Monday, April 24, 2017

Upcoming Town Hall: Exploring the Visibility of Scholarly Writing Supports Online

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Council Chambers (2-100),  University Hall

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In Memoriam: Maridel Ritchie

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In Memoriam: Maridel Ritchie
The University of Alberta banner is flying at half-mast in remembrance of Professor Maridel Ritchie, from the Faculty of Nursing.
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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Have You Met... Stephanie Grant?

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Have you met... Stephanie Grant?
Have you met Stephanie, Acting Coordinator and Community Social Worker with the U of A’s Community Social Work Team? Spend the next 2 minutes getting to know her a little better.
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Consider This: How to Nurture Student Leaders

The relationship between university administrators and student leaders, whether they are activists or elected by their peers, is complicated. These students are partners in governance, and they are astute and sometimes vocal critics — but they are also learners. In some ways, we are their mentors. Certainly, it’s challenging to maintain all those dimensions of the relationship and keep it a productive partnership that works for the institution and its community.

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Community Congrats! April 19, 2017

UAlberta Congrats
This week, the University of Alberta is celebrating the launch of Alberta’s first satellite, a Governor General’s Meritorious Service Medal, research fellowships and awards, and more! So, congrats to the following:
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5 things that went into space in April

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Ex-Alta #1 Cube Satellite
The Ex-Alta #1 Cube Satellite, designed and built by U of A students
It’s been a big month for the U of A in space. On April 18, Alberta’s first satellite—designed and built by U of A students—launched into space aboard an Atlas V rocket. The Ex-Alta #1 (short for Experimental Albertan) was built by AlbertaSat, an interdisciplinary, student-led group at the U of A. The Ex-Alta #1 joined roughly 50 other cube satellites on board the Atlas V rocket to journey from the Kennedy Space Center to the International Space Station.

To celebrate the momentous occasion, we’ve assembled a list of 5 things that went into space this month—because it isn’t every day that the U of A makes that list.
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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Calls For... Blood Pressure Study Research Participants

We are looking for volunteers for a large-scale clinical research study. It is a collaboration project between Computing Science and Medicine for measuring Blood Pressure continuously without a cuff.

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Entitlement and Me: Problems in Canadian Medical Education

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A "Consider This" Piece

When I was admitted to medical school in Canada, I was commended by my new professors as one of the country’s brightest students. The first months inculcated and cultivated the idea that I was exceptional and set apart from other students who did not make it to medical school. Sometimes the praise was explicit, sometimes not; few probably noticed. Yet there was a subtle message: I was special and deserved all my success because of it.
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The Aga Khan Garden: A Preview of Things to Come


Last week’s public unveiling of the Aga Khan Garden Alberta, to be located at the University of Alberta Botanic Garden, was an eye-opener for many. I, like many others, envisioned an oasis garden with fruit trees and palms around a desert oasis. We are all, however, challenged to re-imagine a contemporary garden drawing from the Mughal, Ottoman and Islamic cultures of history. This enlightenment comes with the new garden made possible by a gift of over $25 million from His Highness the Aga Khan.

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Have You Met... Lepus Townsendii?

The not so elusive University of Alberta Jackrabbit
Have you met Lepus Townsendii, outdoor enthusiast and eggceptional observer of campus life? Spend the next two minutes getting to know him a little better.

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Consider This: Reasoning with Student Resistance

Reasoning with Student Resistance
After spending hours designing an engaging and thought provoking group activity, you are finally able to reveal it to your class. As you finish your explanation you are met with blank stares, unimpressed faces, and rolling eyes. Questions like “Do we really have to participate?” and “Aren’t you supposed to be teaching me?” appear scrawled on students’ foreheads. After coaxing students to finally interact, you finish the class and students pour out of the room. Disheartened, you are left to reflect on why they resisted what you thought was an excellent activity.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Community Congrats! April 12, 2017

UAlberta Congrats
This week, the University of Alberta is celebrating the Images of Research winning entries, athletics and faculty award recipients, and more! So, congrats to the following:
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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

In Memoriam: Neil Madsen

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UAlberta In Memoriam
The University of Alberta banner is flying at half-mast in remembrance of Neil Madsen, Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry.
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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Images of Research 2017

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The winners of the second annual Images of Research competition were announced on April 6. The competition challenges U of A graduate students to capture the essence of their research in a single image.

