Top Ten

March 15, 2016

uManitoba announces $2 M in gifts for blood research

The University of Manitoba has received two gifts of $1 M each to create the new Lyonel G Israels Professorship in Hematology. The donations were made on behalf of Bayer Inc and the family of the late Lyonel G Israels, and will be dedicated to supporting research on hematology and enhancing the treatment of blood diseases such as leukemia. “This gift will elevate the stature of our remarkable medical community by helping to attract leaders in the field of hematology whose discoveries will ultimately improve patients’ lives,” said uManitoba President David Barnard, “and by creating new opportunities for medical research, we will attract and retain even more outstanding students who will build exceptional careers right here in Manitoba.” uManitoba

RDC begins construction on new health, wellness centre

Red Deer College has begun the construction of its new Gary W Harris Centre for Health, Wellness & Sport. The centre will provide teaching and learning space to help promote healthy lifestyles, wellness, and connections with the community. The project will benefit from a $20 M contribution from AB and a $500 K contribution from RDC’s Students’ Association. “The new Harris Centre is a critical piece in RDC’s evolution and growth,” said college President Joel Ward. “This facility is essential for RDC to continue to meet the needs of our learners and the communities we serve.” RDC

uLaval to redesign campaign image linked to Nazi-era icon

Université Laval is redesigning a fundraising campaign image after facing criticism about the image’s similarity to a tower designed by a Nazi architect. The poster image, which shows a soaring bird trailed by red and gold streams, was reportedly based on uLaval’s coat of arms and designed to illustrate the generosity of donors. However, the institution redesigned the poster after its image drew comparisons to the German pavilion from the 1937 World's Fair that was created by Nazi architect Albert Speer. The new poster has replaced the bird with uLaval’s coat of arms. uLaval stated that the resemblance was unintentional and apologized to those who may have been offended by the similarity. Laval  | CBC | La Presse (1) | La Presse (2)

Maclean’s releases 20 universities with highest average student study time

Maclean’s has released a list of the 20 universities where students spend the most time studying. According to the list, students studied the most at Queen’s University and Mount Allison University with an average of about 20 hours per week of studying. These schools were followed by McGill University, UBC, McMaster University, Western University, and Université Laval, where students studied for approximately 19 hours per week. Maclean's

Canada must continue providing targeted scholarships for female scholars

“The costs of discrimination are not just shouldered by those on the receiving end,” writes UBC Vancouver School of Economics Professor Marina Adshade, because “discrimination imposes costs to us all when it prevents some of our most productive members from playing an active role in society.” The author speaks of her own experience of gender-based discrimination to illustrate how the persistent belief in people’s ability to objectively judge “merit” is precisely what allows discrimination to continue. This is why Adshade believes Canada should continue to provide targeted funding to support female scholars. “As long as women continue to earn less than men,” she concludes, “it is in the public interest to ensure that women are free to make the same choices as men. Giving additional financial assistance helps make those choices possible.” Globe and Mail

QC offers grant to Collège de Maisonneuve to combat radicalization

Quebec has announced that it will offer a $400 K grant to help prevent radicalization at Montreal's Collège de Maisonneuve. QC Higher Education Minister Hélène David says that the funds will be used to hire new personnel as part of a pilot project to enhance integrated, peaceful living at the CEGEP, which has been the subject of several media reports regarding radicalization. Early last year, a number of the CEGEP’s students were arrested on the suspicion that they were seeking to join jihadi groups overseas. Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre has publicly supported the project, describing it as an important tool to promote openness. Globe and Mail | La Presse (1) | La Presse (2)

Brock signs sustainability research agreement with Australian university

Brock University has signed an agreement with Australia’s University of the Sunshine Coast committing the two institutions to collaborate on sustainability research. The agreement builds on existing partnerships between the Sustainability Research Centre at USC and Brock’s Environmental Sustainability Research Centre. USC Associate Professor Dana Thomsen said of the agreement, “[it] builds on current research between USC and Brock such as the Climate Adaptation and Water Governance project, which includes a consortium of 10 partners and has attracted over 1 million Euro in external funding.” Brock

QC premier says education is a major priority in upcoming budget

Quebec Premier Phillipe Couillard has stated that the upcoming provincial budget will show that education spending is a primary priority for the government. According to the Montreal Gazette, the premier has insisted that Quebec did not cut education spending over the last few years, although he admits that restraints have created “difficult situations” in Quebec’s school system. “We now have the financial capacity to do more for our education system. We will work with our universities to ensure they remain competitive and create a fulfilling learning experience for their students on and off campuses," said Couillard. Montreal Gazette | CJAD

New US initiative seeks to learn why faculty members leave

Losing a tenure-track or full-time faculty member is a costly process for postsecondary institutions, and a new initiative is seeking to investigate why faculty members leave and if it is possible to retain them. According to the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education's Director Kiernan Mathews, current research suggests that institutional leaders may “explain away their own culpability in why a faculty member left.” Mathews also suggests that departing professors may disproportionately represent important minority groups, hurting faculty diversity efforts. Mathews states that patterns in the resulting data will be able to establish areas for improvement, inform the public, and help institutions maintain a home-field advantage in their retention efforts. Inside Higher Ed

US prof faces discipline for “sting” against lax conference standards

A professor in the US stands accused of academic misconduct after submitting research with “unforgivable methodological errors” to expose the lax standards being used at 15 conferences. At all 15 conferences, University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s Professor Jim Vander Putten was able to get his research proposals accepted, despite having significant flaws that included a quantitative study with only five research subjects. Vander Putten had planned to present the results of this submission process as part of his own research project, but he now faces disciplinary action for undertaking a study of human subjects without the approval of the campus’s institutional review board. The article concludes that “Vander Putten’s unusual case highlights inconsistencies in the judgments that review boards make.” Chronicle of Higher Education (Subscription Required)