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Posted on Friday, 21 October 2011
Originally posted at, which showcases research excellence in Canada.

Trudging through a dairy farm to collect manure samples isn’t exactly glamorous work, but the odorous task is starting to have a big impact on the health of dairy cattle in Atlantic Canada — and it will save the dairy industry millions of dollars each year.

Posted on Tuesday, 27 September 2011

 Dr. William Whelan, Canada Research Chair in Biomedical Optics, presents "Listening to cancer with photoacoustics" at the UPEI's 25th Research Breakfast. The video is after the jump.

Posted on Monday, 12 September 2011

“There is no such thing as a truly fixed-date election in Canada,” says Dr. Don Desserud, professor of political science and dean of arts at UPEI. Desserud will be a guest on CBC Radio’s Maritime Noon on Thursday, September 15 to discuss the question: do you support fixed election dates?

Posted on Tuesday, 6 September 2011

The following is the first of a two-part series by Dr. Peter McKenna, professor and chair of Political Studies at UPEI. It was originally published in the Charlottetown Guardian on September 1, 2011.

 Having returned in mid-August from Operation NANOOK 11 as an invited observer — which involved roughly 1,100 Canadian Forces ( CF) personnel from the Navy, Air Force, Army and even Special Forces ( JTF II) in Resolute Bay, Nunavut — it’s not hard to tell that both the Canadian government and the military are preparing for a larger presence in the North. And the fatal crash of a First Air 737-200 aircraft last weekend highlights the need for search and rescue assets on the ground in Resolute.

Posted on Monday, 25 July 2011

 “At some point during the First Crusade, members of the crusading army ate the flesh of their fallen enemies,” says Curtis Doyle, an honours history student at UPEI. “We know this to be true. But exactly who these people were, and why they did what they did, is unclear, especially since the story of this cannibalistic act changed so dramatically in the coming centuries.”

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."