Archived posts for 2011 March:

PhD Defence – Mathematics and Statistics

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The Faculty of Graduate Studies wishes to announce that Mr. Wade Blanchard, PhD candidate from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics will be defending his thesis entitled “Inference on the Diet Composition of Predators Using Fatty Acid Signatures: An Application of Bayesian Inference on Linear Mixing Models” on Monday, April 4th, at 9:30 a.m. The defence will be held in the Coburg Board Room, Room 3107, The Mona Campbell Building, 1459 LeMarchant Street.

All PhD defences are open to the public and you are welcome to attend. Please note that seating may be limited. To view the complete defence notice please visit our website.

Seminars: Week of March 28 – April 1, 2011

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Monday, March 28, 2011
3:30-4:30 p.m.
Chase 319
Mathematics Colloquium
Hester Graves (Queen’s):
‘Lagrange’s Four-Square Theorem and its Generalizations’

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IAB Team gets third place finish

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Photo by Mohammed Al-Ibrahim

Photo by J.F. Gagnon

The IBA Team of Archie Rankin, Bertha Louis, Christian Rafuse, Darragh O’Connor and Ella Goldberg (Dawson Energy) finished in 3rd place in the AAPG Imperial Barrel Award Canada region competition held Friday in Calgary. The judges, comprising a panel of senior explorationists and mangers from industry indicated it was a very close contest between the three teams. The Dal team was the only undergraduate team in the competition.

Calgary will now go on to the Worlds in Houston in two weeks. Dalhousie will have some representation at the Worlds with Dal grad Adam Fraser, a member of the U of C team. Hayley Pothier, another Dal grad was on the 2nd place U of A team. There were 91 universities competing worldwide. The Canadian teams have always finished in the top 4 in the world competition.

Thanks to Dave Dolph and the AAPG for sponsoring the competition, and team sponsors Shell and Imperial Oil. Thanks also to Dal grad Jenn Noade for hosting the team, and taking them up to see the carbonate reef at Grassi near Canmore.

“I am very proud of Archie, Bertha, Christian, Darragh and Ella. They gave a fantastic presentation and have worked very hard over the last 8 weeks,” said Dr Grant Wach. “Congratulate them when you see them today.”

The team will give a review to the Department of their presentation next week at a time and date to be announced.

Parking notice: Oceans Excellence Centre

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From: Facilities Management
Subject: Parking notice

Please be advised that construction on the Oceans Excellence Center project will soon begin on the Studley Campus. The area outlined in red (see map) identifies the construction site for this project that will be fenced off and not accessible to vehicle or pedestrian traffic for the nineteen-month duration of this project. This includes the parking lot know as the “Ocean Parking Lot” located at the rear of the LSC Oceanography Wing.

Also, please note that the laneway between the LSC Oceanography Wing and the NRC Building will be one-way traffic only (also shown on map noted above).

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this project please contact, Craig Chisholm, Senior Project Manager, MHPM Project Managers Inc., Office 902.468.9663, ext. 257 or e-mail cchisholm@mhpm.com

Last reminder – Science As Art submissions

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Get your images in for the Science As Art 2012 calendar contest!

Deadline for images to be submitted is Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at 4 p.m. Atlantic time.

All Faculty of Science students, staff, faculty members, alumni and retired faculty are encouraged to submit their photos and images.

Past submissions include insects, plasma globes, protoplasts, immunolabelled cells, data representations, and more. We’d love to see GIS/ mapping images, or mathematical images.

Entries for the 2012 Science As Art Faculty of Science calendar competition will be on display on Wednesday, April 6, 2011 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the lobby of the Life Sciences Centre, outside the food court. The original date was Wednesday, March 23, 2011. Remember to come through and vote for your favourite images!

Science As Art 2012 entry form (PDF)

Seminars: Week of March 21-25, 2011

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Monday, March 21, 2011
1130 am
5th Floor Lounge, LSC, Biology Wing (Biology Special Seminar)
Dr. Greg Breed
IRC Candidate
Practical and ecological lessons learned collecting and analyzing the world’s largest animal tracking datasets

Monday, March 21, 2011
3:30-4:30 p.m.
Chase 319
Mathematics Colloquium
Peter Paule (RISC, Linz, Austria)
‘Symbolic Computation in Combinatorics: Recent Progress achieved at RISC’

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Upcoming power outages

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From: Facilities Management
Subject: Power Outages

Please be advised that in order to connect temperature monitors to our HVAC building automation system the following power outages have been scheduled. Please note that each outage will begin at 6:00 am and be 30 minutes in duration.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011. This outage will affect Oceanography, the southwest corner of the Psychology Tower, and the Common Area (Print Centre, Tim Horton’s and the Museum).

Wednesday, March 23, 2011. This outage will affect Biology, Psychology (with the exception of the southwest corner), Common Area (Print Centre, Tim Horton’s and the Museum) and the Chase Building.

Emergency power will be available during both outages (except for the Chase Building which has no emergency power).

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this project please contact Philip Li, Project Manager, Electrical, at 494-3322.

C-DOGS 2011

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C-DOGS 2011 (Conference of Dalhousie Oceanography Graduate Students) takes place Friday, March 18, 2011 from 8:30 a.m. to 4;30 p.m.

See the C-DOGS 2011 website for more information.