Here are the top entries from 2017:

I Am Not Alone - Camelia Vokey, Master’s Occupational Therapy
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Ice Core Freezer Malfunction

A malfunction of a freezer unit at the University of Alberta’s Canadian Ice Core Archive has resulted in warming and damage to part of the collection.
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Have you met... Emily Gregory?

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Have you met... Emily Gregory?
Have you met Emily, Project Specialist at the Career Centre? Spend the next 2 minutes getting to know her a little better.

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A Consider This Opinion Piece: The Tyranny of Student Evaluations

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UAlberta Course Evaluations
Faculty members are generally rather dubious about the effectiveness of student evaluations of teaching and I believe such skepticism to be well founded. Even when a chair’s letter accompanies the USRIs, the dependence on student evaluations of teaching can lead to all sorts of problems, some of them quite unexpected.
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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Community Congrats! April 5, 2017

UAlberta Congrats
This week, the University of Alberta is celebrating a lifetime achievement award, a Humboldt Fellowship, 3MT finalists, and more! So, congrats to the following:
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Friday, March 31, 2017

A Gallery of Gandalfs, and Other Photos from March 2017

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The Title of this post says it all, so without further ado, bring on the wizards!

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In Memoriam: Geoffrey Kulak

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UAlberta In Memoriam
The University of Alberta banner is flying at half-mast in remembrance of Geoffrey Kulak, Professor Emeritus of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Calls For... 2017 WISEST Summer Research Program Supervisors

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If you're a University of Alberta researcher, graduate student, or lab assistant, consider becoming a WISEST Summer Research Program Supervisor from July 5 to August 16, 2017! Share your passion for research with a Grade 11 student while giving them the opportunity to contribute to a research project.

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If the TOBY Doesn't Fit... Make a New One?

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David Whalen and Sascha Jansz of the University of Alberta
It’s a problem that almost any academic can sympathize with: David Whalen couldn’t get his project to fit the awards application.

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Exploring the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning with Janice Miller-Young

Exploring the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning with Janice Miller-Young
How do you know that your research is good, a theory holds up, or an idea is worth pursuing? In the world of academia, your peers will let you know. Academic work is constantly being reviewed and tested – after all, the academy is a place of learning and discovery.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Community Congrats! March 29, 2017

UAlberta Congrats
This week, the University of Alberta is celebrating a first-place finish for a student geoscience team, a ‘Leaders in Diversity’ award, and a silver-medallist powerlifter! So, congrats to the following:
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The U of A’s Non-Playing, Totally Rad, Corporate Challenge Basketball Captain

Members of the University of Alberta's Corporate Challenge Basketball Team
Image courtesy of Andrew Leitch (i.e. the one in the tie)
I’ve been the university’s non-playing Corporate Challenge basketball captain for a decade and it’s an important job: I have to make sure everyone has the correct size of T-shirt and that they remember to bring their ONEcard on game night. Also, sometimes I bring water.
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Monday, March 27, 2017

Pay to Play: Recorded Music at Public Events

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Image courtesy of DeviantArt
Holding a dance party can be a great idea for a fundraiser.  However, if you’re planning to play recorded music at your public event, you may have to consider some copyright issues first.

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Friday, March 24, 2017

In Memoriam: Jim Corrigan

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The University of Alberta banner is flying at half-mast in remembrance of Jim Corrigan, Curator of the University of Alberta Art Collection.
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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Signature Areas Campus Forum Livestream

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Missed the March 23rd campus forum on Signature Areas? Watch it here.
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All-In With Gitta Kulczycki

Gitta Kuczycki, Vice-President (Finance and Administration), University of Alberta
Gitta Kulczycki likes to lay her cards on the table, which is a strategy that has served her well in a career that’s included stops in health-care, tech, and higher education. As our new Vice-President (Finance and Administration), she’s set to go all-in when it comes to knowing her team and addressing the goals laid out in For the Public Good.

We sat down with her to learn about her U of A experience so far, the shift from Ontario’s PSE sector to Alberta’s, and her thoughts on leadership.

