Top Ten

July 22, 2019

Canada invests nearly $5M in climate change research

Canada has announced $4.7M to fund nine climate change research projects. A federal release notes that the funded projects will advance knowledge of the role forests play, accelerate innovation in energy‑efficient cooling technologies, and improve our understanding of how carbon interacts with our forests, wetlands, and oceans. The projects are funded through the Advancing Climate Change Science in Canada initiative, a collaboration among the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Environment and Climate Change Canada, and Health Canada that aims to increase the scientific information available to support government decision-making on climate action. Canada (National)

UAlberta student creates map, website to show campus through Indigenous eyes

A walking map created by an undergraduate student in Native studies at the University of Alberta is providing an Indigenous lens to the buildings, art, and spaces at her school’s campus. Folio reports that Robin Howse’s map, entitled pîtos-mâmitoneyihtamowin (reimagine) UAlberta, lists a number of prominent sites on campus—including Sweetgrass Bear, Nîpisîy House, Rutherford House, and the Faculty of Native Studies’ tipi—that have, or seem to have, Indigenous or colonial ties. “The way you understand place and place names impacts how you see the world and how you interact with it politically, socially, economically and environmentally, and informs how you’re going to solve problems,” says Howse. Folio (AB)

How I learned that underperforming students need more slack, not grit: Harrison

“Why don’t they ask questions? Why don’t they come to office hours? Why don’t they work harder?” These are the thoughts that professor Laura M Harrison reports having until she became a student herself—again. Having been an A student in her first university experience, Harrison speaks of the struggles she faced when she tried to return to university studies when there were competing priorities in her life. While she had always believed that grit and determination were most important for success, Harrison notes that her second experience taught her what many new studies have shown, which is that students fare better when they have “slack,” or “the space in one’s life that allows a person to access a greater share of their intellectual and emotional resources.” Inside Higher Ed (International)

Niagara receives nearly $2M to strengthen manufacturing, train the next generation

Niagara College has received nearly $2M from the federal government to support research that will benefit the manufacturing sector. A Niagara release notes that the funds will specifically support researchers working with the region’s manufacturing sector to accelerate the use of advanced technologies, such as machine learning, robotics and 3D printing; to foster innovation; and to boost local companies’ competitive advantage. “Our regional collaborative innovation model continues to achieve great success, providing industry partners access to advanced technologies, services and expertise, and has had a strong impact on manufacturers in the Niagara region,” said Niagara President Dan Patterson. Niagara (ON)

UManitoba cancels university-related trips to China, advises avoiding unnecessary travel

The University of Manitoba has cancelled university-related travel to China and recommended that faculty “avoid all unnecessary travel” to the country in light of “our evolving relationship with China.” The memo follows a recent RCMP investigation involving two microbiology researchers and a possible "policy breach" at the National Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg. "Our hope is that the situation will be resolved soon, and that this will not impact our many valued partnerships with Chinese institutions," stated a memo from the university. CBC (MB)

George Brown partners with Joe Fresh to pioneer new methods in textile recycling

George Brown College has announced a new partnership between its Fashion Exchange and Joe Fresh to support research that aims to find new methods to recycle textiles. A George Brown release notes that the research could have a significant impact on both Canada’s apparel industry and the environment by helping to “close the loop in the circular economy of materials that may otherwise be discarded.” Over the next two years, Joe Fresh will contribute $100K toward the program. “Fashion research through FX LIFT allows Canadian apparel businesses to overcome technical, systemic, design and manufacturing challenges at all stages of the product lifecycle chain, including post consumer textile waste,” says Fashion Exchange Director Marilyn McNeil-Morin. George Brown (ON)

UBCO, Okanagan College create green construction centre

UBC Okanagan and Okanagan College have partnered to create a Green Construction Research and Training Centre (GCRTC) that will provide new research options and create hands-on practical training opportunities for students. UBCO engineering professor Shahria Alam and Ashley Lubyk from Okanagan College’s Sustainable Construction Management Technology program have been named the first co-directors of the centre, which will work to create civil infrastructure that is safe, durable, energy-efficient, and affordable through innovative technologies. UBCO (BC)

U of T acquires copies of world's first gay periodical

The University of Toronto Libraries recently acquired five issues and a hardcover edition of Der Eigene, an “artistic and literary homosexual periodical dedicated to ‘manly culture.’” The issues date from the 1920s and are reportedly the first-ever gay periodical. “It’s important that Fisher library has at least a small collection [of Der Eigene] for study,” said U of T Librarian Donald McLeod, “they were also beautifully produced and stand as works of art.” U of T Associate Professor Jennifer Jenkins explained that the copies of Der Eigene will help researchers understand the nuances in opinion and disagreements surrounding homosexuality in Germany at the time of the journals’ publication. Jenkins added that the study of queer German history is one of the most active parts of the field today. U of T (ON)

Carleton launches $2M project to better protect connected e-health systems

Carleton University and other partners have commenced a project valued at approximately $2M through the Department of National Defence’s Canadian Safety and Security Program for research on e-health systems security enabled by the Internet of Things. A Carleton release notes that the project, led by Professor Mohamed Ibnkahla, will provide technological solutions that can be deployed within the Canadian health sector to enable safe, secure, and reliable IoT-enabled e-health systems. “This research project strengthens Carleton’s leadership in the areas of cybersecurity, telecommunications and biomedical engineering,” said Carleton Vice-President (Research and International) Rafik Goubran. Carleton (ON)

Camosun launches technology, health care programs

Camosun College has announced the launch of several new technology and health care programs. The Interactive Media Developer program will train students to work in application, game or web development, graphic design, and user interaction, and is made up of a one-year, full-time certificate followed by a one-year diploma. The Electrical Engineering Technology—Marine & Industrial diploma program will train students to work in the growing marine or industrial electrical sectors, and graduates will have the opportunity to pursue an education in engineering at the University of Victoria. The Certified Medical Laboratory Assistant program will train students to become integral front-line healthcare workers responsible for collecting blood, fluids, and physiologic data used by physicians to diagnose medical conditions. Camosun (BC)