Media Releases

Posted on 28 October, 2011

UPEI has moved four spots from eighth position to rank fourth overall among ‘primarily undergraduate’ universities in this year’s Maclean’s magazine’s annual university rankings. The climb is due in large part to UPEI's strong showing in the ‘student awards’ and ‘total research dollars’ categories, placing the University in a tie with Alberta’s University of Lethbridge.

This is the 21st year for Maclean’s annual ranking of 49 Canadian universities. Maclean’s divides the schools into doctoral, comprehensive and primarily undergraduate categories and ranks them on performance in class sizes, faculty, resources, student support, library resources and the university’s reputation.

UPEI President Alaa Abd-El-Aziz said, “I am very proud of our community of students,...

Posted on 28 October, 2011

 Dr. Shannon Murray, professor of English and 3M Teaching Fellow at UPEI will be in Halifax, Nova Scotia, tonight to attend the Association of Atlantic Universities' (AAU) annual meeting and dinner, held in conjunction with the AAU Teaching Showcase. Dr. Murray is the recipient of this year’s ‘AAU Coordinating Committee on Faculty Development’s Distinguished Service Award.’

UPEI President Alaa Abd-El-Aziz said, “On behalf of UPEI faculty, staff, students and alumni, I extend our congratulations as well as our thanks to Shannon for her dedication to teaching, to the student experience, and to supporting her colleagues through a long commitment to faculty development. We’re so pleased the example of high standards in teaching that Shannon has set here on our campus and around the region is being recognized by her peers in this way....

Posted on 28 October, 2011

UPEI’s Relay for life will take place October 28 at the Chi-Wan Young Sports Centre, giving students, faculty and staff an opportunity to celebrate life and remember those who have survived or died from cancer. The first campus Relay for Life took place in October 2008.

The 12-hour overnight event will get underway at 6 pm and run overnight until 6 am, Saturday, October 29. Everyone on campus is encouraged to attend and contribute-- an especially poignant moment will be the lighting of the luminaries and survivors' walk.

To donate, or for more information, click here.

Posted on 28 October, 2011

New anti-inflammatory compound shows promise to be more than the sum of its parts

The University of Prince Edward Island today licensed a promising piece of medical technology to Carmel Biosciences, a biomedical company based in Tucker, Georgia. The technology is a “co-drug” with powerful anti-inflammatory activity.

“This novel compound is derived from naturally occurring products with proven safety and efficacy in humans,” said Dr. Tarek Saleh, chair of Biomedical Sciences at UPEI’s Atlantic Veterinary College. “We’ve bonded them chemically and created a unique compound. This new compound shows great potential as an anti-inflammatory for use in neurological disorders such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and stroke.”

Dr. Saleh developed the new compound, patent-pending under the name UPEI-100,...

Posted on 19 October, 2011

Students in two EAP classes held a potluck lunch fundraiser last week to support their entries in this year’s Wheel & Win event, taking place on October 20at 4:00 pm at the Chi-Wan Young Sports Centre at UPEI.

Wheel & Win, formerly the Rick Hansen Wheelchair Challenge, is a fundraising team relay event for the Canadian Paraplegic Association (CPA) that raises awareness about people with disabilities.

Cathy Gillan, UPEI’s EAP Coordinator and volunteer with CPA PEI, said, “In addition to supporting this good cause, our goal is for students to learn valuable cultural lessons and feel engaged in their new community through this event. We want to value their participation and allow them to see themselves as leaders on campus – or as Rick Hansen would say, as "difference makers".

A difference maker herself, Gillan...

Posted on 18 October, 2011

Åsa Warnqvist, a post-doctoral scholar at Stockholm University, is the 2011 Visiting Scholar for the L.M. Montgomery Institute at the University of Prince Edward Island, announced institute chair, Mark Leggott.

“We are pleased to have Åsa join us as our Visiting Scholar,” said Leggott. “It is encouraging to see the number of young, international researchers who continue to select Lucy Maud Montgomery as their subject of interest. We look forward to seeing what exciting initiatives Åsa will launch over the next year. Her work shows the influence of Montgomery on generations of Swedish readers.”

During her year-long position, Warnqvist will work on her present research project “L.M. Montgomery in Sweden” which aims to investigate the importance of Montgomery’s work, especially Anne of Green Gables, in her home...

Posted on 14 October, 2011

The University of Prince Edward Island is offering a free, five-week course called ‘Experience U’ to introduce students to the university experience – and to answer some of the questions often asked by new students.

Designed to be a primer that will give students an overview of university and a context for the preparations and decisions they will need to make, the course is offered over a MOOC (massive open online course) platform and starts Wednesday, October 19. Students can sign up at

Hon. Doug Currie, minister of Education and Early Childhood Development, heard about the web-based offering, appropriately, over Twitter, and was quick to endorse the idea, “It is so important engage our youth in the way they like to connect. Experience U is a fantastic initiative from UPEI to provide students with some of the...

Posted on 13 October, 2011

The second annual ‘Sport Legacy Celebration’ took place Thursday at the University of Prince Edward Island honouring Panther Sport – past, present, and future. Former UPEI basketball Panther, Curtis Robinson (1991-96) was inducted into the UPEI Sports Hall of Fame while Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) Academic All-Canadians from the last varsity season and named financial award winners for this year were also celebrated.

UPEI Athletics and Recreation Director Ron Annear welcomed approximately 150 student-athletes, coaches, donors, sponsors, family, and friends to McMillan Hall at the W.A. Murphy Student Centre for the dinner event.

“This is an evening to honour and celebrate Panther Sport, and the legacies it creates,” said Annear. “UPEI works hard to create an environment that allows students to be successful academically,...

Posted on 13 October, 2011

Molly Peacock, internationally-acclaimed poet, anthologist, and author of the best-selling memoir Paradise, Piece by Piece, will read and discuss her work on Monday, October 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the UPEI Faculty Lounge, Main Building. A reception and book signing will follow. Admission is free.

Peacock has published six books of poetry, in the United States, England, and Canada, and her poems have appeared in such distinguished publications as The New Yorker, The Nation, The New Republic, The Paris Review, and The Best of the Best American Poetry. She is also the author of How To Read A Poem and Start A Poetry Circle, editor of a collection of creative non-fiction, The Private I: Privacy in a Public World, and co-editor of Poetry in Motion: One Hundred Poems from the Subways and Buses...

Posted on 11 October, 2011

The UPEI Sports Hall of Fame committee has announced that it will induct men’s basketball standout Curtis Robinson on Thursday, October 13, 2011 during the UPEI Sport Legacy Dinner.

Curtis Robinson was a five-year member (1991-1996) with the UPEI men’s basketball team. A team leader who captured not only UPEI awards but AUAA and CIAU awards throughout his Panther career, he was named the AUAA Most Valuable Player, UPEI Outstanding Male Athlete of the Year, and a CIAU All-Canadian.

Robinson is only one of three UPEI Panthers to be named a BLG Award Nominee for the awards (formerly the Howard Mackie Awards) presented annually to the CIS Male and Female Athletes of the year. Now living in the Bahamas, Robinson will be in Charlottetown to accept his honour in person.

The 2011 induction will form part of the second annual ‘sport legacy’ event...

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