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Newswise: Dalhousie and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev to Develop Ocean Studies Centre
Released: 21-Jan-2014 8:15 AM EST
Dalhousie and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev to Develop Ocean Studies Centre
Dalhousie University

Dalhousie and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) in Israel have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to create a world-class Ocean Studies Centre in Eilat. Dalhousie President Richard Florizone and BGU President Rivka Carmi signed the agreement today in Israel and in the presence of both Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Released: 26-Sep-2013 10:30 AM EDT
Breaking Bad's Addictive Chemistry
Dalhousie University

Breaking Bad is wrapping up this week and with Walter White's life collapsing around him, it begs the question: Is "Heisenberg’s" science up to snuff? We put that question to some of Dalhousie's scientific experts.

Newswise: Ocean-Sampling Robot Gliders Tracking Animals, Providing Storm Data
Released: 12-Sep-2013 10:00 AM EDT
Ocean-Sampling Robot Gliders Tracking Animals, Providing Storm Data
Dalhousie University

A massive coordinated ocean sampling effort is being undertaken to map oceanographic properties of the Atlantic shelf from Georgia to Nova Scotia.

Newswise: Canadian Government Supports the Training of Future Experts in Ocean Sciences
Released: 13-Aug-2013 10:00 AM EDT
Canadian Government Supports the Training of Future Experts in Ocean Sciences
Dalhousie University

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) has announced $1.6 million CAD in funding for a new Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) program based at Dalhousie University. The program will support an innovative, transatlantic collaboration with a major German research institute to train the next generation of scientists to tackle oceans challenges across disciplines.

Released: 6-Aug-2013 2:00 PM EDT
Arctic Ocean More Vulnerable to Human-Induced Changes Than Antarctic Ocean
Dalhousie University

A team including Dalhousie Oceanography Professor Helmuth Thomas and recent Dal Oceanography PhD graduate Elizabeth Shadwick found evidence suggesting that the Arctic Ocean is more vulnerable to human-induced changes than the Antarctic Ocean.

Newswise: The Sands of Time: What 30,000 Years of Sediment Can Teach US About the Changing Ocean
Released: 20-Jun-2013 2:30 PM EDT
The Sands of Time: What 30,000 Years of Sediment Can Teach US About the Changing Ocean
Dalhousie University

Collecting sediment spanning the past 30,000 years, Dal’s Markus Kienast and an international team of scientists have presented the first global synopsis of available sedimentary nitrogen isotope records from throughout the world’s oceans. Their research provides a bigger picture on the interplay between climate change and ocean biogeochemistry.

Released: 7-Jun-2013 9:00 AM EDT
Dalhousie University to Launch Undergraduate Degree in Ocean Sciences
Dalhousie University

Dalhousie University will launch Canada’s first undergraduate degree in Ocean Sciences in the fall of 2013.

Newswise: Building an Ecosystem of Excellence for Oceans Researchers
Released: 5-Jun-2013 12:10 PM EDT
Building an Ecosystem of Excellence for Oceans Researchers
Dalhousie University

Dalhousie has opened a world-class facility that will be the home to some of the world’s leading oceans researchers and projects.

Newswise: Dalhousie Celebrates Successful Conclusion to Bold Ambitions - 280 Million Raised
Released: 16-May-2013 1:00 PM EDT
Dalhousie Celebrates Successful Conclusion to Bold Ambitions - 280 Million Raised
Dalhousie University

Thanks to unprecedented generosity on the part of alumni, faculty, staff and friends, Bold Ambitions: The Campaign for Dalhousie has exceeded its original $250-million goal. The campaign has raised $280 million, which will directly impact the learning experience for Dalhousie’s students.

Newswise: Eel Migration Study Reveals Porbeagle Shark Predation in the Gulf of St. Lawrence
Released: 12-Mar-2013 10:15 AM EDT
Eel Migration Study Reveals Porbeagle Shark Predation in the Gulf of St. Lawrence
Dalhousie University

Satellite tracking tags used to elucidate the migratory path of American eels from the St. Lawrence River to the Sargasso Sea prematurely detached from the specimens leading investigators to suspect significant predation during the eels' journey. Data from the tags revealed stomach temperatures and dive patterns consistent with porbeagle sharks. In addition to data collected by the satellite tags, only 4% of acoustically tagged eels were detected migrating into the Atlantic Ocean via the Cabot Strait (a major migratory pathway between Nova Scotia and Newfoundland). The study precedes the recent vote by CITES to more strictly enforce protection of five shark species including porbeagle sharks as well as recent international studies on the worldwide decline of sharks.

