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Briefs of the week

Two unlit jack-o-lanterns on a wooden table.

Week of Oct. 25, 2018 Trick or Eat 2018 On Halloween, a team of Dalhousie University students will be going door-to-door to collect non-perishable food items for the Dalhousie Student Union Food Bank and Feed Nova Scotia. To register, click here. Talking transit Last week, Halifax Regional Municipality announced the launch of Talk Transit: a…

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The call of the North Atlantic right whale

A model of a North Atlantic right whale in a museum.

An experiment is underway in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.  The experiment involves boats, planes, autonomous underwater vehicles and sonobuoys (buoys which can detect underwater sounds). It covers 1,500 square kilometres and is being run by groups from Dalhousie University, the Canadian Armed Forces and more.  Their goal is to find a method of surveying and tracking North Atlantic…

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Briefs of the week

Someone holding a lit joint.

Week of Oct. 15, 2018 UPDATE: Smoking ban Last week, Halifax Regional Municipality’s restrictions on smoking came into effect when just nine designated smoking areas had been established. That number has since jumped to more than 60, with the possibility of more on the way. There’s no cap on the number of designated smoking areas.…

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Expanding on the arts

Jacqueline Warwick feels the expansion of the Dalhousie Arts Centre will put the university “in line with other music schools.”  Warwick is the director of the Fountain School of Performing Arts, which formed in 2014 when Dalhousie University’s music and theatre departments merged. Construction has now begun to improve the 50-year-old Arts Centre, which will eventually be equipped with a new three-storey…

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Encouraging African Nova Scotian teens to study STEM

Funding from the Canadian government has given a boost to non-profit organization Imhotep Legacy Academy (ILA).  Overseen by Dalhousie University, ILA aims to diversify the Nova Scotian workforce by exposing African Nova Scotian students to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) subjects. The organization has been mentoring and teaching students for 16 years.  Per an announcement on Sept. 17, ILA will receive $128,160 over the course of three years from the Natural Sciences…

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Making scientific research accessible

Mary Anne White believes science belongs to everybody.  “The public has the right to know something about science. I think it’s both a right and a responsibility. [Science] enlivens our life,” said White, a chemistry professor at Dalhousie University and a recipient of the Order of Canada for her leadership in science outreach.  There are a lot of…

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#HOCO2018

On Oct. 3 last year, Dalhousie University’s President, Richard Florizone tweeted “3. This kind of behaviour is not reflective of our values and disrespectful to our neighbours. Most importantly, it is unsafe.”   His third tweet in a series of five, detailing his reaction to #hoco17 partying.   This year Dal took a varied approach to how homecoming was organized and policed, in the hopes that Homecoming…

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No place to call home

The students of Halifax universities are struggling to find affordable apartments.  “My original intention was to get an apartment for myself. After a little searching, I realized that was a bit of a pipe dream,” says Nicole Rushton, a second-year student at Saint Mary’s University. Rushton moved to Halifax two years ago to work and pursue her education, and she has been…

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Dal’s hidden gem

A Dalhousie University society called Dal iGEM is gearing up for this year’s upcoming iGEM conference in Boston. There, along with teams from all over the world, Dal iGEM will present their latest genetic engineering research.   iGEM or International Genetically Engineered Machine, is an international genetic engineering competition. It originated in the early 2000s at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Today, there are more than…

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Briefs of the week

Week of Sept. 17, 2018 Nova Scotia birth certificates allow for third gender marker Come January, Nova Scotian birth certificates will have a third option for gender markers. On Sept. 19, the province announced that an amendment to the Vital Statistics Act will “introduce X as an option for gender identity on the Nova Scotia birth…

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