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June 30, 2009

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iS² Project weekly update
Learn about the latest activities of the four workstreams (Human Resources, Information Technologies, Finances, and Facilities and Spend Management).

Board of Governors vote to unify arts and social sciences faculties
The Board of Governors has voted to unify the faculties of communication and culture, fine arts, humanities and social sciences into a single faculty.

RIAOnline
Check out the latest edition of Research in Action Online for stories including: Arctic geology  may hold secrets to climate change. Have you heard the one about the lawyer? New funds to research alternatives to medical isotopes.

Calgary high-school students comprise half
of national Olympic math team

Mathletes train at U of C and the Banff International Research Station before heading to the games.

Campus Connection

Review the draft Strategic Research Plan
The draft Strategic Research Plan is now available online for review by the campus community. This research plan will serve as a planning document for our university and help define our institution-wide research priorities. Comments from students, faculty and staff are invited.

Cont Ed wins marketing awards
U of C Continuing Education was honoured with two marketing awards at the 56th Annual Conference for the Canadian Association for University Continuing Education (CAUCE). The “Learn from Experience” campaign implemented in 2008 was the winner in the Marketing Campaign category. The second award was in the Small Brochure Category for their English Language Program brochure (2008-09). 

Newsmakers

Calgary Herald
June 24
Alberta’s population sees growth spurt

Alberta’s overall population rose 0.59 percent in the first quarter of this year. That’s more than double the national average, according to a Statistics Canada report released Tuesday.

It also appears that fewer people were moving away from Alberta, says Harry Hiller, a professor of sociology at the University of Calgary and author of the book Second Promised Land: Migration to Alberta and the Transformation of Canadian Society.

The Globe & Mail
June 25
Phys. Ed. for the gamer generation

For five years, researchers from the University of Calgary and Mount Royal College will measure whether video-exercise games have an impact on the cardiovascular fitness, balance and agility of children in Grades 3 and 4.

The study is a response to the disturbing levels of sedentary behaviour among Canadian youth due to the soaring popularity of video games. Researchers are wondering: Can we harness that enthusiasm for gaming and actually do some good?

Calgary Herald
June 27
Students create their own careers

At the age of 22, University of Calgary geomatics engineering undergraduate student Justin Waghray already has big plans to create his own job after forming a health technology company.

The inventive student, who is pursuing a biomedical specialization along with a double major in German, recently won the Student Technology Innovation Challenge (STIC) in southern Alberta for developing a brain plug designed to reduce the risks when neurosurgeons have to drill a hole in a patients' skull to alleviate a buildup of blood.

Events

Today
8 p.m. Hollywood Undead

For a look at upcoming events, go to ucalgary.ca/events