Posted on Friday, 15 July 2011
“In 2005, a disease was discovered in finches in the United Kingdom. In the years since, it has killed about half a million birds.” says Whitney Kelly-Clark, a master’s student in the Department of Pathology and Microbiology in UPEI’s Atlantic Veterinary College. “It appeared two years later in the Maritimes, and now we’re trying to find out how it spreads from bird to bird.”
Posted on Tuesday, 28 June 2011
At UPEI’s 25th Research Breakfast, Dr. Jo-Ann MacDonald
, assistant professor of nursing presented some of her research on promoting skills to young people to prevent sexually transmitted infections, or STIs.
Posted on Tuesday, 24 May 2011
“Conventional ultrasound is actually not terribly effective for finding cancer in soft tissue,” says Dr. William Whelan. “We’re working with a promising new tool that uses light to create sound in tissue, and what we’re finding is that cancer makes its own unique sound, making it much easier to target for treatment.”
Posted on Tuesday, 10 May 2011
“In modern English, it’s ‘The wooing of our Lord,’” says Dr. Catherine Innes-Parker. “It’s a 13th century collection of prayers written in English for women. It turns Christ into a figure from romance—the Christ Knight, the ideal bridegroom.”
Posted on Wednesday, 4 May 2011
"In order for cancer to spread from one site in the body to another, the cancer cell needs to free itself from its initial location, and reattach and establish itself somewhere else in the body," says Dr. Robert Hurta. "We're finding certain compounds within lowbush blueberries and cranberries can block cancer cells' ability to do just that."
Posted on Tuesday, 26 April 2011
Politics, more politics, and killer bat fungus. Here’s a roundup of the media stories from the last few weeks that featured UPEI researchers.
Posted on Monday, 11 April 2011
As Dr. Christian Lacroix takes over the editorship of the influential scientific journal Botany, he can’t help but smile at the colourful photo of lupins on the cover of the January 2011 issue.
“A little nod to the PEI connection, I think,” he says.
Posted on Wednesday, 6 April 2011
UPEI welcomes Dr. Ian Gardner, Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Aquatic Epidemiology. He begins work this month in his new post at UPEI’s Atlantic Veterinary College.
Posted on Friday, 25 March 2011
“To a kid in Grade Five, scientific topics such as anatomy or medicine might not seem terribly interesting,” says Jessy Livingston-Thomas, a PhD student at UPEI’s Atlantic Veterinary College, and the coordinator of UPEI’s Let’s Talk Science outreach program. “But teach it as Grossology -- the study of burps, scabs, and burns -- and suddenly they’re fascinated.”
Posted on Tuesday, 8 March 2011
Kyle Knysh pores over a large aerial photo of an area in eastern PEI. Tiny red and yellow stickers mark the location of freshwater springs.
“The springs are easier to find in the winter,” he says, “since the water bubbles up fast enough that it doesn’t freeze.”