Congratulations to Jamie (again!), and to Laura Harper too

17 02 2013

Jamie won an Ontario Graduate Scholarship for the last year of his PhD; and Laura, who’s been doing some work for Jeanette and me, also won one too, to do a Coursework MSc in animal welfare (I hope with me).





More inexcusable “ag gag” laws passed in the US

17 02 2013

A new story on more bans on the undercover investigation of animal abuse, to update the Youtube vid below:

http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/ag-gag-laws-animal-cruelty-exposes-blocked/story?id=18337864

Here’s an alternative idea: why not just stop doing things that look appalling on video??





Money to study lambs playing

17 02 2013

Jamie & I just won $3500 from the Gartshore Memorial fund for his experiments on playing lambs (but in a barn, not verdant fields, since we’re in Ontario and it’s snowy out; couldn’t resist this photo though). Jamie is investigating whether play helps animals cope with stressors later in life.





Seeing my name in Pubmed

16 02 2013

http://whatshouldwecallgradschool.tumblr.com/post/42130575889/seeing-my-name-on-pubmed





What to do if no journal will publish your research

15 02 2013

Hilarious find from Jamie:
http://arstechnica.com/science/2013/02/bigfoot-genome-paper-conclusively-proves-that-sasquatch-is-real/





Mesquite lesson

13 02 2013

This is Jeanette, giving Heather and me our first lesson in the Mesquite software that we will need for comparative analyses of multiple species – in Heather’s case captive parrots, and in mine, primates…

Mesquite lesson





Mardi gras in the Mason lab

13 02 2013

Ok it wasn’t quite like this … BUT we did have some damn fine pancakes (including Polish specialities), courtesy of Agata and her partner Bartek. Mardi gras in the Mason lab