Etienne Normandin was recently invited to discuss his newly published book “Les insectes de Québec et autres arthropodes terrestres” on two radio programmes at ICI Radio-Canada, Bien Entendu (listen here in French) and Tout Un Matin (listen here in French). The book is being sold at the following bookstores (amongst others): Renaud-Bray, Archambault and Les Libraires.
The Marie-Victorin Herbarium is the subject of a special feature in a virtual expo titled “Fleurs sauvages” from the Écomusée du fier monde. The Herbarium, its volunteers, as well as Marie-Victorin and the Centre for Biodiversity are discussed in the section titled “Recherches scientifiques: la nature comme sujet de prédilection”. View here (in French).
Our collegue Simon Joly generously participated to an educative feature for Télé-Québec’s homeschooling program L’école à la maison. In it, “Professor Simon” talks about the return of Spring and the blooming of various flowers. View here (in French): https://enclasse.telequebec.tv/contenu/1736.
In solidarity with the health workers and research teams fighting COVID-19, our labs, under the invitation of the Université de Montréal, have generously gathered and sent protection items to the Ste-Justine hospital, to be redistributed across the network of Montreal hospitals. We have been able to gather 60 N95 masks, 50 anti-dust masks and 113 boxes of gloves. We have also supplied acetate sheets to the CIUSSS West-Central Montreal which have been used in the fabrication of 120 homemade reusable visors.
A huge thank you to everyone having contributed to this donation. It is a small drop in the great ocean of protection gear needs, but every little counts in these troubled times.
The research project of Jacques Brodeur’s Ph.D. student Gongyu Lin was featured on the 28 March 2020 episode of La semaine verte. Watch here (in French).
From the program’s website (our translation):
The use of predatory insects in pest control has been going on for years. But what if we had them carry beneficial fungi on their backs, this could bring integrated biological control to another level.
In an interview to Ici Radio-Canada, Anne-Lise Routier talks about how she sees plants as intelligent beings with unique mecanical properties. According to Anne-Lise, increasing our empathy for plants could help us better understand living beings that are radically different to us.
View here (in French).
For the 50th anniversary of the Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR), IRBV director Jacques Brodeur received the honour of being one of the 50 graduates with the most remarquable career. Jacques completed his B.Sc there in 1985.