University of Calgary

May 2009

May 29, 2009

Thirsk reaches International Space Station
Canadian astronaut Robert Thirsk, BSc’76, began his six-month stay on the International Space Station

Texas engineer makes $1.3-million gift to help engineering students in honour of his oil industry mentor—his father
An engineer from Texas with a family connection to the University of Calgary that dates back four decades has given a personal gift of nearly $1.3 million to benefit engineering students

May 28, 2009

United States Arctic policy paper released
As the US looks north, should Canada be concerned?

“An incredibly proud moment for Canada”
Canadian astronaut and U of C alumnus Robert Thirsk, BSc’76, is well on his way to his six-month stay in the International Space Station following a picture-perfect launch aboard a Russian Soyuz craft from Baikonur, Kazakhstan on Wednesday.

Snails on Prozac
Neurostudents head outdoors to study inner workings of brain.

Research in Action
Check out the latest Research in Action newsletter, all about research at the University of Calgary. In this edition: Early interventions help families, summer research and the Olympics, and an R&D machine in need of direction.

A different kind of space cadet
Engineers Canada honours Schulich graduate who plays crucial role in the space program.

Annual performance review of the Vice-Presidents
Deadline for submissions is Friday, June 5.

Making the cut
The U of C is shortlisted for new national research network in carbon management.

May 27, 2009

U of C alumnus journeys to the space station
Astronaut Robert Thirsk starts historic six-month mission with successful launch

May 26, 2009

Carbon management science gaining attention
U of C invited to apply for new national research network and prestigious research chair

Future of the arts and social sciences
The General Faculties Council has voted in favour of the proposed recommendation to unify the faculties of communication and culture, fine arts, humanities and social sciences.

Students earn degrees in Rollercoasterology
About 2,000 students ride a roller-coaster 17 times in name
of science.

GSA honours top professors and teaching assistants
The awards are designed to recognize outstanding faculty members for excellence in teaching at the graduate level as well as excellence in supervising graduate students.

Alumna Emily Westell to perform at Contrasts Chamber Music Festival
No stranger to the stage, Westell is one of the many renowned names in music coming to the U of C.

Bike Library open for business
Borrow a bike and ride during Commuter Challenge at U of C next week.

U of C teams up to aid impoverished Southern Sudan
Samaritan’s Purse Canada, the U of C, and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) are teaming up to provide desperately needed medical facilities and training in impoverished Southern Sudan.

Cutting down on phone books
As part of the university’s sustainability initiative, the university will be reducing the number of phones books on campus by nearly 90 percent.

May 21, 2009

Take the survey: Presidential search
Share your perspectives on some key topics that will influence the selection of the next President.

iS² Project update
Gary Durbeniuk, vice-president, development, has been appointed as the Executive Sponsor of the review. If you missed it, read the All-Staff message that was sent Tuesday, May 19.

Volunteer for Campus Fair
June 6 is Campus Fair and there are still lots of volunteer opportunities available.

Research student awarded Trudeau Scholarship
$180,000 to study critical social issue.

Schulich students get jostled and bounced competing in Baja SAE event
A team of Schulich School of Engineering students was in Oregon to put to the test a vehicle they built for the Baja SAE collegiate design competition.

Leadership in nursing education
Lorraine Watson wins the Alberta Nursing Education Administrators (ANEA) 2009 Award for Leadership in Nursing Education.

May 19, 2009

U of C grad student wins Microsoft award
Tool makes it easier to communicate in real-time across distances.

Engineers for a day
High school girls explore robots, race cars and biomedical devices.

Take it outside
U of C’s wireless network hits three popular outdoor spots on campus.

Art prof’s exhibition makes it to Paris, France
Eric Cameron’s work is on display at the Canadian Cultural Centre.

Bronchiolitis relief for babies
Canadian doctors find better treatment—hospitalization rates drop 35 percent.

