Tools on Tuesday

Tools on Tuesday

You heard it here. Live from the labs of scientists asking quirky questions!

The frontiers of science drive researchers to create the most unusual tools!

If you are asking a question that goes into unchartered terrain (that is what science is all about!), you can't buy all your equipment at The Science Store.

Move over microscopes and beakers – it's time to shine a light on the weird and lesser known tools of science! Explore a new tool each week. Learn about the underwater microphone that records the greatest hits of singing fish and the colours in Bowser's brain scans that tell us about a dog's inner life.


Light up your week every Tuesday with a live 30-minute show-and-tell from the hard to access corners of science.


Tool o’clock is at 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm MST

Previous Episode: Tools for Animal Brains

Feb 16 | 1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. (MST)

Have you ever thought about what’s going on in your dog’s head? Tap into the inner brain of dogs, cats, kangaroos with Dr. Kathryn Winger, (a neurologist veterinarian!), through colourful Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scans and explore what it can tell you about their habits and lives. Science has heavily advanced since the invention of the MRI machine and first MRI human scan in 1977. Giddy up your questions for the next episode of Tools on Tuesday! You might discover you’re a lot more similar to your favourite pets and animals than you’d think.

About Dr. Kathryn Winger

Dr. Winger is originally from Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Her undergraduate studies in the Behaviour, Cognition, and Neuroscience program at the University of Windsor offered her a bachelor’s degree and early admission to veterinary school in 2006. She earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree with distinction from the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph in 2010. She then crossed the border to complete a small animal rotating internship at BluePearl Veterinary Partners in Southfield, MI. Dr. Winger also completed a neurology specialty internship at the Veterinary Specialty Hospital of San Diego followed by a residency in Neurology/Neurosurgery at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Winger joined the MSU Neurology Service as an assistant professor immediately following her residency and board-certification in 2015. Dr. Winger’s professional interests include feline neurological disease as well as intervertebral disc disease and acute spinal cord injury. During her spare time, she enjoys reading, baking, and lounging with her three rescue cats.

Previous Episode: Tools for Combustion

Feb 9 | 1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. (MST)

Join in for some smoking hot fun that is bound to get fiery, featuring Tools on Tuesday host, Jacqueline Tran, showcasing tools for combustion through live fire experiments! Bring your digital safety goggles to enjoy this flame show from the safety of your own home. Explore the science behind colourful fireworks, watch a fire tornado, pop an explosive hydrogen balloon, and learn about flammable gases suitable for the perfect chemical reaction.

Previous Episode: Tools for Removing and Injecting Fluids

Feb 2, 2021 | 1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. (MST)

Needles don’t have to hurt! Roll up your sleeves and get a dose of science-backed strategies on how to reduce the fear of needles with Dr. Katie Birnie, a clinical psychologist, and Erin Pols, a pediatric registered nurse. Squash those fears and dig into the science of needles.

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Previous Episode: Tools for singing fishes

Tues, January 26, 2021 | 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm (MST)

People often think that the underwater world is silent, but it's actually full of commotion! Dr. Dennis Higgs (fish scientist extraordinaire) will be joining Spark to share the acoustically curious songs and conversations fish are having underwater. Step right up to the hydrophone (like a microphone, but for underwater) with Dennis as he listens in to what fish are gabbing about.

Dr. Dennis Higgs is currently a professor at the University of Windsor in the Department of Integrative Biology. His research interests are sensory neuroethology, especially of fish, but loves interesting projects regardless of the organism. He lives with his wife, and fellow scientist Dr. Kirsten Poling and their dogs on their hobby farm in Essex County, Ontario.

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