University of Alberta
BIOFEEDBACK, Week Ending: February 15, 2007,
Volume 14, Number 6


Submissions


Volume 14, Number 6
Submissions, questions, or comments to Deanne Timmons 2-3310 -deanne.timmons@ualberta.ca, (for the next issue please contact Olga Milligan at 2-3308 - frontdesk@biology.ualberta.ca) subject line: Biofeedback
Submission deadline for the next issue is at noon on Wednesday, February 21.

Department Calendar


Departmental Calendar
Please contact Deanne at deanne.timmons@ualberta.ca before booking your event to ensure there are no conflicting events (until February 23rd, please contact Olga at frontdesk@biology.ualberta.ca or Joy at joy.correia@ualberta.ca).
 
February 15 Department Council Meeting
February 15 Departmental Seminar
February 19 Family Day Statutory Provincial Holiday - University Buildings Closed
February 19 - 23 Reading Week
March 23 Departmental Seminar
March 23 Strickland Memorial Lecture and Dinner
 
Payroll Deadlines and Information www.biology.ualberta.ca/department/hr/ 

Department News and Notices


Defensive Driving Course - March 05, 2007
Diane Caird of EAS is offering a Defensive Driving Course on Monday, March 5, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Tory 3-36. This class is not listed on the UofA's schedule of courses
and is free to UofA employees who will be driving for work. Contact Diane to register: diane.caird@ualberta.ca or telephone 2-1122.
  
Caribou Workshop in Canmore, Alberta
This is an invitation to caribou biologists to participate in an informal workshop right before the Alberta Chapter of the Wildlife Society Conference in March. A number of caribou biologists will be attending the Wildlife Society conference and this would be an excellent opportunity to (1) get an update on current and future caribou projects; and (2) have a preliminary discussion on taking a more collaborative approach to caribou research and monitoring. See the draft agenda for more details.
The workshop will be held on at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center on Sunday, March 18 from ~12 to 5 pm. Please consider attending even though it is on a Sunday – the chosen date reflects the need for more time than afforded in a discussion forum or an evening. Please let me know if you are interested in participating in this workshop by Friday, February 26, 2007. I can be contacted by email at nam@ualberta.ca or phone at 2-1267. (Nicole McCutchen, Research Coordinator, Alberta Caribou Committee).
  
 

Seminars


 
Thursday, February 15, 2007, 12:30 p.m., MEC 43 Mechanical Engineering
Hao Wang, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta
"SCRIBBLE, ANOTHER TUMOR SUPPRESSOR"
Genetics 601
 
CANCELLED
Thursday, February 15, 2007, 4:00 p.m., M 145 Biological Sciences Building
Scott Pitnick, Department of Biology, Syracuse University, New York
"MAN IS BUT A SPERM: MAKING EVOLUTIONARY SENSE OF COMPLEX EJACULATE-FEMALE INTERACTIONS"
Departmental Seminar, hosted by Heather Proctor on behalf of the Systematics and Evolution RIG
 
Friday, February 16, 2007, 12:00 p.m., M 149 Biological Sciences Building
Michael Proctor, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta
"FRAGMENTATION OF GRIZZLY BEAR POPULATIONS: CAUSES, IMPLICATIONS, AND SOLUTIONS"
Biology 631
 
Monday, February 26, 2007, 3:00 p.m., M 145 Biological Sciences Building
Lindsey Burke, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta
"THE PLATYPUS PARADOX: WHERE DO MONOTREMES BELONG?"
Biology 506/507
 
Of Interest:
 
Thursday, February 15, 2007, 12:30 p.m., 2-36 Earth Sciences Building
Ted Hogg, Canadian Forest Service
"IMPACTS OF THE RECENT DROUGHT ON PRODUCTIVITY AND DIEBACK OF WESTERN CANADIAN ASPEN FORESTS: EARLY SIGNS OF CLIMATE CHANGE?"
Renewable Resources Seminar Series
 
