Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The Sweetgrass Bear

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The Sweetgrass Bear at U of A
Today, a new sculpture was unveiled in the University of Alberta’s quad on North Campus. The Sweetgrass Bear, by Stewart Steinhauer, is part of the university’s efforts to work toward respectful, meaningful reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.
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Call for Consultation, 2016-2017 Dean Selection Committee, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry

It is my pleasure to announce to you the members of the 2016-2017 Dean Selection Committee, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry.
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Monday, August 29, 2016

André Costopoulos – Vice-Provost and Dean of Students

André Costopoulos
Photo courtesy of Owen Egan
André Costopoulos became the new vice-provost and dean of students on July 1, 2016. An archaeologist, former disciplinary officer, and anarchist, he brings a diverse background to the position. I sat down with André to learn about his views on the dean of students’ role, how he got into student affairs, and what his first 6 months at the U of A will look like:
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Last Week in Higher Ed: August 20 - 26, 2016

Get caught up on what happened around the web last week in higher ed with this collection of recent articles on post-secondary education. From giving up on deadlines to cold-calling on students, this collection includes a few controversial thoughts on teaching and more.
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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Call for Consultation, 2016-2017 Dean Selection Committee, Faculty of Education

It is my pleasure to announce to you the members of the 2016-2017 Dean Selection Committee, Faculty of Education.
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Have You Met.... Sarah Wolgemuth?

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Sarah Wolgemuth, Assistant Dean of Students, University of Alberta

Have you met Sarah, our new Assistant Dean of Students, Student Life? Spend the next 2 minutes getting to know her a little better.
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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Community Congrats! August 17 - August 24, 2016

UAlberta Congrats
This week, the University of Alberta is celebrating the two recipients of the C.H. Howe National Engineering Scholarship, and a third-place finish in the prestigious Holmes-Cardozo Award competition! So, congrats to the following:
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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Changes Coming to PeopleSoft HCM: System Upgrade

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The University of Alberta will be upgrading its People Soft Human Capital Management (HCM) system on Tuesday October 11, 2016. In this post, we’ll be outlining who will be impacted, the supports that will be made available for the transition, and an early overview of what to expect from the upgrade from PeopleSoft HCM 9.0 to 9.2.
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2016 President's Staff Appreciation Breakfast

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2016 President's Staff Appreciation Breakfast
On August 18, staff and faculty from across the university gathered in Quad for the 2016 President's Staff Appreciation Breakfast. The annual event is a token of appreciation, recognizing the contributions that each staff and faculty member makes to the University of Alberta.

In case you missed the breakfast, here are a few photos from the day:
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Friday, August 19, 2016

This Week in Higher Ed: August 13 - August 19, 2016

Get caught up on what happened around the web this week in higher ed with this collection of recent articles on post-secondary education. This collection includes a definitive guide to social media for academics, an uncensored assessment of the state of psychology, a look at anti-female bias in student surveys, and more.
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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Announcement: New Academic Director of Centre for Teaching and Learning

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Dr. Janice Miller-Young
Photo courtesy of MRU
I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Janice Miller-Young as Academic Director, Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL), effective October 1, 2016. Dr. Miller-Young will also hold an appointment in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering.

Dr. Miller-Young completed her BSc in Mechanical Engineering and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering (Biomechanics) from the University of Calgary. After several years at the University of Calgary, Dr. Miller-Young moved to Mount Royal University where she transitioned from an engineering educator to an educational developer, to a leader in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.
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Have You Met... Torrey Dance?

Torrey Dance
Have you met Torrey, Recruitment and Student Liaison Specialist, and David Bowie fan? Spend the next 2 minutes getting to know him a little better.
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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Community Congrats! August 11 - August 17, 2016

UAlberta Congrats
This week, the University of Alberta is celebrating a directorial debut at the Fringe, and the nomination of an ARL Diversity Scholar! So, congrats to the following:
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Colourful Campus: Photos from Adopt a Planter 2016

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UAlberta Adopt a Planter
Each spring, individuals and groups from across the university adopt the planters on campus. Working with landscape services staff, they create and care for beautiful arrangements that fill campus with vibrant colours and fragrant scents.

