Dal's Best Kept Secrets
These are so cool that we had to share
You can get from the Life Sciences Centre (LSC) to the Killam (and many points in between) without even stepping outside using Dal's system of protected and underground walkways. You'll be glad you know about them on rainy or cold days and need to get across campus. Signage is available throughout to help you find your way.
The Aquatron system provides a flow-through seawater system to labs on eight floors. We also have access to a 15-metre pool tank, a 10-metre deep tower tank, and 15 environmentally controlled wet labs with aquarium space.
Pool tank: The Aquatron laboratory features a 684,000-litre pool tank which is 15.24 metres in diameter and 3.54 to 3.91 metres deep.
Tower tank: This research apparatus is unique in Eastern Canada. The specially designed cylindrical tank is 10.64 metres deep and 3.66 metres in diameter with an approximate water volume of 117,000 litres. This tank is ideal for research requiring depth and stratification.
The Thomas McCulloch Museum consists primarily of a collection of mounted birds that were prepared by Thomas McCulloch in the early 1800s. Housed in a glass-walled hall within the Biology Department, these specimens are mounted in the Audubon Style and ready access is provided to researchers in science, history and even art studies. Tucked in between the bird cases, lie collections of fossils, seashells, beetles, mushrooms, butterflies and aquarium fish.
Housed at the Department of Physics and Atmospheric Science in the Sir James Dunn Building, the Planetarium was originally bought around 1955 by the Nova Scotia Museum. The heart of the Planetarium is the projector; it is an impressive instrument which projects images of the stars, from a magnitude of 2 to 4, as well as the Andromeda Galaxy and star clusters, on its 24 ft diameter dome.
Signs inside the building lead you to the Planetarium. Bookings, by appointment only, can be made through the NS Museum or the Dept of Physics and Atmospheric Science.
Jerry “The Dawgfather” Reddick has been serving up hotdogs, both the regular and veggie varieties, from his cart for more than a decade, offering Dal students and anyone else strolling by on University Avenue a little hot grub in whatever weather Nova Scotia throws at us. You can find The Dawgfather setup in front of the Student Union Building.