Top Ten

October 10, 2017

URegina investigates potential hack to alter grades in faculty of engineering

The University of Regina says that it is investigating the possibility that one or more students hacked into its computers in order to alter grades. Officials at the school are “investigating irregularities in the grades of four classes in the Faculty of Engineering,” said Kim McKechney, associate VP of external relations, in an email to CBC. McKechney added that the alteration of the grades appears to have happened sometime during this past summer, and that the university took immediate action when it discovered the irregularity in late August. The investigation is proceeding on the possibility this breach was done by a student or students, which McKechney added was in keeping with the university’s code of conduct governing student behaviour. CBC

Laurentian, striking professors reach tentative agreement

Laurentian University and the union representing striking faculty have reportedly reached a tentative agreement. CBC reports that if the agreement is accepted by the union and the university board of governors, Laurentian students in Barrie will go back to class today. Given that the Sudbury campus is on fall reading week this week, however, the soonest professors would be back in class on that campus is October 16th. “I am pleased that both bargaining teams have reached an agreement that fulfills the needs of our faculty and the university,” said Interim Laurentian President Pierre Zundel in a statement. “Now we can all get back to providing a world-class education to our students.” CBC | Laurentian

TRU receives largest single donation in school history

Thompson Rivers University has received its largest-ever single donation from Sherman Jen of Maple Leaf Educational Systems. The $5M gift has been allocated for scholarships and teaching and research facilities, all of which TRU states will have a major impact on the school and its students. “This generous gift supports innovation and capacity growth through teaching and research excellence for faculty and students and by creating new opportunities for student success through scholarships and innovative capital development,” said TRU President Alan Shaver. TRU

NLC suffers phishing attack

Northern Lakes College has announced that it was the target of an email phishing attack last month that resulted in the compromise of an administrative staff member’s email account. An NLC release states that the college took immediate action to cut off unauthorized access to the email account in question and launched an internal investigation. NLC reported the incident to the RCMP, contacted the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner, and has notified individuals and companies that may have been affected. NLC

Should conscientious academics ignore their email?

A recent study discovered that “conscientious people are better disposed to resist the lure of the email interruption—especially under stress—and stick to their main task, in pursuit of maximum efficiency,” but does this mean that conscientious academics should ignore their email? This is the question that researcher Emma Russell of Times Higher Education explores through research and interviews, only to find that there is no one-size-fits-all set of strategies for improving productivity, “whether we are conscientious or not.” Russell concludes by highlighting a number of tips for improving productivity and effectiveness when it comes to inbox management. Times Higher Education

Newly tenured professors benefit from interviewing role models

Newly tenured professors should take the time to talk to career role models in order to determine what these individuals jobs are like on a daily basis and how they got there, writes Kerry Ann Rockquemore. The author recommends that newly tenured professors reach out to public intellectuals, deans, or other role models to request a brief interview in order to learn about the key decision moments in their career, what they like best or least about their job, and if they know of others to speak with. The author provides an outline for the interview ask, some questions that could be included in the interview itself, and tips on how to handle one’s own resistance or reluctance to ask for a conversation with a role model. Inside Higher Ed

UVic, UBC to pursue dementia research with support of $2.5M private donation

The University of Victoria and University of British Columbia will participate in a five-year dementia research project thanks in a private donation of $2.5M from Neil and Susan Manning. The universities will collaborate with Island Health in order to improve the processes for diagnosing and treating dementia. “This donation creates an exceptional opportunity to advance health research collaborations on Vancouver Island, and represents the way of the future for research partnerships,” says UVic President Jamie Cassels. “The initiative announced today will see University of Victoria researchers, Island medical professionals, and Island Medical Program educators and students working together as teams on cognitive health research.” UVic

WLU Business Technology Management program earns accreditation

Wilfrid Laurier University has announced the accreditation of its Bachelor of Business Technology Management program in the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics by the BTM Accreditation Council (BTMAC) of the BTM Forum. The accreditation is retroactive to July 2015, which is the year the program graduated its first cohort of students. With this accreditation, Lazaridis School BTM graduates qualify for the BTM Associate Certification. “This accreditation is a testament to the quality of our Bachelor of Business Technology Management program,” said Micheál Kelly, dean of the Lazaridis School. “We are deeply proud of our BTM faculty who have worked hard to apply tough standards to this program, and of our students for doing exceptionally well in the field as a result.” WLU

ULethbridge Calgary campus opens Centre for Financial Market Research and Teaching at BVC

The University of Lethbridge’s Calgary campus has collaborated with Bow Valley College to create the Calgary Campus Centre for Financial Market Research and Teaching. A ULethbridge release states that the state-of-the-art facility will focus on the integration of theory and research with practice. Located at Bow Valley College, the centre features research databases, trading simulation software, and a 42-foot, full-colour LED stock ticker that will help students in the Faculty of Management link classroom lessons to real-life securities and markets. ULethbridge

McGill signs MOU with Japanese research institute to bolster neuroscience research

McGill University has signed an MOU with Japan’s National Institutes of Physiological Sciences (NIPS) to further strengthen the neuroscience research being performed at both institutes. The signing marked McGill’s first such agreement with an Asian partner and the first MOU signed by NIPS with a North American institute. A McGill release notes that the core of the partnership will be collaborative exchange, training opportunities, and bi-directional access to key infrastructure and expertise to promote cutting-edge neuroscience research. McGill