Top Ten

April 16, 2010

$25 million for uCalgary-based clean energy research network

Last Thursday, the Alberta government announced a $25-million investment in Carbon Management Canada, a University of Calgary-anchored, nation-wide research network that will focus and mobilize at least 100 energy, environmental, and social science researchers from 21 universities across Canada. The funding will help establish national research teams that will develop technology and insights to reduce carbon emissions in Canada's fossil fuel energy sector. Alberta News Release | Calgary Herald

$7 million for Cégep de Sept-Îles campus infrastructure

The federal and Quebec governments announced Friday $7.3 million in funding from the Knowledge Infrastructure Program for the Cégep de Sept-Îles to go towards the construction of a new facility dedicated to the fields of mineral processing and industrial maintenance. Ottawa is contributing nearly $2.8 million to the project, and the Quebec government and its partners are contributing over $4.5 million. Quebec News Release (in French)

$5-million research centre launched at uOttawa business school

Last Thursday, IBM and the University of Ottawa's Telfer School of Management announced a joint investment of $4.8 million to establish the IBM Centre for Performance Management, an international centre of excellence for business analytics to be housed at the business school. Through the new centre, Telfer and IBM will collaborate on new business analytics research, focused on performance management innovation and curriculum to help prepare students for careers in "economy of tomorrow" industries. uOttawa News Release | Ottawa Citizen

WLU music faculty receives $1-million gift

Wilfrid Laurier University will unveil today the newly named Manfred & Penny Conrad Institute for Music Therapy Research in recognition of the Conrads' $1-million gift to the university's music faculty. The largest individual donation to the music faculty, the Conrads' gift will support the research and therapeutic work done within the faculty's music therapy research centre. The Conrads have also created an annual scholarship to be awarded to a WLU student studying music therapy at the graduate level. WLU News Release

Isotope shortage affecting research at McMaster

A McMaster University professor says a major isotope shortage is damaging the university's neutron beam research and preventing students from getting proper training. Before the closure of several reactors for maintenance, McMaster students performed about 5 experiments a year using Chalk River neutron beams; now they are down to one experiment a year and have to travel to Europe or the US for them. While McMaster has its own reactor, it is small and does not produce enough beams for all university researchers. If no plans are made to replace the Chalk River reactor soon, the professor says, Canada is under threat of a massive brain drain to the US. Hamilton Spectator

Ontario university applications on the rise

According to April undergraduate application statistics released last Wednesday by the Ontario Universities' Application Centre, there are 488,626 applications this month, up from 478,070 in April 2009. Applications from secondary students have gone up 2.6%, while applications from non-secondary students are down 1% from this time last year. OUAC News and Stats April 2010

Ivey launches first CEMS MSc in North America

The University of Western Ontario's Richard Ivey School of Business has introduced a new Master of Science in Management, the first new degree program at the business school in nearly 50 years. Ivey is the exclusive Canadian partner in CEMS, a strategic alliance of 27 member schools from 4 continents and 59 corporate partners. Ivey will offer the CEMS Masters in Management (MIM) as a component of the program, and the school's MSc is the first CEMS MSc in North America. The CEMS Masters in Management is the top program of its kind as ranked by the Financial Times. Ivey News Release

UPEI uses ad dollars to run bursary contest

The University of Prince Edward Island has launched an online contest that will hand out $10,000 originally slated to buy advertising to students in the form of bursaries. The "Win with UPEI" contest website asks visitors to vote on their favourite student project, with faculties receiving a portion of bursary dollars to award to student applicants interested in pursuing community projects at home or around the world. A second component to the contest allows anyone with a connection to UPEI to submit a story, photo, or video online for a chance to win prizes. The contest came about when integrated communications staff discussed the best use of limited advertising dollars to highlight UPEI's achievements and community involvement. "We knew we could represent our University Island connections through traditional advertising, but we have a big story tell, interesting in its diversity and detail, so we wanted to create a more compelling, long-term and interactive platform." UPEI News Release | Win with UPEI

RDC launches smartphone app

Red Deer College has developed a free application for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad to enhance students' learning experience. With the RDC App, students can receive updates on their latest class schedule, peruse campus maps, and access the academic schedule. Students can also connect to Twitter and provide feedback on the app. RDC is developing an app for the BlackBerry that is scheduled to be ready this fall, with the addition of more buttons for all devices to be delivered at that time. RDC News Release | Red Deer Advocate

American instructor runs website for satirical higher education news

An instructor and student-affairs administrator at a private university in northeast US using the pseudonym "Leah Wescott" founded The Cronk of Higher Education, a satirical online publication. Recent entries cover the cancellation of the annual "Senior Luau" at Cracker Barrel College because the tradition was seen as "culturally insensitive," and a "cutting edge upgrade" to Waverly State University's dining services -- a salad bar. A Cronk book and speaking engagements are in the works. The Chronicle of Higher Education (free access) | The Cronk of Higher Education