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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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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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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Convocation Congrats! June 4: Augustana Faculty

Congratulations to #UAlberta17 Graduates!
This past weekend, the U of A community celebrated the academic achievements of its Spring graduates from the Augustana Faculty. 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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Appointment of VP (University Relations)

After a comprehensive, international search, I am pleased to announce that the University of Alberta Board of Governors has approved the appointment of Jacqui Tam to the position of vice-president (university relations), with unanimous support from the advisory committee. Her appointment is for a five-year term, effective July 1, 2017.
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Friday, June 2, 2017

On the Path to Reconciliation: In Photos

On Thursday, June 1, 2017, the University of Alberta took a step forward with the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation by signing a new MOU partnership agreement. The agreement will serves as a deep and ceremonial acknowledgement of the University of Alberta’s commitment at the highest level to the work of reconciliation. It has created a framework for other activities at the University to bring awareness of Residential Schools and support progress towards Reconciliation.

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Partnership with National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation

Yesterday, Chancellor Doug Stollery and I were honoured to be signatories to a memorandum of understanding between the University of Alberta and the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation. The signing marks a significant step forward in our For the Public Good commitment to respond to the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Anne Carr-Wiggin: From the Archives

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Anne Carr-Wiggin, U of A Libraries
Anne Carr-Wiggin picked up the phone. "Hello?" A voice on the other end said, "I'm a survivor. Residential School in Kainai." It wasn't her first call like this. It was 2011, the deadline for settlement agreements loomed, and survivors were required to prove their attendance at residential schools to qualify. Many sought school records, photographs – documents that would legally validate their experiences. "There's a problem," the voice on the line told her. "The school burned down. The records are gone."

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Have You Met…Ayaz Bhanji?

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Have You Met…Ayaz Bhanji?
Have you met the newest President of the Alumni Association, Ayaz Bhanji? Spend the next two minutes getting to know him better.

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Maybe May was Okay: May 2017 in Photos

Okay, so May wasn't "maybe okay" it was pretty great. It was filled with celebrations, sun, and the arrival of a new semester. Here's a look back at May 2017:

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Memories Made: Celebrating Our Latest Retirees

Celebrating the University of Alberta's Retirees
On Monday, May 29, 2017 the University of Alberta celebrated the career achievements of 107 faculty and staff members who have reached the penultimate career goal: retirement. Here’s a look at whose moving on, complete with a few favourite memories:
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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Community Congrats! May 31, 2017

UAlberta Congrats
This week, the University of Alberta is celebrating several teaching excellence awards, a Killam award, a Chaudhuri Prize, and more! So, congrats to the following:
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Corporate Challenge: Week 2

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U of A Corporate Challenge 2017
After one week, the University of Alberta is tied for 2nd in the overall standings, with gold medals in both darts and volleyball. Congratulations to everyone who has competed so far!

Here's what's happening for week two of Corporate Challenge:
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Friday, May 26, 2017

13 Stories From The World of Higher Ed

Populism, the drive to translate academia for the public, and more are included in this latest collection of PSE stories from around the web.

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Consider This: Truth First

New Trail Spring 2017 - Truth First
The truth is hard to hear. Even if you know about Canada’s residential school legacy, the scope of what happened is difficult to grasp.

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Have You Met…Bobbi Schiestel and Sheila Stosky?

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Have You Met…Bobbie Schiestel and Sheila Stosky?

Tucked in the office of the President, Bobbi and Sheila share a space and a comradery that made it way more fun to interview the two of them together. Spend the next two minutes getting to know them a little better.
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Corporate Challenge: Week 1

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U of A Corporate Challenge
The 26th Edmonton Corporate Challenge is underway! For the next two weeks, staff and faculty from the U of A will compete in 22 different events across the city.

Here's what's happening this week - and when/where you can cheer on your colleagues:
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Celebrating the 2017 University of Alberta Awards for Teaching Excellence

In just a few weeks’ time, our community will be commemorating the achievements of our graduating class as they accept their degrees and move on to the next chapter in their lives. And as we prepare to celebrate this achievement, I would like to honour some of those who have made this chapter possible. Today I’m pleased to announce and congratulate the recipients of the 2017 Awards for Teaching Excellence. Through their dedication and innovation, each has helped to sustain and raise the quality of a University of Alberta education.

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You’ll Want to Sit Here

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Now that it’s warm outside – real warm, not “winter warm” – we can finally head outdoors. From lunch breaks to fresh air meetings, there are plenty of opportunities to leave your office, and just as many places to go…. But which spot should be your spot? This short guide will help you find the perfect place to lunch.
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Friday, May 19, 2017

20 Stories From The World of Higher Ed

Diversity, diversity, diversity! Also, why do your students like you? These topics and more are included in this latest collection of PSE stories from around the web.
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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Report released on Residence Life at the University of Alberta

In For the Public Good, experience is a verb—an action rather than an outcome.  As a university community, we have a shared goal to create opportunities, spaces and programs that ensure students fully experience personal and intellectual growth while at the University of Alberta, and for those living in residence, while they make their homes on our campuses.  As part of our efforts meet this goal, we invited members of the Students’ Union, Graduate Students’ Association, Provost’s Office, Dean of Students, and Ancillary Services to form the Residence Life Task Force.  The purpose of the task force was to share, hear, and discuss the perspectives of all those involved in residence.  Today, I am able to share the findings of this group in the form of the Residence Life at the University of Alberta: Report and Recommendations of the Residence Life Task Force.

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Have You Met…Chris-Anne Felzien?

