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Largest single gift in the history of the Dinos establishes John Forzani Memorial Athletic Awards.

The life and legacy of John Forzani have been recognized with the largest single gift in the history of the University of Calgary Dinos.

The Dinos 5th Quarter Association, together with the Forzani Group Foundation, the Flames Foundation for Life, and the View West Foundation, announced Thursday a gift of $1.5 million to create the John Forzani Memorial Athletic Awards, which will provide scholarships for student-athletes on the Dinos football team. The awards will fund tuition and mandatory fees for eligible Dinos football players in perpetuity, relieving the financial burden of attending university.

New bike helps paralyzed patients cycle again.

University of Calgary Active Living, recently announced the installation of a new functional electrical stimulation (FES) bicycle in the Thrive Centre, part of the Faculty of Kinesiology. The $32,000 bicycle is being made available for public use thanks to the combined efforts of the Amanda Project, Spinal Cord Injury Alberta, the Faculty of Kinesiology, the Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and a generous grant from the Calgary Health Trust.

The FES bike provides surface electrical stimulation through the skin, stimulating the muscles in a coordinated fashion that simulates a cycling motion. The device is a vital therapeutic tool designed to help people with a variety of conditions including spinal cord injury, stroke and multiple sclerosis. >> Read More

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. 

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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