Thursday, August 17, 2017

Have You Met… Kirstyn Blomquist?

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Kirstyn Blomquist, University of Alberta
Have you met Kirstyn, Student Recruiter with the Alberta School of Business? Spend the next two minutes getting to know her a little better.
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The Garneau Tree

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The Garneau Tree
Near the far northeast corner of North Campus sits the Garneau Tree. One of the oldest in Edmonton, the tree has become a natural monument to a founding family of one of the University of Alberta’s closest neighbouring communities. Now that the Manitoba maple, planted by Laurent and Eleanor Garneau behind their home more than 140 years ago, has reached the end of its life cycle, it needs to be removed for safety reasons. The University of Alberta plans to carry forward the history and heritage the tree has come to represent.
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Why Do We Have Community Gardens on Campus?

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Prairie Urban Farm, University of Alberta
Community gardens are cropping up in cities across the world. Researchers across the academy have been watching this phenomenon closely, and many studies have noted a number of benefits of community gardens, including enhanced personal health among participants, community-building, support for green spaces, and of course, the provision of fresh, healthy produce. Considering the high number of prevalent diseases and other health concerns that are related to diet and exercise, the growing enthusiasm for community gardening is good news indeed.
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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Tips for Viewing the Eclipse on Campus

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2017 Eclipse at UAlberta
If you want to know how to watch an eclipse, then Sharon Morsink is the person to talk to! But because she’ll be viewing the eclipse from a spot in the United States to experience a total eclipse (we’ll be seeing a partial one here in Alberta), she shared her tips with us a little early.

So, if you’d like to safely see the eclipse on Monday, August 21, here are a few things to keep in mind:
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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Save the Date for the U of A’s Canada 150 Community Celebration!

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Save the Date for the U of A's Canada 150 Community Celebration

Discussions of Canada, our history, our present reality, and the possibilities of our still unwritten future have been popular in 2017, and this September, you are invited to keep the conversation and the celebrations of our nation going at the U of A’s Canada 150 Community Celebration.
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My First Move-In

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Move In Day at UAlberta
It’s hard to believe we are only 18 days away from “Move In Day 2017,” as those of us in Residence Services prepare to welcome almost 5,000 students to campus—marking the beginning (or continuation) of their journey at the University of Alberta. Our offices have been abuzz with excitement, as we count down the days until we move these students into their homes for the year, whether it be in Lister Centre or East Campus.

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Call for... Move In 2017 Volunteers

Call for... Move In 2017 Volunteers
On Monday August 28, Residence Services will be welcoming students from across the world to live on campus—marking the beginning (or continuation) of their journey at the University of Alberta.

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Community Congrats! August 9, 2017

UAlberta Congrats
This week, the University of Alberta is celebrating a Career Achievement Award and an Order of Canada appointee! So, congratulations to the following:
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Linda Cameron Ends a Chapter

Linda Cameron Ends a Chapter
Some time ago, University of Alberta Press Director Linda Cameron announced her plans to retire at the end of August 2017, and despite her objections to a big celebratory party, her colleagues organized a reception.

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

After Falling Walls


Back in 2015, Lian Willetts was named one of the top two young international researchers striving to solve a global  problem at the Falling Walls Lab in Berlin, Germany. It's now two years later and her contributions to the Lewis Lab in the Department of Oncology is making the transition from "idea" to "ground breaking reality."
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Friday, August 4, 2017

5 Stories to Read From The World of Higher Ed

Dealing with tenure denial, the state of mental health supports from the student perspective, and 3 other stories are featured in the latest collection of PSE stories from around the web.
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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Calls For... Healthy Families for Pediatric Research

Healthy Infants and Children’s Clinical Research Program, UAlberta
Ever wanted to be in a research study, but didn’t know how to get involved?

HICCUP is looking for families with children under 18 years of age who are interested in learning more about research studies being done by local investigators.
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Have You Met… Meghan Linsdell?

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Meghan Linsdell, University of Alberta
Have you met Meghan, research coordinator with the Women and Children's Health Research Institute? Spend the next two minutes getting to know her a little better.
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In Memoriam: Orlando Olson

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The University of Alberta banner flies at half-mast in remembrance of Orlando Olson, Professor Emeritus of the Augustana Faculty.

