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BY SUZANNE BOWNESS | JUN 08 2009

Finding ways to make use of every part of our food sources is an ancient idea that’s getting a second look from Canadian researchers in such fields as chemical engineering and biotechnology. Their aim is to develop new processes to turn crop waste such as corn stalks, switch grass and sugar cane residue into alternative […]

BY LÉO CHARBONNEAU | MAY 12 2009

Paul Davidson took on the role of president of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada on May 11. Mr. Davidson, 45, succeeds Claire Morris, who retired after leading AUCC since March 2004. Mr. Davidson was previously executive director of World University Service of Canada, an international development organization linked to Canadian universities and […]

BY NICK TAYLOR-VAISEY | MAY 11 2009

More international students expected to win the prestigious scholarship in coming years

BY PAULINE ANDERSON | MAY 11 2009

This coming Canada Day, 21 smiling Inuit women will climb a podium in Iqaluit, the capital of Nunavut, to proudly accept a new “Leadership in Learning” master of education degree. For the July 1 event, most of these women will wear amoutis, traditional ceremonial parkas. And on many of these amoutis will be an embroidered […]

BY ROSANNA TAMBURRI | MAY 11 2009

Some universities, facing big losses in their pension funds as a result of the downturn in financial markets, are investigating ways to overhaul those plans, from lobbying governments for regulatory changes to consolidating plans to seeking new agreements with their faculty. “University pension plans have been seriously impacted by the financial crisis,” said Paul Genest, […]

BY JULIA KILPATRICK | APR 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 | APR 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 www.banhockeyfights.com. But a funny thing happened when she told […]

BY LÉO CHARBONNEAU | APR 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 | APR 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 | APR 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 | APR 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 | APR 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 | APR 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 | MAR 23 2009

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

BY DANIEL DROLET | MAR 23 2009

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

BY PEGGY BERKOWITZ | MAR 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 | MAR 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 Brainify, a social bookmarking site […]

BY CAITLIN CRAWSHAW | MAR 09 2009

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 objects (including a cow and a gas can) address a small crowd as slides from […]

BY ROSANNA TAMBURRI | MAR 09 2009

New CREPUQ marketing campaign targets francophone students from abroad

BY NICK TAYLOR-VAISEY | MAR 09 2009

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 a new postsecondary caucus of Conservative MPs that had its first meeting Feb. […]