May 2, 2013 Vol. 47 No. 3
University of Manitoba
Made in Manitoba breakfast | May 4
Centre on Aging 30th Annual Research Symposium | May 6 Science Rendezvous | May 22
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Art and architecture students exhibit the year’s work
One sunny day: Coffee With a Co-Worker meets Pat Reid U of M writers sweep annual book awards
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Architecture and art students showcase work Photos by Donna Jones and Mariianne Mays Wiebe
Left: Chelsea Louise Grant, master’s of architecture student with a display of her work from the year. Below: School of Art student work, “Winnipeg Rebrand” series, silkscreen on paper by Oliver Gajes.
Ovide Mercredi named as distinguished alumni award recipient Ovide Mercredi [LLB/1977], a lawyer, negotiator, former National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, activist, author, poet and artist, has been named the 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient by the U of M Alumni Association. He will be presented with the award at the homecoming dinner on September 28. “Ovide Mercredi has dedicated his life to advancing social and economic justice for Indigenous peoples,” said President and Vice-Chancellor David Barnard. “The exceptional leadership qualities he demonstrated as a student at the University of Manitoba have carried throughout his distinguished career at the local, national and international level. We celebrate his many achievements and we honour his commitment to our province and country as well as his sound counsel on issues affecting our university.” Mercredi was born in 1946 into a traditional trapping, hunting and fishing lifestyle in Misipawistik Cree Nation
Ovide Mercredi (Grand Rapids), Manitoba. He went on to pursue a career in justice, earning his law degree from the U of M in 1977. As a young First Nation student at the U of M, Mercredi was one of the student leaders who helped to advocate for and successfully establish the first Native Students’ Association in Canada. “Ovide Mercredi embodies the
characteristics that are at the heart of the Distinguished Alumni Award,” said Ryan Buchanan, president of the Alumni Association. “Not only is he an accomplished lawyer, negotiator and leader, he has made significant contributions to his community, the University of Manitoba and beyond. We are so proud to be able to honour him with this award.”
recognize his many achievements and celebrate with him at homecoming.”
In 1989, Mercredi was elected Regional Chief of the Assembly of First Nations for Manitoba. Along with Manitoba MLA Elijah Harper, he was involved in defeating the Meech Lake Accord and he played a key role in resolving the Oka Crisis.
In 2006, Mercredi was invested with the province’s highest honour, the Order of Manitoba. He was nominated by the Government of India for the Ghandi Peace Prize and has received honorary degrees from Bishop’s University, St. Mary’s University and Lethbridge University. In 2007, Mercredi was installed as the first chancellor of the University College of the North, which serves students above the 53rd parallel. He is only the second Indigenous person to be named chancellor of a university in Canada.
“Our graduates are leaders in our community, shaping our world in many ways,” said John Kearsey, vicepresident (external). “Ovide Mercredi is an outstanding ambassador for our university through his presence on the national and international stage. I am pleased we have the opportunity to
Mercredi became a leading advocate for Indigenous rights and an astute negotiator in discussions involving traditional territory. He was elected National Chief for the Assembly of First Nations in 1991, representing more than 600 First Nations. He was reelected in 1994 and served until 1997.
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The U of M in the News
A voice on the world stage
PSSSSST! PST increase may go to court Apr. 20 Winnipeg Sun, Winnipeg Free Press, Canadian Press
Manitoba’s NDP government recently announced their desire to increase the PST from seven to eight per cent. Opponents are seeking legal advice to see if it can go before the courts. Offering their scholarly takes, Faculty of Law professors Bryan Schwartz and Michelle Gallant spoke to the media about this tax hike. Schwartz said the legislation raises questions, such as to what extent one legislative assembly has the power to control another. “The courts seem to be somewhat skeptical on that,” said Schwartz. He said there’s little precedent to indicate if there’s a valid legal argument against the implementation of this particular tax hike. Professor Michelle Gallant said there doesn’t appear to be a set sanction for a government that drafts new legislation to avoid following its own law. “The answer for all taxpayers is to vote to keep them in office or not,” said Gallant. “There would be democratic remedies.”
Balance amid tragedy Apr. 20 Globe and Mail
In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, and the bullying and resulting death of Rehtaeh Parsons in Nova Scotia, the paper ran an essay on how the media has evolved its coverage of terrible events. To help understand Parsons’s story, the essayist spoke with Jitender Sareen, a U of M psychiatry professor and the director of research and anxiety services. “Everyone has a different response to grief, and there is no research to tell us whether a public or private response is more helpful to the individual,” he said. He pointed the writer to a guide by the British charity group Samaritans; reporters can refer to it when dealing with the bereaved and it reminds reporters that people dealing with a tragedy are in shock and they should not be rushed or interrupted, and they may not be in a state to recall details accurately. In the case of suicide, “if someone grieving wants to talk to the media, the reporters should be aware of the [Canadian Psychiatric Association] guidelines and write the story in a way that can be helpful for the reader and minimize the risk of suicide contagion,” Sareen added.
Flood for thought
Winnipeg Free Press Jay Doering, dean of graduate studies and a civil engineer with expertise in watershed modelling, recently told the paper that only the province has the data necessary to know how much of a problem a recent snow dump in North Dakota will be. But it will indeed be a problem, he said. “Any precipitation that falls in the Red River Watershed will flow towards the City of Winnipeg,” Doering said. “Part of that flow will pass through the city and part will be diverted into the Red River Floodway. The level of protection offered by the floodway is approximately for a one-in-700-years flood. Protection for residents of the Red River Valley who built dikes around their houses or put their houses up on pads are protected to a 1997 flood event plus two feet,” he said.
“U of M student delivers message of hope amid the despair,” Winnipeg Free Press, Apr. 17, column about how, after the Boston Marathon bombing, the columnist was feeling depressed until she got an uplifting email Katie Eva, a U of M student.
U of M students Melina Djulancic, Rebecca Kunzman, Christiane Fischer, Mathew Stewart, Laura Poppel joined five faculty members at the G20 Youth Forum April 17 to 21. It brought together over 1,500 student leaders and academics in St. Petersburg, Russia. How do young people influence the world’s biggest decision makers? A handful of U of M students are on the right track, having been chosen to participate in the G20 Youth Forum. The prestigious international event for young leaders takes on today’s most pressing social and economic problems. Melina Djulancic (law), Christiane Fischer (political studies), Laura Poppel (law), Mathew Stewart (business) and Rebecca Kunzman (University 1) were recently in St. Petersburg, Russia, for forum that took place from April 17 to 21 forum. With another five U of M professors chosen to attend, our group sent more leaders to the international forum than any other Canadian institute. Professors Jacky Baltes (computer science), James Fergusson (political studies), Maureen Flaherty (peace and conflict studies), Witold Kinsner (electrical and computer engineering) and Roberta Woodgate (nursing) will join more than 1,500 students, academics, and business and government officials from around the world.
The U of M students were among the 150 young experts in international affairs, economics and finance from across the globe chosen to take part in the forum’s three-day G20 Youth Summit. There, they helped to shape recommendations that will eventually be shared with heads of state belonging to the G20 — a group of 19 countries and the European Union — along with leading international organizations like the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. The forum, in its seventh year, also includes an international conference to discuss global problems on the agenda of the G20. The purpose of the highlevel meeting is to start an intercultural dialogue, build partnerships and friendships. Faculty will share their knowledge and expertise by leading discussions at the conference. Of the five students, two will take on leadership roles within the mock summit (Djulancic as Head of State and Kunzman as Minister of Education), two will make presentations as part of the conference (Fischer and Poppel), and one will participate as an observer (Stewart).
