Campus news briefs

Bisons With Byte group invited to Russia for computer programming competition

A University of Manitoba computer science group, Bisons With Byte, will be traveling to Russia for the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) International Collegiate Programming Contest 2013 World Finals.

The competition, which takes place in June, hosts computer programming teams that have won several levels of competitions. Over 300,000 students participate in the initial competitions; however, only 115 have the honour of attending the world finals.

The U of M team includes computer science student Josh Jung, computer engineering student Aman Sachar, and actuarial mathematics student Alex Sachs.

Competitions include approximately eight complex, logic, and strategy-based problems that are centered on real world issues. The teams have five hours to solve the problems.

Five other Canadian universities will be attending the finals in Russia including UBC, Calgary, Lethbridge, Waterloo, and Toronto.

Architect students’ design wins a place in warming hut competition

Winnipeg’s river trail will include five new huts this year, one of which comes from the University of Manitoba.

Architect students from the U of M submitted their hut design to the competition entitled Warming Huts v.2013: An Art + Architecture Competition on Ice.

The U of M submission, named “Weave Wave,” was designed by a group of 100 students and will include the construction through 100 various materials, stretching across 100 metres.

The remaining four winning designs include “Big City” from Montreal, “Hygge House” from Winnipeg, “Smokehouse” from Cambridge, Mass., and “Woolhaus” from New York.

U of M researchers find relation between lowering blood pressure and flaxseed

A study from the U of M finds that ground flaxseed may have vital benefits in relation to lowering health risks.

Daily consumption of flaxseed has been found to reduce the risk of stroke by half and heart attack by 30 per cent in individuals with high blood pressure.

The revelation was found through a study of 110 participants, half of whom consumed 30 grams of flaxseed daily for six months. The remaining half received a placebo similar to flax in a provided muffin, bar, pasta, or bun.

The results of those whom consumed the flax rather than the placebo were comparable to the effects of anti-hypertension medication.
“Every country has a huge problem with hypertensions. Whether you are economically disadvantaged or not, findings like what we have not only have an impact on health but may have a great impact on the cost of health care,” said Grant Pierce, lead investigator and U of M physiology professor.