George diCenzo wins outstanding student award

Congratulations to George Colin diCenzo, a PhD student in Dr. Turlough Finan’s lab, for winning this year’s Armand-Frappier Outstanding Student Award! This award was presented on June 23rd, 2017, at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society of Microbiologists in Waterloo. Each year, the award is given to the most outstanding graduate student in microbiology in Canada.

At the meeting, George presented his award lecture titled:  “Experimental and in silico guided approaches to engineering the rhizobium – legume symbiosis”.

Collaborative research project results in declines in reptile mortality

Dr. Patricia Chow-Fraser and PhD candidate Chantel Markle studied reptile road mortality along one of the deadliest roads in North America for species at risk. The collaborative research project resulted in declines in reptile mortality and highlights the importance of complete fencing along roadways.

 

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Dr. Graham Scott wins the The Bob Boutilier New Investigator Award

Dr. Graham Scott, who holds a Canada Research Chair (Tier II) was honoured with the The Bob Boutilier New Investigator Award at this month’s Canadian Society of Zoologists Meeting in Winnipeg. The award recognises scientists who made significant contributions to zoology and are considered a “rising star” in their field. Dr. Scott gave a keynote lecture “Living the high life: integrative functional mechanisms of high-altitude adaptation”.

Dr. Daniel honoured with Harry Jerome Award

Dr. Juliet Daniel was honoured with a Harry Jerome Award from the Black Business and Professional Association this weekend.

 

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Mac researchers keeping tabs on snapping turtle

Morgan Piczak struggles to carry all 28 pounds of No. 4 through the marsh while wearing rubber chest waders for his 15 minutes of fame

 

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Titan Arum has bloomed

Phoebe’s bloom has opened, a beautiful bloom with the look and smell of rotting meat. The temperature of the long erect appendix is actually 4-6 degrees above room temperature to help the smell travel farther. Last time Phoebe opened, the smell and bloom were greatest on the first day. Then the bloom actually closed up at the end of the of the first day. We are curious to see what happens with this larger bloom. Closing may keep the pollinators near the flowers inside, ensuring better pollination. Open 9AM to 8PM Thursday and Friday.