BIOFEEDBACK, Week Ending: November 30, 2006,
Volume 13, Number 37
Volume 13, Number 37
Submissions, questions, or comments to Deanne Timmons 2-3310 -email@example.com, subject line: Biofeedback
Submission deadline for the next issue is at noon on Wednesday, December 6.
Payroll Deadlines and Information www.biology.ualberta.ca/department/hr/
December 1 BGSA Holiday Potluck
December 6 Last Day of Fall Term Classes
December 9 - 21 Fall Term Exams
December 15 Christmas Social and Silent Auction
December 25 - 31 Christmas Holiday - University Buildings Closed
January 1 New Year's Day - University Buildings Closed
January 8 First Day of Winter Term Classes
Department News and Notices
Today! Biology Graduate Students Association Holiday Potluck
All BioSci Graduate Students and Staff are invited to the BGSA Holiday Potluck on Friday, December 1 at 6:00 p.m. in CW 422 (Cafeteria). Just bring a salad, main dish, casserole, or dessert to share and enjoy!
More (or Less) on
I was pleased with the response within the department. Thanks to all who pledged. I have some images on a digital camera and will forward at least one. The Kids With Cancer folks gave everyone who got shaved a touque. I wear it under my big Cowichan knit and my head feels no different from before. I spent a lot of time outside on the weekend tracking animals and stayed warm. Cheers,
There are some fantastic items showing up in CW 405 for the Silent Auction - many of them are on display now. This year we have quite a few electronics as well as some really interesting collectibles, not to mention some really wonderful hand-crafted donations. Mark your calendar and join us from 12:30 to 5:00 p.m. in CW 410 for a Christmas Social while the Auction is underway. Looking to minimize your life? Got gifts gathering dust in your closet? Are you an artist, crafter, artisan, baker, chef, or do you have some special skill that someone would pay to use? Please see Deanne in CW 405 to donate your goods or services - all proceeds go to the Youth Emergency Shelter Society. If you need a letter to give to a business or other organisation for your donation, please see Deanne. Last year we raised over $2,000 for YESS and hope to do the same again this year, with your help.
Important Payroll Notice
In preparation for the 2006 taxation year end, please do the following:
Return all undeliverable cheques to Staff and Student Payments before December 15, 2006.
Advise your staff to confirm and update their addresses in "My Personal Information" through Bear Tracks (T4 information will be sent to the address on record).
Submit outstanding Social Insurance Numbers to Sherron Becker in CW 405.
Thursday, November 30, 2006, 1:00 p.m., CW 313 Biological Sciences Building
Steven W. Kembel, Department of Biological Sciences, Supervisor: JC Cahill
"LEAF AND ROOT FUNCTIONAL TRAITS, PHYLOGENY, AND THE STRUCTURE OF PLANT POPULATIONS AND COMMUNITIES"
Thursday, November 30, 2006, 4:00 p.m., TBW1 Tory Breezeway
Andreas Wins-Purdy, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta
"A MOTH FOR ALL SEASONS: CHALLENGES AND DEVELOPMENTS IN THE CONTROL OF THE OBLIQUE-BANDED LEAF ROLLER, Choristoneura rosaceana"
Friday, December 1, 2006, 12:00 p.m., M 145 Biological Sciences Building
Stephen Heard, Department of Biology, University of New Brunswick
"ASSESSING THE PHYLOGENETIC STRUCTURE OF SPECIES DIVERSITY AT GLOBAL, REGIONAL, AND LOCAL SCALES (WITH EXAMPLES FROM PRIMATE ASSEMBLAGES OF NATIONAL PARKS)"
Friday, December 1, 2006, 11:00 a.m., 1-143 Natural Resources Engineering Facility
Maria Florencia Haurat, Department of Biological Sciences, Unversity of Alberta
"N-LINKED PROTEIN GLYCOSYLATION IN Campylobacter jejuni"
Friday, December 1, 2006, 3:30 p.m., M 149 Biological Sciences Building
Kirst King-Jones, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta
"METABOLICALLLY CHALLENGED FLIES: NUCLEAR RECEPTORS ARE CENTRAL REGULATORS OF INSECT PHYSIOLOGY"
Monday, December 4, 2006, 12:00 p.m., M 145 Biological Sciences Building
Rowshon Began, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta
"TRANSACTIVATION OF THE TRANSGENE: WAS, IS AND WILL BE..."
