Monday, March 27, 2017

Pay to Play: Recorded Music at Public Events

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Image courtesy of DevianArt
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.


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.

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.

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.


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:

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.

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.


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.


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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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:

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)!


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

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.

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.


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...

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?

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.


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.

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:

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.


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Messages to Celebrate Pride Week 2017

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Pride Week - University of Alberta Chancellor Douglas Stollery

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.


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.

{PEACH} Prenatal Exercise And Cardiovascular Health Study - Call for Pregnant Volunteers!!


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.


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.

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.


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?

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:

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: 


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.​

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.


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.

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:

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.

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.)

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.

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.

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.

Friday, February 17, 2017

12 Stories The World of Higher Ed is Talking About

Bafflegab (yes, bafflegab!), the lessons of Canada’s dark age of science, and THE global teaching survey results, are among the topics covered in this collection of PSE stories.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Women in Academic Leadership: Learning from each other

Celebrating women in academic leadership
Image courtesy of SWAAC 2016. Photo credit: Roger Aziz
Some of us respond to a tap on the shoulder, and others plan and learn explicitly to become leaders at some point in their careers. Sometimes it is difficult to see where your choices are leading, although (as a committed narrativist) I know it is illuminating to understand your choices backwards – “oh, yes, this led to this, and then that led to that…and so now here I am.”  Part of this journey depends on opportunity and timing, but I think more depends on curiosity, openness to change, and acceptance of personal agency. This is where I find myself now.

Have You Met... Cris Ryder?

Have You Met... Cris Ryder?
Have you met Cris, Student Programs Assistant and Special Projects Administrator at Elementary and Secondary Education? Spend the next two minutes getting to know him a little better.


Call for Speakers: Dangerous Research Symposium

As researchers, we are well versed about the risks of our research to our participants, and it is these concerns that dominate ethics board considerations. This symposium aims to shift the conversation, and illuminate the plethora of risks (physical, mental, political, legal, etc.,) facing researchers who engage in many different kinds of research.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Community Congrats! February 15, 2017

Golden Bears Wrestling
Golden Bears Wrestling, Canada West Conference Champions
This week, the University of Alberta is celebrating conference championships and records in athletics, NSERC grant recipients, Top 30 under 30 students, and more! So, congrats to the following:

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Un-bearably Punny Campus Valentines

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Valentine's Day at UAlberta
In an effort to help bring a little warmth to your February, we’ve created a few co-worker friendly valentines for you to share with the office mates and campus friends who brighten your work day. Are they cheesy? Absolutely. Are they covered in bad bear puns? Paw-sitively! Should you send us your own (family friendly) captions? Do it! (We might add them to the post.)


Monday, February 13, 2017

The Importance of Fair Dealing

Fair use is for everybody
Image courtesy of Fair Use Week
Fair dealing, particularly for the purposes of education and research, has a major impact on universities and on how faculty members, staff, and students can use and provide access to materials. The risk of infringing copyright through an over-broad interpretation of fair dealing has led many universities to be cautious in how fair dealing is applied, only rarely venturing beyond their conservative fair dealing guidelines.  However, when practices remain more conservative than recent court decisions suggest the law might allow, those practices risk establishing norms that might lead to an effective redrawing of boundaries at more restrictive levels. Fair dealing rights could easily become a victim of “use them or lose them.”

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Have You Met... Shana Dion?

Shana Dion
Have you met Shana, Director of the Aboriginal Student Services Centre? Spend the next 2 minutes getting to know her a little better.

The Facts on NSSE

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What is NSSE?

NSSE—pronounced “Nessie”—is the National Survey of Student Engagement.

Created, administered, and disseminated by the NSSE Institute at the Centre for Postsecondary Research in Indiana University School of Education, the survey is reaches hundreds of 4-year postsecondary institutions across North America every year.  This year, the survey will run from February 9 to March 31, 2017.


Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Community Congrats! February 8, 2017

Pandas Curling
Pandas Curling brings home the gold medal on behalf of Canada at the 2017 Universiade Games (photo: U SPORTS)
This week, the University of Alberta is celebrating a gold medal for Pandas Curling, a Steacie Memorial Fellowship, the launch of a new MOOC, and more! So, congrats to the following:

The Academic Governance Review

University of Alberta Council Chambers
As many of you will know, the General Faculties Council embarked on review of academic governance last spring. This is the first review of the University of Alberta’s academic governance structure in about 40 years. As President Turpin, chair of GFC, noted on the January 30th meeting of GFC, this review will have a substantial impact on the future governance of the university. Today we would like to provide an update on progress to date.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

I-Week Tackles “Trumpism”

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Mojtaba Mahdavi at International Week 2017
Image courtesy of Sarah Bowes, Communications Coordinator , Global Education Program  
“I wish you were all here for a better reason,” Mojtaba Mahdavi said, addressing a full crowd at his International Week presentation on February 3. Mahdavi’s lecture, Muslims and the Middle East in a Post-Trump Era, didn’t require any further introduction. His audience was keenly aware of the timely subject.

