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Posted on 26 June, 2015

Dr. Ian Dohoo, professor emeritus of epidemiology at the Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC) at UPEI, was honoured recently with an honorary doctorate in veterinary medicine by the University of Helsinki in Finland.

Dohoo was one of ten people honoured by the University of Helsinki’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine during a three-day celebration that included, among other events, a sword-whetting ceremony, the degree conferment ceremony, a formal ball, and a salute to the rising sun at 4:01 a.m. Helsinki time. Five people from Finland, including Sauli Niinistö, president of the country, and five from other countries were awarded honorary degrees during the event. During the conferment ceremony, Dohoo was presented with the University of Helinski’s insignia of academic rank—a doctoral top hat and a sword.

Dohoo received his honorary...

Posted on 19 June, 2015

The Steering Committee for the 10th North Atlantic Forum conference, “Building Community Resilience: Innovation, Culture, and Governance in Place,” to be held from 16 to 19 September 2015 in Summerside, is extending the early bird registration deadline until June 30. The early bird rate is $275, which includes conference materials, meals during the conference, conference banquet on September 18, shuttle from Charlottetown Airport, return transportation to Charlottetown, one field trip excursion, and local transportation events in Summerside.
The North Atlantic Forum is a network of researchers, policy-makers, and development practitioners focused on best practices in social and economic development and governance. The members believe in and celebrate the power of small, and the innovations that come out of unlikely places.

“Our Government is pleased to...

Posted on 18 June, 2015

The University of Prince Edward Island announced today that Greg Gould is returning as head coach of the Women’s Basketball team.

Gould, originally from Moncton, New Brunswick, coached the Panthers from 2012-14 and prior to that led the coaching staff for the girls’ basketball team at Riverview High School in New Brunswick. He will begin his post at UPEI immediately to fill the vacancy left by Mark English last month.

Chris Huggan, Director of Athletics and Recreation said, “While we were impressed with all of the candidates we interviewed, Greg Gould is an experienced, committed and highly successful coach. We are very excited to welcome Greg back, to take our program to the next level and build upon last year’s success.” The 2014-15 team played in the final of the AUS championship, placing second behind Saint Mary’s.

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Posted on 17 June, 2015

When UPEI Men’s hockey coach Forbie MacPherson offered Ryan MacKinnon the chance to don the famed green and white Panthers jersey , the Summerside native felt an overwhelming sense of pride.

“Obviously, growing up in PEI and watching the Panthers makes you wish to someday put on that jersey,” said MacKinnon, who starred in his final major junior season last year with the Charlottetown Islanders of the QMJHL. “It is an amazing opportunity and I feel very privileged for the chance to play at UPEI.”

MacKinnon had the best offensive season of his career in 2014-15, scoring 10 goals and adding 40 assists in 64 games. He also added five assists in the playoffs. MacKinnon knows he will be counted on to fill some of the void left with the graduation of Panther standout defencemen Reggie Traccitto to the American Hockey League.
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Posted on 10 June, 2015

The UPEI Men’s Hockey Panthers are pleased to announce that winger Carter Rigby will join the team for the upcoming season.

At 6’0, 225 lbs, Rigby combines size, speed, and determination with a nose for the net. In four WHL seasons, Rigby scored 70 goals and added 62 assists while playing with the Kelowna Rockets and Swift Current Broncos. After finishing his junior career in March, Rigby played four games in the East Coast Hockey League with the Stockton Thunder, adding three assists. His strong season landed Rigby with an invitation to attend 2015 NHL summer camp with the Minnesota Wild.

“When I come to the rink, I bring a lot of energy to the game,” said Rigby, a native of Penticton, BC. “I feel UPEI fans will see a solid, tough player who loves to play the body and put the puck in the net.”

UPEI Head...

Posted on 10 June, 2015

University of Prince Edward Island Men’s Basketball Head Coach Tim Kendrick is excited to announce that Samy Mohamed from Toronto, Ontario has committed to join the Panthers.

Mohamed is transferring from Algoma University after three seasons in the OUA, therefore, as per CIS rules, will redshirt the 2015–16 season to be eligible for 2016–17.

The 6’0” guard holds the single game scoring record at Algoma with 48 points. Mohamed also currently holds the Ontario College Athletic Association (OCAA) single game, three-point shooting record at 14. In 2012–13, Mohamed was selected to the OCAA All-Rookie Team. Mohamed played his high school basketball with the Blessed Mother of Teresa Titans where he was twice selected to the Senior Catholic School All-Star Team.

Mohamed says, “I am thrilled to join the UPEI Panther program to...

Posted on 9 June, 2015

The UPEI International Relations Office (IRO) is recruiting volunteer Conversation Partners for its summer programs. The IRO hosts an English Language Summer Camp where students participate in English Academic Preparation (EAP) courses in the morning and fun, educational activities during the afternoon. The camps will be ongoing through the summer from July 24 through August 28. For more information, please visit http://projects.upei.ca/englishsummercamp/.

The IRO is looking for volunteers to participate in activities with these visiting students. Volunteers will be encouraged to become Conversation Partners, to help fellow students learn, and develop their English language skills.

This opportunity will allow you to learn about another culture, participate in fun socio-cultural activities, and help students...

Posted on 9 June, 2015

The Department of English at UPEI and the PEI Writers’ Guild will co-host much-loved author Sheree Fitch as Writer in Residence during June 21-28.

Sheree is a children’s author, poet, and novelist with more than 25 publications. She has received numerous awards and given presentations and workshops on many topics in Canada and abroad. Her writing for both children and adults has been described as “exuberant, joy-filled and wise.” Her readings are “magical” and her workshops “inspirational.”

Her two workshops will be on Saturday, June 27: “Writing Children’s Literature – Serious Nonsense, Word Play & Utter Stuff” at 9:30 am-12:00 pm, and “How to Write That Book You Need to Write” at 1:00 pm-3:30 pm. Both workshops will be in the SDU Main Building, room 320, UPEI.

Sheree will...

Posted on 3 June, 2015

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among Canadian men, with one in seven developing the disease in his lifetime. An average of 65 Canadian men are diagnosed every day, and 11 of those men will die from it. 90% of cases can be cured thanks to medical advances, but early detection is the key.

Every year, motorcycle enthusiasts from across the country join together to raise funds to fight prostate cancer in the TELUS Motorcycle Ride for Dad. In this year’s edition, some of the money raised by the PEI chapter will support the research Dr. Bill Whelan, professor of physics at UPEI.

Dr. Whelan’s research uses technology called optoacoustics, which uses light and sound to detect cancer. With optoacoustics, short pulses of light are sent into tissue, and sound is created. Measuring the strength and frequency of the sound may help to better locate cancerous...

Posted on 3 June, 2015

 Richard Nowakowski will talk games in a public lecture on Friday, June 5 at 5 pm as part of the Canadian Mathematical Society’s Summer Meeting at the University of Prince Edward Island.

“Games in general have very nice mathematical formulas,” said Nowakowski. “It may look like there are a number of possible moves, but mathematical analysis focuses on just a few.”

Chess and checkers are two games that Nowakowski studies, as he specializes in two-player games where the players move alternately, there are no random factors and the last player to move determines the winner.

Nowakowski is heavily involved with the CMS and mathematics in the Maritimes. He volunteers with Dalhousie Math Circles, a mathematics outreach program based out of the Department of Mathematics & Statistics at Dalhousie University, where he works as a...

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