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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
Faculty | Managing the university | University and society
The moonlighting professor

Fifteen or 20 years ago, the issue of professors working outside the university wasn't all that involved: administrations tolerated it, and a minority of faculty performed a minimal amount of such work, viewing it as a hobby on the side or a source of professional development. But today, more than a few professors act as key consultants for corporations, and the entangling research sponsorships, technology transfer and partnership arrangements are commonplace.

August 7, 2007
Faculty | Managing the university | Students and campus life | University and society
Cheating themselves

In 2003, soon after I began a job as a journalism instructor at Ryerson University, one of my second-year students told me that her classmate had cheated on a written assignment. The news jolted me.

March 12, 2007
Faculty | University and society | Humanities and social sciences | Natural sciences and engineering
Renaissance Man

Boris Castel, nuclear physicist and editor of the Queen's Quarterly academic journal, eases his sleek, taupe sedan alongside the curb outside the Agnes Etherington Art Centre at Queen's University. He turns, adjusting his black brimmed hat.

March 12, 2007
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