University of Alberta
BIOFEEDBACK, Week Ending: November 27, 2008,
Volume 15, Number 38


Submissions, questions, or comments - for the next issue please contact Joyce Chow at 2-3310 -, subject line: Biofeedback.
Submission deadline for the next issue is at noon on Tuesday, December 2*.

*Please note that for next week only, Biofeedback will be published on Wednesday instead of the usual Thursday.

Department Calendar

December 6-18 Fall Term Examinations
December 12 NASA Celebrates the Season
December 18 ACUC-Bio Meeting
December 18 Silent Auction & Christmas Gathering

Payroll Deadlines and Information

Department News and Notices

Congratulations to Dr. Caldwell for winning Pikaia Award
Slightly belated congratulations to Michael Caldwell, who has been awarded by the Geological Association of Canada (Paleo Division) the Pikaia Award for outstanding research in Canadian palaeontology. The award was technically given on Sept 20, but Michael has only now received the very handsome plaque (complete with a stylized Pikaia). If you are wondering what a Pikaia is, the award should soon be hanging in Mike’s office and you can view it when you next drop by.

New Photocopiers Coming in Early December
As memos have already been posted and sent out, this is just a reminder that
the Department of Biological Sciences will be replacing its old Canon photocopiers with new Xerox photocopiers early in December of this year. Copiers to be replaced are located in the General Office (CW 405A), the Student Services Office (CW 312) and the Staff and Student Mail Room (CW 315). Please ensure that all crucial or large batches of photocopying are done before this changeover.
Monday, December 1st – replacement of copiers in CW 315 and CW 312.  It should be noted that the 3 copiers currently in CW 315 will be replaced with 2 higher capacity machines.
Thursday, December 4th – replacement of the two copiers in CW 405A.  One of the new copiers will have some colour capabilities.

Limited Seating in Kettles (CW-422)
The carpet in Kettles (CW-422) is to  be replaced with linoleum. The work is schedule to begin Nov. 26 and should be completed in less then a week. The west half of the room will screened off and finished before the east half of the room is resurfaced on the weekend. During this time the seating capacity in Kettles will be reduced to less then 50%. Please contact Andy Riddle, Facility Services Manager (492-3209 or if you have any concerns or questions. Thank you.

Using New Bear Tracks
Many of you may have noticed that the Bear Tracks program has been recently updated. Please check your personal info section to make sure all data has been transfered over correctly. Thanks.

Holiday Hours for AV equipment Room
Please note that the AV equipment room (M237) will be
changing to holiday hours from December 4, 2008 to January 2, 2009.  They will be open until 4:30 pm during that time.  They will also be on reduced staffing from December 17th to January 2nd.

BGSA Annual BioSci Job Fair
The BGSA will be holding the annual biosci job fair, Tuesday, January 6th, from 11:30am until 2:00pm in the main Foyer of the Biological Sciences Building. This is a great opportunity for professors and grad students to find enthusiastic undergraduate laboratory and field assistants. The job fair is held before the deadline for NSERC undergraduate student research assistantships, which will allow for hiring of full, or partially funded assistants. If you would like to advertise at the job fair contact Joe Northrup at
 Deadline for submissions is January 4th.

It's Silent Auction Time!
Donations for our Silent Auction to benefit the Youth Emergency Shelter & United way have started coming in and the collection this year is looking fantastic. Many thanks to our generous donors. From beautiful glass & silverware to jewelery, honey, books, tools, and much more. We even received amazing items like a 160G Classic iPOD - courtesy of our Mircrostore (worth $345)! So you don't want to miss out on this exciting event.

This year we'll be allowing the option of "reserved bids" for Graduate Students only, in hopes that more will come out to bid, knowing they'll have a better chance at winning this year. We're very happy to accept donations of hand-crafted items, re-gifts, or donations from area businesses (see Joyce for request letter, if needed). Everyone is welcome to join us in a seasonal celebration and take part in a very worthwhile fundraiser.

Don't forget to bring in your toiletry donation for the Campus Food Bank and we'll enter your name in a special draw. Everyone is welcome to join us for this seasonal celebration and to take part in a very worthwhile fundraiser. Please drop off Silent Auction donations in CW 405 – see Joyce or Carol.  

