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Faculty of Science celebrates 50 years

The Faculty of Science at the University of Manitoba celebrates 50 years as an independent faculty in 2020. We pay tribute to 50 years of first class science education, research, discovery and invention and, encouraged by increasing awareness that science is for everyone, we look forward to the next 50 years. We invite you to...

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UM Alum Rebecca Sherbo Named 2019 Schmidt Fellow

In her first year as a Biological Sciences undergrad, Rebecca Sherbo (BSc/14) took an organic chemistry class taught by Dr.Philip Hultin. Utterly inspired by Hultin’s mastery of the subject and his style of teaching, Sherbo ultimately decided to switch to a Chemistry major. That decision has served her well, as Sherbo has recently been named...

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Biological Scientist Margaret Docker Awarded FoS Life Sciences Chair for Work with “Vampires of the Deep”

Margaret Docker is used to being an outlier. Since she started studying lampreys at the University of Guelph in the mid 1980’s, colleagues told her that the eel-like creatures were too narrow a “niche” to form the basis for a successful career as a researcher. Instead of changing her topic, though, Docker decided to dig...

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UM Today: Verna J. Kirkness Program encourages youth for 10th year

This week, Grade 11 students from 12 different communities in Manitoba and Saskatchewan are taking part in the Verna J. Kirkness Science and Engineering Education Program at the University of Manitoba. In partnership with the university, the Verna J. Kirkness Science and Engineering Education Foundation is hosting the program on campus for the 10th time....

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New Research Chairs in Fundamental Science

The Faculty of Science is pleased to announce three new Research Chairs in Fundamental Science, one in the physical sciences, one in the life sciences and one in mathematical/computational sciences. The awards recognize and support researchers in the Faculty of Science who are conducting outstanding fundamental research in these areas. Chairs are awarded $20,000 in...

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UM Today: Come cheer on this year’s 3MT finalists on March 18

From health to the humanities, the finalists for this year’s 3MT competition are demonstrating how graduate student research at the University of Manitoba benefits our greater community. Seventy-three students applied, 36 competed in three heats, and the judges narrowed it down to 14. Those finalists – both masters and doctoral students – are now gearing...

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Putting Family First: Professor Jane Waterman 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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Wpg Free Press: Winter getaway: Inside the Buller Greenhouse

THE BULLER GREENHOUSE. // IMAGE SHARED BY @JURISDIXTION ON INSTAGRAM Wpg Free Press: Winter getaway: Inside the Buller Greenhouse JANUARY 25, 2019 — As the Winnipeg Free Press reports:  Up until 2014, the Buller Greenhouse at the University of Manitoba was only open to instructors and researchers in the biological sciences department. That year, Carla Zelmer, the new greenhouse manager, decided...

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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...