Organization: Univ of Alberta

U of A to launch services science research project

A cyber-infrastructure research project to be conducted at the IBM Alberta Centre for Advanced Studies at the Univ of Alberta has received nearly $500,000 in funding. The project will focus on services science to assist firms and other organizations using information technology (IT) to improve service delivery. The project adds services sciences to IBM Centre’s…

U of A begins new science research building

The Alberta government is providing $285 million over three years to construct the Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science (CCIS) at the Univ of Alberta. The CCIS will become the flagship building for U of A’s faculty of science. The new “green” building is expected to meet the teaching, research and technology transfer needs of the…

SSHRC project to examine fate of ancient culture

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) is investing $2.5 million in a research project to determine the fate of an ancient culture in the Boreal forest region of Siberia. The Univ of Alberta‘s Dr Andrzej Weber has assembled an international team of anthropology, archeology, geography, genetics and climate researchers to excavate the remains…

Alberta signs multifaceted MOU with Hewlett-Packard

Alberta’s annual technology mission to California has produced an MOU with Hewlett-Packard, Palo Alto CA, covering three potential research projects worth more than $8 million. The agreement builds upon preliminary discussions held with H-P during the 2005 mission (R$, February 7/05). The proposed projects include: a new data research facility at the Univ of Calgary…

Albert cancer group unveils lab-on-a-chip device

The Alberta Cancer Diagnostic Consortium (ACDC) has developed a prototype lab-on-a-chip handheld device that will initially be used to screen for acute lymphocytic leukemia, a rare form of childhood cancer. The device was developed by the Univ of Alberta’s computer and electrical engineering department using low-cost microfluidic chips and off-the-shelf electronic components. It was unveiled…

Canadian institutions rank well in postdoc survey

Four Canadian institutions ranked in the top 10 non-US institutions as the best place to work for post doctoral students in the life sciences, according to a recent survey by The Scientist. Institutions that made the top 10 are: Dalhousie Univ (#4), Mount Sinai Hospital (#6), Univ of Calgary (#38) and Univ of Alberta (#10).…

U of A researchers develop low-power chip

Researchers at the Univ of Alberta have developed a computer chip that uses 100 times less energy than current leading-edge chips. The chip uses new a new method of processing digital data called analog decoding, which uses very low levels of power to execute its detection algorithm analog processing technology. The research was conducted at…

Imperial Oil funds oil sands research centre

Imperial Oil Ltd is contributing $10 million over five years to establish the Imperial Oil Centre for Oil Sands Innovation at the Univ of Alberta. The contribution – dubbed an investment – is the largest ever made by the firm to a university and is the largest single cash commitment ever made to the U…

WD invests in Alberta nanotechnology

Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) is investing $5.4 million in nanotechnology at the Univ of Alberta to create a Centre of Excellence in Integrated NanoTools, purchase new equipment for the NanoFabrication Facility and undertake applied research to develop cost-effective alloy materials. The new research capacity will allow the U of A to develop a critical…

Alberta Ingenuity funds water research centre

The Alberta Ingenuity (AI) fund has awarded $7.5 million over five years to create the Alberta Ingenuity Centre for Water Research. The new Centre builds on water research expertise at the province’s three major universities in studies and applications related to the health of freshwater systems. The research is also expected to be of benefit…