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Laurentian University

Laurentian University is emerging as much more than a primarily undergraduate university. Located in the mineral-rich Sudbury Basin, Laurentian is top-ranked for its expertise and NSERC funding in economic geology and mining-related research. Its freshwater lakes, occupational health and environmental research centres are unparallelled, and its contribution to dark matter research at Sudbury’s SNOLab was crowned with a Nobel Prize in Physics in 2015.

From its solid reputation as an postsecondary destination of choice for English and French undergraduate program offerings and its comprehensive approach to Indigenous research and education, it is making its mark in the research community as a recognized national leader with global reach.

L’Université Laurentienne se classe au 1er rang des universités canadiennes de premier cycle en termes de revenus subventionnés générés par la recherche. Située à Sudbury, en Ontario, sur les territoires traditionnels des Premières Nations d’Atikameksheng Anishnawbek et de Wahnapitae, la Laurentienne se fait un devoir de renforcer les fondements du savoir dans l’enseignement supérieur et la recherche, ainsi que d’offrir une expérience universitaire unique en français et en anglais, assortie d’une approche globale de l’éducation autochtone.

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These insects are basically little machines that convert carbon-rich leaves into nitrogen-rich poo. (John Gunn)

Very hungry caterpillars can have large effects on lake quality and carbon emissions

As environmental engineers, invasive caterpillars can have remarkable effects on water quality and soil conditions. But from a climate perspective they’re pretty much a nuisance.
La découverte récente d’un fossile dans les monts Mackenzie, dans les Territoires du Nord-Ouest, pourrait changer notre façon de concevoir l’évolution des animaux. Shutterstock

La découverte de fossiles pourrait ajouter des centaines de millions d’années à l’histoire de l’évolution des animaux

La découverte récente d’un fossile d’éponge pourrait être le plus ancien d’animal connu, prolongeant la chronologie de l’évolution de centaines de millions d’années.
Le sentiment d'avoir un mot «sur le bout de la langue» lorsque vous n'arrivez pas à vous en souvenir est peut-être plus révélateur d'une bonne mémoire que d'une mauvaise. Shutterstock

Avoir un mot « sur le bout de la langue », est-ce contagieux ? Voici ce que la science en dit

Le sentiment d’avoir un mot sur le bout de la langue est étudié en laboratoire depuis 55 ans. Mais la recherche prend une nouvelle – et surprenante – tournure !
Purge survivors, at the Fredericton, N.B., Pride Parade in 2018. (Boom! Nightclub)

Discrimination against LGBTQ+ soldiers doesn’t stop just because a policy has been revoked

The Canadian Armed Forces is struggling with sexual misconduct allegations and poor inclusion and diversity. It is imperative to again document the stories of LGBTQ+ soldiers and their spouses.
Our ancestors’ environment and diets, and the limits of our biology, have led to adaptations that have improved human survival through natural selection. But we remain prone to illness and disease anyway. (Shutterstock)

Evolutionary medicine looks to our early human ancestors for insight into conditions like diabetes

Evolutionary medicine uses our ancestral history to explain disease prevalence and inform care for conditions like Type 2 diabetes. It also challenges the bio-ethnocentrism of western medicine.
Gathering on the land: Indigenous ways of knowing can ensure that communities reclaim and promote health and healing. (Melody Morton-Ninomiya)

Indigenous community research partnerships can help address health inequities

Many researchers may lack resources to guide them in conducting research that is equitable, inclusive and respectful of diverse Indigenous knowledge, ethics, practice and research sovereignty.
Micrographie électronique à balayage colorée d’une cellule gravement infectée par des particules du virus SARS-CoV-2. (The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases/Flickr)

Connaître sa cible : la science fondamentale nous aide à élaborer des vaccins contre les coronavirus

La recherche fondamentale permet d'éclairer ce que nous savons sur les coronavirus. Nous connaîtrons d'autres épidémies, il est donc crucial de poursuivre et de développer ce type de travail.
Colourized scanning electron micrograph of a cell heavily infected with SARS-CoV-2 virus particles. (The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases/Flickr)

Know your target: Fundamental science will lead us to coronavirus vaccines

Fundamental research has informed what we know about coronaviruses up until the pandemic. With possible future outbreaks, continuing and developing this type of work is crucial.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs Chrystia Freeland have relied heavily on the science-based advice of Chief Medical Officer Theresa Tam during the coronavirus pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Politicians and scientists need strong connections during the coronavirus crisis — and beyond

The effective integration of science into policy-making improves legislation and leads to effective solutions for society — and not only during times of crisis like the coronavirus pandemic.

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