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BY JEAN NICOLAS | January 07 2008

A heated debate over how to train PhD students for the jobs awaiting them has percolated for 15 years in Europe and the U.S. It’s high time for a Canadian discussion

Bright-eyed and bursting with excitement, the PhD student enters my office to announce the first validation of our hypothesis. As we rush off to the lab to observe the result together, our conversation is punctuated by exclamations. Before we can celebrate the joy of discovery, however, it is my rol...
https://universityaffairs.ca/features/feature-article/researchers-for-tomorrow/
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BY JOEY FITZPATRICK | April 07 2008

Les activités de recherche concertées découlant d’un échange bidirectionnel d’information entre les chercheurs et la population gagnent du terrain.

En avril dernier, l'Université de la Saskatchewan a réuni 12 personnes et leur a demandé d'imaginer l'avenir de l'agriculture dans la province. « Beaucoup des investissements nécessaires dans ce secteur doivent tenir compte d'une perspective à très long terme, affirme David Gullacher du Prai...
https://www.affairesuniversitaires.ca/articles-de-fond/article/mobilisation-des-connaissances/
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BY DANIEL DROLET | February 09 2009

Les universités de l’Atlantique doivent se montrer très ingénieuses dans leurs activités de recrutement étant donné que, dans leur région, le bassin des 18-24 ans commence à s’appauvrir. Quelles leçons d’autres régions peuvent-elles en tirer?

Déterminée à quitter son Manitoba natal pour ses études universitaires, Robyn Zajac a pré-senté une demande d’admission à des universités de l’Ontario et de la région de l’Atlantique. L’Un...
https://www.affairesuniversitaires.ca/articles-de-fond/article/entreprises-de-seduction/
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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

On a blustery November morning, Rina Jeyakumar dashes, coatless, to the chambers of Toronto’s small claims court from a cramped law office across the courtyard, to have a word with the presiding judge. Leaning towards the bench, sotto voce, Ms. Jeyakumar requests a delay before her client...
https://universityaffairs.ca/features/feature-article/the-voluntary-counsel/
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BY SHELDON GORDON | April 06 2009

Des étudiants en droit guident bénévolement, dans le dédale du système judiciaire, des personnes qui n’ont pas les moyens de s’offrir les services d’un conseiller juridique

La juge en chef de la Cour suprême du Canada, l’hono-rable Beverly McLachlin, déplore que, pour le Canadien moyen, le droit à un procès équitable soit menacé en raison de frais juridiques exorbitants. Certains jours, rapporte-t-elle, jusqu’à 40 pour cent des intimés qui se présentent de...
https://www.affairesuniversitaires.ca/articles-de-fond/article/services-juridiques-benevoles/
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BY ALEX USHER | October 05 2009

Imagining the future of Canadian post-secondary education

It wouldn’t be an anniversary celebration without a look ahead. For this we asked higher-education adviser Alex Usher to imagine some of the major trends and events that might influence Canadian universities in the 21st century. In a twist of perspective, he catapults himself into...
https://universityaffairs.ca/features/feature-article/back-to-the-future/
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BY ALEX USHER | October 05 2009

Qui dit anniversaire dit regard vers l’avenir. Nous avons donc demandé à Alex Usher, un expert-conseil en éducation postsecondaire, d’imaginer certains de grandes tendances pouvant avoir des répercussions sur les universités canadiennes. Dans un retournement de point de vue, il s’est imaginé en 2034, revenant sur les 25 ans qui se seront alors écoulés depuis le 50e anniversaire d’Affaires universitaires, en 2009.

À l’occasion du 75e anniversaire d’Affaires universitaires, on m’a invité à revisiter certaines des grandes tendances qui o...
https://www.affairesuniversitaires.ca/articles-de-fond/article/transportons-nous-en-2034/
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BY TARA SIEBARTH | June 13 2011

University Affairs web editor Tara Siebarth talked to Stephen Henighan, a professor of Spanish-American literature at the University of Guelph, about writing fiction, the inspiration behind his short story in this month’s issue, and the difference between academic and creative writing.

Read How I became a Muslim.

What was your inspiration for “How I became a Muslim”?

For me, inspiration for short stories can come from all sorts of weird moments – you never know when a story is going to creep up on you....
https://universityaffairs.ca/features/feature-article/in-conversation-with-stephen-henighan/
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BY VIRGINIA GALT | September 12 2011

Skills training gives PhD students a boost, whether they find work inside or outside academia.