Animal Care and Use Committee for Biosciences (ACUC-Bio)Next month's meeting is scheduled for Thursday, December 18. Please submit any new applications for animal use or annual reports by Friday, December 5. Go to our website to obtain the current forms, or call Ed Bailey at 2-5358.

Part 1 of the Institutional Animal User Training Program for Wildlife will be tentatively offered on the following dates: December 10th, 2008,  March 11th, 2009 and April 29th, 2009 from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm.  Please Register with Ingrid Yukes at the Research Ethics Office, 2-4817.

Holiday Winter Closure Memo
The University will be closed from Thursday, December 25, 2008 through Thursday, January 1, 2008 as follows:
• Closed Thursday, December 25, 2008, in recognition of Christmas Day
• Winter Closure will be Friday, December 26, 2008 to Wednesday, December 31, 2008 inculsive
• Closed Thursday, January 1, 2009, in recognition of New Years Day

Please note that the University will remain open all day on Decemeber 24, 2008, which means that all the functions carried out by the various operating units on a typical business day should be available for staff, students and visitors.


Thursday, Novemeber 27, 2008, 2:00 p.m., Biological Sciences Building
University of Alberta
Keith Tierney, Ph.D., Behavioural Neurosciences, University of Windsor

Thursday, Novemeber 27, 2008, 4:00 P.M., TBW1, Tory Breezeway
Tibor Egri, Post-doctral Fellow, Dept. of Renewable Resources, University of Alberta
Entomology 601

Friday, November 28, 2008, 12:00 p.m., M-145 Biological Sciences Building
Norman Yan, Dept. of Biology, York University
Biology 631

Friday, November 28, 2008, 12:00 p.m., M-137 Biological Sciences Building
Nina Karpoff, Dept of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta
Biology 400

Friday, November 28, 2008, 3:30 p.m., M-149 Biological Sciences Building
Francois Bolduc, Department of Detistry, University of Alberta
Genetics 605

Monday, December 1, 2008, 12:00 p.m., M-149, Biological Sciences Building
Alex Wolfe, Dept of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, University of Alberta

"Conifer phylogeny: new insight from secondary metabolism"
Botany 600

Monday, December 1, 2008, 3:00 p.m., Earth Sciences Building 2-36
Dr. Catherine Cullingham, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Biological Sciences
"Raccoons past, present, and the future for rabies spread: a molecular perspective"
Biology 506/507

Wednesday, December 3, 2008, 12:00 p.m., B-121, Biological Sciences Building
Rachelle Belanger, Dept of Biological Sciences

"Identifying the role of steroid hormones in the modulation of the vertebrate olfactory system.",
Biology 642

Wednesday, December 3, 5:00 p.m., CW313 Biological Sciences Building
Dr. Elston Dzus, Alberta-Pacific Forest Industries
UACTWS Seminar Series (Light refreshments will be served)

Friday, December 5, 2008, 1:00 p.m., CW313, Biological Sciences Building
Leonardo Galindo, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta
“Identification and Characterization of Differentially Expressed Proteins During Dormancy Acquisition in White Spruce (Picea glauca)”
MSc Thesis

Friday, December 5, 2008, 1:00 p.m., G217, Biological Sciences Building
Vanessa Phillips, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta
“Trends in mercury loadings to western Canadian alpine lakes over the past 200 years”
MSc Thesis

Friday, December 5, 2008, 2:00 p.m., 2J4.02 (Classroom F) Mackenzie Health Sciences Centre. Dr. Tom Hei, Professor of Radiation Oncology and Environmental Health Sciences; Vice-Chairman for Research, Department of Radiation Oncology; Associate Director, Center for Radiological Research; Deputy Director, NIEHS Center for Environment Research, Columbia University Medical Center
"Non-Targeted Effects of Ionizing Radiation: Mechanisms and Implications for Low Dose Risk Assessment"

News from the Chair

News from the Associate Chair Research

ACA Grant Eligible Conservation Fund 2009 2010
The ACA is proud to enter into its 12th year of Conservation Funding. Up to $1 million will be available for project funding via the Grant Eligible Conservation Fund during the 2009-2010 funding cycle.

