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Posted on 8 April, 2010

UPEI’s Institute of Island Studies and Environmental Studies Program and the Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI (MCPEI) are helping to establish a research network to support climate change adaptation in coastal communities of the Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence.

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRCC) has granted $1 million over five years to a group of Maritime universities and watershed organizations for research and pilot projects. Involving nine community partner organizations, nine universities and more than 22 researchers in PEI, NB, NS, and Quebec, the alliance is led by Dr. Steve Plante of the University of Quebec at Rimouski (UQAR), and Chantal Gagnon, Executive Director of the Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence Coalition for Sustainability.

“Integrated coastal zone and watershed management poses great challenges to...

Posted on 7 April, 2010

Dalhousie University medical students will join musicians from the University of Prince Edward Island on Saturday, April 10 in a gala concert at the Dr. Steel Recital Hall beginning at 7:30 p.m. The concert will feature Dalhousie’s Music-in-Medicine participants, UPEI’s Brass Quintet, Chorus and Men's Vocal Ensemble, and other UPEI vocal and instrumental soloists.

Keith Baglole, a recent music graduate from UPEI who is now a Dalhousie medical student, will perform as a baritone soloist with the TestosterTONES, one of four performance groups in the Music-in-Medicine program.

The gala concert is preceded by a free seminar in UPEI’s Main Building Faculty Lounge, at 3:30 p.m., where current medical students will meet with PEI students considering careers in the health professions. The seminar is open to students from a variety of educational backgrounds....

Posted on 7 April, 2010

The UPEI Co-operative Education Student of the Year awards in Business, Computer Science, and Physics were presented recently at a special event in Don and Marion McDougall Hall at UPEI.

Employers, students, and faculty gathered to recognize the winners and celebrate their accomplishments. The guest speaker was John Rowe, Director and President of the Timeless Group of Companies in Charlottetown. His presentation focused on the importance of having a good team to create success.

Award recipients are selected based on job performance, academic performance, academic/school involvement, accountability, responsibility, and their contributions to their employers during their co-operative education work terms.

Emma McPhail of Charlottetown received the award for Business. In the spring of 2009, she completed a work term with the Neilson Company in the UK where she...

Posted on 6 April, 2010

The kids are all right. Well... maybe they’re just big-boned. Or perhaps… OK, let’s face it: the kids have an obesity problem. Let’s talk about it at UPEI’s next Research on Tap. The discussion starts at 7 p.m., April 6, in the bar at Mavor’s in the Confederation Centre of the Arts.

“I think schools do have a role to play to help promote healthier eating,” argues Dr. Jennifer Taylor. “But then again, so do parents. So do communities. So does government. So does the food industry.”

Taylor will discuss nutrition policies in Island schools, including ones that categorize food based on their nutritional value.

“There is controversy as to whether we should label a particular food as good or bad, and where the focus should be to reduce childhood obesity. I think we need to take a step back...

Posted on 1 April, 2010

Dr. Michael Cameron, BBCA, Chair of the Behaviour Analysis Department at Simmons College, Boston, will give a free public workshop called “The Role of Recreational Activities in Promoting Quality of Life for Children with Disabilities” on Saturday, April 10, at UPEI.

The workshop will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Wanda Wyatt Lecture Theatre, KC Irving Chemistry Centre.

The purpose of the workshop is to: (1) teach family members and educators how to identify the recreational and leisure interests of children, adolescents, and young adults; (2) how to identify an individual’s personal strengths for the purpose of building health promoting activities and to affect quality of life; (3) how to identify activities that reconcile with a family's unique interests and the interests of a family's local community; and (4) how to build recreational and...

Posted on 31 March, 2010

The Atlantic Veterinary College at the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Mark Fast to the role of Novartis Research Chair in Fish Health.

As a faculty member with the Atlantic Veterinary College’s Pathology and Microbiology department, Dr. Fast will focus on in-depth research and education in the area of fish health–a unique and quickly emerging field of study in veterinary medicine. Dr. Fast, who was previously an Assistant Professor in Aquatic Diseases and Immunology at Stony Brook University’s renowned School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences in New York, joined the Atlantic Veterinary College in February 2010.

“We are very pleased to have Dr. Fast join our outstanding research, education and service team,” says Dr. Donald L. Reynolds, Dean of...

Posted on 26 March, 2010

Poet John J. Guiney Yallop will give a public reading from his work on Wednesday, March 31, at 7 p.m., in the UPEI Main Building Faculty Lounge. He will also give a public talk on Thursday, April 1, at 6:30 p.m., in Main Building, Room 220, about his path to poetic inquiry, and how he uses poetry in his learning, teaching, and research. An assistant professor at Acadia University, Yallop is author of Notes to My Prostate (2010) and On place and memory: A poetic journey (forthcoming). These free events are presented by the UPEI Centre of Education Research. For more information, please contact Christine Gordon Manley at (902) 566-6784 or

Posted on 25 March, 2010

You can’t spin a two-litre pop bottle in the modern world without hitting another piece of plastic. Plastics are cheap to produce, lightweight, and are strong and flexible enough to be used in millions of applications. However, most are made from finite oil resources, and at the end of their usefulness are either thrown into a landfill or burned, generating harmful emissions.

Dr. Andrew Dove, Associate Professor of Chemistry and RCUK at the University of Warwick in Coventry, UK, will give a public talk entitled "Biodegradable Plastics: A Sustainable Future or A Temporary Fix?” on Wednesday, March 31, in the Wanda Wyatt Lecture Theatre (Room 104) of UPEI’s K. C. Irving Chemistry Building, at 7 p.m.

Poly(lactide) is the leading contender of the new so-called “green plastics,” made of renewable organic material. As the cost of...

Posted on 25 March, 2010

Jared Gomes, a UPEI business student, was named the Canadian Interuniversity Sport Rookie of the Year for men’s hockey Wednesday night in Thunder Bay at the All-Canadian Banquet, kicking off the University Cup. Gomes, a native of Brampton, Ontario became the first UPEI winner of the Clare Drake Award since its inception in 1985-86.

Gomes was named the 2009-10 recipient of the A.J. MacAdam Memorial Trophy as the Rookie of the Year in the Atlantic University Sport conference on March 16th, putting him in the running for the national honour.

The 6-foot-1, 190-pound forward had an impressive freshman season for the UPEI Panthers finishing ninth in AUS scoring with 33 points (17-16-33) in 28 games, second in the conference with four game-winning goals, and sixth with seven power-play markers. The 21-year-old freshman, who led his team in goals, power-play goals and...

Posted on 24 March, 2010

Chad Heron, a fourth-year UPEI School of Business student, overcame stiff competition to win a $5,000 first prize and the opportunity to compete for the national Nicol Award in Ottawa on March 30, 2010.

Mr. Heron’s winning concept, The, triumphed over four other entrants who made the UPEI shortlist for the prestigious entrepreneurial competition.

The helps students connect, share and collaborate. The initial product is an online textbook exchange that offers features for both buyers and sellers, eliminating the need for “Books for Sale” flyers that are a universal feature of any university bulletin board. With the rising cost of textbooks, the demand for used books is growing. With limited options to buy and sell books, The is a great opportunity for student engagement and monetization. The...

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