Greetings True Believers,

I would like to start out by saying that this newsletter is dedicated to Stan Lee, the man whose legacy has impacted thousands. The world will not be the same without him.

First of all, I would like to let you all know that we have a Board game night, Friday November 23rd, at 17:00 – 22:00, in ST 064. If you like cards as much as Gambit, you might as will pop on by.


Telus Co-Op and Graduate Recruitment Panel

The Telus team is excited to do a presentation and Q&A about their co-op program, new graduate program, and careers in general. Luckily for us, the presentation will be followed by both food and an open discussion/networking period with the individual representatives. This is a great opportunity for undergraduates looking towards work co-ops in the summer or life after degree. Telus is very happy to work with students that have a background in the use of technology, telecommunications, data analytics, programming, statistics, engineering, and/or the internet of things. If any of these attributes exemplifies you or you are looking for goals for your degree, we would love for you to come out and get more information.

For any additional inquiries, you can contact SUMC at sumc@ucalgary.ca.

I myself have am in a coop position, so I think that it would be a good event to go and check out, especially to get an idea about what kind of careers are open to you. After all, not everyone is smart enough to stay in a lab all day creating Ultron (although I think that’s a good thing).

Date: Fri. November 23 at 17:30 – 19:00

Location: MS 431

Organization: Society of Undergraduate Mathematics – Calgary

Contact Email:  sumc@ucalgary.ca.


App Prototype Testing Session

Join in on the prototyping experience and visit the final CPSC 575 app testing session of the semester! From paper to pixels, senior year computer science student teams have worked tirelessly over the past 3 months to get their apps ready for the App Store. Before publishing these apps, they need YOU to give them a full test drive! Usability testing is one of the most important parts of any software development and will help catch pesky bugs early. Meet some of U of C’s most talented app developers and don’t miss out on this fun space for app action!

Considering the horror stories that can be heard about certain bugs in apps, it might be a good idea to go test these out, just in case you end up using them in the future.  After all, who wants a map app that can’t tell you where Wakanda is?

Time: November 21, 16:30-17:45

Location: Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking (Right next to the bookstore)


iGEM Calgary Research Team

The 2018 iGEM Calgary research team is currently recruiting for the 2019 iGEM Calgary team.

iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machine) is an international synthetic biology competition held annually in Boston, MA.  As a member of the iGEM Calgary research team, students will have the opportunity to work with an interdisciplinary group that uses synthetic biology to solve real-world problems. The research project is chosen by the students themselves, worked on full-time over the summer, and their final results will be presented at the iGEM Jamboree in Boston in October 2019. All members of the team will have the opportunity to go to Boston at no cost to themselves and students are paid for their research work in the summer months. Furthermore, receiving course credit for the work carried out in Winter 2019 and/or Fall 2019 semester is possible.

Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the iGEM competition, there are a number of facets to the research project. Students from all faculties/departments, including biology, health sciences, computer science, and engineering are encouraged to apply. There will be recruitment nights held on Thursday, November 22 at Foothills Campus at 6:30 PM (1405A Health Science) and on Monday, November 26 at Main Campus at 6:00 PM (ST140). If unable to attend these sessions, students can also contact the iGEM team via email (igem.calgary@gmail.com) for more information.

Now I know that most people might look at this huge wall of text and cringe, but I will point out that it is possible to receive course credit for the work that you carry out. If nothing else, you might be able to make web fluid (although it seems rather unlikely).

Contact Email: igem.calgary@gmail.com

Registration Dates: Thursday, November 22 at Foothills Campus at 18:30  (1405A Health Science) and on Monday, November 26 at Main Campus at 6:00 PM (ST140).


