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New research shows how seizures can cause stroke-like events which may be preventable
CALGARY, AB--(Marketwired - December 16, 2016) - Following a seizure, the sufferer will often experience a temporary period of disability. For example, if a seizure occurs in the motor cortex of the brain, the individual may experience weakness in one side of their body. These effects can last for minutes, hours, or in some cases even days. It's a phenomenon referred to as Todd's Paralysis -- and until now has been neither understood, nor treated. Using both animal and human data, researchers at the University of Calgary's Cumming School of Medicine recently discovered how seizures can cause Todd's Paralysis as well as the mechanism responsible for this phenomenon. Findings were recently published in the journal elife.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon coming to University of Calgary
CALGARY, AB--(Marketwired - December 15, 2016) - Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Michael Chabon -- author of bestselling novels The Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, Wonder Boys and The Yiddish Policemen's Union -- is coming to the University of Calgary for a February 16 reading and lecture at MacEwan Hall. Chabon will be appearing as the university's 2016-17 Distinguished Visiting Writer at an event that is the annual highlight of the long-running Calgary Distinguished Writers Program (CDWP).

University of Calgary, University of Alberta and Memorial University partner to tackle microbial-induced pipeline corrosion
CALGARY, AB --(Marketwired - December 08, 2016) - A collaborative research project involving four universities in Alberta and Atlantic Canada has received major funding to address the issue of pipeline corrosion caused by microbial activity.

University of Calgary and University of Manitoba partner to understand how marine microbial communities can help clean up oil spills in the Arctic
CALGARY, AB--(Marketwired - December 08, 2016) - A collaborative research project titled 'GENICE' that partners the University of Calgary and the University of Manitoba has been awarded $10.7 million as part of the Genome Canada 2015 Large-Scale Applied Research Project Competition (LSARP).

Researchers one step closer to understanding SIDS risk factors
CALGARY, AB--(Marketwired - December 01, 2016) - Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is the sudden, unexplainable death of children under the age of one. While rates have significantly decreased due to research and public advocacy, it remains the leading cause of infant death in Canada.

University of Calgary alumnus one of Canada's 11 winners of prestigious scholarship
CALGARY, AB--(Marketwired - November 22, 2016) - James Thorogood is a recent mechanical engineering graduate who is passionate about water sustainability, food systems, and poverty reduction. He was also recently named as one of only three winners from the Prairie Provinces – and 11 across Canada – to win a scholarship at the University of Oxford.

University of Calgary researchers discover link between circadian timer and brain's wake system
CALGARY, AB--(Marketwired - November 16, 2016) - A new and groundbreaking sleep study emerging from the University of Calgary draws a previously undiscovered link between the brain's internal timer, the circadian clock, and the part of the brain that controls wakefulness. A team of researchers from the Department of Psychology and the Hotchkiss Brain Institute has shown that this area of the brain communicates directly with our circadian clock and is instrumental in resetting it.

University of Calgary officially opens upgraded engineering complex
CALGARY, AB--(Marketwired - November 15, 2016) - The expansion phase of the Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary is now complete with the $174 million Canadian Natural Resources Limited Engineering Complex officially opened on Tuesday, November 15.

Study to look at impact of childhood abuse
CALGARY, AB--(Marketwired - November 10, 2016) - A new partnership between the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre (SKCAC) and the University of Calgary's Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research & Education will study the impact of child abuse on the developing brain. The goal is to use a scientific approach to understand which interventions work best to mitigate the impact of child abuse, to compare the impact of childhood sexual abuse to that of other forms of childhood trauma, and to understand why some children are more resilient than others.

Six Canadian universities partner on groundbreaking health promotion movement
CALGARY, AB--(Marketwired - October 31, 2016) - The University of Calgary, University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, Memorial University, Mount Royal University, and the University of Lethbridge are the first universities to formally adopt the Okanagan Charter: An International Charter for Health Promoting Universities and Colleges. The charter calls on post-secondary institutions to make a commitment to health and well-being in all policies and practices.

