Campus Notices

Introduction to Shiny: a web application framework for R

Drs. Derek Price and Raphael Vanderstichel will give a short presentation with a live demo on a freely available and easy to use web application framework for R (statistical language), on Wednesday February 4, 10:30-11:15 am in AVC - 280N (glass common room).
If you have data you want to share with others, you can easily make simple interactive graphs and maps for users to explore online. Some very basic knowledge of R is required to run the application, but even if you are not comfortable with R, this application makes it accessible. You'll be producing interactive graphs/maps online in no time!

Everyone is invited to join us first for coffee and treats (hosted by the Centre for Veterinary Epidemiolgical Research - CVER) starting at 10:00 in room 343N.

Jan 30 2015 - 12:16pm
New Time for ACEnet Local Users Group meeting

The meeting of the Local Users Group (LUG) of the Atlantic Computational Excellence Network (ACEnet) which was originally scheduled for January 29th has been postponed to February 12th at 11:30am in DSC 202 (the ACEnet videoconferencing room). All are welcome to attend, especially those interested in getting involved in high-performance computing.

Any questions or comments can be sent to Jason Pearson,

Jan 30 2015 - 12:08pm
Demonstration and use of UPEI’s new confocal laser scanning microscope

UPEI, with support from ACOA and the Province of Prince Edward Island, recently acquired a Zeiss 710 confocal laser scanning microscope. This equipment, which optically dissects and reconstructs samples in 3D, has become a valuable tool for many types of research and is essential to maintain a competitive edge in the research community. The broad range of applications available to laser scanning confocal microscopy include a wide variety of compositional and morphological studies of most cells and tissues as well as certain inanimate materials.

In the coming months, a public presentation and demonstrations of the confocal laser scanning microscope will be made available to university researchers and industry partners who collaborate with UPEI investigators. If this type of microscopy would be valuable to your research, or you wish to arrange for individual or small group demonstrations of the microscope's capabilities, please contact Dr. Andrew Tasker at

Jan 30 2015 - 9:44am
Special international menu at Wanda Wyatt Dining Hall—February 2-6

To celebrate International Development Week, the Wanda Wyatt Dining Hall will be serving an international lunch entrée February 2-6. The menu will be as follows:

Monday – Greek Pork Souvlaki
Tuesday – Italian Risotto
Wednesday – Moroccan Chicken Tagine
Thursday – Chinese Clay Pot Rice *Recipe submitted by a student
Friday – Taiwanese Beef Noodles *Recipe submitted by a student

There will also be a special Buy One Get One (BOGO) offer on throughout the week. Coupons are posted on the Chartwells website and can be redeemed by showing it on a mobile device upon entry. All student recipes will be available in the next issue of the Campus Connector!

Jan 29 2015 - 5:04pm
International Development Week (IDW): Brown Bag Lunch Series—February 2-6

The 2015 theme of this year’s IDW week is “We Make a Difference.” Join the campus community in learning about how UPEI students, staff, and faculty make a difference through their work and studies, and how you can make a difference abroad or in your community.

The Atlantic Council for International Cooperation will host the fourth presentation in the Brown Bag Lunch Series, on Thursday, February 5 at 12:00 pm in The Wave, W.A. Murphy Student Centre. The presentation is titled "Opportunities to be a Global Village," and will explore the role of international development and international development organizations within Canadian contexts and how students can become involved locally.

The Canadian Red Cross will host the final presentation titled "Restoring Family Links" in the Brown Bag Lunch Series on Friday, February 6 at 11:30 am in the Faculty Lounge, SDU Main Building. The canadian Red Cross Restoring Family Links program helps people in Canada re-establish contact with immediate family members after separation due to armed conflict, natural disaster, migration and other humanitarian crises.

Light refreshments will be provided, and a door prize will be given out to one lucky attendee. For a full schedule of IDW events, visit

Jan 29 2015 - 4:55pm
Reminder: Reserve your tickets for IDW's "Desserts and a Difference"

Reserve your tickets today for "Desserts and a Difference," this year's keynote event for the 2015 International Development Week celebrations!

Dr. Timothy Goddard, will present this year’s keynote presentation entitled “The quest for Buen Vivir: For whom are we making a difference, and why?” which will reflect on the idea of international development and examine some of the ways in which local communities can assume agency for their own future.

Presentation to be followed by a dessert reception, featuring instrumental music from UPEI International student, Jacob Liu, and door prize draw! Reserve your tickets today by visiting Admission is by donation at the door. All proceeds for the event will go to the Nichola Goddard Foundation (

Jan 29 2015 - 3:08pm
National Energy Board Presentation—February 3

The campus community is invited to a presentation entitled “In the Eye of the Storm: Pipelines and the National Energy Board” presented by the Chair and CEO of the National Energy Board (NEB) of Canada, Peter Watson. The NEB is currently on a country-wide tour called the “National Energy Board (NEB) National Engagement Initiative.” Mr. Watson will be visiting campus to engage with Canadians and to promote the Board’s role and responsibilities. The presentation will take place on Tuesday, February 3 at 2:30 pm, in room 117, SDU Main Building. All are welcome to attend.

