University of Calgary

April 17, 2008

APRIL 17 , 2008 | Vol. 4 No. 11

U of C scientist wins prestigious Gairdner International Award
Dr. Samuel Weiss, director of the Hotchkiss Brain Institute at the University of Calgary Faculty of Medicine, has earned one of the world’s most prestigious medical science awards, a Gairdner International Award. It is anticipated that Weiss’ work will lead to new treatments for people with devastating brain diseases and spinal cord injuries. >> more


First biomedical engineering class graduates
This spring, the U of C will graduate its first class of biomedical engineers. Students will go on to apply their engineering skills to contribute to human health and medical research, equipment and technical advancements. >> more

 arctic  Arctic experts return from military mission
In what was called Operation Nunalivut, three teams of Canadian Rangers recently returned from sovereignty patrols. On hand to see this military mission in action were two arctic experts from the U of C—Benoit Beauchamp and Rob Huebert. >> more

Bouncing from the backyard to the Olympic arena
When bouncing on it, you pretend to reach for the sky. For Scott Young, each tumble, flip and bounce is a reach for the stars and the gold. The second-year chemical engineering student is training in trampoline, with hopes of competing for gold at the 2012 Olympics.
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C&C dean is honoured by Calgary Indian community
Kathleen Scherf, dean of the Faculty of Communication and Culture has been recognized by the Calgary Indian community for her work on the faculty’s India Outreach Initiative.
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Computer programmers face off in Banff
The U of C’s computer programming team won an honourable mention at an international intercollegiate programming competition after taking on more than 6,700 teams from 1,821 universities in 83 countries. >> more


Keeping African artifacts in Africa
In an historical building in Mozambique exists 1,000-year-old ritual bowls, spearheads and oral histories. Julio Mercader, a U of C archaeologist, is behind the establishment of the museum that houses these and other African artifacts as a means to keep history in Africa. >> more


Biology Student Conference celebrates research achievements
In its second year, the Biology Student Conference will celebrate research achievements of undergraduate and graduate students. The full-day conference is being held Thursday,
April 17. >> more

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Business profs take a pie in the face for charity
On Thursday, April 17 the Haskayne School of Business will host the annual Pie Your Prof! event. Professors will be "pied" in the face by students who collect a predetermined bounty. All money raised will go to the Ronald McDonald House, Southern Alberta. It runs 12:15 - 1:15 p.m. in the NuWest Commons, Scurfield Hall.


MFA Dance candidate finds inspiration downtown
Kirsten Wiren, a Master of Fine Arts candidate, explores the journey towards discovering and building one’s identity through the home as the topic of her thesis dance piece.
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A public symposium: Why is Latin America trapped in violence?
On Thursday, April 24, the Latin America Research Centre at the University of Calgary will host a public symposium with analysts from Canadian and Latin American universities who will address the politics behind Latin America’s continued state of violence. >> more


Up and comers—art grads' work on display at Nickle
Graduating students in the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program are setting up shop at the Nickle Arts Museum on April 25 for what is typically their first time showcasing in an art gallery. >> more

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Call for nominations: Women’s Resource Centre Award
Nominate an alumna and/or a current U of C female student who have exhibited professional and/or academic excellence, an ability to overcome barriers and a dedication to their community. >> more



Falling in love with Japan
Susan Hepburn has fallen in love…with Japan. The third-year student studying East Asian history and Japanese travelled to Japan for one year and was captivated by the people, food, culture, traditions and customs. Here is her postcard home. >> more