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Queen’s Gazette: When life got big

June 13, 2016

Queen’s professor Guy Narbonne leads research at Canada’s newest nomination for UNESCO World Heritage status Queen’s University researcher Guy Narbonne played a key role in one of Canada’s nominations for a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage site, Mistaken Point, Newfoundland.  Since 1998, Narbonne has been studying the world’s oldest animal fossils at Mistaken Point, and he acted as a primary author of the nomination dossier submitted to UNESCO. On Friday May 27, The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUNC), which evaluates all natural site nominations, recommended five sites to UNESCO for inscription as World Heritage status. Two Canadian sites made the list: Pimachiowin Aki, a vast boreal forest put forward for by five Anishinaabe First Nations as a ‘mixed’ cultural and natural site protecting ancestral traditions, and Mistaken Point, where fossil records offer a glimpse of the first large, complex organisms on Earth.

Metroland Media: Scugog Lake Stewards launch research project to document aquatic plants in Lake Scugog

June 13, 2016

An ambitious plan to map and document the aquatic plants that live under the surface of Lake Scugog -- and sometimes float on it -- has set sail.

A research and monitoring project spearheaded by Dr. Ron Porter of the Scugog Lake Stewards officially hit the water on May 26 when a small crew set out on a half-day expedition of Lake Scugog to examine the contents of the township’s crown jewel.

The idea has evolved into a planned four-year project that will see supporters of the lake combine their enthusiasm with academics to better understand what lurks below the lake surface and the impact those aquatic plants have on underwater life.

The Toronto Star: Study highlights link between precarious work and ‘miserable’ commutes

June 6, 2016

When Aretha Reid arrives at the airport in the middle of the night, it’s not because she’s there to catch a plane. The 24-year-old works 20 hours a week at Pearson as a passenger service agent, a precarious job that earns her $12.75 an hour. The commute from her Brampton home requires two buses and can take more than an hour and a half. Because on some days buses stop running before midnight, she sometimes has to leave at 10:30 p.m. to make a shift that starts at 2 a.m.

CBC News: Intense exercise can impair vision, University of Waterloo study finds

June 6, 2016

New research from the University of Waterloo's School of Optometry has found that intense exercise that leaves you feeling exhausted can affect your vision. Dr. Ben Thompson, a professor in the school of optometry and vision science who conducted the study, told The Morning Edition's host Craig Norris that the study showed that fatigue can strike in unexpected ways - and that there may be a solution.

The Hamilton Spectator: It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s a very large bug in Marvin’s collection

June 2, 2016

You've heard of Batman, Superman and Spiderman.

Well, meet the Bug Man. He doesn't leap over tall buildings or have incredible strength.

But entomologist Marvin Gunderman does have a super-sized collection of insects and he just received a prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from McMaster University where he has had a 26-year career.

Over the years Gunderman has made a name for himself as a colourful professor about insects in the classroom but he is also known more widely as an oft-quoted expert every time something strange crawls or flies into town.

Gunderman, 56, received his award Tuesday. We took a few minutes to ask the Bug Man — as he is known around campus — to share some thoughts about the creatures he loves.

Check out the full interview here.