Top Ten

August 30, 2019

CANARIE announces $2M in funding to CARL Portage

CANARIE has announced $2M in funding to support the Canadian Association of Research Libraries’ Portage Network, a national, library-based research data management network that fosters initiatives to build capacity and coordinate activities in research data management. “Providing researchers with robust tools and services is essential to support world-class research,” said Jim Ghadbane, President of CANARIE. “The ability for Canadian researchers to find and reuse research data accelerates discovery and innovation.” A release states that the funds will enable the development and operationalization of tools, platforms, and services that include the Federated Research Data Repository & National Discovery Service, National Instance of Dataverse, and Data Management Planning Assistant. Canarie (National)

CapU signs affiliation agreement with Líl̓wat Nation

Capilano University and Líl̓wat Nation have signed an affiliation agreement to affirm their shared commitment to deliver new learning opportunities. “It is an exciting time for our Nation,” said Mason Ducharme, the Ts̓zil Learning Centre’s Director. “This agreement solidifies a valuable partnership and outlines our roles in a shared vision for strengthening and building capacity of the Líl̓wat people.” The Centre offers courses in adult education; Líl̓wat language, history and culture; carpentry and other vocational skills. Nation Talk (BC)

ON, UoGuelph celebrate opening of Ontario Beef Research Centre

The Government of Ontario has officially opened the Ontario Beef Research Centre in Elora. The $15.5M centre will be operated by the University of Guelph under its partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. The Centre will support research related to animal welfare, reproduction, and nutrition, as well as meat quality and safety. Our government is investing in beef research to help discover the latest beef farming technologies so that we can share this information with farmers which will allow them to adopt new practices to stay competitive," said Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. "When Ontario farmers adopt the latest science-based practices, they become more efficient, sustainable and profitable." ON | UoGuelph (ON)

Federation concludes investigation on alleged racial profiling at 2019 Congress

An investigation by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences has concluded that a participant at the 2019 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences was “harassed and discriminated against” by another participant in an incident that involved racial profiling. A release states that the individual who undertook the action has been banned from Congress for “a minimum of three years, and must demonstrate that he has met five conditions before he will be eligible to return.” The Federation has also updated the theme for Congress 2020: Bridging Divides: Confronting Colonialism and Anti-Black Racism. Federation (National)

Sheridan to collaborate with National Ballet, Canadian Opera Company for digital initiative

Sheridan College, the Canadian Opera Company, and the National Ballet of Canada are collaborating on the Digital Stage, an initiative that explores collaborative approaches to digital technology. A release explains that the project will proceed in three phases: an environmental scan of the domestic and international performing arts sector; the exploration and piloting of new technologies; and a series of symposiums designed to foster dialogues about the sectors current challenges. “The COC recognizes that we, as a performing arts organization, are not an island,” said COC General Director Alexander Neef. “I firmly believe that open dialogue and a willingness to explore all possibilities is the only way for the arts to continue resonating with our audiences.” Sheridan | Broadway World (ON)

Teaching students the basic “netiquette” of emailing a professor

When it comes to heading off the “3 a.m. need-your-help-now emails from Jake no Last Name,” writes Colleen Flaherty, teaching students how to email their professors appropriately “is a necessary gift that keeps on giving.” While expectations vary, Flaherty finds that professors typically prefer that students write in complete sentences, use appropriate salutations, and get to the point. US professors Paul T Corrigan and Cameron Hunt McNabb write that although the idea of teaching students how to write appropriate emails may seem “elementary” at first blush, rhetorical questions about context, genre, audience, and purpose are valuable learning opportunities and can lead to more sophisticated communication skills. Flaherty concludes by noting that consideration of how instructors address students is just as important. Inside Higher Ed (International)

CBU launches inclusive learning program

Cape Breton University has introduced an inclusive learning program for students with intellectual disabilities, reports CBC. The CBU Inclusive program will support students between the ages of 18 and 24 who self-identify as having an intellectual disability and do not meet the admissions standards for credit study. The program will admit up to five new students each year, and these students may take up to three courses each term. While students will not receive credits for their courses, CBU will award a certificate once a student reaches their goals, which will allow the students to build a portfolio and work on life skills. CBC (NS)

“This is a sport”: Durham hosts first eSports event in ON to see players compete for scholarships

50 students from a dozen Ontario colleges and universities took part in the Ontario Collegiate Rocket League Finals at Durham College, which reportedly marked the first time collegiate eSports athletes in Ontario have played for scholarships. “A lot of people, especially older people, don’t understand that this is a sport,” said Zachary Bouffard, who coaches Durham’s Rocket League team. “I think events like this will help legitimize it. I hope they will.” The Star reports that the event took place at Durham’s new eSports arena, a 3,000 square-foot facility that can accommodate 120 spectators. According to the Star, the global eSports economy is on track to exceed $1.6B by 2021. The Star (ON)

UQAM researchers receive nearly $3M for health research

Three researchers at the Université du Québec à Montréal have received nearly $3M in funding to support health research at the institution. The funds were provided by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. The funds will go towards research on nervous mechanisms responsible for controlling locomotion, an analysis of mercury levels in freshwater fish in the Grassy Narrows First Nation as well as the impact of consuming those fish, and the implementation of an intervention program for sexually abused adolescents and their families. UQAM (QC)

ON plan for French-language university “far from concrete”

An unnamed source from the Government of Canada told iPolitics that the Government of Ontario’s proposal to revive a francophone university was communicated to Ottawa through an abrupt phone call with no accompanying paperwork. The source also accused ON of putting the offer forward as a way to help the federal Conservative party on this year’s campaign trail. Federal Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer had expressed concern about ON’s decision to axe the university late last year, adds iPolitics. Jeremy Ghio, a spokesperson for Federal Official Languages Minister Mélanie Joly, said that “we are still far from a concrete proposal from the province.” iPolitics (ON)