One of the issues I lived with for 11 years as the admissions director for University of Toronto’s MBA program was where are the women? Like most MBA programs, we struggled to achieve more of a gender balance in the incoming class.
Conversely, when I was researching undergraduate programs with my son, I was surprised to see most universities reported having more female students than male.
At University of Toronto, Canada’s largest university, the male to female ratio is 44 to 56. Similiar ratios can be found at most Canadian universities. The small handful of notable exceptions is easily explained by the nature of the institution or the focus of their programs. For example, the Royal Military College has a 78 to 22 male to female ratio and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology reported a 59 to 41 ratio.
Mount St. Vincent University has the . . . → Read More: Looking for a Few Good Men
A few weeks ago Ontario’s 20 universities reported an overall increase of 2% in high school applications. The 2010 entry year also saw a similar increase of 3%. According to the Council of Ontario Universities this parallels a trend of higher demand for university graduates in the workforce. Two out of three new jobs require post-secondary education. If you’re a glass-is-have-empty person, you are already predicting an increase in the 2012 applications and 2-3% unhappy high school students and parents.
If you simply look at the statistics reported by the Ontario University Application Centre it appears that this conclusion is incorrect because the number of confirmations or acceptances of admission offers also increased by 2%.
But it’s not that simple. Some programs had a higher number of applicants while others saw a decrease. The big winners were Social Work (16%), Mathematics (9%) and Engineering (8%). Those programs which saw . . . → Read More: Increase Applications = Less Spaces?
Professor Tony Bailetti (Credit: Carleton University)
Carleton University Professor Tony Bailetti has been awarded the 2011 Ottawa Innovation Community award from the Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation (OCRI). Professor Bailetti, who is faculty in the Carleton University Department of Systems and Computer Engineering and the Sprott School of Business, received the award for his work related to the economic development of the Ottawa, Ontario region.
“Tony has been instrumental in developing very successful local ecosystems including Lead to Win and Coral CEA, and the LTW companies represent a significant portion of the successful start-ups in Ottawa over the past two years,” said Claude Haw, president and CEO of the OCRI.
Carleton Professor Tony Bailetti Honoured by OCRI [Carleton University]
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]
Dubas Kyle (Credit: LinkedIn)
Kyle Dubas, a Brock University Alumnus,has been named the General Manager for the Ontario Hockey League’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds—the youngest GM in the league’s history. Dubas, 25-years-old, is a graduate of the Brock University Sport Management program. [Brock University] McGill University alumnus Dr. Ian C. Munro and his wife, Jayne Munro have gifted a $1.5-million donation to the The Ian and Jayne Munro Chair in Food Safety. The Chair in Food Safety will lead McGill’s new Food Safety and Quality Program (FSQP), which is a new interdisciplinary teaching and research initiative created to direct collaborative research, create undergraduate and graduate teaching programs and provide third-party expertise for the Canadian food industry. “The Ian and Jayne Munro Chair in Food Safety will be the cornerstone of an internationally recognized program in food safety and quality here at McGill,” said Principal and Vice-Chancellor Heather Munroe-Blum. . . . → Read More: Alumni Updates: Brock Grad Youngest GM for OHL’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, Ian and Jayne Munro Chair in Food Safety
Dr. David Sinclair (Credit: Carleton University)
Carleton University‘s Dr. David Sinclair has been selected to receive the first ever Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) -TRIUMF Vogt medal—created in honour of fellow Canadian researcher Erich Vogt—in recognition of his work with neutrino physics in the Sudbury Neutrino Observation (SNO). Regarding the award, Sinclair said, “Canada has such a strong program in subatomic physics encompassing the whole spectrum of nuclear physics because there are so many very accomplished scientists working in this field. Working with Carleton’s SNOLAB group has enabled innovative research, helping us advance understanding in nuclear and particle physics.” [Carleton University]
Dr. Tony Bailetti (Credit: Carleton University)
Another Carleton achiever, Professor Dr. Tony Bailetti, will be honoured next month with the 2011 Ottawa Innovation Community award from the Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation (OCRI). “Tony has been instrumental in developing very successful local ecosystems including . . . → Read More: Recognizing Research: Carleton Professors Receive Awards
A former University of Waterloo student, 23-year-old Ted Livingston, has made a US$1-million dollar donation to help fund the University’s VeloCity residence project for student entrepreneurs. The donation will be used to fund student start-up ventures for several years to come. Livingston—founder and CEO of Kik Interactive Inc.—lived in the VeloCity residence in 2009. [University of Waterloo]
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According to new research from the University of Western Ontario, tangerines may offer more benefits than simply being tasty. Led by biologists Murray Huff and Erin Mulvihill, the study—published in the journal Diabetes—reveals that tangerines contain a substance called Nobiletin that may help prevent obesity as well as protect against type 2 diabetes and atherosclerosis.
The study—funded by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario and the Pfizer Canada Cardiovascular Research Program—followed two groups of mice who were fed diets either with or without Nobiletin added. The group of mice on the Nobiletin-enriched diet experienced no elevation in their levels of dangerous substances such as cholesterol, triglycerides, insulin or glucose.
“The Nobiletin-treated mice were basically protected from obesity,” says Huff, the Director of the Vascular Biology Research Group at Robarts. “And in longer-term studies, Nobiletin also protected these animals from atherosclerosis, the buildup of plaque . . . → Read More: Juicy Research: Tangerines Help Fight Obesity, Diabetes, Heart Disease
Dr. Bill Crosby (Credit: University of Windsor)
Beans may be more than delicious—they could also be an important bio-friendly material. A new multi-university collaboration between the University of Windsor, University of Guelph, University of Western Ontario and Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada will work to map the genome sequence for dry bean in order to better understand the potential of beans.
Dr. Bill Crosby, a biology professor from the University of Windsor, will work to research and analyze the genetic data in beans. In doing so, Crosby and the other researchers hope to find ways to make beans more resistant to disease in order to reduce loss of bean crops. If successful, greater yields of bean crops could be harvested—improving industry—and used to create more bio-products such as plastics and biodegradeable products.
“This is one of the first large-scale agricultural bio-renewable projects that has come to the University of . . . → Read More: Building a Better Bean: University Collaboration to Map Genome of Beans
In a world filled with tragedy and turmoil, the natural tendency for newsmakers might be to play up the shock value of destruction. However—according to a new study from McGill University and the Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research of the Jewish General Hospital—the Canadian print media is increasingly hedging on the side of hope when it comes to cancer coverage.
The study, led by Dr. Melissa Henry, examines cancer portrayals in six major Canadian newspapers from the late 1980’s to 2008. Dr. Henry explains the impetus behind the study: “Knowledge of how newspapers portray cancer is essential. It has the power to affect how individuals relate to cancer, it motivates information seeking and promotes preventive behaviours.”
According to the study, cancer coverage has amplified throughout this period in both quantity and positivity, with more cancer-related stories focusing on positive topics such as survival, awareness, . . . → Read More: Helpful Headlines: Impact of Cancer Coverage in Canadian Print