Top Ten

November 26, 2009

Student killed in shooting at Hungarian university

A student opened fire at a university in the Hungarian city of Pecs yesterday, killing one student and wounding 3 other people. According to media reports, the shooting occurred in Pecs University's biophysics research institute, and the gunman is a pharmacology student. Police have detained the 23-year-old shooter, whose motives for the attack are unknown. The 3 individuals wounded in the shooting -- a student, teacher, and cleaner -- are in serious condition, with one suffering life-threatening injuries. Reuters | Associated Press

Ottawa invests $19 million in uOttawa-based Canadian Stroke Network

The federal government is pledging $19.2 million over 3 years to the University of Ottawa-based Canadian Stroke Network, one of Canada's Networks of Centres of Excellence. The funds will be used from 2010 to 2013 to support a variety of projects, such as a study on the link between dementia and stroke, large clinical trials focused on prevention and rehabilitation, and an audit of stroke care across Canada. Canadian Stroke Network News Release

Manitoba MLA blames tuition freeze for closure of uManitoba research station

Portage La Prairie MLA David Faurschou contends the Manitoba NDP government's decade-long tuition freeze (lifted this year) is the reason behind the temporary closure of the University of Manitoba's Delta Marsh Field Station. Because the university has not been able to raise its tuition over the last 10 years, Faurschou argues, it has had to cut programs and services, and the research station has fallen victim to these cutbacks. While it's impossible to say if the tuition freeze is directly responsible for the station's closure, says a uManitoba official, the school's larger financial challenges are certainly connected to issues around the freeze. Daily Graphic

Ontario universities commit to sustainability pledge

Yesterday the executive heads of Ontario universities presented to the provincial government a made-in-Ontario sustainability pledge, Ontario Universities: Committed to a Greener World, reinforcing the institutions' commitment to the environment and the future well-being of Ontario. Examples of wide-ranging initiatives at the universities are highlighted in a summary report also presented to the province. The initiatives cover 9 key areas, among which include integrating sustainability concepts into curriculum and research, recycling and waste management, and water management. This report and a full report on environmental and sustainability activities underway at 20 Ontario universities are posted on the Council of Ontario Universities' website. COU News Release | Ontario Universities: Committed to a Greener World | Read the summary report | Read the full report

Nipissing opens Academic and Research Complex

Nipissing University will hold an official opening ceremony today for its new $8.6-million Academic and Research Complex. The 3-storey, 26,000-square-foot facility features state-of-the-art classrooms, research laboratories, and faculty offices for researchers in the area of biology, education, history, geography, and psychology. Nipissing News Release

NSERC announces new programs to build ties between industry, university research

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada has introduced 2 new programs to make it easier for industry and universities to establish research partnerships. The Engage Grants Program will support the creation of a university-industry partnership to pursue a fully-funded, short-term research project addressing a company-specific problem. The program awards up to $25,000 over a maximum of 6 months to cover direct project costs. The Interaction Grants Program will help develop new contacts between companies and NSERC-eligible researchers to identify a company-specific problem that could be solved through a subsequent R&D partnership. The program awards up to $5,000 over 3 months to cover expenses. NSERC News Release

uAlberta student develops credit-card site for tuition payments

David Murray, a third-year business student at the University of Alberta, will soon launch Pay4u, a third-party website to let uAlberta students use credit cards to pay for tuition. The university discontinued the credit card option for tuition payments in the summer of 2008. The site would allow users to pay any amount, and the company would then issue a cheque to uAlberta. The director and treasurer of the school's financial services is hesitant about the site's use, noting uAlberta would not enter into any type of agency agreement with Pay4u. The official says one factor preventing the university from entering an agreement with the company is security costs. Despite the lack of official uAlberta association, Murray is confident the measures he has taken to protect students' information will be more than sufficient. The Gateway (student newspaper)

Supreme Court rejects appeal on Oshawa student housing

Last week, the Supreme Court of Canada dismissed an appeal of lower court decisions upholding Oshawa's zoning bylaws, which disallow commercial lodging houses in residential areas. The appeals stems from a Superior Court ruling in the summer of 2008 that found approximately 3 dozen houses in subdivisions surrounding the Durham College/University of Ontario Institute of Technology can be classified as commercial lodging houses, and therefore contravene municipal bylaws. In February 2008, Oshawa introduced a controversial bylaw to regulate student housing near campus, but, according to a homeowners' association president, the city has not yet issued any licenses to landlords. Durham Region News

Redesigned Yukon College website leads to improved Web traffic

Yukon College reports that its new website is experiencing increased traffic, with 27,000 unique visitors who connected to the site 81,000 times in the first 2 months. The redesigned site went live in late September as part of the college's rebranding. The most frequently viewed pages after the homepage were links to academic programs, the Student Information page, and the About Yukon College page. Google searches for keywords such as "Yukon College" accounted for 19% of visits.

Camosun names winners of video contest

Camosun College announced Wednesday the 3 winning entries in its second annual "My Camosun" video contest, which challenged college community members and the public alike to produce a one-minute video in any style on the theme of "My Camosun." First place went to Maelina de Grasse, whose entry illustrates the coming-together of different cultures and backgrounds as one community at Camosun. "My Camosun" video contest winners