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New Canadian national transplant research program JANINE HARASYMCHUK For The Bulletin
A team of seven Manitoba researchers from the U of M, CancerCare Manitoba, Transplant Manitoba, Manitoba Institute of Child Health and St. Boniface General Hospital are part of a new national research program recently launched with funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). The Canadian National Transplantation Research Program (CNTRP) includes researchers from across Canada collaborating on six national research projects to improve clinical outcomes for transplant recipients, supported by two national core platforms. It is led by Lori West at the University of Alberta, and includes 105 researchers and 86 collaborators at 13 centres and universities in nine provinces. The CNTRP is the first program in the world to unite and integrate the solid organ transplant, bone marrow transplant and the donation and critical care research communities together in a ground-breaking national research endeavour. “The federal government funding of this program is a key step to improving
access to transplantation and ensuring the highest quality of care for Canadians with end-organ failure,” says U of M’s Peter Nickerson, professor of medicine and immunology, associate dean (research), and Flynn Family chair in renal transplantation. “This historic collaboration of solid organ and blood/marrow transplant specialists with basic scientists and health outcome specialists will transform transplantation in Canada,” says Donna Wall, professor, U of M, director, Manitoba blood and marrow transplant program, and director, cellular therapy laboratory, CancerCare Manitoba. “The ultimate goal is to eliminate transplant wait lists and help transplant recipients lead healthy normal lives.” The Manitoba researchers are members of the following project teams: Core 2: Platforms supporting transplant correlative studies, database registries, training and interventional clinical trials Peter Nickersen, professor of medicine and immunology, associate dean (research), Flynn family chair in renal transplantation, U of M
Exploring Winnipeg’s communities Sean Moore For the Bulletin
Jane’s Walk is coming to the U of M on May 4, and on May 5 the U of M hosts the MS Walk. Jane’s Walk is an international phenomenon that began in 2007. Named after urban activist and writer Jane Jacobs, these annual and free walks held across the globe are organized by volunteers to educate people on where they live. On May 4, U of M campus planner Michelle Richard will team up with Janice Lukes from the Winnipeg Trails Association to take people on a walk through the residential communities of Fort Richmond and University Heights, which sandwich the U of M’s Fort Garry Campus. Next to downtown, the U of M is the second most commuted to destination in the City of Winnipeg and it is undergoing a transformation. Indeed, the walk is titled “The Communities, the Campus & the ReGeneration.”
Michelle Richard is the first-ever the director of the campus planning and real estate office at the U of M. She is an urban planner who has a master of city planning and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the U of M. She coordinated the OurWinnipeg plan for the City of Winnipeg and also previously worked for the provincial government. What: Jane’s Walk, a free walking tour of Fort Richmond and University Heights When: Saturday, May 4, 2013, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Where: Meet in the parking lot of Ecole St. Avila, 633 Patricia Ave. (behind Richmond Kings Community Centre) The MS Walk, which raises money for Multiple Sclerosis Society, will begin at the U of M’s Max Bell Centre on its Fort Garry Campus on May 5. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. and the walk starts at 10 a.m.
Government unable to fulfill funding commitment to PSE but avoids cuts U of M President and Vice-Chancellor David Barnard says that although he is disappointed the provincial government was unable to fulfill its previous commitment to increase university funding by five per cent in Budget 2013, he appreciated that it avoided cuts implemented in other jurisdictions. “We recognize our province is facing fiscal pressures and we appreciate that this is a tough budget year,” says President Barnard. “We also know that it is even more important during difficult times to invest in post-secondary education since our graduates will drive our economy out of its current challenges.” The Manitoba government increased funding to universities by 2.5 per cent. Alberta reduced its post-secondary education funding by seven per
cent, Nova Scotia cut funding by three per cent, and British Columbia reduced support by $46 million while New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island froze funding. Barnard notes that while the change in funding will result in retooling of its financial plans, the university is committed to meeting the needs of students while balancing its budget. As part of the university’s strategic resource planning exercise, units were requested to consider budget cuts of three to five per cent. Units made those presentations earlier this year. Next steps include consultation with the budgetary advisory committee regarding possible reductions based on those unit submissions. A budget will be put forward for consideration by the Board of Governors at its May meeting.
Donna Wall, professor, pediatrics and child health, immunology, internal medicine, U of M, director, Manitoba blood and marrow transplant program, director, cellular therapy laboratory, CancerCare Manitoba
dean (research), Flynn family chair in renal transplantation, U of M Project 4: Translating strategies for immunomodulation and transplantation tolerance
Project 1: Increasing solid organ and hematopoietic cell donation in Canada
Donna Wall, professor, pediatrics and child health, immunology, internal medicine, U of M, director, Manitoba blood and marrow transplant program, director, cellular therapy laboratory, CancerCare Manitoba
Darren Freed, associate professor of surgery, U of M and St. Boniface General Hospital.
Project 6: Personalizing immunosuppression to improve age-related transplant outcomes
Project 3: Favouring engraftment and preventing rejection/graft-vs-host disease through targeted disruption of danger and death signals: From cells to patients
Tom Blydt-Hansen, associate arofessor, pediatrics, U of M, medical director, pediatric kidney program, Transplant Manitoba; research scientist, Manitoba Institute of Child Health (MICH); past president, Canadian Transplantation Association
Kristjan Paulson, associate professor of internal medicine, U of M, hematologist, CancerCare Manitoba
Julie Ho, assistant professor of medicine, U of M David Rush, professor of medicine, U of M, medical director, adult kidney program, Transplant Manitoba - Gift of Life program Peter Nickersen, professor of medicine and immunology, associate
For detailed project descriptions go to the National news release available online at: >>cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/46632.html >>cntrp.ca/
Bakers, start your ovens! Chris Rutkowski The Bulletin
Baking the perfect loaf of bread is both a science and an art, so researchers are using Canada’s only synchrotron to look at the way bubbles form in bread dough to understand what makes the perfect loaf and how glutenfree products might better resemble traditional bread. Researchers from the University of Manitoba alongside scientists at the Canadian Light Source (CLS) synchrotron in Saskatchewan used powerful X-rays to look carefully at the fine details of dough. This is the first time that scientists have been able to see the very small bubbles that form within bread dough during the mixing process. Filiz Koksel, a doctoral student at the U of M, says that studying the makeup of the bubbles will help bakers create more consistent loaves of bread. “During the mixing process, bits of the dough flop over and trap air in the dough,” explains Koksel. “The air bubbles get smaller and smaller during mixing and they make up around ten per cent of the volume of the dough — it’s a significant ingredient.” The amount and the size of the bubbles in the dough changes based on the ingredients and the amount of mixing that takes place. Changes to either the mixing process or the ingredients can have drastic effects on the outcome of the dough. “For example, using less salt often results in more air that can ruin your dough, giving you bread with big keyholes,” Koksel adds. Visualizing the structure of the dough is something CLS scientist George Belev said was a unique experiment for him. “The 3D visualization of the bubbles in
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the dough requires a very fast, highresolution computed tomography (CT) experiment which is only possible with high-intensity synchrotron X-ray sources like the ones available on the Biomedical imaging and Therapy beamline at the CLS,” says Belev. “We take 600 images in less than a minute as the sample rotates over 180 degrees to obtain a 3D image of the bubbles in the dough sample.” After processing the data, Belev says that one small sample of dough (about 83 mm3) contained over 24,000 tiny bubbles. “The data clearly proves the air bubble population in the dough sample is very complex.” There are health benefits to the research as well that could allow bakers to cut back on the amount of salt (sodium) in the dough and still allow for a good crumb structure. Koksel also hopes the results will translate into better crumb textures for gluten-free products. “Gluten is great at holding onto gas. When you remove the gluten, there is difficulty with the gas holding properties of the dough, so our research will help us understand how to make better gluten-free products.”
