University of Calgary

April 2009

April 30, 2009

Swine Flu Update
Visit for information on symptoms of Human Swine Flu and when you should consult a physician. The site, which is updated daily, also provides information on how to stay healthy.

Schulich students raise thousands for charity
Schulich School of Engineering raised nearly $10,000 for charity during the 2008/2009 academic year.

Canada West champs sign top Manitoba recruit
The most sought-after recruit in Manitoba this season, Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson, is the newest Dinos basketball player.

SU releases annual Discussion Deli Report
Every year, the SU invites students, staff and faculty to share their experiences and opinions on academic related topics. The SU uses this information to determine future initiatives and student supports.
Read the Dicussion Deli Report.

April 29, 2009

Human Swine influenza update
Recent developments in the international outbreak of Human swine influenza will have implications for faculty, staff, researchers and students who are planning international travel in the coming days and weeks.

Green electronics and gas from garbage
Schulich engineers recognized for creativity and innovation.

Gift of land creates lasting legacy
The Rothney Astrophysical Observatory, a cornerstone of physics and astronomy at the U of C, was made possible by donor Sandy Rothney Cross.

April 28, 2009

Swine flu information
Updated information on swine influenza for students, staff and faculty.

iS² Project Update
Phase One is complete and recommendations are currently under review with university leadership. 

SU Teaching Excellence Award winners announced
The Teaching Excellence Awards is an initiative by the Students’ Union to honour University of Calgary faculty members for their outstanding contributions to the classroom and laboratory.

Political reporter sees shifting sands in Ottawa
Chantal Hébert visits U of C for public lecture as part of political science speaker series.

Board approves 2009-13 Business Plan
The University of Calgary's Board of Governors recently endorsed the 2009/10 budget. Full details of the budget and the U of C's 2009-13 business plan are available. >> Read PDF

April 27, 2009

SU Teaching Excellence Award winners announced
The Teaching Excellence Awards is an initiative by the Students’ Union to honour University of Calgary faculty members for their outstanding contributions to the classroom and laboratory.

Projects make difference in environment and drug manufacturing
Faculty of Science researchers receive more than $11 million in funding from Genome Canada.

Scientist probes mysteries of glacier movement
It is well known that behind a surprising number of scientific discoveries lies an element of chance. University of Calgary Geographer Brian Moorman well remembers the day that serendipity changed the course of his research.

Students find affordable housing solutions for students
With funding through Quality Money, the SU in partnership with the provincial government released their findings of an Inter-Institutional Residence Feasibility Study

Women with epilepsy warned of drug risk when pregnant
New guidelines for pregnant women with epilepsy show it is relatively safe for them to become pregnant, but recommend that if possible, they avoid taking the drug Valproate while pregnant.

April 24, 2009

Blood testing, mosquito style
Biomedical engineers design quick and painless electronic device that could aid diabetics.

Prof earns accolades as Arctic advocate
Robert Huebert in the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies is one of Canada’s leading experts on Arctic issues and is the recipient of the 2008 Robert I. Hendy Award for Maritime Affairs.

U of C shortlisted for new national research chair
The university will compete for a prestigious national chair under the new federal Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) program.

April 23, 2009

ISEEE researchers propose bold solutions to climate change
David Keith and Bob Page in ISEEE are in the national spotlight for their bold and, for some people, contentious proposals on how to respond to the threats of climate change.

The 2nd Chapter
Tickets on sale for Light Up Papua New Guinea fundraiser on May 2.

April 22, 2009

The last dance
MFA candidates choreograph final performances of the Department of Dance season.

Arctic Institute attends sovereignty operation in Nunavut
For the second year in a row, the U of C was invited to participate in a sovereignty patrol on Ellesmere Island by the Canadian Armed forces.

In Memoriam: Darol Wigham
The University of Calgary lost a great supporter and friend last week when at the age of 78, Darol J. Wigham passed away.

April 20, 2009

In Memoriam
University mourns the loss of former dean of medicine, Dr. Grant Gall. 

Research teams tackle pressing Alberta health concerns
Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research Team Grants fund interdisciplinary research

Vet Med researcher returns from Arctic
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine researcher Ryan Brook just returned from the Northwest Territories where he took part in a traditional caribou hunt with the Dene people as part of the U of C's Rangifer Anatomy Project. Learn more about the project.  

Graduate student wins international award
U of C graduate student Maha AbuHafeetha was selected from a pool of 134 applicants from around the world for a $50,000 research grant from the Schlumberger Foundation

April 16, 2009

Female hormone cycle affects knee joints
New research from the Faculty of Kinesiology at U of C has found a connection between the laxity of a woman’s knee joint and her monthly hormone cycle.

