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September 16, 2010

With the support of Innovation PEI, the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada and the PEI BioAlliance, the Centre of Health and Biotech Management will host a forum of seven high-profile and internationally renowned venture capitalists during National Biotechnology Week. The forum will be held on the UPEI campus Thursday, September 23 and Friday, September 24. The event includes an opening address from Premier Robert Ghiz, a keynote speaker, networking luncheon, and a panel discussion. Registration is free. For more information or to register, visit the UPEI Centre for Health and Biotech Management Research website:
The University invites nominations of candidates for honorary degrees to be conferred at convocation in May 2011. Honorary degrees recognize outstanding contributions by Prince Edward Islanders (including persons with PEI associations), or contributions closely associated with PEI, as well as outstanding national or international contributions. Submissions should be made with supporting documentation, such as a current CV, by Friday, October 15, 2010, to the attention of Kathleen Kielly, Registrar,
Dr. J. Covello, Pathology and Microbiology will give a seminar entitled "Aspects of the striped trumpeter (Latris lineata) immune response" on Thursday, September 23 at 10:30 am in AVC, Lecture Theatre "C". Everyone is welcome
On Friday, September 24 at 7:30 pm the Music Department Recital Series 2010-11 presents: Dialogues for cello and piano featuring Natalie Williams Calhoun, cello and Frances Gray, piano performing pieces by Bach, Stravinsky, Barber and others. The concert will take place in the Dr. Steel Recital Hall, and admission will be $15.00 ($10.00 for students & seniors). Tickets will be available at the door. On Monday, September 27 at 7:30 pm, eklektikos will present "Création", a recital of contemporary music for chamber ensembles featuring the world premiere performance of two new works by PEI composer Richard Covey: "Te Deum" for flute, clarinet and piano; and "Improvvisando" for trombone and piano. Also on the program will be works for solo instruments by Eugène Bozza and John Cage, and an exciting work by renowned Swiss composer René Gerber for flute, clarinet, trombone and piano. This recital will feature Richard Covey, piano; Morgan Saulnier, flute; Karem Simon, clarinet; Barrie Sorensen, saxophones; and Dale Sorensen, trombone. Dr. Steel Recital Hall beginning at 7:30 pm, and admission will be $15.00 ($10.00 for students & seniors). Tickets will be available at the door.
Dr. Armando Heriazon, Research Manager, Novartis Animal Health Canada Inc. will give a presentation entitled "Phenotypic and Genetic Parameters of Acquired Immune Responses to Improve Dairy Cattle Health" Tuesday, September 21, 3:30 pm, AVC, Lecture Theatre "D". Everyone is welcome.
An introductory course in Drupal is offered from 10:00 am-12:00 noon Monday, September 20 in the computer lab, second floor Robertson Library. Contact Shawn Arsenault ( if you have any questions. Please register at
New graduate students from across campus are cordially invited to a “New Graduate Student Orientation and Meet and Greet” event, which will take place in Schurman Market Square, McDougall Hall, from 2.00-4.00 pm on Monday, September 20. Representatives from Graduate Studies, Student Services, the Webster Centre, the Graduate Student Association, Robertson Library, UPEI Administration, and other UPEI services and departments will be on hand to talk briefly about the services they provide to graduate students. Refreshments will be served. I look forward to meeting you, and I encourage you to come out and meet these UPEI faculty and staff, and other new graduate students from the various programs. Best Regards Dr. Brian Wagner Assistant VP Graduate Studies
The registration deadline for the AAU Teaching Showcase, and the Friday afternoon events, has been extended until September 21 at midnight. The Friday afternoon Teaching Workshops, the Keynote talk — by Ajay Heble, Artistic Director, Guelph Jazz Festival — and the President's Reception are free for all UPEI faculty and staff, but you do need to register. To sign up for Friday, and to register for the conference itself, please go to For more information, contact Shannon (

