Friday, April 28, 2017

Consider This: Mourning Those Lost On the Job

Recognizing the National Day of Mourning for Persons Killed and Injured at Work at the University of Alberta
There are four times of the year that remind me about the importance of what I do here at the university - March 23rd, April 28, 1st full week in May and August 18th.

In a previous life I was the Manager of Occupational Health and Safety at the City of London, in Southwestern Ontario.  On March 23, 1996 at 11:25 a.m. I received a call from a colleague, David Howard.  It was a Saturday and I was just heading out the door to visit some friends.  David’s call was important.  He said, “Andrew, there’s been an explosion at the Silverwoods Arena and one of our staff has been seriously hurt….”

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

From the President’s Desk — April 27, 2016

This coming weekend marks the end of winter term classes and exams. My thanks to everyone for your efforts teaching and supporting our students over the last four months. Helping them to achieve their best is a collective effort of faculty, staff, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate teaching and lab assistants across our campuses. Whether your role is in the classroom, lab, library, student services, facilities, or administrative supports, your contributions matter and I’d like to take a moment now at the end of this term to thank you for all that you do for the University of Alberta.

The end of term has also coincided with the completion of an important piece of work. Last Friday, at a special meeting of the General Faculties Council, the Ad Hoc Committee on Academic Governance Including Delegated Authority presented its report and recommendations.

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Keeping the U of A Green: The 2017 Campus Sustainability Leadership Awards

The University of Alberta's 2017 Campus Sustainability Leadership Awards
On April 20, 2017, the U of A celebrated Earth Day (April 22) a little early by recognizing and thanking the individuals and groups who have members of our community who have exemplified the university’s continuing efforts to build a socially, environmentally and economically sustainable institution. Here’s a look at the honours and their achievements:
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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Towards Diversity

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Lady and Gentlemen...” The words resounded throughout the meeting room. It was one of Margaret-Ann Armour’s first department meetings as a new faculty member, and yes, she was the only “lady” in the room—and the department.
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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Consider This: How to Nurture Student Leaders

The relationship between university administrators and student leaders, whether they are activists or elected by their peers, is complicated. These students are partners in governance, and they are astute and sometimes vocal critics — but they are also learners. In some ways, we are their mentors. Certainly, it’s challenging to maintain all those dimensions of the relationship and keep it a productive partnership that works for the institution and its community.

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Community Congrats! April 19, 2017

UAlberta Congrats
This week, the University of Alberta is celebrating the launch of Alberta’s first satellite, a Governor General’s Meritorious Service Medal, research fellowships and awards, and more! So, congrats to the following:
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5 things that went into space in April

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Ex-Alta #1 Cube Satellite
The Ex-Alta #1 Cube Satellite, designed and built by U of A students
It’s been a big month for the U of A in space. On April 18, Alberta’s first satellite—designed and built by U of A students—launched into space aboard an Atlas V rocket. The Ex-Alta #1 (short for Experimental Albertan) was built by AlbertaSat, an interdisciplinary, student-led group at the U of A. The Ex-Alta #1 joined roughly 50 other cube satellites on board the Atlas V rocket to journey from the Kennedy Space Center to the International Space Station.

To celebrate the momentous occasion, we’ve assembled a list of 5 things that went into space this month—because it isn’t every day that the U of A makes that list.
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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Entitlement and Me: Problems in Canadian Medical Education

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A "Consider This" Piece

When I was admitted to medical school in Canada, I was commended by my new professors as one of the country’s brightest students. The first months inculcated and cultivated the idea that I was exceptional and set apart from other students who did not make it to medical school. Sometimes the praise was explicit, sometimes not; few probably noticed. Yet there was a subtle message: I was special and deserved all my success because of it.
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The Aga Khan Garden: A Preview of Things to Come


Last week’s public unveiling of the Aga Khan Garden Alberta, to be located at the University of Alberta Botanic Garden, was an eye-opener for many. I, like many others, envisioned an oasis garden with fruit trees and palms around a desert oasis. We are all, however, challenged to re-imagine a contemporary garden drawing from the Mughal, Ottoman and Islamic cultures of history. This enlightenment comes with the new garden made possible by a gift of over $25 million from His Highness the Aga Khan.

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Have You Met... Lepus Townsendii?

The not so elusive University of Alberta Jackrabbit
Have you met Lepus Townsendii, outdoor enthusiast and eggceptional observer of campus life? Spend the next two minutes getting to know him a little better.

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Consider This: Reasoning with Student Resistance

Reasoning with Student Resistance
After spending hours designing an engaging and thought provoking group activity, you are finally able to reveal it to your class. As you finish your explanation you are met with blank stares, unimpressed faces, and rolling eyes. Questions like “Do we really have to participate?” and “Aren’t you supposed to be teaching me?” appear scrawled on students’ foreheads. After coaxing students to finally interact, you finish the class and students pour out of the room. Disheartened, you are left to reflect on why they resisted what you thought was an excellent activity.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Community Congrats! April 12, 2017

UAlberta Congrats
This week, the University of Alberta is celebrating the Images of Research winning entries, athletics and faculty award recipients, and more! So, congrats to the following:
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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Images of Research 2017

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The winners of the second annual Images of Research competition were announced on April 6. The competition challenges U of A graduate students to capture the essence of their research in a single image.

Here are the top entries from 2017:

I Am Not Alone - Camelia Vokey, Master’s Occupational Therapy
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Ice Core Freezer Malfunction

A malfunction of a freezer unit at the University of Alberta’s Canadian Ice Core Archive has resulted in warming and damage to part of the collection.
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A Consider This Opinion Piece: The Tyranny of Student Evaluations

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UAlberta Course Evaluations
Faculty members are generally rather dubious about the effectiveness of student evaluations of teaching and I believe such skepticism to be well founded. Even when a chair’s letter accompanies the USRIs, the dependence on student evaluations of teaching can lead to all sorts of problems, some of them quite unexpected.
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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Community Congrats! April 5, 2017

UAlberta Congrats
This week, the University of Alberta is celebrating a lifetime achievement award, a Humboldt Fellowship, 3MT finalists, and more! So, congrats to the following:
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Friday, March 31, 2017

A Gallery of Gandalfs, and Other Photos from March 2017

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The Title of this post says it all, so without further ado, bring on the wizards!

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

If the TOBY Doesn't Fit... Make a New One?

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David Whalen and Sascha Jansz of the University of Alberta
It’s a problem that almost any academic can sympathize with: David Whalen couldn’t get his project to fit the awards application.

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Exploring the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning with Janice Miller-Young

Exploring the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning with Janice Miller-Young
How do you know that your research is good, a theory holds up, or an idea is worth pursuing? In the world of academia, your peers will let you know. Academic work is constantly being reviewed and tested – after all, the academy is a place of learning and discovery.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Community Congrats! March 29, 2017

UAlberta Congrats
This week, the University of Alberta is celebrating a first-place finish for a student geoscience team, a ‘Leaders in Diversity’ award, and a silver-medallist powerlifter! So, congrats to the following:
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