Biol Sci Submission Deadline: January 16th, 2009 ACA Submission Deadline:Friday, January 30th, 2009 (@ 4:30pm MDT)

Funding Eligibility: With the exception of Alberta Conservation Association and Alberta Government, Sustainable Resource Development staff, any organization or individual may apply to the Grant Eligible Conservation Fund if they have a suitable project.

The Project Submission Guidelines package is available on-line and contains information to help you apply for funding to the Alberta Conservation Association - Grant Eligible Conservation Fund.

* Small Grants requests up to $3,000.00 are geared toward small-scale projects and have an easy to complete application form.

* Large Grants requests over $3,000.00 are geared toward larger-scale projects and require a more detailed application form.

For More Information Contact:
Amy MacKinven
GECF Coordinator
Toll Free Phone: 877.722.GECF (4323)

Department Deadlines

Dec. 4 – Invasive Alien Species Partnership Program (IASPP)

Dec. 8 - Alberta Sport, Recreation, Parks & Wildlife Foundation - Development Initiatives Program

Dec. 8 - Minister's Special License - Conservation Education W.I.S.E. Foundation's New_files/Minister's Special License. Grant Application.doc

Dec. 8 - International Bear Association

Dec. 8 - University of Alberta Conference Fund Grants

Dec. 15 - Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research - Internal Allocations - Visiting Lecturer, Post-Doctoral Recruitment Fund

Jan 5 - PrioNet Canada - Strategic Open Call III for Project Proposals
Jan. 19 - Alberta Water Research Institute - Full, Invited Proposals




NSERC Strategic Workshops Program

News from the Associate Chair Graduate Studies

CMSA Scholarship Program 2008
The Canadian Meat Science Association (CMSA) is pleased to be involved in awarding two scholarships per year to promising graduate students studying Meat Science in Canada. These scholarships are:


A) Percy Gitelman Memorial Scholarship, sponsored jointly by the Canadian Meat Science Association and Newly Weds Foods, Inc.


B) CMC Associate Members Scholarship, sponsored by the Associate Members of the Canadian Meat Council.


The purpose of these scholarships is to promote quality education and development of meat science research in Canada. The awards are valued at $3,000 each and will be presented at the CMSA Technical Symposium on May 7, 2009 in Montreal.  Travel expenses and registration fees for the meeting will be provided for the scholarship winners.  Winners will be expected to present a 15 minute communication on their research at the Technical Symposium.


All applicants will receive a one-year complimentary membership in CMSA.


DEADLINE: January 1, 2009.


For more information, please see the info letter. Application form can be found here.

2009 Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarship Competition – Call for Nominations
The FGSR is now accepting nominations for the 2009 Trudeau Scholarship Competition. Each eligible department may forward a maximum of two nominations to the FGSR by December 1, 2008. For complete details, see the attached memo.

Scholarship Opportunities
Andrew Stewart Memorial Graduate Prize
Endowed by the University of Alberta
Named for Andrew Stewart, President of the University of Alberta from 1950 to 1959 under whose administration the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research was created
Value: $5,000
Eligibility: Available to full-time PhD candidates who have completed two or more years of their PhD program and are actively engaged in thesis research at the time the award is offered. Major scholarship holders may apply unless restricted by the granting agency. A student may hold the award only once. All fields are eligible for funding. No restrictions on citizenship. Twenty-five awards are granted each year. Selection is based partly on academic merit, but research accomplishment while registered in a doctoral program at the University of Alberta is the major criterion. Deadline TBA.

Dissertation Fellowship
University of Alberta
Value: $22,000 plus tuition and fees up to the maximum cost for registration in the equivalent of 9 normal credit weights in courses or thesis research per term (or Thesis 919) during the Fall/Winter Terms (September to April), as well as the International Graduate Student Differential Fee, if applicable.
Eligibility: Designed for students who have a firm expectation of completing a doctoral program within 12 months following tenure. Recipients must commence their tenure between 1 May and 1 October, and must pass their candidacy examinations before taking up the award. No other duties, teaching or otherwise, may be undertaken, and recipients must be working full-time on their program. Recipients are not eligible for any further assistance from scholarship or assistantship funds after the conclusion of the 12-month tenure. No restrictions on citizenship. All fields are eligible for funding. Up to 20 awards are granted each year. Deadline TBA.

Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Scholarship
This is the most prestigious graduate award administered by the University of Alberta. Every effort is made to honor the criteria set out in the will of Dorothy Killam. It was Mrs Killam's desire that those awarded scholarships and fellowships be likely to contribute to the advancement of learning or to win distinction in their profession. Killam scholars should not be one-sided and their intellect should be complemented by a sound character.
Value: $27,000 a year plus tuition and fees up to the maximum cost for registration in the equivalent of 9 normal credit weights (equivalent to 18 fee index units) in courses or thesis research per term (or Thesis 919) during the Fall/Winter Terms (September to April), plus $700. The scholarship also will cover the International Graduate Student Differential Fee, if applicable. There is also a one-time $2,000 research grant.
Eligibility: Offered to outstanding students registered in, or admissible to, a doctoral program. Applicants must have completed at least one year of graduate work (master's or doctoral level) before start of tenure; tenure to begin 1 May or 1 September. Granted for two years (subject to review after the first year). No restrictions on citizenship. All fields are eligible for funding. Approximately 12 awards are granted each year. Deadline TBA.

Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship (Doctoral)
(formerly the Province of Alberta Graduate Fellowship)
Government of the Province of Alberta
Value: $15,000 (September 1 start); $7,500 (January 1 start)
Eligibility: Candidates must have completed at least one year of graduate study and be registered full-time in the first, second, third, fourth, or fifth year of a doctoral (PhD or equivalent) degree program during the tenure of the award. Tenure of the Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship (Doctoral) may begin September 1 for an 8-month period at a value of $15,000, or January 1 for a 4-month period at a value of $7,500. Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents at the time of application. All fields are eligible for funding. Approximately 110 awards are granted each year. Recipients of major awards are not permitted to concurrently hold a Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship. Deadline TBA.

Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship (Master's)
(formerly the Province of Alberta Graduate Scholarship)
Government of the Province of Alberta
Value: $10,800 (September 1 start); $5,400 (January 1 start)
Eligibility: Candidates must be registered full-time in the first or second year of a master’s degree program during the tenure of the award. Tenure of the Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship (Master’s) may begin September 1 for an 8-month period at a value of $10,800, or January 1 for a 4-month period at a value of $5,400. Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents at the time of application. All fields are eligible for funding. Approximately 130 awards are granted each year. Recipients of major awards are not permitted to concurrently hold a Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship. Deadline TBA.

News from the Associate Chair Undergraduate Studies

Training and Workshops

Department Classifieds

Curator of Mammalogy, Royal Alberta Museum
Job Title: Curator of Mammalogy
Job Classification: SCIENTIFIC 2
Salary Range: $54,456 TO $81,900
Closing Date: January 19, 2009.
Open Competition - Number: 053166
Culture & Community Spirit, Edmonton - The Royal Alberta Museum has an opening in which you can help to increase the knowledge of the mammal fauna of Alberta within a global context and to preserve physical documentation of the mammal diversity of the region. Through independent scientific research, development of collections and exhibitions, and effective communication to scientific and public audiences, you can help make the Royal Alberta Museum the source for mammalian information.

Reporting to the Head of Life Sciences, you will use your background in mammalian systematics, ecology or physiology to plan and conduct projects that result in publications, educational products, exhibitions (including virtual exhibitions) and an enhanced mammal collection. You will seek out collaborative research and funding opportunities to further Museum objectives and priorities. You will demonstrate and share your knowledge of the regional mammal fauna and lead a team that communicates information about Mammalogy to a wide range of audiences and age groups through presentations and exhibitions in a way that will help the public understand and appreciate the value of the province's biodiversity.

Candidates must be familiar with the mammals of western Canada, have a record of publications in peer-reviewed journals and be able to communicate effectively to a broad range of audiences. Experience with discipline-specific curatorial practices will be considered an asset. Travel is required. Successful candidates must complete a driver's abstract.