Monday, December 4, 2006, 3:00 p.m., B 105 Biological Sciences Building
Alex Wolfe, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
"INFRARED SPECTROSCOPY OF CONIFER RESINS, PALEOGENE FORESTS, AND THE ORIGIN OF BALTIC AMBER"
Tuesday, December 5, 2006, 12:00 p.m., T1-90 Tory
Elizabeth Orr, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta
"CHARACTERIZATION OF ANION EXCHANGE"
Wednesday, December 6, 2006, 11:00 a.m., 1-143 Natural Resources Engineering Facility
Karlene Lynch, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta
"APPLICATIONS OF BACTERIOPHAGE GENOMICS"
Thursday, December 7, 2006, 4:00 p.m., TBW 1 Tory Breezeway
Sunil Rajput, Department of Biological Sciences, Supervisor: Andrew Keddie
"IN VIVO AND IN VITRO EVALUATION OF BEAUVERIA BASSIANA PATHOGENICITY FOR WESTERN FLOWER THRIPS, FRANKLINIELLA OCCIDENTALIS"
Monday, December 11, 2006, 3:30 p.m., M 145 Biological Sciences Building
David Cooper, Department of Forest, Range and Watershed Stewardship, Colorado State University
"WETLAND RESTORATION IN THE WESTERN UNITED STATES"
Special Seminar, hosted by Suzanne Bayley
Tuesday, December 12, 2006, 9:00 a.m., CW 313 Biological Sciences Building
Glynnis A. Hood, Department of Biological Sciences, Supervisor: Suzanne Bayley
"THE IMPACT OF FIRE, CLIMATE AND HERBIVORY ON THE CONFIGURATION OF RIPARIAN VEGETATION AND MAINTENANCE OF BEAVER PONDS IN ELK ISLAND NATIONAL PARK"
Links to biosci-related seminars on campus:
Circumpolar Students Association -
Earth and Atmospheric Sciences -
Medicine (all groups) -
Renewable Resources -
News from the Chair
News from the Associate Chair Research
Department Deadlines for Grants and Proposals
December 8 - University of Alberta Conference Fund
December 11 - ASRPWF - Development Initiatives
December 12 - (Alberta) North American Waterfowl Management Plan (contact Michael Barr at firstname.lastname@example.org before December 13 for approval to submit proposal) www.nawmp.ab.ca/alberta.html (see Peggy for 2007 guidelines)
December 12 - Manning Forestry Research Fund
December 15 - Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Postdoctoral Fellowships
January 2 - Alberta Cancer Board - Bridge, Pilot, Limited Term Projects
January 17 - ACA Grant Eligible Conservation Fund
January 18 - CIHR Fellowship
No Deadline - NSERC Research Partnership Agreements with Canadian Departments and Agencies
No Deadline Alexander Humboldt Foundation
Open Deadline Canadian Health Services Research Foundation - Career Re-orientation Award
Open Deadline ICORE Visiting Professor Grants
News from the Associate Chair Graduate Studies
Alberta Ingenuity Workshop
An Alberta Ingenuity Workshop for Graduate Students and potential Graduate Students in Biological Sciences will be held on Thursday, December 7 from 11:00 to 11:30 a.m. in E2-002 Engineering Teaching Learning Complex. Dr. Greg Goss and Nadine Cyr will provide information on the Program overview, eligibility, the application process, review procedure and selection criteria, stipend and research allowance, conditions of award, and they will answer any questions you have. Help yourself be prepared. Please consider attending if you plan to submit an Alberta Ingenuity Application (information follows).
Alberta Ingenuity Fund, Ingenuity Scholarships
Department deadline is Thursday, January 25 (in CW 312) for receipt of completed application and reference letters.
Value: $20,000 (M.Sc.) $22,000 (Ph.D.), plus $1,500 Research/Travel Allowance Eligibility: Students entering a M.Sc. or Ph.D. graduate program in Science or Engineering. Incoming students and students already engaged in the first year of their program are eligible. An additional $7000 (or 40%, whichever is lowest) is available if you hold a concurrent major award (NSERC, for example). Information and forms are available at the website: www.albertaingenuity.ca
NSERC Northern Research Internships
To facilitate extended stays and subsidize the costs associated with research in the Canadian North for senior undergraduate students, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. See http://www.nserc.gc.ca/sf_e.asp?nav=sfnav&lbi=nri for details.
Graduate Travel Award
Alberta Education Abroad Program
is offering one travel award for graduate students interested in conducting research in
. Application deadline is
January 10, 2007
. See the attached PDF for details.
