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By SAMANTHA FEX | January 07 2008

A series of newspaper articles this past fall seemed to herald the demise of the campus pub because students are generally drinking less. But that impression of widespread closures is simply not accurate, says Jeff Dockeray, the executive director of the Campus Hospitality Managers Association, a group that represents campus-based restaurant and pub operators. “You […]

By ROSANNA TAMBURRI | January 07 2008

The new campaign aims to have a single clear message for foreign students

By SAMANTHA FEX | January 07 2008

It’s called Espresso, but this machine at the University of Alberta bookstore doesn’t brew coffee. Rather, it prints paperback books on demand in mere minutes. The bookstore has the only Espresso Book Machine in Canada and just the fourth in the world. Since the machine’s arrival in early November, it has been running virtually non-stop, […]

By SAMANTHA FEX | January 07 2008

Clear policies are needed on how they’re used

By CAITLIN CRAWSHAW | January 07 2008

The stethoscope has undergone few changes since its invention in 1816, but a cheap MP3 player may push it into retirement if early research from the University of Alberta proves correct. Bill Hodgetts, a U of A audiologist, is part of a research team that is exploring the use of a $40, off-the-shelf MP3 player […]

By MOIRA FARR | January 07 2008

The University of Manitoba is putting its money where its mouth is, so to speak, with the creation of a new Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture, where scholars, students and storytellers from many disciplines and cultures will gather to research oral traditions and create new oral works. Reportedly the first such institute in […]

By SAMANTHA FEX | January 07 2008

André Costopoulos has been digging for bones in an animal cemetery – and no, this isn’t the plot of a Stephen King novel. The McGill University anthropology professor was called into action when a zoo an hour’s drive south of Montreal approached the university with a request to dig up some animal skeletons buried on […]

By LÉO CHARBONNEAU | January 07 2008

Universities are calling on the federal government to invest in three key areas to meet some of the challenges facing Canada. In a brief to Finance Minister Jim Flaherty leading up to the 2008 federal budget, the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada proposed that the government increase financial support for graduate students, contribute […]

By LÉO CHARBONNEAU | December 03 2007

But rising workload a concern as demands on professors’ time multiply

By TIM LOUGHEED | December 03 2007

Canadian universities graduate plenty of people who can deal with the intricacies of molecular biology and genetic manipulation, but few who understand the basic mechanics of defending the country’s plants, including crops and forests, from biological threats responsible for billions of dollars worth of damage every year. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency wants to fill […]

By ROSANNA TAMBURRI | December 03 2007

Teaching conference attracts hundreds of faculty

By CAITLIN CRAWSHAW | December 03 2007

University of Alberta part of UNESCO program to train teachers

By LÉO CHARBONNEAU | December 03 2007

Touched by a chance encounter on an earlier trip to Cambodia, Toronto-based photographer V. Tony Hauser returned to that country in May 2006 to photograph Cambodian children who had survived land-mine accidents. The 14 children live in Siem Reap in the Cambodia Land Mines Museum, which offers a dormitory, schooling and a medical clinic. Not […]

By HANNAH HOAG | December 03 2007

When you’re given lemons, the old saying goes, make lemonade. That’s the situation at the University of Northern British Columbia, where at least a dozen researchers are working on 28 different projects to understand and mitigate the devastating impact of the mountain pine beetle. Over the past several years, large swaths of the normally green […]

By LÉO CHARBONNEAU | December 03 2007

Here’s some good news for a change from northern B.C.’s pine-beetle ravaged forests: a PhD student at the University of Northern British Columbia has discovered an ancient rainforest with massive red cedars, some estimated up to 2,000 years old. This type of forest is more typically found in B.C.’s southern coastal regions, but the stand […]

By LÉO CHARBONNEAU | December 03 2007

Five totem poles located in Simon Fraser University’s Naheeno Park were once considered a landmark but in recent years risked being forgotten as trees and brush filled in the area where they were standing. This prompted the university this past fall to remove the poles, which will be restored and relocated to a more prominent […]

By PEGGY BERKOWITZ | December 03 2007

Writing is one of the crucial skills that academics need to perfect, no matter what field they’re in. But it’s a skill that scholars, and everyone else, mostly learn through instruction, then trial and error. Dalhousie University’s school of graduate studies is trying to add a modicum of observation to the process. On Jan. 26, […]

By STEPHEN STRAUSS | November 05 2007

One reason may be the master’s degree

By LÉO CHARBONNEAU | September 10 2007

To most of her colleagues, Maureen Connolly is known as the director of Brock University’s Centre for Teaching, Learning and Educational Technology. She is also a popular teacher and 3M Teaching Fellow. But to others she is Maureen Connolly, professional bodybuilder. A professor of physical education and kinesiology, Dr. Connolly has been participating in bodybuilding […]

By PEGGY BERKOWITZ | August 07 2007

There’s growing awareness that newly minted researchers need professional skills that enhance their technical knowledge of their discipline. Demands for professional skills – such as written and oral communication, project management, leadership and teaching – are coming from at least three groups: graduate students, who are concerned about their marketability; the academic research community, with […]