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‘We all have mental health’
University to become more proactive around well-being and mental health Mariianne Mays Wiebe
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assessment and focus groups and then making mental health strategy recommendations, is on a year-long secondment from the Manitoba government. Notes Loewen, some ideas for recommendation to have arisen from her research and from student consultations include concerns about the university’s sense of community, community space and quiet spaces on campus. Also urgent are education and awareness of workshops and services that exist, and other ideas include the possibilities for alumni student mentors and a mental health ombudsperson. She will also be working with higher level university officials in order to bring mental health considerations to the level of strategy, infrastructure and policy. “Mental health has always been an area of passion for me,” she says, “in part because of the connection I feel due to family Stephanie Loewen U of M mental health consultant. with mental health issues and working U of M mental health consultant with people who have very compromised Stephanie Loewen is surprised by how mental health — as well as my experiences many people see mental health in with my own mental health.” negative terms. Too often, it is thought of pejoratively when, in fact, all of Despite an employment history in us have mental and spiritual health counselling, as outreach manager of the — “whether it’s positive or negative, Manitoba Schizophrenia Society and languishing or flourishing, or somewhere four years as provincial youth suicide in between,” she says. “We need to take prevention coordinator, Loewen has had care of our own mental health and care her own mental health difficulties. In for one another as a community.” fact, she says, it has become common for almost everyone to have either firstOver the next year, the newly hired hand or other close experience with consultant will help the university to someone else who has mental health create a cohesive mental health strategy issues, even if they themselves haven’t. that will lead to the implementation of many recommendations. It’s all After experiencing a serious depression part a bold move on the part of the during her post-secondary education, university to change the way we talk Loewen was forced to discontinue her about, behave in regards to and support studies for a time. Her second bout with mental health issues. The mental mental illness came after the birth of her health movement is calling for change child, when she went through a severe across the nation; other university post-partum depression and started a such as Mt. Alison and UBC have search that compelled her to seek help already implemented such strategies in outside of her region — because services recognition of the increasing significance were not available in her own. She of mental health and well-being. wound up in a “crisis stabilization unit” in Winnipeg; not ideal, she says, given What would “a well campus” look like? that it meant she was released without It’s one of the questions the consultant follow-up in her region after her stay. aims to map out over the next year. U of M’s new strategy will be based upon an assessment of current approaches and practices to support positive mental health and an identification of areas in need of development or enhancement. Loewen, who will be conducting the
healthy living activities Canadian Mental Health Week takes place from May 6 to 12. Check out free, healthy living activities for students, staff and faculty in University Centre’s fireplace lounge and campo area, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. every day during this week. Hosted by U of M’s health and wellness education Julie Civka in collaboration with Student
That’s changed since, though, thanks in part to Loewen. Her experience resulted in her telling her story and pursuing advocacy work with the Manitoba Regional Health Authority and the Province of Manitoba for in order to convince them of the need to establish Life, Active Living, UMSU and the CMHA, the week will include events for staff, students and faculty such as pet therapy dogs, active living activities, live classical music and a mental health speaker. There will also be healthy snacks available and many chances to win great prizes. Also coming up is the “Not Myself Today” campaign starting May 9 (workplace/Partners for Mental Health) and “Not Myself Today @ Work” on June 6 (Partners for Mental Health).
a crisis stabilization unit in her area. One opened in Steinbach last year thanks largely to her advocacy work. “[Experiencing a mental health crisis] alters the way you see the world,” Loewen concludes. “You see people through a different lens.” Consultation takes place from April to September 2013, analysis and recommendations will be forwarded
The Bulletin: How is mental health — flourishing or languishing — displayed in a workplace or community?
Stephanie Loewen: Positive, good or “flourishing” mental health displays itself in so many ways in the workplace and in the learning context. Staff members that are flourishing are more productive, efficient, innovative, resourceful and work better with their colleagues and clients. Employers reap the benefits of promoting a mentally health workforce in many ways, but tangibly, there are fewer costs related to disability claims for mental illness, and they have greater success at hiring and retaining staff. A mentally healthy workplace is one where all employees enjoy work-life balance, clearly understand their roles and have the opportunity to contribute to decisions about how work gets done. And what about students?
Students who are flourishing in their mental health are often active in community life and building community. They have better learning outcomes and skill development, which has been shown to lead to higher retention rates and student success. Any person who is flourishing in their mental health is also less likely to engage in problematic substance use, more likely to be physically healthy, less likely to engage in criminal or antisocial behaviour and are more likely to outlive their less-mentally well (also known as “languishing”) counterparts.
in fall 2013 and a final strategy will be recommended in January 2014. Crosscampus consultations will include student focus groups (these have already begun) and staff and faculty focus groups and interviews. A webpage on the U of M site will be another avenue for students, staff, and faculty to share their confidential feedback, experiences, and ideas to help inform the development of the strategy. Can you say anything about the workplace side of the strategy?
I think it is important to make note of the fact that for the workplace mental health side of the strategy, we are working very closely with Learning and Development Services, and the Outstanding Workplace Initiative to ensure the strategy complements and supports the ongoing work taking place under the OWI. [As mentioned in the article, surveys and focus groups are also part of the consultation process.] Is there anything else we as a community should take into consideration with regard to mental health?
A staff member or student with a mental illness can be flourishing in their mental health. It is a common misunderstanding that persons with the lived experience of mental illness are also unwell or don’t take good enough care of themselves, or are weak somehow. In my experience, some of the most flourishing people that I’ve met have been those with mental illness. I think this is due to the fact that they are more aware of and sensitive to their own needs. They are often more educated about the key elements of recovery — and these are the building blocks of mental wellness. Can you name some of those building blocks of mental wellness?
Healthy connections and relationships; taking breaks away from stressful situations and practicing being in the moment or being mindful, exercising and body movement, reaching out for help and being there to support others, practicing generosity and trying new things.
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Probiotics and Prebiotics Understanding the Science and Opportunities Winnipeg June 17-18, 2013
Above and below right: Student work from the exhibition.
Medical students to curate annual faculty Art Show Melni Ghattora The Bulletin
The RCFFN is hosting a two-day national conference/ workshop on probiotics and prebiotics, with the objective of creating a forum to facilitate sharing of ideas and networking opportunities between the academic, industrial and government communities.
June 17-18, 2013 To register or for more information go to https://www.rcffn.ca/probioticsconference or call 204-474-9989
From April 22 until 25, a group of students from the U of M’s Faculty of Medicine transformed the medical school into an art gallery. Each year this annual event offers a different theme or flavour; this year, “Looking back, moving forward” included entries from medical students and faculty in the form of paintings, drawings, written pieces and photographs. “This year’s theme reflected the idea that medicine is constantly moving forward through new technologies, and the careers of individual physicians and health care professionals. At the same time, medicine is aware of its past and looks back onto its treatments and patient care. Moving beyond medicine, we reflect on our past while striving to move forward in all areas of our lives because one can inform the other,” said Ashley Bhuller, Med II student and director of the art show committee. The four-day show also hosted a Gala evening on April 24 that featured a live musical performance from a Med II student.
“This art show is one of the most awesome things ever. It’s the same people who are studying and memorizing volumes and reams that are taking a beautiful picture or creating an amazing art piece of art, “said Merril Pauls, director, pre-clerkship, Faculty of Medicine. “It’s a beautiful expression and many of the participants create art around the human condition or illness.”
Art workshop uses visual literacy to improve observational skills of future physicians Ilana Simon The Bulletin
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The U of M’s Faculty of Medicine has partnered with the Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG) to launch a pilot workshop in art education, an offshoot of a medical school course centered on medical ethics and humanities. In small groups, second-year medical students attend one evening session at the downtown gallery. Learning from art educators and physicians, the future docs improve their visual literacy and learn how to apply to medical practice the skills of observing and looking critically at works of art. “While this has been done in many American and Canadian medical schools, it is a new initiative here in Winnipeg; it demonstrates a collaborative and innovative approach to helping our students become better doctors,” said Merril Pauls, director, pre-clerkship, Faculty of Medicine. Each three-hour session is divided into two parts. The first hour and a half is spent with WAG art educators in exhibition spaces where students look at different works and engage in discussions. “An individual’s personal knowledge,
background, ideas and assumptions affect how they observe and interpret visual phenomena,” said Anna Wiebe, head of education at the WAG. “Whether it’s art or in a clinical environment, visual literacy skills can be applied,” she added. “How do I observe a patient’s behavior and his or her symptoms? What am I expecting to find based on my own preconceived notions?” During the second part of the seminar, the students work closely with faculty members (academic physicians) and apply the same skills to a health context by viewing medical images and identifying what they are seeing. “Sometimes we think that the skills you need to be a doctor are just scientific skills you learn at medical school, but it’s also crucial that our students learn the specific skill of looking, observing carefully, looking a second time, and understanding how what you see could be interpreted in different ways,” said Pauls. “We want our graduates not to see their patients as a disease or an illness, but to see them as people and understand their frustration, their anxiety and their fears. Learning visual literacy and visual skills can help them become better doctors.”
