BIOFEEDBACK, Week Ending: February 15, 2007,
Volume 14, Number 6
Submission deadline for the next issue is at noon on Wednesday, February 21.
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com or phone at 2-1267. (Nicole McCutchen, Research Coordinator, Alberta Caribou Committee).
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"
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"
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?"
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"
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 -
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 @ email@example.com for details.
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 20 - APOS (Alberta Professional Outfitters Society)
February 26 - AHFMR - Internal Allocations - Visiting Lecturer and Postdoctoral Fellow Recruitment (for March 5 competition)
March 1 - Manning Forestry Research Fund - New applications only
March 1 - University of Alberta Self Funded grant applications
March 1 - University of Alberta Conference Fund applications
March 1 - Stollery Children's Hospital
March 1 - Sigma XI Grants-in-Aid
March 26 - AHFMR - Internal Allocations - Visiting Lecturer and Postdoctoral Fellow Recruitment (for April 2 competition)
March 28 - NSERC - Idea to Innovation Program
April 3 - NSERC - Strategic Project Grants
April 17 - Alberta Sport, Recreation, Parks and Wildlife Foundation - Development Initiatives
April 17 - Alberta Cancer Board - Bridge, Pilot, Limited Term grants
April 17 - American Museum of Natural History - Frank M. Chapman Memorial Grants, Lerner-Gray Grants for Marine Research
April 19 - Canon National Parks Science Scholar
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
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
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.)
Maximum of one GRA (one term) during their program, only in year one or two, if for conducting research off-campus.
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
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
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
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
RISE (Research Internships in Science and Engineering
NSERC Innovation Challenge Awards
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)
Silverhill Institute of Environmental Research and Conservation Grants
Entomological Society of Canada Awards
Scholarships for Studies in Cooperation
Offered by the Canadian Cooperative Association. See
St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award
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
Theme School in Northern Planning and Development Studies Scholarships
Northern Scientific Training Program Grants
The MITACS Internship Program is currently accepting internship applications for university-industry research projects related to mathematical sciences. For information, visit www.mitacsinternships.ca
The International Council for Canadian Studies is accepting applications for its Canadian Studies Postdoctoral Fellowship program.
E8 Sustainable Energy Development Scholarship Programme: see www.e8.org
FGSR Travel Grants
FGSR has research travel grants worth up to $600 and $800 for M.Sc. and Ph.D. students, respectively. Supports travel to a research conference, symposium, library, archive, etc. and is available only once during a student's program. M.Sc. students must have completed preliminary coursework; Ph.D. students must have either completed their candidacy or completed preliminary coursework and be well into the research part of the program. Please visit:
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com.
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
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 and Learning Effectiveness Sessions
On/Off Campus News and Notices
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or Dr. Marjorie Wonham at 2-0215 or by e-mail at email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
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