Kevin Dickie (Credit: Acadia University)
Acadia University has selected Kevin Dickie as its new Director of Athletics. Dickie—a long-time coach currently stationed as Director of Athletics at the University of New Brunswick—said of the appointment that “I’ll always appreciate the opportunity UNB gave me six years ago, but I’m really looking forward to taking my skills and experience to Acadia. The commitment Acadia’s senior leadership team has shown to make me a part of the Acadia family is a wonderful opportunity for me as well as Cindy and our two boys. We’re looking forward to coming to Acadia and back to the Valley. Acadia is headed in a very positive direction and it’s going to be exciting to be part of it.” [Acadia University] Chancellor Henry Champ has been approved to serve a second term at Brandon University. Champ, who is also a Brandon University alum and . . . → Read More: Movers and Shakers: Kevin Dickie Director of Athletics at Acadia, Henry Champ’s 2nd Term at Brandon
Water is one of the essential building blocks of life, but some Canadian communities may not have access to clean, drinkable water. With over 150 boil-water advisories currently in place on Canadian First Nations reserves, many First Nations people feel that their water is not safe to drink. Researchers suggest that consuming this unsafe water may have slow-showing but long-term health repercussions for those that consume it.
A new documentary called Crisis on Tap: First Nations Water for Life looks at shortages of clean water in First Nations communities and the resulting health implications of these shortages.
Produced by the University of Victoria’s Centre for Aboriginal Health Research (CAHR) and Cedarwood Productions, the documentary will be screened on Tuesday, April 26th at 3:30pm at the University of Victoria.
The trailer for the film can be seen below:
DON’T DRINK THE WATER [University of . . . → Read More: UVIC Documentary examines water quality of First Nation reserves
Dr. Dennis Fitzpatrick (Credit: University of Lethbridge)
University of Lethbridge professor and Vice-President Research Emeritus Dr. Dennis Fitzpatrick will be the new Vice-President, Research at the University of Regina. Dr. Fitzpatrick will begin in this new role in July. University of Lethbridge President Mike Mahon said of Dr. Fitzpatrick’s appointment, “this is an excellent opportunity for Dennis. His contributions here were significant, and we wish him well in this new role at the University of Regina.”
Dr Dennis Fitzpatrick Appointed VP Research at University of Regina [University of Lethbridge]
Warmer temperatures at Canada’s northern glaciers are causing them to rapidly lose ice and contribute to rising sea levels, reports a new study entitled “Sharply increased mass loss from glaciers and ice caps in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago” published in this month’s Nature journal.
According to the six-year, multi-authored study, the amount of ice loss in the Canadian glaciers tripled between 2007 to 2009—losing 92 billion tonnes of ice per year in that period—when compared to the level of ice lost in the period from 2004 to 2006. The increase in ice loss translates to sea-level rises.
“A sixth of a millimetre of sea-level rise per year might not sound like much”, said study co-author Professor J. Graham Cogley from Trent University, “but it adds up, year on year, and recent studies have confirmed that the actual rise varies around the world. Some places, including the Maritimes and New . . . → Read More: Canadian Glaciers Losing Their Cool
Andrew Dadson's "Black Bush" (Credit: Emily Carr University)
Emily Carr University of Art + Design student Andrew Dadson has been selected to receive The Brink Award for 2011 from the Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington.
The biennial award is given in recognition of an artist on “the brink” of their promising career in art. Recipients of the award receive a $12,500 monetary prize and a solo exhibition of their work. Additionally, one of Dadson’s pieces will be acquired as part of the gallery’s permanent collection.
Anyone tuning into a hockey game in the heat of playoff action can see that players put their all on the ice—often sacrificing their bodies to the sport. Aggressive play often leads to aggressive injuries, but are players taking more time to protect their minds after suffering concussions and head injuries? A new Canadian study — produced by the University of Calgary in cooperation with the National Hockey League (NHL) — found that while incidence of concussion have gone down, the time it takes to recover has gone up.
In the study, published by Canadian Medical Association Journal, researchers examined 559 incidents of concussions (classified as head injuries caused by traumatic force) experienced by NHL players between 1997 and 2004. With an estimated 1.8 concussions per 1000 NHL player-hours, the study found that those suffering head injuries reported the most common post-impact symptoms as headache and dizziness.
Over the . . . → Read More: Hockey Heads: Conclusions on Concussions in the NHL
Dr. Ian McKay (Credit: Queen's University)
Queen’s University History Professor Dr. Ian McKay’s book “In the Province of History: The making of the public past in twentieth-century Nova Scotia” has been awarded the International Council for Canadian Studies’ (ICCS) Pierre Savard Award. The award honours outstanding scholarly monographs on a Canadian topic.
McKay’s book, which was co-authored by University of Chicago PhD candidate Robin Bates, provides an in-depth look how the province of Nova Scotia selectively uses its history to promote tourism. The book examines what people have come to recognize as symbols of Nova Scotia and the actual historical significance of those symbols.
In response to the award, Dr. McKay says “It’s such a nice development. It’s a very local book, but it’s received all this attention from all over the world. It’s very nice to have a global audience and to attach our local interests to . . . → Read More: Nova Scotian Nostalgia: Queen’s Professor’s Book Wins International Award
Nipissing University education student and environmentalist Kate Jeffery has been awarded a Dr. David Suzuki Fellowship from the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study Laboratory School in recognition of her work in pre-service Environmental Education of elementary school children. Jeffery will use the fellowship—for which she will receive a monetary gift and the chance to spend a week immersion at the at the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study Laboratory School—to further her work in Environmental Education. “My goal is to be a life-long promoter of Environmental Education. I see myself working with kids as a teacher to promote Environmental Education both inside and outside the classroom.”
Schulich student wins Suzuki Fellowship [Nipissing University]
Dr. Lotfollah Shafai (Credit: University of Manitoba)
University of Manitoba Professor Lotfallah Shafai has been selected to win the 2011 Killam Prize in Engineering in recognition of his contributions to the field of electromagnetic communications. Dr. Shafai’s work has contributed to a variety of technologies, including wireless and satellite communications, remote sensing, radar metrology, radio astronomy, medical diagnostics and electromagnetic mapping of Arctic sea ice. [University of Manitoba]
Does supervised injection reduce the incidence of illicit drug overdose deaths? According to a new study from researchers at the University of British Columbia and the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, the answer is yes.
Drug addiction is a dangerous and unstable affliction that puts users at great risk for overdose and often death. Faced with this reality, an experimental medically-supervised injection facility called Insite—the first in North America—was opened in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside in September of 2003. The controversial facility operates as a place where users take pre-obtained drugs under the supervision of trained nurses. The facility also provides users with access to counselors and addiction treatment options.
The UBC study compared coroners’ records for illicit drug overdose deaths in Vancouver between January 1, 2001 and December 31, 2005. Overdose deaths in the immediate vicinity of Insite declined by 35 per cent after the opening . . . → Read More: Impact of Insite: UBC Study of Vancouver’s Supervised Drug Injection Facility