Qualifications: A Master's Degree, with a focus on mammals, and several years of experience is required. Candidates with a PhD, or those nearing completion of a PhD program, are preferred.

Online applications are preferred. Please visit or submit your resume quoting the competition number to: Culture & Community Spirit, Human Resources, 7th Floor, Standard Life Centre, 10405 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta T5J 4R7. Please ensure you quote the competition number.

Position Offer: Canadian Junior Chair in Environmental Modeling
The Institute of Environmental Sciences from the University of Québec at Montréal, through financial support provided by the Canadian Research Chair Program, is now *offering a Junior Chair (level II) position in environmental modeling* to a young and promising researcher. The selected candidate will implement and lead the Interdisciplinary Research Chair in Environmental Modeling, fulfilling the mandate of promoting research development and contributing to graduate training programs through the supervision of graduate studies. In order to encourage research activities, the teaching requirement is kept minimal.

*The closing date for this position is December 15th 2008.*

A hard copy of this advertisement is posted in the CW405 mailroom or can be found here.

MSc or PhD Student & Post-Doctoral Fellow Needed for Neuro-Oncology Research
The Centre de Recherche du CHUL-CHUQ is among Canada's top and largest biomedical academic institutes, which is located in Quebec city. Some of our current active research interests include:

1) Development of stem cell model of nervous system tumors
2) Functional validation studies of tumor suppressor and oncogenes
3) Development and applications of mouse models of brain tumors
4) Drug discovery and treatment resistance studies on brain cancer stem cells
5) Nano-technology studies on nervous system tumors

Start date is anticipated for 2009.
For more information, please see the job posting

Government of Nunavut Employment Opportunity: Manager of Wildlife Research
This position is a Headquarters position located in Igloolik and reporting to the Director of Wildlife Management. The position supervises a research program carried out by a team of 14 biologists and technicians.

Educational requirements are: a PhD or Master's degree and 4 years experience managing a wildlife research program with at least 5 years supervisory experience; Or, a Bachelor of Science Degree with at least 10 years experience managing Wildlife Research programs with 5 years supervisory experience.

For more information, please see the complete job posting here.

Small Animal Traps & Cages Available
Biosciences Animal Services has some small animal wildlife traps and old cages that may be suitable for some field studies.  Please contact Ed Bailey, Administrative Secretary for Biosciences at 2-5358 if you are interested in this equipment

HONEY for sale $5.50/kg (or $2.50/lb)
Available in 1 kg, 6 lb, and 5 kg (11 lb) sizes
Contact Gerald at or

For Sale: 2000 Mazda B4000 - $9000.00
Great little truck!  117 000 km, 4.0L V6 5 Speed Manual Trans.
CD/MP3 Stereo with detachable faceplate and aux input
Air conditioning; Club Cab - seats 4; Colour matched locking cap
For images see:
For more information please contact Amanda  -

For Sale: 2005 FORD FOCUS SE Wagon
54 000 km, 4dr, Automatic, FWD, Gas, AM/FM Stereo with CD Player, Air Conditioning, Cruise Control, Remote Start and Lock, Dual Air Bags, Roof Rack, Excellent condition, excellent fuel economy and lots of cargo space $10,000.00. or Colleen at 780 437-0255.

Home available for visiting faculty, post-docs etc, during sabbatical leave.
House: 5 bedroom house, 3 full bathrooms, 1450sq ft bungalow w fully developed basement. Bright & open living area, hardwood floors, ceramic tile kitchen, wood burning fireplace in livingroom, gas fireplace in master bedroom. Gas stove, w/indoor grill, new laundry machine & dryer, built-in vacuum. Master bedroom has large en suite, large walk-in closets, skylight. 2 blocks from off-leash area and Mill Creek ravine walking trails, 10 minutes from campus. Available Jan 1 2009 to July 2009. Rent $1750/mo + utilities, furnished. Please contact with enquiries.

