Posts Tagged ‘science’

What’s the sense in no scents?

In this image: a person about to spray perfume on their neck.

Look under Dalhousie University’s safety policy, and you’ll find all you need to know about biohazards, chemicals, radiation and lasers. Where are you hiding the lasers from us, Dalhousie?   Scents may not be as lethal as lasers, but they too are an occupational hazard.   The scent page  has information on tobacco smoke and Dal’s use of scent-free cleaning…

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Science project SURGEs into Dal

In this image: Attendees of the SURGE launch event.

Tuesday, Jan. 8 saw the launch of Nova Scotia’s newest “innovation sandbox.” Science Unleashed: Research Growing the Economy, better known by its acronym SURGE, aims to be a centre for science for Dalhousie University students.   Aaron Newman is a member of the department of neuroscience and psychology at Dal, and the director of SURGE. They were able to renovate their…

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Organic matter in the Arctic Ocean

In the late 19th century, Norwegian explorers learned about the transpolar drift in the Arctic Ocean during an attempt to cross the northernmost point on earth.   Today, scientists are still venturing to the top of the world, but each with different goals in mind.   “The transpolar drift moves water from the Siberian shelf out through the Fram Strait and out through the east side of…

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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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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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Nocturne exhibit bridges art and science

Halifax had its 10th annual Nocturne: Art at Night event on Oct. 12 and 14 showcasing the local art scene in the city. Nocturne is a non-profit organization run largely by volunteers dedicated to creating the most immersive and unique art experience for the people of Halifax. Every year, Nocturne collaborates with a curatorial team…

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Dalhousie professor wins prestigious science award

It’s not every day a Dalhousie professor is awarded with a high honour, but in Jeff Dahn’s case, he has made his mark once again. Professor Dahn, a faculty member in the Department of Physics and Atmospheric Sciences won the Herzberg Medal, including a $1 million prize. The award is presented annually by the Natural…

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Encouraging women in STEM fields

Parents, teachers and peers are unintentionally pushing young girls away from taking courses in the “STEM” field – science, technology, engineering and math – based on biases. “The myths include: if you are creative, science is not for you; boys are better at math; girls and technology don’t mix; girls want helping careers such as…

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