University of Calgary

July 19/07

Vol. 3 No. 11
allan bell Fine Arts professor U of C’s newest Royal fellow
The Department of Music’s Allan Bell is among the most performed of all Canadian composers, an internationally recognized researcher and dedicated teacher of numerous protégés who have made their mark in the world of music. Now he is also a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the first in his faculty to attain the highest recognition a scholar can receive in Canada. >> more
calgary skyline Better together: Website highlights Urban Alliance
A new website has been launched to celebrate the Urban Alliance, which is connecting University of Calgary researchers with community issues. By aligning more research projects at the U of C with priority areas identified by the City of Calgary, the partners will build on synergies in solving real-world challenges. >> more
jim love EVDS names first two research chairs
Students in the Faculty of Environmental Design will be exposed to the latest in research in the emerging areas of digital design and sustainable building technologies through the establishment of the faculty’s first two research chairs. Dr. Branko Kolarevic (Haworth Chair in Integrated Design) and Professor Jim Love (Chair in Sustainable Building Technologies) will work to equip students as innovators in their fields. >> more
university profs Ranks of University Professorships grow
Three University of Calgary professors— Dr. Tom Flanagan, Dr. Cy Frank and Dr. Jim Haslett—have been named to University Professorship positions, recognized for making significant contributions to their disciplines. Their expertise ranges from political science to knee surgery to wireless technology. >> more
snap Cleaning goes tropical at U of C
Using new bio-degradable cleaning products made from discarded coconut husks is just one way University of Calgary janitors are moving towards a greener way of cleaning. Staff are also testing micro-fibre cloths that use half the water, looking into biodegradable garbage bags and doing more day-time cleaning to save electricity. >> more
internatinal house Construction work gears up at International House
Construction of the $18-million Dr. Fok Ying Tung International House at the University of Calgary is moving ahead—piling for the new residence began on July 11 and will continue throughout the summer. This phase will be a bit noisy and cause some vibrations in neighbouring sites, but Campus Infrastructure is doing everything to ensure safety and manage disruption. >> more
fitness centre Foothills campus opens new fitness centre
A new fitness centre has opened at the University of Calgary’s Foothills campus, offering faculty, staff and students access to on-site cardio equipment, weights, fitness classes and other services. The Kinetix Fitness and Wellness Centre was built in direct response to employees’ input. >> more
ashley farrelly Research aims to improve parenting education
Ashley Farrelly, a third-year student in the Faculty of Medicine, will travel to the Dominican Republic this month to explore the effectiveness of a new parent education program for caregivers of young children. Her research is one of 58 projects funded this summer by Programs for Undergraduate Research Experience (PURE). >> more
cups logo Good data the key to effective community programs
A third-year nursing student is learning the challenges and rewards of cutting-edge research in a community setting as part of a summer research project at the Calgary Urban Project Society (CUPS) One World Child Development Centre. Meaghan Dykema is combining several databases to help staff better analyze—and thus improve—their programs. The project is being supervised by Dr. Karen Benzies, a researcher with CUPS One World for five years and an associate professor in the Faculty of Nursing. >> more
butterwick Rounding up rodeo injuries to keep cowboys safe
A new international registry for catastrophic injuries in pro rodeo is an important step in understanding and preventing serious harm to cowboy athletes. Established by University of Calgary sports epidemiologist Dale Butterwick, the information gathered in the database will be used for research, education and prevention. >> more
law renovations Better space supports better learning
An $8-million renovation in Murray Fraser Hall will create innovative learning spaces for law students and enable the Faculty of Law to expand its undergraduate and graduate programs. Classrooms will have power outlets at each desk and will be equipped with new technology. New group workrooms will support skills-training sessions and provide extra study space. >> more
placeholder A trashy idea: Volunteer day helps reduce waste
It’s hard to identify the best direction the University of Calgary needs to go in order to reduce solid waste and enhance recycling until we know where we’re at. That’s the premise behind Trash Bash 2007, a day of sorting through garbage collected across campus to be analyzed for its potential for recycling. Volunteers are still needed. >> more
soop Say it with pictures: cartoonist tackled controversy
Drawing on his natural talent for wit and artistry, Everett Soop employed his skills in cartooning to become one of Canada’s most accomplished satirists and notable activists. The Nickle Arts Museum pays tribute to the legendary aboriginal cartoonist in an exhibit running to September 29. >> more


Medicine profs named to Order of Canada
Dr. Robert Haslam and Dr. Tom Noseworthy of the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Medicine have been named members of the Order of Canada, the highest civilian honour for lifetime achievement. This is just one of several accomplishments marked by U of C faculty recently. >> more


Excuse me, but my Band-Aid is beeping
The integration of wireless technology with health-care delivery is opening up a world of new possibilities. Alumnus Dr. Jim Haslett is part of a team heading up research and development of a “smart Band-Aid”—a temperature measuring system that will send real-time patient information to nursing stations. >> more
awards and more
che Postcard from Cuba
A pair of University of Calgary students on a study abroad program in Cuba discovered a country intriguing with its climate, gorgeous beaches, communist political system and extraordinary cultural emphasis on dance. Their research ranged from the restoration of historical colonial buildings, to burial practices, to the role of masculinity in Cuban dance. >> more
convocation Graduate pledge moves proud parent
A proud University of Calgary alumnus was moved to write a letter to Forum, the university’s online discussion website, after attending convocation and seeing the last of his three children receive degrees from U of C. Read the letter here. >> more