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Posted on 17 April, 2015

T3 Trius Transit has added a one-time bus service on Sunday, April 19 to assist students writing exams at the University of Prince Edward Island. University Avenue Express route (#1), that travels between the Confederation Centre of the Arts and the Charlottetown Mall, will operate from 8:00 am to 10:30 pm, following the Saturday schedule.

Buses will leave the Confederation Centre every half hour at the top and bottom of the hour, and leave the Charlottetown Mall every 30 minutes, at 15 and 45 minutes past the hour, with stops at UPEI both ways.

Earlier this year, UPEI extended the number of teaching days in the semester due to the number of storm closures, which resulted in a compressed exam period and some exams being scheduled on Sunday, not a normal practice.

Mike Cassidy, President of T3 Trius Transit said, “When the UPEI administration and Student...

Posted on 15 April, 2015

Over the next several weeks, a number of candidates for tenure-track positions in the School of Sustainable Design Engineering will be visiting campus. The School encourages members of the campus community to attend the public presentations scheduled for each candidate as per the following schedule:

Dongbing Li – Monday, April 20, 2:45-3:45 pm, McDougall Hall, Room 246
"Process and Product Development Based On Fast Pyrolysis of Forestry Residues"

Dongbing Li is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Institute for Chemicals and Fuels from Alternative Resources (ICFAR) at Western University where he has maintained an active portfolio of research projects sponsored by BioFuelNet Canada, Lignoworks Research Network, and industrial partners. His major research interests focus on optimization and value-added opportunities in...

Posted on 9 April, 2015

Engineers PEI, the association of professional engineers on Prince Edward Island, announced the addition of two scholarships and the creation of a new endowment to support students enrolled in UPEI’s new School of Sustainable Design Engineering. This brings the total number awards that Engineers PEI funds from six to nine.

Justin Dunn, President of Engineers PEI, made the announcement at the annual UPEI Engineering Design Expo and Awards Ceremony on April 8. “Engineers PEI has generously supported numerous awards at UPEI since 1994,” said Dunn, “but with the launch of the new School of Sustainable Design Engineering, our membership wanted to increase our support to UPEI and further recognize engineering students and their achievements in this design-focused, project-based learning environment.”

The additional scholarships include two new...

Posted on 1 April, 2015

On March 30, CBC’s The National aired an emotional feature story on McGuigan family who lost father and husband, Brendon McGuigan, in a double homicide last summer.

Last November, the Men’s Hockey Panthers held a benefit game for the family in Montague and were so touched by seven-year-old Kayden that they connected the family with New York Islander defenceman Travis Hamonic. Hamonic, who lost his own father at age 10, invites a child whose parent has died, and their family, to be his guest at every Islanders home game.

Read and view CBC story


Posted on 31 March, 2015

UPEI’S Centre for Health and Biotech Management Research (CHBMR) is running the first instance in Canada of a web-based addictions treatment program known as CBT4CBT. The pilot program will be run in Lennox Island and Abegweit First Nations communities.

CBT4CBT is an award-winning Cognitive Behavioural Therapy developed at the Yale School of Medicine by Dr. Kathleen Carroll. In PEI, CBT4CBT will be run and assessed by a research team from UPEI’s CHBMR, including Dr. Michelle Patterson.

“Ever since I first discovered Dr. Carroll’s work with CBT4CBT, I believed it to be an ideal program to offer in Canadian, and particularly First Nation, communities,” said Dr. Patterson. “CBT4CBT has real potential to improve addictions treatment options and enhance the quality of life within the communities of Abegweit and Lennox Island,...

Posted on 30 March, 2015

Dedicated to making UPEI ‘destination of choice’ for higher learning

The University of Prince Edward Island’s Board of Governors announced today that Dr. Alaa Abd-El-Aziz has been reappointed to the position of President and Vice-Chancellor of the University for a second five-year term.

“Since joining UPEI, Alaa has worked tirelessly with the University community to improve teaching, learning and research. He inspires everyone to do their very best and cares deeply about the success of UPEI’s students,” noted Tom Cullen, chair of the Board of Governors. “The President’s academic and institutional leadership has contributed significantly to the growing profile and reputation of UPEI.”

In his first term as president, Abd-El-Aziz led a consultative process to produce the UPEI Strategic Plan (...

Posted on 30 March, 2015

UPEI’s Robertson Library and the Canadian Museum of History are proud to announce that the launch of a new website,, will take place at a series of events across the province in early April. The website is devoted to Prince Edward Island fiddling traditions.

The launch parties, fittingly being held at community halls, will include presentations about the website, refreshments, and ceilidhs, featuring fiddlers whose music appears on the site. Events start at 7:30 pm with doors opening at 7:00 pm:

• April 7: Murray Harbour Community Centre
• April 8: Vanier Centre, Wellington
• April 9: BIS Hall, Charlottetown
• April 10: Little Pond Community Centre

Bowing Down Home, made possible by a generous donation by the late Bishop Faber MacDonald, a fiddler himself, aims to represent the rich traditional...

Posted on 27 March, 2015

Gough, MacMillan, and Scott named Athletes of the Year

UPEI’s Department of Athletics and Recreation celebrated the 2014–15 season at the 46th annual UPEI Athletic Awards Gala on Saturday, March 28, recognizing outstanding student athletes who have excelled in sport, the classroom, and serving the community. The UPEI Alumni Association’s Outstanding Athlete of the Year awards went to women’s basketball star Amy Gough and to co-winners, men’s basketball standout, Tyler Scott, and dual athlete Cole MacMillan (men’s soccer and hockey).

The event, held at the PEI Brewing Company, included student-athletes, coaches, staff, along with senior administration, alumni, donors, sponsors, and booster club supporters.

UPEI President Alaa Abd-El-Aziz said, “The UPEI Panther Celebration and Athletic Awards Gala is an exciting...

Posted on 26 March, 2015

National Phase 3 clinical trials have begun for the most promising new stroke treatment in decades. Paramedics at five hospitals across the country are testing NA-1: a drug that had some of its most important early testing right here at UPEI by a team including Dr. Tracy Doucette, Dr. Catherine Ryan (Psychology), and Dr. Andrew Tasker (Biomedical Sciences).

NA-1, which The Globe and Mail calls Canada’s first “blockbuster pharmaceutical” since insulin, proved effective through two rounds of clinical testing at lessening cell death in stroke victims with minimal side-effects. This intra-ambulance trial, dubbed FRONTIER, gives paramedics the opportunity to administer NA-1 soon after a stroke when every minute is precious.

“The start of the FRONTIER trial is a watershed moment in the history of stroke trials,” said Dr. Andrew Tasker....

Posted on 26 March, 2015

University of Prince Edward Island women’s hockey coach Bruce Donaldson is excited to announce Korean national hockey team member Ye Eun Park has committed to join the team for the 2015–16 season.

Park, who plays defence, is from Seoul, South Korea, and currently plays on the Korean national hockey team. She soon will be attending the World Championships in Eindhoven, Netherlands.

Coach Donaldson says, “This is exciting for our school as Ye Eun will open the door for other elite, international players to now take a hard look at UPEI. The next Olympic Games are in South Korea so by her coming to UPEI, she will play at a high level in Canada, be on the ice daily, and continue to develop within her national program.”

“Academically she is exceptionally strong,” adds Donaldson. “And, as a player, her skillset will be an...

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