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Headlines for March 30, 2020


How Canadian universities are evaluating students during the coronavirus pandemic

As learning moved online, institutions and instructors looked for ways to be flexible. Pass-fail systems in lieu of letter grades; assignments in lieu of exams. Macaroni in lieu of clay.

The Globe and Mail
For graduating students, high anxiety as COVID-19 decimates job market

Canadian postsecondary students are weeks away from stepping into a job market that is reeling from unprecedented layoffs, raising concern about how those returning to school in the fall will fund their studies and whether graduates will bear long-term scars of unfortunate timing.

Global News
A look at research being done in Canada for a coronavirus vaccine

Thousands of scientists around the world are working on problems raised by the coronavirus pandemic, including the search for a vaccine against the virus.

Times Higher Education
International perspective: a Chinese student in Canada during the coronavirus outbreak

Chinese student Tiana Zhao has been studying in Canada for a few years. It is hard to be away from family during this time but she’s thankful to be able to stay at her university.

The Globe and Mail
Nobel laureate leads push for simple made-in-Canada ventilator

Arthur McDonald, a Queen’s University professor who shared the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics, is leading an effort by Canadian scientists at two national laboratories to produce a stripped-down, easy-to-manufacture hospital ventilator in time to meet an urgent demand for the machines because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Global News
Coronavirus is changing how university works. What does the future hold for students?

Alexandra Fox was on track to finish her master of science in occupational therapy in June — then the novel coronavirus outbreak hit.

CBC – Quirks & Quarks
Scientists are mobilizing from the ground up and the top down in our fight against COVID-19

As we struggle against the COVID-19 pandemic, scientists across Canada are stepping up to help.

Ottawa Citizen
Incoming Queen’s dean returns to front lines to fight pandemic

From speaking at the podium to getting right back into the thick of things, Dr. Jane Philpott said she is happy to put her medical skills back to work.

Alberta college and university performance-based funding changes delayed by pandemic

The Alberta government has pushed back the start date for a new post-secondary funding model.

The Sault Star
Spring, summer terms continue at university

Algoma University will offer spring and summer term courses – just a little later than usual and delivered in non-traditional formats.

University of Regina considers how grading will work after semester disrupted by COVID-19

The University of Regina says it will come to a decision early next week over how its students will be graded after a semester that faced dramatic changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Global News
Coronavirus: University of Regina student emergency fund suffering as applications increase

The University of Regina is asking the public for help after losing one of the main funding sources for their Student Emergency Fund.

Times Colonist
KPU, student association donate $200,000 for university’s students amid COVID-19 pandemic

Students at Kwantlen Polytechnic University will have access to $200,000 of emergency COVID-19 funding as of the end of the month.

Global News
Coronavirus: McMaster nursing students ask for early certification to join fight against COVID-19

Nursing students at McMaster University are the latest health-care students to ask for early certification to join the fight against the novel coronavirus and ease the burden on the health-care system.

CTV News
Can CEGEPs and universities finish the semester online? Teachers, unions say it isn’t that simple

Quebec’s CEGEPs are struggling to get ready to go online-only by Monday, according to union leaders.

Tap into Manitoba’s scientific community for help during pandemic, scientist says
An emerging diseases expert says more can be done to address the backlog in novel coronavirus testing in Manitoba and beyond.

Sault Star
Virus spooks students, but education still priority

Algoma University students are a little unnerved dealing with COVID-19, but want to keep hitting the books.

Some international students unable to go home during COVID-19

With schools closed and flights too expensive, international students talk about being away from home during the COVID-19 crisis.

Here’s what N.W.T., Nunavut post-secondary students need to know about their loans

The Northwest Territories government has announced that repayment of all territory student loans will be suspended until Sept. 30 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Windsor Star
U of Windsor launches online tool for parents teaching at home

Parents suddenly thrust into teaching roles amid province-wide school closures have new resources from the University of Windsor’s faculty of education to keep their kids learning.

The Varsity
COVID-19 breakthrough: researchers from U of T and McMaster successfully isolate virus

Scientists at Sunnybrook Hospital, the University of Toronto, and McMaster University successfully isolated and cultured SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the COVID-19 disease, from two patients, accelerating progress toward a COVID-19 vaccine.

Carleton students looking out for homeless during pandemic

Two students from Carleton University are making it their mission to help Ottawa’s homeless through the COVID-19 crisis.

Ottawa Citizen
Carleton prof creates plain-language guide for getting government aid

A Carleton University professor has created a plain language guide to help those trying to access government programs in the time of coronavirus.

Regina Leader Post
The Helpers: U of S medical students aim to back up front line physicians

A small group of second-year medical students at the University of Saskatchewan aren’t letting the fact they can’t practise medicine stop them from helping during the pandemic.

Global News
McGill University students helping frontline health care workers in Montreal

As universities close during the COVID-19 pandemic, a group of students at McGill’s Faculty of Medicine decided to put their free time to good use and create a network of volunteers helping frontline health care workers in the city.

CTV News
uOttawa prepares for families to move on campus due to COVID-19 pandemic

The University of Ottawa says 65 people will begin moving into on-campus residence on Monday due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Global News
Coronavirus: Trent University to provide temporary housing for front-line health care workers

Trent University in Peterborough will provide temporary housing options for healthcare workers at the city’s hospital during the coronavirus pandemic.

Global News
University and college residences part of COVID-19 plan in Kingston

KFL&A Public Health says it is working on plans to house COVID-19 patients — and perhaps hospital staff dealing with those patients — in residences at Kingston’s post-secondary institutions if the need arises.

Global News
Moncton researchers study if COVID-19 detection is possible with X-ray images, expert cautions use

A team of researchers at the Université de Moncton is working on a new online form of detection for COVID-19 by way of artificial intelligence, but one expert warns about how far the model can go.

Medical students to become first residents in new northern medical residency program

It’s an interesting time to start a career as a family doctor in the North, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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