University of Calgary

Nov. 1/07

NOVEMBER 1 , 2007 | Vol. 4 No. 4

Opium poppy and marijuana research goes underground
The world’s leading expert on the opium poppy has joined forces with researchers working on another infamous drug-producing plant—cannabis—in hopes of finding new uses for the much-maligned sources of heroin and marijuana. U of C biology professor Peter Facchini is working deep underground in the country’s ultra high-security medicinal marijuana growth facility. >> more


Haskayne gets $400,000 for international study opportunities
HSBC Bank Canada has shown its local and global commitment to philanthropy with a $400,000 donation to the Haskayne School of Business. Students demonstrating high academic standing, community service and financial need will have the opportunity to study abroad and gain an international business perspective. >> more

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National award honours U of C animal research team
Two long-time U of C researchers have seen the results of their research lead to advancements in animal health and now they’re the first U of C scientists to receive the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Synergy Award for their 19-year partnership with pharmaceutical company Elanco Animal Health. >> more


U of C researchers recognized for strides in science and technology
Three University of Calgary researchers have been honoured by Alberta Science and Technology for their outstanding achievements in contributing to the province’s  science and technology community, developing biotherapeutic products and creating the world’s first MRI-compatible surgical robot. >> more


U of C researcher studied under Nobel Prize winner
“It’s about time” is what U of C’s Derrick Rancourt said when he heard that a former academic supervisor of his received a Nobel Prize in physiology/medicine. Rancourt credits his own ability to work in different areas and adapt to various lab environments to the teachings of this luminary. >> more


Run for mayor a learning experience for U of C student
The most recent civic election saw many vying for the title of mayor—among them, one of U of C’s own. Jeremy Zhao, a 19-year-old Schulich chemical engineering and political science student placed 4th with 8,000 votes. He learned a lot along the way and plans to use his new-found star power to continue educating on the issues. >> more

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United Way raffle offers chance at island escape
When the development office’s United Way unit coordinator Lianne Smith asked a friend at a travel agency about vacation packages, she never really expected one would be available to help fundraise for the campaign. She was wrong—and now faculty, staff and students have a chance to win a trip to the Dominican Republic and help those in need at the same time. >> more


Calming nerves—volunteer experience preps nursing students for real world
Nursing students Sheena Morton and Will Sibold might have had high blood pressure readings of their own as they took what they learned in the classroom to the real world. An estimated 300 blood pressure readings were administered by more than 20 first-year students who volunteered their time at the Women and Wellness conference—an experience which the students say was worth giving up a weekend. >> more


Golder scholarship winner studies rattlesnake decline
Alberta’s prairie rattlesnakes are disappearing as development grows in rural areas, but hard data isn’t available. Environmental Science student Adam Martinson, the 2007 Golder scholarship recipient, will study ways to design and plan roads to minimize the impact on rattlesnake populations. >> more


Exploring questions of democratic identity in Kosovo
By most accounts, Kosovo’s post-conflict educational reforms are succeeding. But the question of whether teachers are really committed to democratic change has been largely unexplored. Ana-Marija Petrunic has recently completed an MA thesis on the topic, drawing on her in-field experience with the Faculty of Education’s Kosovo Educator Development Project. >> more


Swedish scholar discusses new media and political activism
Peter Dahlgren from Lund University, the Sweden Visiting Scholar at the University of Calgary, talks today about the use of the Internet by young political activists at a research forum called “New Media, Young Citizens and Civic Culture: European Horizons,” hosted by the Faculty of Communication and Culture and the Faculty of Education. >> more


Come see what they can do for you—Imagine open house
Imagine, the U of C’s in-house printing, creative and office services provider is hosting an open house on Nov. 1 and 2, giving students, faculty and staff the chance to learn who they are and what they do. >> more

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Extreme dinosaur hunting
Braving harsh temperatures and close, personal encounters with polar bears, Hans Larsson of McGill University is searching for dinosaur fossils to tell the story of how ancient ecosystems responded to climate change over millions of years. Larsson will share his work, which offers insights into how modern ecosystems are responding today, at a free talk sponsored by the U of C and the Calgary Zoo on Nov. 5. >> more


Children and land mines in Cambodia—photo exhibit comes to Calgary
A series of photographs by Toronto’s V. Tony Hauser illustrates the realities and consequences of living and playing in land mine-filled areas of Cambodia. Hosted by the U of C’s Consortium for Peace Studies, the lives of 16 Cambodian children affected by land mines are depicted in a new photo exhibit Nov. 5 to 9. >> more

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Taking charge: General Colin Powell to speak on leadership
As the leading forum for constructive dialogue on critical issues of local, provincial, federal and international importance, the Calgary Chamber of Commerce presents An Evening with General Colin Powell on Nov. 7. >> more

electrons, earth, space

What’s the next big question? You get a vote
Chavica Hošek, president and CEO of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR), says every generation is defined by the questions it asks and answers. Is the Earth flat? Did humans evolve from apes? Can we travel to other planets? CIFAR is celebrating its 25th anniversary and invites you to think about the “big questions.” >> more


Oilpatch pioneer and TV host honoured at fall convocation
On Nov. 13, approximately 1,306 students will come together to celebrate their academic achievements during the 2007 fall convocation. Honorary degrees will be conferred on oilpatch pioneer Gwyn Morgan and TV talk show host George Stroumboulopoulos. Four individuals will be admitted as members of the Order of the University of Calgary. >> more


Remembering Schubert: Concert celebrates musical master
Although the musical pieces of Franz Schubert were not appreciated during his lifetime, in the decades following his early death at 31 interest grew, transforming his music into celebrated masterpieces. Calgary’s chamber music ensemble Aubade celebrates this work at a concert called Remembering Schubert. >> more


What exactly do they do? Provost and VP Research answer questions
Staff, faculty and students are invited to find out more about the roles and responsibilities of U of C Provost and Vice-President (Academic) Alan Harrison and newly appointed Vice-President (Research) Rose Goldstein in an open forum being held Nov. 19. >> more

faces of philanthropy


He’s been there: Donor gives $1 million to Schulich School
Gerald Maier has accomplished many things throughout his life, but he’s never forgotten his humble beginnings in Saskatchewan and the hard work required to put himself through university. It’s these memories of struggle that inspired Maier to give $1 million to support scholarships at the Schulich School of Engineering. >> more


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Want to hear a good story? Check out Doug Curtis
The storytelling talents of alumni Doug Curtis, founder, artistic director and playwright with Calgary’s Ghost River Theatre, are intriguing audiences across the world. The author of a collection of plays renowned for their originality, sincerity, meaning and humor, he’s also an acting and storytelling teacher, both of which he’s taught at the U of C. >> more



Iceland and Ireland trip gives student the study travel bug
Leanne Wood discovered two very different worlds in Iceland and Ireland. She hiked volcanoes under the midnight sun in Iceland, consumed some liquid education at the Guinness factory and the Temple Bar area in Ireland, and soaked up historical and literary instruction at Trinity College. >> more