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May 21, 2009
  Let's be brief: Dinos invade Serbia for UniversiadePDF files may take a moment to load

Eleven University of Calgary Dinos swim team members are heading to Serbia to compete in the 2009 Summer Universiade. The event, which takes place in Belgrade from July 1 to July 12, is a competition for university athletes from around the world.

Dinos will make up over a quarter of the Canadian swim team and Dinos coach Mike Blondal will lead the squad, with help from Dinos assistant coach Kevin Anderson.

May 21, 2009
  iGEM: bio-Lego for big kidsPDF files may take a moment to load

Synthetic biologists are a lot like children playing with Lego. But while a child uses plastic blocks to construct elaborate creations, synthetic biologists use genes and DNA to build new organisms and bacteria that create vaccines and biofuels and cure diseases.

May 21, 2009
  Challenging commuters to be responsiblePDF files may take a moment to load

The University of Calgary wants students to break out their spandex and bicycles to save the world. From June 1 to 15, students and staff are encouraged to bike, take transit, walk or even carpool. Participants can enter their mode of transportation online for two free public transit tickets and an opportunity to win prizes in a draw. The cross-national Commuter Challenge pits workplaces against each other to encourage employees to use sustainable transportation methods.

May 21, 2009
  The art of amalgamating facultiesPDF files may take a moment to load

The highest academic governing body at the University of Calgary will vote Thursday on whether or not to lump 60 per cent of all students into one faculty.

The move, which is expected to pass with a majority after a discussion at General Faculties Council, would see social science, humanities, fine arts and communication and culture combined into a single liberal arts faculty -- a system already used by many post-secondary institutions across the country, including the University of Alberta.

May 21, 2009
  Going GreenerPDF files may take a moment to load

The University of Calgary is set to cut its emissions by approximately 43 per cent from 1990 levels- a move that will save up to $5 million a year once implemented in 2011.

The federal and provincial governments gave the U of C $113 million as part of its infrastructure plan Friday, May 15. Half will go to a co-generation plant and to a campus wide energy performance program- refitting buildings- while half will go to making sure the Taylor Family Digital Library will have state of the art equipment when it opens.

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