University of Calgary

Feb. 7/08

FEBRUARY 7 , 2008 | Vol. 4 No. 8

Canada fourth globally for use of communication technologies
Benchmarked against an index that measures the extent to which governments, businesses and consumers make use of technologies to enhance social and economic growth, Canada ranked fourth, just behind the U.S., Sweden and Japan. The study, led by Leonard Waverman, dean of the Haskayne School of Business, says these results are promising but Canada needs to improve. >> more


Schulich students first in Canada to train in industry-caliber labs
With a $375,000 investment from Trican Well Service, additional support from the Zandmer Estate, the 2005 Seymour Schulich gift, and an endowment created by alumni, the university’s engineering students are the first in Canada to have access to industry-caliber equipment in their labs. >> more

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U of C computer scientists score IBM research grants
Global software engineering is a reality in today’s continuously evolving world of technology and communication. In a worldwide competition, two U of C computer scientists’ projects were recently awarded research grants from IBM. A total of six grants were awarded with the other four going to elite universities in the United States and Europe. >> more


Big Mac: The whole world on your plate
A burger and fries may be the quintessential North American meal but it can also be viewed as the perfect example of humanity’s increasingly varied diet, according to researchers who conducted a unique study of the plants used around the world for food production. >> more

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Changing perspectives
In her final year of nursing, working with homeless women changed Alison George’s career path. The recent graduate worked on the Faculty of Social Work’s project Perspectives of Women Who Are Homeless, recently showcased in EVDS. What she gained from this experience made her the nurse she is today and she has a new perspective on the delivery of care. And it’s not the operating room but the community that’s calling her. >> more

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Against the gender grain—long-time donor exceeded expectations
Ann Thompson wore many hats in her lifetime: mother, wife, world traveller, Navy diver and engineer. To the U of C she was a graduate of anthropology and geography and long-time donor. Having accomplished many goals, she completed many of them at a time when life in the education and career world was challenging for women. Her experiences and relationship with the U of C are what motivated her to establish opportunities for others, especially women. >> more


Photo exhibit highlights role Afghan women play in reconstructing their country
Raising awareness of esteemed Afghan professional women is the topic of a photo exhibit on display at MacHall during International Development Week. These journalists, politicians and human rights activists are leaders in the reconstruction of the country. >> more

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Check out the newest and last Take Your Place space—Engineering Student Lounge
When the U of C celebrated 40 years in 2006, the Take Your Place project was introduced—transforming more than 8,000 square metres of student space. Refurbished, revitalized and refreshed, students now enjoy better spaces for meeting, studying or just hanging out. The newest renovated space is the student lounge in engineering and its unveiling will mark the completion of the project. >> more


Open Forum with Provost and Vice-President (Academic) Alan Harrison
and Vice-President (Research) Rose Goldstein

Staff and faculty have another opportunity to sit down with U of C Provost and VP (Academic) Alan Harrison and VP (Research) Rose Goldstein on Feb. 14. Space is limited; register early. >> more


On Campus: Top British film director Terence Davies
Terence Davies has been named one of the 40 best directors in the world and one of the top British film directors of all time. He’s on campus Feb. 15 to talk at the monthly Performance Studies Speaker Series. >> more


Testing Tolerance
A three-day research symposium will explore the concept of tolerance and how it is thought of in today’s society—from a range of perspectives. The symposium includes presentations from German studies, religious studies, law, history, Russian studies, philosophy, English and drama. >> more

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Students raising money for Gems of Hope
U of C students are having a second annual event to raise money for charities. This year they're supporting Gems of Hope, a non-profit organization whose mandate is to advance the standard of living for marginalized women in developing countries. >> more

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Program of Dance hosts dancers from Finland and France
Thanks to support from The University International Grant, Melissa Monteros in the Program of Dance has been able to enrich the education experience by bringing in dance artists and students from other corners of the world. This month, the program welcomes dancers from Finland and France. >> more



Building a house into a home
Ousama Kabalan, a second year biological sciences student and Amy Dytnerski, a third year nursing student, spent their holiday season, along with others from the U of C, away from family and friends to build a new house and home for single mother Griselda and her kids who live in the poverty-stricken city of Juarez, Mexico. Here’s their story. >> more