Dr. Ed McCauley to be next president and vice-chancellor of the University of Calgary

The Board of Governors of the University of Calgary has selected Dr. Ed McCauley, PhD, as the university's ninth president and vice-chancellor. Currently the university’s vice-president (research), McCauley will move into the role on Jan. 1, 2019, succeeding Dr. Elizabeth Cannon, PhD. “Dr. McCauley is an inspirational leader who truly embodies the special energy of our university and our city,” says Jill Wyatt, chair of UCalgary’s Board of Governors and the Presidential Search Committee. “He…

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A case for project-based learning

                              One newspaper headline read New surgeons lack dexterity after too much screen-time. The BBC proclaimed Surgery students 'losing dexterity to stitch patients'. Roger Kneebone, a professor of surgical education at Imperial College London, made these controversial claims at an education symposium held recently at the V&A Museum in London. Controversial or not, it is worth examining the value of hands-on learning in our schools. In the past, I visited schools in the…

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University of Lethbridge iGEM teams tackling relevant issues, awarded gold and silver at Giant Jamboree

From over 300 teams, representing countries from all over the world, the U of L’s collegiate team secured a gold medal and the high school entry a silver at the 2018 International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition in Boston, MA. The collegiate team’s project VINCEnT focused on developing tools for other synthetic biology researchers. Targeting specific tissues, cell types, or cellular organelles is important for the correct treatment of many diseases. The U of L…

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Lost in Translation: Dealing with Data Diversity

While Canada welcomes diverse cultures, researchers on the Efficient Dairy Genome Project are finding diverse data to be an unexpected challenge. As they gather information from international partners to apply genomics in raising feed efficiency and lower methane emissions in dairy cows, Genome Alberta scientists might be reminded of an old adage: Be careful what you wish for. It takes a village In studies like this, the more data you collect, the greater your chances…

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Research on Disease Resilience an Enriching Experience

How does environmental enrichment relate to disease resilience in pigs? If you answered “I have no idea”, full marks for honesty. As research continues on the Genome Alberta-led project to enhance disease resilience in pigs, a related study of the effect of environmental enrichment on the immune response could offer some valuable insights of its own. “This study builds upon research data from the Netherlands showing that if pigs are raised in a highly enriched…

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Genome Research Heats Up to Combat Global Warming

If someone told you cow burps hold the key to global warming, you might have them committed. As it turns out, though, the commitment of scientists to greening the planet with genetics has led them to an unlikely pollution source. Long before “The Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5ºC” was released in the Republic of Korea, researchers here at home were hard at work doing their part for the planet. By now, much of…

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Action to reduce methane emissions already underway

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Action to reduce methane emissions already underway Alberta livestock research staying ahead of climate change warnings (October 30, 2018) Calgary - With the recent release of The Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5ºC, current research by Genome Alberta on methane reduction is timely to say the least. The report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) highlights a number of climate change impacts that could be avoided by limiting global…

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Examining the responsible application of genomics research

Genome BC is pleased to announce recipients of project funding through its Societal Issues Competition. The projects announced in this second round of funding will examine societal issues related to agrifood and natural resources. Inside every living thing is DNA — the blueprint of life. As life scientists develop innovations in genomic technologies, people and industries alike are changing how they see and interact with the world. The application of genomics in our society is…

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Cosmos at the Glenbow

                                   Where can you see DNA across the galaxy and read what astronaut Dr. Robert Thirsk has to say about it? At a new exhibition at Calgary’s Glenbow Museum curated by Mary-Beth Laviolette and including artists Erik Olson, Margaret Nazon and Gathie Falk. When Mary-Beth invited me to the opening, she asked me if there was time to do some…

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An entry in the Journal of Unpublished Results

On September 14th, the Government of Quebec announced the discovery of the province's first known case of chronic wasting disease. The disease is a progressive and fatal degenerative disease of the nervous system of cervids, which include mule deer, elk, and moose. There is currently no direct scientific evidence that CWD is transmitted to humans but it can have a major impact on hunting, recreation, and First Nations culture. The Quebec case was found in…

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