University of Calgary

September 29, 2009

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News

Dalai Lama returns to Calgary
U of C brings his holiness to town as the main event for the NOW conference.

Q&A: Employment Equity Review
Jonathan (Jake) Gebert, vice-president (finance and services) sits down with UToday to talk about the University’s Employment Equity Review currently underway.

Canadians call for climate change action
103 citizens provide Canada’s official public input for upcoming COP 15 meeting in Copenhagen.

Trekking through Tanzania
Nursing students participate in study abroad program to Tanzania.

Newsmakers

The Calgary Herald
Sept. 24: Airships could revolutionize Arctic transport
When it comes to moving cargo, air, rail, truck and ship are the traditional modes of transportation that leap to mind. But organizers of an upcoming conference want to convince business and industry to embrace airships as a revolutionary transportation and logistics solution.

Drumming up investment to build an airship sector will be among the topics at the fifth annual Airships to the Arctic business conference in Calgary Oct. 7 to 9, also sponsored by the Van Horne Institute at the University of Calgary.

Fast Forward Weekly
Sept. 24: The Mayne man
The University of Calgary faculty of environmental design is launching a new lecture series with a bang, bringing in one of architecture’s major players, Pritzker Architecture Prize-winner Thom Mayne.

The Pritzker Prize is basically the Noble Prize for architecture. If you’ve won it, you don’t need to explain yourself to anybody.

The New York Times
Sept. 24: Scrubbing the atmosphere
Governments are doing practically nothing to study the removal of carbon dioxide directly from the atmosphere, but this technology could be a much cheaper form of climate protection than photovoltaic cells and other approaches getting lavish support, according to an article published today in Science.

David W. Keith, a physicist at the University of Calgary, reviews some of the technologies for air capture of carbon and notes that there is not a single government program devoted specifically to that purpose. Dr. Keith estimates that less than $3 million per year in public money is currently being spent on related research, even though it could potentially be a bargain.

Events

Sept. 30
> Movies That Matter: New World Order
> Big Rock Lecture Series: The Pain in my Knee is a Pain in the Butt. Tix limited.
> The Resource Fair scheduled for Sept. 30 has been cancelled.

Oct. 1
> Canada and International Human Rights: Still a Leader?
> The Honduran Coup: What Happened? Why? And What is at Stake?
> Discovery Series: An Adventure in Sound

Oct. 2
> Evolving the Learning Commons: Challenges and Strategies for Academic Engagement

Oct. 3
> 2009 Parhad Summer Studentship Symposium

Oct. 5
> Responsible Citizenship: A Talk by Vicente Fox, former president of Mexico

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