FoS Students’ Weekly E-Newsletter #25 (March 16, 2011)

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In the news this week:

1. Dates to remember
2. “Science as Art” upcoming Photo Competition for 2012 Calendars on April 6
3. DSS Gala – March 24
4. Dalhousie Science Society looking for a Treasurer
5. Green Roots Symposium March 25/26
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Happy Pi Day!

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March 13 is Pi Day!

Apparently it’s celebrated in some places with pie.

Seminars: Week of March 14-18, 2011

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Monday, March 14, 2011
3:30-4:30 p.m.
Room P5263, Life Sciences Centre,
Dalhousie University (Brain Awareness Week)
Andy Leber, University of New Hampshire.
Scientific Colloquium: “Using fMRI to predict moment-to-moment fluctuations in cognitive control”

Monday, March 14, 2011
3:30-4:30 p.m.
Chase 319
Mathematics Colloquium
Russ Woodroofe (Washington University):
‘Minimax chains and topology of the subgroup lattice’
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Change of dates: Science As Art

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The deadline for submissions has been extended! Deadline for images is Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at 4 p.m. Atlantic time.

We’re looking for photos and images for the 2012 edition of the Science As Art calendar produced by the Faculty of Science.

All Faculty of Science students, staff, faculty members, alumni and retired faculty are encouraged to submit their photos and images.

Past submissions include insects, plasma globes, protoplasts, immunolabelled cells, data representations, and more. We’d love to see GIS/ mapping images, or mathematical images.




Entries for the 2012 Science As ArtFaculty of Science calendar competition will be on display on Wednesday, April 6, 2011 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the lobby of the Life Sciences Centre, outside the food court. The original date was Wednesday, March 23, 2011. Remember to come through and vote for your favourite images!

Download the Science As Art 2012 entry form (PDF)

Our Evolving Climate – Distinguished Speaker Series

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A reminder that the next Distinguished Speaker Series lecture is coming up on Thursday March 10.

Seminars: Week of March 8-11, 2011

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Tuesday, March 8, 2011
11:30 a.m.
Milligan Room, 8th Floor Biology-Earth Sciences Wing, Life Sciences Centre, Dalhousie University
APICS-AGS SPEAKER TOUR: SEMINAR (DEPARTMENT OF EARTH SCIENCES)
Dr. Peir Pufahl
Department of Earth and Environmental Science
Acadia University
“Bioelemental Sediments and the Precambrian Earth”

Tuesday, March 8, 2011
2:30 pm
Dunn Room 101
Sir James Dunn Building (Physics Seminar Series 2011, CAP Lecture Tour)
James Stotz
Assistant Professor
Department of Physics, Engineering Physics, and Astronomy
Queen’s University
Kingston, ON
Controlling Quantum States Using Earthquakes

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Halifax Planetarium Show – March 17

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Halifax Planetarium Show

Time: Thursday, March 17th, 7:15 pm
Location: Rm. 118, Dunn Bldg, Dalhousie University, 6310 Coburg Rd
Presenter: Patrick Fortier
Title: “From Heavens to Space: Our Changing Perspective on the Night Sky”

We look at our ever changing perspective on the unchanging night sky, from the past to the present.

Admission: $5 (at the door); reductions for families (min age 8 yrs)

Reservations are required via e-mail: planetarium@dal.ca. In your e-mail message, please indicate the number of adults and children (8-15). Space is limited.

The show is an hour long. Full details will be sent before the show. Please do not be late. No admission after the door closes.

For this and other Astronomy events in Nova Scotia, visit the Astronomy Nova Scotia website.

BioBall 2011

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The 2011 BioBall is coming up!

Where: The Marriott Harbourfront (1919 Upper Water Street), Acadia Ballroom
When: Saturday, April 9, 2011
Cocktails begin at 6 p.m.
Dinner at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:45 p.m.)
Dance from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Menu

Soup – Roasted citrus carrot bisque with beet chips
Entree – (pork) Bacon roasted pork tenderloin with cheddar pave, market vegetables and cheery port reduction OR (vegetarian) Grilled portobello mushrooms served with red pepper coulis
Dessert – Strawberry cheesecake with strawberry compote and whipped cream

Ticket prices

Early Bird (before March 18):
$25 each for students and their guests
$35 each for faculty/staff and their guests
After March 18:
$30 each for students and their guests
$40 each for faculty/staff and their guests

Tickets must be purchased before 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 31, 2011 from Donna Megeney at the Biology Main Office – LSC Room 2078.

BioBall 2011 is organized by the Biology Organization of Graduate Students (BOGS).

Work Your Degree – Cancelled

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Due to low registration numbers, Work Your Degree has been cancelled. We hope to host the workshop next year.

The Career Services Centre and Alumni Relations would like to thank you for your interest in the program. And thank you to our alumni volunteers and guest speakers for their interest.

PhD Defence – Department of Biology

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The Faculty of Graduate Studies wishes to announce that Ms. Susanna Drake Fuller, PhD candidate from the Department of Biology will be defending her thesis entitled “DIVERSITY OF MARINE SPONGES IN THE NORTHWEST ATLANTIC” on Friday, March 4th, at 1:00 p.m. The defence will be held in the Coburg Board Room, Room 3107, The Mona Campbell Building, 1459 LeMarchant Street.

All PhD defences are open to the public and you are welcome to attend. Please note that seating may be limited. To view the complete defence notice please visit our website at: http://www.dalgrad.dal.ca/defences/