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New species of dinosaur found in Alberta’s Badlands
Meet Hannah, a strange and anomalous dinosaur that may be an entirely new species.
By Nicole Mortillaro

The peculiar dinosaur was discovered by Scott Persons from the University of Alberta.

“It had been a really, really slow week,” he said of the expedition last summer to the Badlands. “Then I saw this really big orange cone sticking out of the Badlands.”

Once he leaned in to take a closer look, he realized that whatever it was had been encrusted with orange lichen. Then he took a closer look: there, peaking out was a surface of bone, with long grooves. He knew that this had not been caused by erosion.

The grooves were indicative of a horn with canals for blood vessels, similar to those in our modern-day cows and bison.

But the story got even better.

“I thought, ‘That’s really, really cool.’ Then I dug back and saw it was attached to something.” It was clearly attached to a skull, something that was “really, really rare to find.” As he and the team dug deeper, they were thrilled to find that it was an almost complete skeleton.

So what kind of dinosaur is Hannah? No one knows.

“Loosely speaking, Hannah is a ceratops, a kind of horned dinosaur and relative of the triceratops,” Persons explained. “But the genus is unknown.”

That’s because when they first exposed the skull, they found horns around the frill (the fanned part of a ceratops) that curved outward. Then they found a second set that curved inward. This led them to believe that it was part of theCentrosaurus family. This would be surprising since Centrosaurus are usually found deeper down in the rock (since it’s older).

And then Hannah got a little weirder.

The paleontologists found “enormous spikes” at the rear of the frills, which is associated with Styracosaurus. Those younger dinosaurs would usually be found higher up in the sandstone.

So Hannah isn’t Centrosaurus and she’s not Styracosaurus.

“Hannah is this weird mix and match that we associate with two types of dinosaurs,” said Persons. “Now the question is: Is Hannah its own thing that converged? Is it a missing link?”

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creamistry  asked:

What are the best colleges to go to in Canada?

Some great schools to look into are:

University of Toronto

University of British Columbia

McGill University

University of Western Ontario

Concordia University

McMaster University

University of Calgary

University of Waterloo

University of Alberta

Hope this helps!

anonymous asked:

Just a quick question if you have followers who go to Mc Gill University in Montreal! I plan on going there in 2 years (I probably still won't have started T by then but eh) I'm not sure about it but are the dorm gendered ? Like is it F/F and M/M together ? If it is, will I be able to choose which dorm I want to go to even if I don't have any change on my body ? Thanks if you take time to reply ! :)

University of Saskatchewan researchers produce world's first wood bison using in vitro fertilization
Project took a decade to complete

Creating bison in a laboratory sounds like a premise for an unusual science fiction movie.

But it’s a fact, and the proof is gambolling about on a U of S campus field.

“The babies look great,” said Gregg Adams, a reproductive specialist with the Western College of Veterinary Medicine.

“They’re keeping up with mom, and I’m really happy about it.”

It took a decade to get the idea from the drawing board to running around in a field, and Adams said its success has enormous implications for the species.

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How can anyone hold up the Group X  study as ‘proof’ of Ace oppression? Have they read this paper?

First, the authors believe in the gender binary (male/female) which everyone knows is incomplete. They also believe, “homosexuals and bisexuals possess “socially deviant sexual desires” and “engage in taboo sexual activity.” Which is both false AND homophobic. 

Second, they define Asexual as: People who have no sexual attraction to either sex (and never have), and typically do not engage in sexual activity with others (e.g., a man that has no sexual attraction to men or women; a woman who has no sexual attraction to men or women). In one swoop they have, invalidated A-specs, grey-aces, pan-aces, demi’s, and Aces who typically have sex. There is also no mention of Aro folks.  

Third, part 1 of the study was a survey of 148 Canadian university students (121 women, 27 men). Part 2 was even smaller, 101 survey takers (63 women, 34 men, four unspecified) to win CAN$50. You honestly think 249 Canadians is a proper sample size to extrapolate and ‘prove’ systemic Ace oppression?

