Submissions, questions, or comments - for the next issue please contact Joyce Chow at 2-3310 - firstname.lastname@example.org, subject line: Biofeedback.
Submission deadline for the next issue is at noon on Wednesday, July 9.
June 28 10-Digit Dialing in Effect*
June 30 Kettles Closed
July 1 Canada Day - University Buildings Closed
July 7 Summer Term Courses Begin
July 17 Staff Orientation to the UofA
Payroll Deadlines and Information http://www.biology.ualberta.ca/department/hr/
*Please refer to 'Programming Phones for 10-Digit Dialing'
under Department News and Notices
Department News and Notices
At the recent Microscopical Society of Canada (MSC) meeting in Montreal, two Department of Biological Sciences members were in the limelight. Glenn Elliott, a Ph. D student with Dr Sally Leys, was awarded the Gerard T. Simon Award, for microscopy in Life Sciences. This is the second time that Glenn has garnered this award.
At the same meeting, Doug Craig, Professor Emeritus, was recognized, along with two other senior members of MSC, for services rendered. Dr. Craig represented Alberta as a Councillor, from 1981-1984. He was First Vice President, President and Past President from 1984-1988 and then Secretary from 1988-1995. He was awarded MSC Honorary Membership in 1993.
Programming Phones for 10-Digit Dialing Will Disrupt Call Forwarding on Sets
The demand for new numbers in Alberta will soon exceed the supply. After September 8-12, 2008, you won't be able to make 7-digit local calls, but will have to dial the area code in front of the 7-digit phone number. You should plan ahead to ensure your telecommunications services are ready for the change.
To help customers prepare, the industry is phasing in a "permissive dialing period" from June 23-28, 2008. During that period, when you dial 7 digits for a local call you will hear a network announcement reminding you to use 10-digit dialing the next time you make a local call, and then your call will be connected. Please note that data transmissions may be affected by the announcement, making it vital that you reprogram your phones and communications equipment as soon as possible. The announcement will no longer come on once full 10-digit dialing is phased in over a week in September.
If you make a 7-digit local call after late June 2008, you will hear a recorded message reminding you to dial all 10 digits the next time. Warning! This message may disrupt data transmission in certain cases (Internet, fax machines, etc.).
If you make a 7-digit local call after September 8-12, 2008, you will hear a network announcement asking you to hang up and redial using the area code.
You will not be required to change your existing telephone number. All 3-digit numbers, including 211, 311, 411, 611, 811, 911 and emergency service (where applicable) will remain the same .
Start making the necessary changes right away.
Reprogram various communications systems and equipment, including:
Speed dial lists
Modems and Internet connections
Telephones, including call options and functions (e.g. call forwarding)
Computers and fax machines
Databases, Auto-dial systems, Cellular phones and other wireless devices Contact your alarm company to ensure that your security systems are set up for 10-digit dialing.
How does this affect me at the university?
Phones can already dial 10 digits for local calling and 5 digit dialing will remain for campus calling with 248 and 492 numbers plus Campus St Jean numbers staring with 465 and 485.
The Call Forward feature on university phones will be reprogrammed to accommodate this change and this will cause a de-activation of this feature if it is active on a set.
Please watch over the next few days and manually re-activate this feature if required. Call AICT Telecom at 23422 for questions or visit
Aquatic Ecology Field Assistant needed: July & August 2008 Fire extinguisher training: July, Aug and Sept There are free practical training sessions offered on Campus near the Timms Centre on Tue and Thursday afternoons starting at 1:30 p.m.You will see different kinds of fire extinguishers and get to test them out. Check out the schedule here. Send the form (email or campus mail) to EH&Safety to register. This training might come in handy someday.
We require an additional summer field assistant for a paleolimnology lake survey in central
Apply to: Paul Weidman, PhD Candidate
Z810 Biological Sciences Building, University of Alberta
Ph: 780-492-1292. Email: email@example.com
Fire extinguisher training: July, Aug and Sept
There are free practical training sessions offered on Campus near the Timms Centre on Tue and Thursday afternoons starting at 1:30 p.m.You will see different kinds of fire extinguishers and get to test them out. Check out the schedule here.
Send the form (email or campus mail) to EH&Safety to register. This training might come in handy someday.
Kettles Closed for 2 days
Please note that Kettles will be closed on Monday, June 30 and will reopen on Wednesday, July 2 after Canada day.
Changes in CW405
Olga Milligan will be on maternity leave: June 30, 2008 – July 1, 2009.
Joyce Chow will be replacing Olga during her leave.
Effective immediately, please contact Joyce Chow in CW405 at 492-3310 or firstname.lastname@example.org in regards to the following requests:
Departmental Seminar arrangements/ notices
Course Seminar notices
Academic web course support
Day to day requests for photocopy codes
Please be advised that due to some changes that will be done to mailboxes in CW 405A with purpose to accomodate new incoming academics in July and Fall, the basket with Interdepartmental Envelopes is removed and you can now find Interdepartmental Envelopes on the bottom shelves of the Envelope Stand in CW405A.
