University of Calgary

February 2009

February 27, 2009

New student residence will break ground this spring
Construction is scheduled to begin in early April on a significant new student residence facility at the University of Calgary.

Looking at proteins frame by frame
U of C scientist wins prestigious NSERC Steacie fellowship.

Dinos tame Lions, headed to semi-final
For the eighth straight year the University of Calgary Dinos will compete for a medal at the CIS Women’s Volleyball Championship.

New Olympic Oval directors named
Catriona Le May Doan has been named as the associate director and Kameron Kiland as director of the Olympic Oval   

February 26, 2009

Muscling in on Type 2 diabetes
Newly-published research from the Faculty of Kinesiology suggests that muscle in obese people and Type 2 diabetics may be conspiring against them.

Nursing grad lays groundwork for youth health centre
Petra Hortopanu’s idea became a reality and created a job for herself with the grand opening of the Alex Youth Health Centre. 

February 25, 2009

AuroraMAX: New Project Puts the Northern Lights Online
AuroraMAX IS an online observatory and outreach project that will feature live broadcast of the northern lights from Yellowknife.

Road map to improving heart health
The University of Calgary, Faculty of Medicine figures prominently in Canada’s first comprehensive Heart Health Strategy and Action Plan. The plan will help Canadians prevent and care for cardiovascular diseases, this country’s No.1 public health threat.

New Dinos scholarship honours legendary coach
The Gary Deman – St. Francis High School Athletic Award will be given annually to a Dinos football or men’s basketball player.

Stop.Breathe.Dance.
Mainstage Dance 09 is the performance highlight for the Program of Dance. This year’s powerhouse of new choreographic creations happens March 19-March 21.

Engineers Without Borders co-founder celebrates student excellence
George Roter, co-CEO of Engineers Without Borders, will give the keynote address at the Schulich School of Engineering’s Student Excellence Awards.

February 24, 2009

Reach! Campaign reaches $312 million
Calgary philanthropists have contributed $312 million to Reach!—the largest fundraising campaign to date in Calgary.

Questions of parole and plea bargaining
Economist Joanne Roberts is the latest University of Calgary professor to receive a Canada Research Chair whose research will focus on criminal legal institutions.

Green IT not the answer to reducing emissions
Professor says environmental footprint of information technology higher than expected.

February 23, 2009

Guy Maddin and Gary Burns to speak at first film symposium
Critically acclaimed filmmaker Guy Maddin and award winning independent filmmaker Gary Burns will take part in the first Reel Deal Film Symposium on Friday, March 6, 2009. 

Watch it: Astronaut Robert Thirsk's talk at U of C
Astronaut Robert Thirsk made his last Canadian public appearance on campus Feb. 17 before blasting off for his six-month stay on the International Space Station in May. Watch the video.

UCQ students raise money for Gaza conflict victims
UCQ students collected spoken and musical video messages, clothing, toys and household items in support of victims of the Gaza conflict.

Lawyer with Ecojustice Canada coming to U of C law school
Sean Nixon, staff lawyer with Ecojustice Canada (formerly the Sierra Legal Defence Fund), and a guest lecturer at the U of C Faculty of Law this month, is giving a talk entitled Imperial Oil Kearl Oil Sands Mine Project.

February 20, 2009

Critical shortage of nurse educators looms
Nursing school conference will examine new ways to recruit instructors.

Students’ dedication to saving lives comes from the heart
U of C med students are encouraging blood donations and are hoping to surpass their goal of 200.   

February 19, 2009

Time for continental emissions pact is now
U of C economist calls for North American cap and trade system on greenhouse gases

Film students have REEL fun
Film studies students are learning what it takes to launch, promote and coordinate a film festival, while connecting with the Calgary film community and working towards course credit.

SU launches wage subsidy program for students
Program encourages students to pursue study and career related summer employment.

Chinese modernist writer shares literary achievements
Wang Wen-hsing, one of the foremost Chinese modernist writers, will be at the U of C to participate in a three-day workshop to discuss and investigate his literary achievements.

Dinos’ volleyball star Harper named Canada West Player of the Year
Possibly the most explosive player in CIS volleyball, Holly Harper’s win marks the sixth time in history that a Dino has won the award.

February 18, 2009

SU launches wage subsidy program for students
Program encourages students to pursue study and career related summer employment.

