Top Ten

February 5, 2020

UManitoba researcher receives $6.5M for breast milk consortium

The University of Manitoba has received $6.5M from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to establish the International Milk Composition, a global health initiative focused on breast milk. The IMiC Consortium will conduct a comprehensive analysis of human milk components linked to infant growth and resilience for the purpose of informing nutrition recommendations and interventions. “It is so fundamentally important to infant health, and yet we know surprisingly little about breast milk composition and its variation around the world,” said UManitoba Assistant Professor Meghan Azad. “This project will help us learn about how human milk helps human babies develop and grow up healthy.” UManitoba (MB)

UOttawa, NRC launch Joint Centre for Extreme Photonics

The University of Ottawa and the National Research Council of Canada has announced the launch of the Joint Centre for Extreme Photonics in Ottawa. The research hub will facilitate collaboration amongst researchers in quantum photonics, as well as promoting research and development in atomic, molecular, and optical physics. "This collaboration centre brings together leading researchers to make significant advances in photonics for Canadians and Canadian businesses," said NRC President Iain Stewart. "The Joint Centre for Extreme Photonics will capitalize on significant investments in talent and infrastructure, while providing succession planning for some of Canada’s most eminent scientists." CA (ON)

Assiniboine, Conestoga partner on tuition-free welding program

Assiniboine Community College has announced the launch of an eight-month welding course in partnership with Conestoga College. Tuition and expenses will by fully covered for 15 students in an effort to give people from underrepresented groups – including newcomers to Canada, unemployed people, people with disabilities, and Indigenous people – the opportunity to make progress towards a Red Seal certification in welding. "I understand what it means to be able to be funded and given a chance in the trades,” said Assiniboine Chair of Mechanical Trades Kevin Poirier. “It worked out quite well for myself and we’re hoping to do the same for others." Brandon Sun (MB)

Man charged in connection with Algonquin mural defacement, college holds healing ceremony

Ottawa police's hate crime unit has charged a 32-year-old man in connection with the recent defacement of an Indigenous mural at Algonquin College. The suspect was arrested by foot patrol officers and charged with one count of mischief over $5K. Algonquin officials have stated that mural artists Shalak Attack and Bruno Smoky will be returning to the college in February to repair damage to the painting. Vice President of Truth, Reconciliation, and Indigenization Ron (Deganadus) McLester described the painting's defacing a "targeted act of violence.” McLester hosted a healing ceremony yesterday that included a prayer from an elder, drumming, and dancing. The event was held in the shadow of the three-storey mural in order to bring the community together. CBC | Algonquin (ON)

Lethbridge receives national accreditation for engineering program

Lethbridge College’s Civil Engineering Technology program has received national accreditation from Technology Accreditation Canada. The program accreditation process involves a comprehensive audit, including interviews with employers, alumni, students, and faculty; a tour of the program’s facilities; and a review of institutional and program information. “Many of our students are hired by engineering, construction and materials testing firms, which recognize the value of this type of certification,” says Bill Smienk, chair of Lethbridge College’s School of Engineering Technologies. “The TAC seal of approval validates the excellent educational experience of our students, recognizes the program has met the standards of the profession and that graduates have the knowledge and skills to function competently in the workforce.” Lethbridge | Lethbridge Herald (AB)

If universities truly value engaged scholarship, they need to recognize it: Opinion

Chances are, if you take a moment to pull up the mission statement of your university, you will find some sort of language along the lines of public good, societal benefit or community development, writes Jordan McNeill. Terming this kind of academic labour "engaged scholarship," the author describes such work as collaborative, transformative, responsive, and mutually beneficial for researchers and community partners. However, while institutions often describe engaged research as a priority, McNeill writes that faculty and staff who prioritize this kind of research are often marginalized by evaluation processes. "If higher education truly endeavors to address problems of social relevance beyond its own laboratories and campuses," concludes the author, “institutions must re-envision the types of scholarship they esteem and reward.” Inside Higher Ed (International)

Camosun launches student-run Massage Therapy Clinic

Camosun College has announced the launch of a student-run Massage Therapy Clinic, which reportedly sold out of appointments in record time. The clinic will allow students in its Massage Therapy Diploma program to complete part of their hands-on clinical placements on-campus under the supervision of an experienced Registered Massage Therapist, as well as providing the community with an affordable massage therapy option. “Applied learning is at the centre of everything we do,” says Camosun President Sherri Bell. “The new teaching clinic provides an excellent hands-on learning environment for students to practice their new knowledge and skills with real clients.” Camosun (BC)

Redeemer, Mohawk partner to offer dual-credit recreation therapy program

Redeemer University and Mohawk College have partnered to deliver a dual-credit recreation therapy program. The agreement allows Redeemer students to enter Mohawk’s recreation therapy program for one semester of study and one internship before returning to Redeemer for their final year. "Combining their university education with Mohawk’s in-class recreation therapy training and an extensive practical placement, the students will finish their studies job-ready for positions in an important and growing field of healthcare,” said Mohawk Vice-President, Academic Paul Armstrong. Redeemer (ON)

BC extends U-Pass program for participating postsecondary institutions

The Government of British Columbia has announced it is extending Metro Vancouver's student transit pass program (U-Pass) for another five years. The U-Pass and the related proposed fee increase were overwhelmingly supported in a referendum held by student associations at 10 institutions around Metro Vancouver. Students with a U-Pass will have access to TransLink's bus, SeaBus, and SkyTrain systems, as well as discounted fares on the West Coast Express. "This kind of access and encouragement for students to choose more environmentally and socially responsible forms of transit helps shape the future of transportation in Metro Vancouver," said parliamentary secretary for TransLink Bowinn Ma. CBC | Vancouver Sun (BC)

Holland, TIAPEI cook training program plans expansion after successful pilot

A training program for entry-level cooks offered by Holland College and the Tourism Industry Association of Prince Edward Island is expanding after a successful first year to a total of 20 seats. Kim Smith, industry human resource manager with TIAPEI, stated that the training program hopes to go on to expand to eastern and western PEI in the next three years. “This [program] came about a few years ago when there was a huge shortage in the kitchen," said Smith. “We felt that the pilot that was run last year went really well and that students when they were finished were very well prepared. As part of the course, they have to do an internship and the restaurants, the feedback that we were given is they felt that students were quite prepared." The free program is expected to cost over $200K in 2020, with funds coming from the Canada-P.E.I. labour market agreements. CBC (PEI)