bioGENESIS aims at providing an evolutionary framework for biodiversity science.Itplays a key role in catalyzing the international communication that is needed to tackle problems in a timely fashion and on a global scale, thus promoting a truly integrative, socially relevant biodiversity science.
Jules Blais and Lab Manager Linda Kimpe along with students Madison Bell and Jennifer Kissinger will take part in this unprecedented research opportunity to study paleo-climates and paleo-archeology from the top of the world. Read the full article.
Fish exposed to the antidepressant drug Prozac pass on altered behaviour to the next three generations, raising questions about what might happen to human children whose mothers take the drug.
At the University of Ottawa, researchers Vance Trudeau and Marilyn Vera-Chang exposed fish eggs and newly-hatched fish to Prozac levels typical of what would cross the human placenta and reach an embryo. Read the full article.
Laurie Chan studies the toxic effects of chemical contaminants on wildlife and humans. Chan has worked with indigenous peoples across Canada to address their food safety and security issues. Chan and his team develop innovative approaches to study health determinants at the local, regional and global levels.
Measuring population trends for water birds such as cormorants, gulls, and other water birds has been limited by available census data that go back only a few decades, making it difficult to know how and why bird populations fluctuated in the past. Until now. Read the complete article.
In recognition of their outstanding contributions to teaching and their exceptional research achievements, Faculty of Science professors Jeremy Kerr and Muralee Murugesu have both had their University Research Chair (URC) renewed for a five-year term. Read the complete article.
New research by University of Ottawa professor Heather Kharouba shows that shifts in the relative timing between key biological events are greater in magnitude than before recent climate change began. This suggests that there will be widespread climate change-related shifts in the synchrony of species interactions in the future. Read the complete article.
Jeremy Kerr has earned that award by devoting his career to engaging the public and policy makers around the excitement and value of nature and biodiversity. He has brought science, and especially global change biology and conservation science, into the lives of Canadians thanks to his high profile scientific discoveries, leading to globally impactful papers in journals like Science. Read more.
Ahwon Jeong is a dedicated and creative fourth-year student completing an Honours BSc in Biomedical Science with a Minor in Psychology. She worked as a Clinical Research Coordinator at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI) alongside Dr. Rebecca Auer (MD, Associate Professor, Surgical Oncologist, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute). Ahwon’s former manager says, “…her work performance is well beyond her age and years of experience.” She also received a “Perfect 10” Award at the Faculty of Science and has been on the Dean’s Honour List for three years in a row.
Scientists are planning experimental "oil spills" in northwestern Ontario this summer in an effort to better understand what happens when diluted bitumen winds up in freshwater lakes. Read the complete article.
“Today's announcement by Canada’s minister of science, Kirsty Duncan, reaffirms the federal government's commitment to research, innovation and training, three essential pillars of a modern economy,” said Mona Nemer, VP research at the University of Ottawa. “On behalf of all of our researchers, I would like to thank you for your ongoing support of the cutting-edge research you make possible with these grants.” Read the complete article.
AAAS and Subaru are proud to announce the finalists for the 2017 AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prizes for Excellence in Science Books. The Prizes celebrate outstanding science writing and illustration for children and young adults and are meant to encourage the writing and publishing of high-quality science books for all ages. The 2017 winners will be selected from among the following finalists in four categories.
University of Ottawa researchers studying everything from smart textile fabrication to new ways to prevent stroke and Alzheimer’s have received a $1.6 million boost from the Government of Canada for the cutting-edge tools they need to keep Canada at the forefront of innovation. The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, minister of science, announced the funding, which will be directed through the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s John R. Evans Leaders Fund. Read the complete article.
New research from scientists at the University of Ottawa, five partner universities and the Government of the Northwest Territories shows that climate change is causing extensive lake expansion and landscape flooding in the southern Northwest Territories, affecting the core habitat of the Mackenzie wood bison herd. Wood bison are listed as “threatened” under Canada’sSpecies At Risk Actand the Mackenzie herd plays a key role in efforts to conserve and increase wood bison populations in the Northwest Territories.Read the complete article.
The title of Distinguished University Professor is conferred on faculty members in recognition of exceptional scholarly achievement, pre-eminence in a field of knowledge and a solid teaching record. Congratulations!
TheFrank Rigler Awardis the highest honour given by the Society of Canadian Limnologists. It was first presented in 1984 to recognize and honor major achievements in the field of limnology by Canadians or those working in Canada. Emphasis in selection is given to established aquatic scientists with a proven record of contribution to the field of aquatic sciences, whose work is widely recognized for its influence and importance. The winner of this award will give an overview on their research during the plenary session of the annual meeting of SCL/CCFFR, and will receive complimentary registration at the meeting and a one-year membership with the Society.
The University of Ottawa established the annual Excellence in Education Prizes to recognize educators of exceptional quality, driven by their passion to advance and share knowledge. These leaders in university education are outstanding in the classroom, in the laboratory and in the field and have been recognized by students and peers alike.
Julie Bilodeau, MSc student supervised by Jules Blais and Vance Trudeau, has received the honours for her work on “Toxicokinetics and bioaccumulation of polycyclic aromatic compounds in wood frog tadpoles (Lithobates sylvaticus) exposed to Athabasca oil sands sediment”.
The Dr. Richard Playle Awards were established by the Aquatic Toxicity Workshop (ATW), the precursor to CEW, in memory of Dr. Richard Colin Playle, a Professor of Biology at Wilfrid Laurier University from 1992 to 2005, who was an enthusiastic supporter of ATW and whose original insight spawned what was essentially a new area of research in aquatic toxicology: Biotic Ligand Modeling.
Established in 2017, the CEW Award for Outstanding Contribution to Canadian Ecotoxicology recognizes individuals who have made a significant and measurable contribution to the field of ecotoxicological science in Canada.
Newly published results from a study on food security and quality in First Nations communities in the Atlantic provinces show that food insecurity is rampant and that many households would like more access to traditional foods. The study found that 31% of First Nations households in the Atlantic provinces are severely or moderately food insecure, compared to the national average of 8%. Read the complete article.
A team of researchers at the University of Ottawa, working with Health Canada, the University of Toronto and the Institut national de santé publique du Québec, examined chemical exposure experienced by Ottawa Fire Service firefighters during on-shift, emergency fire operations between January 2015 and April 2016. Read the complete article.
Research Grants (Program Grants and Young Investigators) provide 3 years of support for international teams involving at least two countries. All team members are expected to broaden the character of their research compared to their ongoing research programs and interact with teams bringing expertise that is very different from their own so as to create novel approaches to problems in fundamental biology. All members of a Young Investigator team must be within 5 years of establishing their independent research group and no more than 10 years from their doctoral degree.