University of Calgary to host international conference on the transformative power of walking
CALGARY, AB--(Marketwired - October 06, 2016) - The University of Calgary has been chosen to host the XVIII Walk21 International Conference on Walking and Liveable Communities, in September 2017. The university has partnered with the City of Calgary to host the prestigious event.

University of Calgary students awarded largest Canadian scholarship to study Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
CALGARY, AB--(Marketwired - October 03, 2016) - Hannah Rahim and Joycelyn Ho have been named the University of Calgary's recipients of the prestigious Schulich Leader Scholarships.

Winds of change slow to reach Caribbean
CALGARY, AB--(Marketwired - September 27, 2016) - For an area of the world that is known for its bright sunshine and breezes, the Caribbean produces surprisingly little renewable energy. Expensive imported diesel or fuel oil is used to generate most or all of the electricity on many islands -- despite the abundance of sun and wind throughout the region.

Research reveals therapeutic value of digital storytelling
CALGARY, AB--(Marketwired - September 22, 2016) - University of Calgary nursing researcher Catherine Laing has found that providing pediatric cancer patients and survivors with digital storytelling techniques to share their experiences can have therapeutic value for the patients and their health care providers.

University of Calgary celebrates successful year
CALGARY, AB--(Marketwired - September 16, 2016) - University of Calgary students, faculty, staff and supporters came together at Mac Hall on Friday - with many joining via livestream - to hear President Elizabeth Cannon deliver the university's annual Community Report and celebrate the year's successes.

First cross-provincial nursing research chair in Alberta announced
EDMONTON, AB --(Marketwired - September 14, 2016) - The Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation in Edmonton and the University of Calgary's Faculty of Nursing have joined to fund research into anxiety and depression in pregnant women and the long term outcomes on their health and the health of their children.

Stone tools, diet and sociality at the dawn of humanity
CALGARY, AB--(Marketwired - September 09, 2016) - Earlier this summer University of Calgary archaeologist Julio Mercader began working with a multidisciplinary team of researchers to study ancient diets, stone tools and sociality in the face of environmental changes at several sites known to be some of the cradles of humanity, dating back 1.8 million years.

New $13.2-million bone and joint health research facility opens at the Cumming School of Medicine
CALGARY, AB--(Marketwired - September 08, 2016) - A new centre for Mobility and Joint Health (MoJo) opened today that will allow researchers to develop new technologies for the prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of bone and joint conditions.

University of Calgary's Faculty of Kinesiology launches 'Gift of Play'
CALGARY, AB--(Marketwired - September 08, 2016) - The Faculty of Kinesiology is giving elementary students a back-to-school present. On Saturday, September 10 more than 100 students, faculty, staff, alumni and community volunteers will use newly created stencils to help give the 'Gift of Play' by painting games on 50 school tarmacs in Calgary.

University of Calgary awarded $75 million research grant
CALGARY, AB--(Marketwired - September 06, 2016) - The University of Calgary has been awarded $75 million over seven years from the Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF) for its Global Research Initiative in Sustainable Low Carbon Unconventional Resources. The goal of this research is to dramatically reduce the impact of energy extraction and energy use on the environment. The funding is part of a $900-million research announcement made by the federal government Tuesday.

International conference on protecting world's vulnerable children comes to Calgary
CALGARY, AB--(Marketwired - August 26, 2016) - An international gathering of front-line agencies, international policy makers and researchers will convene August 28-31 at Calgary's Telus Convention Centre to share ideas and best practices for protecting the world's children from abuse and neglect.

Teams from across the globe in Calgary for innovative health-care competition
CALGARY, AB--(Marketwired - August 26, 2016) - Fourteen inspiring innovators and start-up entrepreneurs from across the globe will be preparing for the biggest "pitch" of their careers in hopes of winning a portion of $48,000 in cash prizes at this year's Global Healthcare Innovation Academy (GHIA 2016). This year's event, which is open to the public, is being hosted by the University of Calgary and being held at the TELUS Spark Science Centre on August 25 and 26. Winners will be announced on August 26.