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Community Congrats! August 2, 2017

UAlberta Congrats
The University of Alberta is celebrating a summer filled with awards and accolades, from graduation prize recipients to fellowship and hall of fame inductees! So, congratulations to the following:
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Just a Look Back at July 2017

July 2017 at the University of Alberta
Although we could look ahead and focus on the fact that we only have one month of summer left, we're opting to hold on to the summer that was with this look back at July (and a little bit of June). Here's what happened around the U of A in July (and June) 2017:

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Call for Papers: 2017 Global B Corp Academic Community Roundtable

On October 4, 2017, in parallel with the annual B Corp Champions Retreat, the Second Annual Global B Corporation Academic Community Roundtable will be held in Toronto, Canada.
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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Nerdiversity of Alberta

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Markian Hlynka, Office of the Registrar, University of Alberta
There’s something about working in academia that goes hand-in-hand with being… well… a bit of a nerd. It's no secret: it's just a part of university life. In fact, we embrace it—and it shows.

Walk across campus and you'll find passionate advocates for everything from math and history to Middle Earth and the Marvel Universe. It's like we searched for whatsoever things are true and found the sciences, the arts, and Star Wars.

In an effort to catalog this phenomenon of campus culture, we put out a call for the most delightfully nerdy clothing, collectibles, and paraphernalia around the university.

Here's what we found:
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Have You Met… Justin Pritchard?

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Have You Met… Justin Pritchard?

Have you met Justin, sessional instructor (Art and Design) and career coach with the Career Centre? Spend the next 2 minutes getting to know him a little better.
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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

UAPPOL Updates: Travel Expense Procedure, Asset Management Policy

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UAlberta Policies and Procedures Updates
The Office of Finance and Administration has made several updates to the UAPPOL policies governing Travel Expense Procedure and Equipment and Furnishings Asset Management Policy:

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

ITU World Triathlon Edmonton: Campus Parking and Traffic Impacts

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The University of Alberta is excited to once again support the City of Edmonton in hosting the 2017 ITU World Triathlon in Edmonton on July 28 and 29. Race routes for the triathlon athletes run along the north end of campus. Visit the ITU World Triathlon website for more information about opportunities to view the competition.
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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Have You Met… Matt Edmonds?

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Matt Edmonds, University of Alberta
Have you met Matt, the Intramural Sports Program Coordinator with Campus & Community Recreation? Spend the next 2 minutes getting to know him a little better.
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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Access Copyright v. York University – What does it mean for the U of A?

Access Copyright v. York University, U of A
On 12 July 2017, the Federal Court issued its decision in the case of Access Copyright v. York University.  There were two main issues of the case: (a) whether the Interim Tariff issued by the Copyright Board at the request of Access Copyright is mandatory and enforceable against York University; and (b) whether York University’s fair dealing guidelines were “fair” in their terms and their application.

The Court found in favour of Access Copyright and against York University on both these issues.

What does it mean for the U of A?

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How to Plant Trees like a Professional

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U of A Grounds Crew
For transparency’s sake, Bobbi and Charlotte (pictured above) aren’t professionals. In fact, you might recognize them from other Quad features like the Pokemon Go campus guide and our “Have You Met?” series. The latter article landed Bobbi and Charlotte a coveted spot on the U of A’s grounds crew for a morning, where they received invaluable training and experience in—among other things—arboriculture.

Having learned in 10 minutes and planted two trees in total, Bobbi and Charlotte felt confident in sharing these 9 easy steps to planting trees like a professional:
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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

What's Growin' On Campus?

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Thanks to the fine work of the university's grounds crew, our campuses are in full bloom, and they look great! But there are a number of groups from around the U of A who have also lent their green thumbs to help beautify our outdoor spaces, and these are the fruits of their efforts:
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Guba and Patches go to the Airport

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Guba and Patches made a new discovery on their trip to the Edmonton International Airport...

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Monday, July 10, 2017

What Does Teaching Excellence Mean to You? Some Reflections on “Pedagogy and Curriculum Design”


Image courtesy of Mimi Okabe
As an undergrad, some of the best courses that I remember taking were the ones that were taught by professors who seemed passionate and genuinely interested in the course content. They were professional, approachable, knowledgeable, and had a sense of humour. These are the professors whom, I think, all instructors should strive to emulate. At the opposite end of the spectrum, I can also recall some of the worst courses I took (although there were only a few)—these include the ones where the professor delegated information in a b-o-r-i-n-g and unexciting way. Yes, the ones who read content off their slides—ultimately, the classes that I skipped.

