Microbiology, the study of bacteria, fungi, viruses and more, is often understood to be about germs which are “bad”. Students were given a common misconception about microbiology to refute in an accessible way for non-specialists. The students presented entertaining & enlightening videos correcting these misconceptions. Some were highly topical; for example, Hilary Clinton & Donald [...]
Dr McLean was invited to present at the Canada Parks Council Course on her collaborations with Fish Creek Provincial Park. These collaborations began in 2009 when she began taking students out to the park to collect data, and are now quite diverse, including a long term research project on an invasive plant, Thesium ramosum and [...]
A new initiative by the Science Club this fall was to set up camera traps in the west end of Fish Creek park to document large mammals entering from the west. This project arose from conversations with park staff who have some information on bears, but do not have any data on the movements of [...]
Conservation Biology students tour John Cross’s ranch. We tend to think that conservation is about grizzly bears and oil sands, forgetting that there are lots of ways in which people can conserve their environment. John Cross is one of these people who, while not being dogmatic, uses holistic management to improve the health of his [...]
The Science Club enjoys hanging out in the park and arranged for a talk on beavers by Shalane Friesen, an environmental educator from Fish Creek. She shared with us lots of information about beavers and the challenges we (and they) have living in an urban park. A successful BBQ and successful walk & talk.
The Science Club tries to have several movie nights each year with a vaguely science theme. Men in Black (aliens are always fun!), was the first movie this fall. As always, these are a great opportunity to hang out with your classmates & professors and meet folks in other years. Lots of great conversations & [...]