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Field Trip to Iceland - Spring 2016

Iceland (the ‘land of ice and fire’) is the scene of some very active geology where the North American and European plates are separating (‘sea floor spreading’) along the North Atlantic Mid-Ocean Ridge (MOR). On this trip, we will be guided by Kristinn Guðjónsson who knows the geology, ecology and people of Iceland extremely well (seemingly being related to everyone there). We will visit the west central and southern part of the island paying particular attention to the plate boundary along the MOR where it comes up on land, the central rift valley of the MOR at Thingvellir, recently active volcanoes such as Eyjafjallajökull and enormous lava flows (the largest anywhere in the world in the last 10,000 years), ‘dormant’ but potentially devastating volcanoes such as Katla, Europe’s largest ice cap (Vatnajökull), large glacial lakes, hot springs and geysers. It is likely we will go for one day to the Vestmannaeyjar Islands. We will visit biologically-unique environments and sites for geothermal energy generation and research. If you are interested in wildlife be sure to bring binoculars.

Approximate Cost: $1100 - $550 Deposit Due Dec 7 along with application and proof of valid passport.

Dates: Departing April 30th, 2016 and returning May 12th, 2016.



Congratulations to Asfia Soomro for her poster presentation at the Chemical Biophysics Symposium in Toronto. Asfia's poster, "The Structure of People's Hair: Potential for a Diagnostic Tool", was the culmination of her 3rd year research practicum, under the supervision of Dr. Maikel Rheinstdter (Department of Physics & Astronomy).

Congratulations to Nick Schoenhoff!

The Life Sciences Program would like to congratulate Life Sciences student, Nick Schoenhoff, for his outstanding achievement at the Ontario Council of Universities and the Government of Ontario's Innovative Designs for Accessibility (IDeA) undergraduate student competition.

Nick was awarded 3rd prize for his Campus Accessibility Mapping Project (CAMP), which aims to improve accessibility at Ontario universities through the creation of a campus map that rates pedestrian pathways on their level of accessibility. This exceptional project was originally developed as part of Nick’s work in his fourth year thesis course, supervised by Dr. Kathleen Martin Ginis (Department of Kinesiology).

Please click here for more information on CAMP.


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