Science Community

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Students, faculty and staff:

As the COVID-19 pandemic changes how we are teaching, learning, researching and working, we want to thank you for the extraordinary effort and sense of community shown by each of you during this challenging time. We are so proud of how you’re adapting to a new way of learning and working. By leaning on and supporting one another, we will get through this.

We know that while we are taking steps to physically distance ourselves, we now, more than ever, want to be socially connected.

In an effort to stay connected and engaged with each other, we have established this space for you to thank your peers and co-workers, and let them know you’re thinking about them; it’s also a one-stop place for you to connect to various activities and resources offered to you through the university. 

Our Faculty community is only successful because of you, and it’s through you that we will continue to make a difference for our students, faculty, and staff during these challenging times. If you are struggling, please remember there are a number of mental health resources available to you.  We urge you to be kind to yourself and others.

Please take a moment to recognize a champion of science today for making noteworthy contributions to our community. Share your stories, your thanks, and your hints and tips with all of us…because we are #UCalgaryTogether.

Stay healthy and stay connected!

Steve Vamosi
Associate Dean, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Faculty of Science

Steve Vamosi, Associate Dean - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Steve Vamosi

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Nov. 25 update:  Information for the campus community

Find out details about the impact of new government covid-19 regulations on campus, updates on face coverings on campus, how classes and exams will continue as planned and more...

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Webinar:  TLRO: Mindfulness for Coping with Stress & Uncertainty

In these difficult times of COVID-19, explore how mindfulness and meditation can be applied to help create decreased levels of anxiety, depression, stress, and fatigue.

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Each episode looks at a different aspect of how COVID-19 affects our daily lives, from economic recovery to mental health to home schooling.  

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COVID-19 Webinars

Watch UCalgary webinars with researchers and experts that focus on topics we can use during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Disease emergence in our modern world

Microbiologists and epidemiologists on the One Health approach & the impacts of intersecting people, animals & the environment on our health.

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Managing Stress and Anxiety During COVID-19 Transitions

Psychologist Dr. Keith Dobson shares tips for managing stress and anxiety as we return to work and school routines this fall.

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Supporting your family

Experts discuss family stressors during the pandemic & offer tips to foster healthy, supportive relationships and manage the return to school.

Faculty of Science researchers making a difference

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Researchers call for review of security and privacy of COVID-19 tracing apps

Researchers from 32 universities across Canada, including the Faculty of Science, and with the support of the National Cybersecurity Consortium (NCC), are calling on Canadian governments to require rigorous reviews of any COVID-19 contact tracing apps before they are deployed.

Dr. Ian Lewis

Metabolomics researcher mobilizes lab to help with the COVID-19 crisis

Dr. Ian Lewis has devoted his career to developing faster, more efficient ways to diagnose infections. Now, during the COVID-19 global pandemic, he and his collaborators are ready to face an unprecedented challenge as his field of research is being thrust into the COVID-19 spotlight.


Researchers receive funding to develop COVID-19 treatments

Dr. Kenneth Ng, from the Department of Biological Sciences, and Dr. Chang-Chun Ling from the Department of Chemistry, received a $416,000 operating grant from their application to the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Canadian 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Rapid Research Funding Opportunity competition.

Science Community Resources

These resources can help you find information on wellness, connect with the campus community and recognize a person or group in our community for their hard work and accomplishments during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Wellness Resources

If you are struggling, please remember there are a number of mental health resources available to students, faculty and staff.

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Resources are here to support students, faculty, staff, alumni and all our communities during this unprecedented time.

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Give Recognition

Recognize a champion of science for the positive impact they have had to the Science Community.  Some of your stories will be shared here.

Your Shared Stories

...Three cheers for PHAS's Emma Chorlton and the Science Workshop's Jay McIsaac (and the rest of the workshop team) for your exemplary dedication to supporting the development of the UCalgary mini plasma imager instruments in support of the NASA INCAA sounding rocket mission. The team rallied to safely keep the project on track during the COVID-19 shutdown."

Johnathan Burchill, September 11, 2020

...Mike Siewert did a fantastic job setting up off-campus access to Geoscience computer labs for students in GLGY 403/602 and numerous other classes. Importantly, MIke stuck with it even when initial efforts didn't quite work, and rapidly responded to email queries to help out students after classes started."

Ben Tutolo, September 11, 2020

...For all the behind the scenes work you so selflessly do, helping everyone in need and keeping the department safe and operational. You are our superstar and we appreciate your amazing efforts."

Michelle Forgeron, May 28, 2020

My group obtained the "Critical Research Designation" and returned to work. Michelle quickly setup us to have access to the NMR facility, so that we were able to start working without delay. She and Mark also made sure that we have solvent/reagent supplies from the Chemstores, and Mark delivered all what needed to our lab. Magdi helped us to order chemical regents & when they arrived, Michelle and Mark coordinated to deliver them to us directly! Many thanks to you all, you guys are amazing!"

...As Head of Chemistry, I want to recognize Michelle Forgeron for her extraordinary efforts during the COVID-19 disruption. Thank you, Michelle!"

Dr. Jennifer Love, Head of the Department of Chemistry, May 22, 2020

...Thank you to the science advising team for being leaders in all the ways that matter for our students.  I am so proud to be part of your team."

Kathleen Ralph, April 7, 2020

...They have been working alongside program advisors at the Undergraduate Science Centre to help our students through registration during this very stressful time. Thank you Team Science for facing these times with positivity!  

Nancy Chibry (Associate Dean – Undergraduate Programs and Student Affairs), April 1, 2020

...Suzanne worked fiercely and tirelessly to equip us support staff with all of the tools necessary to succeed working at home. She definitely worked longer hours than healthy to do this, and she checked up on all of the stakeholders on each of our projects. At the same time, Suzanne reminded us that we are valued, even as we struggle to retain productivity in this strange time."

Support staff member in the Department of Physics & Astronomy, March 27, 2020

...Technician Farzin Malekani is an indispensable member of the Environmental Science team, whether in a pandemic or not. He goes above and beyond to keep student projects running smoothly, and puts in many hours outside the normal 9-5. As with many of us, Farzin has been juggling work life and parenting a small child, but has still been working to keep student projects functioning and the lab operational (until recently). Thank you Farzin for stepping up."

Dan Shugar, March 26, 2020

Ariane teaches a large course, conducting authentic research in formal teams. It is a huge challenge, especially for a NEW Instructor! She was thoroughly engaged with her students, & mastered every detail of leading this course. The COVID19 situation did not hinder Ariane: she remained dedicated to and compassionate with her students, she adapted to delivering course material online seamlessly, and remained tirelessly supportive of her students and teaching team."

Louise Hahn, March 26, 2020

...Karen has sending out daily “hello” emails to our BioSci grad students asking if they are ok and if anyone needs help. This is exactly what we need right now as we try to bring our community together while being apart!  Stay well and thanks Karen!"

Sean Rogers, March 26, 2020

— their incredible support of our students in this difficult times is appreciated by all of us."

Steven Vamosi, March 25, 2020

...for graduate students in Biological Sciences, who are navigating changes and delays to the way they teach, conduct research, and maintain community.”

Steven Vamosi, March 25, 2020