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Dr. Patrick Hettiaratchi of the Schulich School of Engineering has won an Alberta Emerald Foundation award for research and innovation for his biocell sustainable landfill project. The foundation celebrates excellence and provides support and encouragement to those working in areas that help preserve and enhance the environment. The Calgary biocell project is a global first in environmental engineering that helps eliminate methane emissions into the air (landfills account for 30 percent of Canada’s human-activity related emissions of methane); captures usable energy (more than anticipated); treats more garbage in less space (about three times more); and leaves behind reusable solid urban terrain that can be used for high rises, not just zoos and parks.

Dr. Stephen Randall, director of the Institute for United States Policy Research at the University of Calgary, has been selected to receive a Canada-U.S. Fulbright award as a visiting chair in North American studies at American University in Washington, D.C. In becoming a Fulbright Scholar, he joins a prestigious group of almost 280,000 individuals in more than 155 countries who have participated in the Fulbright program since its inception in 1946.

Physics professor Dr. Robert Thompson has been awarded the Canadian Association of Physicists’ 2007 Medal for Excellence in Teaching award for outstanding classroom teaching, laboratory and curriculum development, production of educational materials and student interaction. The award will be presented on June 19.

Dr. George Jergeas of the Schulich School of Engineering has won a 2007 Distinguished Contribution by an Individual for Project Management award from the Southern Alberta Chapter of the Project Management Institute.

In recognition of 30 years of service to the Canadian Climatological Network, the University of Calgary’s weather field station at Barrier Lake, Alberta, has been presented with an Award of Merit certificate and Morley K. Thomas plaque by Environment Canada. Named after renowned climatologist Morley Keith Thomas, the award recognizes the important work of volunteer climate observers.

University of Calgary Continuing Education has won a national marketing award from the Canadian Association of University Continuing Education, picking up top honours for best overall marketing campaign for the year-long advertising campaign themed “Whatever you’re into.” Team members who created the award-winning campaign include: Morgan Mallett, graphic designer; Ryan Lawrence, web designer; Angie Hart, editor/communications coordinator; Donna Chambers, administrative assistant; and Lorna Prediger, marketing and communications manager.

Chris Levy, a law professor at the University of Calgary, was quoted in the Calgary Herald, Montreal Gazette, National Post, Saskatoon Star Phoenix, Vancouver Province, Windsor Star, Alaska Highway News and on Canada.com for his comments on the murder trial of a 13-year-old girl Medicine Hat girl, accused with her 24-year-old boyfriend of killing her parents and younger brother. Normally two people are tried together when they are accused of the same murder, said Levy. “It’s a very unusual set-up. One of the difficulties in the situation is that you could end up with verdicts in the two trials that are arguably inconsistent.” If one assumes the girl’s story is that the man did it and the man’s story is that the girl did it, he says, one judge or jury could believe the girl and the other judge or jury could believe the man.

Alberta is often displayed to other provinces and countries as an environmental disaster but, according to U of C professor Dr. Bob Page, Alberta deserves more credit. Page, who holds the U of C’s new professorship of environmental management and sustainability, says there is lots of “green” action everywhere from Alberta’s oilsands to its wind farms. “I’d argue we don’t get enough credit for what we’re doing,” Page told the Calgary Herald.

Unregulated population sprawl that is allowed in most parts of Canada will lead to disaster in years to come, says Dr. Byron Miller, head of the urban growth program at the University of Calgary. Traffic congestion, air pollution, waste-disposal problems and loss of the country’s best farmland are just some of Miller’s concerns. “Either we can get it right now or we can continue with our current practices, which create very automobile-dependant forms of development,” he said in an article published in the Montreal Gazette, Kingston Whig-Standard, the Kitchener, Cambridge and Waterloo Record and on AFX News and CNEWS.