Thursday, March 23, 2017

Signature Areas Campus Forum Livestream

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Missed the March 23rd campus forum on Signature Areas? Watch it here.
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All-In With Gitta Kulczycki

Gitta Kuczycki, Vice-President (Finance and Administration), University of Alberta
Gitta Kulczycki likes to lay her cards on the table, which is a strategy that has served her well in a career that’s included stops in health-care, tech, and higher education. As our new Vice-President (Finance and Administration), she’s set to go all-in when it comes to knowing her team and addressing the goals laid out in For the Public Good.

We sat down with her to learn about her U of A experience so far, the shift from Ontario’s PSE sector to Alberta’s, and her thoughts on leadership.

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Community Congrats! March 23, 2017

Pandas Hockey, 2017 U SPORTS Champions
Pandas Hockey, 2017 U SPORTS Champions
This week, the University of Alberta is celebrating a National Championship for Pandas Hockey, the Herb Link Memorial Award recipient, a literary prize finalist, and more! So, congrats to the following:
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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Response to 2017 Federal Budget


Today’s 2017 federal budget reaffirms the Government of Canada’s investment in Canadian research, innovation, and skills development. In Budget 2016, we saw $95 million increase to Canada’s granting councils, and with today’s commitment to maintain those investments, the government has demonstrated their continued commitment to the value and benefit of curiosity-driven research.
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Consider This: The Engineers Who Built Everything are Retiring

The Engineers Who Built Everything are Retiring
Seniors now outnumber children in Canada. That’s an engineering problem.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Consider This: Let's Make Decisions Together


I never really intended to get involved in university governance. Like a lot of faculty, I kind of fell into administrative work early in my career; I served on a few committees in my department because they dealt with things that mattered to me. Then I got involved in some faculty-level committees in my field of expertise. When my term expired, I was ready for something new, and when the call came out for faculty members to serve on General Faculties Council (GFC), I decided I would throw my hat in the ring and see what happened. I had never been to GFC, and I didn't even know anybody who had been on it - it was a black box to me.

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Announcement: Dean of Nursing

Greta Cummings
I am pleased to announce the next Dean of the Faculty of Nursing, effective July 1, 2017. On Friday, March 17, the Board of Governors approved the appointment of Dr. Greta Cummings for a five year term. Dr. Cummings joined the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta 13 years ago, becoming a full professor in 2010. She currently holds a Centennial Professorship (2013-2020), one of our university’s highest honours.
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Monday, March 20, 2017

Closure of University of Alberta Museums Galleries at Enterprise Square

University of Alberta Museums Galleries at Enterprise Square is closing at the end of March. The final exhibit at Enterprise Square, International Print Exhibition: Canada and Japan, runs until March 25.
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Announcement: Dean of Education

Image courtesy of the University of Regina
I am pleased to announce that the Board of Governors has approved the appointment of Dr. Jennifer Tupper as Dean of the Faculty of Education, for a five year term, effective July 1, 2017. Dr. Tupper is currently the Dean of Education at the University of Regina.

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Friday, March 17, 2017

From the President's Desk: March 17, 2017

The winter term is passing quickly. We have now turned the corner into the last month of classes, and this week has been particularly eventful. Let me begin by highlighting that March 16-18 is Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Week at the University of Alberta. One of our university's defining features is its diversity of people, disciplines, and perspectives. Yesterday, I spoke to the Edmonton Region Urban Development Institute about the vital importance of preserving and championing this diversity, especially in light of isolationist movements and rhetoric we so often hear about in the media these days. EDI Week gives us a great opportunity to celebrate and revitalize our commitment to building an inclusive community. I'd also like to thank and congratulate the recipients of the inaugural EDI Awards for their inspiring work on our campuses.
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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Good news from Government of Alberta's Budget 2017


Today’s provincial budget is good news for post-secondary education in Alberta. The Government of Alberta has honoured its promise to provide stable and predictable funding to our sector. On behalf of all of the students, faculty, and staff at the University of Alberta, I thank the provincial government for its 2 per cent increase to our Campus Alberta grant and for its steadfast support of the U of A and post-secondary education and research in the province.
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Danielle Peers: At the Intersections of Inclusion

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Danielle Peers
Danielle Peers (courtesy of CRIPSiE)  
As a former Paralympian, a scholar and professor, artist, speaker, filmmaker, performer, and activist, Danielle Peers is actually the strongest embodiment of her own work. She not only studies diversity and inclusion in sport and movement, and non-normative intersections in art and culture – she is herself a participant, a site of intersection, an intertwined reality. Her personal connection helps her draw together otherwise disparate fields and practices, and it results in something—in the best sense of the word—remarkable.
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Have You Met... Wade King?

Wade King
Have you met Wade, Advisor for Safe Disclosure and Human Rights, social advocate, and brutalist architecture enthusiast? Spend the next 2 minutes getting to know him a little better.
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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Consider This: What It's Like to Be A Book at the Human Library

The Human Library at the University of Alberta
Image courtesy of the Human Library
To be read as a human book is an extraordinary feeling. Every conversation you have with a reader is different and their reasons for choosing to read you are so diverse that it is often hard to plan your whole conversation/”reading” in advance. What is a guarantee, at least for me, is that whether you are a book or a reader, the Human Library is a place that creates moments of understanding and connection.

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Community Congrats! March 15, 2017

Pandas Volleyball, Canada West Champions
Pandas Volleyball, Canada West Champions
This week, the University of Alberta is celebrating an excellence award for Museums, regional and national medals in athletics, Graduate Student Teaching Awards, and more! So, congrats to the following:
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6 Research Questions You’ve Never Thought Of

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Are you here looking for the announcement of the new Dean of Nursing? If "yes," click here to be redirected to the correct post. If not, enjoy some research questions.

Exploring Undergraduate Research
Interpretive dance on quantum dots is not the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about “research.” But, it might be after you visit this year’s Festival of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (FURCA)!

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

From the President's Desk: Signature Areas Campus Forum

Please join Provost and Vice-President (Academic) Steven Dew, Vice-President (Research) Lorne Babiuk, and me at a Campus Forum focused on the development of signature research and teaching areas.

When: Thursday, March 23, Noon – 1 pm
Where: Council Chambers, 2-100 University Hall, Van Vliet Complex
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Monday, March 13, 2017

Bound Together: Uniting the Libraries and the Press

The University of Alberta Libraries and The University of Alberta Press
Libraries need books and books need libraries, a rather obvious reality that makes the new relationship between the University of Alberta Libraries and University of Alberta Press a natural one.
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Congratulating the 2017-18 Student Representatives

The Students' Union Building and Triffo Hall
Over the last few weeks, the students of University of Alberta have run elections for their 2017-18 representatives, the final results of which have all been released. On behalf of the University of Alberta, I’m pleased to congratulate all of the undergraduate and graduate students who were involved in this year’s elections, from the campaign teams to the voters. This year’s voter turnout, particularly in the Students’ Union election, exceeded expectations and demonstrated the growing involvement of our student body.

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Consider This: Should we teach our academic histories?

Should we teach our academic histories?
Each of our disciplines across the academy has a story – one that has shaped our curriculums, our canons, and processes for development. These histories have led us to today and will impact how we uncover our paths to tomorrow. But how many of our students actually know these histories?
Should study of the history of medicine be a requirement for medical trainees?
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