Science on Purpose

Science on Purpose

UFV’s Carin Bondar explains how the animal kingdom makes human sex...

The dean of science’s seminar series continued last Thursday with a talk titled, “The Nature of Sex,” by adjunct professor of biology, Carin Bondar. Bondar has a PhD in biology from the University of British Columbia, and is internationally recognized for her studies of sex in the animal kingdom. She was a speaker at TED Global 2013 in Scotland, and has also been on Discovery Channel’s Outrageous Acts of Science and Stephen Hawking’s Brave New World. Bondar’s talk at UFV was well attended by members of the administration, faculty, students, and the community.

Epilepsy research shows the answer isn’t medication but inheritance

One in three people will experience a seizure in their lifetime, and one in 26 will develop epilepsy. The cure can’t just be found in drugs, and Dr. Tara Klassen, an assistant professor in the UBC faculty of pharmaceutical science, is encouraging people to look deeper.

Clearing the air on air pollution

“You’ve got a beard,” panelist Michael Brauer quipped when a young man asked if he should be wearing a mask to protect him from air pollution while he rides along the Fraser Highway during Bike to Work Week. “All that air is going around it.”

First waste audit paves the way to a greener university

Volunteering students and faculty braved the rain to sort and weigh campus garbage collected from the previous day for UFV’s first ever waste audit last Wednesday, October 7, hosted by the Centre for Sustainability. The goal of the waste audit was to look at how UFV disposes of waste and see if it can be done in a better, more environmentally friendly way.

Guest lecturer argues that inter-urban rail could improve transportation in the...

The UFV geography department kicked off its Discover Lecture Series last Thursday, September 24 with a presentation on inter-urban rail.

Geography students study food systems during internship in Tanzania

The UFV geography department recently received $300,000 from the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Fund. This funding allows UFV to send a total of 26 students to Eastern Africa for various projects regarding food security, women and children’s rights, and international development.

UFV science student chosen to attend elite forum in London, England

UFV chemistry student Kevin Kobes is headed to a forum for promising young scientists in London, England.

The beautiful, deadly shrimp that can see cancer

It’s faster than a cheetah, more vicious than a piranha, it can bash through the shell of a crab in one blow … and it might just save your life one day.

How your sleeping brain makes decisions without you

Ever get the feeling you can’t shut your mind off? That’s because you can’t. The brain is constantly working — and now scientists have begun to map the amazing things it can do even while the conscious mind has gone to sleep.

Scientific breakthrough makes telepathy a reality with brain-computer interface

Science and fantasy are so often at odds — one is always trying to disprove the other. But when the two coalesce, amazing things happen. Don’t planes come from our dream of flight?