Peter SaleProfessor emeritus Peter Sale has written a book to introduce readers to the complexity, wonder, and vital planetary roles of coral reefs.

Ecologist aims to inspire action to save coral reefs

Coral reefs around the world turned white in 1997-98, during what was then the strongest el Niño event on record, which warmed oceans.

“It was the first occurrence of coral bleaching on such a massive scale, and many of those bleached corals died,” says marine ecologist Peter Sale. “Reef scientists consoled themselves with the thought that such a dramatic signal would jumpstart a global effort to combat climate change. Only it didn’t.”

He hopes his new book can inspire action to counteract global warming.

Book cover: Coral ReefsDistinguished university professor emeritus of biology, Dr. Sale wrote Coral Reefs: Majestic Realms Under the Sea to introduce readers to the complexity, wonder, and vital planetary roles of these ecosystems.

“Most people have never seen a coral reef, and we are not likely to care about something we do not know,” he says. “Perhaps one more book about reefs can build understanding and engender a commitment to save them, but even if — as is likely — we ultimately fail and reefs disappear, at least we will have some understanding of just what we have lost.”

Sale notes that reefs around the world have lost more than half their living coral since the 1970s, and fears climate change will continue to take its toll.

“In 2018, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change wrote that 95 per cent of coral reefs would likely disappear by 2100 even if we managed to keep average global warming to 1.5 degrees,” he says. “The world is currently headed for at least 3 degrees, so you know where that puts coral reefs.”

His book, published by Yale University Press, demonstrates that the decline of this ecosystem is more than a one-off environmental tragedy, but an existential warning to humanity.

“We need far more effort to counteract climate change and a real fight to save coral reefs would help,” says Sale. “I still believe against all evidence that significant numbers of people can begin to care sufficiently about coral reefs to build the political will we need to fight for their continuance.”

Coral Reefs: Majestic Realms Under the Sea will be available May 25 and can be pre-ordered from the Campus Bookstore by phoning Jackie Imeson at 519-253-3000, ext. 3219.
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Alumni offering free gift with diploma frame purchase

Spring graduates still have time to purchase their diploma frames from a selection of beautifully crafted Canadian-made wood frames offered by the University of Windsor Alumni Association. Click here for purchasing and pick-up options.

Submit an online order during the month of May and receive a free gift from the Alumni Association — one per order, while supplies last.

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computer screen displaying UWinsite StudentA cross-campus project will bring the UWinsite Student system in line with the latest technical, functional, and security-related features and fixes.

Update to accommodate enhancements to UWinsite Student system

A cross-campus project will bring the UWinsite Student system in line with the latest technical, functional, and security-related features and fixes, while positioning it to take advantage of future enhancements.

The Campus Solutions Update Project will accommodate updates since the November 2018 launch of UWinsite Student, including improvements to the class wait list functionality, the academic advisement summary, and class search.

The project includes key members from Student Finance, Student Awards and Financial Aid, Information Technology Services, and the Office of the Registrar. The group will be reaching out to individuals across campus to help with testing during the final phases of implementation.

“We are not anticipating any day-to-day impact to UWinsite Student users, as most of the updates will happen behind the scenes,” says acting registrar Lorraine Grondin. “We appreciate the campus community’s patience as we work through these updates.”

Staff from the relevant offices will dedicate part of each workday to the project, leaving less time for support, such as assistance with daily issues and requests for reports.

UWinsite Student is frozen for any system updates and enhancement requests. The project is expected to take approximately seven months, with an anticipated completion date of Nov. 22.

“We will continue to update the University of Windsor community through the UWinsite website as well as through DailyNews and emails,” Grondin says.

Direct questions regarding the project to UWinsite@uwindsor.ca.

Laurie HardingGraduate Student Society executive assistant Laurie Harding has retired after 23 years.

Graduate Student Society bidding farewell to long-time employee

Laurie Harding, the Graduate Student Society (GSS) executive assistant, has retired after 23 years of service.

Harding held the title of executive assistant, but students she worked with confirm she wore many hats throughout her tenure – everything from a confidant for the members to the GSS's institutional handbook.

Sathish Pichika, past president, says Harding was like a mother figure to the GSS.

“She guided us through difficult times, questioned us when we made mistakes and praised us for our accomplishments,” Pichika says, noting she encouraged him to run for president. “I can still recall the morning when I dropped by the GSS office to pick up the yearly calendar, and she motivated me to run for president as she saw leadership potential in me.”

Harding’s ability to connect with members of the GSS was proven at her retirement Zoom party, with former executives from the 1990s joining to celebrate her.

The GSS has created a Kudoboard for anyone interested in sharing a memory or sending well wishes to Harding on her retirement.

Tick on a leafHuman Resources offers tips to keep yourself safe from disease-spreading ticks.

Message shares tips for preventing tick bites

Ticks can spread diseases — including Lyme disease — and they are active April to November, especially in wooded areas and those with high grass and bushes.

In a message sent Monday to UWindsor staff and faculty, Human Resources shares tips to keep yourself protected as you venture outdoors:

  • Use insect repellent.
  • Avoid walking in tall grass and stay on the centre of paths.
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and closed-toed shoes and tuck your pants into your socks.
  • Do a full body check on yourself, children, and pets after being outdoors.
  • Put your clothes into a dryer on high heat to kill any ticks present.
  • Protect your pet with a tick collar or repellent.

Go to the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit website to learn more about shielding yourself from tick bites and what to do if your defences fail.

Read the entire Wellness Tip of the Week.