News and Notes for November 2006
News and Notes for November 2006

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November 1, 2006


Alberta Playwrights’ Network
Honours Theatre Practitioners

The Alberta Playwrights’ Network (APN) is pleased to announce the gala book launch of Theatre 100: Celebrating 100 Theatre Practitioners Over 100 Years. The book pays tribute to 100 Albertans, past and present, who have made a significant contribution to theatre in the province. Shelley Scott (Theatre and Dramatic Arts) was one of the jurors who worked on the book. Several people honoured have a U of L connection, including current fine arts faculty Brian Parkinson, Ron Chambers (BASc ’85) and Dean Dr. Ches Skinner; former dramatic arts instructors Neil Boyden (BASc ’73, BEd ’85, MEd ’94) and Douglas Curtis; professor emeritus George Mann (Sociology); and late honorary degree recipient Joan Waterfield (DFA ’02). The book also recognizes the late Elodia Christensen, who was active in drama in Stirling; the late Murray Robison, who began his theatre involvement in Coaldale before moving to Lethbridge; and the late Ernest Sterndale Bennett for whom the Sterndale Bennett Theatre is named. The Theatre 100 Gala will take place on Nov. 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the Glenbow Museum in Calgary.

Seyed-Mahmoud Participates in
Canadian Space Agency Study

Dr. Behnam Seyed-Mahmoud (Physics) is part of a team of researchers that has been funded by the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) to conduct a “concept” study for high-resolution measurements of the Martian magnetic field by a nanosatellite. His collaborators on the High-Resolution Magnetic Observations of Mars Enabled by Nanosatellite Technology (MOMENT) project are from McGill University, York University and the universities of Calgary and Toronto. “Now that the concept study project has been approved, we will prepare a more in-depth study. The CSA will then decide whether to fund the main project, which is the building and launching of the nanosatellite,” says Seyed-Mahmoud.

Franks Awarded SSHRC Scholarship
Jennifer Franks (BA ’02) has been awarded a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Canada Graduate Scholarship (Master’s) valued at $17,500 for one year. Franks is pursuing a master of arts degree in sociology with Dr. Muriel Mellow (Sociology) and Dr. William Ramp (Sociology) as her supervisor and co-supervisor, respectively. Franks’ thesis title is Scripting Service Sector Employees: The Management and Self-Control of Frontline Worker Identity in Retail Servicescapes. “My research stems from my own experiences working in retail,” says Franks.

Irshad Manji Speaks on Nov. 16
Irshad Manji, a Muslim-Canadian author, journalist and activist, will deliver a talk entitled the Power of Asking Questions Out Loud from 7 to 9 p.m. on Nov. 16, 2006, at the Galt Museum and Archives, 5th Avenue S and Scenic Drive, Lethbridge. The free tickets are available on campus at the University Theatre Box Office and off campus at the Galt Museum. The ticket supply is limited. The talk is sponsored by the U of L Diversity Advantage initiative, Women Scholars Group Speaker Series, Discovery Lecture Series and Lethbridge Herald Lecture Series. Her books will be on sale at the University Bookstore in advance of the lecture and at the event. She will also be signing books following her talk.

University Bookstore Staff
Launch Books and trim Trees

November is a busy month at the University Bookstore. There are numerous activities planned that profile local authors and local charitable activities, including:

Nov. 8 at noon: A bag lunch and launch event for Yale Belanger’s (Native American Studies) Gambling With the Future: The Evolution of Aboriginal Gambling in Canada. Bring your own lunch, and coffee will be provided.

Nov. 15 at 6:30 p.m.: The annual Lethbridge Regional Hospital Foundation’s Christmas Tree Festival gala auction and reception takes place in the main atrium of the Lethbridge Regional Hospital. As in past years, the U of L Bookstore tree – decorated with more than $1,000 worth of books – will be one of the top attractions. Last year’s tree sold for more than $4,000, and Bookstore staff and volunteers are working to make the 2006 tree even better.

Nov. 22 at 11 a.m.: A bag lunch and launch event celebrating local nurse authors Kathy Knowles and Linda Bridge and their second book, Hopelessly Human Nurse: A Marriage of the Art and Science Within. Coffee will be provided.

Research Ranking Boost for U of L
Research Infosource Inc. recently released its rankings of the top 50 research universities in Canada and placed the U of L third in the undergraduate category. Overall, the U of L placed 35th, up from 39th the year previous, and now sits in the middle third of the ranked institutions. The U of L also scored a fifth-place finish in the research income growth category, with a reported $12 million in research funding in 2005/2006.

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