The Canadian Foundation for the International Space University (CFISU) is seeking applications for the 2007 International Space University (ISU) Summer Program at
. Application deadline is
January 5, 2007
. See http://www.aucc.ca/programs/intprograms/space_e.html
Canadian Council of Professional Engineers (CCPE)
The CCPE is now accepting applications for its 2007 National Scholarship Program. Deadline for applications is
March 1, 2007
. For details, see 'Programs and Services' at www.ccpe.ca
NSERC Industrial Postgraduate Scholarships
This award matches the interest of a faculty member, the needs of an industrial sponsor and the skills of the student. Two awards are available. The NSERC IPS1 is for 1st and 2nd years, or 2nd and 3rd years, of postgraduate study. The NSERC IPS2 is for 3rd and 4th years, or 4th and 5th years, of postgraduate study. For full-time students, NSERC pays $15,000 per year; the Industrial Sponsor must provide $6,000 per year minimum. For part-time students, NSERC pays $6,900 per year for up to 4 years; Industrial Sponsor must provide $2,750 per year minimum. There is no deadline for this award. For more information, visit www.nserc.ca.
Mackenzie King Open Scholarships
Eligibility: Graduates of any Canadian university who engage in postgraduate study in any field, in
or elsewhere. One Open Scholarship is awarded annually. Award is based on high academic achievements (all A's or very nearly so), personal qualities and demonstrated aptitudes. Consideration will also be given to the applicant's proposed program of study. Deadline at FGSR at 105 Admin Bldg. is
Feb. 1, 2007
. Application information available at www.mkingscholarships.ca
The Kennett Y. Spencer Memorial Scholarship
Eligibility: The award is granted to a student at the
for high academic attainment and original research carried out in any discipline pertaining to northern studies. Additional information can be found at: http://www.ualberta.ca/~ccinst/GRANTS/scholarships.html
The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers Graduate Scholarship
The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers - Arctic Section offers an award to a full-time graduate student who exemplifies academic excellence and who is conducting research which will contribute to the development and exploitation of arctic or cold ocean resources. Additional information can be found at: http://www.sname.org/scholarships_graduate.htm
This scholarship will be offered to doctoral students enrolled in programs involving northern research. Preference will be given to studies that include northern fieldwork. Addition information can be found at: http://www.acuns.ca/cnstawards.htm#cnst
Northern Resident Scholarship
The Northern Scientific Training Program is sponsoring four scholarships, valued at $10,000 each, for students identified as long-term residents of Nunavut, Northwest Territories, Yukon, or the Provincial North, currently enrolled in master or doctoral-level programs at a Canadian university. Additional information can be found at: http://www.acuns.ca/cnstawards.htm#nrs
Research Support Opportunity in Arctic Environmental Studies
The Meteorological Service of Canada (a division of Environment Canada) sponsors a unique research support opportunity by providing accommodation, facilities, and services at the High Arctic Weather Station (HAWS) at Eureka on Ellesmere Island, to students at the master’s or doctoral level. Preference will be given to environmental research proposals in the physical or biological sciences. Additional information can be found at: www.acuns.ca/cnstawards.htm#rso
Caribou Research Award
Sponsored by The Beverly and Qamanirjuaq Caribou Management Scholarship Fund, this award is offered to students enrolled in college or university pursuing studies that contribute to the understanding of barren ground caribou in
and their habitat. Preference will be given to students who normally reside in the communities of the Beverly and Qamanirjuaq range. Additional information can be found at: http://www.acuns.ca/cnstawards.htm#car
General Awards Information Session
There will be a General Awards information session for Graduate Students and potential Graduate Students in Biological Sciences presented by Dr. Rolf Vinebrooke, Assistant Associate Chair (Graduate Studies), on Thursday, December 14 from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. in CW 313. Dr. Vinebrooke will provide inforrmation on eligibility, application completion, the adjudication process and will answer any questions you have. Help yourself to be prepared. Please consider attending if you plan to submit a General Award Application (listed below).
Departmental Deadline is Friday, January 12 (in CW 312) for receipt of completed application and reference letters.
Izaak W. Killam Memorial Scholarship
Value: $27,000 + Tuition + $700 + 2,000 research grant
Ph.D. students who have completed at least one year of graduate work before start of tenure. This is the most prestigious graduate award administered by the U of A. "Killam Scholars should not be one-sided and a sound character should complement their intellect." Approximately 20 awards are granted each year.
Value: $22,000 + Tuition
Designed for students who have a firm expectation of completing a doctoral program within 12 months following tenure. Must have passed candidacy exam before taking up award. No other duties, teaching or otherwise, may be undertaken. Recipients are not eligible for any further assistance from scholarship or assistantship funds after the conclusion of the 12-month tenure. Approximately 28 awards are granted each year.
Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship (Doctoral)
Value: $10,500 May - April or $7,000 September - April
Candidates must have completed at least one year of graduate study and be registered in a full-time doctoral program. Approximately 35 awards granted each year. Department offers 1/2 TA to supplement this award.
Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship (Master's)
Value: $9,300 May - April or $6,200 September - April
Students must be entering (must be formally admitted by FGSR) or continuing in a full-time Master's program. Department offers 1/2 TA to supplement this award.
Andrew Stewart Memorial Graduate Prize
Awarded in direct recognition of excellence in research at the doctoral level. Ph.D. students must have completed two or more years of their Ph.D. program. Awards based partly on academic merit, but research accomplishment is the major criterion. Major scholarship holders may apply unless restricted by granting agency. A student may hold the award only once. Twenty-five awards are granted each year.
Northern Studies Funding
For more information about these awards, please visit the following website:
Scholarships, Awards & Grants
Jennifer Robinson Memorial Scholarship
Lorraine Allison Scholarship
Jim Bourque Scholarship
Theme School in Northern Planning and Development Studies Scholarships
Northern Scientific Training Program Grants
The MITACS Internship Program is currently accepting internship applications for university-industry research projects related to mathematical sciences. For information, visit www.mitacsinternships.ca
The International Council for Canadian Studies is accepting applications for its Canadian Studies Postdoctoral Fellowship program.
E8 Sustainable Energy Development Scholarship Programme: see www.e8.org
FGSR Travel Grants
FGSR has research travel grants worth up to $600 and $800 for M.Sc. and Ph.D. students, respectively. Supports travel to a research conference, symposium, library, archive, etc. and is available only once during a student's program. M.Sc. students must have completed preliminary coursework; Ph.D. students must have either completed their candidacy or completed preliminary coursework and be well into the research part of the program. Please visit:
Northern Scientific Training Program
Canadian Circumpolar Institute covers transportation, freight costs, and living expenses for time in field, for graduate students involved in research north of the southern limit of the discontinuous permafrost zone. $10,000 Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident 1 year. NSTP forms are available online at:
Special Opportunity Grant for Women in Doctoral Studies
Value: Up to $3,000 for maximum of 3 years
Available to female doctoral students. To qualify, students must apply and qualify for full-time Canada Student Loan assistance for the current academic year to establish need. Applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. This special grant is intended to help increase the participation of women in certain fields of study at the doctoral level. Please visit:
IRDC Funding & Awards
Canadian Federation of University Women 2007-2008
Dr. Margaret McWilliams Pre-Doctoral Fellowship
Dr. Marion Elder Grant Fellowship
Alice E. Wilson Award
Value: Six awards of $5,000 each
Edward D. and Sally M. Futch Graduate Fellowship
For personal or research support; to assist in the development of talented young professionals who are dedicated to furthering the conservation of wetlands and wetland wildlife, and; to advance scientific understanding of the biology of waterfowl and wetlands in North America.
News from the Associate Chair Undergraduate Studies
Training and Workshops
Sponsored by Health Promotion and WorkLife Services, Lunch & Learn Presentations are free, but seating is limited. Sessions take place from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. See locations below. Register at: www.learningshop.ualberta.ca
November 30 - Living Well with Diabetes, presented by Canadian Diabetic Association; Heritage Lounge, Athabasca Hall
Faculty of Extension
All University employees are eligible to receive a 25% discount on registration fees for any of the courses or seminars listed in the Business Programs brochure from the Faculty of Extension. To look through the brochure, see Deanne or Teresa in CW 405. For additional information, call 2-5066.
HPaWS and EFAP News
Health Promotion and Worklife Services Fall Workshops
are now available. Browse and register for workshops and course online at: www.learningshop.ualberta.ca
Employee and Family Assistance Program, in addition to traditional psychological counselling services, offers many health promotion programs and services. Two-hour, one-on-one sessions with a personal trainer and a nutritionist are available, at no cost, to staff members by contacting Wilson Banwell at 428-7587. Completing the on-line Health Risk Appraisal accessed through the EFAP website may help you identify specific areas to best make use of your consultation.
Vacuum Cleaner Needed
130 gallon Paludarium (part land , part water) for sale. Dimensions are 18 x 24 x 72 long, comes with glass tops, full Euro bracing, metal stand and everything in the tank, including all pumps, fish and plants, $500.00. Pictures available upon request, email Kevin at email@example.com
Seeking pet-friendly accommodations for BioSci grad student from January to April. I have one well-behaved 8-year-old dog and one cat. I could potentially have only one of these animals with me. I am a homeowner, non-smoking, neat and mature. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 604-698-5425.