Monday, February 26, 2007, 4:00 p.m., 265 Central Academic Building
Daniel Udwary, Scripps Institute of Oceanography, University of California
"SECONDARY METABOLISM IN THE MARINE ACTINOMYCETE SALINISPORA TROPICA AS REVEALED BY GENOME SEQUENCING"
Special Seminar
 
Wednesday, February 28, 2007, 10:00 a.m., CW 410 Biological Sciences Building
Jerry O. Wolff, Department of Biological Sciences, St. Cloud State University
"THE SOCIOECOLOGY OF COEXISTENCE, DISPERSAL, INFANTICIDE, AND COMMUNITY DYNAMICS OF FOREST RODENTS"
This is a summary of a 14-year study on population and community ecology of Peromyscus rodents in the sothern Appalachians. The seminar emphasizes experimental design and hypothesis testing and ranges from individual behavior to population and community ecology.
 
Links to biosci-related seminars on campus:
Circumpolar Students Association -
Earth and Atmospheric Sciences -
Medicine (all groups) -
Renewable Resources -
UofA Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society www.rr2.ualberta.ca/wildlifesociety

News from the Chair


Study Abroad Scholarship Opportunity
The 2007 Chinese Government Scholarship (CGS) program is available for Albertans to study abroad in China. The Government of China is offering up to five full scholarships and ten partial scholarships to sponsor Alberta students (high school graduates and current post-secondary students) and scholars to participate in Chinese language studies, or academic study at the undergraduate or graduate level, or complete research in higher education institutions in China. Applicants must be permanent residents of both Alberta and Canadian citizens. Deadline for applications to Alberta Advanced Education and Technology is March 16, 2007. For an application please contact: monica.barclay@ualberta.ca.

News from the Associate Chair Research


Eastern Apicultural Society

One year funding for research on honeybees. Highest priority is given to requests for support for student projects (undergraduate summer employees/graduate student) or for equipment/supplies for distinct research projects. Deadline to EAS is April 1. See/email Peggy Poholko @ peggy.poholko@ualberta.ca for details. 
 
Grant Applications 

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.

 
Department Deadlines for Grants and Proposals
February 15 - CIHR Operating Grants   http://www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/22377.html
February 15 - Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research – Postdoctoral Fellowships  http://www.ahfmr.ab.ca/grants/FT-fellow.php 
February 15 - Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research - Major Equipment   http://www.ahfmr.ab.ca/grants/equipment.php
February 20 - APOS (Alberta Professional Outfitters Society)
http://www.apos.ab.ca/pages/legacy.htm
February 23 - Mountain Equipment Co-op
February 26 - AHFMR - Internal Allocations - Visiting Lecturer and Postdoctoral Fellow Recruitment (for March 5 competition)
http://kaplan.rso.ualberta.ca/CMS/forms/AHFMRVisit.doc
March 1 - Manning Forestry Research Fund - New applications only
http://www.mdfpresearch.ab.ca/applications.htm
March 1 - University of Alberta Self Funded grant applications
http://kaplan.rso.ualberta.ca/CMS/forms/SelfFundedResearch.doc
March 1 - University of Alberta Conference Fund applications
March 1 - Stollery Children's Hospital
https://www.stolleryapplication.med.ualberta.ca/index.cfm
March 1 - Sigma XI Grants-in-Aid
http://www.sigmaxi.org/programs/giar/guide.shtml
March 26 - AHFMR - Internal Allocations - Visiting Lecturer and Postdoctoral Fellow Recruitment (for April 2 competition)
http://kaplan.rso.ualberta.ca/CMS/forms/AHFMRVisit.doc 
March 28 - NSERC - Idea to Innovation Program
http://www.nserc.ca/professors_e.asp?nav=profnav&lbi=b4 
April 3 - NSERC - Strategic Project Grants
http://www.nserc.ca/professors_e.asp?nav=profnav&lbi=b1 
April 17 - Alberta Sport, Recreation, Parks and Wildlife Foundation - Development Initiatives
http://www.cd.gov.ab.ca/asrpwf/programs/funding/dip/index.asp
 April 17 - Alberta Cancer Board - Bridge, Pilot, Limited Term grants 
http://www.cancerboard.ab.ca/research/research_research_competition.html 
April 17 - American Museum of Natural History - Frank M. Chapman Memorial Grants, Lerner-Gray Grants for Marine Research
http://research.amnh.org/grants/grantsprog.html 
April 19 - Canon National Parks Science Scholar
http://www.nature.nps.gov/canonscholarships/ 
April 30 - AHFMR - Internal Allocations - Visiting Lecturer and Postdoctoral Fellow Recruitment (for May 7 competition)
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 Chapter of the Wildlife Society Post-graduate Award
Value: $1,500
Eligibility: A student currently in a full-time post-graduate degree program at an Alberta university in Biological Sciences, Forest Science, Animal Sciences, Zoology, or related field of study. Deadline: February 15. Please see Ches in Grad Office (CW 312) for more information.
 
