Number of patients on wait lists decrease for some organs as deceased donor numbers jump in Canada

New data released this week by Canadian Blood Services and the Canadian Institute for Health Information sheds light on organ donation and transplantation system progress   Close to 3000 lifesaving transplants were performed in Canada in 2016 of which 758 donations came from deceased donors, and 545 from living donors, according to the latest numbers released by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) and Canadian Blood Services.

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Best Science Books 2017: Waterstones / Adam Rutherford Picks the Best Science Reads of 2017

As you all have no doubt noticed over the years, I love highlighting the best science books every year via the various end of year lists that newspapers, web sites, etc. publish. I've done it so far in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. And here we are in 2017! As in previous years, my definition of "science books" is pretty inclusive, including books on technology, engineering, nature, the environment, science…

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Centers for Teaching professional development

Clarifying misconceptions about misconceptions in The Science of Learning by Deans for Impact. (Photo: Peter Newbury) My Centre for Teaching and Learning at UBC Okanagan “supports and promotes teaching and learning excellence, innovation and scholarship.” Many of our programs are offered as a form of professional development for course instructors. After some conversations with senior people here in my Centre – thanks JP and JH – I’ve realized my Centre staff should have professional development…

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Capturing Landscape Change Through Repeat Photography

“1913 Mt. Assiniboine Image in a Modern Context” Photo Credit: The Mountain Legacy Project With more than 7,000 image pairs from 19 summers of fieldwork, the Mountain Legacy Project reveals significant landscape changes in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Based at the University of Victoria, the project team works with researchers to highlight the impacts of climate change on Canada’s mountain landscape. The team uses historical photographs taken by surveyors with the Geological Survey of Canada,…

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How the Wolves Changed a River…

Three years ago I watched a short movie by Chris and Dawn Agnos about the reintroduction of the gray wolf (Canis lupus) to Yellowstone National Park. It was as amazing as it was revealing.1 When forty-one wolves from Canada and northwest Montana were reintroduced to the park in 1995—after wolves had been absent for seventy years—something incredible happened. The wolf helped provide balance, complexity and stability to an ecosystem that had been mismanaged and lacked…

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Women in Science: Bernadette Conant

By Sarah Boon, PhD At 55 years of age, Bernadette Conant frequently tells people, "I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up."  It’s the same feeling she’s had since high school. "Like many teenagers, I didn’t really know what I wanted to pursue either in university or in life," she says. "I was interested in concrete, tangible topics like biology, chemistry, and geology, and found math, physics, and English too…

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What Trees Talk About features the excellent research of Canadian ecologists

I'm always thrilled when one of my colleagues contacts me, to alert me to their research hitting the mainstream media. On November 26th, 2017, CBC's Nature of Things, which is  introduced by Dr. David Suzuki, broadcast an absolutely fabulous documentary on the ecology of Canada's boreal forest: What Trees Talk About. I loved the programme […]

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Best Science Books 2017: Amazon.com

As you all have no doubt noticed over the years, I love highlighting the best science books every year via the various end of year lists that newspapers, web sites, etc. publish. I've done it so far in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. And here we are in 2017! As in previous years, my definition of "science books" is pretty inclusive, including books on technology, engineering, nature, the environment, science…

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