University of Calgary medical school receives accreditation
CALGARY, AB--(Marketwired - August 18, 2016) - The University of Calgary's Cumming School of Medicine (CSM) has been successfully accredited in a process common to all North American medical schools. In recent years, accreditation has been a challenge for many schools, with four of Canada's 17 medical schools having failed accreditation before having it reinstated after major remedial work over the last 10 years. The CSM has continuously maintained its accredited status since it took its first students in 1970.

University of Calgary: Religion shown to steer adolescents away from pornography
CALGARY, AB--(Marketwired - July 05, 2016) - A new study authored by University of Calgary researchers in the Journal of Adolescence examines the pornography viewing habits of adolescents and observes the way in which religious attendance significantly tempers such actions.

University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine launches $1.5 million Calgary Chair in Equine Sports Medicine
CALGARY, AB--(Marketwired - June 22, 2016) - High performance equine athletes are like people -- they need to be at peak fitness to perform at their maximum. But like any athlete, injuries can occur.

First "Call for Proposals" for Mexico's Energy Ministry with the University of Calgary
CALGARY, AB--(Marketwired - June 09, 2016) - The Mexican Ministry of Energy (SENER) announced the first "Call for Proposals" exclusively with the University of Calgary with a funding commitment from the hydrocarbon fund to support research that will aid energy reforms in Mexico.

University of Calgary honorary degree recipients announced
CALGARY, AB--(Marketwired - June 02, 2016) -  The University of Calgary is pleased to announce our honorary degree (HD) recipients for the June convocation ceremonies for the Cumming School of Medicine, Haskayne School of Business, Schulich School of Engineering, Werklund School of Education and the faculties of Arts, Environmental Design, Graduate Studies, Kinesiology, Law, Nursing, Science, Social Work and Veterinary Medicine.

Award-winning academic research search engine metaBUS launches in June for scholars around the world
CALGARY, AB--(Marketwired - May 25, 2016) -  A trailblazing online search engine that will save researchers years of time while conducting meta-analysis will be unveiled next week at the University of Calgary.

University of Calgary welcomes 8,000 researchers to the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences
CALGARY, AB--(Marketwired - May 24, 2016) - Canada's largest academic conference gets underway this weekend at the University of Calgary, running from May 28 to June 3. Congress 2016 brings together 8,000 experts from the humanities and social sciences, highlighting research spanning more than 70 disciplines including education, political science, sociology, women's studies, history, religion, philosophy, music and literature.

New leadership adventure education fund launched at the Haskayne School of Business with $3 million gift
CALGARY, AB--(Marketwired - May 06, 2016) - The wildly popular leadership adventure education programs at Haskayne that bring students to the spectacular wilderness of the Canadian Rockies as they learn about what it really takes to be a leader, have received a major boost from a Calgary business leader.

Girls discover the wonders of information technology
CALGARY, AB--(Marketwired - May 04, 2016) - More than 700 girls from Grade 9 classes around Calgary are getting hands-on experience in the world of science, engineering and information technology at the University of Calgary, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) and Mount Royal University today.

University of Calgary thanks community for support in building 50-year legacy
CALGARY, AB--(Marketwired - April 29, 2016) - The University of Calgary kicked off its year-long 50th Anniversary celebration on Friday, April 29, 2016 with a thank-you message to supporters and a tribute to its longest-standing donor. Margaret Clarke has been contributing to student success since 1965 through a bursary she established in memory of her late husband. Over the course of more than 50 years, her generosity has directly impacted the lives of more than 100 students.

University of Calgary kicks off year of 50th Anniversary celebrations
CALGARY, AB--(Marketwired - April 29, 2016) -  Today, April 29, the University of Calgary officially marks its 50th Anniversary, launching a year-long celebration to honour the legacies of the past while engaging the community in a rich discussion about the future.