While you may have already noticed  their work around the U of A, here are a few highlights from the 2016 Adopt a Planter program:
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Monday, August 15, 2016

David Goa: A Letter of Gratitude

David Goa
Photo courtesy of randalrauser.com
David Goa, founding director of the Chester Ronning Centre for the Study of Religion and Public Life, retired from the directorship earlier this summer. Before leaving, he penned a letter on the scope of university centres, the intersection of religion and public life, and the nature of the Chester Ronning Centre:
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Statement Regarding EPS Release - Updated August 15, 2016

The University of Alberta is sharing the following information from the Edmonton Police Service (EPS) about an alleged assault that occurred near the university’s North Campus on the night of Friday, August 5.

Edmonton Police Sevice Update (August 15, 2016):

Composite sketch and video image released of Saskatchewan Drive assault suspect
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Friday, August 12, 2016

This Week in Higher Ed: August 6 - August 12

Get caught up on what happened around the web this week in higher ed with this collection of recent articles on post-secondary education. This collection includes a series of discussions around the public’s perceptions of the humanities, a debate about the role of social media in academia, the “Nine Circles of Adjunct Hell,” and more.
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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Have You Met... Giovana Bianchi?

Have you met... Giovana Bianchi

Have you met Giovana, Administrative and Financial Coordinator and dodger of the cold? Spend the next 2 minutes getting to know her a little better.
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Community Congrats! August 4 - August 10, 2016

UAlberta Congrats
This week, the University of Alberta is celebrating an IEEE distinguished award winner, a new member of the International Academy of Commercial and Consumer Law, recipients of Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Project Grants, and more! So, congrats to the following:
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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Invite to the 2016 President’s Staff Appreciation Breakfast

As a token of appreciation for your contributions to the University of Alberta, I'd like to invite all of the U of A's faculty and staff to the President's Staff Appreciation Breakfast. Details are as follows:
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Monday, August 8, 2016

On Planned Happenstance

New Trail Magazine - Autumn 2016

Scot Morison, ’80 Bsc(Spec), didn’t set out to become a writer. When he originally enrolled in university, Morison had his eye on a future in science – zoology to be precise. But in his last year he decided, almost on a whim, to apply for a creative writing class taught by Rudy Wiebe, ’56 BA, ’60 MA, ’09 DLitt(Honorary).

That choice set Morison on a different course, one that made writing central to his life and career.
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Friday, August 5, 2016

Green & Gold in Rio: When to Watch

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U of A Olympians Rio 2016
Left to right: Lynda Kiejko, Tara Whitten, Ben Saxton, Carline Muir
Photos courtesy of Olympic.ca
Four members of our U of A community will go for gold at the 2016 Olympic Games: Lynda Kiejko (shooting), Tara Whitten (cycling), Ben Saxton (beach volleyball), and Carline Muir (athletics).  Follow their journeys and cheer them on with this U-of-A-tailored competition schedule:
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This Week in Higher Ed: July 30 - August 5, 2016

Get caught up on what happened around the web this week in higher ed with this collection of recent articles on post-secondary education. This collection includes a look at the ups and downs of administrative transitions, the role of the custodian (or really, any non-academic staff member) in a student’s post-secondary experience, the introduction of mushroom stools (yes, mushroom stools) on a Canadian campus, Buzzfeed in the classroom, and more.
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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Community Congrats! July 28 – August 3, 2016

UAlberta Congrats
This week, the University of Alberta is celebrating a national championship in tennis, PARA Award winners, research awards, and more! So, congrats to the following:
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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Canada’s Fundamental Science Review: Add Your Voice

As you may know, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, launched Canada’s Fundamental Science Review on June 13, 2016. We would like to draw your attention to this and encourage you to provide input.
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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