Research Project Volunteer Opportunity

We received an interesting email about a volunteer opportunity,

Hello,

We are researchers who are seeking to better understand a new technology for automated recognition of activities and interactions in a collaborative environment, such as meeting rooms. If you agree, we would like to record some small video clips of yourself performing a set of simple daily activities that are common in a meeting room environment. These activities include 1. Enter a room, 2. Exit a room, 3. Sit on a chair, 4. Stand, 5. Walk, 6. Stand in front of a presentation board, 7. Handshake with another participant, 8. Raise hand, 9. Take notes, and 10. Simple hand gestures. The activities will be recorded using a newly released depth camera, namely the Microsoft Kinect. Our objective is to evaluate the effectiveness of the Kinect sensor in recognizing activities and interactions in a typical meeting room scenario. All collected information will be anonymized. In addition, use of the collected data to illustrate results in presentations or publications will entirely depend on your consent. If you are interested in participating or have any questions, please see the contact information below. Participation is entirely voluntary. We estimate a total time of approximately 40 minutes. This will be a great opportunity for you to learn some advanced topics related to computer vision and pattern recognition, including the newly released Microsoft Kinect v2 sensor. Thank you so much for your help!

This study has been approved by the CFREB (Conjoint Faculties Research Ethics Board)

Volunteers will be rewarded for their time with $10 gift card. Session time is approximately 40 minutes.

Please contact Ferdous Ahmed if you are interested.

Contact Details:
Ferdous Ahmed
Graduate Research Assistant, BT Laboratory (Room ICT 717)
ferdous.ahmed1@ucalgary.ca

I don’t know about the rest of you, but this seems awfully safer than doing tests that could turn you into a giant green rage monster. The fact that you can get a $10 gift card only sweetens the deal.

Contact Emailferdous.ahmed1@ucalgary.ca


CBC Hackathon
We were contacted by a person in charge of communities at Agorize, the leading open innovation platform. Agorize organizes challenges which allows students and graduates to test their academic knowledge and create professional opportunities alongside their partners (Google/Youtube, Microsoft, L’Oréal, CBC, TD Insurance, PepsiCo, etc.)
She wanted to let you know that registrations for the CBC’s 2019 Hackathon are now open! Many cash prizes, workshops and electronics are to be won, on top of meeting with IT and digital products professionals. She believes it could provide a great training for your team and community, so if you find it pertinent, she has given us her signature below with all her contact info.
To participate, create or join a team of 3 to 5 members and submit your solution in 5 to 10 slides on the Agorize platform before November 30, 2018, 23:59 (EST).
Here’s is their official Facebook event.
Who needs to sleep? Tony Stark seems to do just fine going for days without it. I am sure that a mere 24 hours for a team that registers can make it through easily.
Contact Info: Marie LABBE Communication and Community | Communication et Communauté    Agorize North America Amérique du Nord marie.l@agorize.com  (+1) 438 351 1053
Registration End Date: November 30,2018, 23:59 (EST)

Lets Talk Science 

Lets Talk Science University of Calgary is recruiting station designers for their annual Science, Engineering, and Technology Challenge (SETC)!

The SETC is a local event for Grade 10-12 students, which will take place on Saturday, June 1st, 2019. It will simulate the Amazing Race where challenge stations will be distributed throughout the UofC campus. Student teams will go through each station and complete the challenges. On behalf of the SETC Organizing Committee, the people in charge are putting out a call for station designers. The challenge should tie into the high school curriculum but expand to more practical problems. The top three stations as voted by the participants will be awarded prizes.

There are 6 students per team and monetary prizes are given to the top 3 teams at the end of the challenge. This year, they are expecting over 200 participants. The format of the SETC will be about 4 challenge stations in the morning and 6 more challenge stations in the afternoon. The SETC is an opportunity that allows high school students to learn about science, engineering, technology as well as teamwork

Any interested members should email ltsyyc@gmail.com if they require more information. For more details, just ask CSUS for the document that details the requirements for the stations and offers examples of what a suitable station would look like. They are aiming to have all stations submitted by Feb. 15, 2018 to allow them time to review each station and prepare any necessary supplies.

It would be interesting to design a station for such an event, so give it a shot if you feel interested on showing others just how creative you can be, and anyone will more brain cells than Thor is sure to do great!

Contact Emailltsyyc@gmail.com

Registration End Date: Feb. 15, 2018


Well, that’s all that I have for you this newsletter, and to finish, I leave you with one final word.

Excelsior.

End of November Newsletter

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