Candra Schank, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta
"ASSESSING THE EFFECTS OF TROUT STOCKING ON WOOD FROG (Lithobates sylvaticus) POPULATIONS IN SMALL BOREAL FOOTHILLS LAKES"
Heather D.M. Clarke, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta
"IMPACTS OF PARTIAL HARVEST OF RIPARIAN BUFFER STRIPS ON CAVITY-NESTING BIRDS IN BOREAL MIXEDWOOD FOREST"
News from the Chair
Tenure Track Position in Microbiology
The Department of Biology at the
Candidates with clinically-related research programs will benefit from the construction of the new on-campus home of the Saskatchewan Disease Control Laboratory (http://www.health.gov.sk.ca/lab), which has close links to the Department of Biology.
To apply for the position, submit a letter of application outlining research and teaching goals, a CV, samples of research publications, and arrange for three letters of reference to be sent to:
Dr. R. Mark Brigham, Head,
Department of Biology University of Regina,
Regina, SK, S4S 0A2 Canada
fax 306-337-2410; phone 306-585-4255
The closing date for applications is September 15, 2008. Further information about the department is available at: http://www.uregina.ca/biology.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. The
Faculty Positions in Neuroscience
Department of Biology at
News from the Associate Chair Research
Special Registration numbers, Institutional Contacts and Business Identification for Grant Applications
Many applications request institutional information such as University Financial Officer, Institutional Grants/Contracts Administrator, Registered Charity or Business Number, etc.
All of this information is listed on the Research Services Office website at http://www.rso.ualberta.ca/applications.cfm. Follow the links on the left-side menu for this information.
June 30 - Alberta Heritage for Medical Research Foundation Internal Allocations -- Visiting Lecturer, PDF Recruitment applications (for July 7 RSO deadline) http://kaplan.rso.ualberta.ca/CMS/forms/AHFMRVisit.doc
July 28 - Alberta Heritage for Medical Research Foundation Internal Allocations -- Visiting Lecturer, PDF Recruitment applications (for August 5 RSO deadline) http://kaplan.rso.ualberta.ca/CMS/forms/AHFMRVisit.doc
Please note: If you are applying to any granting agency/sponsor that is not listed here, please submit to Peggy Poholko in CW405 10 working days before the sponsor deadline. This will ensure that the Department, Faculty and Research Services Office are able to review and sign off your application in time for submission to the granting agency.
August 1 - NSERC Discovery Grants
News from the Associate Chair Graduate Studies
News from the Associate Chair Undergraduate Studies
Training and Workshops
Lunch and Learn
Sponsored by Health Promotion and WorkLife Services, Lunch & Learn Presentations are free, but seating is limited. Sessions from 12:05 - 12:55 p.m. (Except where noted otherwise). See locations below. Register at: www.learningshop.ualberta.ca
July 16 - Leadership Series: Facilitating Work Reintegration following a Prolonged Absence, presented by Jake Tremblay, Human Solutions; E1-008, Engineering Teaching & Learning Complex. Time 12:00-1:30 pm
Staff Orientation to the UofA
This one day new staff Orientation is the UofA’s way of welcoming you to our community. At Orientation to the University, you will have the opportunity to learn about the UofA and meet other new employees. While supervisors are responsible for inducting you into your immediate work area, this general orientation session addresses the organization as a whole. You will receive an overview of the University's mission and structure along with information on essential contracts, services and programs. Highlights of the day include welcoming remarks and key organizational messages from high-level University administrators, and the Information Marketplace, which is a trade show with representatives from the many services and resources available to support you professionally and personally. A 1-hour walking tour of the campus will be available at the end of the program (3:00 pm). All UofA staff members who have not attended a previous Orientation are welcome.
Check-in and breakfast begins at 8:30 a.m., and the session runs 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. with lunch included. For more information and to view a sample agenda, visit the Orientation webpage at http://www.hrs.ualberta.ca/Orientation.
Instructor: Staff Learning and Development
Date: Thursday, July 17, 2008
Time: 8:30 AM-3:00 PM
Location: Maple Leaf Room - Lister Conference Centre
I will be moving out of the country on July 1st. I have a few items that I would like to find a home for rather than throw away and a couple items for sale at a minimal cost. Please, get in touch ASAP if any of these items appeal to you. I can deliver items to the university except for the chair.
- Logitech desktop computer speakers (left and right, no bass) $10 obo
- 2 cup coffee maker (for use with travel mugs)
- Plastic self feeder for a cat or small dog
- Round mesh clothes hamper, velcro lid, can be folded down flat
- Brown comfy chair
- Assorted kitchen wares (pot, strainer, baking sheets)
- Rolling metal basket with handle (for shopping if you have to walk)
- Approx. 1’x1’x6” green wicker sewing basket
- Lime green Ikea table (has small match burn on top)
Furniture, etc for Sale
Ikea Vika Amon table top with legs, 150X75cm, black, great for desk $40.00
Sony Trinitron colour TV 27" screen, $200.00
Teak rolling TV stand $20.00
Pictures available if interested
Please contact email@example.com
Seeking Biology Instructor
Portage College is looking for an instructor to teach the equivalent of Biology 107-Introduction to Cell Biology in September. The course would be taught via videoconference between our Lac La Biche and Cold Lake campuses.
