BIOFEEDBACK, Week Ending: April 28, 2005,
Volume 12, Number 15
Submission deadline for the next issue is at noon on Wednesday, May 4
Biofeedback will be published next on May 5 and every second Thursday thereafter until returning to the weekly publishing schedule on September 1. Biofeedback will not be published on July 14.
April 29 Hourly Payroll Deadline - BEFORE NOON
May 2 - 6 Kettles Closed
May 9 Spring Term Begins
May 11 ONEcard Programming
May 11 General Office and Student Services Office Close at 3:15 p.m.
May 12 Hourly Payroll Deadline - BEFORE NOON
May 23 Victoria Day - University Buildings Closed
Department News and Notices
Calling All Artists
Aspiring and/or starving artists who would like their work immortalized are invited to submit their 2-colour logo design for the 45th Annual Canadian Society of Zoologists conference, being hosted by BioSci from May 2-6, 2006. The plenary theme of the conference and main symposium is "Biology of the Canadian Arctic II". The winning entry will receive $100 plus a free t-shirt with the logo printed on it. Examples of past logos and designs can be viewed by contacting Greg Goss at 2-2381. Submission deadline is May 1, 2005 to Greg Goss in Z 512.
Don't Forget Your Lunch
Helen tells me that Kettles will be closed all next week, May 2 through 6, and re-opens on Monday, May 9.
Limnology Information Session
There will be a Limnology information session on Wednesday, May 4 at 10:00 a.m. in G 217. This will be an introduction to the laboratory where we will discuss sample collection, sample submission, cost saving suggestions, reporting of results and safety. The information session is strongly recommended for all first time users. There have been some changes to protocols so the session will also be helpful for anyone submitting samples. A second information session will be offered at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 10 in G 217 for those unable to attend the first session. If you are unable to attend either session, please contact Holly Bigelow at 2-1290 to set up a meeting in the lab.
Important Notice to Biotron Users – Power Outage
There will be a pre-planned 600 volt power shut down for Micro, Botany and Centre Wing for about 4 hours on Saturday, May 7. This shut down is scheduled to prepare for a longer, 2-day shut down scheduled for Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29. All 600 volt power will be down; consequently, the chilled water system for controlled environmental chambers, greenhouses, and propagation rooms will be affected. There are no temperature, humidity, or light controls during the shut down. The understanding is that the 120 volt and 208 volt power will be available. If you are in doubt or are involved in a critical experiment, please call Glen Law at 2-5916 or firstname.lastname@example.org, ASAP, so your concern can be forwarded to the person in charge of the shut down.
Off-Campus Equipment and Equipment Inventory – Temporary Assignment
Effective April 18 to June 30, Debbie Preston will be the department contact for any issues relating to equipment inventory and off-campus equipment. At this time, we might also remind you that any equipment being taken off-campus must be registered with Debbie, in order to be insured against damage or loss. Do not use the online form – bring the equipment tag number (barcode) and a description of the equipment to Debbie for entry to the university’s equipment inventory database.
Molecular Biology Laboratory Techniques Course
The Molecular Biology Facility is offering a four-week long molecular techniques course from May 2 - May 27, 2005. There will be labs with instruction on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Techniques covered will include vector isolation, genomic DNA extraction, agarose gel electrophoresis, library construction (transformation), non radioactive library screening (hybridization), DNA sequencing, sequence analysis (BioTools), fragment analysis software, RNA isolation, northern blotting, RT-PCR, cosolvents in PCR, site-directed mutagenesis, protein expression in bacteria, protein affinity tag purification, western blotting and detection. The course is offered on a cost-recovery basis with a fee of $350 per student. Enrollment is limited, with Department of Biological Sciences graduate students having priority. A high level of participant commitment is required. Interested individuals should register with Gary at 2-8956 or Corey at 2-8049.
Defensive Driving Course
I am giving a Defensive driving course on Friday, May 6, from 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. in M 149. Please register by email to: email@example.com. There is no charge for UofA staff/students who require the course to drive a UofA vehicle for work/research. The current requirements for driving are the same as last year and are summarized on the BioSci Driver Info page:
There are also daily defensive driving courses scheduled on campus at the end of April and into May (see
Safety Training for New Workers - Monday, May 2
The WHMIS training for new summer students and other workers is on Monday, May 2, at 10:30 a.m. in M 149. All workers who have not previously attended a session like this are required to come. I will cover: introduction to WHMIS, chemical safety, spill cleanup, fire extinguishers and some field hazards. Brian Parker will discuss Bear Awareness and safety. Total length is about 90 minutes and registration is not required. For further information, contact Barry McCashin at 2-2399, CW 315A, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Also, the training schedule for chemical, radiation safety, transport of dangerous goods and first aid offered by the office of Environmental Health&Safety is posted here: http://www.ehs.ualberta.ca/docs/Training-Schedule.doc For other training , go to: http://www.biology.ualberta.ca/facilities/safety/index.php?Page=2361
Fire Extinguisher Training is Back - Monday, May 2
Fire and Life Safety will offer practical fire extinguisher training at the loading dock of Biological Sciences Building at 1:30 p.m. (weather permitting) with a second session at 2:15 p.m., if required. Participants will be shown the different kinds of extinguishers and will get to use them on a fire. This session takes about 45 minutes. Please register by emailing Barry email@example.com
Department Safety Inspections
The Office of Environmental Health and Safety is keen on having a look around all the labs and shops in our department to evaluate the safety conditions. They have already begun in the Microbiology wing and plan to start in Zoology later this week. We last did these surveys in 2002 so we are overdue. We will be looking for general conditions, appropriate waste containment and labelling, segregation of food/drink from lab space, access to a first aid kit, spill cleanup kit and MSD Sheets among other things and you will get a report summarizing the observations and any areas for improvement.
