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Faculty | Students and campus life | Teaching and learning | Technology
Digital distraction

Our students must be paying attention in class, because they're busily using their laptops to type every word from our lectures. Or maybe not.

November 5, 2007
Faculty | International issues | Public policy and funding | Research and innovation | University and society | Humanities and social sciences
In the public eye

He still remembers the man's name: Florian Achille Biza. It was the early 1990s and Amir Attaran, a university graduate, had decided to hitchhike across Africa before starting doctoral studies at Oxford University.

November 5, 2007
Faculty | Managing the university | Students and campus life | Technology
The new librarians

With its faded orange carpet, rows and rows of dusty stacks, and old-school study carrels, McMaster University's H. G Thode Library of Science and Engineering looks like a place purposed with preserving the 1970s.

November 5, 2007
Faculty | University and society | Humanities and social sciences
History for the people

It was last May, says Paul Litt, when he felt the unmistakable shift. A professor of history at Carleton University, Dr.

October 9, 2007
Managing the university | Students and campus life | University and society
Minding the gender gap

When the number of women admitted to medical school at Université de Montréal surpassed 70 percent in 2001, a special admissions committee was set up to see what should be done about it. The committee reported the following year that it thought the admissions process was fair – and female enrolment hit 80 percent.

September 10, 2007
Managing the university | Students and campus life | Technology | University and society
Crisis communications 2.0

September 13, 2006, Dawson College, Montreal: a 25-year-old gunman kills one and injures 19. Seven months later at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia: a 23-year-old armed student kills 32 and injures 25.

September 10, 2007
Faculty | Humanities and social sciences | Programs and curriculum
The polymath professor

Here are just a few of the questions that Marcel Danesi has fielded from reporters over the years: When did human models first come into the fashion world and when did they get so skinny? What was Paul Martin unconsciously conveying with his feet position as he left the prime minister’s office? Why are Sudoku puzzles so addictive? And those teenagers with their new argot every generation, what is that all about? More impressive than the range of queries is that the 59-year-old University of Toronto professor of anthropology – and Italian, and semiotics, and communication theory – was able to answer them. His 35-year career is an exemplar of the public intellectual and of an academic who has expanded the zones of his expertise seemingly with ease.

September 10, 2007
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