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Scenes from Faculty of Architecture open house Faculty of Architecture student work was on display for one of the best-known open houses at the U of M. The Annual Year End Exhibition occupied the John A. Russell Building and Architecture 2 Building from April 19 to 23, providing an opportunity for the public, media and parents to see the creative studio work of Faculty of Architecture environmental design undergraduate students and graduate students in departments of architecture, landscape architecture, interior design and city planning.
Photos by Mariianne Mays Wiebe
Both students and professors were on hand to meet and discuss the nature of the work.
Thu Ngugyen, master’s of interior design student.
Angela Chen, environmental design, year 4, interior environments option.
Steve Gairns, master’s of architecture student.
Scott Irvine, master’s of landscape architecture student.
Storytelling festival set to launch eighth year Chris Rutkowski The Bulletin
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The 8th annual Winnipeg International Storytelling Festival takes place from Monday, May 6, through Saturday, May 11. It’s the only festival of its kind in the world: An annual free cultural event dedicated to storytelling for the advocacy and support of peace. At the Festival this year, the Dr. Philip Weiss Award for Storytelling for Peace and Human Rights will be given to Holocaust survivor Sidney Finkel, who tells the story of his childhood vividly and honestly. History, courage, luck and foolhardiness took Finkel on a journey from Poland in 1939 at the age of seven to Buchenwald, Germany; Thereseinstadt, Czechoslovakia; and finally, as a teenager, to Windmere, England, in 1945. The author of Sevek and the Holocaust: The Boy Who Refused
to Die, Finkel did not speak about his experiences until 1993 when he visited the U.S. Holocaust Memorial in Washington, DC. Since beginning that journey, he has spoken in hundreds of schools in the United States.
Sign Language, to take us by the hand and sit with us down in her world. Teachers, parents, interpreters, and both Deaf and hearing children and adults will be drawn by her stories and her experience; and
The festival’s school program will bring K through 12 students to Winnipeg from as far as Swan River.
Paul Taylor, a troubador with a didjeridoo who seeks to build bridges of cultural understanding. He is mentored by Yidumduma Bill Harney, custodian of the Wardaman culture in Australia’s Northern Territory, and is honored with the Wardaman name “Jalala.”
Featured tellers this year include: Roberta Kennedy, a traditional Haida storyteller, drummer and Dene teacher of the Dogrib language to primary school students. She tells stories for children and adults at festivals, schools, universities, conferences, workshops and on TV and radio. Christine Spink-Mitchell, who uses her love of her language, American
The Mauro Centre for Peace and Justice is based in St. Paul’s College at the University of Manitoba. It offers the only PhD program in Peace and Justice in Canada, attracting students from around the world.
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School of Art exhibition celebrates student work Donna Jones For The Bulletin
In an exciting new format that takes full advantage of the architecture of the recently opened new facility, nearly 60 artists, spring graduates of the three-year Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) and four-year BFA (Hons.) studio programs, showcased the best of their work on April 20. Art in the exhibition reflected the broad range of student interests, from traditional to new media, including painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramics, photography, video and installation pieces. Established in 1913 as the Winnipeg School of Art, the School of Art celebrated 100 years with the opening night of the 2013 Graduating Exhibition, which took place in the brand new ARTlab facility. The school joined the U of M in 1950, moving to the Fort Garry campus in 1965. The new building is located at 180 Dafoe Road, on the corner of the Duckworth Quadrangle, with additional facilities in the ‘Art Barn’ and sculpture/ ceramics buildings west of ARTlab. The school offers diploma and degree programs at the bachelor's and master's levels.
Orysia Stein, “The Façade," digital prints.
Allyson Giardino, “M,” oil on canvas.
“The ARTlab facility lets us present work throughout a beautiful building that serves as a four-storey art gallery,” notes the school’s director Paul Hess. “In it we celebrate the hard work and talent of our students, where risk-taking becomes second nature to the messy business of creating interesting and thought-provoking artwork and design.”
Donna Garolfalo, My Dad is Bigger than Your Dad," ceramic.
Hana Park, "Feelings of Vegetables," digital prints.
Kaitlin Twomey, “Untitled (the Unworthy Series),” mixed media
Cara Mason, L-R: “Disorder (Bipolar):” “Disorder (Obsessive Compulsive)”; “Disorder (Borderline Personality),” oil and acrylic on canvas. Sara Perkins, “Holding on To,” mixed media.
Chris Janes, “7 Decades,” mixed media.
Helga Jakobson, “Isafjordur,” mixed media.
Photos by Donna Jones
The show’s new format brings streams within the BFA program together, giving viewers the opportunity to see fresh, diverse works all under one roof.
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COFFEE WITH A CO-WORKER:
When Pat Reid walked into the book store on a sunny day in 1972, she fell in love with it, and soon after, with the U of M itself — the environment, the people and the culture. She was hired on the spot. Even now, almost 38 years later, it’s not difficult to see why her sunny disposition and sparkle would have persuaded an employer. The director of ancillary services is getting set to retire after a career that’s included not only a position as a book store textbook clerk, but also manager of the book store, a role she served in from 1995 until 2003, when she was appointed to her present position. She also recalls a stint as switchboard operator a la Lily Tomlin before the age of wireless connection. Now she heads a team of more than 200 employees in ancillary services, which includes everything from food and conference and catering services to the pharmacy and book store to student residences.
Described by others of “having a spark,” Reid is clearly passionate about her work and the university community. (She says that over the years, her passion has transformed from a bull dog into a beagle.) As she puts it, “I felt like I’d found my place.”
‘I felt like I’d found my place’ The key word is “team,” she says. It’s been her own good fortune, both to work with “the outstanding people here” — some life-long friends — and to learn from many others over the years, she continues. “The biggest thing I can do is to acknowledge the intelligent, committed, passionate people here and strong work and service ethic they represent, and pass forward those values,” she adds. Reid counts it a privilege to work at the university and she feels a strong responsibility to model the values she’s encountered in others and holds to in her own work. It begins with the staff, she says, who are also the university’s
biggest advocates. “It’s important to support and deal fairly with them and to hold to a collaborative vision of delivering exceptional service, while displaying tolerance and respect for the diversity of people in our community,” she says. A strong service ethic, a compassionate spirit and authenticity are things she values. In large part, her role is one of advocate, she says. Having a position of responsibility “is about projecting those values and demonstrating confidence in what we deliver,” she says. It’s in building Pat Reid in her office. trust and credibility; and we gain that confidence in how we build our team, allowing people to learn, giving them room to make mistakes, helping them to grow in their capacity.”
The day-to-day work includes “all levels of surprise,” she says — from being on hand to help out at the book store on busy days (during the fall, there can be as many as 5,000 people through the checkouts in one day) to working with unions and UMSU and developing a respectful and collaborative Pat Reid with her team, clockwise relationship with them. from left: Leta Beyak, assistant director, ancillary services, Murray The hands-on nature of the job is something Reid Elfenbaum, administrative coordinator, Julia Panchyshyn, admin. greatly enjoys. “Our best practices are developed assistant for the U of M Bookstore.
What puts a smile on your face?
I love dogs, horses and my friends and family!!
Places you like to visit and why:
London, anywhere in Ireland, The Grand Canyon, The Rocky Mountains near Banff, Yellowstone, the Black Hills, Victoria Beach. It’s the spirit of the place. What is something you find essential or enjoyable to do every day?