21 of the Most Spectacular Photos from July 2016

Rain reflections in Chemistry East.
A pair avoid the July 28 downpour by walking through Chemistry East. The storm caused flooding across the city of Edmonton and sent many staff and students running for cover at the U of A.
The month of July could be summed up in two words: Stormy Pokémon. Yes, it stormed (what felt like every day,) and Pokémon Go took over the U of A's campuses. But other things happened too! Including camps for kids, anniversaries, a meeting with the Pope, and more. Here's a look at some of the most compelling photos from July 2016.
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Friday, July 29, 2016

This Week in Higher Ed: July 23 - 29, 2016

Get caught up on what happened around the web this week in higher ed with this collection of recent articles on post-secondary education. This collection includes suggestions to help improve the learning environment for all genders, the impact that racism and sexism can have on researchers, an examination of syllabus “loop-holes”, and more.
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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Have You Met... Carlo?

Have you met Carlo?

Have you met Carlo, Student Services Specialist, part time grad student, and Flash Gordon super fan? Spend the next 2 minutes getting to know him a little better.
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Consider This: Why do we care about plagiarism?

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It seems plagiarism is never far from our collective consciousness. In recent memory, it has caused embarrassment for the Trump campaign at the Republican National Convention, launched legal battles for Robin Thicke and Pharrell and Led Zeppelin, dealt serious blows to the status of Germany's Ministers of Education and Defence, incurred the financial cost of redesigning the Tokyo Olympics logo, and undermined the credibility of a university trying to backpedal over a poorly thought out response to sexual violence.

Closer to home, we are constantly confronted with the need to address student plagiarism. Ranging from a lack of knowledge about the rules of citation to outright fraud, it’s a seemingly intractable problem. But why do we care, really?
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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Consider This: Joining the Move In "Welcome Wagon"

Preparing for Move-In Day at the University of Alberta

For those of us in Residence Services, August 26 marks the day when we will be welcoming approximately 1,600 first-year students to their new home in Lister Hall. For those 1,600 students it also marks the official beginning of their university careers. This will be my fourth move in day at U of A and my tenth in total. Trust me, it never gets old.
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Community Congrats! July 20 – July 27, 2016

UAlberta Congrats
This week, the University of Alberta is celebrating the winner of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research’s inaugural Indigenous Graduate Award, a Green Gown Award finalist, and more. So, congrats to the following:
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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Calls for… Dean Selection Committees: Academic Staff Needed

Provost Steven Dew is launching Dean searches for the following three faculties:

  • The Faculty of Education
  • The Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry
  • The Faculty of Nursing
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Monday, July 25, 2016

Last Week in Higher Ed: July 16 - July 22, 2016

Get caught up on what happened around the web this week in higher ed with this collection of recent articles on post-secondary education. This collection includes a debate about the future of the lecture as we know it, the rise of millennial colleagues, a peak at what phrases like “you did great” could really mean during an interview, and more.
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Friday, July 22, 2016

Have You Met... Chelsea?

Have you met... Chelsea Livingstone?

Have you met Chelsea, the U of A's very own Student Event Risk Management Coordinator and agenda nerd? Spend the next 2 minutes getting to know her a little better.
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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Community Congrats! July 13 – July 20, 2016

UAlberta Congrats
This week, the University of Alberta is celebrating recipients of the Alberta Medical Association Awards, the top student presenter at the 2016 International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity Conference, the HSBC Community Contributor of the Year, and more! So, congrats to the following:
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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Fort McMurray Update: Thank-You to Staff and Volunteers

Fort McMurray Evacuees Sheltered at Lister Centre
On behalf of the University of Alberta, I want to thank the hundreds of staff and volunteers who have worked tirelessly to shelter and support evacuees from Fort McMurray.

I am pleased to report that, as of last week, Lister Centre has completed its service as an official shelter for evacuees.
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Friday, July 15, 2016

This Week in Higher Ed: July 9 - July 15, 2016

Get caught up on what happened around the web this week in higher ed with this collection of recent articles on post-secondary education. This collection includes a look at the plight of grad students, the potential impact of the Alberta Innovates cuts, an update on the CIHR situation, a few more notes on the possible Brexit impact, a series of teaching and evaluation tips to consider, and more.
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Have You Met.... Tony?

