Uncovering the Mega-secrets of Megaliths

The Neolithic period emerged near the end of the Stone Age. It was marked by dramatic human behavioural and cultural changes including the domestication of plants and animals. The Neolithic lifestyle migrated across Europe starting in Anatolia and arriving in the British Isles and Scandinavia around 4000 BCE. It was during this time that megalithic … Continue reading Uncovering the Mega-secrets of Megaliths

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Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes: why screening the rabies vaccine is necessary for continued safety

Disclaimer: Rabies virus infection can be fatal if not treated immediately. Currently-available rabies vaccines are safe for humans and animals and provide excellent, long-lasting protection against rabies. Studies like the one described below are important because the results from this research will help make rabies vaccines even safer and more effective.   Rabies is one of … Continue reading Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes: why screening the rabies vaccine is necessary for continued safety

Becoming acutely aware of a chronic problem: understanding how bacteria establish long-term infections

The human body is covered in bacteria. These bacteria are broadly categorized as being either commensal (helpful) or pathogenic (harmful). The truth is that many types of bacteria can either be helpful or harmful depending on cues they receive from their local environment. Moreover, the environment can also influence whether a bacterial infection is rapid … Continue reading Becoming acutely aware of a chronic problem: understanding how bacteria establish long-term infections

Honey bees are becoming difficult to Roundup

There has been a growing concern about the worldwide decline in certain insects. The declining honey bee population is of particular concern due to their global role as pollinators of flowering plants, including many crops. Their increased mortality is thought to be due to several factors including habitat loss through deforestation, agricultural expansion and industrialization, … Continue reading Honey bees are becoming difficult to Roundup

Body Shields: How foraging ants protect themselves from the environment

Ants have an uncanny ability to find a picnic. One minute your plate of food is fine, the next, ants have descended and are attempting to make off with some bread and cheese. Worker ants are frequently the culprits. In ant societies, worker ants are the female ants that never reproduce, and instead forage for … Continue reading Body Shields: How foraging ants protect themselves from the environment

A bat-ter idea: the role of Jamaican fruit bats in Zika virus spread

Zika virus has been on our radar since 1947 when it was first isolated from a type of monkey called a rhesus macaque. Less than ten years later, in 1954, the virus was isolated from a human in Nigeria. Most of us are familiar with Zika due to the 2015/2016 outbreak in Brazil during the … Continue reading A bat-ter idea: the role of Jamaican fruit bats in Zika virus spread

Representation Matters: What Student Teaching Evaluations Say About Institutions 

Following the end of a busy semester, students are often required to complete teaching evaluations for each of their classes. In recent years, these evaluations have become a contentions topic amongst educators. Despite numerous reports that student evaluations do not accurately measure teaching effectiveness, many institutions still rely on them for determining faculty promotions. The … Continue reading Representation Matters: What Student Teaching Evaluations Say About Institutions