Top Ten

October 26, 2018

Dal launches Institute of Genetics

Dalhousie University has celebrated the formal opening of the Institute of Genetics. A Dal release states that the Institute is one of 13 specialized research institutes funded by the Canadian Institute of Health Research, and the first one to be housed at an Atlantic Canadian University. "We want to ensure that Canada is near the top, if not at the top, of the world in terms of genomic research," said Christopher McMaster, the Institute’s Scientific Director. "To do that, we need to be funding the most important research that has to be performed in the field.” Dal

AB students run letter-writing campaign calling for more affordable tuition

The Council of Alberta University Students has spent the past two months asking students to write to AB Advanced Education Minister Marlin Schmidt about how they would benefit from more affordable postsecondary tuition. The student council stated that it appreciates the temporary tuition freeze implemented in 2015, the freeze is a “Band-Aid solution” that leaves uncertainty around what will happen to students once the freeze lifts. “We don’t want students in the province to see significant increases once it’s done, so the only way to protect students in Alberta is through legislative tuition in the Post-Secondary Learning Act,” said CAUS vice-chair Amanda Leblanc. Global Newsreports that tuition fees for full-time, domestic university students in AB is less than the national average in all recorded undergraduate fields of study.

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CMTN teams up with Park University for athletics initiative

Coast Mountain College has partnered with Park University in Kansas City, MO, on a new initiative for student athletes in Northern British Columbia. ParkU will select six high-level soccer, basketball, and volleyball players in Grades 10 and 11 for evaluation by professional coaches. While at ParkU, the students will also attend classes, participate in extracurricular activities, and stay in residences. Selected students will also have the opportunity to take dual-credit courses at CMTN to prepare for their transition to ParkU. “We are very excited to support this Park University opportunity,” said Justin Kohlman, Provost and VP of Academic Affairs at CMTN. CMTN

McGill establishes joint Genomic Medicine PhD with Kyoto University, bolsters partnership with RIKEN

McGill University and Kyoto University have partnered on the establishment of a joint Genomic Medicine PhD Program. The program will see students undertake research-intensive training in large-scale data approaches to biology with a focus on human health and disease. McGill Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Josephine Nalbantoglu stated that the joint program draws “on the complementary strengths of the two institutions to deliver world-class training to the next generation of researchers in genomic medicine.” McGill also strengthened its partnership with the RIKEN Institute, signing a joint declaration of intent focused on research and training in medical genomics and immunology. McGill (1) | McGill (2)

UOttawa students develop sustainable mini-farm for northern communities

Students at the University of Ottawa have developed a portable and sustainable mini-farm capable of producing up to 100 kg of leafy greens per week, reports CBC. Corey Ellis and Alida Burke stated that they felt compelled to spearhead the project after a visit to Nunavut, where fresh produce is consistently in short supply. According to CBC, the mini-farms have been installed in Nunavut, Alaska, Quebec, Manitoba and parts of Ontario at a cost of $180K each. "I hope it opens students' eyes to the fact that we can make an impact even though we are so young," said UOttawa student Drew Stirling. "It doesn't have to be big businesses. We can do it ourselves." CBC

Most preferred campus technology revealed in 2018 Readers' Choice Awards

Campus Technology has released its Readers’ Choice Awards for 2018, which highlight the most preferred technologies being used at respondent institutions. The top favourite technologies being used were the mobile app building software Guidebook, the study abroad and travel management software Terra Dotta, and the office application suite Microsoft Office. Software rankings were also provided by type: The top Learning Management System software was Blackboard Learn, the top E-Portfolio software was Instructure Canvas, the top Student Information System was Ellucian, and the top Virtual Classroom and Meeting Software was Zoom.

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St Clair opens centre for victims of child abuse

A new centre for victims of child abuse has opened at St Clair College’s Anthony P Toldo Centre for Health Sciences, reports CBC. The Windsor Essex Child/Youth Advocacy Centre will provide a space for victims to make statements for police and aid workers in a single location. "Previously, before we developed this WECYAC model in the Windsor-Essex community, children who had experienced abuse had to travel all around the community, talking to multiple different individuals, disclosing their abuse and ultimately re-victimizing themselves and re-traumatizing themselves," said Executive Director Michelle Oake. Several police agencies are partnered with the Centre, which ran a pilot project out of Windsor Regional Hospital before moving to St Clair, CBC adds. CBC

Carleton students stay with CFS

Carleton University students have voted to remain in the Canadian Federation of Students after a close referendum. The CFS is a national student union with over 60 member unions that was founded at Carleton in 1981. CBC reports that 2,396 students voted in favour of staying, while 2,134 vote against. Carleton University Students' Association President David Oladejo says the association is disappointed with the result, but is ready to work with the mandate it has given. CFS Chairperson for Ontario Nour Alideeb said that the vote has given CFS a mandate to continue working with the school, but notes that the close votes mean that the CFS could build a better relationship with its members.


King’s officially launches School of Management, Economics, and Mathematics

King’s University College has officially launched its School of Management, Economics, and Mathematics. A King’s release notes that School of MEM will offer Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Bachelor of Management and Organizational Studies programs, both of which offer multiple streams. King's states that the school also hosts several student-run clubs including Accounting, Economics/Mathematics, Capital Management, and BMOS. King’s

ENAP joins CIRANO as university partner

École nationale d'administration publique has formally become a university partner of the Centre interuniversitaire de recherche en analyse des organisations. CIRANO provides university partners with access to an inter-university, interdisciplinary research area for researchers and students. ENAP adds that professors from partner institutions can apply to become a researcher or fellow with CIRANO’s scientific committee. ENAP will now also have access to applied research opportunities, access to data and funding sources, research support, dissemination of publications and research results, and more through CIRANO. ENAP