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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Monday, April 24, 2017

Upcoming Town Hall: Exploring the Visibility of Scholarly Writing Supports Online

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Council Chambers (2-100),  University Hall

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Calls For... Blood Pressure Study Research Participants

We are looking for volunteers for a large-scale clinical research study. It is a collaboration project between Computing Science and Medicine for measuring Blood Pressure continuously without a cuff.

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Calls For... 2017 WISEST Summer Research Program Supervisors

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If you're a University of Alberta researcher, graduate student, or lab assistant, consider becoming a WISEST Summer Research Program Supervisor from July 5 to August 16, 2017! Share your passion for research with a Grade 11 student while giving them the opportunity to contribute to a research project.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The U of A’s Non-Playing, Totally Rad, Corporate Challenge Basketball Captain

Members of the University of Alberta's Corporate Challenge Basketball Team
Image courtesy of Andrew Leitch (i.e. the one in the tie)
I’ve been the university’s non-playing Corporate Challenge basketball captain for a decade and it’s an important job: I have to make sure everyone has the correct size of T-shirt and that they remember to bring their ONEcard on game night. Also, sometimes I bring water.
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Monday, March 27, 2017

Pay to Play: Recorded Music at Public Events

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Image courtesy of DeviantArt
Holding a dance party can be a great idea for a fundraiser.  However, if you’re planning to play recorded music at your public event, you may have to consider some copyright issues first.

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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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Friday, March 10, 2017

Bringing Beyonce to Class, and 9 Other Articles About Higher Ed

Another travel ban, the realities facing women in PSE, and supporting those not on the tenure-track are among the topics covered in the latest collection of PSE stories. Oh, and adding Beyonce to the syllabus. Cant' leave that one out...
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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

A Garden Path: Introducing the University of Alberta Botanic Garden

Exploring the University of Alberta Botanic Garden
The walk to my university office is up a sandy path through a birch forest. Depending on the season, it is bathed in bottle green light, yellow birch leaves or snow-riven light shafts. The deer, grouse and moose tracks reminds me that the university garden I direct is a gem set in a forest.

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Monday, March 6, 2017

{PEACH} Prenatal Exercise And Cardiovascular Health Study - Call for Pregnant Volunteers!!

PEACH Study

We are currently recruiting pregnant women 18 years or older to participate in a study looking at the effects of exercise on cardiovascular and nervous system health.

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Announcing the 201​7-201​8 McCalla Professorships

​The McCalla Professorship​s​ recognize our colleagues' ​contributions to student learning as well as their commitment to integrate teaching​ and research ​at the University of Alberta. ​ ​This award, named for the first dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research Arthur Gilbert McCalla, ​provides an opportunity ​for ​faculty members to further explore and implement strategies​ for integrating their teaching and research.​
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Friday, February 24, 2017

Message Concerning Cases of the Mumps

Outbreaks of mumps in Manitoba, southern Alberta and the United States in the past several months are a reminder that vaccine-preventable infections, including mumps, are still a risk to health.
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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Call for... Ankle Flexibility Research Participants

I am looking for research participants for my research study that is examining new potential methods for improving ankle flexibility.
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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Creating a Culture of Environmental Sustainability: Augustana Chaplaincy

Campus Sustainability Leadership Award Winners 2016 - Augustana Chaplaincy
Last year, when I saw that nominations were open for the Campus Sustainability Leadership Awards, I knew I had to put in a good word for the members of the Augustana Chaplaincy, who make our campus more sustainable in so many ways.
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Monday, February 13, 2017

The Importance of Fair Dealing

Fair use is for everybody
Image courtesy of Fair Use Week
Fair dealing, particularly for the purposes of education and research, has a major impact on universities and on how faculty members, staff, and students can use and provide access to materials. The risk of infringing copyright through an over-broad interpretation of fair dealing has led many universities to be cautious in how fair dealing is applied, only rarely venturing beyond their conservative fair dealing guidelines.  However, when practices remain more conservative than recent court decisions suggest the law might allow, those practices risk establishing norms that might lead to an effective redrawing of boundaries at more restrictive levels. Fair dealing rights could easily become a victim of “use them or lose them.”
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Thursday, February 9, 2017

The Facts on NSSE

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What is NSSE?

NSSE—pronounced “Nessie”—is the National Survey of Student Engagement.

Created, administered, and disseminated by the NSSE Institute at the Centre for Postsecondary Research in Indiana University School of Education, the survey is reaches hundreds of 4-year postsecondary institutions across North America every year.  This year, the survey will run from February 9 to March 31, 2017.

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

The Academic Governance Review

University of Alberta Council Chambers
As many of you will know, the General Faculties Council embarked on review of academic governance last spring. This is the first review of the University of Alberta’s academic governance structure in about 40 years. As President Turpin, chair of GFC, noted on the January 30th meeting of GFC, this review will have a substantial impact on the future governance of the university. Today we would like to provide an update on progress to date.
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Monday, January 23, 2017

Take Note: a primer on the Notice and Notice regime

A "Consider This" piece.


Notice the Notice About Noticing
Image courtesy of Toronto Realty Blog

A rude awakening

You are checking your email first thing one morning, as you do every morning, and you find in your inbox a message with a subject line that says something like “Notice of Copyright Infringement.” How did such a message find its way into your inbox, and what does it mean?  You may have just felt the reach of Canada’s “Notice and Notice regime”!
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