Breathe and fill up with gratitude. When I make it a priority and have the time, work out.
You are always thrilled to spend any free time:
Horseback riding. Sitting by water. Jogging in the heat.
J.F.K., John Lennon, Mahatma Gandhi. Goals:
Besides the U of M? Winnipeg, Calgary, Moose Jaw, Regina, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary and Winnipeg. Summers with my grandparents in Keewatin, Ontario, on the beautiful Lake of the Woods.
Connecting with significant people in my life and working on those relationships. Appreciating the good in people, offering love and support and allowing compassiona and tolerance to win over shortcomings and intolerance. Get in better shape. Have time to focus, read, write.
Do you have a favourite childhood memory?
Something eye-opening you’ve experienced:
Where did you grow up?
Horse-napping a horse from the riding stable where I worked when I was 10 years old in Moose Jaw, SK, and hiding him in our backyard tiny, one-car garage. I got caught and had to take him back. He was a black and white, stocky, walleyed Pinto named Rags.
Walking into the Poet’s Corner in Westminster Abbey and having the spirit of the place move me to tears of joy. Experiencing the natural world on the high plains of South Dakota and Wyoming.
so that we can move quickly when we need to, and we roll up our sleeves, and do what we have to do. We work with all the on-campus groups, but in a handson way. We’re on the ground — often in the eye of the hurricane,” she notes. “Part of the joy of this job is being able to give people opportunities to learn and work here at the U of M. The kind of support I have had, as well. “It’s been a privilege to be able to grow up here at the U of M, and the people I’ve worked with here have given me so much. I’m so grateful — it’s a privilege to have the opportunity to give back.” —Mariianne Mays Wiebe
Misplaced political correctness disguised as diplomacy or protocol. Smoke and mirrors. Guiding principle or motto:
We are collectively stronger and more intelligent than on our own. “I thank you god for most this amazing day, For the leaping greenly spirit of trees, and the blue true dream of sky, And for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes.” e.e.cummings. What do you appreciate or admire in others?
Compassion and tolerance.
Building in Ghana: U of M students and Architects Without Borders Nine students from the U of M’s Faculty of Architecture traveled to Ghana on April 29 to take a course called Service Learning in the Global Community (SLGC).
Presby Primary School in the town of Damongo. The group will engage in a collaborative process with non-profit organizations, community members, trades people, classmates, and instructors.
The six-credit-hour course provides opportunities for students to live and work overseas while learning about culture, construction and design. The U of M group will return to Canada on June 1.
The impetus for the course is a belief that collaboration can contribute to architecture of global citizenship. Since 2005, Kelley Beaverford, executive director of Architects Without Borders Canada and an associate professor in the Faculty of Architecture, has offered this course in Ghana, Uganda, Turkey and Sri Lanka.
Working as apprentices on a construction site, the students will build a school library for
This project follows a successful
partnership formed in 2010 to build St Anne’s Boarding House. Tools for Schools Africa, a non-profit organization in Red Deer Alberta, will fund the construction project. Since 2003, they have shipped teaching materials to more than 50 primary schools, set up three libraries, and conducted teacher training sessions reaching over 900 teachers in Northern Ghana. The success of their work lies in partnerships with local schools and development organizations. Technical and design assistance has been provided by Architects Without Borders Canada.
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Research Associate Positions The University of Manitoba anticipates research associate positions available over the next six months beginning May 1, 2013 until October 31, 2013. Successful candidates must hold a doctoral degree or have equivalent qualifications and experience. Minimum starting salary is $35,000.00/annum. We offer a full range of staff benefits for applicable appointments. The University of Manitoba is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace. Applications are encouraged from qualified applicants including members of visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, people with disabilities, people of all sexual orientations and genders, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of the university. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. Pending approval of grant funding, there may be positions available in the following areas:
Centre for Earth Observation Science (CEOS/CERC): environmental education, atmospheric science with a focus in the field areas of electromagnetic and remote sensing of climate science, sea-ice geophysics, climatology, this includes either mid-latitude or polar environments, atmospheric science with carbon dynamics in polar marine environment, air-surface carbon exchange, estuarine and tundra environments of the Canadian arctic and sub-Arctic coastal zones, terrestrial ecosystem modeling (soil-vegetationatmosphere), eddy correlation systems, forest ecology, agriculture or related biological field in statistical modeling, forest biophysical modeling, invasive species biology, landscape change and spatial analysis of the agro ecosystem in remote sensing and image analysis, human geography, human environment, human ecology, or other related fields with a focus on the impact of change on people, especially aspects of subsistence lifestyles (food, clothing, health, education, informal economy) in the boreal forest, arctic, or west coast island environments, atmospheric or meteorological sciences with a focus on one or more of the following: atmospheric modeling (any scale), atmospheric remote sensing, extremes in the weather and climate system, severe weather processes (mesoscale and synoptic scale forcings), surface-atmosphere coupling, boundary layer processes, environmental chemistry, environmental geochemistry, biogeochemistry, aquatic chemistry, cryospheric chemistry, processes related to melting glaciers, glacier-fjord-ocean interactions, sedimentary biogeochemistry, long range transport of contaminants to polar and alpine regions, chemical transport across environmental interfaces, chemical speciation and bioavailability, interaction between climate change and global contamination, broad field of arctic system science with a particular emphasis on how sea ice relates to the areas of geomicrobiology, low temperature isotope systematics, biogeochemistry, physical oceanography or biological oceanography. Geological Sciences: mineralogy, mineralogical crystallography, spectroscopy. Department of Soil Science: agricultural nutrient management and optimization, nutrient dynamics, loading, transport and export from agricultural land, dynamics of greenhouse gas exchange, agrometeorological modeling and application development, pesticide fate monitoring, modelling and contamination risk assessment, soil erosion, redistribution and its impacts, tillage impacts on agriculture and the environment, arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal ecology, nematology, remediation of contaminated land. Chemistry: electrochemistry, materials characterization with x-ray and electron probe techniques, photoelectrochemical energy conversion, conducting polymers, environmental chemistry, environmental analytical chemistry, instrumental mass spectrometry, metallomics, inorganic chemistry, organometallic chemistry/homogeneous catalysis, high resolution microwave and infrared spectroscopy, computational chemistry, scanning probe microscopy, conducting polymer electronics, systems micro-electronic materials and devices, nanotechnology, liquid crystals and liquid crystal nanocomposites, nanoparticle synthesis and characterization, solid-state NMR of inorganic materials, natural products chemistry, polyketide biosynthesis, vibrational spectroscopy and spectromicroscopy, protein purification, protein biochemistry, cell signaling, cell biology, plant (glyco)biology, biochemistry and molecular biology, systems biology, infrared and raman microscopy of biological samples and polymers, drug design synthesis and in vitro and in vivo testing, organic chemistry, organic synthesis, development of novel antimicrobials, peptidomimetics, glycotherapeutics, medicinal chemistry, high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). Physiology: neurobiology, in vivo electrophysiological approaches to systems, neurophysiology, brain and spinal cord slice electrophysiological and pharmacological studies, in vitro brainstem and spinal cord preparations, immunohistochemistry, neural regeneration, magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy, cerebral circulation, metabolism and neuroprotection, neuroimmunology, clinical electrophysiology and kinesiology, cerebral circulation, cell culture and transfection, molecular neurobiology, neuroanatomy, proteomics and mass spectrometry, neurochemistry, stem cell and spinal cord injury, endocrinology and metabolic diseases, transgenic and knockout mouse models, molecular and developmental endocrinology - hormone regulation, hormone action, growth factors and steroid hormones in reproduction, placental and fetal development, molecular genetics of islet cell development and diabetes, protein purification, protein biochemistry, cell signaling, cell biology, gene transfer,
Application Procedures: Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, bibliography and names of referees. In your application package, please clearly state the heading (ex: Physiology), and the specific field or areas of specialization.