The course will run once a week and there is some flexibility with the timing. The expected enrollment is 15-20 students. Pay is competitive and all travel and any accommodation are also paid. If interested, please contact:
University Studies Coordinator
780-594-3255, Ext. 27
Condo For Sale
Large one-bedroom condo for sale in Oliver Gables (113 St and just off of Jasper). Please see MLS listing (MLS®: E3144142) for details.
On/Off Campus News and Notices
5th International Congress of Nano-Bio & Clean Tech: Last Chance to Submit Papers More information about the event will be available in the coming weeks on our web site at http://www.ianano.org. If you are interested in a speaking opportunity or presenting a poster at the Congress, please complete an online speaker form. · Nanomaterials
We are pleased to announce that the 5th International Congress of Nano-Bio & Clean Tech will be held on October 27-30 at the San Francisco Airport Marriott Hotel. The event will feature more than 100 distinguished speakers from 25 countries discussing the latest scientific advancement, state-of-the art product development and business opportunities in nanotechnology, nanobiotechnology, and clean tech.
The deadline to submit an abstract has been extended to June 30, 2008.
· MEMS & NEMS
· Nano scale characterization
· Standards & Nomenclature
· Nano Tools
· Molecular Engineering
· Nano Manufacturing
· Nanoparticles Toxicology
· Heath Safety Implications
· Renewable Energy
· Electric Car
· Sustainable Energy Public Policy
· Nanostructured Solar Cell Manufacturing
· Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer
· Venture capital investment & Investment Opportunities
· Education & Workforce Training
· Societal & Environmental Impacts and other related topic
More information about the event will be available in the coming weeks on our web site at http://www.ianano.org.
If you are interested in a speaking opportunity or presenting a poster at the Congress, please complete an online speaker form.
If you have any questions please contact our office at (408) 280-6222
2nd Annual WISEST Golf Tournament
Join us for our annual Texas Scramble golf tournament, which brings together the Alberta community of corporations, organizations and individuals who support diversity, for a fun-filled time of networking and interactive innovations in: science, engineering and technology.
Registrations Now Available For: Corporate Sponsors, Showcase Sponsors, Golfers and Volunteers. Deadline for registering is Friday, July 4, 2008. Proceeds from this event will support WISEST (Women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science and Technology).
Registration forms are available here or visit WISEST for more details on the event.
Documentary film on Lyme Disease
For those of you interested in epidemiology, or just curious about Lyme Disease, there will be a documentary film aired on the subject on July 3 at 4pm in Earth Sciences Building 3-27. More details below, and if you want any more information please contact Janet Sperling (firstname.lastname@example.org). Feel free to pass on to anyone you think might be interested.
The film 'Under Our Skin: The Untold Story of Lyme Disease' will be shown on Thursday, July 3rd at 4:00 pm in ESB 3-27. This will be the Canadian premiere of a documentary that was a finalist in the Audience Choice Awards at the Tribeca Film Festival and is showing at the AFI/ Discovery Channel Silverdocs Film Festival in Washington, DC. Film is 103 minutes.
The following day, July 4th there will be a gathering of concerned Albertans on the steps of the Alberta Legislature Building at 1 pm. Please join us, whether for the documentary film on July 3rd or the rally the next day.
For further information, contact: Janet Sperling at email@example.com
1st Annual Research Symposium in Missoula
The Montana Chapter of the Society of Conservation Biology is planning our 1st Annual Research Symposium in
The meeting is organized around the theme of applying science to real world conservation problems, policy decisions, and educational outreach. This will be a great opportunity to share your research and learn about cutting edge conservation science in
If you wish to give a talk or present a poster during the symposium, please submit an abstract by July 7, 2008. Check out our website for the Call for Abstracts and more at: http://www.conbio.org/Chapters/Montana/index.CFM.
Welcome to U 2008 - Centenary of the
If you have an hour or more that you could spare, please come out and help other volunteers greet new and returning students to the UofA. We have volunteers going around campus either on golf carts or walking to greet our students and answer any questions they may have. The volunteers are each given a basket of snacks and goodies to distribute to the students.
There will be many unique give-away items and events occuring during Welcome to U, when celebrating the Centenary of the
A request for volunteers will be distributed to the campus community in late Spring.
We welcome donation from both internal and external providers. Please contact our office if you are interested in donating.
Office of the Dean of Students
This Week's Funny
A mathematician and a physicist are in a bar...
Mathematician: I've been working on this problem regarding Turing
computability. The question is, if a person used sound reasoning,
could he program a computer to evaluate this function?
Physicist: You should get some people in a lab and ask them to write
such a program. See what happens.
Mathematician: Ah, but the problem is, it is impossible to duplicate
sound reasoning in a laboratory environment!