Jan 29 2015 - 2:59pm
Presentations by Dr. Johanna Wolf, Canada Research Chair candidate—February 9 and 10

Dr. Johanna Wolf, Associate Professor for the School of Environment and Sustainability at Royal Roads University, British Columbia, is a candidate for UPEI's new Canada Research Chair in Sustainability, Resilience, and Island Contexts. Dr. Wolf will make two presentations, both of which will be open to the campus and research communities.

A general presentation, entitled “Better off or Worse for Wear: Sustainability and Resilience Through Climate Adaptation," will take place on February 9, 10:30–11:30 am in AVC Lecture Theatre A. A technical presentation, entitled “Connect, Collaborate, Co-produce: Shaping Climate Change Adaptation to Foster Island Resilience and Sustainability," will take place on February 10, 2:00–3:00 pm, in AVC Lecture Theatre A. A reception will follow each presentation in the McCain Foundation Learning Commons at AVC. All are welcome to attend.

Dr. Wolf’s CV is available at the reserve desk, Robertson Library. Comments on this candidate are welcome and can be forwarded to

Jan 29 2015 - 2:40pm
Shoot for the Cure—February 6

UPEI Athletics and Recreation will host the eighth annual Shoot for the Cure fundraiser on Friday, February 6 with a series of activities leading up to, and during, the UPEI women’s basketball game starting at 6:00 pm versus the Acadia Axewomen.

Shoot for the Cure is a fundraising initiative by the CIS Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) to raise money for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF) and other related charities.

The campaign goal is $6,000. Staff and faculty can support the women’s basketball team by purchasing a Shoot for the Cure t-shirt ($12) at Panther Central or the UPEI Bookstore, a paper icon ($1) from Panther Central, or through the “Gofund” donation page at:

Fundraising efforts at the women’s basketball game include a bake sale, 50/50, and “chuck a puck.”

Jan 29 2015 - 1:18pm
International Relations Office (IRO) Open House—February 2

Join us for the IRO open house on Monday, February 2 at 2:00 pm in the Robertson Library, room 225, to kick off UPEI International Development Week! Mix and mingle with your IRO team, enjoy some snacks, play some games, and have the chance to win one of several door prizes!

Jan 29 2015 - 11:50am
Reminder: Seminar Announcement – Radiology & Diagnostic Imaging Candidate

Dr. Megan MacLellan will interview for the open, tenure-track faculty position in radiology & diagnostic imaging in the Department of Companion Animals at the Atlantic Veterinary College. Dr. MacLellan graduated from AVC in 2011; completed an internship at Tufts Veterinary Emergency & Treatment Specialists and is now completing a Medical Imaging Residency program at the University of Minnesota.

As part of the interview process, Dr. MacLellan has been asked to present a 50-minute lecture suitable for 3rd year DVM students on Friday, January 30 at 12:30 pm in AVC, Lecture Theatre A. The title of her presentation is: “Equine Imaging: Common Diseases.” Any interested faculty and staff are invited to attend. A copy of her CV and letter of application will be available from Laurel Fisher ( in the Department of Companion Animals.

Jan 29 2015 - 11:35am
Departments of Biomedical Sciences & Pathology and Microbiology Seminar—February 3

Alyssa Grunwald, Department of Biomedical Sciences will present a seminar called "Discovery of tetramic acid containing compounds from two Tolypocladium sp. isolated from Frobisher Bay" on Tuesday, February 3 at 3:30 pm in AVC Lecture Theatre C. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Jan 29 2015 - 11:24am
New CERC website

Ian Gardner, the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Aquatic Epidemiology, and his team have launched a new website showcasing the projects they have been working on over the past three years, as well as future endeavours.

Visit to see what they have been up to!

Jan 29 2015 - 11:22am
MAIS Thesis Defense—February 6

Grant Curtis from AVC's Biomedical Sciences will defend his Master of Arts in Island Studies (MAIS) thesis Friday, February 6, 2015, from 1:30 - 3:30 in AVC Learning Commons, rooms B&C North. Grant's presentation is entitled "Stepping Stones to the New World: Islandness and Migration from Southeastern Ireland to Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island, and the Miramichi of New Brunswick, 1700-1850." Grant's supervisors are Dr. Ed MacDonald and Dr. James Moran, from the Department of History. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Jan 29 2015 - 11:19am
Reminder to Submit Your Ideas to the Campus Connector! - Deadline February 2

You're invited to submit stories, announcements, or departmental updates to UPEI's newsletter, the Campus Connector. The submission deadline for the next edition is Monday, February 2 by 5:00 pm. Submissions must follow these guidelines:

-be emailed to
-sent in a Microsoft Word or plain text document
-be no longer than 250 words
-maximum one photo per story

The editors reserve the right to edit content, will not consider incomplete submissions, and cannot guarantee that all submitted materials will be published. If you have any questions or comments, please contact

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Jan 28 2015 - 9:57pm