Ralph Steinhauer Awards of Distinction
12- month award available to Canadian citizens or permanent residents in both M.Sc. ($15,000) and Ph.D. ($20,000) programs. At the doctoral level, students must have completed at least one full year of graduate study or a master's degree. This award is based on academic excellence. For more information, please visit:
 
AHFMR Full-Time Studentships
Value: $20,000 (plus $1,500 Research Allowance)
Eligibility: Full-time graduate program in a health-related discipline and a record of superior academic performance in studies relevant to the objectives of the Foundation. Candidates must be sponsored by a faculty supervisor with a record of productive health-oriented research and sufficient competitively acquired research funding to ensure the satisfactory conduct of the student's research during the term of the award. The supervisor must agree to provide direct and continuous supervision of the student. Successful applicants for a major award (NSERC or CIHR for example), who are also successful in the AHFMR competition will be expected to take up the major award. AHFMR will pay up to $7,000 in addition to the major award held concurrently, and offer a full AHFMR once the previous major award is terminated. Information and forms are available at www.ahfmr.ab.ca. Department Deadline: Thursday, February 22 in CW 312, Associate Chair (Graduate Studies) office.
 
Margaret Brine Scholarships for Women
Value: $2,000 to $4,000
These scholarships are awarded to female full-time graduate students in any faculty. M.Sc. students must have begun their program no later than September 2006; Ph.D. students must have begun their program no later than January 2006. Academic excellence is the major criteria (Min. 3.7 GPA). Deadline (Edmonton address) is February 23. Applications are available in Room 105 Administration Building, FGSR and may be downloaded from http://www.cfuw-edmonton.org 
 
For additional information, please contact Jennifer Kouri (780) 434-4135 kouri@shaw.ca, or Anne Valentine (780) 436-6202 pvalentine@shaw.ca.
 
Alberta Emerald Awards for Environmental Excellence
The Alberta Emerald Foundation is accepting nominations for the 2007 Alberta Emerald Awards. The awards recognise individuals and organisations that set an example of excellence in preserving, protecting, enhancing and sustaining our environment. Nomination deadline is February 28. For details, visit
 
