Newfoundland Rocks!

This summer I visited Newfoundland. I’d heard lots about its attractions - people, music, scenery, food, icebergs, whales, puffins. But I was surprised at what a world-class fascinating place it is for geology. Gros Morne National Park, on the west coast, is a case in point. One of the landmarks in the area is the Tablelands mountain range, a reddish lump of rock over 700 meters high, and totally barren of plant life.  Part of the…

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Centre for Innovation scientist recognized for his contributions to the field of cryobiology

Centre for Innovation scientist recognized for his contributions to the field of cryobiology Transplantation Organs and Tissues Plasma Stem Cells Transfusion Blood Thursday, September 19, 2019 Dr. Geraldine Walsh Centre for Innovation scientist Dr. Jason Acker was recently inducted as a Fellow of the Society for Cryobiology, a prestigious international award that recognizes individuals who have had an exemplary impact on the field of cryobiology. Congratulations to Dr. Acker, who received this award over the…

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UN Mountain Partnership in Science Magazine: Now is the time to accelerate mountain policies, strategies and actions

Science Magazine recently released a special issue on mountains exploring the latest research related to climate change, biodiversity, mountain peoples and alpine rivers. The Canadian Mountain Network is a proud member of the United Nations (UN) Mountain Partnership and the Partnership’s Coordinator Yuka Makino is the lead author of one article in the issue. The Mountain Partnership is a UN voluntary alliance dedicated to improving the lives of mountain peoples and protecting mountain environments around…

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Quelques éléments du portrait de la nouvelle société qui se dessine

Je pensais bien que j’allais pouvoir enfin faire une différence. Mon premier objectif en devenant Commissaire au développement durable  en 2007 était d’entreprendre des démarches (contacts en Alberta, en Nouvelle Écosse et en Californie) pour m’assurer que j’allais pouvoir calculer l’empreinte écologique du Québec et que j’aurais les ressources nécessaires pour le faire. Finalement, cela a pris neuf mois de travail de deux personnes, une comptable et un économiste spécialement recruté. Le travail par le bureau…

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Back To School 2019 Broad Science Youth Edition

Broad Science Youth is Back to school! This special youth edition has been especially released to celebrate science literacy week in Canada http://www.scienceliteracy.ca/ This episode features youth from the Pierre Elliot Trudeau elementary school interviewing scientists at the CKUT 90.3 fm station. This marked the launch of our first research project, which trained undergraduate STEM students to deliver the Broad Science Youth workshop and in collaboration with academic researchers from McGill University will begin to…

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The otter side of Vancouver’s stolen koi story

UBC’s Nitobe Memorial Garden and a private collector donated adult fish to the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden to replace the koi eaten by an otter. Photo: Mayowill Photography/UBC Botanical Garden.A rogue otter stole koi from Vancouver’s classical Chinese garden. UBC stepped in to help. But how do you trap and transport koi across a major North American city?By Koby Michaels (UBC Focus assistant editor) with input from Katie Teed (Senior Manager, Marketing and Communication,…

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Teach Write: The Dual Audiences of Children’s Literature

Welcome to Teach Write! This column draws on my 20 years’ experience teaching writing to kids, university students, and adult learners. It includes ideas and exercises that teachers can use in the classroom, and creative writers can use to level up their process. Last time, we discussed the special, double audience that we have to consider when writing a class assignment for a teacher. Hopefully that advice will help all the students that have now…

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