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By JULIA KILPATRICK | April 06 2009

The University of Ottawa has a new slogan: Help wanted. In March, the school issued a memo to its alumni, asking those who are not currently involved in the co-op program to consider hiring students and “accept the challenge of bettering your alma mater.” The university can regularly expect about 1,100 students from eight faculties […]

By LÉO CHARBONNEAU | April 06 2009

Fed up by the continuing presence of fighting in hockey, Algoma University marketing instructor Nadine Robinson decided to put her money where her mouth is. She bought a domain name for $10, spent an equivalent number of hours putting the site together, and in February launched But a funny thing happened when she told […]

By LÉO CHARBONNEAU | April 06 2009

The issue of rampant rabbits continues to raise its furry head at University of Victoria. The campus is overrun with feral rabbits and since last September the university has been running a public awareness campaign asking people not to feed the unwanted intruders nor harass them. But the university got into a bit of hot […]

By HARMEET SINGH | April 06 2009

This starchy fruit caused a mutiny on the Bounty, but tapping into its bounty is the goal of Susan Murch, a professor of plant biochemistry at the University of British Columbia Okanagan. Dr. Murch, who holds the Canada Research Chair in Natural Products Chemistry, is part of an international effort to cultivate and distribute breadfruit […]

By LÉO CHARBONNEAU | April 06 2009

The lights went out at Mount Allison University on March 20, but it wasn’t a blackout. The university was just getting a jump on the growing “Lights Out” event, which officially occurs on Earth Day, April 22. On that day, schools are encouraged to turn off their lights as an environmental gesture. The event has […]

By NICK TAYLOR-VAISEY | April 06 2009

Deadline for bids was March 31, but the federal government still must decide when, where and how the money will flow

By DANIEL DROLET | April 06 2009

A panel of international experts agrees: Social scientists around the world need to do a better job of selling themselves. The question is, how? Four social scientists – one each from Australia, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the U.S. – were participating in a panel discussion about the value of humanities and social science […]

By HARMEET SINGH | April 06 2009

Ten or 15 years ago, most pet owners would likely not have considered treating their animals for cancer, but that is changing, says Valerie MacDonald, a veterinary oncologist at the University of Saskatchewan’s Western College of Veterinary Medicine. Cancer treatment for pets can be expensive, but even if it gives owners an extra year with […]

By LÉO CHARBONNEAU | March 23 2009

Herzberg Gold Medal, Brockhouse Prize, Steacies and Killam fellows named

By DANIEL DROLET | March 23 2009

Schools are ‘in denial,’ don’t recognize systemic racism on their campuses

By PEGGY BERKOWITZ | March 09 2009

André Dulude joined the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada as its vice-president, national affairs branch, on Jan. 5, the day the association publicly called for federal budget investments in campus infrastructure as a stimulus to the faltering economy and in university research to position Canada for a strong economic recovery. “So that first […]

By HARMEET SINGH | March 09 2009

For students and professors, the days of physically leafing through hundreds of books when conducting research is fading fast, but scholars still face the same essential challenge of finding the best information resources. Murray Goldberg is seeking to make that search a little bit simpler. He is the creator of, a social bookmarking site […]

By CAITLIN CRAWSHAW | March 09 2009

Students perform in a stage presentation entitled “Manure-Solution or Poo-lution” presented by Professor Frank Robinson. At first glance, the University of Alberta’s Festival of Teaching, now in its second year, looks like a business conference that’s been crashed by Halloween pranksters. At one end of the room, a group of students dressed as various farm-related […]

By ROSANNA TAMBURRI | March 09 2009

New CREPUQ marketing campaign targets francophone students from abroad

By NICK TAYLOR-VAISEY | March 09 2009

Members of the new Conservative caucus on postsecondary education meet on Parliament Hill. Thanks to the efforts of one Manitoban parliamentarian, postsecondary stakeholders looking to bend the ear of the federal government have a new outlet for their advocacy. Conservative member of Parliament Rod Bruinooge, who represents the riding of Winnipeg South, recently cobbled together […]

By HARMEET SINGH | March 09 2009

A new international discipline is emerging with the launch of Girlhood Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, says Claudia Mitchell, a professor in the department of education at McGill University. Dr. Mitchell is one of the journal’s founders, along with her late colleague Jackie Kirk and Pennsylvania State University professor Jacqueline Reid Walsh. A peer-reviewed journal published […]

By LÉO CHARBONNEAU | March 09 2009

He was one of the world’s first computer-game sensations, yet this “screen capture” of the Nintendo mascot Super Mario is decidedly low-tech: the 3’ x 4’ image was created using 17,000 pushpins by students filling in time between classes at the University of the Fraser Valley’s Student Computing Centre. “We decided on Mario because he […]

By LÉO CHARBONNEAU | February 23 2009

Iraqi students and faculty from the University of Basra prepare for a field survey of the marshes in the spring of 2008. As a Canadian project to help restore the fabled Iraqi marshes winds down, the project’s director is optimistic about the future of this culturally and ecologically important region. Barry Warner, a specialist in […]

By DANIEL DROLET | February 23 2009

Some who moved north in Bush presidency have no plans to return

By LÉO CHARBONNEAU | February 09 2009

What’s this? Kristine Spence of facilities management at the University of Saskatchewan is feeding used fluorescent light bulbs into the “bulb eater.” The machine instantly crushes the glass tube and reportedly sucks up 99.9 percent of the mercury and phosphorous inside, which is then re-used for the production of new bulbs. According to Environment Canada, […]