Finally, in the 2nd part of the study they, ”..tapped attitudes toward a largely unknown sexual orientation group, sapiosexuals (those sexually attracted to the human mind). Sapiosexual is NOT a sexual orientation. Especially as the overwhelmingly majority of people who experience attraction-are attracted to folks with human minds. 

tl;dr: one paper, from a single country (with less population than California) a tiny sample size, and incorrect/ invalidating definitions- does not make a case for Asexual oppression- systemic or otherwise.
CUQSC - Canadian University Queer Services Conference

The Canadian University Queer Services Conference (CUQSC) is a 5 day conference in Ottawa, on Algonquin territory, that brings together service providers and community leaders from across Canada who are engaged in queer and trans support and advocacy work on their campuses and in their communities. 

CUQSC offers exciting opportunities for participants to share resources, build relationships, gain new knowledge and skills, explore queer and trans art and expression, and ultimately build our collective capacity to take action against the systemic oppression that queer and trans communities and individuals face on a daily basis. 

The conference is taking place May 2nd to 6th 2014 in Ottawa!

Registration ends on April 18th, so sign-up before then at

This is going to be amazing and you don’t have to be a university student to attend (though if you aren’t funded by an organization the cost is admittedly steep–it covers five days of food and accommodations as well as the conference itself though)! I can’t confirm everything that is happening b/c I don’t know where things are at in terms of the finalization process, but I can tell you we have two awesome keynote speakers (one of whom is Julia Serano and the other of whom I personally know and have done some great workshops with), and that I am running two workshops myself (Métis fingerweaving and one on toxic environments in online social justice discussions) as well as a discussion group for disabled people/people with disabilities.
New funding models could cut 670 unionized jobs at York University
Graduate assistantships at York University are at risk, leading to concerns about benefits including health coverage.

York University administrators are proposing a new funding model that stands to eliminate 670 union jobs for graduate students.

Among the jobs on the chopping block are graduate assistantships, which include a variety of applied work settings, according to a CUPE 3903press release.

The union has been in communication with York administration over the past few months regarding this issue, specifically York’s Executive Director of Faculty Relations, Barry Miller and Rhonda Lenton, vice president academic and provost.

CUPE 3903 has one of the most comprehensive health care packages in the university sector. If graduate assistant (GA) positions are eliminated, union members are concerned that they will not only lose opportunities for professional experience in their respective fields, but also benefits such as dental, health, child-care subsidies and professional development funds.

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Canadian Universities are Open for Business: On What Terms?


“In their drive to attract new revenues by collaborating with corporations, donors, and governments, Canadian universities are entering into agreements that place unacceptable limits on academic freedom and sacrifice fundamental academic principles, according to a report released today by the Canadian Association of University Teachers .”

The research and program collaborations examined in the report were:

  • Alberta Ingenuity Centre for In-Situ Energy (AICISE)
  • Centre for Oil Sands Innovation (COSI)
  • Consortium for Heavy Oil Research by University Scientists (CHORUS)
  • Consortium for Research and Innovation in Aerospace in Quebec (CRIAQ)
  • Enbridge Centre for Corporate Sustainability
  • Mineral Deposit Research Unit (MDRU)
  • Vancouver Prostate Centre
  • Balsillie School of International Affairs
  • Munk School of Global Affairs
  • Partnership: University of Ontario Institute of Technology/Durham College/Ontario Power Generation
  • Partnership: University of Toronto/Pierre Lassonde—Goldcorp Inc.
  • Partnership: Western University/Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP

CAUT, November 25, 2013: Canadian universities sacrifice principles in pursuing collaborations: report summary

CAUT, November 25, 2013: Open for Business: On What Terms? An Analysis of 12 Collaborations between Canadian Universities and Corporations, Donors and Governments  (185 pages, PDF)
How SFU and First Nations Keep Endangered Languages Alive
Technology and collaboration lead to learning apps for at-risk Indigenous languages.

A group of Haida elders in their nineties gathered around a microphone on Lucy Bell’s dining room table. Every Haida word they spoke into it was another word recorded for future generations.

It was a touching experience for Bell. Her grandmother spoke Haida, a language also known as Xaad Kil and X̱aaydaa Kil when she was young.

