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.

“There was a lot of variety in how much they shifted their arrival dates,” said Hasson, whose work won her a best oral presentation award at Ontario Biology Day, held recently at the University of Toronto’s Mississauga campus. “But basically they arrived earlier when temperatures were warmer, and later when it was colder.”

Oliver Love
         Oliver Love          

Hasson, who grew up in Belle River, started volunteering in Oliver Love’s biology lab last year, working with graduate students Christine Madliger and Chris Harris. The bird banding data, obtained from Ruthven Park near Cayuga, Ontario, eventually formed the basis of her undergraduate thesis project.

“We just wanted to know if birds are changing their migratory patterns as a result of changes in temperature,” said Hasson, who is in a concurrent biology and education program, and will enter the faculty of education this fall – although she hasn’t ruled out coming back for graduate school after completing that degree.

Figuring out how birds instinctively know to adjust their arrival dates based on temperature is still something she’s intrigued by.

“That’s not something we were able to test, but it could be a whole number of reasons,” she said. “But it could have implications on their ability to properly raise their offspring.”

Competing in the conference against about 180 students from all across the province – including 20 from Windsor – was an “awesome” experience, she said.

“It was so much fun,” she said. “We were very well prepared and all of the students showcased their research very well. I was glad that I was able to bring this award back to Windsor.”

Dr. Love said he couldn’t be happier for his student.

“It’s amazing,” he said. “Given how many students were there and the calibre of the work, this is a huge accolade for Rachel and our department. The competition is very fierce, so we’re really proud of her.”

University SingersUniversity Singers presents a Spring Choral Celebration Concert, Friday evening at All Saints’ Anglican Church.

Bernstein work featured on choral program

Chichester Psalms, composed by Leonard Bernstein and sung in Hebrew, is featured on the program for a Spring Choral Celebration Concert, Friday evening at All Saints’ Anglican Church.

The 75-member University Singers conducted by Bradley Bloom will join vocal ensembles from the Walkerville Centre for the Creative Arts for the concert, which also includes the “Kyrie” from Franz Schubert’s Mass in G Major, spirituals, traditional folk songs and more choral confections.

The performance of Chichester Psalms will feature accompaniment by organist David Palmer, harpist Amy Ley and percussionist Nicholas Papador. All Saints’ Church is located at 330 City Hall Square. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. April 4. Find more information, including a complete program and list of performers, on the event website.

Admission is $10, $5 for students. Order tickets by phone at 519-253-3000, ext. 4212, or purchase online at www.uwindsor.ca/music.

Miah-Marie Langlois, Nick Falk, Jenny MacKnight, Parker Van BuskirkMajor award winners Miah-Marie Langlois, Nick Falk, Jenny MacKnight and Parker Van Buskirk at Thursday's athletics banquet. Photo by Edwin Tam.

Hockey duo skates away with major athletics awards

Hockey standouts Jenny MacKnight and Parker Van Buskirk received the Banner and Olympic Shields as Lancer athletes of the year at Thursday’s Evening of Excellence athletics awards banquet.

MacKnight led Ontario University Athletics with 40 points in 24 games en route to being named the women’s hockey player of the year and the first-ever Lancer all-Canadian in her sport. The fourth-year environmental studies major ranked among the nation’s leaders in goals and assists.

Goaltender Van Buskirk backstopped the Lancers to both divisional and provincial championships. An OUA All-Star, he led Canadian Interuniversity Sport in saves and finished eighth in save percentage with a .920 mark. In the playoffs, his 1.72 goals-against average and .970 save percentage led all netminders in the conference by a wide margin, earning him most valuable player honours in the Queen’s Cup competition.

The DeMarco Awards, presented annually to the top female and male students that best combine academic achievement with athletic prowess, went to track and cross country athlete Nick Falk and Miah-Marie Langlois, co-captain of the four-time CIS champion women’s basketball team.

See a full list of award winners at goLancers.ca.

Mike HaveyMike Havey has been appointed director of Athletics and Recreational Services.

New director of Athletics and Recreational Services honoured by opportunity

Mike Havey says he is “honoured” to have been named director of Athletics and Recreational Services.

“To have been selected to lead our team of athletes, coaches and staff in the coming years is a truly exciting opportunity,” said Havey. “There are both challenging and exciting times ahead for Athletics and Recreational Services. To be the unit leader as we attempt to action a major capital building project is an exciting and challenging prospect and represents the realization of a long-held dream.”

