Top Ten

October 21, 2022

Canadian and European team of scientists studying quantum theory acquire $2M in NSERC funding

Institut national de la recherche scientifique Professor Roberto Morandotti has received almost $2M in NSERC funding to lead a project on quantum communication. Morandotti will lead a team of scientists from Canada and Europe on the HyperSpace project, which aims to develop a quantum communication network between continents. The project will focus on research on integrated quantum photonics and optical space communications. Partners involved in the project include the University of Toronto and the University of Waterloo, as well as several institutes and universities from countries across Europe. “This collaboration will allow us to take quantum communication research to a whole new level and to solve together technological challenges whose results will benefit society,” said Morandotti. NewsWire (QC | ON)

McGill launches Victor Phillip Dahdaleh Institute of Genomic Medicine

McGill University has launched the Victor Phillip Dahdaleh Institute of Genomic Medicine thanks to an over $30M gift from alumnus Dr Victor Phillip Dahdaleh. The institute will focus on diagnostic tools, targeted treatments, new pharmaceuticals, and preventative vaccines. It will also draw on McGill’s social science expertise to lead research on the ethical, policy, and legal implications of genomics medicine; and collaborate with the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences and affiliated hospitals on clinical intervention opportunities. “Dr Dahdaleh’s generous gift provides crucial resources to help us attract impactful young scientists, students and trainees from around the world and create the conditions for these scientists to pursue their research activities and have a global impact on public health,” said Institute Director Mark Lathrop. Newswire (QC)

CCNB, Discovery Community College launch free healthcare training programs

The Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick and Discovery Community College have both recently launched free healthcare training programs for community members. CCNB has launched a 10-week French-language technicien médical d’urgence program. Students will be trained as emergency medical technicians who will be able to replace a paramedic during provincial transfers. The program is offered free of charge thanks to funding from TravailNB and the ministère de l’Éducation postsecondaire, de la Formation et du Travail. Discovery Community College is offering a 10-month Health Care Assistant Diploma Program that will train residents of Burns Lake to work in continuing care through hands-on, on-site training. Funding is provided for the program through Canada and British Columbia’s Workforce Development Agreement. CCNB | SJ News Bulletin (Discovery) (NB | BC)

Trent board of governors endorses recommendations of Champlain Committee Report

The board of governors at Trent University has endorsed the recommendations of a report created by a committee formed to consider how Samuel de Champlain’s legacy relates to Champlain College, Trent, and their communities. The report recommended that Champlain College keep its name, and that artwork depicting Champlain be moved to the archives or library and put alongside contextual information. Other recommendations included introducing a “cornerstone” at the college recognizing Indigenous people and language, giving cultural context to the name through giving Indigenous names to college buildings and spaces, and giving Trent’s next college and residence an Anishnaabemowin name. “In particular, the Committee heeded the words of those Indigenous respondents and leaders who advocated for informing history instead of erasing it — and the reality that, if we erase history, it is likely to repeat itself and this cannot be allowed to happen,” read the Champlain Committee Report. Kawartha Now | Teacher Idea Exchange (ON)

UCalgary to lead Recovery on Campus program for AB postsecondary institutions

The University of Calgary is leading a postsecondary recovery program that will provide support to students, staff, and faculty in recovery from addictions across Alberta. The Recovery on Campus program will provide postsecondary institutions with new supports for their community members through a $500K grant from the Government of Alberta. The first phase will support participating institutions in hosting an event or campaign that focuses on recovery. Recovery on Campus will also lead training sessions so that participants are prepared to ally with those in recovery. A future focus will be substance-free on-campus housing. “Having collegiate recovery programs, and having that built-in education and awareness and research piece, is really key in moving things forward in a more balanced and a healthier direction,” said UCalgary Associate Professor and program founder Victoria Burns. Calgary Herald (AB)

HRTO dismisses human rights complaint against TMU

The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO) has dismissed a human rights complaint that alleged that Toronto Metropolitan University and its law school discriminated against former law student Ish Aderonmu. The Toronto Star reports that Aderonmu alleged racial discrimination because the university provided him with little financial support despite repeated requests for assistance. The HRTO dismissed the application because it did not fall within the Tribunal’s jurisdiction, and said that Aderonmu “failed to provide a factual basis beyond a bald assertion.” TMU is reportedly still facing a lawsuit filed by Aderonmu alleging that the university appropriated his personality. The Star | Western Standard (ON)

US PhD conferral drops by 5.4% in 2021

New data from the US-based National Science Foundation (NSF) shows that the number of doctorates awarded by American universities fell by 5.4% in 2021, which is reportedly the steepest decline the NSF has recorded in its 65-year history. The study found that the decline was greatest for US students, was felt across almost all institution types and across all disciplines, was seen across nearly all racial and ethnic groups, and was steeper for men than for women. Colleen Flaherty from Inside Higher Ed says that new data suggests that the pandemic’s first year had a negative impact on PhD students’ abilities to finish their programs. Flaherty also discusses how the inability to conduct in-person research may have delayed doctoral students in completing their research and graduating. Chronicle of Higher Ed (Acct. Req.) | Inside Higher Ed (Acct. Req.) (Editorial)

Olds, SaskTel partner to advance rural connectivity

Olds College of Agriculture and Technology has announced that it has partnered with SaskTel to advance rural connectivity. The partnership will see SaskTel providing support at the Olds College Saskatchewan Smart Farm as the college develops, tests, and facilitates wider adoption of ag technologies that will solve agricultural challenges. “With the recent expansion of the Olds College Smart Farm into Saskatchewan, we are continuing to expand and build a smart ag ecosystem that is focused on driving innovation for western Canada’s ag sector,” said Olds College VP of Development and Strategy Patrick Machacek. Red Deer Advocate (AB)

Studiosity releases Canadian student wellness survey

Studiosity has released the 2022 Canadian Student Well Being Study. The results provide insight into a variety of factors, including student stress, motivation, and thoughts about cheating, and indicate that students are in need of equitable supports. 76% of the students surveyed reported balancing work and studies, 40% reported seriously considering dropping out of college or university, and 61% felt engaged with their institution. 54% of students reported that they had witnessed cheating, while 77% noted that cheating has become more prevalent. Student suggestions for improving academic performance included lighter workloads, end-of-year assignments rather than exams, fewer required courses, more interactive teaching methods, lower schooling costs, and continued provision of online options for courses. NewsWire | Report (Editorial)

KPU announces honours option for Bachelor of Interior Design program

Kwantlen Polytechnic University has announced a new honours option for its Bachelor of Interior Design program. The new option will give students the opportunity to complete an additional research or creative project to advance their design knowledge, build stronger networks with faculty, and inspire students to explore outside of the coursework. “This will elevate not just our program but the profession by promoting the kind of academic inquiry that provides an additional way for students to further their skills,” said program chair Lucie Gagné. “Having the honours will help tell the world that this is a discipline that has rigour.” KPU (BC)