Thursday, August 17, 2017

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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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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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

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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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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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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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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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

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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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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