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Posted on 24 July, 2008
The second biennial Julian Jaynes Conference on Consciousness, featuring world-renowned experts in the field of consciousness, will take place at the University of Prince Edward Island from August 7 to 9.

Presented by UPEI and organized by Dr. Scott Greer, of the Psychology Department, the conference will involve scholars from the Netherlands, the United States and Canada.

The keynote speaker is Dr. Stevan Harnad, Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Science at the University of Quebec in Montreal. Harnad is one of the world's leading authorities on the evolution of language and speech. Other featured speakers include cognitive neuroscience pioneer Dr. Karl Pribram of Georgetown University, Washington DC and noted historian Dr. Eelco Runia of the University of Groningen, The Netherlands.

In addition to the keynote and invited speakers, 15 other...
Posted on 22 July, 2008
Most people love to raise their voices in song, whether they can carry a tune or not. But few stop to think about the impact that singing has on their lives and the society they live in from a social, cultural and health perspective.

Dr. Annabel Cohen, of the Department of Psychology at the University of Prince Edward Island, is a leading researcher in the field of auditory perception and music cognition. She will chair a workshop about singing in the Dr. Steel Recital Hall on Wednesday, July 30, from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The workshop, called Advancing Interdisciplinary Research in Singing (AIRS): Development, Pedagogy and Well-being, will cover a variety of topics, including acquisition of singing, singing across the lifespan, singing versus speaking voice, singing and multicultural understanding, singing and intergenerational understanding, and singing and...
Posted on 21 July, 2008

The Tourism Research Centre (TRC) at UPEI’s School of Business today announced the release of a report profiling PEI visitors by travel party type. This is the ninth report released based on data collected during the main season (June 27 to September 30) in 2007.

“The Exit Survey was designed so results can be structured to look at our visitors in many different lights,” explains Dr. Sean Hennessey, Faculty Director of the TRC. “There are a multitude of ways of categorizing our visitors. In this case, we are focusing on the make-up of the numerous travel parties, and specifically who is in the travel group. A group of multiple adults travelling together have very different interests and spending habits than, for example, a family...

Posted on 21 July, 2008

Alumni from the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI), St. Dunstan's University (SDU) and Prince of Wales College (PWC) will gather at UPEI from July 24 to 27 for the annual fun-filled Summer Reunion Weekend.

“Reunion Weekend is an opportunity for former students to reunite with classmates and other alumni, as well as to visit the campus, which is undergoing significant rejuvenation,” says Phil MacDougall, president of the UPEI Alumni Association.

Starting on July 24, the SDU classes of ’48,’58, ’61, ’62 and ’68 will renew friendships and trade memories at class events during the weekend. Special anniversaries include 60 years for the Class of ’48, 50 for the Class of ’58 and 40 for the Class of ’68.

The always popular UPEI Alumni golf tournament takes place on Friday, July 25, at Fox Meadow Golf and Country Club. Tee-off time for the 150 golfers who...

Posted on 17 July, 2008

Professor Paul Wiegert, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Western Ontario, will give a public presentation about meteorites on Friday, July 25, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Duffy Science Centre, Room 204, at the University of Prince Edward Island.

During his talk, entitled Meteorites and The Danger from Impacts, Wiegert will discuss the properties of known meteorites, along with more exotic ones such as meteorites believed to have arrived from the moon and Mars. He will show some examples of meteorites and talk about the differences between them and ordinary rocks. He will also discuss the danger of the impact of a larger meteorite on Earth.

Meteorites are usually fragments of broken asteroids, and spend most of their life orbiting the sun in the same way as the planets, says Wiegert. If and when the path of a meteorite intersects with that...

Posted on 16 July, 2008
Retired Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC) Faculty Member, Dr. Amreek Singh accepted the 2008 Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) Distinguished Alumnus Award on June 21 at Guelph University.

The OVC Distinguished Alumnus Award is presented to an alumnus who has made significant contributions of leadership and service to their country, community, science, education and profession.

Former student of Singh and faculty member with AVC’s Department of Pathology and Microbiology, Dr. Paul Hannah nominated Singh for the prestigious award. “Dr. Singh has brought great honour to the profession and his fellow alumni through his long-lasting contributions to veterinary science and education, and the community at large through his commitment, wisdom and leadership.”

Singh received a Master of Science degree in 1968 and a Ph.D in 1971 from OVC. Following, Singh...
Posted on 10 July, 2008
Eight projects that will benefit companion animals, horses, and wildlife recently received funding through the 2008 competition of the Sir James Dunn Animal Welfare Centre (SJDAWC) at UPEI's Atlantic Veterinary College. More than 110 projects representing $2.8 million in funding have been supported by the Centre since it was established in 1994.

“We are very grateful to the Friends of the Christofor Foundation for their ongoing support of the Sir James Dunn Animal Welfare Centre at the Atlantic Veterinary College,” says Dr. Alice Crook, the centre’s coordinator. “This year’s research projects include a review of euthanasia procedures in Canadian animal shelters with the hope of assisting shelters with recommendations in best practices, as well as a study looking at a possible association between obesity and kidney disease in dogs. Service projects receiving funding this...
Posted on 9 July, 2008
Approximately 200 world-class scientists from around the world will attend the International Conference on Biodiversity and Natural Products at the Delta Prince Edward Hotel in Charlottetown from July 13 to 18.

This is the first time that the conference, sponsored by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC), has been held in North America. It is chaired by Dr. Russell Kerr, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Marine Natural Products Chemistry at UPEI.

The conference, which has been developed by an international science advisory panel, will include plenary, invited and contributed talks on various aspects of the discovery and development of therapeutic compounds from natural marine and land-based organisms.

IUPAC conferences are highly rated by the scientific community and attract the highest calibre of scientists from...
Posted on 9 July, 2008
The University of Prince Edward Island’s annual International Student Award has been renamed in honour of Dr. Vianne Timmons, past vice-president of Academic Development at UPEI and now president-elect of the University of Regina.

During her tenure at UPEI, Dr. Timmons worked to enhance international development and education at UPEI. In 2002, an award was set up as part of the university’s efforts to support international development and international students. In the spirit of raising awareness and promoting international education, UPEI holds an annual luncheon during International Development Week in February each year to raise funds for this scholarship.

When Dr. Timmons recently left UPEI to accept her post at the University of Regina, her colleagues here decided to rename the award in her honour. Friends, family, and colleagues have donated to the award...
Posted on 8 July, 2008
Fish health and the evolving role of aquatic animal health management on a global scale will be examined by 150 aquaculture, fish health, and bioscience experts from around the world during the Fish Health Section of the American Fisheries Society annual meeting. The meeting will be hosted by the Atlantic Veterinary College at the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island from July 9 to 12, 2008.

“This conference is significant in many ways,” explains local organizing committee chair, Dr. Dave Groman of the Atlantic Veterinary College’s Aquatic Diagnostic Services Unit. “Aquaculture is the fastest growing food sector and many regions of the world need fish protein as a safe, stable food source. Aquaculture is also a major industry faced with many issues that go hand-in-hand when dealing with living organisms in a dynamic environment.”...
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