epigenetic-related (histone modification, DNA methylation and non coding RNA) assessment, prostate and breast cancers, RNA splicing, hypothalamic neuropeptides, molecular cardiology, oxidative stress and heart failure, cardiac apoptosis, growth factors and the heart, matric proteins, cardiovascular physiology, cardiac metabolism, cardiac membranes and contractile proteins, Ca2+-transport, signal transduction, ischemic heart disease, ischemia-reperfusion injury, vascular smooth muscle, hypertension research, protein electrophoresis, methods of preservation of the heart and brain during cardiac surgery using in vivo and in vitro models in combination with magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy, airway and vascular smooth muscle biology, biochemistry, molecular biology and biophysics, asthma and murine models of asthma, pulmonary vascular physiology, pulmonary hypertension, animal models of persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn, airway smooth muscle phenotype and function, tissue repair mechanisms in lung disease and development, lung development, lung hypoplasia in congenital diaphragmatic hernia, animal models of congenital diaphragmatic hernia; clinical testing of new treatments for pediatric lung disease, nanotechnology and tissue bioengineering, airway epithelial cell biology, response of lung cells to viral infection, lung inflammation, chronic obstructive lung disease, tissue repair and inflammation in COPD, receptor coupling and signaling in lung cells, exercise physiology, pulmonary function testing, and proteomics. Plant Science: protein purification, protein biochemistry, cell signaling, cell biology, agronomy, plant physiology, plant biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, plant pathology, plant genetics and genomics and bioinformatics. Family Medicine: community based research networks, knowledge translation, health policy, aboriginal health, health care delivery systems, quality of care, population health, epidemiology, public health, social and behaviour sciences, knowledge synthesis, quantitative social sciences, qualitative health research, risk communication, health services research, social determinants of health, research project management, population health, database development, applied statistics, biostatistics, health transfer, health economics, pharmaco-epidemiology, cancer epidemiology. Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering: finite element method, vibrations, acoustics, ultrasonics, aerodynamics, multiaxial fatigue, fracture mechanics, elasticity, plasticity, composite materials, nano-mechanics, mechanics of materials, nonlinear dynamics, legged locomotion robotics, biomechanics, computer assisted industrial engineering, computer integrated manufacturing, robotics, production planning, integrated CAD,CAPP,CAM systems, reverse engineering, system modeling and simulation, manufacturing process, forming and joining of metals, mechanical properties and repair of gas turbine alloys, teleoperation and robotics, control systems, actuators and fluid power, fracture mechanisms and mechanics, fatigue, acoustic emission, polymers, dislocation theory, corrosion, microstructuremechanical properties of materials, aerospace materials, polymer and composite processing, composite joining and bonding, thermomechanical processing and microstructural characterization of metallic alloys, alternative energy and modeling of biomass energy conversion systems, high velocity kinetic turbines, icing of wind turbines, droplet and spray vaporization and combustion, turbulent flow, aerospace engineering, acoustic wave propagation, supercritical flow stability, computational fluid dynamics, complex flows, industrial multiphase flows, ice accretion measurement, steam condenser modelling, computational fluid dynamics, transport phenomena in porous media, core analysis, two-phase flow in condensers, heat transfer augmentation, experimental fluid dynamics, turbulent flows, laser doppler velocimetry, computational fluid dynamics, turbulence modeling, largeeddy simulation, direct numerical simulation, environmental fluid mechanics, transport phenomena. Community Health Sciences: aging, applied statistics, biostatistics, cancer, cancer epidemiology, community-based research, cultural safety, database development, environment and health, epidemiology, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, First Nations/ MĂŠtis/Inuit/ health, health care delivery systems, health disparities, health economics, health policy, health services research, health transfer, infection/inflammation, knowledge synthesis, knowledge transfer, knowledge translation, maternal and child health, pharmaco-epidemiology, population health, program evaluation, public health, qualitative health research, quality of care, quantitative social sciences, research project management, risk communication, social and behaviour sciences, social determinants of health
All applications should be sent to: Kathy Niziol, HRMC Academic/Support Advertising Coordinator Human Resource Department, University of Manitoba 309 Administration Building Winni peg, Manitoba Canada R3T 2N2. email: Kathy_Niziol@umanitoba.ca
and vaccine safety and effectiveness. Immunology, Faculty of Medicine: leukocyte degranulation; intracellular mechanisms regulating leukocyte degranulation; infection and immunity; pathogenic immune responses to infection; dendritic cells; natural killer cells biology; lentiviral-based gene therapy; induction of transplantation tolerance; molecular signalling mechanisms; B lymphocyte activation and malignant transformation; human neutrophils and allergic immune responses; molecular regulation and function of Fc epsilon and cytokine receptors in allergic diseases; host-pathogen interactions; immune responses to pathogens and chronic diseases; maintenance of established immunity (memory) and vaccination strategies with particular emphasis to in vivo and in silico identification of protective Leishmania antigens; immune regulation; airway inflammation. University Teaching Services: curriculum, instruction and assessment and post secondary education. Richardson Centre for Functional Foods & Nutraceuticals: protein purification, protein biochemistry, cell signaling, cell biology, cell culture work, molecular biology, molecular analyses, molecular signaling mechanisms, elasticity, plasticity, immune responses to pathogens and chronic diseases, instrumental mass spectrometry, natural products chemistry, protein purification, protein biochemistry, drug design synthesis and in vitro and in vivo testing, development of novel antimicrobials, histological and immunocyto-/histochemical preparations of human and animal tissues, drug formulation, drug delivery, transdermal delivery, evaluation of drug efficacy, cardiovascular physiology, lipid metabolism, cardiac membranes and contractile proteins, signal transduction, hypertension research, dietary interventions, fatty acid analysis, eicosanoid analysis, nutritional biochemistry, insulin, homoeostasis, inflammation response, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, nutrition and gut health interactions, beneficiary effects of nutraceuticals & herbal medicine in vascular disorders, enzyme purification and assays, two-dimensional gel electrophoresis. Surgery: quality care, population health, epidemiology, health service research, research project management, knowledge translation, curriculum development, molecular biology, proteomics, genomics, imaging. Microbiology: molecular biology, microbiology, virology, genomics, phylogeny, systems biology, antimicrobials, molecular analyses, bioinformatics, cell culture, microscopy, protein biochemistry, protein expression, protein purification, structural biology, protein crystallization, protein x-ray crystallography, mass spectrometry, enzymology. Electrical & Computer Engineering: stochastic modeling of communication systems, markov chains, queueing theory, stochastic ordering of queueing systems, matrix-analytic methods, call admission control, capacity analysis of CDMA systems, tail probabilities, channel coding, LDPC codes, GilbertElliot Markov channel modeling, sensors and actuators, biosensors, computational electromagnetics, microfluidics for biomaterial analysis, and conducting polymer devices, biomedical imaging, electromagnetic inverse problems, high voltage engineering, specifically in the following areas: condition monitoring in high voltage engineering, energy harvesting in high voltage systems, numerical simulation of high voltage transformers, electromagnetic compatibility, specifically in the following areas: design, simulation, and fabrication of MRI cables, and radio resource management in femtocell networks, cognitive femtocell networks, power control in wireless networks. RF circuit design, microwave and mm-wave test, RFID system design, RF printed electronics, microwave systems, transmission line modeling, photonics, biophotonics, solid-state lasers, laser spectroscopy and microscopy, nonlinear optics, civil structural health monitoring, wireless sensing systems, biomicrofluidics, biological signal analysis, and biomedical instrumentation, biomedical engineering, biological signals acquisition and analysis, particularly electrovestibulography, EEG, EMG and respiratory sounds, power system protection and electrical power distribution and distributed generation, civil structural health monitoring, wireless sensing systems, biomicrofluidics, single cell electronic analysis. Biochemistry & Medical Genetics: statistical and population genetics, genetic etiology of mendelian and complex traits. Nursing: knowledge translation, intervention research, health services and policy research, aging, mental health, maternity and child/youth health research. PSYCHOLOGY: research, statistics in applied behaviour analysis, brain and cognitive sciences, clinical, developmental, methodology, school psychology, and social and personality psychology areas.
