Informing the world about the dangers of sea lice in aquaculture, and discrediting an annoying piece of business jargon in Australia. Here’s a roundup of UPEI research in the news from the past few weeks.
In late January, the Charlottetown Guardian wrote a profile of a woman who had developed dementia, and the difficulties both she and he husband experienced in coping with the changes it was creating in their lives. The Guardian quoted Dr. Colleen MacQuarrie, a professor of Psychology here at UPEI.
“With a life partner you have this trajectory in your head; when dementia comes into the picture that is disrupted.”
Read the whole article here.
Also in January, the CBC Radio program Maritime Noon spoke with Dr. Larry Hammell, Innovation PEI Industry Research Chair and associate professor of Health Management at the Atlantic Veterinary College. Dr. Hammell explained some of the challenges salmon farmers are experiencing with sea lice (more details in this previous ORD Blog post).
Download or listen to the full interview here.
The Guardian published on January 30 a front-page feature on the work of UPEI’s Centre for Veterinary Epidemiology, or CVER. The article touched on a year of successes for CVER, including the announcement of two new funded research chairs, and a spot on the shortlist for one of 20 prestigious Canada Excellence Research Chairs. The story ends with a quote from Dr. Don Reynolds, Dean of AVC, about a centre that’s become a world leader in its field.
“As Atlantic Canadians, we should be proud that the world’s best are a part of our community and are so deeply committed to making a difference. It is quite remarkable to have a centre of this calibre, a world leader, in our own backyard.’’
Read the entire article here.
In February, UPEI’s Tourism Research Centre was back in the news for a report it prepared about the visiting trends of people from the other Maritime provinces. It said that while 65% of visitors to Prince Edward Island are from Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, only 40% of people from those provinces have visited within the last five years.
Read the full story here.
Dr. Larry Hammell returned to the CBC Radio airwaves in February, this time on Information Morning in Saint John, New Brunswick. Dead and dying lobsters were discovered on the shores of the Bay of Fundy, some of which appeared to have been killed by a banned pesticide called Cypermethrin, which is sometimes used to control sea lice in aquaculture settings in Europe. Dr. Hammell helped people understand what this chemical is, and where it may have come from.
Listen to the whole interview here.
Lastly, UPEI research proved invaluable in explaining the confusing meaning behind a business cliché, apparently popular in Australia. The Work in Progress blog from the Sydney Morning Herald wrote a post breaking down the meanings of many popular clichés, including:
“…‘a fish rots from the head down’. Fish, in fact, rot from the gut, not from the head, as verified by fish pathologists at the University of Prince Edward Island.”
Read the whole post, “The Milli Vanilli factor and other business clichés”, here.
(Photo: Dr. Jeff Davidson of the Shellfish Research Group appears in the Guardian)