Graduate Research Assistantship Applications
APPLY NOW for GRAs for 2007-2008: We have up to 5 GRAs to award.
GRAs provide graduate student salary support during one teaching term to allow the pursuit of research that is not compatible with teaching (need to be in the field, working at another university, thesis writing under exceptional circumstances, etc.)
Eligibility:
M.Sc.
Maximum of one GRA (one term) during their program, only in year one or two, if for conducting research off-campus.
Ph.D.
Maximum of 2 GRAs (two terms) during their program, but they can't be in the same academic year. Each GRA must be a different application in a different academic year, only in year one through four, if for conducting research off-campus. Thesis write-up GRAs are not awarded for thesis preparation unless very compelling circumstances can be demonstrated why writing is incompatible with teaching (since most students do both).
A student requesting GRA support must provide a one-to-two page letter justifying his/her request. The justification should include:
1) a brief outline of the thesis research program
2) a detailed timeline of research activities during the GRA support period
3) a detailed explanation of why the research is incompatible with teaching duties
4) a declaration signed by the supervisor that they have read the justification and agree that it accurately describes the student's research needs.
Clarifications for GRAs:
- A GRA is awarded for one term. Half GRAs (for one-half term) are possible, but are dependent on making arrangement for the other half-term.
- A student is eligible for a GRA in either term.
- The rate of payment for a GRA is the same as the rate of payment for a GTA.
Department Deadline in CW 312, Graduate Studies Office: Thursday, March 1

Academic Women's Association - Bente Roed Graduate Student Award
Value: $500
Eligibility: Applicants must be enrolled in a graduate diploma, masters or doctoral program at the University of Alberta, full- or part-time. Preference will be given to those whose research, scholarship, and/or community activities contribute to the advancement of women. Deadline: noon, March 1. For more information, please visit: www.ualberta.ca/~awa/awards_graduate.htm 
 
John G. Bene Fellowship
Value: $15,000
Eligibility: Awarded for field research expenses to a student with background that combines forestry or agroforestry with social sciences. Interdisciplinary programs (e.g. environmental studies) may be applicable. Must have completed course work and Ph.D. students have passed candidacy by the time of award tenure. The successful candidate will be the one whose work most benefits the lives of the less privileged people in a developing country. Preference given for past field experience in forestry or agriculture in a developing country. Deadline is March 1. For more information: http://www.idrc.ca/en/ev-23378-201-1-DO_TOPIC.html
 
The Wildlife Society - Donald H. Rusch Memorial Game Bird Scholarship
Value: $2,000
Eligibility: Graduate student studying any aspect of upland game bird or waterfowl biology and management. Applicants must be registered in degree program in wildlife biology, zoology, ecology or related discipline, and must be a member of The Wildlife Society (TWS). Awards are based primarily upon project merit, but also consider the candidate’s academic achievement, field experience, and career interests. The award is intended to benefit students who show promise as wildlife teachers, researchers, and managers. Deadline is March 15 in Bethesda, MD. For more information: www.wildlife.org/awards/index.cfm?tname=ruschscholarship
 
J.H. Stewart Reid Memorial Fellowship Trust
Minimum scholarship of $5,000 is awarded annually to a student registered in a doctoral program at a Canadian university, and who has a first-class academic record. The student must have completed their comprehensive examinations, or equivalent, and have had their Doctoral thesis proposal accepted by April 30th. Student must not hold scholarships that exceed in total $25,000 inclusive of the J. H. Stewart Reid Memorial Fellowship Trust. Deadline: April 30. For more information, please go to: http://stewartreid.caut.ca/English/default.htm
  
Graduate Funding/Exchange Opportunities 
Foreign Government Awards and Organization of American States Fellowships
Offered through Department of Foreign Affairs Canadian and International Scholarships Program. See www.scholarships.gc.ca/canadians-en.html
RISE (Research Internships in Science and Engineering
Summer internships in Germany offered by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). See www.daad.de/rise/en/index.html
NSERC Innovation Challenge Awards
See www.nserc.gc.ca/innovation for details. Note: Each university is allowed to submit two nominations to NSERC. Completed applications for UofA graduate students may be sent to Carla Weyland (2-9804) at TEC Edmonton. 
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)
JSPS offers several fellowships for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. See www.jsps.go.jp/english/e-plaza
Silverhill Institute of Environmental Research and Conservation Grants
Entomological Society of Canada Awards
ESC offers several graduate awards. See http://esc-sec.org/students.htm
Scholarships for Studies in Cooperation
Offered by the Canadian Cooperative Association. See
St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award
Travel award to attend the St. Gallen Symposium at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. See www.stgallen-symposium.org 
  
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 www.nserc.gc.ca/sf_e.asp?nav=sfnav&lbi=nri for details.