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Community Congrats! March 23, 2017

Pandas Hockey, 2017 U SPORTS Champions
Pandas Hockey, 2017 U SPORTS Champions
This week, the University of Alberta is celebrating a National Championship for Pandas Hockey, the Herb Link Memorial Award recipient, a literary prize finalist, and more! So, congrats to the following:
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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Response to 2017 Federal Budget


Today’s 2017 federal budget reaffirms the Government of Canada’s investment in Canadian research, innovation, and skills development. In Budget 2016, we saw $95 million increase to Canada’s granting councils, and with today’s commitment to maintain those investments, the government has demonstrated their continued commitment to the value and benefit of curiosity-driven research.
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Consider This: The Engineers Who Built Everything are Retiring

The Engineers Who Built Everything are Retiring
Seniors now outnumber children in Canada. That’s an engineering problem.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Consider This: Let's Make Decisions Together


I never really intended to get involved in university governance. Like a lot of faculty, I kind of fell into administrative work early in my career; I served on a few committees in my department because they dealt with things that mattered to me. Then I got involved in some faculty-level committees in my field of expertise. When my term expired, I was ready for something new, and when the call came out for faculty members to serve on General Faculties Council (GFC), I decided I would throw my hat in the ring and see what happened. I had never been to GFC, and I didn't even know anybody who had been on it - it was a black box to me.

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Announcement: Dean of Nursing

Greta Cummings
I am pleased to announce the next Dean of the Faculty of Nursing, effective July 1, 2017. On Friday, March 17, the Board of Governors approved the appointment of Dr. Greta Cummings for a five year term. Dr. Cummings joined the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta 13 years ago, becoming a full professor in 2010. She currently holds a Centennial Professorship (2013-2020), one of our university’s highest honours.
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Monday, March 20, 2017

Closure of University of Alberta Museums Galleries at Enterprise Square

University of Alberta Museums Galleries at Enterprise Square is closing at the end of March. The final exhibit at Enterprise Square, International Print Exhibition: Canada and Japan, runs until March 25.
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Announcement: Dean of Education

Image courtesy of the University of Regina
I am pleased to announce that the Board of Governors has approved the appointment of Dr. Jennifer Tupper as Dean of the Faculty of Education, for a five year term, effective July 1, 2017. Dr. Tupper is currently the Dean of Education at the University of Regina.

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Friday, March 17, 2017

From the President's Desk: March 17, 2017

The winter term is passing quickly. We have now turned the corner into the last month of classes, and this week has been particularly eventful. Let me begin by highlighting that March 16-18 is Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Week at the University of Alberta. One of our university's defining features is its diversity of people, disciplines, and perspectives. Yesterday, I spoke to the Edmonton Region Urban Development Institute about the vital importance of preserving and championing this diversity, especially in light of isolationist movements and rhetoric we so often hear about in the media these days. EDI Week gives us a great opportunity to celebrate and revitalize our commitment to building an inclusive community. I'd also like to thank and congratulate the recipients of the inaugural EDI Awards for their inspiring work on our campuses.
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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Good news from Government of Alberta's Budget 2017


Today’s provincial budget is good news for post-secondary education in Alberta. The Government of Alberta has honoured its promise to provide stable and predictable funding to our sector. On behalf of all of the students, faculty, and staff at the University of Alberta, I thank the provincial government for its 2 per cent increase to our Campus Alberta grant and for its steadfast support of the U of A and post-secondary education and research in the province.
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Danielle Peers: At the Intersections of Inclusion

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Danielle Peers
Danielle Peers (courtesy of CRIPSiE)  
As a former Paralympian, a scholar and professor, artist, speaker, filmmaker, performer, and activist, Danielle Peers is actually the strongest embodiment of her own work. She not only studies diversity and inclusion in sport and movement, and non-normative intersections in art and culture – she is herself a participant, a site of intersection, an intertwined reality. Her personal connection helps her draw together otherwise disparate fields and practices, and it results in something—in the best sense of the word—remarkable.
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Have You Met... Wade King?

Wade King
Have you met Wade, Advisor for Safe Disclosure and Human Rights, social advocate, and brutalist architecture enthusiast? Spend the next 2 minutes getting to know him a little better.
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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Consider This: What It's Like to Be A Book at the Human Library

The Human Library at the University of Alberta
Image courtesy of the Human Library
To be read as a human book is an extraordinary feeling. Every conversation you have with a reader is different and their reasons for choosing to read you are so diverse that it is often hard to plan your whole conversation/”reading” in advance. What is a guarantee, at least for me, is that whether you are a book or a reader, the Human Library is a place that creates moments of understanding and connection.

