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September 1, 2009

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Fall Orientation Week kicks off for class of 2013
Giller Prize-winning novelist Dr. Vincent Lam speaks at New Student Induction Ceremony. >> View slide show

Student leader Cambridge-bound
If you've spent any time at the U of C in the last few years, Teale Phelps Bondaroff, BA'09, will likely be a familiar face to you.

Does the Earth’s future rest on geoengineering technologies?
The Earth’s future could rest on potentially dangerous and unproven geoengineering technologies.

Research in Action Online
Check out the latest edition of Research in Action Online: Searching for 'triple E' solutions, the dirt on dirt and ASTech awards finalists.

Newsmakers

New York Times
August 31
Doubts About Scare Tactics on Drivers Who Text

The Gwent Police Department (in southeast Wales) produced a film on the subject to be shown in Welsh schools this fall. And with zero promotion by the police, a gory, explicit four-minute excerpt from the film went viral and has been viewed more than four million times on YouTube and other sites.

Richard Tay, a road safety researcher at the Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary, said the Welsh ad’s portrayal of the other people being killed in the accident was smart.

The Globe & Mail
August 20
Bolt smashes another record

Left sniffing the vapour trail of Usain Bolt, the world’s fastest man, American Shawn Crawford couldn’t grasp how anyone in shorts and orange spiked shoes could cover 200 metres of polyurethane track at a mind-blowing clip of 19.19 seconds.
“There is a limit to an athlete’s stride frequency. But if your stride length is longer [than other athletes] you go faster,” said Darren Stefanyshyn, a biomechanics expert at the University of Calgary’s department of kinesiologyetres of polyurethane track at a mind-blowing clip of 19.19 seconds.

CBC
August 24

University opens new building for veterinary students
The University of Calgary has opened a new building where veterinary students can work directly with animals. The faculty of veterinary medicine's Clinical Skills Building was officially opened on Monday morning.

Events

Aug. 14-Sept. 11
Cipher: an MFA Exhibition

Aug. 31-Sept. 2
Seventy Years On: New Perspectives on the Second World War

September 2
Polygamy in the Middle East: Killam Visiting Scholar Lecture

September 9
Not All Joint Pain is Arthritis

September 17
Trees, poets and wrestlers: Markin-Flanagan writers-in-residence read from their memoirs

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