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.  

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
AINA Grants-in-Aid
Theme School in Northern Planning and Development Studies Scholarships
Northern Scientific Training Program Grants

Funding Opportunities
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.
2007 Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation of Canada Scholarship for Canadian Women: see www.kappakappagamma.org
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:

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
The International Development Research Centre (IRDC) offers several award opportunities for graduate students. For ongoing/current competitions, visit www.idrc.ca/awards/ev-54473-201-1-DO_TOPIC.html
 
Feminist Research Group Conference
The Feminist Research Group (FRG) at the University of Windsor of invites you to submit a proposal for presentation at the 8th annual Feminist Research Group Conference May 24 - 26, 2007 at the University of Windsor of , Windsor , Ontario , Canada . Submission deadline is February 15. The conference features feminist research and creative works, both in progress or completed, by graduate and senior undergraduate students across many disciplines.  
The international and multidisciplinary conference is a three-day event that will feature several half-day workshops and a combination of paper, panel, poster, round table, and interactive poster presentations as well as other creative presentations (e.g., visual art, short plays, musical compositions).
If you would like to present your work, please complete a 250-word summary of your work on the Conference Submission Form at http://www.uwindsor.ca/frg/submissions .
Please visit our website at http://www.uwindsor.ca/frg  for more information regarding this year's conference and previous conferences.  If you have any questions, please contact the graduate student coordinator, Kelly Meservia-Collins, at frg@uwindsor.ca or at (519) 253-3000 x 2256.  

 

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. See locations below. Register at: www.learningshop.ualberta.ca
February 20 - Incredible, Edible Fibre!, presented by Allison Easton, WholeSUM Nutrition Counselling, 269 Central Academic Building
February 28 - Considering a Career Transition?, presented by Joan Schiebelbein, Career & Placement Services; Heritage Lounge, Athabasca Hall

HPaWS and EFAP News
Support Staff Retirement Planning
Staff Programs is sponsoring two Support Staff Retirement Series, consisting of three half-day workshops designed for support staff members and their spouses who may be contemplating retirement. You must register and attend all 3 workshops (spouses register individually). The first series runs on the mornings of February 6, 13, and 22; the second series runs on the mornings of March 6, 20, and 28. For more information and to register, contact Teena Pasay at 492-7124 or teena.pasay@hrs.ualberta.ca.
 

Department Classifieds


Hockey Fundraiser
There will be a hockey game between Campus Security Service and Lister Centre  at 7:45 p.m. on March 30 in Clare Drake Arena. Tickets are $3 each and funds go to the Mayerthorpe Fallen Four Memorial Society. (Individual donations are tax receiptable, information is available at www.fallenfour.ca) The Memorial Society recognizes donors by putting their names on the memorial wall: every $100 donated = 1 sq.ft. of the Mayerthorpe Fallen Four Memorial Park. For tickets, contact Frank Liu at 709-8010 or email frank.liu@cps.ualberta.ca Thanks to everyone in advance for making this another successful year!
 
1994 Mazda 323 for Sale
Red 2-door hatchback, 186,000km, standard transmission, new all season tires (November/06), and block heater. Clean, good condition, repair record available. Comes with Thule roof system, ski racks with locks, two side-arm style bike racks ($900 retail value). Moving to California, can't take it with me. $2,950 o.b.o. Call Meg at 780-231-5071 or e-mail megk@ualberta.ca
 
1/2 Price Massage
AMTWP Registered Massage Therapist is building a clientele base and offering ½ price therapeutic massages for the remainder of February. Appointment times include Saturday’s and Tuesday evenings. Beat the rush and email at teresa.engel@ualberta.ca.
 
