Maria Cioppa

Science Café to consider questions of shifting sands

Have you ever sat on a beach and asked where the sand came from and where might it be going? Maria Cioppa has, and the associate professor of earth and environmental sciences will discuss her use of magnetic techniques to understand beach erosion and sediment transport in a free public lecture Wednesday entitled “Where did that beach go?”

Working with colleagues and students at Point Pelee National Park, Dr. Cioppa has carried out a series of experiments and measurements designed to investigate potential sediment sources, rates of sand movement, and areas at high risk of erosion.

Campus planting sparks sharing of tree stories

The Kentucky coffee tree (Gymnocladus dioica) derives its common name from reports that early European settlers used its seedpods as a coffee substitute. The species survives in Canada only in southwestern Ontario, where it is considered threatened.

That population grew by one Wednesday, as the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences and the Jull EES Club helped to plant a specimen in front of Memorial Hall in celebration of National Tree Day.

Semester’s tuition to keep sailor afloat

BComm student Cole Barbour said a voucher for a semester’s tuition he won during a draw at Wednesday’s Welcoming Celebration will help to keep him afloat, which comes in handy in his line of work—he’s a combat information officer with the Canadian Navy.

Currently holding the rank of ordinary seaman, Barbour hopes that completing his degree at the Odette School of Business will help him to advance.