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UWeekly at the University of Lethbridge

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Measles - What Do you Need to Know?

Alberta Health Services has confirmed a case of measles in the Lethbridge area, and is advising of potential exposure to the general public.

Measles is an airborne disease and is extremely contagious.

Symptoms include fever, cough, runny nose or red eyes, and a red blotchy rash that appears three to seven days after fever starts.

If you become ill with a fever, STAY AT HOME AND AVOID CONTACT WITH OTHERS! Call Health Link Alberta before getting medical care at any Lethbridge clinic or going to the hospital.

To speak to a Health Link Alberta nurse, call 1-866-408-LINK (5465).

For more information on measles, including symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, follow this link.

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New Research Website Launched

The University of Lethbridge is excited to launch a new website (www.ulethbridge.ca/research) that will serve as the public face of research at the U of L.

“As one of Canada’s most influential research institutions, we are home to world-renowned researchers, and we are fostering the next generation of researchers and innovators,” says Dr. Daniel Weeks, U of L vice-president (research). “With this website, we are thrilled to be able to showcase the calibre of research that takes place at the U of L with audiences around the world.”

Check out the new website here.

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Kovalchuk wins 2013 ASTech Award

University of Lethbridge epigenetic researcher Dr. Igor Kovalchuk was honoured with the Innovation in Agricultural Science Award at the 2013 ASTech Awards held in Calgary Oct. 25.

Because of Kovalchuk’s groundbreaking epigenetic work (the study of how genes are expressed or “turned on” by environmental factors) fields of medicinal poppies may soon grow in the Canadian Prairies and biomonitoring plants will detect pollution in the air, water and earth.

Read more here.

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Living Well at the U of L - Life Balance Fair Wednesday, Oct. 30

The annual Life Balance Fair is finally here!

Mini-massages are back!

Wellness is pleased to bring back the Lethbridge College Massage Therapy students and will be offering 15 minute chair massages on campus from September to November 2013. Register here.

For everything Wellness related, check out this website.

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Destination Project Site Selection Presentations

The Destination Project will be the most significant development of our Lethbridge campus since University Hall was completed in 1972. Your input is vital.

The planning conducted today, directed by the questions and concerns raised by our community, must serve the University for the next 50 years.

Plan to attend one or both of the Destination Project Site Selection Presentations Nov. 6 & 7.

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Braem up for Governor General's honour

Meg Braem, a Calgary-based playwright who teaches in the Department of Theatre and Dramatic Arts at the University of Lethbridge, has been shortlisted for the 2013 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama.

While busy preparing a new play for its premiere on the
U of L stage, Braem will find out on Nov. 13 if she is selected for her play Blood: A Scientific Romance.

Learn more here.

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Free Flu Shot Clinics

It's that time of year!

For those of you (students, staff and faculty) who would like a flu shot, the Health Centre is pleased to offer on-campus influenza vaccinations (flu shots).

Please remember to bring your Alberta or provincial health care card and clothing that allows access to an arm! Find out where and when, here.

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University of Lethbridge -- In the News

The University of Lethbridge is always in the news, whether it is through the valuable work of our researchers, the contributions from our staff, students and alumni, or the performances of our Athletic teams.

Look for the News Roundup column on the new Unews website for all the latest news mentions.

If you know of anyone who has been featured or mentioned in the media, and has a U of L connection, please send a note to trevor.kenney@uleth.ca

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Study Leave Policy - Draft Available for Review

The University is seeking input on a new Study Leave Policy.

To review the draft policy, please log in to the Draft Policies page here. After reviewing the policy, please submit your feedback using the online form linked to from the Draft Policies Page.

The draft policy will be available for review until November 8, 2013.

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Therapy Dog Sessions Upcoming

Bo the Golden Lab is waiting for your next therapy session

Tuesday night therapy dog visits have become very popular on campus, so the Student Success Centre is bringing in three dogs for the next session, Tuesday, Nov. 12.

Come get to know Bo the Golden Lab, Enzo the Whippet and Maggie the English Springer Spaniel!

The furry therapists will be available from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Students' Union Ballrooms.

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Preventing Violence on Post-Secondary Campuses

The University of Lethbridge, the Lethbridge and District YWCA and the Status of Women Canada are teaming up to increase safety at the U of L by participating in a project aimed at preventing sexual violence on campus.

Focus Groups and Safety Audits are already underway as the University seeks student input.

Faculty and staff, encourage the students you meet to take part in this initiative. Follow this link for more information.

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Distinguished Teaching Award 2014

To all members of the University of Lethbridge community (students, faculty, alumni and staff)


The Distinguished Teaching Award was established in 1987 at the University of Lethbridge under the auspices of the President. This award is in recognition of the central importance of teaching to the philosophy and goals of the University of Lethbridge and to provide recognition to those members of the academic staff who excel in teaching.

The deadline for nominations for this award is: February 01, 2014.

Learn more here.

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Next UWeekly -- Monday, Nov. 4

If you have a notice or information to submit for the week of Nov. 4 and beyond, please contact trevor.kenney@uleth.ca

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