Category Archives: Life, the University, and Everything

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Recommended read: THE KEPLER CODE by Paul McKay

I’m a biologist who studies bee behaviour and ecology, and I love well written books with actual plots, so this sci-fi novel was right up my alley.  Set in a future time that might not be as distant as we … Continue reading

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First impressions from an academic member of the Board of Trustees

Last spring, I was elected to the Senate of my University, and then was selected as a Senate representative on the Board of Trustees.  Being on both Senate and the Board is quite interesting, because Senates and Boards represent different … Continue reading

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I’m posting manuscript reviews

There’s a lot of comment floating around about the peer review process. For readers who aren’t academics (I hope that there are some!), peer review is the process whereby researchers submit their work to scholarly journals, which then send it … Continue reading

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Recommended read: Eric Grissell’s Bees, Wasps, and Ants

I recently read a great book, Eric Grissell’s Bees, Wasps, and Ants – The Indispensable Role of Hymenoptera in the Garden.  I picked it up at my favourite bookstore, which specializes in remaindered books, and sometimes sells some real gems … Continue reading

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A devastating cut to library holdings at Brock

Six days ago, our university library announced the cancellation of all Wiley subscriptions as of 1 January 2015.  This means that 1,363 journals will no longer be updated (back issues will be available, at least for now).   Many of … Continue reading

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“Useless” research still gets funded…

The worst part of being a university researcher is scrabbling for research funding, and this year I found the process particularly stressful, given the current anti-ecology climate in Canada.  Last night I learned that my NSERC grant was renewed – … Continue reading

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Dialictus Genome Project

Recently, I wrote a grant proposing to begin a hunt for genes associated with queen versus worker behaviour in sweat bees.  It was a good proposal, if I do say so myself, but that doesn’t mean it will be funded. … Continue reading

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