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The poppy man: Peter Facchini explores the benefits of the opium poppy

University of Calgary’s Peter Facchini seeks to unlock the secrets of one of mankind’s oldest, most valuable and most controversial domesticated plants – the “sleep-giving” opium poppy.

October 6, 2008
The wild web

Social networking sites are uncharted territory for cheating, identity theft and other mischief. How should universities address the growing possibilities for problems on the new frontier?

October 6, 2008
The search is on at the top

When it comes to selecting a new president, universities follow a distinctive – and to an outsider somewhat perplexing – process. Presidential search committees tend to spend the better part of a year scouring the globe in search of potential candidates.

September 8, 2008
Retired and the living is easy – on campus

Betting on the actual completion date of a new residential development can be a high-stakes game. But if all goes according to plan, the University of British Columbia will be home to a 180-unit seniors’ residence within two years, making it only the second Canadian university to jump on a trend that’s been making waves in the U.S. for two decades.

September 8, 2008
The crusading Ryerson Review

Carla Wintersgill is upset, but trying not to show it. A tall, poised young woman from Victoria, B.C., she sits impatiently in the conference room of the former building of the Anglican Archdiocese of Toronto, just east of Yonge Street.

September 8, 2008
Teaching and learning | Humanities and social sciences | Programs and curriculum
The rise of the monoglots

When Professor Lorin Card surveyed his students’ opinions last year about the university’s second-language requirement, some in the class expressed only grudging acceptance of the policy – if that. “Students resent the fact that they have to ‘learn’ another language and many don’t take much out of the educational experience,” wrote student Julie Ferris.

August 5, 2008
Humanities and social sciences | Programs and curriculum
Academe’s stepchild

Last October, Ian MacRae stood in front of a roomful of academics, administrators and students in Moncton to accept the Distinguished Dissertation Award from the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies, for the best doctoral thesis in the humanities and social sciences. This was an opportunity, he’d decided, to let university administrators know in a public way that he thought his chosen field, comparative literature, had become an undervalued stepchild in the Canadian academic family.

August 5, 2008
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