Four research projects worth knowing about
From baby eels to methane leaks in old mines, here are some of the areas of study being investigated by Halifax’s academic all-stars.
University who was instrumental in bringing Halifax’s first university-based honeybee hive to the Mount.
“Setting up a beehive to go alongside the [university’s community] garden’s workshops seemed like a perfect supplement to the environmental sustainability initiatives taking place on campus,” she says.
The hive is currently being used as a community engagement piece, but Ruhl says it is available to faculty of all departments for research going forward.
“I will be using the beehive for lab classes, such as one called Ecological Perspectives of Food, [and] there are definitely other learning opportunities for biology classes, too,” she says.
A workshop on Bee Democracy should also be of particular interest for business administration students, as it allows them to observe the bees’ organizational behaviour as a functioning colony, taking notes on their democratic order.
While Ruhl is looking forward to integrating the bees into her lab classes in the fall, she is most excited about giving more people the chance to interact with and study the bees in their hive. She maintains that the community beehive is a means of “showing the public that honey bees are docile creatures and truly nothing to be afraid about!” Trying to discover new antibiotics from natural sources to help combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria, viruses and other micro-organisms
One of the world’s most urgent problems threatening the future face of human health is the fact that people are becoming resistant to antibiotics and contracting untreatable “superbugs.”
“We’re super-interested in looking for new ways to treat these infections, and new antibiotics to target these resisting bacteria,”
Clarissa Sit, chemical biologist, Saint Mary’s University