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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...

Posted on 23 March, 2010

Dr. Andrew Cumming of McGill University’s physics department will give a public presentation called In Search of New Worlds: The Discovery and Characterization of Exoplanets on Friday, March 26, from 3 to 5 p.m., at UPEI.

Cumming’s talk will take place in the Alex H. MacKinnon Auditorium (Room 242) in Don and Marion McDougall Hall.

The last decade has seen a revolution in our understanding of planetary systems, with the birth of the new field of exoplanets, says Cumming. Almost 400 planets orbiting other stars have been discovered, with masses from a few times that of Earth to ten times the mass of Jupiter, and orbital periods of only a few days to more than ten years. These discoveries are answering the question of whether solar systems such as our own are common in the galaxy, and the diverse properties of the known exoplanets are challenging our ideas of...

Posted on 22 March, 2010

The University of Prince Edward Island's Department of Music will present its Wind Symphony in its final recital of the academic year this Thursday, March 25, at 7:30 p.m., at the Dr. Steel Recital Hall.

The center-piece of the program will be a performance of Roger Cichy’s Bugs. A six-movement work, Bugs attempts to describe in musical terms the characters of a variety of insects. The Praying Mantis, as its name infers, has a slow religious movement. The Butterfly is depicted with its grace and beauty, while Ants are described in a dissonant March portrayed as savage predators, constantly on the move.

Opening the program is Cathedrals by the young American composer Kathryn Salfelder. Cathedrals is an adventure in neo-Renaissance Music, based on Gabrieli's Canzon Primi Toni, a work scored for two brass choirs and typically stationed in opposite balconies of the...

Posted on 22 March, 2010

The Mawi’omi Aboriginal Resource Centre at UPEI will host its third annual aboriginal festival on March 24 and 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on the campus.

Connecting Aboriginal Cultures: Embracing the Past, Celebrating Our Future will take place in the W.A. Murphy Student Centre and the Main Building Faculty Lounge at UPEI. The festival is free and open to all ages.

Members of the local First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities will share their cultures in a mini powwow through dancing, drumming, singing, talking circles, traditional teachings, crafts, artist demonstrations, games, food, and activities for all ages and more. Artists, community leaders and elders will share their wisdom during the festival. Well-known dancer, drummer and singer Garland Joe Augustine from Elsipogtog, New Brunswick, will emcee the two-day festival.

National aboriginal...

Posted on 18 March, 2010

The University of Prince Edward Island will confer honorary degrees on four outstanding people during Convocation on Saturday, May 8, in recognition of their leadership and service in public and community life.

The honorary graduands are the Honourable Patrick G. Binns, Canada’s ambassador to Ireland; Donald N. MacKenzie, a leader in the PEI potato industry; Judy Bragg, a philanthropist and active participant in rural community affairs; and Harry Snow, a well-known figure in the construction industry who has served as a mentor for young entrepreneurs.

The convocation ceremonies will take place in the Chi-Wan Young Sports Centre at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Binns will...

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