What are the telltale signs of a successful instructor?

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Friday, July 7, 2017

The Higher Ed Round Up: July 7, 2017

Does a fear of “looking stupid” hold you back in the classroom? Read about this and more in this latest collection of PSE stories from around the web.
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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Reduction in signatures required for amendments

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To better serve our research community and reduce everyone’s workload, Research Services Office (RSO) has made significant changes to reduce signature requirements for amendments.
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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Creative Commons 101

Creative Commons 101
Image courtesy of Oregon State University Libraries
Authors of scholarly works generally want their works to be both widely available and widely read. Creative Commons licences can be useful tools for authors who wish to make their works openly available but also to put some conditions or limitations on how their works are to be used.

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

In Memoriam: Sandy Mactaggart

In Memoriam
In the words of President David Turpin, "the University of Alberta has lost a giant in our community" with the passing of Board Chair Emeritus and Chancellor Emeritus Sandy Mactaggart.

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Parlez-vous français? Introducing the U of A's Online French Application for Admission

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The Office of the Registrar’s Information Systems and Business Development (ISBD) team have built a better application system for french speakers.
Did you know that the Francophone heritage in Alberta is older than the province itself, dating back more than 200 years? These origins are still thriving today, and the University of Alberta wants to highlight and support this vibrant part of Canada’s culture through its application process; as of July 1, 2017, prospective undergraduate students have the ability to apply to the University of Alberta in French through the online Application for Admission (AFA).

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Friday, June 30, 2017

2016 Compensation Disclosure Posted

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The University of Alberta has now posted its 2016 Compensation Disclosure list, as per the Government of Alberta’s Public Sector Compensation Transparency Act (Bill 5). The university, along with all public boards, commissions, and agencies, is required to publicly disclose the name, position, compensation, non-monetary benefits, and severance of all employees (including those on leave or secondment) whose total 2016 compensation meets a threshold of $126, 375.

You can find the disclosure list here.

The data will also be linked directly from the Government of Alberta's compensation disclosure site. A link to the University of Alberta’s list is always available on the UAlberta homepage under “Campus Notices.”

If you have any questions or concerns about compensation disclosure, please contact the Compensation Working Group at compensation@ualberta.ca.
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Calls for Volunteers - Find out How Many Calories You Burn

The Human Nutrition Research Unit at the University of Alberta needs volunteers for a research study determining the reliability of a new device to measure how many calories people burn.

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

In Photos: The 2017 President's Staff Appreciation Breakfast

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Despite threatening skies and single-digit temperatures (alas, summer in Edmonton…), we came away from the annual President’s Staff Appreciation breakfast mostly dry definitely content. 

For two hours, Main Quad bustled with staff and faculty; filled with the aromas of steaming coffee, breakfast sausages, and other Canadian inspired treats; and jived with obligatory musical classics like “Sweet Caroline.” Don’t believe me? Check out the photos:
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Year-end Fundraising Results Demonstrate Donor Confidence in the U of A

Year-end Fundraising Results Demonstrate Donor Confidence in the U of A
It’s a magical moment–that time in a conversation with a donor when their interest in doing something great comes together with an opportunity to support a student, a researcher or a teacher at the university. That connection, that link, changes lives. For example, watch what happened when donor Neil Siemens, ‘66 BSc, met student Kaylan Burns. I am honoured to witness these moments in my work.
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A Century Later, Are We Still a Mosaic?

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Cultural Mosaic, U of A, Canada 150
Nearly 100 years ago, Victoria Hayward looked out on the diversity of the Canadian prairies and described a “mosaic of vast dimensions and great breadth.” That was 1922. Hayward’s journal entry may well have been the origin of the cultural mosaic, a term which defines Canadian multiculturalism even today.
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Calls For: Nominations for the 2017 University Cup

The Office of the Provost and Vice-President (Academic) invites nominations for the 2017 University Cup. The deadline for submissions is July 31, 2017.

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Monday, June 26, 2017

It’s Time to Contribute to The Conversation

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The Conversation comes to Canada
Translation – it’s an academic necessity. Whether it involves turning data points into theories, making course material accessible to undergrads, or ensuring that ideas have been expressed in a way that enables peer review, translating your work for a given audience is a daily reality. And today, translating your work for the public should be a little easier given the launch of The Conversation Canada.

