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Thursday September 24, 2009

Ted Talks

William Kamkwamba: How I harnessed the wind

At age 14, in poverty and famine, a Malawian boy built a windmill to power his family's home. Now at 22, William Kamkwamba, who speaks at TED, here, for the second time, shares in his own words the moving tale of invention that changed his life.

Smart People

Thomson Reuters Predicts Nobel Laureates

Twenty-five "Thomson Reuters Citation Laureates" Recognized for Their Contributions to the Advancement of Science

PHILADELPHIA and LONDON - Thomson Reuters announced the 2009 Thomson Reuters Citation Laureates -- researchers likely to be in contention for Nobel honors -- in anticipation of this year's Nobel Prize winners in the sciences and in economics to be announced from October 5-12.

Ground Breaking

Bio Chemical Engineering Research Growth

Waterloo - The University of Waterloo will hold a groundbreaking ceremony today for the faculty of engineering's latest expansion project - Engineering 6.


Promotion, Renewals for Canada Research Chairs at McMaster

HAMILTON - Canada Research Chairs announcement yesterday brought good news to McMaster University. Gianluigi Botton advanced to tier one standing, and Antoine Deza, Brian Golding, and Thia Kirubarajan were renewed as Canada Research Chairs for a second term.

Research Chair

How Much Smaller: New Canada Research Chair Helps Miniaturize Technologies

London – Technologies that improve the resolution of digital cameras, expand memory in portable computers and improve the capacity of medical and industrial imaging continue to shrink in size.

Insurance Study

Lack of Advance Notice of Rate Increases Drives Decline in Satisfaction Among Auto Insurance Policyholders in Canada

Satisfaction among Home Insurance Providers for a Second Consecutive Year

TORONTO - As increasing numbers of auto insurance policyholders experience rate increases, satisfaction declines substantially among those customers who were not notified of the increase in advance, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2009 Canadian Home and Auto Insurance Customer Satisfaction Study(SM) released yesterday.

Sustainable Institutions

Laurier introduces new eco-takeout containers

Waterloo - Starting this semester, Laurier’s Food Services has introduced a new, reusable plastic food container to reduce the amount of waste produced from cardboard takeout containers.


York U appoints Ron Westray to Oscar Peterson Chair in Jazz Performance

TORONTO - Performer, composer and educator Ron Westray has been appointed as the Oscar Peterson Chair in Jazz Performance at York University.

Research Chairs

Government of Canada Provides Support to Canada Research Chairs in Kitchener-Waterloo

WATERLOO - The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), offered his congratulations to the recipients of the recently awarded Canada Research Chairs at the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University.

No Such Thing as Free Trade

WTO Head Pushes G20 For Trade Deal.

"The World Trade Organization (WTO) will urge the G20 key economies meeting this week to make good on pledges to conclude a pact on global commerce by 2010, WTO Director General Pascal Lamy said Tuesday.


Wind energy powers job creation opportunities for Canadian manufacturers

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters and CanWEA announce strategic partnership

TORONTO - The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) and Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) announced today a strategic partnership to explore Canadian manufacturing opportunities in the growing global wind energy industry.

Research Chairs

University of Ottawa receives $5.6 million for the renewal of four Canada Research Chairs

OTTAWA — The University of Ottawa is proud to announce that four of its existing Canada Research Chairs have been renewed and will receive a total of $5.6 million in funding.

Elder Study

Social Inclusion of Seniors: Creating Supportive Housing Policies

London, ON – A new study published by The University of Western Ontario reveals that many older seniors (aged 85+) actively participate in activities that allow them to continue living in their homes.

Agriculture Markets

Prices farmers received for their commodities fell 12.2% in July

Statscan - The fall of 12.2% is from the same month a year earlier, as both the crops index and the livestock and animal products index declined.

Healthy Communities

Slashing support for children is no way to balance budgets: HSA

VANCOUVER - "Government spin won't help autistic children and their families," HSA President Reid Johnson said yesterday in response to a massive government cut in support for autistic children across British Columbia.

Research Chairs

U of G Gains New Canada Research Chairs

Guelph - The University of Guelph will receive $2.4 million over the next five years through two new prestigious Canada Research Chairs (CRCs) and the renewal of another. Gary Goodyear, minister of state (science and technology), was at U of G and WLU yesterday to make the announcement.

Patent Infringment

i4i Case Heard in Court of Appeals

WASHINGTON - The United States Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, in Washington D.C., a panel of three judges heard the appeal of i4i v. Microsoft. This was an appeal from the August 11, 2009 Final Judgment that ruled in favor of i4i and found that Microsoft had willfully infringed i4i's U.S. Patent No. 5,787,449, issued in 1998.

Breast Cancer Research

$500,000 donation creates CIBC Undergraduate Bursaries in Nursing for studies in breast cancer

Hamilton - CIBC announced yesterday a $500,000 donation to McMaster University to establish the CIBC Undergraduate Bursaries in Nursing for undergraduate students with a specific interest in breast cancer research and education.


Canadian housing markets buck recession and trend upwards

MISSISSAUGA - With the worst of the recession over, residential real estate markets in major Canadian centres are poised for growth in the final quarter of 2009, according to a report released today by RE/MAX.

Research Chairs

Canada Research Chairs program awards $1.4 million to York

Funding to support Professor Rosemary Coombe’s research in socio-legal studies

TORONTO - The federal government has renewed a Canada Research Chair in Law, Communication and Culture at York University enabling Professor Rosemary Coombe of the Faculty of Liberal and Professional Studies to advance her research in the field of socio-legal studies.

Research Chairs

Queen’s receives $3.9 million in Canada Research Chairs funding

Kingston - Six Queen’s University researchers have received $3.9 million under the Canada Research Chairs program. The funding will bring a new Chair in Surveillance Studies to Queen’s and renew the appointments of five current chairs.

Healthy Choices

Keeping school lunches nutritious and delicious all year long

Toronto – “Already out of lunch ideas after the first weeks of school? Dietitians have some practical tips to help your kids increase their vegetable and fruit and milk product intake which are two problems areas for many school-age boys and girls,” says Mary Sue Waisman, registered dietitian.


Creativity in the Rural Economy: Opportunities in Rural Areas & Smaller Centres

Toronto - It comes as no surprise that urban centres attract lots of attention from researchers and policy-makers interested in creative jobs and creative industries. The numbers tell us that these are the locations where they’re concentrated and where they have the best prospects for future growth.

Research Chairs

Two new Canada Research Chairs at Carleton will tackle real-world problems for fish and photonics

Ottawa – Yesterday, the Honourable Gary Goodyear, minister of state (science and technology) announced two new Canada Research Chairs for Carleton University.

Research Chairs

Two Laurier scientists awarded Canada Research Chairs

WATERLOO – The Canada Research Chairs program has announced two new appointments fo Wilfrid Laurier University.

Sustainable Business

Impact! Youth Conference for Sustainability Leadership

GUELPH - Impact! The Co-operators Youth Conference for Sustainability Leadership, a unique partnership of business, academia and non-governmental organizations. The conference will bring together 180 university and college students from across Canada.

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