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Community Congrats! March 15, 2017

Pandas Volleyball, Canada West Champions
Pandas Volleyball, Canada West Champions
This week, the University of Alberta is celebrating an excellence award for Museums, regional and national medals in athletics, Graduate Student Teaching Awards, and more! So, congrats to the following:
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6 Research Questions You’ve Never Thought Of

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Are you here looking for the announcement of the new Dean of Nursing? If "yes," click here to be redirected to the correct post. If not, enjoy some research questions.

Exploring Undergraduate Research
Interpretive dance on quantum dots is not the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about “research.” But, it might be after you visit this year’s Festival of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (FURCA)!

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

From the President's Desk: Signature Areas Campus Forum

Please join Provost and Vice-President (Academic) Steven Dew, Vice-President (Research) Lorne Babiuk, and me at a Campus Forum focused on the development of signature research and teaching areas.

When: Thursday, March 23, Noon – 1 pm
Where: Council Chambers, 2-100 University Hall, Van Vliet Complex
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Monday, March 13, 2017

Bound Together: Uniting the Libraries and the Press

The University of Alberta Libraries and The University of Alberta Press
Libraries need books and books need libraries, a rather obvious reality that makes the new relationship between the University of Alberta Libraries and University of Alberta Press a natural one.
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Congratulating the 2017-18 Student Representatives

The Students' Union Building and Triffo Hall
Over the last few weeks, the students of University of Alberta have run elections for their 2017-18 representatives, the final results of which have all been released. On behalf of the University of Alberta, I’m pleased to congratulate all of the undergraduate and graduate students who were involved in this year’s elections, from the campaign teams to the voters. This year’s voter turnout, particularly in the Students’ Union election, exceeded expectations and demonstrated the growing involvement of our student body.

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Bringing Beyonce to Class, and 9 Other Articles About Higher Ed

Another travel ban, the realities facing women in PSE, and supporting those not on the tenure-track are among the topics covered in the latest collection of PSE stories. Oh, and adding Beyonce to the syllabus. Cant' leave that one out...
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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Consider This: Should we teach our academic histories?

Should we teach our academic histories?
Each of our disciplines across the academy has a story – one that has shaped our curriculums, our canons, and processes for development. These histories have led us to today and will impact how we uncover our paths to tomorrow. But how many of our students actually know these histories?
Should study of the history of medicine be a requirement for medical trainees?
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Welcome to the New Members of the Board of Governors

Today, the University of Alberta welcomes the Government of Alberta’s appointment of six new members to the Board of Governors. Each of these new members brings valuable and diverse perspectives, experiences, and expertise.  We look forward to working with them to further the strategic goals and initiatives laid out in For the Public Good.

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Have You Met... Dinuka Gunaratne?

Have You Met... Dinuka Gunaratne?
Have you met Dinuka, Career Education Coordinator (Graduate Students) at the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, and League of Legends enthusiast? Spend the next 2 minutes getting to know him a little better.
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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Community Congrats! March 8, 2017

UAlberta Congrats
6 Bears and Pandas teams won regional championships in the past week
This week, the University of Alberta is celebrating 6 regional championship titles, recipients of the John R. Evans Leaders Fund and Kule Cluster Grants, and more! So, congrats to the following:
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Consider This On International Women's Day

Celebrating International Women's Day in Higher Education
In honour of International Women's Day, Undergraduate Engineering Student Victoria Thomsen shares her experience as a young woman pursuing studies and a career in a male-dominated area.

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Messages to Celebrate Pride Week 2017

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Pride Week - University of Alberta Chancellor Douglas Stollery
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A Garden Path: Introducing the University of Alberta Botanic Garden

Exploring the University of Alberta Botanic Garden
The walk to my university office is up a sandy path through a birch forest. Depending on the season, it is bathed in bottle green light, yellow birch leaves or snow-riven light shafts. The deer, grouse and moose tracks reminds me that the university garden I direct is a gem set in a forest.

