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Posted on 27 January, 2010

The Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of National Revenue, Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway, announced funding on January 26 for seven research and development projects on Prince Edward Island – three of which are innovative projects of UPEI researchers.

“This is an exciting day for UPEI,” said Dr. Katherine Schultz, UPEI’s Vice President of Research and Development. “This funding affirms ACOA’s commitment for fostering R&D in Atlantic Canada. It also builds on UPEI’s growing reputation for research excellence – excellence that nurtures ideas into action.”

One of those projects, Discovery Space, created by University Librarian Mark Leggott, works to advance Canada’s cyber infrastructure and to transform the way...

Posted on 26 January, 2010

The UPEI Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) is seeking the help of the entire campus community to raise $10,000 for Haiti relief by Friday, January 29. To make a pledge or donation, please contact Ben Perry, GSA VP Finance.

The GSA began their fundraising on January 16, and with ten dozen cookies donated by Buns n' Things Bakery and the support of the UPEI Athletic Department, they kicked off the “Ten Dozen Cookies to $10,000 Haiti Relief Effort” at the Panthers’ basketball games. With the assistance of Haitian-born Prince Edward Islander Ephetas Norman, and Panther basketball fans, they raised $764 on that day alone.

The grad students added $525 of their own funds and challenged the rest of the campus to support this very important effort. By placing donation tins around campus and getting other...

Posted on 26 January, 2010

The UPEI Music Department Recital Series will present the 2010 Music Performance Competition Finals Concert at the Dr. Steel Recital Hall, UPEI, on Thursday, January 28, at 7:30 p.m.

Admission is $8.00 ($5.00 for students and seniors). Tickets will be available at the door.

The concert will feature the six finalists chosen by a panel of seven Music Department faculty members at the preliminary round of the competition, held on Tuesday, January 19. This year’s competition category was music composed between 1950 and the present day.

The finalists are Sara Arsenault, clarinet, a fifth-year Bachelor of Music Education major; Nathan Keoughan, bass, a fourth-year Bachelor of Music major; Echo Lau, piano, a first-year Bachelor of Music major; Kelly Leighton, mezzo-soprano, a third-year Bachelor of Music major; Troy Martin, clarinet, a fourth-year Bachelor of...

Posted on 22 January, 2010
Members and research partners of the Atlantic Veterinary College’s (AVC) globally-recognized Centre for Veterinary Epidemiological Research (CVER) gathered at AVC today to celebrate a year marked with success.
The Centre for Veterinary Epidemiological Research at the Atlantic Veterinary College is one of the world’s leading centres for animal health epidemiological research--the study of disease in animal populations. The centre, which has close to 50 members and 30 graduate students, focuses on advancing and safe-guarding health through expertise in production of high quality and safe food, disease surveillance, detecting emerging and zoonotic diseases, animal welfare, evaluating diagnostic tests, and determining the efficacy of new treatments. 
“People sometimes ask why this field of study is so...
Posted on 21 January, 2010
UPEI students Ashley Jadis, Emily Ferguson, and Amanda Malley are the first recipients of the new John J. Sark Memorial Scholarships. The provincial government established the scholarship program in September 2009 in honour of distinguished Mi’kmaq Islander John James Sark.
Sark received his post-secondary education at St. Dunstan’s College, and was the Island’s first Mi’kmaq teacher. 
Three $1,000 scholarships are to be awarded every year to Aboriginal students at UPEI who have demonstrated their contribution to their First Nations, Inuit, or Métis community, a commitment to their field of study, and a strong academic performance. 
Ashley Jadis of the Abegweit First Nations Band in Scotchfort, P.E.I., is a fourth-year nursing student who is president of...
Posted on 21 January, 2010
If you are a cat owner or thinking of getting a cat, this session is for you! Dr. Peter Foley, Assistant Professor in AVC’s Department of Companion Animals, will share his knowledge of and interest in cats on Tuesday, January 26, from 7-8:30 pm in Lecture Room A, Atlantic Veterinary College.
Dr. Foley will talk about understanding our feline friends and the choices we have to make for their lives--spaying/neutering, declawing, living indoors or outdoors, and vaccinating. Common problems such as litterbox woes, hairballs, infectious diseases, parasites, and other medical issues will also be discussed. 
 Admission is free, and refreshments will be served. Donations to the Animal Allies of AVC will be gratefully accepted. For information, call (902) 566-0589.

Part of the AVC Community Workshop...

Posted on 20 January, 2010
Recent PhD graduate, teacher and author Scott MacMillan will give a public lecture called Meaning and Work: Blue Pill or Red Pill? An Existential Approach to Work on Wednesday, January 20, at UPEI.
Dr. MacMillan's presentation will take place from 7-8:30 p.m., in the Alex H. MacKinnon Auditorium, Don and Marion McDougall Hall. All are welcome to attend this free event.
Have you ever felt that you were living the wrong life, especially when it comes to your work? Despite significant societal improvements such as increased technology, medical breakthroughs, and greater longevity, life for many people is one of continual worry and anxiety. One of the major sources of discontent can be our work life; the choices we make about work and the subsequent experiences we have in the workplace. Dr. MacMillan will explore these issues...
Posted on 19 January, 2010
Island author and UPEI professor Richard Lemm will give a presentation on Tuesday, January 26 (Australia Day!), at 7:30 p.m., about his recent stay in Tasmania as writer-in-residence. His talk will take place in the UPEI Faculty Lounge, Main Building. Admission is free.
Lemm's presentation will include a slideshow and poems he wrote while in Tasmania. His residency was part of the annual PEI-Tasmania writer-in-residence exchange. The writer-in-residence exchange is sponsored, on P.E.I., by the UPEI Dean of Arts and Department of English, the PEI Writers’ Guild, and the Institute of Island Studies. The Tasmanian Writers’ Centre is the counterpart down under, with additional support for Dr. Lemm’s residency from the Lord Mayor of Hobart, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the P.E.I. Council of the Arts. 
Posted on 12 January, 2010
Guest artist Laurie Brinklow will read her poetry at the red earth women presents reading series on Thursday, January 14, in the Main Building Faculty Lounge at UPEI. The doors open at 7 p.m. Sign-up for open mic begins at 7:30 p.m.
Laurie is a writer and editor, and publisher of Charlottetown’s Acorn Press, which she started in 1993. Her poetry has won the Atlantic Poetry Prize, and was published in the chapbook, Scars (Saturday Morning Chapbooks). She was a co-founder of the Island Literary Awards in 1988, was the founding president of the PEI Writers’ Guild in 1989, and received the Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Literary Arts in PEI in 2002. She currently works full-time as publications co-ordinator at UPEI.
For more information, visit ...
Posted on 12 January, 2010

UPEI celebrates its second annual Diversity Week from January 18 to 22, and everyone is invited to take in the events. All events are open to the public and are free of charge. 

Diversity Week is a commitment to recognizing and appreciating the variety of characteristics—both visible and invisible—that make individuals unique, in an atmosphere that promotes inclusion and celebrates individual and collective achievement, says Ruth Freeman, equity outreach coordinator at UPEI.

 The celebration kicks off with an opening ceremony at noon on Monday, January 18, in McMillan Hall, W. A. Murphy Student Centre. The ceremony will include drumming, a blessing by a Mi’kmaq elder, welcoming remarks by UPEI’s Academic VP Rosemary Herbert, and cake and hot chocolate.

At 7 p.m. in McMillan Hall, a panel,...

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