University of Calgary

Nov. 22/07

NOVEMBER 22 , 2007 | Vol. 4 No. 5

Mumps clinic begins November 26
All students and people working at the U of C born in 1970 or after are being urged by the Calgary Health Region to receive a mumps booster vaccination. A free clinic, located in MacEwan Hall, will run from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 26 to 30. >> more

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Science Rocks: Manitoba’s Un-Intelligent Design wins Iron Science Nationals
With Bunsen burners blazing, the heat was on for the finalists in the national Iron Science competition, held at the U of C. The live Webcast revealed to science enthusiasts across the nation the winning team—Un-Intelligent Design from Manitoba. Iron Science is an opportunity to recognize teachers for their ability to illuminate young minds and promote science as an innovative, exciting career path. >> more


The internationalization effect—U of C celebrated for international success
Mexico, Australia, Bolivia and India are just some of the corners of the world where U of C staff, students, alumni, faculty and researchers have a presence. From an alumnus launching a non-profit organization to combat human trafficking to a student volunteering in San Roman with Habitat for Humanity, the 6th annual U of C International Achievement Awards (UCIAA) honoured international contributions. >> more

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Booze cruise is popular—and we’re talking about the video game
If you live near water, a booze cruise takes on a completely different meaning than what “booze cruise” means on campus. For students Nathan Sorenson, Nooshin Esmaeili, Lori Shyba and John Heerema, “booze cruise” represents a video game that won them first place in the student game category at the Futureplay International Game Competition. >> more


Video conference creates global classroom for music students
The U of C’s Department of Music extended its studies all the way to Italy during a recent lecture held via video conference with a music researcher and her students from the University of Padova in Italy and a class from McGill University. The university’s first session to Italy proved to be appreciated by students. >> more

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Empowering through fair trade—U of C’s annual Fair Trade Forum
The scene on campus on Nov. 22 was a collection of international speakers, academics, students, non-profit organizations and the general public talking about the progress, priorities and challenges of fair trade producers and their ability to promote human development. Fair Trade Week is on in Calgary until Nov. 24 and the U of C’s annual Fair Trade Forum contributed to the discussions. >> more


Making the grade—87 Dinos receive Academic All-Canadian honours
Make the shot, get the goal, beat the time. And above all else, make the grade. For 87 Dinos varsity athletes, they’ve done it all. At the Academic All-Canadian reception on Nov. 21, a host of athletes were awarded for earning a grade point average of 3.3 or better—demonstrating their commitment to scholastic achievement while pursuing their athletic endeavours. >> more

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Chapter One: Become a chapter
Fourth-year nursing students have a lot on their plate. But for Justine Reyes and Chelsee Albo, they’ve got an insatiable appetite. Thanks largely to their efforts, the Faculty of Nursing’s Undergraduate Nursing Society (UNS) is now a chapter of the Canadian Nurses Students’ Association (CNSA). >> more

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Students Join Secret Service for the United Way
U of C students took their mission seriously as members of Santa’s Secret Service—a United Way initiative that will give more than 2,100 Christmas gifts to isolated seniors living in our community. Led by Geeta Singh, residence advisor for Cascade 4 West, students accepted their mission and demonstrated true volunteerism. >> more


Tom Wayman’s new book is about human vanity, but it’s not about him
Ever been called vain? Told you have excessive pride in your appearance, qualities, abilities and achievements? This is how vanity is defined and Tom Wayman’s third book this year explores how vanity influences our most intimate moments no less than our deepest-held social and political beliefs and actions. >> more

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Milk—it does a body good—and more
Drinking milk might just do more than build strong bones and give you that funny moustache. It does a body good and it does a body even better now that U of C researchers report that milk and other low fat dairy products may also be very beneficial in maintaining a healthy body weight, having a higher percentage of lean body mass and moderating blood sugar levels. >> more


U of C researchers receive $1 million to alleviate Bolivian water crisis
We take it for granted. After a hard work out at the gym—we use it. After an off-road trek in the back country in our SUV—we use it. When nothing else will quench our thirst—we rely on it. IT is water and in some countries, access to clean water is not an option. On Nov. 16, the Honorable Jim Prentice, federal minister of industry, with U of C president Harvey Weingarten and David Bethune, Faculty of Science, announced $1 million in federal funding for U of C researchers to improve Bolivia’s access to clean water. >> more


Big bucks for human and animal health and wellness research
Two U of C researchers captured more than $565,000 in research dollars from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation to study animal and human health and wellness. At the U of C’s new Institute for Biocomplexity and Informatics, Sui Huang is working to unravel the infinite diversity of cancer stem cell genetics. Meanwhile, Jacob Thundathil in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, is building the faculty’s new Andrology Research Centre where he’ll study how sperm cells are involved in fertilization and how male genetics contribute to early embryo development. >> more


The changing face of Canadian community colleges
Expectations of community college senior leaders are shifting, becoming more demanding. But why? Claude Naud, a U of C researcher, wanted to find the answer. The traditional role of focusing on ensuring academic programming is switching to being increasingly managerial in scope. For this reason, he found the role of vice presidents academic is significantly changing. >> more

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We’ll get by with a little help from our friends—
philanthropists Ted and Margart Newall are celebrated

Ted and Margaret Newall have been from the East to the West spreading their goodwill and community spirit to create change in our communities. In early November, the university celebrated the Newalls contributions with students expressing to the couple their gratitude and updates on the achievements they’ve been able to accomplish thanks to their support. Something the Newalls say is what makes their commitment worthwhile. Here’s their story. >> more


Research in Action: Come see how U of C students are changing the world
Three undergraduate student researchers will be the focus of a special Research in Action luncheon being held Nov. 27. Along with Ann Tierney, vice-provost (students), you can discover how U of C students are changing the world. >> more


Sophocles’ classic Oedipus is reborn
The U of C’s Department of Drama will open up its season with the tale of Oedipus, the man who unknowingly kills his father and marries his mother. With extra help from people in fine arts and other faculties, the classic story about the human condition comes to life from Nov. 27 to Dec. 8. >> more

blood services

Give blood with a friend this holiday season—
Message from Canadian Blood Services

Canadian Blood Services is asking you to help someone in need this holiday season and to help them reach their goal of collecting 96 blood donations at the next U of C blood donor clinic being held Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. >> more


What do you get when you put a tuba and flute together?
A unique concert featuring Calgary musicians and U of C music professors Gwen Klassen and Michael Eastep, will bring the flute and tuba together in a rare duet creating eclectic sounds from two very different instruments sure to please audiences. >> more


Energy, environment and global security—
hot topics in the 2008 ISEEE Distinguished Speaker Series

Speaker and author James Howard Kunstler will kick off the 2008 ISEEE Distinguished Speaker Series on Jan. 17. His talk, entitled "The Long Emergency," is based on his most recent book of the same name about the challenges posed by the coming permanent oil crisis, climate change, and other “converging catastrophes of the 21st Century." >> more


Dodging diabetes—learn how
The Canadian Diabetes Association reports that more than two million Canadians have diabetes, and by the end of the decade, this number is expected to rise to three million. If you want the steps you can take to lower your risk of diabetes, join the Faculty of Medicine and the Calgary Health Region at the 5th annual Diabetes Awareness Day. >> more



Study abroad sheds light on villages and on students’ perspectives
Mark Skovmose, an electrical engineering student and Candice Barnowsky, an anthropology student, coupled their desire to visit Africa with their educational wants and embarked on a journey to Ghana and South Africa to study lighting issues in developing countries. Discovering amazing  people, communicating without words and seeing the economical divides, they were able to study usage, economics and opinions of lighting.
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