The Outside View of the World from Inside a Barrel!

28 Sep 2016 - 10:53am

As Professor Emeritus of Earth Sciences Prof. Henry Halls has just returned from China as the Guest of Honour at the Seventh International Dyke Conference (IDC7), the first of which he organized back in 1985. The meeting was held in the enormous Friendship Hotel in Beijing where a 10 minute walk was required to go from hotel room to restaurant, all while remaining inside the hotel! This time all his expenses were paid, and after giving the inaugural talk in the scientific sessions, the next day he was treated to a celebratory banquet in his honour, before about 150 delegates.

Marc Laflamme “Dishes the Dirt” at 5th Annual Lab Liaisons

11 Jul 2016 - 11:15am
Marc Laflamme at Lab Liaisons Talk

This year’s theme at the Lab Liaison’s event, put on by the Research Office, was Earth Sciences and Ecology for a “Dishing the Dirt” session. Invited speakers were Marc Laflamme from Chemical and Physical Sciences, Professors Ingo Ensminger from Biology and Yuhong He from Geography.

Arctic Seafloor Algae Helping to Reveal Historic Sea Ice Conditions

23 Jun 2016 - 1:33pm
Professor Jochen Halfar

Arctic sea ice is currently declining at an alarming rate. Yet, owing to a lack of observations, we know very little about the long-term evolution of sea-ice prior to the 1970s. Jochen Halfar's research is therefore concerned with finding pink crusts of calcified algae on the Arctic sea floor that his group uses as archives of past sea ice cover. The algae lay down yearly growth bands - similar to tree rings on land - and according to the duration of sea ice cover each year, the thickness of growth bands fluctuate year by year.

Remembering Tuzo Wilson at The 2016 Arthur Holmes Meeting

22 Jun 2016 - 4:07pm

Henry Halls (Professor Emeritus, Earth Sciences) has just returned from an all expenses paid invitation to the 2016 Sir Arthur Holmes conference at the Geological Society of London in the UK, where he gave a 30-minute keynote address on “Precambrian dyke swarms: initial stages of Wilson cycles?”.

Zhenfu Zhang wins Biophysical Society of Canada Travel Award

15 Jun 2016 - 1:31pm

Zhenfu Zhang, a graduate student with the Gradinaru Lab, has been awarded a  travel grant from the Biophysical Society of Canada. Zhang's work on single-molecule dissection was recognized at the Society’s annual meeting, which took place in Winnipeg in June 2016. This is the second travel grant awarded to the Gradinaru Lab. Earlier this year, PhD candidate Greg Gomes was awarded a Trainee Travel Award by the BSC’s meeting in February 2016.