Sabbatical House for Rent
We are going on sabbatical for a year beginning June 2007, and hope to rent our house while we're gone, preferably to a sabbatical visitor or perhaps new incoming faculty/staff. Full details on the house can be seen at
www.biology.ualberta.ca/faculty/reuben_kaufman/index.php, see "sabbatical house for rent" on the side bar.
 
Stove for Sale
General Electric Stove for sale. Asking $150. Cash and Carry. Pamela Cheyne @ pamela.cheyne@ualberta.ca
 
Loving Temporary Home Needed for 2 Charming Cats
Blacky and Sal are about 8 years old and are strong, healthy males with easy-going temperaments. They need a home while I travel from approx February to October of this year. I will pay all expenses, and will reclaim them when I return.  These are really great cats, and they will show you the reasons why people love felines. If you can help out, please call Boyd at 439-9198. See them at www3.telus.net/public/durwood/sale
 
Please Help Cuddles the Cat Find a New Home
We are looking for a new home for CUDDLES. Our friend, who has been caring for Cuddles for the past 3+ years, is in palliative care and would be relieved to know Cuddles will be taken care of.
Cuddles adopted our friend after being abandoned by her previous family and living on her own for some time. Cuddles has been living on an acreage inside the house but enjoys lots of time outside. A home on an acreage would be preferred.
Cuddles is a spade female ….. 9 to 10 years old. Contrary to her name, she is not a lap cat but does enjoy being around people. She is quite the character. She is up to date on shots, etc.
If you can help please call Sandy at 429-0170.

Teaching News


Teaching and Learning Effectiveness Sessions
University Teaching Services offers a series of sessions  that are of interest to anyone who teaches on campus: faculty, sessional instructors and graduate students. For more information, go to http://www.ualberta.ca/~uts/Programs/TL_Effectiveness/TL_effect.htm and check out what's happening in the Winter 2007 Program.
 

On/Off Campus News and Notices


Notices From the Faculty of Science
A Brick to Remember
Buy a brick to honour those who helped build and establish the Physics and V-Wing buildings. Commemorative bricks can be prominently displayed in the CCIS as a way to recognise a friend, honour a loved one, congratulate a recent grad or leave your mark at the UofA. A portion of your $100 gift towards the purchase of a brick is tax deductible. For more information, go to www.science.ualberta.ca, e-mail buyabrick@ualberta.ca or call 2-5864.
 
Offerings from the Department of Music
Friday, February 16 - Music at Convocation Hall I, Artists: Shelley Younge, Tanya Prochazka, Virginie Gagne, Charles Hudelson, Sylvia Shadick-Taylor; Composers: George Crumb, Srul Irving Glick, Arnold Schoenberg, $20 adult, $15 student/senior
 
Inside/OUT 2006/2007 Speakers' Series
All meetings take place on Thursdays from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. in Room 7-152 Education North, unless otherwise noted. Funding and support provided by the University of Alberta Faculty of Education, Office of Human Rights, Bookstores and cjsr Radio.
February 15 - Cruising Queer Constellations of Urban Space or Adventures in New Narrative, presented by Dr. Dianne Chisholm, Department of English and Film Studies
March 21 - 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. in Room 165 Education South. Hate Crimes and Human Rights: What You Should Know and What You Can Do To Create a Safer Campus Community, presented by Constable Robinder Gill, Edmonton Police Service Hate and Bias Crime Unit and Kristopher Wells, Member of Edmonton Police Chief's Advisory Council. This is a special community presentation sponsored by the UofA Office of Human Rights in recognition of March 21 as the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. 
 