April 15, 2009

Lecture of a Lifetime
Ron Glasberg from the Faculty of Communication and Culture is the recipient of the 2009 Lecture of a Lifetime.

Tourette syndrome misconceptions only one battle for patients
People often experience both Tourette and ADHD combined

Engineering students create affordable housing designs in support of Calgary’s 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness

Plan for the arts and social sciences
A proposed recommendation for the future of the faculties of communication and culture, fine arts, humanities, and social sciences has been outlined.

Journey into the unknown
Biological sciences’ undergrads show off original research.

Studying Sea Ice
U of C researchers supervised by geography prof John Yackel are based at the Churchill Northern Studies Centre in northern Manitoba this spring. Follow the highs and lows of field work in Canada's Arctic on their blog.

April 14, 2009

Sustainability is not all about light bulbs
A student research project in the Faculty of Communication and Culture has found that non-scientific study of sustainability is prevalent in liberal arts disciplines.

The sustainability of health care in Canada
A new paper released by the School of Public Policy argues that if spending requirements continue to grow at the pace of recent years ... Albertans will have to devote a rising share of their government program expenditures to public health care.

Bermuda Shorts Day: Parking and bus route changes
Bermuda Shorts Day, a long-standing tradition hosted by the Students’ Union, is taking place April 17 in parking lot 32. Click here for parking and bus route changes, and road closures happening that day.

April 13, 2009

Students experience other end of the world
As part of Students on Ice Antarctic University Expedition 2009, two U of C students were able to be part of the first group of post-secondary students to travel to Antarctica.

Edge of Space pinpointed by U of C scientists
Technology is a prototype for future, longer mission.

Cyclists, have your say!
U of C researchers are teaming up with City of Calgary transportation planners to improve bike routes and facilities in and around campus.

April 9, 2009

Canadians talk climate change
Researchers receive funding to present Canadian perspective at UN Climate Change Conference.

Health, wellness and quality of life
Workplace health and wellness at the U of C depends on face-to-face human interaction and a sense of connection between faculties and departments, says a group of third-year nursing students.

April 8, 2009

International EcoConference aims for policy change
The International EcoConference: Building Bridges, Crossing Boundaries, is scheduled for May 7-9 on campus.

Researchers receive CFI funding
University of Calgary researchers received almost $1.4 million in infrastructure funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation. | Read the News Release | Read the UToday story |

Young scientists awarded
The University of Calgary sponsored 11 of the awards presented at this year's Calgary Youth Science Fair.

April 7, 2009

Global Village
Starting in Fall 2009, 125 students will have an opportunity to get an international experience right here on campus.

Nill named to Junior Worlds coaching staff
University of Calgary football coach Blake Nill is headed back to the international stage.

Excellence recognized
The University of Calgary has been awarded the ESRI Canada GIS Centre of excellence status for its innovation in the field of Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

April 3, 2009

Paddles up!
Ping pong pro and PhD kinesiology student Reza Shahi was crowned the national Stride Gum Ridiculously Long Lasting Ping Pong Champion this March and was awarded $10,000.

Discovery helps understand how “the second brain” works
Researchers from the Hotchkiss Brain Institute made a discovery that may lead to better treatment for gastrointestinal disorders.

Students receive $10,000 for community garden project
A team of Haskayne School of Business students received a $10,000 prize from Ernst & Young LLP to implement a community garden plan.

Social work students take a stand against racial discrimination
Students create a PhotoVoice resource book to explore the effects of racial discrimination. 

April 2, 2009

iS² Project website is live
The iS² Project is a university-wide administrative review designed to improve the service of the university's support functions and reduce the costs of delivering these services.

U of C joins worldwide astronomy tour Friday
Rothney Astrophysical Observatory to take part in 100 Hours of Astronomy, expected to be the largest single science public outreach event ever.

Dinos athletes of the year
At the 42nd Annual Night of the Dino, basketball forward Ross Bekkering and volleyball star Holly Harper were named the 2009 Dr. Dennis Kadatz Athletes of the Year.

Who is Charles Darwin?
U of C public lecture series explores the life and ideas of history’s most famous scientist. 

April 1, 2009

Harsh climate and heavy traffic taking a toll on Canadian roads
Schulich engineers working to take a chunk out of the pothole problem

Arctic Institute of North America awarded $3.4 million for northern research facility
The University of Calgary’s Arctic Institute of North America has been awarded $3.4 million to upgrade its Kluane Lake Research Station (KLRS) as part of the federal government’s plan to invest in key northern research facilities.

Leading pharmaceutical company makes multi-million gift in support of kidney research
Amgen Canada Inc. has made a $2.1-million gift to the largest research chair in the history of the Faculty of Medicine and the first chair of its kind in kidney research in Canada.