Month: December 2013

BRANDON, MB – Researchers at Brandon University (BU) have received international attention for their recent work into how rural communities can better market themselves as tourist destinations.
Lina Pilelienė and Viktorija Grigaliūnaitė,Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania, and Christopher Malcolm and Doug Ramsey, Brandon University
Dr. Christopher Malcolm and Dr. Doug Ramsey presented their findings to the 6th Annual International Tourism Congress, held in Peniche, Portugal.

BRANDON, MB – Staff at Brandon University has donated the proceeds from a novel raffle of gift baskets to the Brandon and Westman Christmas Cheer Office.
Sandra Wray from Christmas Cheer Office (second from left) joins Carla Eisler, Kerry Murkin, Lisa Murray, Allison Noto and Jan Mahoney, BU
Twenty baskets with unique themes including Redneck Christmas, 50 Shades to Get You Through the Season, It’s All About the Children and the Hey Girl Spa Package were put together by BU employees from every one of the University’s faculties and raffled this past week at the University’s annual Holiday Luncheon for staff, faculty and students.

BRANDON, MB – A Brandon University (BU) radio astronomer may soon have the honour of naming a new discovery in the night sky.
Dr. Tyler Foster, Department of Physics and Astronomy, pinpointed what he believes to be the remains of an exploded star, a supernova remnant, during research this past summer at the Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory in BC. He will verify the results later this month with observing time awarded to his group on a radio telescope in Effelsberg, Germany which is 100 meters across and, for decades, was the largest steerable telescope of any kind in the world.
“The object’s temporary name is G181.

BRANDON, MB – Brandon University is involved in a nation-wide study to examine the continuing loss of farmland in Canada and how that affects our country’s global competiveness and food sovereignty.
“In the last 40 years, farmland approximately twice the size of Prince Edward Island has been taken over for urban activities,” says Dr. Doug Ramsey from BU’s Department of Rural Development and member of the research team that will spend the next four years studying agricultural land use planning in Canada.

BRANDON, MB – One of Canada’s largest privately owned asset management firms is pledging $100,000 to assist business administration students at Brandon University (BU).
The Connor, Clark & Lunn Scholarship-Bursary in Business Administration will be awarded on the basis of academic merit and financial need to a full-time returning student in any year of the Bachelor of Business Administration Program or Business Administration major.

BRANDON, MB – Three Brandon University (BU) students have become the first to represent the University in a global computer programming competition where winners are courted by companies including Microsoft, IBM and Google.
Roque Lacroix, Alex Trush and Bailey Kacsmar with coach Dr. Ashraf Abdelbar
In November, Roque Lacroix, Alex Trush and Bailey Kacsmar took part in regional play-downs for the International Collegiate Programming Contest, an annual challenge sponsored by high-tech giant IBM. The trio matched on-line wits with nearly 200 teams from eight US states, Manitoba and western Ontario, solving mathematical problems designed to test programming skills and teamwork.

BRANDON, MB – A Brandon University (BU) professor has won a national screenwriting award for his original dramatic film script about efforts to stop a hydro-electric project.
Darrell Racine, Chair of the Department of Native Studies, captured the 2013 Praxis Feature Film Screenplay Competition, awarded annually to Canadian writers.