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March 15, 2018

USask VP Research issues statement on Giesy ethics allegations

The University of Saskatchewan has issued a statement addressing allegations against Canada Research Chair John Giesy that appeared in a recent story by CBC. The university reports that all of the allegations against Giesy remain unproven, adding that the allegations themselves are limited to work that Giesy conducted or initiated while he was employed at Michigan State University. “After following our formal procedures and reviewing extensive pre-trial court documents—including email transcripts and documents provided by all parties in the dispute—we concluded … that there was no evidence of a breach of our Responsible Conduct of Research policy or a breach of the Tri-Agency guidelines on Responsible Conduct of Research,” the statement adds. USask

ULethbridge to create Dhillon School of Business with $10M gift

The University of Lethbridge has received a $10M gift from businessman Navjeet (Bob) Dhillon, which it will recognize by renaming its Faculty of Management as the Dhillon School of Business. A ULethbridge release states that the business school will build on its current curriculum by expanding its focus on futuristic learning through innovative subject areas and new technologies such as blockchain, cryptocurrencies, and new growth industries including artificial intelligence and robotics. “Our university was founded by forward-thinking mavericks,” said ULethbridge President Mike Mahon. “This gift, this commitment from Mr. Dhillon, will help drive us forward.” ULethbridge

UVic, Indigenous partnership to receive $567K from federal government

The University of Victoria’s Aboriginal Canadian Entrepreneurs Artists Pilot Program will receive $567K from the federal government, the Times Colonist has reported. The pilot, a partnership between UVic and Tribal Resources Investment Corporation, will reportedly support entrepreneurial efforts by new and established Indigenous artists. Navdeep Bains, minister of science, innovation and economic development, emphasized that fostering economic growth with Indigenous peoples in mind is “absolutely essential” for the federal government. According to Bains, Canada’s Indigenous population experienced a 42.5% population boom between 2006 and 2016, while the rest of the population grew by 11%. The $567K disbursement is part of a reported $28M funding package for Indigenous economic development in Western Canada. Times Colonist

Concordia receives $3M gift for merit-based graduate fellowships

Concordia University has received a $3M donation from Miriam Roland to establish a new series of merit-based graduate fellowships. The Miriam Aaron Roland Graduate Fellowships will be awarded to graduate students from Concordia’s four academic faculties: Arts and Science, Fine Arts, Engineering and Computer Science and the John Molson School of Business. The gift will primarily support Concordia’s strategic direction of doubling its research by attracting and retaining the best and brightest students. “[Roland’s] generosity will help propel our research and encourage our talented students to experiment boldly to answer some of the most urgent questions facing our society,” said Concordia President Alan Shepard. Concordia

Harassment, gender inequities plague MFA programs, Gluckman finds

Professorial celebrity and the inherently intimate atmosphere of the creative writing workshop make MFA programs particularly fraught spaces of sexual harassment, writes Nell Gluckman. The author notes that although women appear more willing to speak out against misconduct by male professors and peers in the wake of #MeToo, the culture of gender inequity persists. MFA graduate Anne Sutton adds that many programs disproportionately value stories by cis men. “In workshop, if you wrote something that was highly female, it would be torn to shreds. If it was about a man fishing and thinking about his relationship to his father, we’d talk about it for two hours,” Sutton states. Chronicle of Higher Education

Carleton support workers’ union files complaint with ON labour board

The union representing striking support workers at Carleton University has filed a complaint with the Ontario Labour Relations Board that accuses the university's administration of unfair labour practices. “We are calling out the university's administration for bargaining in bad faith,” said Jacynthe Barbeau, a negotiator for CUPE 2424, in a statement released Tuesday. Barbeau added that school administrators are misrepresenting both the union’s position and its own, making it more difficult for the two sides to come together. Yesterday, Carleton Spokesperson Beth Gorham said that the complaint is without merit, adding that “the university will continue to provide bargaining updates and stands by the accuracy of information provided to the university community.” CBC

US college president survey shows concern about closures, mergers

Roughly a third of college presidents in the US believe that more than 10 colleges or universities will close or merge in the coming year, according to a recent survey of PSE presidents. The survey also found that one in eight college leaders predicted that their own institution could fold or merge in the next five years. 51% agreed that the 2016 election “exposed that academe is disconnected from much of American society,” although a vast majority indicated that the public’s skepticism is based on misunderstandings about colleges’ wealth, how much they charge (and spend), and the overall purpose of higher education. Inside Higher Ed

UNB, province sign MOU to stabilize tuition

The University of New Brunswick and the provincial government signed a memorandum of understanding that prioritizes stable tuition and consistent funding over the next four years. The agreement reportedly represents a $28M investment by the province. “UNB is proud to be a leading partner in building our province’s strong future,” said university President Eddy Campbell. “Our students, researchers and faculty are committed to strengthening our economy while finding innovative solutions to the problems that face us.” UNB

Anishinaabe needs a priority for Timmins program expansion: AlgomaU president

Timmins Today reports that talks to expand university access to Timmins, Ontario continued Monday. As leaders from Northern College and Algoma University discussed how best to roll out programs based on partnerships between the two institutions, AlgomaU President Asima Vezina stated that program development should “directly meet the socioeconomic needs that are presenting the region right now.” Vezina added that the community, AlgomaU, and Northern “strongly encouraged us to think about including the needs identified by Anishinaabe communities in that area, and to consider the labour market needs as well with focus on career readiness.” AlgomaU Academic Dean Donna Rogers added that the partnership will seek a new mode of program delivery to meet local needs. Timmins Today | Timmins Press

URegina to receive $937K in federal funding for two projects

Canadian Institutes of Health Research has distributed $931K for two projects at the University of Regina, CBC reports. $451K of the funding will reportedly be used to support the development of an app that helps people in rural and isolated communities access culturally-informed addictions counselling. “With the app we're excited that you're going to get access to somebody at all times or to get information that will better assist you and let you know where your journey needs to begin,” stated Shauna Lafontaine, executive director for Métis Addictions Council of Saskatchewan (MACS). Another team will receive $485K to develop a home exercise program for the elderly. CBC