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Next Dean of Native Studies Announced


I am pleased to announce that at its June 23 meeting the Board of Governors approved the appointment of the next dean of the Faculty of Native Studies. Dr. Chris Andersen has been appointed for a five year term, effective July 1, 2017. Currently serving as interim dean of the faculty, Dr. Andersen joined the University of Alberta 17 years ago, becoming a full professor in 2014.
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Friday, June 23, 2017

Calls For... Photographs of Safety and Risk

EHS Photo Voice Project
Courtesy of the Public Domain Archive
Are you a faculty or staff member whose responsibilities include environment, health and safety?
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8 Stories From The World of Higher Ed

The worst sentence ever, dealing with temp academic positions, and more are included in this latest collection of PSE stories from around the web.
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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Have You Met... Suzanne Butler?

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Suzanne Butler
Have you met Suzanne, the Transition Year Program Coordinator at the Aboriginal Student Services Centre? Spend the next 2 minutes getting to know her a little better.
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In Photos: National Aboriginal Day on Augustana Campus

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National Aboriginal Day 2017 @ Augustana Campus
On June 21, the University of Alberta’s Augustana campus played host to the city of Camrose’s National Aboriginal Day Celebrations. Alongside the Augustana campus and Camrose community, over 1600 elementary and junior high school students attended sessions throughout the day which included storytelling by Elder Myrna Yellowbird of Samson Cree Nation, followed by traditional Aboriginal dancing, performed by Red Thunder the Next Generation, a group from the Tsuu T’ina Nation.

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Did you know you can donate your stool to cure disease?

Did you know that stool transplants have been occurring at the University of Alberta hospital since the fall of 2012? And did you know the reason behind these transplants is to cure diarrheal illness caused by C. difficile? Stool transplants, otherwise known as fecal microbiota transplants, are also being studied to treat other gastrointestinal illnesses!

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Thoughts on National Aboriginal Day

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National Aboriginal Day
In honour of National Aboriginal Day (June 21), 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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The Writing Stick: Sharing Indigenous Stories

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The Writing Stick: Sharing Indigenous Stories
Recently, almost two years of planning culminated in a thought-provoking, passionate conference about publishing Indigenous authors and stories. The Writing Stick: Sharing Indigenous Stories was held at the University of Alberta on June 8, 9, and 10 and over 230 people registered. The conference was the brainchild of the director of the University of Alberta Press, Linda Cameron, who was answering a challenge Gerald Beasley (Vice-Provost and Chief Librarian of the University of Alberta) put to all of his directors to find innovative ways to respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Calls For... Research Participants: Robotics for Children

We are recruiting 5 year old children to participate in a study where they will have the opportunity to learn and play with robotic systems. Children who choose to be a part of the study will participate in one 45 minute session where they will "feel" objects using haptic robotic systems!
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Friday, June 16, 2017

10 Stories From The World of Higher Ed

Academic hoaxes, PDF burnout, the summer slump, and more are included in this latest collection of PSE stories from around the web.

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Appointment of the Interim Vice-provost and Chief Librarian

Dr. Kathleen De Long
As communicated in early May, Mr. Gerald Beasley will be leaving his role as Vice-Provost (Learning Services) and Chief Librarian, effective July 31, 2017. I am pleased to announce that Dr. Kathleen De Long has agreed to serve as Interim Vice-Provost (Learning Services) and Chief Librarian for the period August 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018, or until such time as a new Vice-Provost and Chief Librarian is appointed. Many of you who know Dr. De Long will agree that she brings a wealth of knowledge to this role.

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Deans Selection and/or Review Committees (2017/18)

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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Convocation Congrats! June 15: Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences

Convocation Congrats!
Today, the U of A community celebrates the academic achievements of its Spring graduates from the Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences. We've also celebrated students who have received certificates from across the U of A.  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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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Convocation Congrats! June 14: Law, Arts, Extension, and Physical Education and Recreation

Convocation Congrats!