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Monday, March 6, 2017

In Memoriam: Sara Roberts

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Lowering the flag to half-mast
The University of Alberta mourns the loss of Ms. Sara Roberts, graduate student in the School of Library and Information Studies and the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research.
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{PEACH} Prenatal Exercise And Cardiovascular Health Study - Call for Pregnant Volunteers!!

PEACH Study

We are currently recruiting pregnant women 18 years or older to participate in a study looking at the effects of exercise on cardiovascular and nervous system health.

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Friday, March 3, 2017

Academic Jealousy and 14 Other Topics in Higher Ed

Maybe you’re just jealous, solving the problem of unfair credit, and discovering the Hive are all top of mind in this collection of PSE stories.
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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Have You Met... Tyson Lazaruk?

Have you met Tyson, recruiter, and proud parent? Spend the next 2 minutes getting to know him a little better.

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Bear Path Short Docs: Behind the Scenes with the Bears and Pandas

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You know we have a bunch of sport teams, and you probably know they are pretty good. Maybe you’ve even come to a game or two – but do you really know what it takes to be a Golden Bear or Panda student-athlete?
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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Community Congrats! March 1, 2017

UAlberta Congrats
This week, the University of Alberta is celebrating athletics records and championships, a new radiation therapy training facility, a United Way award, and more! So, congrats to the following:
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Short, But Sweet: February 2017 in Photos

Signs of appreciation, expressions of remembrance, and googly eyes on cheese (really) all proved that February really was a month for love at the University of Alberta. 

Here's a look back: 

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Announcing the 201​7-201​8 McCalla Professorships

​The McCalla Professorship​s​ recognize our colleagues' ​contributions to student learning as well as their commitment to integrate teaching​ and research ​at the University of Alberta. ​ ​This award, named for the first dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research Arthur Gilbert McCalla, ​provides an opportunity ​for ​faculty members to further explore and implement strategies​ for integrating their teaching and research.​
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Changing Lives Week: Celebrating the personal impact of our donors

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Since joining the university last year, I’ve listened to the stories of our students who receive scholarships, awards and bursaries and the donors who made this assistance possible. These stories are a part of the U of A’s history and our future, which is why I’m so pleased we will be sharing them during the university’s first Changing Lives Week (February 27 – March 3, 2017). This collection of donor-inspired stories will be showcased on our website and shared through social media, as well as directly with donors.

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Message Concerning Cases of the Mumps

Outbreaks of mumps in Manitoba, southern Alberta and the United States in the past several months are a reminder that vaccine-preventable infections, including mumps, are still a risk to health.
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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Community Congrats! February 23, 2017

UAlberta Congrats
This week, the University of Alberta is celebrating a Meritorious Service Cross, NSERC grant recipients, an inaugural Indigenous Leader Award, and more! So, congrats to the following:
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Have You Met... Joan Schiebelbein?

Have You Met.. Joan?
Have you met Joan, Director of the U of A’s Career Centre? Spend the next 2 minutes getting to know her a little better.
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It’s A Different Way To Learn

Experiential Learning at Augustana
I was sitting in the bucket of a rusty blue 1950's truck. I felt the murmur of the engine and I bounced with the rhythm of the ruts that covered the well-used gravel road. I couldn’t help but think – this is a unique way to learn about the world. (Yes, it may sound surprising, but I did get to ride in a truck for class – we were touring a farm.)
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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Pink Shirt Day at the U of A

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Pink Shirt Day, University of Alberta
Yesterday was one of those days when you likely walked into work and saw that you and your colleagues all (or mostly) matched. Pink shirts, pink tights, and pink ties of various shades abounded, and that is exactly how it should be for Pink Shirt Day. Although Pink Shirt Day has come to the U of A’s campuses before, this year marks a first for one group — our protective services peace officers — who are participating in their own way.
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Call for... Ankle Flexibility Research Participants

I am looking for research participants for my research study that is examining new potential methods for improving ankle flexibility.
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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Creating a Culture of Environmental Sustainability: Augustana Chaplaincy

Campus Sustainability Leadership Award Winners 2016 - Augustana Chaplaincy
Last year, when I saw that nominations were open for the Campus Sustainability Leadership Awards, I knew I had to put in a good word for the members of the Augustana Chaplaincy, who make our campus more sustainable in so many ways.
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