Monday, May 2, 2005, 9:00 a.m., CW 313 Biological Sciences Building
James R. Allen, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta
"USE OF SIGHTABILITY MODELS AND RESOURCE SELECTION FUNCTIONS TO ENHANCE AERIAL POPULATION SURVEYS OF EL (Cervus elaphus) IN ALBERTA"
M.Sc. Thesis Seminar
News from the Chair
News from the Associate Chair Research
News from the Associate Chair Graduate Studies
Deadlines, News and Notices
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April 29 - Donald M. Ross Scholarship
May 13 - McAfee Estate Scholarship in Botany
May 25 - Orville Erickson Memorial Scholarship
May 27 - D. Alan Birdsall Memorial Scholarship
May 27 - John and Patricia Schlosser Environment Scholarship
May 31 - Nisus Corporation Annual Scholarship
McAfee Estate Scholarship in Botany
Available to graduate students studying native or cultured roses. Amount will be at the TA rate of pay for one term. The Associate Chair (Graduate Studies) will consider any reasonable request relating to native or cultured roses. Supervisors should submit a support letter and the student's C.V. to the Associate Chair by May 13, 2005.
News from the Associate Chair Undergraduate Studies
Sessional Instructors Needed
The Department of Biological Sciences invites applications for sessional instructorships for the 2005/2006 Fall/Winter Terms. Currently, courses for which sessionals may be required (to teach all or part of) includes the following list. Other courses may be available as conditions change:
BIOL 107 - Introduction to Cell Biology - Fall or Winter Term
BIOL 108 - Introduction to Biological Diversity - Fall or Winter Term
BIOL 208 - Principles of Ecology - Fall or Winter Term
BIOL 315 - Biology: An Historical Perspective - Winter Term
BIOL 321 - Mechanisms of Evolution - Fall Term
BIOL 335 - Principles of Systematics - Winter Term
BIOL 367 - Conservation Biology - Fall Term
BOT 321 - Flowering Plants - Winter Term
BOT 380 - Drug Plants - Winter Term
ZOOL 224 - Vertebrate Diversity - Fall Term
ZOOL 405 - Biology of Fishes - Fall Term
This list of courses is subject to change until positions are filled.
Additional information on the courses above can be found in the 2005-2006 calendar, on the Department's web site, or by visiting the Student Services Office (3rd Floor, Centre Wing).
These appointments normally require a Ph.D. degree in a relevant discipline, and successful teaching experience (including laboratory teaching). If you are interested in being considered for one or more of these positions, or for any other sessional opportunities that may arise, provide a c.v. and a covering letter outlining your teaching experience and mentioning the course(s) and/or subject areas for which you would like to be considered. Include the names of two references who are willing to give information on your teaching experience and abilities. People who have recently provided this information or who have recently taught as sessionals for this department need only send an email indicating their interest in the upcoming positions. Please address this information to: Dr. Cynthia Paszkowski, Associate Chair (Undergraduate Studies), CW 312 or by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Training and Workshops
Lunch and Learn
Sponsored by Health Promotion and WorkLife Services. All sessions are held from noon to 1:00 p.m. in the Heritage Lounge in Athabasca Hall. Cost: Free!
May 11 - Just for Fun Series: UofA Bookstore Review - presenter, Todd Anderson
May 26 - Mental Health Series: What is Burnout and How Do I Know if I am Experiencing It? - presenter, Karina Fuentes, Wilson Banwell
Dressers, bookshelves, plant stands, computer desk, couch, and end tables.Call Connie 461-1062 or email email@example.com.
Suite for Rent
Large one bedroom basement suite at 77ave & 83st, available May 1. Hardwood, lots of windows and storage space, kitchen renos and new bedroom carpet last year. Shared washer/dryer, fenced yard, and back deck. 25 min. bike/bus to campus, minutes to Mill Creek ravine, Bonnie Doon Mall, buses. $450/mnth ($500 couple) + share of utilities. Pets negotiable (dog upstairs), no smoking. Subletters considered for summer/fall. Call Shawna at 865-4320, 490-6237 (message) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Truck for Sale
1994 Dodge Ram 1500 Laramie SLT, fully loaded, excellent condition, 2-wheel drive, shortbox, 5.9L, V8 Magnum, 270K, automatic, stereo system, trailer tow pkg, alloy wheels, $5,900 OBO, call 951-1296.
