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April 2009


How to end your course in a way that students will remember

BY PEGGY BERKOWITZ | March 09 2009

André Dulude joined the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada as its vice-president, national affairs branch, on Jan. 5, the day the association publicly called for federal budget investments in campus infrastructure as a stimulus to the faltering economy and in university research to position Canada for a strong economic recovery. “So that first […]

BY HARMEET SINGH | March 09 2009

For students and professors, the days of physically leafing through hundreds of books when conducting research is fading fast, but scholars still face the same essential challenge of finding the best information resources. Murray Goldberg is seeking to make that search a little bit simpler. He is the creator of Brainify, a social bookmarking site […]


At first glance, the University of Alberta’s Festival of Teaching, now in its second year, looks like a business conference that’s been crashed by Halloween pranksters. At one end of the room, a group of students dressed as various farm-related objects (including a cow and a gas can) address a small crowd as slides from […]


New CREPUQ marketing campaign targets francophone students from abroad


Thanks to the efforts of one Manitoban parliamentarian, postsecondary stakeholders looking to bend the ear of the federal government have a new outlet for their advocacy. Conservative member of Parliament Rod Bruinooge, who represents the riding of Winnipeg South, recently cobbled together a new postsecondary caucus of Conservative MPs that had its first meeting Feb. […]

BY HARMEET SINGH | March 09 2009

A new international discipline is emerging with the launch of Girlhood Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, says Claudia Mitchell, a professor in the department of education at McGill University. Dr. Mitchell is one of the journal’s founders, along with her late colleague Jackie Kirk and Pennsylvania State University professor Jacqueline Reid Walsh. A peer-reviewed journal published […]

BY LÉO CHARBONNEAU | March 09 2009

He was one of the world’s first computer-game sensations, yet this “screen capture” of the Nintendo mascot Super Mario is decidedly low-tech: the 3’ x 4’ image was created using 17,000 pushpins by students filling in time between classes at the University of the Fraser Valley’s Student Computing Centre. “We decided on Mario because he […]

BY DANIEL MCCABE | March 09 2009

In the wake of the most devastating economic crisis in generations, how is the failure of prevailing economic models transforming economists’ research agendas? University Affairs asked a number of Canada’s leading economic thinkers

BY TIM JOHNSON | March 09 2009

Tips and advice on choosing the right teaching with technology conference this year – and how to get the most out of it

BY JEFF DAVIS | March 09 2009

An agricultural researcher who studied at UBC puts his knowledge to work as the new governor of Kandahar province

BY LÉO CHARBONNEAU | February 23 2009

Iraqi students and faculty from the University of Basra prepare for a field survey of the marshes in the spring of 2008. As a Canadian project to help restore the fabled Iraqi marshes winds down, the project’s director is optimistic about the future of this culturally and ecologically important region. Barry Warner, a specialist in […]

BY DANIEL DROLET | February 23 2009

Some who moved north in Bush presidency have no plans to return

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