Sitter Needed for Polydactyl Cat
Would you like to stay in a well-lit apartment full of interesting books, loads of interesting biological artifacts (like antlers), and a fridge stocked with gourmet food? I need a cat-sitter for a few days between December 20 and January 1 (he can be left alone for a couple of days, if you don't want to be there the 24th and 25th). "Mr. K" is affectionate, well-behaved and yes - polydactyl. Your transportation costs will be taken care of and there will be an honorarium. Please contact Liv Vors at 2-1298 or 637-4017 or email@example.com
A Chapter of the Wildlife Society - 3rd Annual Game Potluck Dinner
Friday, December 8 at 7:00 p.m. at the Sherwood Park fish & Game Clubhouse near Tofield. This annual event features biology musicians, door prizes, a silent auction, and yes, the return of the mystery dish! Tickets are $5 for members with a potluck dish, $10 for non-members with a dish, and $15 for free-loaders. Tickets are limited, so get yours fast, as we anticipate another sold out event! Contact Joy at firstname.lastname@example.org or Amy at email@example.com for more information or to purchase tickets.
Thinking of getting a cell phone? Willing to take over a three–year contract with Telus Mobility? Depending on the plan you choose, Telus informs me it could be as cheap as $20 per month, but that would have to be confirmed with them. If interested, please call Karen at 887-7470, or send an email to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Suite For Rent
Bright, clean, recently-renovated, 1 bedroom, raised basement suite in Ritchie, available January. $500 / month plus 1/3 utilities. Contact Colleen for more information at 633-7114 or email@example.com
Spider Lover's Calendar
After a very successful public submission and voting event, The Canadian Arachnologist has 2007 calendars are available. Proceeds will be donated either to The Strickland Entomological Museum or the Canadian National Collection of Insects, Arachnids, and Nematodes as well to the continued development of The Canadian Arachnologist and The Nearctic Spider Database. Submissions and voting results are accessible at http://canadianarachnology.dyndns.org/calendar/ and calendars may be purchased from David P. Shorthouse, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Water Survey of Canada Calendar
The Canadian Water Resources Association Student and Young Professional Chapter has developed a 2007 calendar featuring historic pictures from the Water Survey of Canada. Each calendar sells for $10 and you can contact Kirsten Fazakas at 2-0289 to view and/or purchase.
Car For Sale
2000 Mercury Cougar, black, loaded, moon roof, $8,500 obo. Contact Kirsten at email@example.com or 719-1701.
Rooms For Rent
Two rooms available immediately in bright (windows everywhere!), newly reno'd 2 bedroom basement apartment with separate entrance. Located in a quiet neighbourhood, steps to Whyte Avenue, biking and skiing trails in Mill Creek Ravine, 5-minute walk to bus. Mostly furnished. $440 for smaller and $465 for larger bedroom (includes heat, power and water). Street parking. No smoking or pets. Must sign lease agreement. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more info and pics.
On/Off Campus News and Notices
The Annual Cameron Library Craft Sale takes place on November 29 and 30 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Professors Emeriti Reading Room, 3-03 Cameron Library. Lots to great stuff, free admission and door prizes.
Edmonton Plant Study Group
All meetings take place at the J. Percy Page Centre, 11759 Groat Road, 3rd floor, Room 8. Doors at 7:00 p.m., presentations start at 7:30 p.m. Free admission, everyone is welcome.
Monday, December 11 - Members' Show-and-Tell Night - open. Reclamation Activities at the Luscar Mines, presented by Alison Dinwoodie, Steward/Activist in the Cardinal Divide-Whitehorse Wildland Provincial Park area.
This Week's Funny
Calling All Lexophiles: More Fun with Words
1. A bicycle can't stand alone; it is two tired.
2. A will is a dead giveaway.
3. Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like bananas.
4. A backward poet writes inverse.
5. A chicken crossing the road: poultry in motion.
6. If you don't pay your exorcist, you can be repossessed.
7. Show me a piano falling down a mine shaft and I'll show you A-flat miner.
8. When a clock is hungry it goes back four seconds.
9. A grenade fell onto a kitchen floor in France resulting in Linoleum Blown-apart.
10. You are stuck with your debt if you can't budge it.
11. Local Area Network in Australia: the LAN down under.
12. He broke into song because he couldn't find the key.
13. A calendar's days are numbered.
14. A lot of money is tainted: 'Taint yours, and 'taint mine.
15. A boiled egg is hard to beat.
16. A plateau is a high form of flattery.
17. Those who get too big for their britches will be exposed in the end.
18. When you've seen one shopping centre you've seen a mall.
19. Bakers trade bread recipes on a knead-to-know basis.
20. Acupuncture: a jab well done.