Nathalie Magnus is pursuing her doctoral degree at McGill University’s division of experimental medicine, one of an elite group hand-picked by pediatric oncologist Janusz Rak to participate in ground-breaking research on the interaction between blood vessels and tumour growth. She serves as a vice...
https://universityaffairs.ca/features/feature-article/professional-development-for-grad-students/
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BY IAN D. CLARK, DAVID TRICK + RICHARD VAN LOON | November 07 2011

A new book argues for substantial reform to Ontario’s higher-education system, including the introduction of a rare breed of institution in Canada: the teaching-oriented university.

“By several measures, Ontario currently has a good higher education system,” say Ian Clark, David Trick and Richard Van Loon in their new book, Quality and Cost-Effectiveness of Undergraduate Education in Ontario" href="http://mqup....
https://universityaffairs.ca/features/feature-article/time-to-consider-a-new-type-of-university/
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BY DIANE PETERS | December 05 2011

La décision de la Cour suprême dans le dossier Insite marque une avancée de la prise en compte de la preuve fondée sur la recherche par les tribunaux canadiens. Cela pourrait avoir d’importantes conséquences pour les chercheurs en sciences humaines et pour leurs travaux.

En septembre, la cour suprême du canada a rendu un verdict unanime et tranché dans le dossier Canada c. PSH Community Services Society. La juge en chef, Beverley McLachlin, a ordonné au ministre fédéral de la Santé d’exempter définitivement le centre d’injection supervisée Insit...
https://www.affairesuniversitaires.ca/articles-de-fond/article/la-cote-de-la-recherche-a-la-hausse/
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BY HARRIET EISENKRAFT | June 11 2012

Romantic partners who are employed at universities in different cities confront many challenges in making their relationships work.

For more than two decades, Claire Carlin and Bruce Wonder have been making the four-hour trek by ferry and car between Victoria, B.C. and the state of Washington, alone or together, dozens of times a year. The marathons began less than a year after they met at Western Washington University in Bel...
https://universityaffairs.ca/features/feature-article/living-apart-together/
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BY GAËTAN BRULOTTE | June 11 2012

Quand le professeur Trot est invité chez des gens, il cherche souvent quelque prétexte pour visiter ce lieu devenu ultra-privé, mais il se fait généralement rabrouer.

Posés sur le rebord d’une fenêtre ouverte à l’étage d’un immeuble voisin, deux oreillers blancs s’aèrent dans le soleil matinal. Que de variantes de cette petite scène paisible Monsieur Trot, professeur d’anthropologie culturelle à l’Université Laval, a pu observer au fil de ses ...
https://www.affairesuniversitaires.ca/articles-de-fond/article/le-lit-des-autres/
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BY JANNA ROSALES | August 07 2012

A university teacher argues for “contemplative practices” in university teaching to help students become more reflective and engaged as citizens.

“Become.” This simple and concise statement frames the campus brand at Memorial University, my alma mater and where I now work. The slogan strives to inspire students to fulfill or at least tap into their inherent potential, but the brand campaign has me wondering more deeply: What do we become ...
https://universityaffairs.ca/features/feature-article/cultivating-minds-and-hearts/
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BY DIANE PETERS + JEAN-FRANCOIS VENNE | August 07 2012

Alors que le domaine restreint de la récréologie connaît une croissance, il lutte pour la reconnaissance par le milieu universitaire.

La récréologie constitue un champ d’études multidisciplinaire relative-ment récent dont les paramètres évoluent toujours. Cette vaste discipline comprend autant l’enseignement de la gestion de programmes récréatifs que la recherche sur la santé et le bonheur des Canadiens. Le secteur du...
https://www.affairesuniversitaires.ca/articles-de-fond/article/le-dur-chemin-vers-la-reconnaissance-de-la-recreologie/
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BY TIM JOHNSON | September 10 2012

Academics need the media to help publicize their work, but when important findings are distorted it can lead to decades of distrust.

It wasn’t the message they’d meant to send – not at all, as a matter of fact. When Andrew Weaver and Neil Swart of the University of Victoria’s school of earth and ocean sciences published https://universityaffairs.ca/features/feature-article/dancing-with-the-media/
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BY DANIEL DROLET | September 10 2012

Watching porn on a laptop during class, taking a cellphone call in the middle of a lecture, repeatedly interrupting with comments and jokes – there are many ways for students to disrupt a class.

Zopito Marini, a professor at Brock University who holds the Chancellor’s Chair for Teaching Excellence, has studied what he calls civil behaviour – or lack of it – in classroom settings. He says disruptive or uncivil behaviour is anything that diminishes the teaching and learning opportunitie...
https://universityaffairs.ca/features/feature-article/defusing-class-disruptions/