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May 2009


A new emphasis in science on the study of genetic variation is raising old issues of race

BY DANIEL DROLET | April 06 2009

The annual gathering of humanities and social sciences associations is coming May 23 to 31 in Ottawa. Are you ready to make new friends?


The University of Ottawa has a new slogan: Help wanted. In March, the school issued a memo to its alumni, asking those who are not currently involved in the co-op program to consider hiring students and “accept the challenge of bettering your alma mater.” The university can regularly expect about 1,100 students from eight faculties […]

BY LÉO CHARBONNEAU | April 06 2009

Fed up by the continuing presence of fighting in hockey, Algoma University marketing instructor Nadine Robinson decided to put her money where her mouth is. She bought a domain name for $10, spent an equivalent number of hours putting the site together, and in February launched But a funny thing happened when she told […]

BY LÉO CHARBONNEAU | April 06 2009

The issue of rampant rabbits continues to raise its furry head at University of Victoria. The campus is overrun with feral rabbits and since last September the university has been running a public awareness campaign asking people not to feed the unwanted intruders nor harass them. But the university got into a bit of hot […]

BY HARMEET SINGH | April 06 2009

This starchy fruit caused a mutiny on the Bounty, but tapping into its bounty is the goal of Susan Murch, a professor of plant biochemistry at the University of British Columbia Okanagan. Dr. Murch, who holds the Canada Research Chair in Natural Products Chemistry, is part of an international effort to cultivate and distribute breadfruit […]

BY LÉO CHARBONNEAU | April 06 2009

The lights went out at Mount Allison University on March 20, but it wasn’t a blackout. The university was just getting a jump on the growing “Lights Out” event, which officially occurs on Earth Day, April 22. On that day, schools are encouraged to turn off their lights as an environmental gesture. The event has […]


Deadline for bids was March 31, but the federal government still must decide when, where and how the money will flow

BY DANIEL DROLET | April 06 2009

A panel of international experts agrees: Social scientists around the world need to do a better job of selling themselves. The question is, how? Four social scientists – one each from Australia, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the U.S. – were participating in a panel discussion about the value of humanities and social science […]

BY HARMEET SINGH | April 06 2009

Ten or 15 years ago, most pet owners would likely not have considered treating their animals for cancer, but that is changing, says Valerie MacDonald, a veterinary oncologist at the University of Saskatchewan’s Western College of Veterinary Medicine. Cancer treatment for pets can be expensive, but even if it gives owners an extra year with […]


With the economy in free fall, university leaders need skill and a tough skin to meet faculty, staff and students face-to-face to explain what’s going on. But it’s what every leader should be doing

BY DIANA SWIFT | April 06 2009

Once hailed as the mightiest magic bullet since antibiotics, gene therapy quickly hit technical and ethical roadblocks. But the lessons learned are helping to guide the next generation of genetic research

BY SHELDON GORDON | April 06 2009

Law students offer their time pro bono to help guide groups and individuals – many of whom can’t afford legal counsel–through the judicial maze

BY LÉO CHARBONNEAU | March 23 2009

Herzberg Gold Medal, Brockhouse Prize, Steacies and Killam fellows named

BY DANIEL DROLET | March 23 2009

Schools are ‘in denial,’ don’t recognize systemic racism on their campuses