Newswise: Shark Fisheries Globally Unsustainable: New Study - Researchers Estimate 100 Million Sharks Die Every Year
Released: 1-Mar-2013 12:10 PM EST
Shark Fisheries Globally Unsustainable: New Study - Researchers Estimate 100 Million Sharks Die Every Year
Dalhousie University

The world’s shark populations are experiencing significant declines with perhaps 100 million – or more - sharks being lost every year, according to a study published this week in Marine Policy.

Newswise: Astrophysicists Make Stellar Discovery About Galaxies Far, Far Away
Released: 3-Jan-2013 11:00 AM EST
Astrophysicists Make Stellar Discovery About Galaxies Far, Far Away
Dalhousie University

Together with an international team of astrophysicists, Dalhousie's Scott Chapman has shed new light on how galaxies formed in the early universe. The discovery suggests that the current model for galaxy formation and evolution needs to be reassessed.

Newswise: Microscopic Indigestion Caught in the Act
Released: 6-Dec-2012 10:00 AM EST
Microscopic Indigestion Caught in the Act
Dalhousie University

The Archibald Lab at Dalhousie led a team of researchers from across the globe that decoded the genetic blueprints of two tiny organisms, shedding light on a major feat of evolution.

Newswise: Growing a Longer-Lasting Christmas Tree
Released: 23-Nov-2012 9:00 AM EST
Growing a Longer-Lasting Christmas Tree
Dalhousie University

Dalhousie Faculty of Agriculture scientist, Dr. Raj Lada, driven by a commitment to rural sustainability, is providing support and research to innovate the Christmas tree industry in Eastern Canada. Lada has established the first, national (international) Christmas tree Research Centre (CRC) in Truro/Bible Hill.

Newswise: Finding Ways to Reduce Costs and Energy in Aerospace Manufacturing
Released: 23-Nov-2012 9:00 AM EST
Finding Ways to Reduce Costs and Energy in Aerospace Manufacturing
Dalhousie University

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and Pratt & Whitney Canada have partnered to award a $1.25 million Industrial Research Chair (IRC) to Dr. Stephen Corbin of Dalhousie's Faculty of Engineering. The Chair will study superalloy bonding as a way to develop stronger, lighter aircraft engine parts using less material and less energy.

Newswise: Video Reduces Children’s Anxiety Prior to Surgery
Released: 30-Oct-2012 8:10 AM EDT
Video Reduces Children’s Anxiety Prior to Surgery
Dalhousie University

Research by Dalhousie University student Katherine Mifflin found that having children watch a video immediately prior to surgery can reduce their anxiety during anesthesia induction, the most stressful time for children throughout the perioperative process. Findings were recently published in the journal Anesthesia and Analgesia.

Newswise: University Students Collaborate to Design Unique Marine-Tracking Device
Released: 18-Sep-2012 3:00 PM EDT
University Students Collaborate to Design Unique Marine-Tracking Device
Dalhousie University

Two Dalhousie University students from different disciplines come together to design a unique marine-tracking device. The device will collect data by being attached to a fish's tail. By using this technology, which can track up to 500 tail-movements per second, researchers hope to discover more about how a fish's movement relates to its behaviour and growth rate.

Newswise: Update: Mobile Oceanographic Data Collection and Animal Tracking Platform Recovery After Extended Mission
Released: 21-Aug-2012 2:00 PM EDT
Update: Mobile Oceanographic Data Collection and Animal Tracking Platform Recovery After Extended Mission
Dalhousie University

The unmanned maritime Wave Glider deployed by Ocean Tracking Network in mid-June returns to Halifax, N.S. after an extended mission in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The technology tested mobile tracking and real time data offload for more comprehensive and efficient data collection.

