Dr. Reginald Bibby, Professor of Sociology and Research Chair for Social Sciences, University of Lethbridge
Sophie Czetwertynski, Biologist and PhD Candidate, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta
Dr. Nicola Cherry, Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Alberta
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ITEM:1TITLE: Dr. Reginald Bibby, Professor of Sociology and Research Chair for Social Sciences, University of Lethbridge
SUBJECT: #38 Restless Gods and a Look at Religion in Canada
SYNOPSIS: Beginning in 1975, Dr. Reginald Bibby has been surveying Canadian social attitudes towards a whole range of values, including religous beliefs. With several books under his belt, Reg Bibby is working on a new one, Restless Gods, which is based on the latest survey. Among the surprises in the most recent data is the sudden increase among teens in their interest in organized religion.
ITEM:2TITLE: Sophie Czetwertynski, Biologist and PhD Candidate, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta
SUBJECT: #38 Bear Study
SYNOPSIS: Ontario and several American states have banned their spring bear hunts. These controversial bans have been made partly with the thought that hunters posed a threat to the survival of bear cubs. But there is little scientific data to support this conclusion. Biologist Sophie Czetwertynski, with the support of many partners, has undertaken a unique and wide ranging study that will look at what factors influence the survivorship of black bear cubs and isolate the impact of hunting on bear populations. In this first year, she has spent the last few months capturing and collaring bears in four study areas, two in the Cold Lake Air Weapons Range where bears are not hunted and two where bears are hunted. This winter she will visit the dens of hibernating bears to download data for GPS collars, check on the nutritional health of female bears and look at the survivorship of cubs. Having captured over 200 bears and collared over 80, Sophie definitely has her work cut out for her!
ITEM:3TITLE: Dr. Nicola Cherry, Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Alberta
SUBJECT: #38 Solvents in the Workplace and Male Infertility
SYNOPSIS: There are many factors that influence the ability of a couple to conceive. Prolonged exposure to solvents in the work place is one. Dr. Nicola Cherry and her colleagues have found through their research that exposure to solvents can reduce the sperm count in men, especially those involved in painting and printing. Initial research started at McGill led to a comparative study across Canada. Now Dr. Cherry is involved in a British study which is trying to determine which solvents are the culprits. Of particular interest are a group of substances called glycol ethers. Her work has just been published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Dr. Cherry has been a recipient of the Health Research Fund administered by the AHFMR