May 15, 2009

Economic stimulus boosts U of C building projects
$113 million funding for co-generation and Taylor Family Digital Library

May 14, 2009

Gala launches School of Public Policy
Condoleezza Rice wishes school well “in this great endeavor”

U of C names nine honorary degree recipients
University of Calgary honorary degree recipients National Chief Phil Fontaine and five-time Olympic medalist Johann Olav Koss both are devoted to positively impacting the lives of others.

Become a host family/friend for an international student
A new program focused on friendship with international students, rather than accommodating them, is looking for interested families.

Alberta technology travels to space
U of L and U of C equipment launched May 14.

Appointment of the Dean, Faculty of Nursing
Dianne Tapp has been appointed Dean of the Faculty of Nursing and will begin a five-year term on July 1, 2009.

Police seek expertise from Latin American Studies professor
As part of their annual cultural awareness training, CPS learned from Denise Brown who is an expert in Latin American culture.

May 12, 2009

Nursing Instructor Takes a Seat
An able-bodied Faculty of Nursing instructor will find out just how challenging life in a wheelchair can be

Spinning wheels for a cause
On June 27 and 28 six geography students will cycle 200 kilometres in Alberta’s first ever Ride to Conquer Cancer.

Lecture of a Lifetime 2009 now online
Watch the Lecture of a Lifetime “Good Conversations as the Goad to Joy”.

25th Summer Universiade picks
Dinos swimmers make up 25 percent of Team Canada roster.

Vet med student test drives field school
Clancy Eoin is the first vet met student to embark on an adventure to Tanzania.

Writer-in-the-Schools Program lives on
The Department of English’s Writer-in-the-Schools Program at Queen Elizabeth High School has been renewed for a second year.

German Day
German Day inspires students to study German.

May 8, 2009

Albertans want government to increase environmental education in schools
Environmental educators believe improving elementary science curriculum is critical to long-term sustainability

May 7, 2009

Lineup set for community engagement conference
South African leader who abolished apartheid joins His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Calgary

New moms find both support & anxiety as a group
The first rule of ‘mommies’ club’ is, you do not talk about ‘mommies’ club’

Make Your Commute Count!
U of C gears up for Commuter Challenge 2009, June 1-5.

New school of rock
Group of U of C students rock-out in the hopes of winning $100,000.

Public apologies: True healing or covering legal butt?
An hour-long radio program exploring the strategies behind making public apologies and their consequences will air tonight on Ideas, on CBC Radio 1.

U of C communicators recognized by CCAE
University of Calgary communicators captured five awards at the 2009 CCAE (Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education) Prix D’Excellence Awards.

May 5, 2009

Ethnicity affects timing and access to cardiac care
Research led by U of C team shows ethnic variation in heart disease symptoms

Still going strong
Longtime U of C employees will be recognized at this year’s President’s Annual Recognition Awards Reception on May 11.

President’s Reception for Long-Service Employees and Retirees - May 26
This annual reception recognizes U of C long-service employees (15 plus years) as well as those who have retired from the university. An open invitation is extended to all long-service and retired university faculty and staff.

Making a difference
Fourteen U of C employees, nominated by their peers, will receive ‘U Make a Difference’ awards at the annual Recognition Awards Reception May 11.

Call for Volunteers: Campus Fair Sneak–a–Peek

Top-tier provincial talent headed to Dinos
From Peace River to Raymond and all points in between, the 2009 recruiting for the Dinos is heavy on talent from Alberta.

Trio of Dinos CFL-bound on draft day
Offensive lineman Dylan Steenbergen becomes the 13th first-round pick in school history.

May 4, 2009

Meteorite hunters break Canadian record
Local farmer donates biggest known meteorite from Nov. 20 impact near Lloydminster to U of C

May 1, 2009

Swine Flu Update

Calgary protocol adopted worldwide
Millions impacted by new standardized approach

Field hockey, men’s soccer to remain in Canada West
Field hockey and soccer communities worked with Dinos Athletics to create a viable plan to fund field hockey and men’s soccer though the 2009 varsity season.

Two U of C doctoral students named Vanier scholars
Two University of Calgary doctoral students were among the inaugural winners of a generous and prestigious new federal scholarship.

Viewing the end of the Universe
What’s new, exotic and beautiful in the world of astronomy.