Friday, February 3, 2017

14 of the Latest Articles in Higher Ed: January 30 - February 3, 2017

Incivility, talk of boycotts, and a proposal to close the Indigenous education gap are among the topics covered in this collection of higher ed stories.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Andrew Sharman: The Path to Alberta

Andrew Sharman
Photo: Richard Siemens
Andrew Sharman, our new vice-president (facilities and operations), came to the University of Alberta following several years with the Government of Alberta, and a 22-year career in the British Army. At first glance, these positions seem disparate—until Sharman explains how his career landed him and his wife, Yvonne, in Alberta, how skillsets like disaster response have spanned his professional transitions, and how an MSc in logistics management ties together his diverse experiences.

I sat down with Andrew Sharman to talk about his winding career path, the move to Alberta, his new role at the U of A, and… bomb disposal? Yes, that fits in, too.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

In Photos: The First 31 Days of 2017

Kicking off 2017
Although 2017 is still in its infancy, it is proving to be an eventful year (which is likely a huge understatement). Sit back, scroll, and reflect on the month of January through this collection of images submitted by members of the U of A community.

Community Congrats! February 1, 2017

Brett Walsh, Golden Bears Volleyball
Brett Walsh of Golden Bears Volleyball  broke the Canada West conference record for assists 
This week, the University of Alberta is celebrating public speaking champions, a UN Youth Representative appointment, a new Multi-faith Prayer and Meditation Space in HUB Mall, and more! So, congrats to the following:

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

On the Ground: the Women’s March on Washington

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Women's March on Washington
Image courtesy of Teddy Carter
Organizers reported that 1 million people participated in the Women’s March on Washington on January 21. Estimated to be the largest one-day protest in U.S. history, it inspired 673 Sister Marches around the globe, attracting nearly 5 million participants worldwide. Surrounded by controversy on social media, and highly politicized debates over event turnout, the march took on a huge political scope.

What would it have been like to join a protest of such historic proportions? Just ask the University of Alberta’s Teddy Carter – she was there.

Monday, January 30, 2017

The World of Higher Ed Reacts to the U.S. Travel Ban

The World of Higher Ed Reacts to the U.S. Travel Ban
As governments and everyday citizens around the globe work to understand the true implications of the U.S. travel ban issued by President Trump’s executive order, so too does the world of academia. See how the discussion is unfolding with this collection of the latest articles related to the ban.

Lowering the Flags for the Victims of the Quebec Attack

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Lowering the flags to half-mast
In recognition of the tragic shooting in Quebec City, the University of Alberta has lowered the university, provincial, and Canadian flags. The University of Alberta community extends our condolences to the family and friends of the victims of yesterday's attack. Our thoughts are also with our academic colleagues, community partners, and university volunteers from Muslim communities here in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and the world.

Public Vigil

The  Alberta Muslim Public Affairs Council is organizing a public candlelight vigil & prayer in remembrance of the victims at the Quebec Islamic Cultural Centre. This vigil is being held tonight (Monday, January 30) on the Alberta Legislative Grounds.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

President Turpin stresses UAlberta commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity

University of Alberta
Today, as president of the University of Alberta—but also as a citizen of Alberta and Canada—I want to voice our university’s firm commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity in the face of rising isolationism and division. These values guide our actions every day in a myriad of small ways, but sometimes, we are called to stand up for them in visible and vocal ways.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Have you met... Cynthia Munro?

Cynthia Munro
Have you met Cynthia, Learning and Development Consultant in Human Resource Services? Spend the next 2 minutes getting to know her a little better.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Community Congrats! January 25, 2017

UAlberta Congrats
This week, the University of Alberta is celebrating major research discoveries and accomplishments, the School of Dentistry’s centenary, and more! So, congrats to the following:

A Consider This Opinion Piece: Why I-Week Matters to Me in 2017

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Preparing for the world of 2017 with International Week
The world appears to have changed for the worse, and while so many seem incapacitated, there are many others who have risen to the challenge. Front line workers and volunteers work to comfort, feed and shelter those in need; scientists refuse to be silenced about the environmental catastrophes we face; educators prepare the next generation to be creative, courageous and committed to changing a broken system; and grassroots organizers work tirelessly to ensure that equity and human rights are enshrined in our laws, policies and procedures.

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