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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Thursday, June 22, 2017

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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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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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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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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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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