Havey has been acting director since June 2103. First brought to campus in 1991 as head coach of the Lancer men’s basketball team, he spent 13 years at the helm of the program before retiring from coaching in 2004. He was appointed associate athletic director later that year.

“Lights, Literature & Laughter”“Lights, Literature & Laughter” will launch two books produced with the assistance of students in the editing and publishing practicum course.

Reading to launch books edited by students

Students in Marty Gervais’ practicum course on editing and publishing will celebrate a twofer Friday, launching a pair of books they helped produce.

Authors John B. Lee and John Wing will read from their new works, edited and designed by the members of the class, during “Lights, Literature & Laughter,” 7 p.m. April 4 at the Caboto Club. The event is free and promises refreshments, live music, and other entertainment. 

Lee’s Burning My Father is the third installment of his Black Barns trilogy, a powerful story of internal conflict, personal growth, and family loyalty.

Wing’s poetry collection, Why-Shaped Scars, is honest and funny with shades of darkness—bringing humour to the mundane, beauty to the ordinary and chaos to everyday life.

The books, published by the Windsor-based Black Moss Press, will be available for purchase and signing. They sell for $17 each or get both for $30.

studio classroomStudio space is being pressed into service as galleries for the BFA graduate show “Digressions,” this week in the LeBel Building.

Gallery too small to hold graduate art exhibition

An exhibition of works by graduating students in the BFA visual arts program explores a wide range of media—from traditional painting and drawing to multimedia and installation art.

In fact, the SoVA Projects Gallery is too small to hold it all, so studio classrooms throughout the LeBel Building have been transformed into exhibition spaces for “Digression.”

After four years of study and countless hours logged in their studios, the students are ready to present themselves as professionals. A free public reception will offer the opportunity to speak with the artists, 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 4.

graphic: helping handsA poster presentation Friday in the CAW Student Centre will showcase the work of master’s candidates in social work.

Poster presentation to showcase work of social work students

A poster presentation in the CAW Student Centre will showcase the work of master’s candidates in social work, Friday, April 4, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Each student will present a program proposal or evaluation on topics as varied as housing, addictions, child welfare and gerontology.

Organizers call the event an excellent networking opportunity and a chance to learn about the innovative ideas generated by future social workers. It is free and open to the public.

Administrators and faculty congratulate graduating Outstanding Scholars.Administrators and faculty congratulate graduating Outstanding Scholars.

Reception honours graduating class of Outstanding Scholars

Participating in the Outstanding Scholars program has been a highlight of his time at the University of Windsor, says Jason Duic.

A fourth-year student in civil engineering, he was one of this year’s class of graduating Outstanding Scholars honoured at a luncheon Monday in Katzman Lounge. The program gives top students scholarship support and an opportunity to work directly with faculty on academic projects, from research to administrative functions.

Duic worked in the structures lab with professor Sreekanta Das, testing the strength of concrete formations.

“It was really cool,” he says. “It’s nice to get to know the faculty better. The Outstanding Scholars program gave me some one-on-one time with the instructors.”

Luke Robert Norman, an electrical engineering major, is interested in pursuing a career in green energy once he graduates this summer. He said his experiences, working with a number of researchers, is helping him to find a path.

“It was very eye-opening and taught me that continuing in research isn’t for me,” Norman says. He has a position waiting for him at the firm where he served a co-op term. “Working in the labs helped me to be up on all the latest developments.”

Monday’s luncheon gave instructors and administrators an opportunity to congratulate the graduates and hear their plans for the future. A number are looking to continue their studies in graduate or medical school, while others, like Norman, are preparing to start their professional careers.

Casting call going out for faculty and staff

If you are willing to volunteer your time to help a young filmmaker create a new project, you ought to be in pictures.

Directors and producers in the Communication, Media, and Film program need people willing to act in their film projects. The Casting Agency has plenty of undergraduate actors, says instructor Simon du Toit, but needs more mature men and women.

“Absolutely no acting experience or training is necessary!” he says. “The students really appreciate your support.”

The Casting Agency staff will be in the CAW Student Centre Commons to sign up volunteers and take a quick head shot from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, April 4. To volunteer, just drop by its table or e-mail CASTING@uwindsor.ca.

map of College AvenueConstruction of sewers will close College Avenue between Randolph and Campbell avenues starting Monday, April 7.

Sewer work to close stretch of College Avenue

Construction of sewers will close College Avenue between Randolph and Campbell avenues starting Monday, April 7, and continuing through early July, says city engineer Michael Cappucci.

While the contractor may be able to allow through traffic from time to time, Cappucci recommends motorists anticipate the closure of this stretch of roadway for the duration.