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lampreyRound gobies, zebra mussels, Asian carp and lamprey, like the ones shown here, are just a few of the many types of invasive species studied by the Canadian Aquatic Invasive Species Network.

Aquatic invasive species network expands its reach

A university-headquartered national research network devoted to stopping the spread of aquatic invasive species will soon expand its reach all the way from the shores of South of Africa to the coast of Spain.

Rachel HassonRachel Hasson won a best oral presentation award at Ontario Biology Day for her research on the relationship between temperature and the spring arrival dates of migratory birds.

Bird migration research earns top honours for fourth-year biology student

Based on the award-winning research of a fourth-year biology student, it should be a safe bet that most migratory birds will be a little late this spring getting back to the area from down south.

After analyzing 18 years of bird banding data, Rachel Hasson discovered that nine varieties of song birds, ranging from orioles to warblers, were arriving back to southern Ontario anywhere from three to eight days early, depending on the change in temperature in any given year.

used computersChemicals called PBDEs are commonly used as flame retardants in things like televisions and computers and may have harmful effects on the environment, according to a visiting scientist who will lecture here Thursday.

Flame retardant chemicals' impact on environment subject of keynote address at GLIER colloquium

A wide variety of chemicals used in household goods ranging from furniture to fabrics might be effective at preventing fires, but new types of “replacement” flame retardants are being released into the environment and their long term consequences are still unknown, according to a scientist who will deliver a guest lecture here Thursday.

Ali AbdulHusseinAli AbdulHussein says he wants to build collaborative relationships between the faculties of business and engineering.

New prof to bridge gap between business, engineering

Lots of engineers have great, innovative product concepts, but may lack the business acumen to develop them into marketable goods. A lot of business students have great marketing skills, but might not have access to solid creative product ideas to promote.

Enter Ali AbdulHussein.

“I’m trying to build a formal link between engineering and business and get them to speak the same language,” says one of the newest faculty members on campus. “We want to create something more concrete that can turn into real ventures.”

capstone studentsFourth-year engineering students Barbara Wlodarczyk, Vincent Colussi, Terence Dimatulac, and Kaveera Naraynsingh stand in front of their E.C. Row Expressway traffic solutions poster.

E.C. Row Expressway improvements among engineering capstone projects

The section of the E.C. Row Expressway between Dougall and Walker roads is arguably one of the most dangerous strips of highway in the region, and many believe it’s only going to get worse as traffic increases in the area.

However, a group of fourth-year civil and environmental engineering students have come up with some designs suggestions to ease traffic that’s expected to double in the area by 2031.

Life in post-industrial ecology discussed at roundtable tonight

Stories about the politics and practices of altering life forms that raise questions about the possibilities of re-imagining life in a post-industrial ecology will be shared during a special round-table discussion at Villain’s Beastro tonight.

Dave YurkowskiPhD student Dave Yurkowski pulls a ringed seal into a boat in Resolute Bay, Nunavut.

Grad student travels to Arctic to study ringed seals

Mention seals to most Canadians and chances are their minds will immediately jump to the variety of harp seals that are controversially hunted on the east coast.

But the lesser known ringed seals are just as important to Canada’s Arctic, and a PhD student in the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research is devoting his research to studying their behaviour and how it may be changing as a result of climate change in the north.

FUELKinesiology graduate student Sara Santarossa, right, leads a group of high school girls through a high intensity cardio workout at Assumption high school last week.

High school girls get FUELed up through partnership program

Hundreds of high school girls across Windsor-Essex are discovering they can make a lifelong commitment to staying healthy by being physically active even if they don’t play sports.

“A lot of these girls don’t realize how capable they really are, so when they find out what they can do, that’s very motivating for them,” said Jenn Stefanczyk, a fourth-year kinesiology student who volunteers with the Females Using Energy for Life (FUEL) program.