Top Ten

September 20, 2022

McMaster to launch Wilson College, new leadership program, chair with $50M donation

McMaster University has announced that it will launch the Wilson College of Leadership and Civic Engagement, thanks to a $50M donation from Chancellor Emeritus Lynton "Red" Wilson and the Wilson Foundation. The College will offer a unique leadership and civic studies program; experiential learning opportunities; and a new, dedicated on-campus residence space. The investment will also be used to create the Wilson Chair in Leadership and Civic Studies. McMaster stated that the gift is the largest ever received by a liberal arts program at a Canadian university. McMaster | Globe and Mail | Toronto Star (ON)

Eight BC postsecondary institutions receive $30M in provincial funding

Eight postsecondary institutions in British Columbia have received a combined $30M in funding from the Government of British Columbia’s BC Knowledge Development Fund. The funds will support 120 research projects being conducted at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Langara College, Simon Fraser University, the University of British Columbia, the UBC Okanagan, the University of Northern British Columbia, the University of Victoria, and Vancouver Island University. The funding will support a variety of projects, including a KPU study on genomic and metabolic solutions, a UBC study on brain development in pre-term infants, and a UVic project on infrastructure to establish a molecular health research centre. BC | CTV News | Kelowna Now (BC)

McGill unveils new Indigenous learning space for medical students

McGill University has unveiled a new learning space for future medical professionals who may work with Indigenous communities. The learning space includes a cultural centre for Indigenous students and scholars, while non-Indigenous medical students will have the opportunity to learn Indigenous knowledge and health. McGill Assistant Professor Richard Budgell added that the center would prepare non-Indigenous medical students “[s]o that they’re going into Indigenous settings with better knowledge of the people they are encountering.” It is designed to have a comfortable, welcoming feel and a setup that Budgell says will “make sharing and learning a little more informal.” Two Indigenous professors will use it as a teaching space, and events will be held at the space each month. CBC (QC)

UoGuelph GTI celebrates opening of GM Frost Research and Information Centre

The University of Guelph’s Guelph Turfgrass Institute (GTI) recently celebrated its 35-year anniversary and marked the occasion by opening the new GM Frost Research and Information Centre. The new centre includes 14 research plots with different turfgrass cultivars, mowing heights, and soil types; laboratories; and diagnostics clinic and study space. Researchers at the centre will study issues such as pesticide use, grass species, varieties and seeding methods, sports field construction, and disease and weed control. UoGuelph (ON)

UNB releases US politician's doctoral dissertation

The University of New Brunswick has recently made US politician Doug Mastriano's doctoral dissertation public. Mastriano, the republican nominee for governor of Pennsylvania, has repeatedly cited the dissertation in his campaign, including to counter criticisms of controversial actions such as dressing up as a confederate soldier. CBC reports that the dissertation was held under an extended embargo and that previous requests to view the dissertation on World War 1 hero Sgt Alvin C York were denied. In a recent statement, UNB stated that it learned that the embargo had been extended past the normal four-year maximum due to a clerical error and took immediate steps to lift the embargo. UNB | CBC | National Post (NB)

URegina opens renovated engineering lab space

The University of Regina has opened the new Mitchel Workshops labs space on the main floor of its education building. The space was renovated and enhanced with a $1M donation from anonymous donors, and now features a workshop with advanced hand tools, a 3D printing lab, an electronics and instrumentation lab, and a machine shop. The space will be used primarily by engineering students, graduate students, and faculty, while the 3D printing lab will be open to the larger campus community. “Having these tools, equipment and spaces available for students aligns with and reinforces the U of R’s Strategic Plan" said URegina President Dr Jeff Keshen. URegina (SK)

SFU, UCLA partner on three-year pilot for Hellenic studies

Simon Fraser University’s SNF Centre for Hellenic Studies and the University of California Los Angeles's Center for the Study of Hellenic Culture have received a donation of over $1.2M from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. The donation supports a three-year pilot project to enhance academic mobility between the two institutions and bridge the gap dividing academics and cultural producers from Greece and the West Coast. The program will provide opportunities for residencies at the two institutions, engage Greek writers and performers through events and programs in both cities, and bring faculty and students to Greece to develop their research skills. "The present collaboration allows us to meet across borders and continents and create community, both within the university and beyond," said SFU SNF Centre director Dimitris Krallis. National Herald (BC)

CBU faculty association votes in favour of strike mandate

The faculty association at Cape Breton University has voted in favour of a strike mandate, with 92% of members voting in favour of labour action. The move was reportedly made in response to a lack of progress on negotiations toward an agreement over the summer. The faculty association says that other issues include resistance to discussing or providing language, a proposal from CBU that would increase workloads of some members and limit their research ability, and continuing negotiations while grievances and arbitrations are underway. CBC | Saltwire (NS)

Laurentian, Lambton, NAIT, BCIT unveil new courses for Fall semester

Several postsecondary institutions across Canada have unveiled new courses for the start of the Fall semester. Laurentian University is offering the Anishnaabemowin Land-Based Immersion: Bngishmok: The Western Direction course, which teaches participants the Anishnaabemowin language in an 8-day camp format. Lambton College has launched an open-source online course that teaches International students how to stay safe and healthy while studying in Canada. The course focuses on areas such as housing, mental health, labour exploitation. The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology’s JR Shaw School of Business has launched a new, required intrapreneurship course that will prepare students to act and think like an entrepreneur to enhance an existing business. The British Columbia Institute of Technology and the Whistler Institute have partnered to develop and launch accredited business and leadership courses for the Whistler community, and have also worked with the Lil’wat Nation to create two Indigenous and Intercultural Awareness courses. Laurentian | Lambton | NAIT | Pique News Magazine (BCIT) (National)

Improving career-transition readiness using career clinics: Opinion

Professional and career development training programs should use career clinics to help graduate students and postdocs to develop job application materials, writes James Gould. Gould provides suggestions for how these targeted monthly career-transition training sessions could be designed, such as starting sessions with a self-identification of difficulties or struggles that a facilitator could address and encouraging trainees to submit their materials for critique before the session. Gould writes that these career clinics can help participants develop a strategy for honing their documents, build comradery with others with the same concerns and challenges, and gain a better understanding of the purpose of some application package components. Inside Higher Ed (Acct Req) (Editorial)