U of C professor helps NASA prevent potential asteroid impact

Asteroid Bennu is scheduled for 78 potential impacts with Earth between 2175–2199. Scientists don’t know when, where or even if the asteroid will hit our planet, but a University of Calgary professor is trying to find out. U of C geoscience professor Alan Hildebrand is part of a NASA-funded mission to study Bennu dubbed Operation… Continue reading U of C professor helps NASA prevent potential asteroid impact

U of C professor studies the 21st century workplace

Research from University of Calgary assistant professor and psychologist Thomas O’Neill suggests that while more businesses have employees working from home, some of them have more trouble adjusting to the new workplace than others. O’Neill — who calls the trend remote working — identified personality traits that predict job satisfaction, perceptions of performance and the… Continue reading U of C professor studies the 21st century workplace

Opium research yields synthetic painkillers

University of Calgary researchers are one step closer to producing synthetic morphine and codeine, after unlocking the genes that allow the opium poppy to produce these two drugs. In the online edition of Nature Chemical Biology, U of C biochemist Peter Facchini explained the isolation of these genes allows for production of synthetic painkillers in… Continue reading Opium research yields synthetic painkillers

U of C researchers design cheaper insulin

Researchers at the University of Calgary have discovered a ground breaking new way to produce insulin from plants, a process they hope will make insulin more affordable for diabetics. Dr. Maurice Moloney from the department of Biological Sciences has been leading the research. He has collaborated with Dr. Morley Hollenberg from the faculty of Medicine.… Continue reading U of C researchers design cheaper insulin

Unique new research won’t waste wastewater

A unique wastewater treatment facility will help researchers understand the effects of emerging compounds of concern through full-scale experiments in 12 controlled stream environments. “As far as I know there are no other groups trying to replicate what we are doing here, as far as I know it is the first in the world,” said… Continue reading Unique new research won’t waste wastewater

Stigmas harm problem gambling recovery

Stigma may stop struggling gamblers from seeking support. According to a 2002 survey by the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, 82 per cent of Albertans participate in some form of gambling. Yet University of Calgary researcher Jenny Horch found that there is quite a bit of stigma or negative attitudes towards problem gamblers. For her… Continue reading Stigmas harm problem gambling recovery

Alberta’s smallest Dino not a very good b-baller

In the land before time, a small carnivorous dinosaur named Hesperonychus elizabethae lived in Alberta and was known as a terror despite its small size. Seventy-five million years later, University of Calgary researcher Nicholas Longrich discovered the remains of North America’s smallest known prehistoric carnivore thanks to some luck. In 1982, Elizabeth Nicholls found a… Continue reading Alberta’s smallest Dino not a very good b-baller

MRI wait times need help

Most Calgarians are familiar with long wait times for medical services over the past three years. University of Calgary’s dean of medicine Dr. Tom Feasby has been trying find out what can be done to reduce the times for MRIs. The first part of his study revealed some centres didn’t have systems for prioritizing scans… Continue reading MRI wait times need help

Petition for social science funding

The Social Science Grant Commission has new funds following the announcement of the federal government’s most recent economic action plan, but some are unhappy with the new restrictions. The government announced a two per cent funding increase for the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council on Jan. 27, giving them an additional $17.5 million. The… Continue reading Petition for social science funding