Today, the U of A community celebrates the academic achievements of its Spring graduates from the Faculties of Law, Arts, Extension, and Physical Education and Recreation.  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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Consider This: Experiential Learning through Exhibition Curatorship

Photograph courtesy of Anne Bissonnette ©
View of the exhibition in the “A Dose of Design” section.
I was stunned and giddy. For the first time in its history, a Richard Martin Award for Excellence in the Exhibition of Costume was given to an exhibition co-curated by students. My students. Our exhibit, Eyewear: Fashion with Vision, opened in the University of Alberta’s Human Ecology Gallery in November 2016, and in May 2017, it received the coveted Costume Society of America award at the organization’s annual national conference in the US. Awardees have included major institutions like the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Convocation Congrats! June 13: Science

UAlberta Convocation Spring 2017
Today, the U of A community celebrates the academic achievements of its Spring graduates from the Faculty of Science.  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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Selfies, a Big Bike, and Other Photos

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Tandem bikes: they're a little unexpected, at times romantic, and always an exercise in trust. During this year's Corporate Challenge (where the U of A came in third overall for our division), the ultimate tandem bike made its way to the U of A's north campus in the form of the Big Bike Challenge. Members of the university came together to ride a really big bicycle in what proved to be a tremendously fun expression of community support and adventure.
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Monday, June 12, 2017

Appointment of Interim Vice-President (Research)


I am pleased to announce that the Board of Governors has today approved the appointment of Dr. Walter Dixon as Interim Vice-President (Research) for one year, effective July 1, 2017. As you know, Vice-President (Research) Lorne Babiuk will retire from his position at the end of June and I have been working with the Vice-President (Research) Advisory Search Committee to identify his successor. I would like to thank Dr. Dixon for taking on this essential leadership role as we continue our search.
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Convocation Congrats! June 12: Nursing, Rehabilitation Medicine, and Public Health

Convocation Congrats!

Today, the U of A community celebrates the academic achievements of its Spring graduates from the faculties of Nursing, Rehabilitation Medicine, and the School of Public Health.  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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A Farewell Interview with Dean of Nursing Anita Molzahn

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A Farewell Interview with Anita Molzahn
They say that you can tell a lot about a person by looking at their desk. With nary a paper or book out of place in Anita Molzahn’s office, you get the sense that she’s incredibly organized and meticulous—a necessary skillset when you lead one of the largest nursing faculties in Canada.

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Friday, June 9, 2017

Convocation Congrats! June 9: Medicine & Dentistry, Certificates

Convocation Congrats

Today, the U of A community celebrates the academic achievements of its Spring graduates from the faculty of Medicine & Dentistry. We've also celebrated students who have received certificates from across the U of A.  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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12 Stories From The World of Higher Ed

Conference smarm, public attention, scope creep and more are included in this latest collection of PSE stories from around the web.
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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Convocation Congrats! June 8: Engineering, Pharmacy

UAlberta Convocation Spring 2017
Today, the U of A community celebrates the academic achievements of its Spring graduates from the faculties of Engineering and Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. 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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Have You Met... Andrea Graham?

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Andrea Graham
Have you met Andrea, Project Manager of the Graduate Student Professional Development Program? Spend the next 2 minutes getting to know her a little better.
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Why Wear Your Academic Apparel?

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When he first began teaching nearly 18 years ago, Andrew Ede embraced the traditional Cambridge teaching gown. Watch to see his top ten reasons for doing so.
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The Upcoming Annual Compensation Disclosure for 2016

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The University of Alberta is preparing for the annual disclosure of remuneration for employees whose compensation and/or severance in the 2016 calendar year exceeds the threshold of $126,375. Disclosure is required by June 30, 2017.

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Convocation Congrats! June 7: Education, Business , and Faculty Saint-Jean

Today, the U of A community celebrates the academic achievements of its Spring graduates from the faculties of Education, Business, and Faculte Saint-Jean. 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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Convocation: The View from the Stage

Convocation at the University of Alberta
Journeys, and the footwear we choose for them. That’s what I think of as I watch thousands of graduates cross in front of me each year.

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Convocation Congrats! June 6: Education, Native Studies

UAlberta Convocation 2017
Today, the U of A community celebrates the academic achievements of its Spring graduates from the faculties of Education 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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Monday, June 5, 2017

Convocation - It's Time!

Convocation at UAlberta
Convocation is both a wedding and a roller coaster.

It’s like a wedding because it’s a celebration, a legal ceremony, and a long day marked with memorable moments. There is excitement, nerves, and drama. There are thousands of details and even more opinions on how it should all be done and what will happen next.
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