Silver Skate Festival and Winter Celebration
Enjoy Edmonton's River Valley on Family Day weekend by taking part in the Silver Skate Festival and Winter Celebration on February 17 and 18. There will be free programming and activities for all ages, families, and lifestyles, plus you can watch artists create a snow sculpture gallery. For more information, call 454-9191 or go to www.silverskatefestival.org
Edmonton Winter Triathlon
Skaters, skiers and runners of any age, strength and ability are invited to participate in the Mammoet Edmonton Winter Triathlon. All ages are challenged to skate 10km, ski 10km and run 5km in this friendly competition. The Triathlon is designed as a team relay and staff, faculty and associates are invited to make a team. Entry forms for the triathlon and course details can be found at www.silverskatefestival.org
 
Pesticide-Free Edmonton
Pesticide-free Edmonton has posted a petition to phase out cosmetic pesticides in the city; please see it at http://www.gopetition.com/online/10190.html. See the great comments that people sent in, by clicking on "signatures" on top right. Thank-you for your interest. Elisabeth Beaubien, Plantwatch, and Deanne Timmons, on behalf of those with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity.
 
 
Call for Proposals – Industrial Problem Solving Workshop
The Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences (PIMS) announces the 11th Annual Industrial Problem Solving Workshop, "Connecting Industry to Solutions" to take place June 11-15, 2007 at the University of Alberta. The Industrial Problem Solving Workshop (IPSW) invites the submission of real-world problems that can be addressed with mathematical tools. Problems may originate from any industrial, commercial, government, or NGO sector, and can address topics in technological, environmental, medical, developmental, or other applications.
The deadline for preliminary inquiries for this year’s workshop is 2 March 2007. To submit a problem, please contact Dr. Thomas Hillen at 2-3395 or by e-mail at thillen@math.ualberta.ca, or Dr. Marjorie Wonham at 2-0215 or by e-mail at mwonham@ualberta.ca to discuss the proposed problem. For workshop details and past projects, see the brochure or visit the IPSW website at www.pims.math.ca/ipsw/.
 
Campus Computing 2007
Campus Computing 2007 (CC2007) is in the process of being organized. It will take place on June 5, 2007 from about 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in ETLC.
It is planned to have four simultaneuos session streams with about 1/2 of the sessions research related and 1/2 technical related. The research sessions are geared towards explaining the exciting research happening at the University using computers in innovative ways (lots of machines, lots of storage, special types of machines, helping to bridge distance etc.). The technical sessions are geared towards innovative use of computing technology on campus which helps system adminstration of administrative or teaching use of computers. Each session is scheduled for 45 minutes, the presentation is expected to last about 40 minutes including questions. The additional 5 minutes at the end of each session is intended to help with room changes.
If you think that you have something you would like the CC2007 committee to consider for presentation, please go to http://www.ualberta.ca/CC2007  and fill in the form. Call for Papers - deadline March 15, 2007.
 
2007 Free Master Composter & Recycler Program
The City of Edmonton's Waste Management Branchhosts a FREEthree-week course April 17 - May 5, 2007. It takes place on Tuesdays and Thrusdays - evenings and Saturdays all day, for three concesuctive weeks.  Application deadline is March 16, 2007. Participants will learn about environmental stewardship in Edmonton including Waste Management, home composting, household hazardous waste, vermicomposting/residential recycling. This course offers in-class instruction as well as several trips to various City facilities.
After finishing the course, graduates complete 35 hours of volunteer activity promoting the four Rs: reduce, reuse, recycle/recover. Graduates become important resources in their communities as they broaden awareness about the importance of composting/recycling.

Examples of volunteer activities include:
-Help with Reuse Fairs

-Helping friends/neighbours with composting problems

-Public education display booths

-Assisting with programs/ maintenance at the City Compost Education Centers

-Assisting at various demonstration gardens

-Public/school presentations, etc.
There are many other opportunities for volunteers to contribute, and volunteers are able to choose the opportunities that interest them the most.
Join us & learn more about recycling/composting and share your knowledge with others. To become a Master Composter/Recycler Volunteer contact:
Karen Lewis-Caron:
496-5991
e-mail: karen.lewiscaron@edmonton.ca or  mcrp@edmonton.ca

For more information go to www.edmonton.ca/waste/.
 

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