Newswise: Canadian-Australian Marine Tracking Collaboration
Released: 2-Aug-2012 4:50 PM EDT
Canadian-Australian Marine Tracking Collaboration
Dalhousie University

OTN and IMOS deploy a third and final telemetry array off the coast of Tasmania during an international science collaboration launch at the High Commission of Canada in Canberra on 2 August 2012.

Released: 17-Jul-2012 10:45 AM EDT
The Canadian Consortium of Ocean Research Universities: Setting a Clear Direction for Priority Research in Ocean Science
Dalhousie University

The Canadian Consortium of Ocean Research Universities (CCORU) welcomes the release of Phase 1 of a two phase initiative that identifies the most important research questions that would have the greatest impact on addressing future opportunities and challenges relating to ocean science in Canada.

Newswise: Mobile Oceanographic Data Collection and Animal Tracking  Platform Launched
Released: 22-Jun-2012 4:50 PM EDT
Mobile Oceanographic Data Collection and Animal Tracking Platform Launched
Dalhousie University

Wave Glider phase II testing commences in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

Released: 7-May-2012 9:00 AM EDT
Investigation Into Trout Populations Will Yield Unprecedented Data
Dalhousie University

Researchers monitor trout movement and diet to study causes of declining populations in Norway. The Ocean Tracking Network collaborates on the study by loaning trout monitoring equipment.

Newswise: Building a Better Battery and a Cheaper Titanium at Dalhousie
Released: 20-Mar-2012 1:15 PM EDT
Building a Better Battery and a Cheaper Titanium at Dalhousie
Dalhousie University

The Automotive Partnership Canada (APC) initiative has provided funding to projects at Dalhousie that will "build a better battery" and create ways for Titanium to be more cost-effective and in turn see increased use in the automotive industry, reducing vehicle weight and improving fuel economy.

Newswise: Roméo Dallaire lands 2012 Delta Prize; shares cash award with Child Soldier Initiative at Dalhousie University
Released: 15-Mar-2012 11:00 AM EDT
Roméo Dallaire lands 2012 Delta Prize; shares cash award with Child Soldier Initiative at Dalhousie University
Dalhousie University

General Romeo Dallaire has been chosen by Delta Air Lines Inc. and The University of Georgia as the 2012 recipient of the Delta Prize for Global Understanding, donating the cash portion of the prize to Dalhousie University's Child Soldier Initiative

Newswise: Researcher Seeks
Released: 14-Mar-2012 11:00 AM EDT
Researcher Seeks "Better Nights" on Eve of World Sleep Day
Dalhousie University

With World Sleep Day around the corner Dalhousie resesrcher Dr. Penny Corkum is encouraging us to think about sleep as an important part of our health cycle. She's the leader of a team of researchers from across Canada who have set out to develop web-based tools for children struggling with behavioural sleep problems. Tools that will help parents and their children have better nights and, in turn, better days.

Released: 20-Feb-2012 9:30 AM EST
Researcher Investigates - “Are We Getting Sick From Boat Harbour?”
Dalhousie University

Dalhousie University researcher Heather Castleden has been invited by the Pictou Landing Native Women's Association (PLNWA) to engage in community-based participatory health research in the area in search of a definitive answer to the question; "Are we getting sick from Boat Harbour?"

Newswise: Binge Drinking as Contagious as the Common Cold
Released: 16-Dec-2011 2:30 PM EST
Binge Drinking as Contagious as the Common Cold
Dalhousie University

Romantic partners are a powerful influence. But a new study conducted by Dalhousie University researchers has revealed that dating couples may have more influence over each other than you think – especially when it comes to binge drinking.

Newswise: Wallace McCain Learning Commons Reflects Commitment to Excellence in Higher Education
Released: 8-Nov-2011 9:00 AM EST
Wallace McCain Learning Commons Reflects Commitment to Excellence in Higher Education
Dalhousie University

Dalhousie University students will have a new common area, for everything from studying to actively considering new issues and different perspectives thanks to an $8-million gift from Margaret and the late Wallace McCain.

