Tagged Research

Academic conference to take over campus in spring semester

By Melanie Woods, April 4 2016 — Students enrolled in spring semester classes will get a week off at the end of May when Canada’s largest annual gathering of scholars comes to campus. The University of Calgary will host Canada’s annual Congress for the Humanities and Social Sciences from May 28–June 3. Over 8,000 scholars will…

Research group looks at youth mental health

By Claudia Wong, January 26 2016 — University of Calgary researchers are working to identify psychosis predictors for high risk youth. Psychosis is a medical condition that includes a disruption in brain functioning. Symptoms include confused thought, increased suspiciousness, grandiosity, impulsivity and disorganized communication. Georgia Carstensen and Catherine Marshall are research coordinators focusing on youth at…

Library doubles digital resource collection

By Lianelle Barraza, January 19 2016 — The University of Calgary library has added three million new library resources, doubling the size of its collection.  The library accomplished this feat by working with HathiTrust, an international partner of several major academic institutions and libraries. HathiTrust offers U of C students, faculty and staff access to…

U of C researcher turns lettuce into synthetic rubber

By Diltaj Atwal, February 12 2015 — Researchers at the University of Calgary have identified an enzyme in lettuce that allows them to synthesize natural rubber from the leafy green. Associate professor Dae-Kyun Ro and PhD student Yang Qu’s research found a component naturally occurring in lettuce called cis-Prenyltransferase, the key to the biosynthesis of natural…

U of C study shows 2015 flu vaccine ineffective

By Scott Strasser, February 12 2015 — According to a study involving University of Calgary professor James Dickinson, the influenza vaccine for 2014–15 hasn’t been very effective. In some cases, it has actually increased the chance of getting the flu. The study showed that the 2014–15 vaccine alone had a 43 per cent effectiveness against…

Ph.D student makes dino discovery

By Hayden McBennett, November 20 2014 — University of Calgary Ph.D student Kohei Tanaka recently made a breakthrough in the study of dinosaur nesting habits. Paleontologists have long wondered whether oviraptorosaurs — feathered, ostrich-like dinosaurs whose name means “egg thief lizards” — buried or nested the eggs. It was believed the eggs were buried since…

New research chair in cattle research

By Alexander Kim, November 20 2014 — Two Alberta ranchers donated $5 million to the University of Calgary’s faculty of veterinary medicine to support research in cattle welfare on Nov. 4. Father and daughter J.C. Anderson and Wynne Chisholm own WA Ranches Ltd. and raise calves together. Their donation established the Anderson-Chisholm research chair in…

U of C researcher finds ancient virus in frozen caribou dung

By Hayden McBennett, November 13 2014 — A University of Calgary researcher working in Canada’s Arctic has discovered a 700-year-old plant virus preserved in frozen caribou dung. U of C permafrost and glacial hydrologist Brian Moorman and his team were investigating layers of ice commonly occupied by caribou and their hunters. The 4,000-year-old ice patch…

U of C neuroscience student wins research award

By Babur Ilchi, November 6 2014 — Third-year neuroscience student Yasamin Mahjoub was awarded for her research on iron neurotoxicity in brain cells at the Markin Research Symposium in Health and Wellness. Mahjoub won the oral presentation award in early-October, which includes a $250 grant. Mahjoub tested different drugs and pregnancy hormones to see if…

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