Bioprinting tissues of the future with Dr. Stephanie Willerth

Stephanie Willerth presenting at the Till and McCulloch Meetings 2018 This year, the annual Till & McCulloch Meetings ended with a plenary session on the “next generation of regenerative medicine” to keep attendees thinking forward as they headed back home. While all of them were incredibly exciting, I was particularly struck by the futuristic techniques presented by Dr. Stephanie Willerth, who showed fantastic images and videos of her lab’s work 3D printing brain cells. Beyond…

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Debunking Misconceptions: Scorpions

For the past five months I have been working at the Royal Ontario Museum’s “Spiders: Fear & Fascination” exhibition as a full-time spider wrangler, taking care of the live spiders and scorpions, as well as performing live venom extractions. One of the most common interactions I have at the museum are with people looking to confirm certain misconceptions about venomous arachnids. There is a lot of information available out there, and I understand it can…

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Three ways to get closer to nature

Through NCC's Landmark Campaign, we’re creating opportunities for more Canadians to get outdoors and explore nature first-hand, which, in turn, strengthens our relationships with nature and our commitment to its protection. Discover three easy ways you can help strengthen your connection to nature and do your part to ensure a stronger future for our landscapes.

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Global Taxonomy Initiative Forum

The Global Taxonomy Initiative Forum will take place on 16 November immediately before the opening day of the UN Conference on Biodiversity in Egypt. The provisional agenda is accessible at https://www.cbd.int/conferences/2018/parallel-meetings/The-Global-Taxonomy-Initiative-Forum and the notification to Parties and observers on this event can be found at https://www.cbd.int/doc/notifications/2018/ntf-2018-090-gti-en.pdfThe Forum will be captured and shared via video streaming on the CBD Facebook and other social media. It will feature several talks on DNA barcoding and taxonomy capacity building.

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Planning a New Course in Science Communication

Next term I’m launching a new 4th year undergraduate course in Science Communication. I’ve wanted to teach a course on this topic for a while as I think that teaching our students how to communicate science to a range of audiences will be useful to them. Ideally we’ll get to a point where they can enter into dialogues with others about science, rather than having the interaction be one sided. It’s been fun to think…

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Unleash your inner writer – Enter our first-ever lay science writing competition

Unleash your inner writer – Enter our first-ever lay science writing competition Transplantation Organs and Tissues Plasma Stem Cells Transfusion Blood Thursday, November 15, 2018 Jenny Ryan Use plain language to tell the story of your research in blood, plasma, stem cells or organs & tissues. Call for submissions – Deadline: January 18, 2019 Theme: Research that matters! We’re excited to announce the launch of Canadian Blood Services’ first-ever Lay Science Writing Competition. We’ve connected…

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Do dogs run faster for more treats or better quality treats?

Scientists find out which rewards dogs will run faster for, and the results explain why you need to use good treats in dog training.Photo: Dora Zett / ShutterstockModern dog trainers use positive reinforcement to train dogs, and that reinforcement often takes the form of food (see the ultimate dog training tip to find out why).When you want a dog to come when you call them, you want to use your best training treats as a reward.But…

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Check it out: Faces of Fieldwork

This week on Dispatches from the field, we wanted to highlight a really cool site called Faces of Fieldwork (http://facesoffieldwork.com/). With a tagline of “Scientists are people too. We show the personal side of scientific fieldwork” how could we resist? Using pictures, they highlight what it is really like to do fieldwork from different fields all over the world. You’ll find pictures that make you say “aww”, “ouch”, “what?”, “cool”, and “no way!”. Check out…

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