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University holding internal launch of Biomedical Engineering strategic research theme Monday, 2-4 p.m.

On Monday March 3, at 2 p.m. the University will be unveiling its Engineering Solutions for Health: Biomedical Engineering Research Strategy. Researchers in the Faculty of Kinesiology have been working behind the scenes in leadership roles within the Biomedical Engineering (BME) initiative, and Dr. Penny Werthner will be part of Monday’s on-campus launch.  “In many ways biomedical engineering started in Kinesiology,” says Werthner, “so I’m very pleased to be part of the next step in this developing story.” Monday’s event in the Rozsa Centre, which runs from 2- 4 p.m., will unveil the research themes of Engineering Solutions for Health: Biomedical Engineering which is one of the University of Calgary’s strategic research themes. Researchers and those interested in finding out more are invited to hear more about this initiative and to network with fellow BME researchers.


HOW TO TAKE A GRAIN (PUN INTENDED) OF TRUTH AND STRETCH IT INTO AN EMPIRE! Kinesiology Postdoctoral Fellows present "a good ol' fashioned debate" March 4, 5:30 p.m., Kinesiology B 126. 

Special guest Dayna Zarn BSc, RD CDE and Kinesiology’s Jennifer Lambert, PhD, will be presenting thought-provoking information regarding popular fad diets and nutritional myths we should all be on the look-out for. So come join us and learn what’s true and what’s not behind some popular diet plans. 

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!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.

Dinos’ Andrew Buckley wins Hec Crighton Trophy AND Russ Jackson Award! 

Fourth-year Kinesiology  University of Calgary quarterback Andrew Buckley made history Thursday night, becoming the first player to win both the Hec Crighton Trophy and the Russ Jackson Award.

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IOC recognizes University of Calgary Sports Injury Research Prevention Centre

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced Wednesday that the Faculty of Kinesiology’s Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre (SIPRC), was awarded status as an IOC injury prevention research centre until 2019.

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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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Killam scholar Kelsey Collins takes "wide lens" to the problem of arthritis.  

Kelsey Collins, a PhD candidate in Walter Herzog's lab, explores how inflammation associated with obesity may contribute to osteoarthritis. Collins was recently announced as the winner of a prestigious Killam Pre-Doctoral Scholarship.  Collins’ project looks to better understand “subgroups” within the larger group of people who suffer from arthritis. “Reading the body of literature in arthritis, it became very apparent to me that obesity was, by far, one of the biggest risk factors and, by far, one of the most poorly understood, especially from a mechanical standpoint,” she says. “I just got really curious: What's going on with these obese patients? How can we create models to understand what's going on with them?" 

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