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.

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.


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...

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.


Monday, March 6, 2017

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


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.


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.​

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.

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.

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.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Call for Speakers: Dangerous Research Symposium

As researchers, we are well versed about the risks of our research to our participants, and it is these concerns that dominate ethics board considerations. This symposium aims to shift the conversation, and illuminate the plethora of risks (physical, mental, political, legal, etc.,) facing researchers who engage in many different kinds of research.

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.”

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.


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.

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”!

Friday, January 20, 2017

Sign-Up for the 2nd University of Alberta Indigenous Networking Forum

Since July of 2015, I have had the privilege of working on Aboriginal Initiatives, now known as Indigenous Initiatives, for the Office of the Provost and Vice-President (Academic).  This includes co-chairing the Council on Aboriginal Initiatives with Chancellor Doug Stollery and supporting the University’s work in Indigenous research and scholarship, teaching and learning environments, student-centered supports, and responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action.


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Yes, You Can Round Dance and Other Facts

When the community comes together for the University of Alberta Annual Round Dance there are a few things to keep in mind.

Friday, January 13, 2017

The New Year in Higher Ed: 16 Articles to Consider

Yes, it’s okay to say “I’d rather not,” tips to avoid getting scammed by fraudulent journals, and the idea of a united “Canadian science” are just a few of the higher ed topics circulating the web in this collection of articles from the start of 2017.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

VP (Research) Advisory Search Committee: Input from the Community

The search Vice-President (Research) is currently underway. In consultation with the Chair of the Board of Governors, Mr. Michael Phair, President Turpin has established an Advisory Search Committee for the Vice-President (Research).

Monday, January 9, 2017

Where to next? The Evolution

Updates: when it comes to phones, we speculate about them—when it comes to Facebook, we bemoan them—and when it comes to our software, we accept them.  Evolution is a constant reality of our digital lives and our digital work environment.  


Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Consider This: Moral Rights, Wrapped in a Holiday Ribbon

Winter ready Tory
Copyright, moral rights, and holiday decorations -  what could go wrong?
Festive holiday decorations and displays on storefronts and in shopping malls make the dreary winter days and nights brighter and more appealing.  In 1982, Toronto’s Eaton Centre had an idea for part of their decorations.  A few years before, they had purchased and installed a large hanging sculpture in the atrium of the mall, “Flight Stop”, which is made up of the figures of sixty soaring Canada Geese. That year, Eaton Centre festooned the neck of each goose with a bright red ribbon.  The consequences of that action helped define an important provision in Canadian copyright law.

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