Newswise: Wanted: 1 Chr., Brand New, Must Impact the Health and Lives of Cdns. Need Imtly -- “King of Classifieds” Makes Substantial Gift to Dal
Released: 22-Sep-2011 2:35 PM EDT
Wanted: 1 Chr., Brand New, Must Impact the Health and Lives of Cdns. Need Imtly -- “King of Classifieds” Makes Substantial Gift to Dal
Dalhousie University

Through a $3-million gift to Dalhousie University's Bold Ambitions Campaign, John McCall MacBain has established the MacBain Chair in Health Law and Policy to honour his late father.

Newswise: Designing and Doing: Architecture Students Create Unique Structure in Cheverie
Released: 11-Jul-2011 8:00 AM EDT
Designing and Doing: Architecture Students Create Unique Structure in Cheverie
Dalhousie University

Since the beginning of May, architecture students from Dalhousie University have been working away at a structure in Cheverie, Nova Scotia designed to accommodate a camera obscura which will make a projection of the tide moving the water in and out of the Bay of Fundy.

Released: 23-Jun-2011 2:00 PM EDT
Researchers Discover Migration Patterns of Marine Predators
Dalhousie University

Researchers at Dalhousie University in Halifax and Stanford University in California concluded a two year study called “Tracking apex marine predator movements in a dynamic ocean” published in the science journal Nature released June 22.

Released: 17-Jun-2011 7:00 AM EDT
Beer Research Is Hopping at Dal
Dalhousie University

Beer undergoes a lot research before the glass touches your lips, and one of the few Canadian scientists to pursue such research is Dalhousie professor Alex Speers. With a PhD from the University of British Columbia in brewing science, Dr. Speers is only the second person in Canada to be recognized as a Fellow by the Institute of Brewing and Distilling.

Released: 2-Jun-2011 8:35 AM EDT
Halifax Marine Research Institute Launches
Dalhousie University

A groundbreaking collaborative marine research and innovation vehicle that brings together a number of partners from industry, government and the post secondary education system has been launched on Canada's east coast.

Newswise: Determining Changes to Animals' Diet as a Result of Changes in Ecosystems
Released: 1-Jun-2011 2:00 PM EDT
Determining Changes to Animals' Diet as a Result of Changes in Ecosystems
Dalhousie University

Dr. Sara Iverson from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia is able to determine what predators at the top of the food chain are eating, and by extension, how their diet has changed due to changes in ecosystems.

Released: 31-May-2011 9:00 AM EDT
Scientists Urge Greater Protection of Marine Preserves
Dalhousie University

A group of marine researchers and scientists have banded together for one purpose: to fight for protected areas of the ocean to ensure they are free of harmful industrial activities.

Newswise: Dr. Afua Cooper Named to James R. Johnston Chair in Black Canadian Studies
Released: 18-May-2011 8:00 AM EDT
Dr. Afua Cooper Named to James R. Johnston Chair in Black Canadian Studies
Dalhousie University

Dr. Afua Cooper was officially announced as the new James R. Johnston Chair in Black Canadian Studies in the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology. This is Dalhousie’s third appointment to the chair.

Newswise: Biologists Interpret the Language of Sperm Whales
Released: 12-May-2011 11:00 AM EDT
Biologists Interpret the Language of Sperm Whales
Dalhousie University

Dalhousie PhD student Shane Gero has recently returned from a seven-week visit to Dominica. He has been travelling to the Caribbean island since 2005 to study families of sperm whales, usually spending two to four months of each year working on the Dominica Sperm Whale Project. One of the goals of this project is to record and compare whale calls over time, examining the various phrases and dialects of sperm whale communities.

9-May-2011 8:10 AM EDT
Mysterious Problem in Marine Ecology Uncovered
Dalhousie University

A new research paper from an international and interdisciplinary team, published in the journal Ecography, has uncovered the mystery behind the relationship between the duration of the open water period and the geographic coverage of marine species.

Released: 28-Apr-2011 11:00 AM EDT
Wedding in White: Queen Victoria Set the White Wedding Trend in 1840
Dalhousie University

Royal wedding dresses have a long and storied history - top of mind as the world speculates on what Kate Middleton will wear as she walks down the aisle, says writer Marilyn Smulders.

