University of Calgary

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Java creator appointed to the Order of Canada

James Gosling, BSc'77, LLD'99, is one of 29 Canadians named as an Officer of the Order of Canada. Gosling, considered the father of the Internet's Java programming language, is currently a vice-president at California-based Sun Microsystems and chief technology officer of the Java Developer Products Organization. The Order of Canada recognizes outstanding lifetime achievement and contributions to society by Canadians—the highest honour Canada can bestow upon its citizens. Gosling will be invited to accept his insignia at a ceremony in Ottawa later this year.

SU funds Fine Arts upgrades

The Faculty of Fine Arts has recently celebrated the completion of a number of facility improvement projects, made possible through a $30,000 donation from the Students’ Union. These upgrades include a new sound systems for, and repainting of, the dance studio, renovation of music practice rooms and renovations to rehearsal spaces for drama. The donation was made through the Campus Improvement Fund, a subsection of Quality Money controlled by the Student Academic Assembly. Previous projects have included the renovation of the Communication and Culture student lounge and funding for Health Science Scholarships.

Library receives CFI funding

Researchers and students in the social sciences and humanities in Canada will benefit from a recent $25-million investment by the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI). More than $5.8 million was awarded to Synergies: The Canadian Information Network for Research in the Social Sciences and Humanities. The project will be executed by a consortium of 21 universities, including the University of Calgary as the lead institution of the Prairie region. The U of C’s role will be to coordinate the online publishing of Canadian journals in humanities and social sciences in the Prairie region, which includes Athabasca University, the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Winnipeg. In addition, Calgary will lead the development of a digital preservation strategy for the national network.

Student a keynote speaker

Robert Bean, a University of Calgary continuing education student in the Business Owner Transition Program, was recently selected as a distinguished lecturer by the American Society of Heating and Refrigeration Engineers and has just completed a series of keynote addresses to the Southern Alberta chapter of the society in Calgary, the Ontario Home Builders’ Association Conference in Markham and the U.S. Army Corp Building Efficiency workshop in Dallas.