Have you met, Tony Yung?

Have you met Tony, SAB’s Senior LAN Administrator, and his impressive collection of cell phones? Spend the next 2 minutes getting to know him a little better.
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Calls For... Participants for Research Project (Online Survey)

The Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry is looking for participants to answer a 10-minute online survey about how women gather knowledge about continence products.
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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Community Congrats! July 6 – July 13, 2016

UAlberta Congrats
This week, the University of Alberta is celebrating award recipients at the Surgical Awards Dinner, Killam Annual Professorships, inductees to the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE), and more! So, congrats to the following:
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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

A Very Serious (and in no way ridiculous) Set of Safety Reminders for Pokemon Go on Campus

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Pokemon Go Safety Tips for Campus

If you've happened to make your way across North Campus in the last 48 (or so) hours, then you've likely noticed a larger volume of individuals staring very intensely at their phones. In fact, you've likely noticed groups of people walking or standing clumped together, their eyes firmly set on their handheld screens. Heck, you might even be one of those people!

Yes, Pokemon Go (though not technically available in Canada yet) has already taken over campus. And given that North Campus has the highest concentration of PokeStops in Edmonton (with only downtown to rival us), we've put together a few friendly reminders to help you stay safe during your search for Pokemon. Here they are:
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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

In Memoriam: December 2015 to June 2016

UAlberta In Memoriam
In Memoriam pays tribute to those members of the U of A community, past and present, who have recently passed away. During their lifetime, each individual brought their passion, curiosity, and commitment to the world of higher education, and for that we will always remember and honour them.

This past winter and spring, the university lost the following community members:
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Calls For... Volunteers Needed to Welcome First-Year Students at Fall Move-In!

Welcome first-year students to Lister Centre
On Friday August 26, a new group of first year students will be coming to call Lister Centre home, and we want you to take part!

We're looking for volunteers from across campus and beyond to come together and assist us in welcoming our new residents, and ensuring that their first day with us is an uplifting, fun, and smooth experience. Volunteers will have a variety of tasks and will receive a token of our thanks.

 
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Monday, July 11, 2016

Last Week in Higher Ed: July 4 - July 8, 2016

Get caught up on what happened around the web this week in higher ed with this collection of recent articles on post-secondary education. This collection includes another look at potential impact of a Canada Post lockout, questions around the current state of tenure positions, a review of post-secondary websites, more.
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Friday, July 8, 2016

Announcement Regarding Vice-President (University Relations) Debra Pozega Osburn

Today I announce that Vice-President (University Relations) Debra Pozega Osburn is leaving the University of Alberta at the end of the summer to take on a new challenge with the University of Saskatchewan. On October 1, 2016, she will assume the position of vice-president (university relations) at U of S, responsible for leading all advancement, alumni relations, community relations, and marketing and communications activities.
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Canada Post Labour Disruption - Updated July 11, 2016

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In the event of a postal strike or lockout, Supply Management Services and the Office of the Registrar will make the necessary operational changes to minimize the disruption in services to our university community, as well as customers and suppliers. All Canada Post mail services will be affected, including mail and small parcels to and from the USA and international locations.

Please scroll down for specific information regarding:

  • Ordering and Invoicing
  • Supplier Payment and Travel and Expense Cheques 
  • Outgoing Mail (Domestic and International)
  • Highschool and Post-secondary Transcripts (Incoming)
  • University of Alberta Transcripts (Outgoing)
  • Degree Parchments
  • Student Loan (MSFAA) Forms

This page will be updated as more details become available.
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Thursday, July 7, 2016

In Photos: The Global Petroleum Show 2016

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the Global Petroleum Show 2016
University of Alberta International recently hosted its second annual Mixer at the Global Petroleum Show 2016 in Calgary. On Tuesday June 7th over 160 guests were welcomed to enjoy a networking event with the UAlberta and the private-public energy sector. The public sector was represented by Canadian Ambassadors to Cote d'ivoire, Peru and Boliva, Trade Commissioners of the Canadian Government and representatives of the Alberta Government.
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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

An affinity for heights

Technical Director Larry Clark prepares for his first decent in support of the Make a Wish Foundation.
For Larry Clark, working at the University of Alberta is about being part of and contributing to a rich and vibrant community.

