Chatting with some students before class, and they said that they would be moving on to the next…

Chatting with some students before class, and they said that they would be moving on to the next physics course in the series, which I will be teaching next semester. But, they sounded positive about the possibility of being in my class again. Therefore, I’ll be happy to see some familiar faces in the next course.

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Introduction to Gene Therapy: It Sounds Simple, But It’s Sure Not Easy

Muscular dystrophy, hemophilia, Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA), cancer… they all have one thing in common. They are genetic diseases, ultimately caused by missing or malfunctioning genes in the patient’s DNA. Until recently, we could treat the symptoms of many genetic diseases, but not the causes. There was no way to reach inside a person’s genes and repair the faulty code that started the whole problem. Research into gene therapy aims to change that. What is…

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Works – Antonio Holguin’s Cosmic Cathedral Series

Antonio Holguin is an artist and designer based in Seattle, Washington. His watercolour series Cosmic Cathedral fuses astronomy, Greek mythology, and geometry together, creating window-like portals into an imagined universe. What was the inspiration behind the Cosmic Cathedral series? Originally, I set out to create my own cosmos. I have a long time fascination with astronomy and have painted space themed work in the past and Cosmic Cathedral is a progression of that previous art work. The first…

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Lane Anderson Award Winner Is Life-long Giraffe Fan

The winner of the 2016 Lane Anderson award for excellence in Canadian science writing for youth is Anne Innis Dagg, for her book 5 Giraffes, published by Fitzhenry & Whiteside. This is her account of how she came to study giraffe. -CEBy Anne Innis DaggWhen I was three years old, my mother took me on a trip from our home in Toronto to Chicago where we visited the Brookfield Zoo. I was mesmerized by the…

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New Province, New Adventures

So I live in Ontario now. It’s not a whole lot different yet, probably because I spend 90% of my time in the house and when I leave, it’s for Home Depot or groceries. Because new houses need curtain rods and shelving, and, well, there is only so long a person with food allergies can survive on even the most well-researched take out. Last weekend, though, Tech Support and I decided it was time to…

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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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