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On behalf of the Graduate Program, please join us in congratulating Sara Skinner and Bryan Winger on the birth of their son, Conrad John Winger, born October 5th in Calgary.  Conrad was 6 pounds, 8 ounces, and, according to Sara:  “healthy and happy, and they are settling into a new routine at home”!  We wish Sara, Bryan and Conrad all our best!  CONGRATULATIONS!

Sara is a PhD Candidate in our PhD program, under the supervision of Dr. Maureen Hiebert.

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The Department of Political Science had an award lunch for the nominees and awards winners on September 25th. Congratulations to all our nominees and winners for 2016-2017. 

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Brenda O'Neill from the Department of Political Science has received a GREAT Supervisor Award from the Faculty of Graduate Studies at the University of Calgary. This annual award recognizes the excellent mentorship, dedication, and support for the graduate education provided by a faculty member in a graduate program.  Well done Dr. O'Neill!

We are pleased to report that, at the September 2017 Prairie Political Science Association (PPSA) meeting in Banff, Alberta, two of the three Essay contest awards were won by students whose winning essays came out of courses in the Department of Political Science at the University of Calgary.  The PPSA Best Graduate Paper was awarded to Michael Walz, for "Genocide in Rwanda: Why the United States Did Not Intervene". The PPSA Best Paper on Prairie Politics was awarded to our own Connor Molineaux, for "Federal-Provincial Relations and Conservatism in The Canadian West". Connor is currently pursuing his MA in the Department.

Congratulations to Dr. Jack Lucas who has won the prestigious Clarence Stone Scholar Award from the Urban and Local Politics section of the American Political Science Association (APSA).

Named after Clarence Stone, a leading urban political scientist and author of the agenda-setting 1989 book, Regime Politics, this award recognizes up to two young scholars who are making a significant contribution to the study of urban politics. Along with Domingo Morel of Rutgers University, Dr. Lucas received the award at the 2017 APSA Annual Meeting in San Francisco, August 31-September 3, 2017.

Heather Exner-Pirot and Jen Sidorova attended the Ninth International Congress of Arctic Social Sciences held in Umea, Sweden, June 8-12, 2017. 

Heather Exner-Pirot received her PhD degree at the Department of Political Science, University of Calgary in 2011 under the supervision of Dr. Rob Huebert. Jen Sidorova is a PhD Candidate at the University of Calgary under the supervision of Dr. Robert Huebert. 

Congratulations to Colby Georgsen, a political science major graduating this summer, who won the Best Overall category at this year's Faculty of Arts Student Association (FASA) Arts Research Symposium.

His research, based on a paper for Poli 471 entitled "Africa's Aversion to the International Criminal Court (ICC): Assessing Legal Intervention in the 21st Century," reaches beyond the rhetoric about the ICC's apparent unfair fixation on African situations and carefully explains why this asymmetry exists.

Eleven students from the University of Calgary Model UN Team attended the Carleton Model NATO Conference in Ottawa from February 23 to 26, 2017. Throughout the conference, University of Calgary students showed professionalism and extensive knowledge of NATO topics such as the Baltic Tripwire and European Ballistic Missile Defence, and ended up winning seven individual awards and the Dr. Lee Windsor Award for Best Delegation, acknowledging the University of Calgary as the best school in attendance. Congratulations to Davina Basse, Brandon Mackay-Temesy, Rushil Krishna, Omar Mufti, Briana Stallcup, Shresht Lamba, Hooman Hodaie, Brie Loughlin-Murray, Tina Yang, Anagh Katyayan, Alexis Passmore.

Roberta Rice was awarded a Canada 150 Connection Grant by SSHRC for the project "Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women in the Americas." The Connection Grant will support a virtual forum and two research round tables that will bring together academics and activists from across Canada and Latin America to discuss this important topic throughout Canada's 150th anniversary year. 

Pablo Policzer will make another appearance as a Conversation Leader for the Marda Loop Justice Film Fest: justREEL FILM Series for SHADOW WORLD on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 7 pm at the River Park Church.

Congratulations to Richard Sigurdson, Dean of the Faculty of Arts who was appointed in December by City Council to be a new commission member of the Calgary Police Commission (CPC). He will replace Stephanie Felesky who has served on the commission for the maximum 10 year limit. He was formally introduced at the meeting on January 31st, 2017. 

The CPSA Board of Directors has selected a team from the Department of Political Science at the University of Calgary as the new English-language Co-editors of the Canadian Journal of Political Science.The team includes Dr. Brenda O'Neill as Co-editor, Dr. Antonio Franceschet and Dr. Jack Lucas as Assistant Editors, and Dr. Melanee Thomas as Book Review Editor. The new editorial team takes responsibility for the Journal on July 1, 2017.

Dr. Pablo Policzer was a post show guest speaker for the Marda Loop Justice Film Festival, held on Friday, November 18th, 2016 at 7 pm for the showing at the River Park Auditorium of the film, National Bird that now hits the theaters nation wide.

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