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News Archive - September 2012

September 18, 2012   

Royal Treatment

Steve LarterStephen Larter, David Proud and Hans Vogel have been named fellows to the Royal Society of Canada—the highest honour that can be attained by scholars, artists and scientists in Canada. The RSC is also awarding Aritha van Herk the Lorne Pierce Medal for her contributions to literature.

“It was a great honour and thrill to get the news,” says Larter, Canada research chair in petroleum geology, and director of Carbon Management Canada from the department of geoscience in the Faculty of Science. “The University of Calgary is growing rapidly in fellowship in the RSC and it’s fabulous to get the peer recognition of our research group’s work by the Canadian research community at this level.”

Larter has contributed to our understanding of the origin and alteration of petroleum in the Earth, ranging from basic studies of organic matter and microbial life in the crust of the Earth to practical technology developments related to energy supply and carbon management.

Proud, a professor in the department of physiology and pharmacology in the Faculty of Medicine and a member of the Snyder Institute, has made numerous and important contributions to the understanding of the molecular mechanisms that trigger the symptoms of inflammatory airway diseases like asthma.

“I was delighted and a bit overwhelmed when I got the news,” says Proud. “This means a great deal both personally and professionally. To be recognized at this level by Canada's leaders in the field of life sciences is an enormous honour and very humbling.”

Vogel, an AHFMR/AIHS Scientist and a professor in the department of biological sciences in the Faculty of Science, is one of Canada’s leading biochemists.

“I was very pleased and honoured when I received the news,” he says. “I have to share this recognition with all my graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and other research staff that worked very hard to give our research such prominence over the years.”

Vogel has made numerous contributions to our understanding of metalloproteins. Recently his group has also been working on developing new diagnostic and prognostic methods in the areas of cancer and infectious diseases.

Van Herk, an English professor who became a fellow of the Royal Society in 1997, is being awarded the Lorne Pierce Medal for her fiction and non-fiction, her work as a critic, her mentorship of apprentice writers, and her active contributions to Canada's literary and cultural community.

“The list of those people who have been given The Lorne Pierce Medal includes some of the finest minds in Canadian thinking – people who have changed the shape of Canadian literature,” says van Herk. “I feel like an imposter to be in their company.”

September 18, 2012  - ScienceMemo

Hitting the Road

Dr. Don Lawton begins presenting the 2013 Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists (CSEG) Distinguished Lecture Tour this month, with a trip to Houston  followed by trips across Canada over the next six months to discuss seismic work in Christchurch, New Zealand after the 2011 earthquake.  ScienceMemo

September 11, 2012

Best Student Core Presentation Award

Samuel Williams and Stefan Knopp received the Best Student Core Presentation Award Samuel Williams and Stefan Knopp received the Best Student Core Presentation Award at this year’s CSPG – CSEG – CWLS Vision 2012 Joint Annual Convention in Calgary, Alberta. Their presentation, Lithofacies Analysis and Depositional Scenarios for the Rock Creek Member and “Niton B” sandstone of the Fernie Formation in west-central Alberta, was selected as the top presentation among other student research presentations from across Canada. The award was based on a 20-minute oral presentation and a two-day display of pertinent cores held at the ERCB Core Research Centre during the core conference portion of the convention. Samuel and Stefan are both graduate students working with Fed Krause. Their work was done in collaboration with Dr. Terry Poulton (Geological Survey of Canada, Calgary) and Dr. Christopher DeBuhr (Instrumentation Facility for Analytical Electron Microscopy, University of Calgary). Submitted by Dr Fed Krause

Friday Afternoon Talk Series (FATS)

The new school year has started and FATS will be resuming this coming Friday in a NEW location EEEL161!  The first talk will be presented by Dr. Scott Burns on "The Mystery of Terroir – the Relationship of Geology, Soils, and Climate to Wine".  As always cookies and coffee will be provided. Don't forget to bring your own mug!

Read more about this terms exciting talks...