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Faculty | Research and innovation | Teaching and learning | Humanities and social sciences | Programs and curriculum
Just don't call it Mickey Mouse

What comes to mind most readily when you hear the word "comics?" Incredulity over the fact that a simple pair of glasses keeps the Daily Planet's seasoned reporters from guessing that their colleague Clark Kent is secretly Superman? Bewilderment over Betty and Veronica's helpless attraction to a nondescript redhead like Archie? Chances are the first thoughts that enter your brain aren't "suitable subject for serious academic inquiry. " Still, across the country an increasing number of universities are offering courses on comics, and a growing band of scholars are coming to the conclusion that the medium provides fertile territory for all kinds of research projects.

February 12, 2007
Faculty | Research and innovation | Humanities and social sciences
In praise of longevity

In a society preoccupied with eternal youth, probing the deeper and sometimes darker questions surrounding aging, death and dying isn't something many of us like to do. But as human life spans increase thanks to the help of modern medicine and technology, we are living longer than ever before and, as a result, are faced with increasingly complex moral and social issues surrounding our own longevity.

January 15, 2007
Managing the university | Public policy and funding | University and society
Let the good times roll

What is it like running a university in a province where economic growth rivals that of China and the provincial coffers are overflowing? University of Calgary President Harvey Weingarten has one word: "Wonderful!" Dr. Weingarten moved from McMaster University to Calgary nearly six years ago, attracted by the can-do spirit of Alberta but well before boom times hit the province.

January 15, 2007
Faculty | Research and innovation | Students and campus life | Teaching and learning
Engaging students in research

As senior undergraduate students, we were hired by the University of Calgary to research how well inquiry-based learning is understood and how much it is used in undergraduate courses at our university. The research project turned out to be the best learning experience, by far, that either of us encountered in our 12 years combined as undergraduate students.

December 4, 2006
Career Development | Faculty | Managing the university
Now it's your turn

Laura Dewar was hesitant to mention to her colleagues that she would be attending a Rolling Stones concert. The new chair of the music department thought she might come off as a bit too "pop" for a department that specializes in electro-acoustic and jazz.

December 4, 2006
Managing the university | Public policy and funding | Students and campus life | University and society
Preparing for the pandemic

It's the type of scenario that can keep university administrators awake at night: hundreds of students fall ill from a highly contagious viral infection, forcing classes to be cancelled and disrupting most campus activities. Mount Allison University experienced just such a crisis this fall, stemming from an outbreak of the Norwalk virus.

December 4, 2006
Teaching and learning
Secret to good writing? Rewriting!

"Writing should be a part of all [university] courses, because in the real world we all write," asserts Toby Fulwiler. "And good writing can be a whole lot of things - like a passive [voice], evasive memo terminating someone's job" - if that's what is called for.

October 10, 2006
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