For Rent
·    Large 1-bedroom in a well managed building
·    1 parking space
·    Located at 104 St. and 78th Ave.
·    Close to shops, grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops
·    Walking distance to University of Alberta and the hospital
·    Rent is $850/month
·    Available Dec. 1
If interested call Shab at 780-756-1248

For Rent
A basement suite is available with a separate entrance for $450/month. There are two bedrooms (one is rented already), a common room and a shared Bathroom. Arrangements can also be made to share Laundry facilities. The house is located right beside Millcreek ravine, near 99 St and north of Whyte Ave - only a short bike ride or bus ride to the university or downtown. Free wireless Internet access and possibility of a common Phone, if needed. Enquire about details from Sven: 780 437 7441.

Condo for Rent
Renovated, clean bright one bedroom condo, laundry, $1,000, includes heat, water. Near white Ave / Mill Creek Rvn.
The condo is available for November 1st, 2008.

Photos are available for those interested.
Contact: Vanessa Castro (780) 982.7728 or

Teaching News

On/Off Campus News and Notices

Science Cafe - Polar Science: Thinning Ice & Climate Change
Debate, Debunk, Digest. Have your say at a Science Cafe!
For the price of a cup of coffee, anyone can come explore the latest ideas in science and technology. At this science cafe, meet with experts Dr. Christian Hass, a sea ice geophysicist, and Dr. Duane Froese, a glacierologist. The study of glaciers and ancient ice is becoming increasingmy important as overall sea ice thickness decreases and the retreat of glacier ice accelerates. What can sea ice and glaciers tell us about the impact of global warming, and how could human activities be altered to offset these changes?
Tuesday December 2, 2008
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Good Earth Cafe 8623 112 Street
Sponsored by TELUS World of Science - Edmonton.

UofA Surplus Assets: Cash & Carry Sale

12:00 PM – 3:00 PM / December 4, 2008

Materials Management Building

116 St. & 85 Ave. North Door (Look for signs)


Open to Staff, Students and General Public

We are pleased to announce the upcoming sale of used office items, computer equipment & accessories, and other assorted equipment. Some general information  may be available, and in some cases condition is listed but not guaranteed.
Items for sale include: CRT Monitors, Computer accessories , Printers,
Fax Machines, AV equipment including LCD projectors, Shelves,
Picture frames, Cabinets, Desks, Chairs, & MORE!


Bundled items will not be split. Software and tech support is not available.


SPECIAL NOTE: Korg Midi synthesizer keyboards, Video projectors, Elmo Document Cameras, and Compound Microscopes available in this sale.


We are located directly south of the Jubilee Auditorium


Items sold with prices as marked, terms “as is where is”, cash indent or approved cheque only. No returns or exchanges. All purchased items to be removed at time of purchase.

For more information contact (492-5393)

NASA Celebrates the Season
Join us on Friday, December 12, 2008 for our annual seasonal gathering! Members are invited to drop by the Timms Centre anytime from 2:30 – 5:30 pm for refreshments and some holiday cheer.

RSVP (before December 5) at Events) or call 780-439-3181.

Forest Society Christmas Tree Sales
From December 1-22, Forest Society will be selling Christmas Trees at Corbett Hall (North Campus) and donating 10% of the proceeds to the campus United Way Campaign. Monday - Friday from 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm and Saturday/Sunday from 9:00 am - 9:00 pm.
For more information on this event, please visit:

The Alberta Smithsonian Intership Program
The Alberta Smithsonian Internship Program (ASIP) enables Alberta's post-secondary students, enrolled in degree programs at various institutions in the province, to benefit from Internships offered at the renowned Smithsonian Institution and gain invaluable work experience in Washington, D.C. As many as ten Internships are funded by the ASIP each year, and since its inception in 2007, 20 students in different disciplines have availed of the opportunity.

Multi-disciplinary internships at the Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC are funded by the Government of Alberta. Contact R. Bhambhani at: (492-9932).

Deadline for Applications: January 9, 2009 

This Week's Funny

The CEO was scheduled to speak at an important convention, so he asked one of his employees to write him a punchy, 20-minute speech. When the CEO returned from the big event, he was furious.

"What's the idea of writing me an hour-long speech?" he demanded to know. "Half the audience walked out before I finished."

The employee was baffled. "I wrote you a 20-minute speech," he replied. "I also gave you the two extra copies you asked for...."