University of Calgary

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Nursing students honoured

Two Faculty of Nursing students have received scholarships from the Canadian Nurses Foundation. Fourth-year Bachelor of Nursing student Anina Vanderlinen won the Eleanor J. Martin Award and doctoral student Sheryl Ewing won the Dr. Dorothy J. Kergin Award. The Canadian Nurses Foundation is the only national organization solely committed to promoting the health and patient care of Canadians by financially supporting Canadian nurses engaged in higher education, research and specialty certification.

Wiseman wins writing award

Dr. Christopher Wiseman, professor emeritus of English and creative writing, who founded creative writing in the U of C’s English department in the 1970s, has won the W.O. Mitchell City of Calgary Writer’s Award for his book In John Updike’s Room: New and Selected Poetry (Porcupine’s Quill, 2005).

Wiseman, who took early retirement after teaching for nearly 30 years at the U of C to write full time, has published nine other books, and was presented with this award recently at city hall. Wiseman’s literary papers are to be found in the Special Collections of the University of Calgary Library.

Navigation fellow elected

Dr. Gérard Lachapelle, CRC/iCORE Chair in Wireless Location, was elected Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation during its annual general meeting in London, in recognition of his fundamental work related to satellite-based navigation. The award was presented by His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh, patron of the institute.

Visiting prof to lift lab profile

Dr. Patrick Wang, a professor at Northeastern University College of Computer Science and Information Science, is spending his 2006/07 year at the Schulich School of Engineering’s biometric technologies laboratory as a sponsored iCORE visiting professor, working on pattern recognition research. Wang first became familiar with the U of C lab while attending a workshop there. During his period of visiting professorship, Wang plans to attend international conferences and meetings in Europe, Asia and North America and travel to leading institutions across the world—including in Beijing, Austria and Moscow—to increase the profile of the U of C lab.

Science pioneer named

Dr. Naweed Syed, in the Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy, is the Calgary Herald’s choice as a potential science pioneer in the 21st century. Syed and his team of neurobiology researchers have drawn worldwide publicity for successfully linking animal brain cells with computer chips. Implanted chips could stop epileptic seizures, aid in the development of new brain tissue, command artificial arms and legs, destroy cancers and repair broken spines. Syed, originally from Pakistan, has been offered positions at top U.S. universities but plans on staying in Calgary for a long time.

“I want Canada and Calgary to have this science. I love Calgary. I love Canada.”

Dean a Woman of Vision

Dr. Elizabeth Cannon, Dean of the Schulich School of Engineering, was named the October 2006 Woman of Vision in the science, technology and environment category. Interviews with her were published in the Calgary Herald and on Global Television.