“Many in my generation grew up hearing it but not speaking it, and knowing how precious it was to learn it,” said Bell, now 45 and co-ordinator at Haida Gwaii’s Xaad Kihlga Hl Suu.u Society of language. She learned Haida as an adult.

Indigenous languages in Canada are declining as elder native speakers die. Not long after Bell made the Haida recordings, two of the elders who participated passed away.

The language project that Bell is a part of began in 2013. The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada awarded a $2.5-million partnership grant to Simon Fraser University’s First Nations Language Centre. The money supports a seven-year project to preserve and revitalize the languages of 22 First Nations groups in British Columbia and Yukon, with technology playing a large role.

The language recordings that Bell and others produced are more than simple records; they’re part of interactive lessons for web and mobile apps. Bell’s dream is that the new tools will help teach Indigenous youth their languages as early as possible.

“We’re at a watershed moment,” said Marianne Ignace, director of the First Nations Language Centre. “Many languages only have a handful or even fewer elderly people who were raised speaking those Indigenous languages in the home, and once that generation is gone, that’s kind of it.”

There’s also the history of residential schools that “literally beat the language out of First Nations children,” Ignace said.

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A Preface to Canadian Universities and Colleges

Top canadian universities attract a substantial population every year to canada. Second largest country of the world, canada, is known for its thick forests, beautiful lakes, and mountains. Canada universities and colleges are top notched, bestowing friendly academic environment and diversified curriculum, both in English and French, suiting the present age standards.

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Studying in canada university and colleges is advantageous in many ways. The degree assigned by top canadian universities is globally acknowledged. Students get a chance to work with well established companies while on campus for one year after the graduation is complete. Presently, they are also working on providing off campus opportunities, too.

Canada follows a bilingual system in its governence with English and French being its official languages. The students can study in English, their familiar language; and also get to learn a new one, French. Canadian institutions bring out the best in you. They continue to deliver excellent academic courses within the limited financial parameters. Every educational institution of Canada offers courses on the field of Humanities and social sciences, environment, law, nedicine and language, information technology.

If we talk about canadian university list, then about 23 institutions occur in top 500. Students, after a thorough understanding of each, can decide which university they must get into.

The canadian university list by ranking is as follows :

  1. University of Toronto

  2. University of British Columbia

  3. McGill University

  4. McMaster University

  5. Queen’s University

  6. Universite de Montreal

  7. University of Alberta

  8. University of Calgary

  9. University of Waterloo

  10. University of Western Ontario and York University
UVic Indigenous language program comes to the University of Saskatchewan
Victoria-based degree only one of its kind in Canada

A one-of-a-kind graduate level program in Indigenous languages offered only through the University of Victoria is now coming to the University of Saskatchewan.

The Master’s degree program would leave scholars with the skills needed to help save and preserve Indigenous languages by working with various groups including schools and government.

“We are very excited to host our colleagues from Victoria,” said Joan Greyeyes, director of First Nations and Metis relations at the U of S.

“Partnerships with other institutions are vital, especially when we share a common goal such as Indigenous language preservation and revitalization.”

About 20 students have signed up for the program which will be delivered at the U of S English River site just outside of Saskatoon.

Classes are set to begin Tuesday, with U of S faculty members teaching and supervising the students as they pursue the degree from UVic.

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University of Sudbury names new president; first female president in school's 100yrs+ history
Bouffard is leaving her position at the University of Regina where she is the Director and founder of La Cité universitaire francophone.

There is a new president at the helm of the University of Sudbury.

The school announced Friday that Dr. Sophie Bouffard would take on the role starting September 1.

She is the first female president in the school’s 103-year history.

Bouffard is leaving her position at the University of Regina where she is the Director and founder of La Cité universitaire francophone.

The search to find the new president took seven months. Chair of the school’s board of regents, Josée Forest-Niesing headed the six-member search committee.

She said they started looking for a replacement in December, as soon as Dr. Pierre Zundel announced he was leaving for a new job with Laurentian University.

Forest-Niesing said the University of Sudbury hired a headhunting firm to help with the process. After the first round of applicants the search team narrowed down the pool to seven candidates.

Forest-Niesing said Bouffard stood out among the candidates because of her energy and enthusiasm, as well as her Francophone background.

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