Dr. Donald Branch honoured by AABB for his career achievements

Dr. Donald Branch honoured by AABB for his career achievements Transplantation Stem Cells Transfusion Blood Tuesday, October 29, 2019 Catherine Lewis Dr. Donald Branch’s career shows a scientist driven by intellectual curiosity. From Gila monster venom to crocodile blood, from HIV to Ebola to huge discoveries improving outcomes for transfusion and transplantation patients, he pursues scientific questions and embraces all the twists and turns that path of inquiry may take.   “There’s always something new that…

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Introducing the Leading Life Sciences Podcast

We’re starting something new. We address a lot of very important topics in scientific entrepreneurship, career development and academia at The Black Hole. All of our posts follow a very similar formula: calling attention to a common, but rarely talked-about problem, a defined discussion of misalignments between what the system is solving for today and what we should be solving for instead, and a proposal of well thought-out and practical solutions. In fact, we differentiate…

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Cantastic Authorpalooza: Jean Mills

Welcome to Cantastic Authorpalooza, featuring posts by great Canadian children’s writers! Today’s guest: Jean Mills. Take it away, Jean! How the setting sparked the story: Larkin on the Shore Warning, readers: I’m not a science writer. But like any scientist, I do incorporate research findings (of a sort) into my stories. Here’s one example that’s especially true of my most recent YA novel, Larkin on the Shore. When stories come to me, they usually start…

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What’s in a message? Unpacking the do’s and don’ts of climate change communication

Maria Giammarco, Communication, Education, and Outreach Editor   The New York Times – “Ignore Climate Change At Your Peril” CTV News – “Canada warming twice as fast as rest of the world: scientific report” iPolitics – “Morning Brief: The future looks grim”   Aside from the obvious climate theme, what do these headlines have in common? Well, they’re […]

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Inktober 2019 – week 4

Continuing with this year’s #Inktober project: A Field Guide to Flying Trilobites. Here’s where to find Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3. You can also follow along on my Instagram and Twitter, @FlyingTrilobite. The popular *Plaice discus*, from A Field Guide to Flying Trilobites. These are often brightly painted by children in class #STEAM projects. “Asaphus dimorphia is a cliff-dwelling ptero-trilobite. It tends to stay hidden in dry grasses and has a chalky residue.”…

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#539 A Bit of Bird Behaviour

This week we're discussing birds, behaviour, and chickadees. How do you look at behavioural traits in birds, how different birds value information gathering, and how those traits affect foraging? Marion Kilgour speaks to Dr. Kim Mathot, the Canada Research Chair in Integrative Ecology, about how and why birds make decisions, and how individuals value and act on information, how they share information within groups, and what value that information has in managing uncertainty. Chickadees calls…

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