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SFU professor sounds alarm on danger of toxins to children’s brain development

Can the pesticides on your lawn and flame-resistant baby clothing cause ADHD and autism in children? According to environmental-health expert Dr. Bruce Lanphear, even exceedingly low-level exposures to toxic chemicals can contribute to premature births, intellectual disabilities and behavioural problems. … Continue reading

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UBC professor advocates the benefit of exercise for healthy aging

Regardless of disease and disability, a daily dose of exercise has a remarkable benefit on cognitive and physical abilities and health, at any age.  But, according to Dr. Gareth Jones, these benefits may be especially important for our senior populations. … Continue reading

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Entomologist crime sleuth unveils the clues

Look out Sherlock Holmes!  CSI – stand aside! Enter forensic entomology – the study of insects to help solve real-life whodunnit mysteries.  Dr. Gail Anderson, SFU professor and forensic entomology pioneer, will uncover all the clues in a public talk … Continue reading

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Astro-paparazzo in Search of Goldilocks Worlds

Evidence is mounting that planets are commonplace in the Galaxy. As of late August 2016, there are about 3500 confirmed exoplanets and thousands more candidates—with recently discovered exoplanet Proxima B the closest to earth yet to be found at a … Continue reading

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Speaker Series committee is planning for the new season!

We are very excited about how the speaker line-up for the up-coming season is developing! We are planning talks in forensic entomology, neurodiversity (e.g. autism), ethnobotany, conservation biology, and exercise physiology for an ageing demographic.

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Addressing public resistance to vaccination

Vaccines are generally regarded as among the most effective public health interventions of all time. New knowledge of immunology and new technologies have made possible the development of many new vaccines that protect against diseases that were common only a … Continue reading

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Science advocate promotes informed policy-decision making

A new era of optimism for science in Canada appears to have emerged.  Within days of taking the political power, the Federal Liberal government reinstated the long-form census and government scientists have once again been given permission to speak directly … Continue reading

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