Tagged May 28 2015

University of Calgary researcher mixes comic books and academic thought

By Rachel Woodward, May 28 2015 — Most students view their dissertation as little more than a lengthy paper or research project standing in the way of graduating. The opposite is true for Nick Sousanis, a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Calgary who wrote his entire thesis in comic-book form. The dissertation Sousanis wrote…

American soccer gaining global prominence

By Sonny Sachdeva, May 28 2015 — When you think of soccer’s powerhouse teams, a few names come to mind. Manchester United. Real Madrid. Barcelona F.C. Europe has ruled the sport for much of its history. Brazil and Argentina are the only non-European nations to boast some of soccer’s best players. One country that certainly…

We need a higher minimum wage

During the election, the Alberta New Democratic Party (NDP) promised to raise the provincial minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2018. The NDP took control of the legislature from the Tories on May 5, and new Premier Rachel Notley says the party plans to follow through with its campaign promise. Although the proposed change…

Foothills Campus installs secure bike storage

By Fabian Mayer, May 28 2015 — Cyclists at the University of Calgary’s Foothills Campus have a new place to store their bikes. The secure bike storage facility is in the courtyard between the Health Sciences Centre and Health Research Innovation Centre. The caged facility can accommodate about 250 bikes and costs $30 per year…

Music streaming undercompensates artists

By Jason Herring, May 28 2015 — When online music streaming service TIDAL launched in late March, it was accompanied by a press conference featuring 16 of the most popular musicians today, who are ‘artist shareholders’ of the company. Jay-Z, Kanye West, Beyonce, Daft Punk, Arcade Fire and Jack White were just some of the…

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…

Tech expert explores social computing

By Claudia Wong, May 28 2015 — Technology expert Xun Luo gave a talk about how social elements are natural ingredients for computing at the University of Calgary on May 25. Luo works with Qualcomm Research, an American communications company. He holds a PhD in computer science and is the inventor or co-inventor of over…

New Music: Holly Herndon

By Jason Herring, May 28 2015 — Glitchy electronic soundscapes, fragmented vocalizations and bizarre sound collages define Holly Herndon’s latest album Platform. The San Fransisco-based composer’s sonic experimentations are original and compelling, but too indulgent at times for most listeners to enjoy. Platform finds Herndon building on the largely conventional electronic sound of her debut….

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