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Travel back to the Carboniferous


Hai Lin Wang, Nature Conservancy of Canada Alongside marshes and in forests and meadows lives a group of plants that […]

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There’s no ‘I’ in team: coaching scientists to work together

While it’s true enough in English where you don’t spell the word team with the letter ‘I’, that’s not the case in French where the word is ‘equipe’. it makes me wonder how many other languages in the world have an ‘I’ in team. Moving on. This English language saying is true enough in its way but there is no team unless you have a group of ‘I’s’ and the trick is getting them to…

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Qualifying Exam Presentation – Jamey Fraser

Join us July 25th in Reynolds 1101 for the qualifying examination of PhD student, Jamey Fraser. The public presentation of his PhD proposal will take place at 10:00 am, followed by the formal examination period. Title: Investigating student self-efficacy and engagement using automated feedback Abstract: Increased classroom sizes have diminished educators’ ability to provide students withContinue reading "Qualifying Exam Presentation – Jamey Fraser"

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Personal Safety at Scientific Conferences

Considerations about my personal safety always influence my conference travel, accommodation, and eating plans. This statement probably is not surprising to other women or female-identifying/presenting people. Why is this the case? I am always worried about getting harassed, attacked, or murdered. It sounds ridiculous doesn’t it? Right up until we hear about cases such as the murder of Dr. Suzanne Eaton. She was attending a conference on the Greek island of Crete, took a break…

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Highlights from the Canadian transfusion community’s annual conference

Highlights from the Canadian transfusion community’s annual conference Plasma Stem Cells Transfusion Blood Thursday, July 18, 2019 Dr. Geraldine Walsh Calgary, Alberta, in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies, played host to this year’s Canadian Society for Transfusion Medicine (CSTM)/Canadian Blood Services/Héma-Québec annual conference. Canadian Blood Services is proud to be a key partner in this conference, which represents the major gathering of Canada’s transfusion medicine and science community each year. Many Centre for Innovation…

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Owls, Part 2: Giant Fossil Owls and Stolas

It’s time for the next installment of my OWLS! series of blog posts! This one is going to be a little bit different from my other posts…although, if you’ve read any of my Bigfoot or ghost posts you may not be surprised at the theme of this post. My research takes me down a few interesting rabbit holes. One of these holes introduced me to J. A. S. Collin de Plancy’s Dictionnaire Infernal when I searched…

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Beyond Moon: Moving Autonomously using Real-time Stereo vision (MARS) Rover powered by Artificial Intelligence

In 1962, US President John F. Kennedy declared, “We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.” And seven years later, Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took the first steps on the lunar surface. We are now celebrating 50 years of moon landing! Our MARS Rover The time has come to do other things, including putting…

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Monitoring forest soundscapes for conservation and more about whale songs

I don’t understand why anyone would publicize science work featuring soundscapes without including an audio file. However, no one from Princeton University (US) phoned and asked for my advice :). On the plus side, my whale story does have a sample audio file. However, I’m not sure if I can figure out how to embed it here. Princeton and monitoring forests In addition to a professor from Princeton University, there’s the founder of an environmental…

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