Top Ten

September 10, 2009

$44 million for uSask Canadian Light Source

The federal government announced Wednesday $44 million in funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada for the University of Saskatchewan-based Canadian Light Source, which generates brilliant beams of light that allow researchers to observe matter down to the atomic level. The funds will allow the synchrotron to expand as it prepares to switch on 7 new beamlines currently under construction. The money will also support the hiring of new researchers and technicians. NSERC News Release | Saskatoon Star-Phoenix

Brock breaks ground for bioscience research complex

Brock University held a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday for its $111.4-million Niagara Health and Bioscience Research Complex. Designed to house 400 students, faculty, scientists, and researchers, the 169,000-square-foot facility will feature the country's only research-dedicated Level 3 containment lab (providing safeguards against inhalation of infectious disease-causing agents), as well as a business incubator. Brock News Release

$20-million renovation complete at UFV Abbotsford campus

This week $19.6 million in renovated facilities opened at the University of the Fraser Valley's Abbotsford campus. Renovations included demolishing the former automotive and heavy duty mechanical bays to make room for a 2-storey wing that is now the new home of the university's departments of business and economics. BC News Release

Niagara College launches new brand

On Tuesday, Niagara College introduced a new logo and wordmark, which includes a blue circle "nc" icon and a supporting logo with the phrase "my nc." The college's new tagline is "Applied Dreams," fitting in with the institution's vision of "Enriching lives and fulfilling dreams." In conjunction with the new brand, launched Tuesday, Niagara College also unveiled a redesigned website, which includes links to the school's Facebook page and Twitter account. (The University of British Columbia also revealed its new brand identity Tuesday.) Niagara College News Release | Niagara College website | Welland Tribune

Enrolment up 7% at Ontario colleges

According to figures released yesterday by Colleges Ontario, first-year full-time enrolment has grown by 7% in 2009, with over 113,000 students confirmed in first-year full-time programs at the province's 24 public colleges. The growth this year follows a 5.6% increase in enrolment in 2008, and a 6% increase in 2007. With college continuing to be a popular option for university graduates wanting to build on their education, Colleges Ontario president Linda Franklin says the provincial government must develop a transparent system allowing college and university students to transfer completed PSE credits and gain enhanced access to higher education. Colleges Ontario News Release

uToronto to introduce library fees for other university students

Beginning October 1, the University of Toronto will require library users from other universities in Canada to pay a fee of up to $200 per year for using its library services. The move is drawing criticism from some graduate students who rely on uToronto's rare and extensive book collection, saying they are already strapped for cash and cannot afford the fee. A York University history professor says the decision is in breach of a national accord implemented in 2002 that permits students, faculty, and staff from across Canada to use library resources from any university, as long as they come in person and have student ID. uToronto says the move is intended to ease "financial pressures" facing the libraries this year. Toronto Star

uWaterloo seeks online feedback on marketing logos

The University of Waterloo has set up a page on its website where members of the university community and the public can offer feedback on the proposed new marketing logo the school's "identity task force" has been working on. The page displays the summer prototype, which sparked negative reaction, and 2 new logo concepts, and users are asked to rank each logo on how they feel each design meets uWaterloo's communication objectives. The page will welcome comments until September 20. uWaterloo Daily Bulletin | uWaterloo Logo Feedback

Mature students at uCalgary face housing crunch

While housing officials at the University of Calgary have made significant strides in providing more on-campus accommodation for younger, single students, larger suites for students with spouses or children are filled to capacity with a waiting list of up to 220. The president of the university's student union says that 20% of uCalgary students are married or support children, and there ought to be an increase in housing available to them. uCalgary's vice-provost of students says families will be one of the school's priorities for the next year in terms of planning. Calgary Herald

CFHSS submits recommendations on copyright reform

In its response to the federal government's national copyright consultation, the Canadian Federation of the Humanities and Social Sciences states that while it supports efforts to reduce commercial-scale piracy, it envisions the Copyright Act as a tool to balance the economic rights of creators and owners with society's right to obtain access to knowledge. CFHSS recommends the act make the concept of fair dealing clearer and more flexible to encompass the reality of teaching, learning, and research in the context of digital technology. The federation also suggests the act ensure that the circumvention of digital locks is only forbidden should the locks be broken for infringing purposes, therefore ensuring that legitimate research is not criminalized. Read the submission

Survey finds nearly 5,000 new flu cases reported at US institutions

According to a weekly survey conducted by the American College Health Association, a total of 4,974 cases of "influenza-like illnesses" (ILI) were reported at American colleges and universities in the week ending September 4. 72% of the 236 institutions responding to the survey reported cases of ILI, up from 54% the week before. The country-wide attack rate was 17.8 cases per 10,000 students, over double the prior week's rate. The highest rates of activity were observed in the northwest and southeast regions of the US. ACHA Pandemic Influenza Surveillance