University of Calgary

Dec. 6/07

DECEMBER 6 , 2007 | Vol. 4 No. 6

U of C's Faculty of Social Work announces the establishment of The Brenda Strafford Chair in the Prevention of Domestic Violence
Alberta has the highest rate of domestic violence in Canada and research plays a large role in finding the answers to end the cycle of abuse. With the establishment of a $1.5 million endowed chair in the prevention of domestic violence, the U of C’s Faculty of Social Work will be a leader in researching this social problem. Funding comes from the Brenda Strafford Foundation. >> more


Students win by showing their WOW!
For Benjamin Hayden, the opportunity to create a video and win tuition dollars was motivation to put his learning into action. The film studies student won first place in the U of C’s first video contest ever—Show us Your Wow. >> more


Student-built robots climb for glory
The fastest one to reach the eight foot mark with the largest payload intact wins the race—using Lego robots. This was the challenge for engineering students competing in the Space Elevator Robot Competition finale. WD3 was the winning team and their robot equipped with AA batteries reached the top first in 15 seconds carrying a payload of 780 grams. >> more


Mark your calendars—there’s a new SU VP of events on campus
Richard Freeman is the new Students’ Union vice-president (events) and he’s got a few ideas up his sleeve to shake things up events-wise on campus. It’s all part of his grand plan to get students more involved in campus life so they enjoy the whole experience of attending the U of C. >> more


Call for nominations—deadline for the Order of U of C approaching
The Order of the U of C recognizes exemplary and distinguished service to the university—rewarding those who go above and beyond the requirements of their position. Deadline for nominations to be considered for the spring 2008 convocation must be received no later than February 7, 2008. >> more


A solid recommendation from nursing students helps non-profit organization
Students with the Faculty of Nursing’s Community Action Teams worked with the SHARP Foundation (Society Housing AIDS/HIV Restricted Persons) as part of their coursework. Their recommendations resulted in a $35,000 grant for SHARP to put strategies into action to help those living with HIV/AIDS. >> more


A picture can say a thousand words.
A new 'picture' book created by a U of C research and a group of people living with schizophrenia was designed to assist people with mental illness in communicating with medical and housing service providers about their needs and experiences. >> more


Husky Energy donates $1M to cardiovascular care
Husky Energy gave $1 million to support the Husky Energy Research Program for the Early Detection of Cardiovasular Risk. On Dec. 3, the company was recognized and celebrated for its contribution to the Stephenson Cardiovascular MR Centre at the Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta. >> more


Simple two-in-one test signals high risk after a heart attack
Looks like the nervous system and the heart’s electrical system are providing answers in assessing the risk of cardiac arrest or death, even years after a heart attack. The research findings of Dr. Derek Exner, a heart rhythm specialist and an associate professor at the U of C’s Libin Cardiovascular Institute, will appear in the Dec. 11 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC). >> more


“Hellish” hot springs yield greenhouse gas-eating bug
Methane-gobbling bacteria could aid climate change battle, according to U of C biologist Peter Dunfield. Near the city of Rotorua in New Zealand, Dunfield and his colleagues found a methane-eating microorganism in the geothermal field knows as Hell’s Gate. It’s the hardiest “methanotrophic” bacterium found to date which makes it a good candidate for use in reducing methane gas emissions from landfills, mines, industrial wastes, geothematical power plants and other sources. >> more


Solar storm chasers
The Canadian Space Agency, the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary are contributing to a global understanding of the science and impact of solar storms. With $1.7 million in funding from the Canadian Space Agency, a potential space mission led by the University of Alberta with the participation of the U of C and other partners, will examine solar weather disturbances. >> more


One-stop shop for bone and joint pilot project receives an A+
The Alberta Bone and Joint Health Institute at the U of C’s Faculty of Medicine received top marks from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) for its successful Alberta Hip and Knee Replacement Pilot Project. The team of health professionals and organizations were awarded for designing an innovative model for hip and knee replacements meant to dramatically reducing wait times, enhancing service quality and increasing efficiency. The model was evaluated through the pilot project—one of the most extensive health services delivery evaluations ever undertaken in North America.
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Rising philanthropist
Julia Cliplef is taking a lesson in philanthropy at the University of Calgary, but not in the classroom. The fourth year student volunteers with the university’s United Way campaign and co-founded the Palestinian Israeli Meditation in Peace Students Association (PIMPSA), a group creating forums for dialogue between students and one that promotes friendship and understanding. >> more

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Open Forum with Provost and Vice-President (Academic), Alan Harrison and Vice-President (Research), Rose Goldstein
Staff and faculty have another opportunity to sit down with U of C Provost and Vice-President (Academic) Alan Harrison and newly appointed Vice-President (Research) Rose Goldstein on Jan. 15. Space is limited so register early.  >> more

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Tree of Life—an interactive display showcases Canadian Emily Carr
An interactive art display of images and commentaries about Emily Carr takes Glenbow Museum visitors through a chronological journey of the Canadian painter and writer’s life. The display was created by Calgary artists Uta Hinrichs, a U of C PhD computer science student, and Holly Schmidt, practicing artist and contractor for the Glenbow Museum. >> more



For the love of Kiwis
Natalie and Nada Matti embraced new opportunities and went off the beaten track, and found some insight about their own personalities. As far as feeling out of place, the Kiwis of New Zealand offered many of the same comforts as Canada. >> more