Top Floor Corner Condo for Sale
Meadowlark Terrace, two years old, 1104 sq. ft., 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, peninsula kitchen, in-suite laundry, in-floor heating, walnut laminate throughout (except bedrooms), balcony, includes one underground heated parking stall with storage. All appliances and window coverings included. $189,000 - call 481-7266.
Complete Downhill Ski Package for Sale
You get: 1) K2 Enemy skis (173 cm; dark red) w/ Marker M6.2 Logic bindings 2) Men's Nordica Exopower Trend03 boots, size 29.5 (fits 10-11 shoe; black) 3) Atomic ski-tote bag 4) Helmet, size med. (black) 5) Smith ski mask 6) Poles. All rarely used except for poles, which are older. You pay: $250 ! You still can get some spring skiing in! Contact Jeff: 2-1298 or email@example.com
Two small fish of unknown origin to give away. Suspect they are native to Africa. Free to the first person to call. Call Steven @ 2-5466
I have an apartment for rent for May and June with the possibility of extending the lease, which ends June 30. It is a one bedroom on the main floor of a small oak historical building at 105 Street and 85 Avenue. Great location, close to Whyte Ave, shopping and minutes to campus. Call Cajus at 901-2410.
Stuff for Sale
Furniture, some kitchen equipment and mountain bike for sale - call Cajus at 901-2410.
Suite for Rent
2 bedroom basement suite in Mill Creek. Ideal for 1 person or a couple, spacious, some furniture, shared laundry, walking distance to bus routes, parking, n/s, no pets, 450/month + utilities, available May 1st. Call Mark Hebblewhite at 431-1476, firstname.lastname@example.org
Reliable Contractor Wanted
I am looking for a referral for a professional contractor to have my basement finished. If you know or have used someone who is good, please contact email@example.com
Teacher Training and Initiatives Archive
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On/Off Campus News and Notices
Workers Art Show
As part of the May Week Labour Arts Festival, there is a Workers Art Show taking place on the main floor of Commerce Place, 10150 Jasper Avenue (entrance on 101 Street), starting Wednesday, April 27 to Saturday, May 7. This show provides an opportunity for local workers/artists to showcase their art. BioSci's own, Karen Huska, is taking part in this show.
10th Annual International Day of Mourning
There will be a candlelight ceremony on Thursday, April 28 at 7:00 p.m. at the Kids in the Hall Bistro in City Hall to remember workers killed or injured on the job. This event is sponsored by the Alberta Federation of Labour.
Search Committee for VP (External Relations)
Members of the University community are welcome to express their view on priorities of the VP (External Relations); current issues; leadership; and the future direction of the Office of VP (External Relations). In order to facilitate the Committee's work, kindly send your comments and/or suggestions by May 10, 2005 to Garry Bodnar, Secretary to the Advisory Search Committee for Vice-President (External Relations), 2-5 University Hall or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
President Fraser's Farewell Garden Party
Dr. Carl Amrhein extends an invitation to all staff to attend a Garden Party on Friday, May 27 to bid farewell and say "thank-you" to Dr. Rod Fraser. The event begins, rain or shine, at 11:00 a.m. with a tree planting ceremony in the Arts/Business Quad. High-energy entertainment, sandwiches, fresh popcorn, beverages and desserts will be available immediately after the ceremony. The event will conclude at 2:00 p.m.
Award of Distinction
The UofA Board of Governors is accepting nominations for an Award of Distinction, given to honour individuals or groups who, by their actions, have made exceptional contributions to link the University of Alberta with the municipal, provincial, national and/or international community. The competition is open to groups or individuals in Alberta, Canada, and other countries, including non-alumni of the University and academic and support staff. For more information or to obtain a nomination form, go to: www.ualberta.ca/governors/distinction/htm
Seed Development Symposium
The Biology Department at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon is hosting a symposium that will focus on molecular mechanisms underlying seed development. For more information and registration forms, go to www.genomeprairie.ca/canola/symposium
This Week's Funny
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"I've never had major knee surgery on any other part of my body," -- Winston Bennett, basketball forward
"It isn't pollution that's harming the environment. It's the impurities in our air and water that are doing it." -- Al Gore
"It's no exaggeration to say that the undecided could go one way or another" -- George Bush
"We've got to pause and ask ourselves: How much clean air do we need?" -- Lee Iacocca
"The word 'genius' isn't applicable in football. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein," -- Joe Theisman, quarterback
"If we don't succeed, we run the risk of failure." -- Bill Clinton
"Traditionally, most of Australia's imports come from overseas." -- Keppel Enderbery
“If we let the loggers go in and cut down all the trees we wouldn’t have a problem with forest fires.” – George Bush