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Tuesday May 25, 2010

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Ted Talks

Sir Ken Robinson: Bring on the learning revolution!

In this poignant, funny follow-up to his fabled 2006 talk, Sir Ken Robinson makes the case for a radical shift from standardized schools to personalized learning -- creating conditions where kids' natural talents can flourish.

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Health Care

Laurier professor tickles the feet of astronauts returning from space shuttle Atlantis

WATERLOO – “One small step for mankind” will take on new meaning May 26 when Laurier professor Stephen Perry tickles the feet of astronauts returning from a space shuttle Atlantis mission. The research, designed to measure the influence of space travel on foot sensitivity, will provide important information about the links between hypersensitivity, balance control and the aging process.

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Money

Canadian Impact Investment Fund makes first impact investments

WATERLOO - Sarona Asset Management announced today that its Sarona Frontier Markets Fund 1 LP has made its first five investments in funds focusing on global microfinance, renewable energy in South Asia and small and medium sized enterprises (SME) in Mexico, Africa and India.

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Environemt

Waterloo Region participates in 11th annual Commuter Challenge

Waterloo Region – The 11th annual Commuter Challenge will take place nationwide May 30 to June 5.

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Environemt Watcher

Gord Miller appointed to third term as Ontario's Environmental Commissioner

Toronto - Gord Miller has been appointed to his third term as Environmental Commissioner of Ontario.

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Environmental Disaster

U.S. Coast Guard Provide Dispersant Updates

WASHINGTON – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson and United States Coast Guard Rear Admiral Mary Landry held a press conference call today to discuss BP’s use of dispersants in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Science

York U researchers uncover new clue in antimatter mystery

TORONTO - York University researchers have played a key role in a new finding that may help explain the imbalance of matter and antimatter in our universe.

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Technology

Danger in the internet café?

Researchers predict new computer security threat for wireless networks: Typhoid adware

There’s a potential threat lurking in your internet café, say University of Calgary computer science researchers. It’s called Typhoid adware and works in similar fashion to Typhoid Mary, the first identified healthy carrier of typhoid fever who spread the disease to dozens of people in the New York area in the early 1900s.

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Arts & Culture

FILM DAYS FESTIVAL 2010: 4th ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF CANADIAN FILM & INDEPENDENT CINEMAS

Waterloo - In Waterloo Region & Wellington County we are fortunate to have 3 of Canada's still standing Independent Calendar Art Cinemas - The Princess Cinemas (Waterloo), The Bookshelf (Guelph ) and the longest reigning, The Gorge Cinema (Elora).

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Recognition

Two uOttawa professors among Capital Educators’ Awards recipients

OTTAWA — Professors Eileen O’Connor from the School of Human Kinetics at the Faculty of Health Sciences, and Maurice Taylor from the Faculty of Education were honoured yesterday with a Capital Educators’ Award at the ninth annual EduGala.

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Marketing Healthcare

Getting therapeutic drugs to market faster

Hamilton - Developing new therapeutic drugs will be easier for McMaster researchers thanks to a new partnership between McMaster University and the Centre for Drug Research and Development (CDRD).

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Education

Law professor lands prestigious Premier's Discovery Award for ground-breaking scholarly achievements

Award caps long-time career in law and economics for Michael Trebilcock, who put a 'human face' on this pioneering specialization

Toronto - Professor Michael Trebilcock is one of five winners of the esteemed Premier's Discovery Award, given to honour Ontario's most accomplished researchers. Trebilcock is recognized in the social sciences category and receives a $250,000 award over three years to pursue research projects with graduate students in law and economics, and law and development.

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Trades

New Roofing Skills Training Centre to Open in Waterloo

New facility the result of partnership between Conestoga, industry, government

Waterloo - More than 100 representatives from the Ontario roofing industry, OIRCA (the Ontario Industrial Roofing Contractors Association), Conestoga College, and the federal and provincial governments will gather to celebrate their partnership and officially open the new 12,400 sq. ft. Conestoga/OIRCA Training Centre in Waterloo today Tuesday, May 25.

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Arts & The Final Frontier

IN CO-OPERATION WITH THE KW SYMPHONY, PRINCESS CINEMAS PRESENT STAR TREK IV: THE VOYAGE HOME

Co-presented by the K-W Symphony in conjunction with their Star Trek: The Music performances on June 2 & 3

Waterloo - Admiral Kirk (William Shatner), McCoy (DeForest Kelley), Scott (James Doohan), Sulu (George Takei), Uhura (Nichelle Nichols), and Chekhov (Walter Koenig) head to Earth, not knowing that a new crisis could destroy their home world -- a huge, immensely powerful alien probe has started vaporizing the oceans, leaving the planet only hours to survive.

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Education

UOIT student team tops in province at OCE Discovery Showcase

OSHAWA - The University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) continues to demonstrate that it has immediately forged a reputation as a leading university in the areas of innovation and generating opportunities for undergraduate students to connect with industry and make a difference in the world around them.

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Recognition

OCRI Recognizes Carleton Professor as One of Ottawa’s Top Educators

Ottawa – Dr. Kim Hellemans, an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Carleton University, was awarded a Capital Educators Award by the Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation (OCRI).

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Guest Column

Everybody Sells! Transforming Exceptional Service into Revenue Growth
By Walt Zeglinski

Even as the economy hints at making a rebound, markets are becoming more competitive and products are rapidly commoditizing. As customers cautiously begin to spend their tightly held dollars, companies are realizing that re-establishing their previous customer relationships isn’t enough. The success of their growth strategy depends on increasing customer acquisition and loyalty.

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