News round up: June 20, 2013

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Hayley Wickenheiser graduates after 16 years

After 16 years at the University of Calgary, team Canada women’s hockey captain Hayley Wickenheiser recently walked the stage for her convocation, receiving a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology.

During her 16 years at the university, Wickenheiser built a distinguished hockey career that included four Olympic gold medals and seven world championships. She also was the first woman to score a goal in a men’s professional hockey league.

She played three seasons with the Dinos and was crowned western Canada’s most valuable player last year by Canadian Interuniversity Sport

Wickenheiser, who is 34 years old, plans to attend medical school in the near future.

Details released about West Campus development

The University of Calgary released new details last week about the West Campus development with the revelation that it will feature 6,500 new homes and two million square feet of retail and office space.

The new developments will be built on the 150 acres of land located just west of the U of C’s main campus.

Developers hope that once it is completed, the space will be similar to the university village located on campus at the University of British Columbia, encompassing both retail and housing needs for students.

Construction for the project is expected to begin within the next two years. Pricing on the units has not yet been announced.

New scholarship honours former student

A new scholarship has been created in honour of Danielle Kendall, a former U of C student who lost her life during a mountaineering accident in Ecuador. The Danielle Kendall Scholarship will be given to one student in the Schulich School of Engineering who also runs track and field — Kendall took part in both.

Her mother announced the new scholarship on June 11 before walking the stage in her late daughter’s place for convocation.

The monetary value of the scholarship has not yet been announced, as her family is currently trying to raise the necessary funds. Donations for the scholarship can be made by going here.

New U of C research begins on climate change

Four U of C scientists have begun new research into the effects of climate change on cold region ecosystems, with funding coming from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. The four scientists will receive $418,100 to fund their research, with the money coming from a national environmental research pool valued at $32 million.

The research will focus on how weather patterns in the north are changing local water cycles and ecosystems. The research will be conducted by professors in the departments of physics and astronomy, biological science, geoscience and geography. The projects are expected to span the next five years.