Canada’s performance, or have conducted research on the psychology of an athlete and the Olympic Games themselves. Months before the athletes headed to South Korea, the ACE Climate Wind Tunnel at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology was being used to help perfect the perfect racing suit for the Canadian…

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Graduate student combines storytelling, science in debut dystopian novel

Disaster strikes. A swarm of giant wasps are devouring everything around them, causing worldwide dystopia. But there is one hope: a tiny island off of Lake Ontario may have avoided the chaos. It’s up to Jack to get to the island, break into the hive where the wasps are hibernating, and free the human hostages inside. This forms the premise of Charles-Étienne Ferland’s new book, Dévorés, skillfully combining his love for storytelling and his research…

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Graduate student combines storytelling, science in debut dystopian novel

Disaster strikes. A swarm of giant wasps are devouring everything around them, causing worldwide dystopia. But there is one hope: a tiny island off of Lake Ontario may have avoided the chaos. It’s up to Jack to get to the island, break into the hive where the wasps are hibernating, and free the human hostages inside. This forms the premise of Charles-Étienne Ferland’s new book, Dévorés, skillfully combining his love for storytelling and his research…

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Fourth-year course builds partnerships between students and communities

When the village of Eden Mills wanted to go carbon neutral, the community members approached environmental scientists at the nearby University of Guelph for help. Initiated by resident and architect Charles Simon, the residents of Eden Mills believed that due to their population size (about 350 people) and location (surrounded by wooded areas), this seemingly ambitious goal could be achieved. They worked with groups of fourth-year environmental sciences students enrolled in the Project in Environmental…

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McMaster research team tackles water issues in First Nations communities

The numbers are staggering. An analysis of water security and climate change in Indigenous communities shows that up to 72,000 people may have been affected by drinking water advisories (DWAs) in First Nations at the start of 2017. In 2016 alone, 133 boil water advisories in 90 Indigenous communities were issued that affected over 50,000 people across the country. “To say it’s unacceptable, would be a serious understatement,” says Dawn Martin-Hill, associate professor of anthropology,…

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McMaster research team tackles water issues in First Nations communities

The numbers are staggering. An analysis of water security and climate change in Indigenous communities shows that up to 72,000 people may have been affected by drinking water advisories (DWAs) in First Nations at the start of 2017. In 2016 alone, 133 boil water advisories in 90 Indigenous communities were issued that affected over 50,000 people across the country. “To say it’s unacceptable, would be a serious understatement,” says Dawn Martin-Hill, associate professor of anthropology,…

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York researchers find virus resistance in plants holds promise for agricultural crops

In searching for ways to improve crop production and, ultimately, address food security in an era of climate change, three intrepid biologists from York University—Professor Katalin Hudak, researchers Kira Neller and Alexander Klenov (who are based in the Hudak Lab)—focused their research on the American pokeweed plant. Why? This plant is recognized for a protein that inhibits the replication of several plant and animal viruses. What the trio found was how the genes in the…

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Measuring Methane: Carleton researcher tracks a potent methane gas

This article was originally posted on Carleton University’s Carleton Stories page and provided by Carleton Research University Communications. In August 2016, when Carleton University’s Matthew Johnson was asked to lead a major research project measuring airborne methane in a pair of Alberta’s oil and gas production regions, the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering professor suspected that emissions of the potent greenhouse gas might be higher than federal government estimates and industry reported data. But he—and the rest of the country—had no…

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Ontario’s universities launch commitments to partner for a better future

Ontario’s universities have laid out their role as active and willing partners in securing a more vibrant and prosperous future for students, communities and the province, in a new report called Partnering for a Better Future for Ontario. The campaign report commits Ontario’s universities to working with the government, municipalities, business, and public sector institutions to help students thrive, build strong communities, and drive a growing and dynamic province. The report—which includes 24 recommendations to government—caps…

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