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Vet med scholars share science in the remote Arctic – UToday
by ahnationtalk onMay 19, 2017107 Views
May 18, 2017
Local youth in northern schools get hands-on look at research into muskox health
This series celebrates University of Calgary community-partnered outreach projects as part of Science Odyssey, Canada’s largest celebration of discovery and innovation and for the way science shapes our daily lives.
Their families share the Arctic tundra with muskoxen and often hunt them for food. And now students in two remote northern communities have learned more about the species’ health, a parasite that lives in their lungs, and several emerging diseases that are causing drastic declines in muskox populations.
Four researchers from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (UCVM) who study the health and parasites of muskoxen have spent time in local classrooms sharing some of their knowledge. The outreach in the remote schools is part of the latest round of NSERC’s PromoScience awards, announced on May 12. The program supports hands-on learning for young students.