Posts By: Tamra Ross Low

Tamra Ross Low

The Vexing Apostrophe

It’s one of those things that people can’t seem to grasp. Nothing – save for being confronted with a set of flashing yellow traffic-lights – seems to cause people more consternation than that innocuous little punctuation mark: the apostrophe. I don’t really understand why. Certainly, there are elements of written English that are much more… Read more »

A Conundrum For Medical Practitioners?

At one time, teenagers had little or no say in their medical treatment. Instead, decisions were made by consultation with doctors and parents, and teens had to accept whatever treatment was prescribed by a paternalistic medical system. Recently, however, more doctors allow mature teens to make informed medical decisions, often without the input of their… Read more »

What I’ve learned About AU Students

Most of the time I keep my position as a Voice columnist separate from my position as a councilor on AUSU, but from time to time, I enjoy sharing some of the insights that I have gained through my time with the council. With the approach of my first AUSU Annual General Meeting, I have… Read more »

A Professor By Any Other Name:

Many factors led to my decision to attend a distance university rather than the traditional Calgary choice – the U of C. Overall I’m very pleased with the level of education that I’m receiving from AU, but one thing has always bugged me about our school: Tutors. No, I’m not referring to the instructors themselves…. Read more »

Writer’s Block

Writing papers: no matter what your major, the year of your studies, or whether you are an undergrad or a graduate student, the majority of the work you must submit for your courses must be in essay format. Unfortunately, most students are not English majors, but they are still required to turn in well-formatted, grammatically… Read more »

Back To School Blues?

For most students, September marks the beginning of a new school year. Not so for those at AU, however. Because our school is not run on a semester system, and because courses can be started on the first of any month, many of us are taking courses year round, or, if we do take breaks,… Read more »

A Bug In Your Ear

July was an exciting month for AUSU. At long last the Voice Students’ Publication has a permanent home online. Our new site launched with the July 24th issue. The completion of the Voice website is a landmark event as we are now able to move on to an even larger project – the construction of… Read more »

Is Your Computer A Slave Driver?

Home computers are arguably the most revolutionary invention of the 20th century. Access to the internet has changed how we all gather information, how we entertain ourselves, and for many of us, how we do our jobs and how we learn. In the early part of the century, science fiction buffs looked forward to a… Read more »

Mad Cow:

Some years ago I read about a horrible disease named Kuru. It was listed in The Guinness Book of World Records as the most rare disease in the world. A little investigation, however, showed that Kuru was not all that rare. Called “laughing sickness”, Kuru is a brain wasting disease that is transmitted by curious… Read more »

To Hell With The Trap, Now You Can Build A Better Mouse

A group of international scientists, organized under the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in America, have recently completed a map of the genetic code of the common mouse. The study was the project of the NIH’s Trans-NIH Mouse Genomics and Genetics Resources Coordinating Group – an important sounding name for a group of researchers dedicated… Read more »