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Community Congrats! June 29 – July 6, 2016

UAlberta Congrats
This week, the University of Alberta is celebrating two of the newest members to the Order of Canada, a slate of Albertan influencers, and a few new and returning Deans. So, congrats to the following:

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Global Connections: A Look at Our Partnerships with China

Michael Serpe with PhD student Xue Li, who is part of his research group and will be defending her thesis this summer.
Michael Serpe with PhD student Xue Li, who is part of his research group and will be defending her thesis this summer.
As the old saying goes, two heads are better than one, so imagine what two research powerhouses can do working together. That’s the idea behind the University of Alberta’s strong partnerships all over the world—global networks that allow us to better tackle some of the biggest issues of our time.

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

University community mourns loss of great friend and advocate

John and Bunny Ferguson
Photo credit: John Ulan
“When I fall in love with a cause, look out, because I give it all I’ve got.”

When Bernice “Bunny” Ferguson received her honorary degree from the University of Alberta in 2011, she told graduating students that the secret to a good life was complete immersion.

Today the university mourns the loss of a friend who gave her all to her friends, her family, and to the U of A. Bunny Ferguson, tireless advocate for community-university engagement, health-care excellence and educational leadership, died July 3. She was 73.
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Monday, July 4, 2016

Last Week in Higher Ed: June 24 - July 1

Get caught up on what happened around the web this week in higher ed with this collection of recent articles on post-secondary education. This collection includes another look at the “Brexit” and what it might mean for Canadians in higher ed, tips for academic  journal writing (including a few helpful thoughts around the peer review process), treating students as public intellectuals, more.
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Thursday, June 30, 2016

University of Alberta publishes compensation disclosure data

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The University of Alberta has published compensation disclosure data at uab.ca/CD for employees who earned $125,000 or more in the 2015 calendar year.
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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

This Month in Photos: June 2016

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The pride ribbon rests prominently on University of Alberta President David Turpin's academic gown.
From the recognition of world events to convocation, this month saw the community burst with pride, respect, and celebration. Here's a look at some of the most compelling photos from June 2016.

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Announcement of Interim Dean--Rehabilitation Medicine

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I am pleased to announce that Robert (Bob) Haennel has accepted the position of interim dean of the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine for a two year appointment, effective July 1, 2016.

Over the last several weeks, I have sought extensive input from faculty, staff, and students within Rehabilitation Medicine on the selection of an interim dean. In this process, Bob received overwhelming support for his leadership of the faculty, where he has served as acting and interim dean since 2012.

Please join me in congratulating Bob on his appointment.

Steven Dew
Provost and Vice-President (Academic)

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Community Congrats! June 22 – June 29, 2016

UAlberta Congrats
This week, the University of Alberta is celebrating the winners of an IT Innovation Award, a 2016 Faculty of Teaching Excellence Award, the Johnson MS Bike Tour and more! So, congrats to the following:
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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

The University of Alberta Brewing Association

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UABA One
“There’s so much more science and engineering behind it, and processed-base performance […] I’ve actually learned a tremendous amount under Dr. Casey. He definitely took us under his wing,” says chemical engineering student Chen Liang. You might not have guessed that Chen is talking about brewing beer. Dr. Joe Casey, professor of biochemistry with the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, has been helping Chen and a group of his colleagues to found the UABA: the University of Alberta Brewing Association.
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Monday, June 27, 2016

University of Alberta International presents: Lionel Laroche

Lionel Laroche at the U of A

It is no surprise that our university is home to a multi-cultural population. Our campus reflects the diversity of the numerous professors, researchers and international students who choose to work and study with us.

To work in partnership with other cultures requires us to recognize the value in understanding differences in cultures – how cultural norms differ from place to place and how we can learn from each other.

