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UM Today: National Geographic: How Do You Study Endangered Whales? Collect Their Snot

As National Geographic reports: Because whales blow at the surface of the ocean, water gets mixed in with the material they expel. This dilutes the samples, like a breathalyzer that can detect the presence of alcohol, but not the concentration. Fortunately, there is now a way to distill the important material from whale blow, according...

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Empowered to use her voice

In 2012, Alexa McAdam’s hard work and determination paid off when she became one of the first Schulich Leader Scholarship recipients. She entered the Faculty of Science that fall with $60,000 from the Schulich Foundation to help her follow her dreams. Each year the U of M awards two Schulich Leader Scholarships to incoming undergraduate...

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City News: Tracking with tiny tech

As Winnipeg City News reports, University of Manitoba researchers are using miniaturized technology to track long-distance migration of certain insects and songbirds. Using this data, scientists hope to explore the relationship between those animals and humans. Kevin Fraser of the Avian Behaviour and Conservation Lab explains that tiny backpacks attached to birds and even dragonflies can track flight...

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First place win for students at Robocup

The Department of Computer Sciences is thrilled to announce that this year’s team from the Autonomous Agents Lab won first place in the Technical Challenges category at the 2018 Robocup Robotics Competitions held in Montreal from June 16th to 22nd. The soccer portion of the competition includes four individual events, including push recovery, high jump, high...

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Can we build a better MRI?

KYLA SMITH 2018 THREE MINUTE THESIS (3MT®) COMPETITION. If you’ve ever had an MRI, you already know its challenges. Wait times for this diagnostic tool (known as magnetic resonance imaging) can be long, given the high demand. And the test itself is not entirely pleasant—you lie down in a confined space and are told not...

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Using supercomputers, math, and way-out-there thinking to study the big bang

BRAD COWNDEN PRESENTING AT THE 2018 THREE MINUTE THESIS (3MT®) COMPETITION. There is a menu of theories to choose from for how the universe began, the most popular being the big bang option where every tiny part of every particle to ever exist was squeezed into a dot so compact it had no dimension at...

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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...