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Very Rough Country: Proceedings of the Labrador Explorations Symposium

Edited By Martha MacDonald

Before there was industry, land claims, or mass settlement in Labrador, there was Very Rough Country.

Martha MacDonald has brought together a collection of maps, photos, stories and essays that merge the academic with the traditional; the explorer with the native; and the past with the present.

This collection, the Labrador Explorations Symposium Proceedings, is an introduction to Labrador history, culture and exploration; it is a complement to the academic literature that currently exists about Labrador, and it is an informative, exciting and emotional adventure that takes the reader through the Labrador wilderness.

The Labrador Explorations Symposium took place in June 2005 as part of the celebrations for the centennial of Mina Benson Hubbard's journey from North West River to Ungava Bay. As many know, she undertook this pilgrimage to finish that of her husband, Leonidas Hubbard, who had died while trying to make the same journey.

The Town of North West River, the Labrador Heritage Society and the Central Labrador Economic Development Board undertook a number of events to mark this centenary and approached Memorial University's Labrador Institute to organize a scholarly symposium that would bring together people with a strong interest in Mina Hubbard's party and their achievements. It became apparent that the symposium topic could be extended to a number of other adventurers who had tried their luck and skill against the Labrador wilderness.

The symposium also examined exploration from the viewpoint of people whose roots go deep in Labrador: the Innu, Inuit and Metis travellers who know the country with an internal map, but whose peregrinations can be ranked as exploration all the same.

Very Rough Country revisits the great adventures of outside explorers and provides a venue through which Labradorians have told their unwritten stories of land and the eternal attraction of the unknown.

Most of the funding for the symposium was provided by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada under its Northern Research Development Program.

Other partners in this venture were the Labrador Heritage Society, the Central Labrador Economic Development Board and the Town of North West River.

Martha MacDonald is a folklorist who works as associate director of the Labrador Institute of Memorial University.

Very Rough Country is published by the Labrador Institute of Memorial University.


Quantitative Ecology: Measurement, Models and Scaling (Second Edition)

By Dr. David C. Schneider

This second edition of Quantitative Ecology guides the reader through the key concepts that underlie scaling in ecology, and the many ways that scale influences the interpretation of ecological variation.

This book defines the field by placing the emphasis on scaling via scope, power laws and the use of statistics to estimate and compare power law exponents, which are at the heart of scaling.

New to this edition is material on statistical analysis, dimensional analysis and design of surveys and experiments; figures, tables and boxes illustrating scaling concepts and procedures and intuitive organization of material around key scaling concepts of scope and power laws.

Quantitative Ecology is designed for faculty, researchers and professional ecologists, graduate students and advanced undergraduates, anyone with professional interest in wildlife management, fishery sciences, forestry, conservation biology, resource ecology, and evolutionary biology.

David C. Schneider is a professor at the Ocean Sciences Centre and the Department of Biology whose research addresses the problem of spatial scale in the environmental sciences, with an emphasis on spatial scaling as it has developed in oceanography, ecology, and aquaculture and fisheries.

He states his goal as a teacher is to bring out the best in science students by fostering in them confidence in their ability to think quantitatively and to analyze their own data.

"I take pride in seeing students apply, on their own, a conceptual approach to problem solving and statistical analysis in biology. I take yet more pride in seeing students reach the point where they can help other students with data analysis and statistical methods."

Quantitative Ecology is published by Academic Press.


Mass Spectrometry of Nucleosides and Nucleic Acids

Edited by Joseph H. Banoub and Patrick A. Limbach

Assembling the work of an international panel of researchers, Mass Spectrometry of Nucleosides and Nucleic Acids summarizes and reviews the latest developments in the field and provides a window on the next generation of analysis.

Beginning with an overview of recent developments, the book highlights the most popular ionization methods and illustrates the diversity of strategies employed in the characterization and sequencing of DNA and RNA oligomers, nucleosides, nucleotides and adducts. Included are developments in nucleic acid structural analysis, quantitative determination of DNA and RNA adducts and modifications, mass spectrometry-based sequencing and nucleic acid identification, and recent findings related to the gas-phase reactivity and properties of nucleic acids.

Providing a discussion of both the fundamental aspects of nucleic acid analysis and their application in fields of structural biology, pharmacology, and clinical research, this text serves to inform researchers in the life sciences who are interested in these applications yet lacing in mass spectrometry experience, as well as mass spectrometry investigators who are already familiar with the fundamentals but are interested in learning about emerging research areas and applications involving nucleic acids.

The exciting developments in mass spectrometry technology have fuelled incredible advances in our understanding of nucleic acids and their complexes. The contributions presented in this volume capture the range of these advances, helping to inspire new findings and avenues of research.

Dr. Joseph H. Banoub is with the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans and an adjunct professor of chemistry and biochemistry.


Detection of Biological Agents for the Prevention of Bioterrorism

Edited by Joseph Banoub

As concerns about biological and chemical security threats increase worldwide, so does the need for early warning systems capable of providing timely and accurate intelligence. These threats are significant challenges, which are very difficult to predict or prevent as they come in many forms and can spread quickly without warning.

This need has driven the demand for timely techniques that can quickly detect the agent or agents used in an attack. The detection and/or prevention of these potential security threats provide significant scientific and technical challenges due to the combination of possible agents and modes of delivery available.

Detection of Biological Agents for the Prevention of Bioterrorism presents a thorough look at the importance and technological challenges of mass spectrometry for the detection and identification of biological and chemical threats. This new contribution's general aims are to draw the attention of recognized practitioners, experts and graduate students trying to grasp the latest developments in the cutting-edge field of mass spectrometry-biodefense technologies for the rapid/early/specific sensitive threat detection of pathogens, viruses, explosives, mycotoxins, chemical agents and biological markers of xenobiotic chemicals.