University of Alberta International is excited to offer faculty, staff and students an opportunity to hear from thought-provoking, cross cultural trainer and consultant, Lionel Laroche.
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Friday, June 24, 2016

Announcement: Vice-Presidential Appointments

Earlier this year, I launched two co-ordinated searches for vice-president (facilities and operations) and vice-president (finance and administration). One committee was struck and the two searches ran in parallel. I am pleased to announce today that these searches have now successfully concluded, with both appointments being approved by the Board of Governors at their last meeting on June 17, 2016.

Effective Sept. 1, 2016, Andrew Sharman will become the University of Alberta’s next vice-president (facilities and operations), and effective Nov. 1, 2016, Gitta Kulczycki will become our next vice-president (finance and administration).

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This Week in Higher Ed: June 18 - June 24, 2016

Get caught up on what happened around the web this week in higher ed with this collection of recent articles on post-secondary education. This collection explores the possible implications of the “Brexit” for higher education, first-year student national survey results, the need for globally connected students, and more.

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Deans Selection and/or Review Committees (2016/17)

In accordance with GFC regulations, the Office of the Provost and Vice-President (Academic) will soon be establishing Dean Selection and/or Review Committees for the following Faculties, to begin their work over the next year:
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Update on Compensation Disclosure

In late 2015, the University of Alberta along with the rest of Alberta’s agencies, boards and commissions, were notified of the requirement to disclose compensation information on or before June 30 as outlined in Bill 5, the Public Sector Compensation Transparency Act.

The university is committed to compensation transparency and has been working diligently to meet the June 30 deadline. One of the final steps in the process is an audit to ensure the information is complete and accurate. This audit will be completed next week, allowing for our disclosure at noon on June 30.

Some public sector agencies will begin posting their lists this week. Our understanding is that the University of Calgary and the University of Lethbridge will also be disclosing their compensation information on June 30.

More information can be found on the University of Alberta’s compensation disclosure information page at uab.ca/cd.

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Community Congrats! June 15 – June 22, 2016

UAlberta Congrats
This week, the University of Alberta is celebrating the recipients of the Canadian Society for Chemistry Awards, the outstanding communications team in the Faculty of Arts, and the Canadian Pharmacist of the year! So, congrats to the following:
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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

In Photos and Video: A Conferral and a Conversation

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Mary Robinson
On June 21, 2016, the University of Alberta held a special honourary degree conferral for Dr. Mary Robinson, and also invited her to engage in a public conversation with Dr. Jim Edwards. Over the course of the evening topics ranged from the push for women's rights, the memory and legacy of British MP Jo Cox, what a Brexit could mean for the EU and it's current members, the need for humanitarian compassion, and the hope that lead to the Paris Agreement. Here's a look back at the evening in photos:

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Celebrating Historic Gift


This morning, I am pleased to announce a remarkable, historic gift that is helping the University of Alberta, with the support of Alberta Health Services, to create top-line research into the health of women and children.

Today, we celebrate a combined gift of $54.5 million to the Women and Children’s Health Research Institute. The Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation is donating $40 million, the largest gift in the university’s history, and the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation is donating $14.5 million.
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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Bruce Peel Special Collections Reopens

On behalf of the University of Alberta Libraries, I am delighted to announce that Bruce Peel Special Collections is reopening today (June 21, 2016)!
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Thoughts on National Aboriginal Day 2016

National Aboriginal Day 2016
In honour of National Aboriginal Day (June 21, 2016), we've asked members of the U of A community what the day means to them. Here's what they had to say:
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Monday, June 20, 2016

8 Things You Didn’t Know About Mary Robinson

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Mary Robinson
Photo courtesy of the Mary Robinson Foundation - Climate Justice
On June 21, the University of Alberta is holding a special ceremony to confer an honorary degree on Mary Robinson, followed by a conversation hosted by the Honourable Dr. James Edwards. To get you up to speed before the event, here are eight things you probably didn’t know about Mary Robinson:
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Creating a “Wow!” Moment Using Technology

Faculty of Education Technology SLAMs! @ UAlberta
In today’s high-tech world, it should come as no surprise that technology is being integrated into the classroom by innovative teachers. By successfully combining technology with proven teaching methods, teachers can support diverse learning styles, increase collaboration, and foster student-centred learning and ownership.

