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Study shows rats fed a dietary fibre supplement had better weight control 

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A University of Calgary study has found that rats fed a fibre supplement while on a high fat and high sugar diet show a much lower weight gain then those who did not eat the fibre. A team of researchers from the University of Calgary’s Cumming School of Medicine and the Faculty of Kinesiology say this study helps scientists better understand the mechanisms of weight control and energy balance.  

Raylene Reimer, PhD, RD, a co-author of the study from the Faculty of Kinesiology has published several studies looking at the relationship between oligofructose and weight management in humans and has identified a dose that helps adults and children eat less and reduce their body fat.  “It is not a ‘magic bullet’,” says Reimer who is a professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology, a member of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and a member of the university’s Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute.“If you take prebiotic fibre, it doesn’t cause you to lose 100 pounds in six months,” she says.

Dr. Reed Ferber & Bill Richardson recognized for teaching excellence at UofC Teaching Awards

Two of Kinesiology's most accomplished and inspiring teachers were recently recognized at the University of Calgary Teaching Awards. Bill Richardson who teaches Computer Applications in Kinesiology and Reed Ferber who teaches Human Anatomy and Physiology.

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Dr. Cy Frank remembered March 21.

Family, friends and colleagues gathered in the Jack Simpson Gym on Saturday to mark a fond, final farewell to Dr. Cy Frank, who passed away on March 5. Frank was remembered as a loving father and husband, and a generous and humble, colleague and friend.

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University provides a first look at new Biomedical Engineering strategic research theme 

On Monday March 2, the University of Calgary announced the launch of the Engineering Solutions for Health: Biomedical Engineering (BME) Research Strategy. President Elizabeth Cannon, Vice-President (Research) Ed McCauley and theme leader Michael Kallos revealed the strategy to a crowd at the Rozsa Centre.  "I am proud that we have a solid direction for biomedical engineering research that represents the vision of our collective biomedical engineering academic research community,” said President Cannon. “This strategy embodies what is best about the University of Calgary — our drive, our passion, and our bold aspirations.”

Biomedical engineering is the application of engineering tools and approaches to advance knowledge and solve problems in animal and human biology, medicine and health care. 

Saleem Abubacker, a PhD student in Kinesiology, BME researcher Tannin Schmidt's lab was profiled in UToday, as part of the launch. Saleem decided to come to the University of Calgary after talking with Tannin Schmidt, who is studying the therapeutic application of lubricin a naturally occurring protein found in the synovial fluid. >> read the Utoday story. 

Coming out 'panel'

Last Friday students in William Bridel’s (Phd) Kinesiology 303 sports and culture class had an impressive panel of guest speakers who joined the class to share their experiences coming out as gay athletes. The panel included : 2002 Olympian, and Kinesiology graduate Lindsay Alcock, Bryan Fautley, a Queen’s varsity volleyball player who joined the class via Skype, 2014 Olympian John Fennell, and 2014 Olympian, pair skater Rudi Swiegers. >>more

Grabbing the moment. 

Josée Tremblay fights back from compartment syndrome as the Dinos host the Canada West Wrestling Championships this weekend in the Jack Simpson Gym.


Dinos hand football coaching reins to Wayne Harris, Jr.

The University of Calgary Dinos didn’t have to go far to find their next head football coach.

Athletic director Ron Wuotila announced Thursday that Wayne Harris, Jr. will become the sixth head coach in University of Calgary history, bringing full-circle a career and a life that has been associated with Dinos football.

For nearly 40 years, Harris has been involved with the Dinos as a player, alumnus, assistant coach, and most recently, defensive co-ordinator. He has been involved as an assistant coach in three separate stints between 1989 and 2014, being part of seven Hardy Cup championship teams and the 1995 Vanier Cup triumph.  >>more

SUMMMMMMMMEERRRR Camps Registration, now open! 

Our University of Calgary Summer Camps program opened for registration on February 2, and had an amazing 3,200 campers enrolled by the end of the first day! It's the biggest opening day in our camp history, perhaps  reflecting the excellence of our camp offerings! Our camps support Alberta curriculum, and maintain a balance of learning and fun activity!

There's still room in many great camps,  register your child at:

Kinesiology Post Doctoral Fellows, win 40% of AIHS Fellowships awarded to University of Calgary.

Yesterday, Alberta Innovates Health Solutions, announced the winners of the 2014 Postgraduate Fellowship Competition. Amazingly, University of Calgary scholars were awarded 22 of the 37 total fellowships, but perhaps even more amazing is that Faculty of Kineisology affiliated researchers received 9 of those 22 scholarships, 41 per cent. 

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Tannin Schmidt receives $250,000 CFI grant to support lubricin research program.

Gilles Patry, President and CEO of Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) announced that Faculty of Kinesiology researcher, Tannin Schmidt, will receive $251,000 from the CFI to help advance his research into proteoglycan four (PRG4), or lubricin, the protein he refers to as “Mother Nature’s Lubricant.” The announcement came as part of a an announcement of $2.3 million to the University of Calgary, which will provide Canada Chair researchers with the equipment they need to pursue their research programs. >> Read more.

Dean's Doctoral Studentship Program

2015 Faculty of Kinesiology Doctoral Studentship Program. 11 new four-year doctoral awards!

Kinesiology has 11 new doctoral studentships in the areas of Health, Exercise and Sport Psychology, Biomechanics, Sport Injury Epidemiology, Health and Exercise Physiology and Nutrition, Metabolism and Genetics.

Scholarships are up to four years of funding: $20,000/year for Canadian students and $25,000/year for international students.

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