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Putting Family First: Professor Jane Waterman’s Study of the ‘Uber Social’ Cape Ground Squirrel

Google “Cape Ground Squirrel” and you’ll find plenty of images of adorable rodents munching on nuts or sitting together in cozy family groups. Found throughout South Africa, Botswana and Namibia, they are a desert-adapted species found in arid areas. They are undeniably adorable creatures, but for Biological Sciences Professor Jane Waterman, their true appeal lies...

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From One Extreme to Another:  Dr. Allyson Hindle’s Research Tests Limits

When describing the difference between arriving in Winnipeg in the winter and arriving in Antarctica to perform field work, Dr. Allyson Hindle’s answer is telling: “In Antarctica, there are mountains in the background”. A native Winnipegger, the comparative animal physiologist means no disrespect to her hometown. In fact, Hindle (now an assistant professor in the...

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From One Extreme to Another:  Dr. Allyson Hindle’s Research Tests Limits

When describing the difference between arriving in Winnipeg in the winter and arriving in Antarctica to perform field work, Dr. Allyson Hindle’s answer is telling: “In Antarctica, there are mountains in the background”. A native Winnipegger, the comparative animal physiologist means no disrespect to her hometown. In fact, Hindle (now an assistant professor in the...

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Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada: Government of Canada invests over $12 million to advance innovation and sustainability in Canada’s canola sector

The Faculty of Science, at the University of Manitoba is pleased to announce that Dr. Steve Whyard and Dr. Mark Belmonte are among the successful recipients at the University of Manitoba to receive critically important funding to support sustainable canola research. Additional recipients at the University of Manitoba include researchers from the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences. The Government of...

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UM Today: Student athlete navigating the waters of success

Since summer 2017, kayaking superstar – and current University of Manitoba student – James Lavallée has shown no signs of slowing down. The 21-year-old Métis science student won three medals for Team Manitoba at the 2017 Canada Summer Games, was named one of CBC Manitoba’s Future 40 finalists and received the Tom Longboat Award as the top...

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#umscience1st Photo Contest

Win one of twenty $25 Starbucks gift cards! FOLLOW US AND POST A PHOTO OF YOUR SCIENCE FIRST TO TWITTER OR INSTAGRAM WITH #umscience1st We’ll select 20 random winners on September 7, 2018. Ideas: a photo of your first class, first Starbucks coffee, first trip to the library.   BONUS FOLLOW @UMANITOBASCI OR @UMANITOBASSA ON...

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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...