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Searching for Superheroes

  Posted on: August 15, 2013

When people hear the word bacteria, many of us think of germs. Bacteria and other microorganisms have gained notoriety in the media—who hasn’t heard of E. coli, staph infections, or the bubonic plague? And they’re everywhere, living invisibly in air, water, soil… and us. But did you know that less than 1% of them actually…

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Salmon in a tree and other quirky biology questions

  Posted on: April 8, 2013

Video screening | First-year biology students create quirky videos to answer equally quirky biological questions like Salmon in a Tree? What happened at the garter snake ball? Why do female hyenas have a penis? Why do pitcher plants like having bats sleep over?

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Student Research – Q & A with Timothy Crowe

  Posted on: September 4, 2012

Timothy Crowe’s undergraduate research project asks whether cave bacteria that were able to produce new antibiotics but lost that ability when cultured in the lab could have lost the genes to do so.

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Animal Biology student James Pomfret

Student Research – Q & A with James Pomfret

  Posted on: August 20, 2012

Looking for dietary changes that might provide answers to declining Vaux’s Swift populations, Animal Biology major James Pomfret spent six months collecting and examining samples of bird poop from a chimney roost.

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Student Research – Q & A with Tamara Bandet

  Posted on: August 13, 2012

Tamara Bandet, a Cellular, Molecular and Microbial Biology major, is testing the susceptibility of a pathogenic bacteria that causes respiratory tract infections to the antibiotics that are commonly prescribed. “I like that research is always a surprise.”

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Student Research – Q & A with Paige Hegadoren

  Posted on: August 7, 2012

Fourth year Physics student Paige Hegadoren’s UREAP project identified factors that affect the ability of infrared thermography to detect fevers in cattle. Her research was one of only three student presentations selected for the 3rd International Beef and Cattle Welfare Symposium in Saskatoon.

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Student Research – Q & A with Rolena DeBruyn

  Posted on: July 9, 2012

TRU Bachelor of Science student Rolena DeBruyn is studying the colouration of hard bodied invertebrates such as snails, crabs, barnacles, and mussels as they grow to determine whether there are trends at specific body weights.

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