Volume 13, Number 8 December 2, 2005

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Updated website launched

On Nov. 24, the University Library launched the 2005 edition of its website on Saskatchewan Resources for Sexual Diversity.
The new site – at http://library.usask.ca/spcoll/srsd/ – contains updated and new materials, including a national bibliography and videography of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and two spirit (GLBTT) materials, as well as the latest version of the index to Saskatoon-published Perceptions, the longest running gay and lesbian newsmagazine in Canada.
The launch event included release of former Library staff member Neil Richards’ Celebrating a History of Diversity, a chronology of gay and lesbian life in Saskatchewan.

Flu shots up

Campus people flocked to get flu shots this year. Community Safety Manager Janice Lavoie says 1,248 faculty, staff and students came for vaccinations at the Nov. 15-17 flu clinic, a 40-per-cent increase over last year.
Lavoie says an increase in nursing staff handled the higher numbers without large lineups. She notes the Department of Health, Safety & Environment hosts the clinic and subsidizes the cost. And, a growing number of campus units are paying the fee for their staff to get the shots, to help reduce absenteeism due to illness.

UVic makes waves

VICTORIA – A project led by the University of Victoria will make oceanographic history this month when the most advanced cabled seafloor observatory is set in place in the waters of Saanich Inlet, north of the city.
The Victoria Experimental Network Under the Sea (VENUS) uses fibre optic cables and instruments to continuously feed data, sound and images from the ocean floor to labs, classrooms, science centres and individual homes via the internet.

Building at U of A

EDMONTON – The University of Alberta campus is dotted with construction sites as work progresses on: Agri-Food Discovery Place ($18 million): Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science ($285 million); Health Research Innovation Facility ($292 million); Health Sciences Ambulatory Learning Centre (with the Capital Health Region – $577 million); Markin/CNRL Natural Resources Engineering Facility ($65 million); National Institute for Nanotechnology ($52 million); and, Zeidler Ledcor Centre (clinical training/gastrointestinal health centre – $7 million).
Other projects on campus include the $174-million Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute, a $100-million extension of the city’s LRT, and a $32-million renovation of the Jubilee Auditorium.

$22m to McGill

MONTREAL – McGill University announced Nov. 17 receipt of a $22-million donation from the Canadian Credit Management Foundation and its president and CEO Marcel Desautels, the largest single gift ever made to a Canadian business or management faculty.
The money will fund several initiatives including three endowed chairs in business leadership, six annual scholars’ awards, a visiting scholars program, scholarships and fellowships, enhancement of teaching and research facilities, and improved student services.

For more information, contact communications.office@usask.ca

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