Dr. Betty Anne Younker (Credit: University of Prince Edward Island)
University of Prince Edward Island alumna Dr. Betty Anne Younker has been appointed as the next dean of the University of Western Ontario‘s Don Wright Faculty of Music. [University of Prince Edward Island]
Ian Penny (Credit: Dalhousie University)
Ian Penny, a Dalhousie University MBA grad, has been appointed as the Chair of the Board of the Halifax Chamber of Commerce. Penny said of his new role, “I plan to talk a lot about the amazing place Halifax is and the assets we have,” he says. “We really pull together to make things happen in this community. I would like to influence decisions that will ensure there is choice for those graduating from university—choice to stay or choice to go and then come back to build their career.” [Dalhousie . . . → Read More: Alumni Updates: Ian Penny and the Halifax Chamber of Commerce
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
Tony Ingram (Credit: Andi Lo via Dalhousie University)
Dalhousie University alumnus Tony Ingram’s b-boy dance crew Concrete Roots has been named Best New Business of 2011 by the Halifax Chamber of Commerce. The Concrete Roots organization, which Ingram formed with fellow DAL alum Igor Geshelin as well as Chris Beck and Michael Richard while a student at Dalhousie in 2007, strives to teach break dancing to school-aged youth. [Dalhousie University]
André Drouin (Credit: Saint Paul University)
André Drouin has been named as Saint Paul University‘s Alumnus of the Year 2011 for his studies, ministry and work with the poor, sick and destitute. [Saint Paul University]
Extra! Extra! Breaking news: the new Master of Journalism program offered jointly from the University of King’s College and Dalhousie University has now been officially approved by the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission (MPHEC).
This MPHEC approval officially completes the developmental stage of this 10-month program, which can now begin with its first cohort of graduate students in June.
The MJ degree involves a 10-month program specializing in multimedia digital reporting, investigative and entrepreneurial journalism. Students—who generally will have either prior practical experience or a Bachelor’s degree in journalism—are able to choose between two streams: investigative reporting and new ventures.
Want to give the program a go? Applications will be accepted until March 15.
King’s Master of Journalism Approved by MPHEC [University of King's College]
Arcade Fire burning up the music industry: Montreal indie band Arcade Fire—which counts three Concordia University graduates as members—have made waves in the music scene with recent high-profile award wins including an Album of the Year Grammy award and a Best International Album BRIT award. Alumni from the band include Régine Chassagne (BA Communication Studies ’98), Richard Reed Parry (BFA Electroacoustic Studies ’03) and Sarah Neufeld (BFA Electroacoustic Studies ’03). [Concordia University] Dalhousie University alumnus and former Olympic gymnast David Kikuchi recently shared his experience as the head
Dalhousie Alum David Kikuchi (Credit: Dalhousie University)
coach of the Nova Scotia men’s gymnastics team at the Canada Games held in Halifax from February 11-27, 2011. Two of Kikuchi’s athletes earned medals at the games. [Dalhousie . . . → Read More: Alumni Updates: Concordia Alumni in Arcade Fire Burn up Music Scene
Starting this fall, Dalhousie University business students will have another potential source of funding thanks to the newly-established Sir Graham Day Scholarships in Business.
Sir Graham Day (Photo Credit: Nick Pearce, Dalhousie University)
Supported by a million-dollar endowment, the Sir Graham Day Scholarships will support undergraduate and graduate students undertaking course work in the areas of family business, transportation or business-government relations within the Faculty of Management.
The donor-funded endowment was set up by philanthropist businessman John Bragg in honour of Sir Day’s contributions to the business community.
Sir Day is a former business professor and chancellor at Dalhousie University.
All in a Day’s work [Dalhousie University]
Want more information on Canadian university scholarships? Check out the scholarship pages on www.canadian-universities.net here.
Thinking of studying environmental science? One of Canada’s premier programs has received a boost of recognition with national accreditation.
Acadia University’s Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science is now a Canadian Environmental Accreditation Commission (CEAC) accredited program—one of only three in the country.
The program, launched in 1995, provides on a mixture of traditional science studies with coursework in policy and law—to produce graduates with a knowledge-base suited to a diverse array of environmental careers.
Acadia’s Vice-President, academic, Dr. Tom Herman, supports the program. “Graduates of Acadia’s environmental science program have gone on to successful careers in industry, public policy, and education,” said Dr. Herman. “We are seeing an increased level of interest in this field from students entering the sciences who see a career path in a field that directly addresses our planet’s sustainability. We believe student interest in this program will continue to grow and Acadia’s . . . → Read More: Program Notes: Acadia’s Bachelor of Environmental Science Gains CEAC Accreditation
Sorry Jack and Rose, there’s more loss at hand for the most-famous unsinkable-sinking ship—nearly 100 years after it’s demise.
According to researchers from Dalhousie University and the University of Sevilla, a newly-identified species of bacteria are eating away the debris of the Titanic, which sunk to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean in April of 1912.
The bacteria, named Halomonas titanicae, consume iron-oxide found in rust formations called rusticles found on the wreckage of the Titanic. As a result, researchers predict that what is left of the Titanic will continue to quickly disintegrate until it is nothing more than fine dust in the near future.
A rusticle from the Titanic. Photo Credit: Dalhousie University
The discovery of the bacteria help explain the rapid deterioration scientists have observed in the Titanic since the remains were found only 25 years ago.
While—thanks to the research into the Titanic rust—we now . . . → Read More: A Titanic Loss at Sea (Again): Researchers Find Wreckage-Eating Bacteria