Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Take your dog to work, cross-species empathy, Valentine's Day for cat loves and free parasitology course

Phil assisting a veterinary intern. Not only does he reduce stress - he also keeps a good lookout while you're writing up your cases.
Feeling a bit stressed today? The Sydney Morning Herald has offered some tips for preventing burn-out and maintaining your mojo, one of which includes bringing your dog to work.

Do dogs feel empathy towards those who aren’t members of their own species? Do they care when a human baby cries? Min Hooi Yong compared the human and canine response to an infant’s cry to try to unravel the puzzle of cross-species empathy.

If you’re looking for a Valentine’s Day gift for the cat lover in your life – including your cat - check out Liza and Archibald’s feline picks. Those cufflinks are hard to beat.

And for those of you needing some parasitology action in your life (don't we all?), Coursera has just kicked off a FREE course on Tropical Parasitology. The specific parasites and parasitic diseases that will be covered include malaria, trypanosomiasis, toxoplasmosis, cestodes (Taenia saginata, Taenia solium, Echinococcus spp), trematodes (Schistosoma, Fasciola), nematodes (Ancylostoma/Necator, strongyloides, filariasis and ascaris), and ectoparasites.

The budding parasitologists reading this will note that the topics don’t have a monopoly on many of these species and in fact we host a number of them in Australia. They’re still taking enrolments, so visit the Coursera Tropical Parasitology Course Page here.