University of Calgary

Sept. 20/07

SEPTEMBER 20 , 2007 | Vol. 4 No. 1

Podcasting scores an A
Podcasting may be the latest fad in music, but it has also become the newest learning tool at the University of Calgary. Last year, Project iU was launched to test the use of podcasts within undergraduate courses and four professors from four faculties adopted the technology. The results are now in. >> more


Devon invests in new engineering student centre
A new academic resource centre for first- and second-year students in the Schulich School of Engineering features a study area and breakout rooms for seminars, group work, tutoring and interviews. The Devon Academic Resource Centre is named in honour of Devon Canada Corporation’s ongoing commitment to student success both inside and outside the classroom.  >> more


Staff and faculty: Sign up for Emergency Text Messaging
In the case of an emergency, the University of Calgary needs multiple ways to keep you informed. New this fall is the Emergency Text Messaging system. Receive text messages direct to your cellphone in the event of a campus emergency. Sign up at


Better together: Health-care students network
Students in the health-care professions are getting an early start to collaborating with colleagues in their field through CHIPS—Calgary Healthcare Interprofessional Students. The group invites health-care students from post-secondary institutions across the city to participate in a variety of social and professional development activities. >> more


How United Way co-chair lassoed a legend
As co-chair of this year’s University of Calgary United Way campaign, music department head Jeremy Brown had no trouble deciding who he wanted as the campaign’s musical spokesperson. Award-winning songwriter and musician Ian Tyson fit the bill. As it turned out, it was easier than Brown thought to lasso the legend into headlining the launch event on Sept. 21. >> more


Fine Arts student wins a Betty for acting
Ryan Luhning has one more half course to complete before getting his Fine Arts degree, but he’s already making a name for himself in Calgary’s professional theatre. The founder and artistic director of Ground Zero Theatre, he won a Betty Mitchell acting award for his role as Katurian in The Pillowman. Ground Zero has been awarded more Bettys in the last three years than any other local theatre company. >> more


Team finds benefits to nocturnal dialysis
A clinical trial led by kidney specialists at the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Medicine finds that heart complications, blood pressure and quality of life all improve for people who undergo nocturnal dialysis six times a week, as compared to conventional dialysis three times a week. Researchers said the boost to people’s quality of life was similar in magnitude to having a kidney transplant. >> more

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Exercise proven helpful to diabetics
A University of Calgary diabetes specialist has found that aerobic or weight training improves blood sugar levels for people with diabetes, and that the improvements are twice as good with combined aerobic and weight training. >> more

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Research ‘spikes’ undergrad’s curiosity
As the son of two U of C kinesiology legends, it’s not surprising that Brett Kilb chose to pursue a degree in kinesiology. What may be surprising, however, is that at 19, the aspiring doctor is already involved in clinical research. Kilb is working on an Undergraduate Student Research Program project studying the effects of aerobic exercise on patients with chronic kidney disease and will present his findings at the annual USRP Student Symposium Sept. 27. >> more

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The environment, internationalization and more
The Aquatic Centre helps the environment by scoring pool filters headed for the landfill … The International Centre is looking for outstanding contributions in leading the sustainable internationalization of the U of C … The Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies Program finds a new administrative home in the Faculty of Medicine … The Forzani Charities Colon Cancer Screening Centre invites health-care professionals to a recruitment and information session. >> more



Christian ethics lectures examine corporate responsibility
This year’s Lebel Lectures in Christian Ethics, presented by the Chair of Christian Thought in the Department of Religious Studies, examines the challenges and responsibilities of Christians within the corporate community. The series features Errol Mendes from the University of Ottawa, John McWilliams from Nexen Inc. and the University of Calgary’s Chair of Business Ethics Gregory Daneke. >> more


Nobel Laureate to give reading at U of C
Derek Walcott, the first Caribbean writer to win a Nobel Prize for literature, visits the University of Calgary this month as the 2007 Markin-Flanagan Distinguished Visiting Writer. Walcott, who has authored 21 collections of poetry and more than 20 published plays, draws on the dichotomies and dualities of his own complex cultural heritage: black and white, Caribbean and European, the colonial and imperial. >> more


U of C hosts Nicole Brossard—and more
Four of Canada’s best writers will be in Calgary later this month to give readings and answer questions. Literary legend Nicole Brossard, whom The Believer says “conflates writing with lovemaking,” is joined by her translators, Governor General’s Award-winning authors Erín Moure and Robert Majzels on Sept. 24, and by Governor General’s Award-winning author Robert Kroetsch on Sept. 25. >> more


When animals make us sick
What’s going on in the animal kingdom can have a huge impact on the health of humans. At the University of Calgary, veterinarians and physicians are working together to ensure society is able to prepare, prevent, respond and recover from what could be a “perfect zoonotic storm” of diseases that spread between animals and humans. That’s the topic of the next Science Cafe. >> more


Concert transports audience to Seville
Mezzo-soprano Renée Lapointe, with her rich and vibrant voice, presents a musical evening of magic and warmth in the Spanish tradition, along with world-renowned guitarist Rémi Boucher. A Night in Seville is a concert show, presenting Spanish melodies and dance movements inspired by the flamenco style. >> more


Professional Series dance season opens
Fresh off a Canadian tour, choreographer and University of Calgary faculty member Davida Monk opens the Program of Dance’s Professional Series with the subtle and intimate The Weathering Suite, as well as a highly energetic new work called Yarrow Follows the Moon. >> more

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Future of Arctic energy explored at conference
The amount of oil and gas that lies in the frozen ground of northern Canada is only one concern that energy companies face when working in the Arctic today. In this new era of northern development, corporations must grapple with migratory routes of caribou, fragile ecosystems and complex regulatory frameworks. The aim of the 2007 Gussow Conference on Arctic Energy Exploration is to provide both northerners and southerners with insight into these issues. >> more


Doing it all: Alumna bridges many worlds
Alumna Judy Fairburn is using her degrees in engineering and business, and her broad experience in both the corporate world and government, to take a leadership role in the energy field, while seeking balance through the steadying influence of family and friends. >> more


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Postcard from Hawaii
University of Calgary law student Keely Montgomery went to Hawaii to study as a way to spice up her summer. In the process, she met inspiring professors who had fascinating personal experiences to share in the fields of ethics and international human rights. >> more