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Have You Met…Chris-Anne?
Have you met Chris-Anne, the Information & Initiatives Coordinator in University Relations? Spend the next 2 minutes getting to know her a little better.
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How well do you know Corporate Challenge? (QUIZ)

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With Edmonton Corporate Challenge 2017 kicking off next week (*hint: that might be one the test), it's time to ask a pressing question: how well do you actually know Corporate Challenge? We're about to find out.


Want to learn more? 

Check out the U of A's Corporate Challenge page.
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Things to Keep In Mind: Copyright and Academic Publishing

Copyright and Academic Publishing
Writing and publishing articles is central to an academic’s life, and, given that articles are copyright-protected works, there are a few points that authors should keep in mind.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Community Congrats! May 17, 2017

2017 Community Connections Awards Recipients
This week, the University of Alberta is celebrating two Alberta Order of Excellence inductees, the recipients of the U of A Community Connections Awards, and more! So, congrats to the following:
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Consider This: Ottawa's new rules won't close the diversity gap in research chairs

Voluntary efforts by universities to improve the diversity of the Canada Research Chairs Program (CRCP) have proven to be inadequate. That’s why new rules issued by the federal government last week in an attempt to boost representation are welcome news.

But they don’t go far enough.

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Calls For... Participants Needed for Urinary Incontinence Study

Do you suffer from bladder control problems? Thinking about using pads to help?

Researchers in the Department of Medicine are investigating how pad use affects quality of life.
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Calls For... Healthy Volunteers for Meditation Study

The GI clinic is studying the effects of meditation on the gut microbiome. We are looking for healthy volunteers 45 -65 years of age to provide blood and saliva samples. Compensation will be provided.
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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Report released on Peter Lougheed Leadership College

The Peter Lougheed Leadership College
In 2015, the Peter Lougheed Leadership College accepted its first cohort of 45 students. At this year’s spring convocation, they will graduate with their degrees and certificate. Their aspirations for the future vary widely—some are heading to medical school, others are running in the upcoming municipal elections, and several are working on various start-up ventures. Yasmin Rafiei, the University of Alberta’s latest Rhodes Scholar, will soon take her place at Oxford University.

The variety of these students’ aspirations underscores the purpose and vison of the Peter Lougheed Leadership College, a vision that Peter MacKinnon, former president of the University of Saskatchewan, highlights as a core strength of the college in a report we release today. In his report on the PLLC, Dr. MacKinnon also stresses that there is a tangible "esprit de corps” among the students, teaching fellows, mentors, and staff of the college which comes out of a shared passion and commitment to the program.
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Monday, May 15, 2017

Appointment of Vice-Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies and Research

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Heather Zwicker has been appointed vice-provost and dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, effective July 1, 2017. The Board of Governors approved her appointment on May 12, 2017. 

A member of the Department of English and Film Studies, Dr. Zwicker joined the University of Alberta in 1993, becoming a full professor in 2012. In addition to her dedication to excellence in research and public intellectualism, Dr. Zwicker is deeply committed to teaching at all levels, and has received several awards including a Vargo Chair and the 3M National Teaching Fellowship. The focus of her Vargo Chair was on professional development for graduate students. Her record as graduate supervisor is exemplary; through her mentorship, several students have achieved major scholarships and honours for their work.

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Honouring the University Health Centre Nursing Team

The University Health Centre Nursing Team - The University of Alberta's 2017 Community Leader Honourees
On May 5, 2016, 1200 people moved into Lister – they arrived after spending 1 to 3 days on cots in the open areas of the Expo Centre at Northlands. People were traumatized by having just lost their homes (or not knowing if they had or not), losing their employment, having families separated, leaving pets behind, and in many cases having experienced the ordeal of being stuck in slow moving traffic as they fled the fires and agonized as they watched their community burn.

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Elaine Hyshka: Approaching Substance Use through a Public Health Lens

Elaine Hyshka - the University of Alberta's 2017 Community Scholar Honouree
Elaine Hyshka’s community engagement activities do not fall into the regular duties of most academics, yet she rarely misses an opportunity to increase understanding regarding harm reduction and supervised injection services, even if that means rearranging her schedule and/or catching up on her other responsibilities long after the work day has ended. This extra effort has paid off through tangible benefits and value to the community.
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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Community Congrats! May 10, 2017

UAlberta Congrats
This week, the University of Alberta is celebrating the J. Gordin Kaplan Award recipients, new accreditation for the Faculty of Arts, and… the world’s smallest Oilers' logo? Well, alright—like goaltender interference, we’ll allow it. Congrats to the following:
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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Shirley Ross: The 2017 UAlberta Advocate


Since 2011, one person has been instrumental to the success of the University of Alberta’s Green & Gold Community Garden - that person is Dr. Shirley Ross, a retired researcher from the Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences (ALES). During her research career Shirley spent several years working on research projects for non-profit organizations in Africa. Now retired, she volunteers much of her time to manage the Green & Gold Community Garden -  a University community garden that raises funds for a women’s organization in Africa.
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Have You Met…Charter Day?

The University of Alberta's Ceremonial Mace

Okay, so you can’t really “meet” a day – but you can “greet” it. You can also know it and can even celebrate it… so spend the next two minutes getting to know the University of Alberta’s Charter Day.
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Monday, May 8, 2017

In Memoriam: Brian J. Sproule

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The University of Alberta banner flies at half-mast in remembrance of Brian J. Sproule, Professor Emeritus of the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry.
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Friday, May 5, 2017

In Memoriam: Lech Jan Ozimek

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In Memoriam: Lech Jan Ozimek
The University of Alberta banner is flying at half-mast in remembrance of Professor Lech Ozimek, from the department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science in the Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences.

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