Volume 13, Number 5 October 21, 2005

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Health studies receive grants

SASKATOON – The federal government announced Oct. 12 that three researchers from the U of S will be awarded a total of $3.83 million in grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) to pursue leading-edge health studies.

VIDO head Lorne Babiuk will focus on potential new vaccines for the herpes virus; Troy Harkness will examine genes in yeast that affect lifespan, shedding light on the question ‘Can we live forever?’; and Dr. William Pickett will study injury among agricultural populations.

Alta. Ponders free tuition

EDMONTON – The suggestion that the Alberta government is considering paying student tuition for their first two years of post-secondary education has got the province abuzz.

Speaking to the editorial board of the Calgary Herald in mid-October, Alberta’s Advanced Education Minister Dave Hancock said the government is considering a so-called K-14 system. News reports here went to say he suggested that “at the other end of the spectrum”, the government is also looking at deregulating the post-secondary system.

At $5,125 per year, Alberta’s tuition fees are the second highest in Canada behind Nova Scotia.

York freezes grad tuitions

TORONTO – York University announced in late September that it will not increase tuition fees for most of its graduate programs for the next two academic years.

President and Vice-Chancellor Lorna Marsden said in a news release the move comes on the heels of a provincial government freeze on tuition across the province until 2005-06, although there has been no announcement about what will happen after that. “As Ontario’s second-largest graduate school, we welcome the strong endorsement by the Government of Ontario of the future of graduate programs in today’s global knowledge economy,” she said. “We are please to be an important part of that effort.”

York has more than 5,100 graduate students in 43 masters and doctoral programs spread across 10 faculties. Groups from the university are involved in discussions with the government about a new tuition framework.

Green car on campus

TORONTO – A Ford Escape hybrid vehicle has been added to the fleet of the University of Toronto Police Service, part of the university’s ongoing commitment to “greening” and sustainability.

The vehicle can operate on 100-per-cent electric power at speeds of up to 40 km/h. It will be used on the St. George campus which has 27 km of roadways.


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


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