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Calls for... Healthy Volunteers Needed for Study (Ages 41-70)

Our research team in the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine is developing a mobile health device for swallowing therapy. This device uses surface electromyography (sEMG). We are now conducting a study aimed at evaluating and subsequently refining an algorithm for automated-swallow detection from sEMG signal.

We would love your help, if you have some time!
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Friday, June 17, 2016

Approval of "For the Public Good"

For the Public Good
We are pleased to inform you that this morning the Board of Governors unanimously approved “For the Public Good,” (Au service de l’intérêt public) the University of Alberta’s new institutional strategic plan. This follows on the unanimous recommendation of the plan from General Faculties Council on May 30.
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Compute Canada Town Hall - Tune in online or attend in person

Image courtesy of CANHEIT | HPCS 2016
The University of Alberta is hosting two national conferences together 20-22 June 2016: the Canadian Higher Education IT (CANHEIT) conference and the High-Performance Computing Symposium (HPCS) have joined forces this year and will invite 500+ IT and HPC people from across Canada to meet and discuss the state of the art in higher ed IT and advanced research computing (ARC).
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This week in Higher Ed: June 11 to 17, 2016

Get caught up on what happened around the web this week in higher ed with this collection of recent articles on post-secondary education. This collection explores how academics can get the most from social media, a federal review of university-based research funding, the role of faculty advisors, “curricular glut,” and more.
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Calls for... Memory Study Participants

Dr. Norman Brown's lab in the Department of Psychology at the University of Alberta is recruiting individuals to participate in studies concerning the nature and timing of important life events. Participation is voluntary and the results are confidential. (The plan for this study has been reviewed for its adherence to ethical guidelines by a Research Ethics Board at the University of Alberta. For questions regarding participant rights and ethical conduct of research, contact the Research Ethics Office at (780) 492-2615.)

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

In Photos: The Installation of Chancellor Douglas R. Stollery

University of Alberta Chancellor Douglas Stollery presides from the Quaecumque Vera Chair for the first time.
On June 15, 2016, Douglas R. Stollery was officially installed as the 21st Chancellor of the University of Alberta. Here's a look at the day in photos:
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Chancellor Doug Stollery's Installation Address

University of Alberta Chancellor Doug Stollery
On June 15, 2016, Douglas R. Stollery was officially installed as the 21st Chancellor of the University of Alberta. During the installation and final Spring 2016 convocation ceremony, he gave the following address:
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Thanks to Chancellor Ralph Young

University of Alberta Chancellor Ralph Young
When Suromitra and I first came to Edmonton, Ralph Young and his wife Gay were the first to welcome us. Their warmth and good conversation provided a wonderful introduction to the community — thanks to them, our first year and a half in Edmonton has been one filled with generosity and kindness. That Ralph would both welcome us and work to connect us to the broader community should come as no surprise to many of you.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Convocation Congrats! June 15: Faculties of Arts, Physical Education and Recreation, Extension, and Native Studies

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UAlberta Spring Convocation 2016
Today, the U of A community celebrated the academic achievements of its Spring graduates from the faculties of Arts, Physical Education and Recreation, Extension, and Native Studies. Each has toiled and excelled in their field, and we'd like to take this opportunity to say congrats - well done, everyone!
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Community Congrats! June 8 – June 15, 2016

UAlberta Congrats
This week, the University of Alberta is celebrating an Emerald Award for the Augustana Campus, an inductee to the Edmonton’s Sports Hall of Fame, awards granted at convocation, and more! So, congrats to the following:
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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Convocation Congrats! June 14: Faculties of Science and Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences


Today, the U of A community celebrated the academic achievements of its Spring graduates from the faculties of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences and Nursing. Each has toiled and excelled in their field, and we'd like to take this opportunity to say congrats - well done, everyone!
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