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October 26, 2022

Canada announces NSERC prize recipients

The Government of Canada has announced the recipients of the annual Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Prizes. 26 scientists and engineers and 28 of their industry partners received NSERC prizes this year in recognition of their work and contributions. The Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering was awarded to Dr. Lenore Fahrig (Carleton University); Dr Tomislav Friščić (McGill University) received the John C Polanyi Award; and the NSERC Donna Strickland Prize for Societal Impact of Natural Sciences and Engineering Research was awarded to Dr Kerry Rowe (Queen’s University). The Synergy Awards for Innovation and Arthur B McDonald Fellowships were awarded to researchers from Carleton, College La Cité, McGill, Simon Fraser University, Toronto Metropolitan University, Université Laval, University of Ottawa, University of Toronto, the University of Waterloo, and Western University. Newswire | NSERC (Prizes List) (National)

TRCHR receives $90M gift to focus on precision cardiac health

The Rogers Foundation has made a $90M gift to the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research (TRCHR), which is matched with $94.2M in institutional support and fundraising. The gift will be put toward research done by the TRCHR’s institutional partners: the Hospital for Sick Children, University Health Network, and the University of Toronto. The funds will support research that will use patients’ genetic, biological, and environmental profiles to optimize their treatment, prevent heart failure, and help them avoid hospitalization. “Countless people across Canada and around the globe will benefit from this latest landmark benefaction to the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research,” said U of T President Meric Gertler. Newswire (ON)

UBC, Peter Wall launch Wall Research Awards and Wall Fellowships

The University of British Columbia and Peter Wall have launched the Wall Research Awards and Wall Fellowships program, thanks to gift of up to $4M annually from the Peter Wall Legacy Fund. The awards and fellowships will be offered to faculty members and students conducting research relating to sustainability, with an initial focus on areas such as urban development, water, energy, transportation infrastructure, environmental protection of oceans and waterfronts, and resource-intensive industry. UBC has also announced that it will create the Wall Collaboration Centre, where those who have received Wall Fellowships or Wall Research Awards can come together to collaborate and exchange ideas. UBC (BC)

RRC Polytech receives funding for Interdisciplinary Health Sciences and Community Services Simulation Centre

Red River College Polytechnic has received over $12.5M from the Government of Manitoba to create the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences and Community Services Simulation Centre. The centre will be located at the Notre Dame Campus and will provide training to students from 15 programs, including healthcare and community services programs. The Simulation Centre will include immersive technology and settings such as a triage station, hospital ward, health-care simulation room, phlebotomy lab, and an apartment where students can practice responding to mock challenges such as disasters, in-home emergencies, and other scenarios. “[T]he Simulation Centre will engage students from multiple programs, mirroring actual health-care and community settings they will experience in the workforce,” said RRC Polytech Dean, School of Health Sciences and Community Services Debbie O’Donnell Weigelt. RRC Polytech (MB)

NB, Beal University in Maine partner to provide more training capacity for nursing students

The Government of New Brunswick has partnered with Beal University in Maine to provide an opportunity for NB students to enrol in Beal’s nursing program. Beal offers a three-year accelerated nursing program that will enable students to complete their education faster so that they can alleviate pressures in NB’s health system. The program includes an 18-month nursing associate’s degree and a 14-month bachelor of science in nursing. NB students will complete their clinical placements in the province, and will also be offered a reduced tuition rate of $42K and a $6K “incentive grant” from NB to help with the costs of studying outside of Canada if they agree to work in NB for one year after graduation. NB | CBC (NB)

SLRB rules USask failed to adhere to collective bargaining agreement in discipline of professor

The Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board has ruled that the University of Saskatchewan failed to adhere to its collective bargaining agreement with faculty in its communications with Assistant Professor Kyle Anderson, reports the Regina Leader-Post. The Leader-Post reports that the arbitrator, lawyer Eric Cline, ruled that USask should not have sent a letter to Anderson requesting that he remove references to his employment from his social media accounts. Anderson rose in popularity on social media during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, and reportedly received the letter from university leadership after multiple complaints were made about a re-post on Anderson's account that contained unverified, inaccurate information. Cline agreed with the faculty association's assertion that the letter amounted to disciplinary action outside of the collective agreement and ordered that the letter be removed from any university files. Saskatchewan Phoenix | Regina Leader-Post | CanLii (SK)

UCW, GBC announce dual admission MBA pathway

University Canada West and George Brown College have announced a partnership to create a dual admission MBA pathway. Through the new pathway, those who have been accepted into eligible GBC programs will be automatically accepted into UCW’s MBA program. This will streamline the process, eliminate duplicate application fees, and create new pathways to lifelong learning. GBC alumni will also be able to use this pathway. “George Brown College is committed to developing high-impact partnerships and pathways that support the professional and lifelong learning goals of our students and alumni, as well as the talent demands of the labour market,” said GBC President Dr Gervan Fearon. “We are thrilled to partner with UCW to facilitate greater flexibility in credential attainment, student mobility and continuous learning pathways.” UCW states that the pathway is the first of its kind in Canada. Newswire (ON | BC)

Dal Law introduces mandatory course on African Nova Scotian legal history, CRT

Dalhousie's Schulich School of Law has introduced a new course on African Nova Scotian Legal History & Issues and Critical Race Theory (ANS/CRT). The course, which will be mandatory for first-year law students, covers the law’s role in creating and redressing anti-Black racism, how critical race theory and practice can help to dismantle racial inequity, and how to be more culturally competent in their practice as lawyers. “The law reflects and recreates racialized hierarchies in this country — from colonization and slavery to the present day,” said Dal Assistant Professor Maria Dugas. “A contextual and historical analysis of the law is necessary not only to understand its racial implications, but also to advocate for positive change.” Dal (NS)

AU launches refreshed brand as Canada’s Open University

Athabasca University has refreshed its brand to better represent the university’s identity and the student experience. AU has moved from its original tagline as Canada’s Online University to instead describe itself as Canada’s Open University. The new tag line focuses on AU’s work in reducing barriers to higher education and the institution’s commitment to being accessible. Changes to the brand elements include a more open shield logo to represent a window to new understanding and knowledge; a focus on light, bright, and open in the photography; and new font and colours for greater accessibility and impact. AU (AB)

Dawson announces new Social Science Program

Dawson College has announced that it will be launching a new Social Science Program in Fall 2023. The program is an updated version of the cegep’s current social science program that includes more instruction, a deeper dive into history, and a greater emphasis on research. Eight profiles will be offered, including General Studies; Commerce; Education, Family and Childhood; International Business Studies; Law, Society and Justice; Psychology; Social Change and Solidarity; and Society and Technology. Students can also choose to take certificates to enhance their learning in areas such as Decolonization and Indigenous Studies and Environment Sustainability, and will take part in an interdisciplinary research project during their studies. Dawson (QC)