Application materials, including letters of reference, will be handled in accordance with the protection of privacy provisions of â€œThe Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacyâ€? (Manitoba). Please note that curriculum vitaes may be provided to participating members of the search process.
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University of Manitoba Fort Garry + Bannatyne campuses
New Leadership Program Encourages Students and Benefits Community
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MADE IN MANITOBA BREAKFAST
Saturday, May 4 | 9:00 a.m to 12 noon At the Farm & Food Discovery Centre. Eat and celebrate locally grown food! Cost includes breakfast, entrance to exhibits and activities for the family. The Discovery Centre is located at the U of M’s Glenlea Research Station, 15 min south of Winnipeg on Hwy 75. Visit ffdc.ca for more details.
CENTRE ON AGING 30TH ANNUAL SPRING RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM Monday, May 6 | 8:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. In Frederic Gaspard Theatre, Theatres B and C, Bannatyne Campus, 727 McDermot Avenue. Lunch is available for $10; please indicate on the registration form. Visit the Centre’s Web site to download the registration form and presentation abstract information at: umanitoba. ca/centres/aging/events/384.html
DEPARTMENT OF INTERNAL MEDICINE SECTION OF RHEUMATOLOGY’S 34TH ANNUAL METRO OGRYZLO MEMORIAL LECTURE
Tuesday, May 7 | 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. Esther M. Sternberg, University of Arizona’s Center for Integrative Medicine
director of research at the Integrative Medicine Center, is internationally recognized for her discoveries in brainimmune interactions and the effects of the brain’s stress response on health and illness: the science of the mind-body connection. Physician and Medical Researcher, Dr. Sternberg’s discoveries have revealed a complicated working relationship between the senses, the emotions, and the immune system. She has found that “the brain’s hormonal response to stress plays a role in the body’s susceptibility to autoimmune inflammatory disease, and to how severe it becomes.” The National Library of Medicine has named Dr. Sternberg one of 300 female physicians who have changed the face of medicine. In the Frederic Gaspard Theatre, Basic Medical Sciences Building, Bannatyne Campus. For additional information please contact: Department of Internal Medicine, K. Kiel at firstname.lastname@example.org or 204-7877882, or L. Schmidt at 204-787-2208.
Saturday, May 22 | 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. From the enlightening to the fun and quirky, Science Rendezvous will engage adults, families and children alike in a day of fun and discovery. Free shows, interactive presentations and hands-on activities for kids! In EITC, University of Manitoba Fort Garry Campus www.sciencerendezvous.ca/2013/ the-university-of-manitoba/
Students who participated in the pilot student leadership development program, launched January 2013. The student life office has announced the completion of a successful pilot program, the student leadership development program (SLDP), launched in January 2013. Considered a Canadian frontrunner in student leadership programming, the SLDP encourages students to build valuable skills by combining leadership training with hands-on, transformative experiences.
All music events at Eva Clare Hall (Desautels Faculty of Music, 65 Dafoe Road) unless otherwise noted. For more music events: >>umanitoba.ca/music (click on “events”)
8:00 p.m. | Paul Samuel Little,4th year Jazz Bass recital. At CCFM, 340 Provencher Blvd. Saturday, May 4 | 8:00 p.m. | Jason Klippenstein, Graduate Voice recital. Monday, May 6 | 8:00 p.m. | Greg Myra, Graduate Collaborative Piano Recital.
Tuesday, May 7 | 7:30 p.m. | Soprano Jaunelle Celaire of the University of Alaska (Fairbanks), presents a recital and master class on Negro Spiritual and Cabaret songs. Accompanied by Laura Loewen (piano) and Minna Rose Chung (cello). Saturday, May 11 | 7:30 p.m. | Rosanna Murphy, voice recital.
Academic Job Opportunities A full listing of employment opportunities at the University of Manitoba can be found at umanitoba.ca. U of M encourages applications from qualified women and men, including members of visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, and persons with disabilities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Please include the position number when applying for openings at the university.
FACULTY OF ARTS
Position: Full-time Director of Planning and Priorities Position number: 16529 Deadline: May 17, 2013 Start Date: As soon as possible For information: Dr. Jeffery Taylor, Dean, c/o Janice Gripp, Confidential Assistant to the Dean, Faculty of Arts, 310 Fletcher Argue Building, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2, email: Janice. Gripp@ad.umanitoba.ca
FACULTY OF PHARMACY
Position: Two full-time, term (23 months and 1 year) pharmacy practice Instructor I positions Position number: 16544/16546 Deadline: May 23, 2013 Start Date: July 1, 2013 For information: Dr. Neal Davies, Dean and Professor, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Manitoba, Apotex Centre, 750 McDermot Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3E 0T5, email: email@example.com (applications by e-mail will be accepted)
Students attend a series of weekly workshops, featuring a variety of different leaders as guest speakers, from the U of M community and beyond. This past session, speakers included a business professor, an Indigenous community leader and a public educator for a local non-profit agency, with Michael Champagne providing the keynote address at the concluding celebration. This co-curricular record-recognized program enables students to apply gained knowledge through a capstone leadership project that benefits the campus or greater community. This year, groups organized such projects as a free skate at the Duckworth Quadrangle, a sports equipment drive benefiting KidSport Manitoba and a video showcasing the reasons why we love the U of M.
UPCOMING MUSIC EVENTS Thursday, May 2 | 7:30 p.m. | Zach Allard, 4th year Jazz Guitar Recital. At CCFM, 340 Provencher Blvd.
to-day interactions with people in my life.”
Keynote speaker Michael Champagne. This year’s participants gave the SLDP rave reviews and highly recommend it to other students. Nardine Madeh, a secondyear Science student, says she came out of SLDP meetings “inspired and motivated to make a difference.” Another student, Richard Farthing-Nichol, says it’s “the kind of out-of-classroom experience that makes university special. I have already been able to apply much of the knowledge I learned in our sessions [to] simple day-
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The 25 students who participated in the pilot program represent a wide range of ages, academic levels and disciplines — everything from agriculture to kinesiology. This diversity enhanced the leadershipbuilding experience for all participants and enriched the meeting discussions. Student Life plans to expand the program to two simultaneous sessions in Fall 2013, extending the opportunity to 60 students. Recruitment for the Fall 2013 and Winter 2014 sessions already in full swing. >>For more information, see: umanitoba. ca/student/studentlife/leadership/ development/index.html or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reflections by students who participated in SLDP Nardine Madeh, a second-year science student at the University of Manitoba, says she came out of the very first meeting of the school’s Student Leadership Development Program inspired and motivated to make a difference — “And feeling like I can. “This program helps expand your mental boundaries as to what you’re capable of,” says Madeh. “School helps you learn about the world, but this teaches you about yourself.”
Richard Farthing-Nichol: “It was truly a unique experience and the kind of out-of-classroom experience that makes university special. I have already been able to apply much of the knowledge I learned in our sessions through EWB and simple day to day interactions with people in my life. I’m sure it is something that will benefit me greatly going forward.
Ben Van Belleghem: “This was an excellent experience for a student who is looking to broaden their definition of leadership, and also a great way to meet other people who share common interests. The highlight for me were the speakers, and their diverse viewpoints.”
