Monday, June 26, 2017

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.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Calls For... Photographs of Safety and Risk

EHS Photo Voice Project
Courtesy of the Public Domain Archive
Are you a faculty or staff member whose responsibilities include environment, health and safety?

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Did you know you can donate your stool to cure disease?

Did you know that stool transplants have been occurring at the University of Alberta hospital since the fall of 2012? And did you know the reason behind these transplants is to cure diarrheal illness caused by C. difficile? Stool transplants, otherwise known as fecal microbiota transplants, are also being studied to treat other gastrointestinal illnesses!


Monday, June 19, 2017

Calls For... Research Participants: Robotics for Children

We are recruiting 5 year old children to participate in a study where they will have the opportunity to learn and play with robotic systems. Children who choose to be a part of the study will participate in one 45 minute session where they will "feel" objects using haptic robotic systems!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

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:


Thursday, June 8, 2017

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.


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Calls for Volunteers - Find out How Many Calories You Burn

The Human Nutrition Research Unit at the University of Alberta needs volunteers for a research study determining the reliability of a new device to measure how many calories people burn.


Friday, June 2, 2017

On the Path to Reconciliation: In Photos

On Thursday, June 1, 2017, the University of Alberta took a step forward with the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation by signing a new MOU partnership agreement. The agreement will serves as a deep and ceremonial acknowledgement of the University of Alberta’s commitment at the highest level to the work of reconciliation. It has created a framework for other activities at the University to bring awareness of Residential Schools and support progress towards Reconciliation.


Friday, May 26, 2017

13 Stories From The World of Higher Ed

Populism, the drive to translate academia for the public, and more are included in this latest collection of PSE stories from around the web.


Friday, May 19, 2017

20 Stories From The World of Higher Ed

Diversity, diversity, diversity! Also, why do your students like you? These topics and more are included in this latest collection of PSE stories from around the web.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Report released on Residence Life at the University of Alberta

In For the Public Good, experience is a verb—an action rather than an outcome.  As a university community, we have a shared goal to create opportunities, spaces and programs that ensure students fully experience personal and intellectual growth while at the University of Alberta, and for those living in residence, while they make their homes on our campuses.  As part of our efforts meet this goal, we invited members of the Students’ Union, Graduate Students’ Association, Provost’s Office, Dean of Students, and Ancillary Services to form the Residence Life Task Force.  The purpose of the task force was to share, hear, and discuss the perspectives of all those involved in residence.  Today, I am able to share the findings of this group in the form of the Residence Life at the University of Alberta: Report and Recommendations of the Residence Life Task Force.


Things to Keep In Mind: Copyright and Academic Publishing

Copyright and Academic Publishing
Writing and publishing articles is central to an academic’s life, and, given that articles are copyright-protected works, there are a few points that authors should keep in mind.


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Calls For... Participants Needed for Urinary Incontinence Study

Do you suffer from bladder control problems? Thinking about using pads to help?

Researchers in the Department of Medicine are investigating how pad use affects quality of life.

Calls For... Healthy Volunteers for Meditation Study

The GI clinic is studying the effects of meditation on the gut microbiome. We are looking for healthy volunteers 45 -65 years of age to provide blood and saliva samples. Compensation will be provided.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Report released on Peter Lougheed Leadership College

The Peter Lougheed Leadership College
In 2015, the Peter Lougheed Leadership College accepted its first cohort of 45 students. At this year’s spring convocation, they will graduate with their degrees and certificate. Their aspirations for the future vary widely—some are heading to medical school, others are running in the upcoming municipal elections, and several are working on various start-up ventures. Yasmin Rafiei, the University of Alberta’s latest Rhodes Scholar, will soon take her place at Oxford University.

The variety of these students’ aspirations underscores the purpose and vison of the Peter Lougheed Leadership College, a vision that Peter MacKinnon, former president of the University of Saskatchewan, highlights as a core strength of the college in a report we release today. In his report on the PLLC, Dr. MacKinnon also stresses that there is a tangible "esprit de corps” among the students, teaching fellows, mentors, and staff of the college which comes out of a shared passion and commitment to the program.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Appointment of Vice-Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies and Research

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Heather Zwicker has been appointed vice-provost and dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, effective July 1, 2017. The Board of Governors approved her appointment on May 12, 2017. 

A member of the Department of English and Film Studies, Dr. Zwicker joined the University of Alberta in 1993, becoming a full professor in 2012. In addition to her dedication to excellence in research and public intellectualism, Dr. Zwicker is deeply committed to teaching at all levels, and has received several awards including a Vargo Chair and the 3M National Teaching Fellowship. The focus of her Vargo Chair was on professional development for graduate students. Her record as graduate supervisor is exemplary; through her mentorship, several students have achieved major scholarships and honours for their work.


Thursday, May 4, 2017

Call for... Research Participants to Help with Novel Fiber and Gut Bacteria Study

Our FYBER research group at the U of A is looking for research participants to help with our new and innovative gut bacteria and fibre study.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

13 Safety Lessons I Learned from Modern Times

Safety, Schmafety
In honour of NAOSH Week, the U of A’s Office of Environment, Health & Safety is planning to host a free screening of the Charlie Chaplin comedy Modern Times. But really, in these modern times can we learn about safety from a 1936 slapstick film? Here are my 13 offerings:

How good are you at safety?

If you're someone who has to deal with matters of safety, then you likely already know that the university is transitioning to "WHMIS 2015." But how much do you really know about WHMIS 2015? Test your safety knowledge to see if you know what's what or if you might need to spend a little time reading through the WHMIS 2015 rules.


Monday, May 1, 2017

Announcement Regarding the Vice-Provost and Chief Librarian

I am writing to advise that Gerald has resigned his position as Vice-Provost (Learning Services) and Chief Librarian, effective July 31, 2017, to become the Carl A Kroch University Librarian at Cornell University.

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