September 15, 2010

The UPEI Music Department Recital Series 2010-11 brochures are now available. If you wish to receive one, please email Susan Stensch at
A fundraising dinner to help create a scholarship honouring popular long-time SDU and UPEI English professor Frank Ledwell, who passed away in 2008, has been confirmed for September 25. “Frank Ledwell’s name brings back fond memories for the thousands of students he shared a classroom with during more than 40 years as an English professor at St. Dunstan’s University and UPEI," dinner committee member Larry Resnitzky said. We thought creating a scholarship in Frank’s name would be a great way to help a student who is studying English and has a special love for the written word. And we see this dinner as a way to reaching that goal,” Resnitzky said. The dinner will be held on campus Saturday, September 25, in the Wanda Wyatt Dining Hall. Reception begins at 6 pm with the dinner at 7 pm. Tickets are $100 which includes a tax receipt, and will be available from dinner organizers. The Frank Ledwell Memorial Scholarship will be a $1,000 scholarship that will go to a student entering second, third, or fourth year English major or honours. The Scholarship will be awarded to a student with strong academic performance, and who has shown an engagement with the written word. “We have been working with Frank’s family and UPEI to create the scholarship and the support has been overwhelming. This dinner will ensure that the endowment fund is sufficient so that the scholarship will be offered in perpetuity,” Resnitzky said. For more information or to make a donation to this scholarship, please contact us at
The annual Faculty Recognition and Awards Celebration will take place on Saturday, October 2, at Schurman Market Square, McDougall Hall, starting with a reception at 6:30 pm, followed by a buffet dinner at 7:00 pm. Each year this event honours the winners of the Hessian Award for Excellence in Teaching and the UPEI Merit Award for Scholarly Achievement. It is also an opportunity to recognize those who have served UPEI for 25 years or more (and who have not previously received a 25-year pin). Tickets must be reserved in advance by noon on September 28. For more information and tickets, contact UPEIFA Office Manager, Susan Gallant, 566-0438 or Cost is $50.00 (with a subsidized price of $25.00 for FA Members and their guests).
As part of the School of Nursing/FNS Building construction, we require a water shut down (domestic and fire) of the following buildings: Central Utility Building, Main Building, Chi-Wan Young Sports Center, CARI Complex, Alumni Canada Games Place including the Clubhouse - on Tuesday evening, September 21 beginning at 10:00 pm, to last for approximately 6 to 8 hours. This shutdown is necessary to allow for new water service tie in to be completed. While the contractors have been instructed that the work be executed with the least possible interference or disturbance to the campus community, a certain amount of disruption is inevitable. We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Jackie MacPhail at 6034 or
This is a reminder that Animal Care Protocols (new, renewal, or amendments) are to be submitted by Friday, October 1 for the October meeting. Please ensure that you always download the current forms from the G:\ACC or Only current forms will be accepted. Both the signed hard copy and electronic Word or WordPerfect protocol submission must be submitted by the deadline date. (PDFs will not be accepted). ∙ Submit one copy of original protocol to AVC - Annex, Biomedical Sciences Department, Rm 2302. ∙ Submit an electronic Word or WordPerfect copy to Those protocols which miss the deadline will be reviewed the following month. Note: ∙ When submitting a protocol with Proprietary Compounds, state in the email subject line: Proprietary Compounds. For more information, please contact Sherri Pineau at 566-0973.

September 14, 2010

The UPEI Music Department Recital Series 2010-2011 is pleased to present the Atlantic Young Artist competition winner, Pierre-Andre Doucet, piano in concert at the Dr. Steel Recital Hall on Thursday, September 16, 2010 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $15/$10 students and seniors. Mr. Doucet will be performing pieces by Handel, Schmidt, Scarlatti, Debussy and others. Mr. Doucet holds a Bachelor's degree in Piano Performance from Universite de Montreal, where he will pursue his Masters in Music this fall. Winner of third prize at both the National Music Festival and the Canadian Music Competition, Doucet has twice been a laureate of the Auditions Jeunes Artistes de Radio-Canada. He was also named Star of the New Brunswick Provincial Music Festival and the New Brunswick Competitive Festival of Music in Saint John. In 2009, he was the recipient of the Dorothy Buckley Prize for interpretation of a Canadian work at the CFMTA National Piano Competition. His most recent accolade was placing third at the 2010 National Festival of Music in Montreal this past August. Susan Karel Stensch 566-0507,
Calcul/Compute Canada collaborators AARMS, ACEnet, the IRMACS Centre, SciNet, SHARCNET, and WestGrid—facilitated and hosted for the UPEI campus by AIRS and CMTC—present the fall 2010 semester of the Coast-to-Coast seminar series: "The Marine Environment and Climate Change: Problems and Possible Solutions" Coordinated by Dr. Keith R. Thompson, Tier I Canada Research Chair in Marine Prediction and Environmental Statistics, Dalhousie University, Halifax, N.S. The Coast to Coast (C2C) Seminar is an hour-long presentation given on a scientific topic and made accessible to audiences at a number of remote sites through collaboration technology. C2C seminars are held every two weeks throughout the academic year alternating between the West Coast and the East Coast of Canada. The actual presentation is expected to be of high quality scientifically, yet accessible to a fairly general scientific audience. Accordingly, the seminars are widely advertised and attract audiences from various scientific fields, depending on the presenter’s topic. September 21: Dr. William Hsieh, Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences, University of British Columbia, speaking on the topic of "Applying machine learning methods to climate variability". - October 5: Dr. Randall Martin, Department of Physics and Atmospheric Science, Dalhousie University, speaking on the topic of "Insight into Lower Atmospheric Composition from Remote Sensing and Modeling". - October 19: Dr. Francis Zwiers, Climate Research Division, Environment Canada. - November 2: Dr. Marlon Lewis, Department of Oceanography, Dalhousie University, speaking on the topic of "A sea of change". - November 16: Dr. Ken Denman, Institute of Ocean Sciences, DFO, Canada, speaking on the topic of "How will marine ecosystems adapt to a future ocean that will be warmer, more stratified, more acidic and less oxygenated?". - November 30: Dr. Richard Peltier, Centre For Global Change Science, University of Toronto, speaking on the topic of "Climate Impacts of Freshwater Forcing of the Ocean General Circulation". *** Each talk will begin at 3:30 PM Atlantic (-04:00 GMT) and will usually conclude around 4:20 PM. They are each broadcast in real-time to the UPEI campus via the CMTC's video collaboration classroom (104 Robertson Library). The AIRS project will be providing the assistance of their Information Technology Coordinator, Jonathan M. Lane, to coordinate the UPEI campus of the seminar series. To register for a talk or to voice any concerns or comments, please contact Jonathan at or at +1 (902) 566-6023 (campus: x6023). More information on the Coast-to-Coast seminar series can be found on the Web site:


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