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Bringing Research to LIFE Upcoming events
30th annual spring research symposium
turning data into more high school diplomas Researcher’s analysis guides policymakers to improve education system
As the Centre on aging celebrates its 30th year at the University of Manitoba, it will also host its 30th Annual Dialogue on Aging. may 6 8:45 am – 4:00 pm Frederic Gaspard Theatre Theatres B and C Brodie Centre Bannatyne Campus reGistratioN NoW oPeN! For more details go to: umanitoba.ca/centres/aging/events/
Visionary Conversations our education system: the Good, the Bad and the solutions Engage with our experts as they share their perspectives on our education system and the research that shows why things must change. may 22 Robert B. Schultz Theatre St. John’s College, Fort Garry Campus reception in Galleria 6:30 – 7 pm Panel discussion 7 – 8:30 pm featured speakers: Jocelyn Fournier-Gawryluk (Alumna) – President, Canadian Association of Principals Marni Brownell – Associate Professor, Community Health Sciences/Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, Faculty of Medicine Marlene Atleo – Associate Professor, Educational Administration, Foundations and Psychology, Faculty of Education Rodney Clifton - Senior Scholar and Retired Fellow, St John’s College; Senior Fellow, Frontier Centre for Public Policy umanitoba.ca/visionaryconversations
the U of m’s marni Brownell, associate professor in community health sciences, is among the featured speakers at the upcoming Visionary Conversations Our Education System: The Good, The Bad, And The Solutions. By Katie Chalmers-BrooKs for the Bulletin The good news? More Manitoba teens are graduating from high school. The bad news? This isn’t the case among young people living here in poverty, says Marni Brownell, lead investigator of a U of M study that looked at a decade worth of data about Manitoba’s youth. “Although we have this trend of improvement throughout the province… those improvements aren’t being felt by all kids,” says Brownell, a senior research scientist with the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy (MCHP) and associate professor in the department of community health sciences. From 2000 to 2010, the number of young Manitobans who finished high school rose from 76 to 82 per cent. But as Brownell and her team looked more closely at potential risk factors that can push kids off course, the numbers grew dismal. Among youth involved with the child welfare agency Child and Family Services, only 57 per cent received their diploma. For kids whose family had also received income assistance and whose mothers had become parents as teenagers, that number dropped considerably, to 16 per cent. “It’s their life circumstances that are contributing to poor outcomes. Maybe some don’t want to go to university but possibly some do and just don’t have the opportunities,” Brownell says. “I see that as lost potential, individually and also for our society. Any kid contributes to the future of society. If they’re not getting all of the opportunities that everybody else gets, it costs them and it costs society as well.” Brownell uses MCHP databases which
hold anonymous information about our education, health, social economic status and how we use social services. “We have one of the best, if not the best repositories of data in Canada and one of the best in the world,” Brownell says. But it’s the faces behind the figures that motivate her, along with the potential to create change. Policymakers take notice of Brownell’s results. When she and her team first started exploring the education database and realized—in 2004—just how big a role a child’s socio economic situation plays in their success in the classroom, a program dubbed Community School Investigators (named after the popular TV series CSI) was launched, bringing education to inner-city kids during the summer months. “It feels wonderful that we can contribute to that,” she says. “Anything we can do to contribute to kids achieving their full potential is such a bonus for us.” Brownell and her fellow MCHP researchers are now analyzing 14 existing programs aimed at reducing the risks—like full-day kindergarten and prenatal classes for low-income expectant moms. They want to know what is working best. Already, they’re certain it’s important to reach kids early. Brownell’s research shows children living in poverty start school less prepared, and most often kids who begin behind stay behind. She’s also further investigating the success in school of children living in foster care. Brownell was recently part of an international study involving six countries that looked at indicators of
child maltreatment and realized Canada’s “startlingly high rate” of kids in care. In a single day (in 2007) more than 65,000 kids were in care in Canada. Between 9,000 and 10,000 of those children are in Manitoba. “Those are some of the highest rates in the world,” Brownell notes. Few scientific studies have been done addressing the best way to protect children at risk of abuse. Some countries—like Sweden— take what Brownell calls “a family welfare approach.” This model treats and supports all members of a family, reducing the risk rather than removing the child. One quarter of Manitoban children are Aboriginal yet they make up nearly 90 per cent of children in care. This discrepancy suggests Aboriginal families facing childrearing challenges are being treated differently than non-Aboriginal families, Brownell says. “In 2008, the Prime Minister of Canada stood up in the House of Commons and apologized on behalf of all Canadians for taking Aboriginal children away from their homes, away from their families and placing them into residential schools and there was a recognition that doing that, that tearing these kids away from their communities, away from their families, had lasting impact and damage,” she says. “I guess the question is raised now, with the way we treat Aboriginal kids in the foster care system, 20 years from now are we going to be apologizing again?” Join Brownell and the other expert panelists for their perspective on Our Education System: The Good, The Bad and The Solutions (see details to left).
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U of M writers sweep local awards Mariianne Mays Wiebe The Bulletin
U of M writers racked up a substantial proportion of this year’s Manitoba Book Awards, held on April 28. Of the 13 awards handed at this year’s event, eight of them went to writers associated with the U of M. Méira Cook, alumna and former Writer-InResidence, won the $5,000 McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award for The House on Sugarbush Road. Described as powerful and lyrical, the story follows a onceprominent Afrikaner family and their domestic servant of 30 years. Cook immigrated to Winnipeg in the early 90s from her native Johannesburg, South Africa. After receiving her PhD here at the U of M, she worked as a creative writing instructor for the department of English, film and theatre and in 2011 served as Writer-in-Residence at the Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture, also at U of M. Cook has published numerous poetry collections, most recently, A Walker in the City, a portion of which won first place in the CBC’s Literary Awards of 2007. Her poem also won the Walrus Poetry Prize in 2012. Jonathan Ball, an instructor in the department of English, film and theatre, won the Aqua Books Lansdowne Prize
for Poetry for his book The Politics of Knives (Coach House Books). The collection uses mirrors and cutting imagery alongside takes on Hitchcock’s films. Says Ball on his work, “I am an oddity as a writer in that I often mimic avant-garde techniques (in this case, the “cut-up” technique) rather than actually executing them. I also tend to be densely allusive [in my work].” Graduate student Kristian Enright took two prizes, one for most promising Manitoba writer and the other for best first book. Sonar (Turnstone Press) wrestles with language, mental health and identity through the eyes of an artist boxed in by tradition. Besides his status as a PhD candidate in the department of English, film and theatre, Enright
is also an alumnus (MA, English, film and theatre) of the U of M. Esyllt Jones’ popular book Imagining Winnipeg: History through the Photographs of L.B. Foote, published by University of Manitoba Press, won top honours for Best Illustrated Book of the Year, in addition to its nomination for book of the year. Also in the design category, Warehouse Journal Vol. 21, edited and designed by students Nicole Hunt and Brandon Bergem, U of M Faculty of Architecture, took the Manuela Dias Book Design of the Year award. Inuit art curator at the Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG) and recipient of an honorary Doctorate of Letters from the U of M in October 2012, Darlene Coward Wight,
won the Alexander Kennedy Isbister Award for Non-Fiction for her book entitled Creation and Transformation: Defining Moments in Inuit Art (Douglas and MacIntyre and the WAG). Finally, Dennis Cooley, esteemed senior scholar in the department of English, film and theatre and well-known poet and writer, was presented with a special Lifetime Achievement Award. A literary critic, co-founder of author of 15 books, he says this about his writing: “I write largely about things that really excite and interest me. I’m hoping at the same time that will happen for a lot of readers....I’m always surprised at writers who say they find writing painful because I find it enormously joyful and do it every chance I get.” The Manitoba Book Awards are annual awards that celebrate Manitoba writers, publishers and books. They were established in 1988.
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CONVERSATIONS OUR EDUCATION SYSTEM: THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE SOLUTIONS WEDNESDAY, MAY 22, 2013 Engage with our experts as they share their perspectives on our education system and the research that shows why things must change. FEATURED SPEAKERS: Jocelyn Fournier-Gawryluk (Alumna) – President, Canadian Association of Principals Marni Brownell – Associate Professor, Community Health Sciences/ Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, Faculty of Medicine Marlene Atleo – Associate Professor, Educational Administration, Foundations and Psychology, Faculty of Education Rodney Clifton – Senior Scholar and Retired Fellow, St. John’s College; Senior Fellow, Frontier Centre for Public Policy
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