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National microbiology conference welcomes respected Listeria researcher Dr. Nancy Freitag

Ask the average person what they know about Listeria, and it’s a pretty good bet that “cool” won’t be a word that gets used. Then again, Professor Nancy Freitag is far from the average person. A respected Listeria researcher and professor of microbiology and immunology at the University of Chicago at Illinois, Freitag happened upon...

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Mathematical idealist: UofM grad Ryan Sherbo hopes to help society, one equation at a time

Photo: Kira Koop. What do you get when you combine mathematics with a desire to make the world a better place? You get a University of Manitoba grad with a Bachelor’s degree in Honour Mathematics, a specialization in Applied and Computational Math, and dreams of using their knowledge to help others. Ryan Sherbo is off...

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PIMS: The Power of relationship building for Indigenous youth

Addressing the complex issue of underrepresentation of Indigenous youth in post-secondary studies, and STEM fields. Darja Barr, Department of Mathematics, outlines new recruitment initiatives at the University of Manitoba to attract and support Indigenous youth. As the Pacific Institute for Mathematical Sciences (PIMS) reports: At post secondary institutions across Canada, the recruitment and retention of Indigenous and First Nations...

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Gail Davoren’s Research Sheds Light on the Role of Capelin in the North Marine Food Web

“If you think you’re too small to make a difference, you haven’t spent a night with a mosquito.” – African proverbA slender, silvery fish around six or seven inches long, the capelin is not what you might call a particularly impressive specimen. Yet without this little denizen of the deep, the food chain off the...

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MATH CAMP 2018

The University of Manitoba is offering its seventeenth summer camp for mathematically interested and talented grade nine and ten students. The purpose of the camp is to enable students to pursue knowledge in a subject they enjoy, in an environment that encourages and fosters such pursuits. Selected participants will gain knowledge and skills, emphasizing problem...

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2018 Governor General’s Gold Medal Recipient

Elizabeth Skoropata is recipient of the Governor General’s Gold Medal, awarded for outstanding achievement at the graduate level Elizabeth Skoropata, Department of Physics and Astronomy, has made a big impression for her work on tiny things. She is this year’s recipient of the Governor General’s Gold Medal, awarded for outstanding achievement at the graduate level,...

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UM Today: Six new and renewed Canada Research Chairs

May 31, 2018 — Four new Canada Research Chairs have been awarded to University of Manitoba professors and another two have been renewed. Three focus on the health of Canadians and three on advanced technology. The total federal funding for these CRCs is $4.8 million. “These Canada Research Chairs who are receiving this support from the Government...

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Black Holes Play Hide-and-Seek in Low-Luminosity Radio Galaxies

May 24, 2018, Canadian Astronomical Society Every galaxy is thought to harbor a supermassive black hole in the center, or nucleus, of the galaxy, and in active galaxies this black hole is fed by infalling matter. This “central engine” is typically surrounded by dusty molecular gas in a doughnut configuration, which hides the black hole and...

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“Big on Birds: Dr. Emily McKinnon to Speak at ‘Birds Vs. Windows’ Outreach Event”

Spring has finally arrived in Manitoba, and with it the cheerful sound of birdsong that signals the end of another long winter. Unfortunately, another far less pleasant sound accompanies this time of year:  that of birds hitting windows. Fatal window collisions are one of the biggest killers of small migratory birds here in Canada. In...