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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Answers to YOUR Questions (some of them!)

* Writing in Scientific Research (Mrs. Bishop)- The writing the scientists do here is mostly in the form of publishing their research. I am going to get a copy of one of the papers they have written and post it on here for you to see. It takes them many hours to write their research and to make it understandable to readers. Interestingly they said that many of the scientific journals have specific formats that the paper must be in, before it can be submitted. Today Chris also told us he spent many hours re-writing a paper that a former grad student had written for publishing... apparently the paper was returned by the journal with a comment that said " Parts of this paper were so badly written that it is simply incomprehensible." Hmmm sounds like proof-reading is essential!

*Ice Cream- Yes we have a lot of ice cream here but I think it will take a while for us to eat all of it!

*Speaking with other Expedition Members- On Friday you will have the chance to speak with some of the other teachers and scientists here with me. Yes David, the people I listed are the same people around the table when I gave you the tour. The only one missing was Chris- he works on papers in the morning and is with us later in the day

*What to do if I see a bear- So here there are Black Bear ... you should actually make a lot of noise and back away slowly... do not play dead... they are curious and hungry so they will come over and investigate you as a potential meal ;)

*Species?- There are many animals here that we have in the US but the species are a little different than the ones we have at home. I was really disappointed to find out that Moose are not likely to be seen here - there are only about 50 left in Nova Scotia due to a brain worm called Parelaphostrongylus tenius :(


At March 16, 2010 at 10:18 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ms. Smith
Thank you for answering our questions. I find it odd that you have to make laud noises to scare the bears, but it does make sense. I actually made a connection when you were talking about the bears. When I go to camp in the Adirondacks the bears will come out at night and eat the trash from the garbage.
- Jackie B.
Ps. was I the first to post here? If so than YEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSS! If not than never mind. :P

At March 17, 2010 at 10:41 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a question: how many freezers do you need to store that ice cream (or have the bears eaten it?)

-Danny F.
P.S. YYYYAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYY!!!!!!! I'm first to... Oh. Never mind. Jackie got there first.

At March 17, 2010 at 10:43 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

the bear thing is so cool now if i see a bear will know what to do!!
hahahaha and heyy miss smith we misss you!! :)

At March 19, 2010 at 12:05 PM , Anonymous Ms. Vickery said...

Ms. Smith,
I was so happy to see you (as well as the other scientists)today via Skype. What a great experience for everyone. Thanks for sharing your time in Nova Scotia with us and please thank the scientists too.
I can connect with your disappointment with probably not getting to see a moose. A few years ago, we vacationed at Moosehead Lake in Maine and in spite of the fact that we got up really early hoping to see them at the lake, we were never able to!
I was so disappointed. I think sooner or later I'll get to see one, just not when I plan it!
Hope you're safe & happy, enjoy!


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