Top Ten

April 20, 2009

WLU student injured in residence fire dies

David LaForest, a first-year student at Wilfrid Laurier University, passed away Sunday evening as a result of injuries he sustained in a fire at an on-campus residence last Tuesday. In a statement, the university expressed condolences to the young man's family. WLU will offer counselling services to those affected by LaForest's death. The fire is still under investigation. WLU News Release

Canadian university student reported kidnapped in Nigeria

According to international media reports, a Canadian university student on exchange in northern Nigeria was abducted last Thursday. The woman is reportedly one of 5 Canadian undergraduates on a student exchange program. CanWest News Service identifies the woman as Julie Mulligan, a financial advisor from Edmonton taking part in a Rotary Club study exchange. 4 other Canadians were flown out of Nigeria following the kidnapping. Canada's foreign affairs department is working with authorities in the African nation to secure the woman's release. The abductors are reportedly seeking a ransom. CanWest News Service | Woman kidnapped in Nigeria hails from Alta.

NSERC distributes $349 million for research

Last Friday, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council announced $349.3 million in funding for 2,039 researchers across the country from its Discovery Grants Program. As NSERC's flagship program, Discovery Grants support ongoing, long-term university-based research. NSERC News Release

$112 million for applied genome research

The federal government announced yesterday the results of Genome Canada's Bioproducts and Crops Competition. $112 million will be distributed to carry out 12 new genomics and proteomics research projects. Researchers on these projects are from uAlberta, UBC, uCalgary, Concordia, McGill, uManitoba, uOttawa, uSask, uToronto, and UWO. Genome Canada News Release

$8 million for uSask Mozambique health centre

Last Friday, the federal government announced an $8.2-million investment in the Massinga Centre for Continuing Education in Health, a collaboration between the University of Saskatchewan and the Mozambican Ministry of Health to teach vital skills to health-care workers in the nation's rural regions. The funds will assist a 5-year phase of the project aiming to triple the centre's training capacity. Since 2002, uSask has helped operate the centre to address the shortage of trained health-care professionals in Mozambique. In the last 9 years, over 60 uSask students have worked in the centre. CIDA News Release | Saskatoon Star-Phoenix

UoGuelph receives $8-million gift for vet college

The University of Guelph's Ontario Veterinary College has received a $7.5-million donation from Dove Industries CEO Mona Campbell, who passed away last year at the age of 89. The gift -- the largest in the university's history -- will fund a chair in companion animal welfare and support Canada's first comprehensive animal cancer centre. UoGuelph News Release | Canadian Press

Ontario urged to improve access to medical schools

Medical students and residents from across Ontario gathered at Queen's Park yesterday to urge the provincial government to ensure access to medical school for all qualified students. The Ontario Medical Student Association and the Professional Association of Interns and Residents of Ontario are calling on the province to re-regulate medical school tuition and to increase provincial student loans so that loan allocations are equal to the average tuition at Ontario's 6 medical schools. Ontario Medical Association News Release

Nearly 1/3 of UBC med students are ESL

According to a new study in the BC Medical Journal, about 60% of first- and second-year University of British Columbia medical students speak at least one other language besides English, and nearly a third speak English as a second language. Only a quarter feel they are proficient enough to communicate with patients in other languages, which the study believes is because students do not know how to translate all the medical terminology they learn in English into other languages. The survey results suggest a need to teach terminology in different languages so patients can benefit from students' multilingual skills. BC Medical Journal | Vancouver Sun

Concordia president asks university community to support Olympic athletes

In an e-mail sent last Friday, Concordia University president Judith Woodsworth called on all members of the university community to donate $20.10 to support Canadian Olympic Athletes in their final months of training before next year's Winter Games. Concordia is the first university to take part in the campaign. Concordia News

Oshawa students call for review of textbook list

The association representing students from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Durham College, and Trent/Oshawa is requesting school administration develop a policy that protects students from buying assigned textbooks that go unused. Should the policy be approved, students would be surveyed at the end of the year about how often they used a book. If less than half of a book is used, there should be alternative ways of providing students information. According to Key Performance Indicators released by Colleges Ontario, Durham College students expressed dissatisfaction with the school bookstore. Durham Region News