Volume 13, Number 15   April 7, 2006

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UVic enhances tech transfer

VICTORIA – Vancouver Island post-secondary students and researchers who want to launch businesses can now turn to the University of Victoria’s Innovation and Development Corporation (IDC).

Thanks to more than $1 million in federal funding, the IDC is setting up the Vancouver Island Technology Transfer Centre to expand its services to assist four other post-secondary institutions: Camosun College, Royal Roads University, Malaspina University-College, and North Island College. A UVic news release said the centre’s mandate is to assist students and faculty to take their research to the marketplace.

Conductor, players part of McGill study

MONTREAL – In an unprecedented experiment, the conductor and several members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra as well as some people in the audience were hooked up to special electrodes in an effort to find out how humans really respond to music.

Conducted by a McGill University team, the research involved having Maestro Keith Lockhart conduct while wearing a specially equipped jacket that sensed heart rate, muscle activation and other physiological responses. Five members of the orchestra were similarly equipped, as were several dozen audience members.

In a McGill news release, one of the researchers explained the aim of the project were to track distinctive physiological signatures of the emotions that the conductor felt while leading the orchestra, and then to see the transmission of those emotions to the musicians and the audience members.

Scholar named UBC president

VANCOUVER – A scholar specializing in human rights, public international law and international relations has been appointed the 12th president and vice-chancellor of the University of British Columbia.

In a news release, UBC announced that Stephen Toope, president of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, will succeed Martha Piper, who completes her nine years’ service to the university on June 30. Toope will take up his duties as president on July 1 for a five-year term. He will also hold a UBC academic position as tenured professor of Law.

Toope is a former dean of the Faculty of Law at McGill University.

Memorial welcomes budget announcements

ST. JOHN’S – Officials of Memorial University have applauded the March 30 provincial budget for its significant increases in operating and capital funding, including a commitment of $13 million to infrastructure improvements at the university.

In a news release, the university also said it appreciated the government’s continuing a $5 million allotment for deferred maintenance of its infrastructure.

U of T students face tuition hike

TORONTO – The University of Toronto’s Business Board has recommended approval of a proposed tuition fee schedule that reflects the parameters of the new provincial tuition framework announced March 8 and that will see tuition go up by an average of 4.12 per cent.

The schedule has been designed in accordance with the university’s policy on ensuring accessibility, its objective of maintaining excellence in all U of T undergraduate and graduate programs, and the government’s tuition framework, according to information released by the university. The average planned increase of 4.12 per cent below the five per cent maximum allowed by the government’s framework.

The proposed 2006-07 tuition schedule will give the U of T $17.2 million in additional revenue. Both the tuition schedule and the university’s budget will go to the Governing Council May 1.

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

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