University of Calgary opens the Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning
CALGARY, AB--(Marketwired - April 18, 2016) - President Elizabeth Cannon along with the Taylor family, Marlin Schmidt, Minister of Advanced Education, partners and members of the campus community unveiled a state of the art teaching and learning 'incubator' as the Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning officially opened its doors during a special ceremony. The launch of the Taylor Institute also serves as an anchor to 50th Anniversary year celebrations at the University of Calgary.

Great cities need great universities
CALGARY, AB--(Marketwired - April 13, 2016) - Universities need more, not less, engagement with business and community.
This was the message delivered by University of Calgary President and Vice Chancellor Elizabeth Cannon to community and business leaders in a speech hosted by the Chamber of Commerce today.

Injury prevention programs in youth soccer reduce both injuries and health care costs
CALGARY, AB--(Marketwired - April 13, 2016) -  Sport is the leading cause of injury in youth, accounting for more than 30 per cent of all injuries. A new study by University of Calgary researchers published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine found that not only does a neuromuscular training warm-up program prevent injury in youth soccer, it also saves millions of dollars in health care costs.

Changing the future of energy and the environment
CALGARY, AB--(Marketwired - April 08, 2016) - A sustainable energy sector, cleaner air and water, and more renewable power are the driving forces behind a team of world-class researchers at the Schulich School of Engineering.

Universal Music Canada donates archive of EMI Music Canada to University of Calgary
CALGARY, AB --(Marketwired - March 31, 2016) - Today, the University of Calgary announced that Universal Music Canada (UMC) has donated the archive of EMI Music Canada to the university's Libraries and Cultural Resources. The University of Calgary has also partnered with the National Music Centre (NMC), which played a leading role in bringing this archive to the city by connecting UMC with the university.

Patients get to ask the questions in innovative research project
CALGARY, AB --(Marketwired - March 31, 2016) - A unique set of grants focused on patient-oriented research were announced today. Patients and their families were involved in the research process and were able to formulate the types of questions they want scientists to answer about the diseases that affect them.

Baby monkeys grow faster to avoid being killed by adult males
CALGARY, AB--(Marketwired - March 21, 2016) - Natural selection has shaped the ways in which babies grow in different species, including the rate or speed with which they develop.

Competition highlights top talent emerging in the energy sector
CALGARY, AB--(Marketwired - March 17, 2016) - Calgary-based Spectralog took home the top prize of $55,000 in cash and in-kind services at the third annual Energy New Venture Competition on March 15. Created by the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Calgary's Haskayne School of Business and supported by Innovate Calgary, the competition was designed as a platform to help advance developing energy technology companies and concepts to the next level.

University of Calgary receives over $1 million in funding from CFI
CALGARY, AB--(Marketwired - March 14, 2016) - Geography professors Scott Jasechko and Brent Else have joined forces to tackle two sides of a research coin. Else focuses on marine waterways, while Jasechko looks at fresh inland water. Together they are building a better picture of two of the Earth's most important life-support systems -- the carbon and water cycles -- from the oil sands to the Arctic Ocean.

Boardwalk CEO receives Distinguished Business Leader Award
CALGARY, AB --(Marketwired - March 08, 2016) - Sam Kolias, CEO, Boardwalk Real Estate Investment Trust -- one of the biggest real estate investment trusts in the country -- is being honoured with the 2016 Distinguished Business Leader Award (DBLA), presented by the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary and the Calgary Chamber of Commerce.

Gloria Steinem on campus for International Women's Day
CALGARY, AB --(Marketwired - March 07, 2016) - Feminist icon Gloria Steinem will speak at the University of Calgary campus on Tuesday, March 8 in honour of International Women's Day.

'Gut' bacteria may help put a kink in family obesity cycle
CALGARY, AB --(Marketwired - March 02, 2016) - Obesity is a global epidemic and the evidence is clear: if a mother is obese or gains too much weight during pregnancy chances are the child will be at higher risk of being obese throughout its life.

