Study: Students drinking

By Ben Hoffman

A rare phenomenon is about to be studied: student drinking.A new study about students’ drinking habits is starting on Canadian campuses. Bacchus Canada, an organization devoted to studying drinking and sexual practices of college students, is conducting the study, funded by the Brewers of CanadaFran Wdowczyk, Executive Director of the Student Life Education Company, Bacchus’… Continue reading Study: Students drinking

From the ground up

By Вen Li

In this age of technology, masonry has become more than just bricks and mortar, according to one U of C researcher. Dr. Shelley Lissel hopes to build upon the world’s second-oldest engineering profession at a new masonry research centre at the University of Calgary, thanks to a $157,690 grant from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation’s… Continue reading From the ground up

Spine-tingling research

By Sally MacKinnon

Researchers at the University of Calgary are one step closer to reducing the trauma of spinal cord injuries thanks to research into the effects of minocycline, a drug used to treat acne and multiple sclerosis. Jennifer Wells, a postdoctoral fellow, and Wee Yong, a professor in oncology and clinical neurosciences, have found that minocycline, an… Continue reading Spine-tingling research

iCentre open for business

By Вen Li

Officials from the University of Calgary and Schlumberger Oilfield Services opened the iCentre in the CCIT building on Fri., June 6. The iCentre will allow scientists and members of industry to visualize data in three dimensions. The 30-foot wide by 10-foot tall facility immerses a user alone or with an audience into a virtual 3-D… Continue reading iCentre open for business

New policy research centre


The tentacles of increased research funding may soon spread further across campus. A proposal from Dean of Social Sciences, Dr. Stephen Randall, seeks to establish the University of Calgary Institute for Advanced Policy research.The proposal, approved by the University of Calgary General Faculties Council on Thu., June 5, will be on the agenda of the… Continue reading New policy research centre

More research money


The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada announced on Mon., June 2 that 108 Calgary researchers will be among 290 recipients of new grants worth $34.4 million to conduct advanced research and train students in natural sciences and engineering. “NSERC discovery grants are awarded to both new and established researchers,” said federal Minister… Continue reading More research money

Students to unearth history

By Вen Li

Nine University of Calgary students will travel to Nicaragua this week to begin an excavation that will fill some gaps in Nicaragua’s historical fabric. The four undergraduates and five graduate students will be led by U of C archaeologist Dr. Geoff McCafferty in their quest to discover more about human migration patterns near Santa Isabel, located between… Continue reading Students to unearth history

Students receive research money


Sixty U of C students will share in $1 million worth of Summer Studentship awards from the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research, allowing the students to participate in summer research at Alberta universities. The awards are intended to encourage university and exceptional high-school students to consider careers in health research. A total of 183… Continue reading Students receive research money

Women chiefs studied

By Renee Weibe

University of Calgary Sociologist Dr. Cora Voyageur has conducted the first study on female chiefs on Canadian reserves. Of the 90 women chiefs across Canada, Voyageur has studied 64 women and their experiences. She is currently working on a book, which will give these women a voice to tell their stories.Voyageur worked with the Indian… Continue reading Women chiefs studied

Space: a very Canadian frontier

By Dale Miller

Set your phasers to stunned. A different type of space geek graced Alberta’s soil as Dr. Marc Garneau talked about Canada’s space program on Wed., Jan. 22 at the U of C.With relatively limited funding for the Canadian space program, Canadian scientists are forced to piggyback onto shuttles and satellites of larger space-faring nations. Regardless,… Continue reading Space: a very Canadian frontier