Newswise: A Dose of Art Good for Medicine
Released: 15-Apr-2011 12:00 PM EDT
A Dose of Art Good for Medicine
Dalhousie University

Using the arts and humanities to inspire multi-layered understandings of the experience of illness and health is the primary focus of Dalhousie University Medical School’s Medical Humanities Program. For the past five months, the Program’s Artist in Residence, Julie Adamson Miller has embraced this challenge by engaging the hearts and minds of Dal medical students in a variety of innovative ways.

Newswise: World's Reef Fishes Tussling with Human Overpopulation
Released: 5-Apr-2011 10:35 AM EDT
World's Reef Fishes Tussling with Human Overpopulation
Dalhousie University

In an unprecedented collaborative analysis published in the journal PlosBiology, scientists from 49 nations demonstrated that the ability of reef fish systems to produce goods and services to humanity increases rapidly with the number of species. However, growing human populations hamper the ability of reefs to function normally, and counterintuitively, the most diverse reef fish systems suffer the greatest impairments from stressors triggered by human populations.

Newswise: Using Math to Navigate Strawberry Fields
Released: 25-Feb-2011 1:05 PM EST
Using Math to Navigate Strawberry Fields
Dalhousie University

Dalhousie University math professor Jason Brown attracted international attention in 2008 when he solved the mystery behind the opening chord of A Hard Day’s Night using mathematical calculations. Now, he's plumbing the secrets of Strawberry Fields Forever in a new paper published by the Canadian Mathematical Society.

Newswise: Celebrating 100 Years of National Parks in Canada
Released: 17-Jan-2011 3:45 PM EST
Celebrating 100 Years of National Parks in Canada
Dalhousie University

Canada's national parks have seen many changes in the 100 years they have been around. Our national parks and Canadians' connections to them have helped shaped Canada's national identity.

Released: 17-Jan-2011 3:45 PM EST
A Possible Fix for Post-Operative Cognitive Decline
Dalhousie University

Researchers have developed a device to help reduce the occurrence of post-operative cognitive decline, a condition that affects memory and concentration.

Newswise: Researcher Finds That Energy Drinks Lead to Increased Alcohol Consumption
Released: 15-Dec-2010 2:55 PM EST
Researcher Finds That Energy Drinks Lead to Increased Alcohol Consumption
Dalhousie University

Dalhousie University researchers have completed a study, published in the Drug and Alcohol Review, that investigates drinking patterns when alcohol and caffeinated energy drinks were combined. They have found that energy drinks basically doubled the amount that people reported drinking alcoholic beverages.

Newswise: New microscopic life aboard the RMS Titanic
Released: 6-Dec-2010 9:00 AM EST
New microscopic life aboard the RMS Titanic
Dalhousie University

A brand-new bacterial species has been found aboard the RMS Titanic, which is contributing to its deterioration. The discovery by a team led by researchers at Dalhousie University reveals a potential new microbial threat to the exterior of ships and underwater metal structures such as oil rigs.

Newswise: Understaning a Vulnerable Species
Released: 17-Nov-2010 3:15 PM EST
Understaning a Vulnerable Species
Dalhousie University

Dalhousie researchers are studying and learning more about the endangered species of the Northern Bottlenose Whale. This population is important to study because of the potential for negative impacts on the species from offshore oil and gas exploration. The Northern Bottlenose Whale is somewhat elusive due to their habitat and behaviors.

Newswise: Dalhousie University Researcher Participates in Major Acoustical Science and Technology Conference
Released: 17-Nov-2010 3:15 PM EST
Dalhousie University Researcher Participates in Major Acoustical Science and Technology Conference
Dalhousie University

Rob Adamson will be speaking at this year’s Major Acoustical Science and Technology Conference in Cancun, Mexico from November 15-19. The conference is hosted by the Acoustical Society of America (ASA), the Mexican Institute of Acoustics (IMA), and the Iberoamerican Federation of Acoustics (FIA). The conference is focused on the latest innovations in the field of acoustics, also known as the science of sound. A broad range of topics will be discussed including architecture, animal communications, engineering, oceanography, medicine, music and psychology.


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