PSA testing does not change prostate cancer mortality
CALGARY, AB--(Marketwired - March 01, 2016) - Canadian researchers have assessed the effects of PSA screening, and found that while screening increases the number of diagnoses of prostate cancer, the test has only minimally reduced mortality rates, if at all. While mortality rates from the disease have been decreasing, this study suggests the decline is more likely due to the evolution of treatment. The study results were published in the March 1 online edition of CMAJ Open.

University of Calgary launches Institutional Sustainability Strategy
CALGARY, AB --(Marketwired - February 24, 2016) - The University of Calgary has launched an institutional sustainability strategy that for the first time incorporates an academic framework to advance education and research for sustainability. The strategy is the result of more than two years of broad consultation with students, faculty, staff and community partners.

Engineered nanoparticles improve cancer diagnosis and treatment
CALGARY, AB --(Marketwired - February 19, 2016) - Nanoparticles promise to significantly improve the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Scientists have been designing the tiny, engineered particles (1/10,000 the width of a human hair) to carry drugs into cancer cells to destroy tumours.

Impact of fluoridation cessation seen in Calgary children: Study
CALGARY, AB --(Marketwired - February 17, 2016) - A newly published study compared Grade 2 students in both Edmonton and Calgary, and found that fluoride cessation in Calgary has had a negative impact on children's health.

University of Calgary professor receives federal funding to study early childhood development
CALGARY, AB --(Marketwired - February 09, 2016) - We are learning more and more that a child's early experiences -- including how they're parented in the very first days and years -- can influence them for life.

Discovering the truth about compassion
CALGARY, AB--(Marketwired - February 01, 2016) - Compassion is a term we all use, but we don't really understand, according to University of Calgary Faculty of Nursing assistant professor and researcher Shane Sinclair. His two recently published foundational studies shine light on the alarming gap between this increasingly recognized pillar of quality care and patients' actual experiences.

Director and Palmer chair appointed for The School of Public Policy
CALGARY, AB--(Marketwired - January 28, 2016) - President and Vice-Chancellor Elizabeth Cannon today announced the appointment of Pierre-Gerlier Forest as director and the James S. and Barbara A. Palmer Chair for The School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary, effective March 1, 2016.

The University of Calgary's leading space research program draws new round of Canadian Space Agency funding
CALGARY, AB--(Marketwired - January 25, 2016) - Earth-Space research is deepening our understanding of atmospheric phenomena like the space weather dynamics that create Aurora Borealis. This breath-taking light show belies the epic forces at the heart of space storms that send radiation, solar winds, and magnetic fields into swirling dances around earth -- while disturbing our technologies.

Zebra stripes not for camouflage
CALGARY, AB--(Marketwired - January 22, 2016) -  If you've always thought of a zebra's stripes as offering some type of camouflaging protection against predators, it's time to think again, suggest scientists at the University of Calgary and UC Davis. Findings from their study were published Jan. 22 in the journal PLOS ONE.


University of Calgary helps Mexico implement ambitious energy reforms
CALGARY, AB--(Marketwired - January 21, 2016) - The University of Calgary and the Mexican Ministry of Energy (SENER) recently signed a collaboration note that opens up a long-term partnership to help Mexico boost its energy sector. As part of this partnership, SENER has allocated $12 million over four years for Mexican organizations to collaborate with the University of Calgary on energy research and education.

University of Calgary establishes new bursaries and programs to support Syrian refugees
CALGARY, AB--(Marketwired - January 20, 2016) - The University of Calgary is stepping up efforts to assist arriving Syrian refugees through a series of programs including the establishment of up to 33 bursaries, English language training, and supporting needs assessment in partnership with Calgary's Syrian Refugee Project.

Water 'fingerprints' used to time how fast rain and snowmelt flow into rivers
CALGARY, AB--(Marketwired - January 19, 2016) - About one-third of the water flowing in global rivers is "young water" made up of rain and snowmelt that flowed into the river in less than three months. This has serious implications for water pollution and ecosystem health, according to a new study based on water "fingerprints" published in the journal Nature Geoscience.