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Class explores magic, witchcraft and religion

By Fabian Mayer, September 10 2015 — Magic, Witchcraft and Gods — while it sounds like a topic that might be studied at Hogwarts, it’s actually an anthropology (ANTH) course offered at the University of Calgary. ANTH 363 — Magic, Witchcraft and Gods: Anthropology of Religion — starts by asking what religion is. The course…

Student links plant care to fitness habits

By Claudia Wong, September 3 2015 — A University of Calgary engineering student is studying how technology can motivate people to be more active. Researcher Fadi Botros is linking plant growth to fitness goals. His system, tentatively named Fitness Flower, involves cyclamen flowers, a FitBit, a credit-card sized computer and a water pump. “The computer is…

U of C gets grant for microbiome research centre

By Fabian Mayer, August 6 2015 —    The University of Calgary has been given a $9.9-million grant to establish a microbiome research centre within the Cumming School of Medicine. The facility is slated to open in 2017 and will be the second of its kind in Canada. Minister of state for western economic diversification…

English professor writes genetic poetry into DNA of unkillable bacteria

By Fabian Mayer, August 6 2015 —    A University of Calgary researcher is nearing the end of his project to write a poem that lasts forever. English professor Christian Bök has been working to insert his poetry into bacteria since the early 2000s. Bök calls his project The Xenotext. He aims to write a short…

Professor from Cairo teaches summer course on the Middle East

By Brittany Haines (with files from Fabian Mayer), July 30 2015 — The Middle East is often on the evening news. A summer political science class (POLI 369) at the University of Calgary dissects the complexities of the conflict-riddled region. Egyptian academic Walid Kazziha teaches the summer version of the course. Kazziha, a professor of political…

U of C researchers fit rooster with 3D printed feet

By Claudia Wong, July 23 2015 — Researchers at the University of Calgary have fitted a rooster with 3D printed prosthetics. Foghorn the rooster was picked up last winter by Calgary Animal and Bylaw Services after losing his feet to frostbite. After being fitted with prosthetic feet by professor of veterinary medicine Daniel Pang, researcher Mark…

Students win award for refugee shelter design

By Daniela Veiga, June 11 2015 — Two University of Calgary students won an international prize for their refugee shelter design. The masters of architecture students were tasked with designing refugee shelter prototypes in EVDA 782, a senior research class. One of the projects — “The Fold,” designed by Amber Lafontaine and Sophia Li —…

U of C professor wins $1.65-million grant for carbon capture research

By Fabian Mayer, May 28 2015 — A University of Calgary professor has been awarded a six-year, $1.65-million grant to train students in carbon capture technologies. Carbon capture seeks to mitigate climate change by collecting carbon emissions from power plants, usually storing it underground. The Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) grant is awarded by the…

U of C author’s work found on bin Laden’s bookshelf

By Fabian Mayer, May 28 2015 — A University of Calgary professor’s celebrity grew last week when the CIA  revealed that one of his books was found in Osama bin Laden’s Pakistani compound. Barry Cooper teaches courses in political philosophy and has been at the U of C for over 30 years. His book, titled New…

An education has its own value

By Kate Jacobson, April 9 2015 When Premier Jim Prentice released Alberta’s budget on March 26, he urged post-secondary schools to shed “low-value programs” to make up for this year’s 1.4 per cent budget cut. But there’s no such thing as a low-value program. Talking about pursuing a post-secondary education only in terms of employability is…

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