$1M investment in Fine Arts
Calgary philanthropist donates to University of Calgary

A mission of Canadian firsts
Canadian astronaut and U of C alumni Robert Thirsk says the best thing about his upcoming space mission is that he gets to spend six months aboard the International Space Station. It’s also the worst part of his mission.

An answer to inflammatory disease and fatigue
Canadian researchers identify how inflammatory disease causes fatigue. The findings have implications for rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, psoriasis, and liver disease.

Harbin, Universiade await 19 U of C athletes and staff
The 24th Winter Universiade opens Wednesday in Harbin, China, and 19 students and staff from the University of Calgary will be on hand to represent Canada in the bi-annual gathering of the top collegiate athletes around the globe.

February 17, 2009

A national dialogue begins
Growing Home: Housing and Homelessness in Canada

Reaching for the stars
Astronaut Robert Thirsk made his last Canadian public appearance on campus Tuesday before blasting off for his six-month stay on the International Space Station in May.

Harbin, Universiade await 19 U of C athletes and staff
The 24th Winter Universiade opens Wednesday in Harbin, China, and 19 students and staff from the University of Calgary will be on hand to represent Canada.

U of C to help establish new law school in British Columbia
Plans to create a third law school in B.C. include partnering with U of C’s Faculty of Law to offer the program at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops.

Have a Galileo Moment and get your name in space
"The Galileo Moment idea is all about getting Canadians from every walk of life to re-connect with the universe,” says Phil Langill director of the U of C’s Rothney Astrophysical Observatory.

February 13, 2009

Film expert available to comment on Oscars
The increasing number of non-American produced films nominated for Academy Awards shows that Hollywood is losing its title as the only major player in the film industry says a U of C film studies prof.

Results for 2009 SU General Election
Charlotte Kingston is the new president-elect, capturing 40 percent of votes and defeating three other candidates.

New pan-Alberta institute offers cutting-edge space imaging research
U of C and U of L agreement may foster commercialization of imaging technologies and expertise

Family-centered care important in cancer journey
Grandparents who suffer with their adult children over the cancer of an offspring may face a silent, yet doubled worry, according to a recent research study launched by a Faculty of Nursing professor.   

February 12, 2009

Unlocking the mysteries of the universe
U of C leads special session at international conference on the science and engineering behind world’s biggest radio telescope.

Housing & homelessness brought to the fore
A major national conference on affordable housing and homelessness will be held at the University of Calgary next week, hosted by the Faculty of Social Work.

February 11, 2009

New public internet kiosks in MSC
SU Connect is another Quality Money project that is enhancing the overall student experience.

Accounting students take first place
A team of Haskayne School of Business undergraduate students took first place at the 8th annual Gathering of Accounting Associates, Professionals and Students (GAAPS) case competition.    

February 10, 2009

Students eager to meet employers on campus
Career and Job Expo runs today at U of C

Weingarten winding up tenure as President
Dr. Harvey P. Weingarten, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Calgary, today announced his decision to step down January 1, 2010.

Erhu adds international mix to music program
The Department of Music offers unique study program for traditional Chinese instrument.   

February 9, 2009

Researcher chases ‘elusive’ Arctic ice measurements
A crucial parameter for sea ice is thickness. It controls the stability of the sea ice pack, says Alexander Braun, a geomatics professor who has been working to develop one of the first pan-Arctic pictures of sea ice thickness. 

February 6, 2009

From manikin to medical professional
New simulation learning centre provides leading-edge education to nursing students

Canadian engineering students to compete in 35th annual Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race
They're bright, they're talented and they're going to strap on crash helmets and race sleds made out of concrete, reaching speeds of up to 80 kilometres per hour.

U of C announces Downtown Campus site
Downtown Campus will open doors to students fall 2010.

From manikin to medical professional
New simulation learning centre provides leading-edge education to nursing students.

Black wolves: The first genetically-modified predators?
Rise of dark-colored Canis lupus credited to human dog breeding, may aid in coping with climate change.

Alberta could save millions on generic drugs
Albertans pay very high prices for generic drugs compared to other jurisdictions and it’s not because of the drug companies, says professor Aidan Hollis, a U of C expert in the economics of pharmaceutical markets.   

February 5, 2009

Manikins so life-like, their hearts can stop
:Canadian engineering students to compete in 35th annual Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race
Alberta could save millions on generic drugs

February 3, 2009

Canada a world leader in high blood pressure treatment 

February 2, 2009

Erase the Waste
Schulich students aim to pique the interest of engineers at Disney
Early parenting intervention may be key to preventing aggression in preschoolers