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University of Manitoba
Events September 26
Faculty of Architecture Dean’s Lecture Series: Werner Lang
September 30 October 4
Meet the Dean: Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources marks 10 years
Critical Conversations (Centre for Human Rights Research): Sexual and reproductive rights
PlayCare celebrates 30 years with a colourful new mural
2013 Warhaft Memorial Lecture: Wayne Koestenbaum
School of Art purchases important suite of artworks, marks 100th anniversary
Photo by Mike Latschislaw
Visionary (re)Generation The crowd at the reception before the panel event on the evening of September 19. Moderated by President David Barnard, a panel of urban design professionals tackled the topic, “What should universities do for their cities?” All speakers were members of the jury for the Visionary (re)Generation Open International Design Competition. See pages 6 to 7 for more on the discussion and Visionary (re)Generation.
Prestigious national society recognizes professors Janine Harasymchuk For The Bulletin
Three U of M professors have been elected to the Royal Society of Canada (RSC), the country’s most esteemed association of scholars and scientists. The new fellows are Patricia Martens, an internationally recognized expert in population and public health, Aftab Mufti, a pioneer in the field of bridges and intelligent sensing, and Grant Pierce, considered one of the top cardiovascular scientists in the world. Election to the RSC is considered the highest honour
an academic can achieve in the arts, humanities and sciences. The three professors are among 84 new fellows elected for 2013.
“I congratulate Professors Martens, Mufti and Pierce on this honour and recognition for their outstanding achievements in their fields of research,” said Digvir Jayas, vice-president (research and international) and Distinguished Professor at the U of M. “We are proud of their accomplishments.” Patricia Martens, community health sciences professor and director of the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, is an
(L-R) Patricia Martens, Aftab Mufti, and Grant Pierce. internationally known researcher who focuses her work on population health with particular interests in the health status, inequities, healthcare use patterns of rural and northern residents, mental
health, child health, breastfeeding issues, and the health of Aboriginal peoples. She has received numerous awards, most recently the R.D. Defries Award, the continued on page 3
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Newest Vanier scholar
Biomedical engineering student receives prestigious scholarship Janine Harasymchuk For The Bulletin
U of M graduate student Cameron Kaye is the recipient of a 2013 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship.
These awards help recruit and keep in Canada top doctoral students from across the country and around the world. They are considered the Canadian equivalent of the United Kingdom’s Rhodes Scholarships. Kaye will receive $150,000
over three years toward his research. Kaye is a medical student enrolled in the new biomedical engineering PhD program. The research this scholarship will fund involves developing new imaging technology, using microwave tomography, for the detection of breast tumours. Kaye is working with the team at the U of M’s Electromagnetic Imaging Laboratory in the Faculty of Engineering. They are among the world leaders in the development of this emerging technology.
The U of M in the News Approach to math education doesn’t add up
“Cameron, being the first medical student in the MD/PhD program to pursue PhD studies in the field of biomedical engineering, is serving as a leader and role-model for future young researchers,” said John (Jay) Doering, vice-provost (graduate education) and dean of graduate studies at the U of M. “He is truly one of our rising clinician research stars.”
Sept. 20, 2013 The Globe and Mail Robert Craigen, an associate professor of mathematics, gave comment to a story about the state of math education in the country. The new trend is “discovery learning,” where students use their own learning styles to explore math problems. Changes to the curriculum, ushered in over the past decade, were motivated by researchers’ findings that kids can learn math more effectively when they are given opportunities to investigate ideas and concepts through problem-solving rather than when they memorized equations, otherwise known as rote learning. Cognitive scientists are now showing that without the basic foundations, discovery-based learning does not benefit young learners. Enter Craigen. He has been pushing for a return to basics. He helped form WISE Math — the Western Initiative for Strengthening Education in Math — and has garnered online signatures from more than 1,000 parents across the country pleading for reform. “I’m not opposed to discovery-based learning as sort of the icing on the cake. But students are expected to deal with material that they’ve haven’t properly been scaffolded for. It comes at them without any structure,” he said.
The Vanier Scholarships recognize students who demonstrate leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement in graduate studies in the social sciences and humanities, natural sciences and engineering, and health. Students are nominated by their university. Nominees are evaluated by multi-disciplinary peer-review committees and selected by a board composed of world-renowned Canadian and international experts.
No noise means no bees
Sept. 11, 2013 CBC Entomology’s Rob Currie spoke to the CBC about Manitoba’s grim bee situation. Manitoba lost 46 per cent of its honey bee colonies over the past winter, a record rate for the province that makes it the worst hit province in the country, according to a recently released report by the Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists (CAPA). But those devastating losses are just one part of a bleak picture across Canada. Nation-wide, the winter mortality rate rose to about 29 per cent of honey bee colonies, nearly double the deaths in the winter prior. “It’s frustrating to me that we’re still seeing these kinds of losses,” said Currie. “It’s really critical that we get a handle on these diseases and how they’re impacting colonies.” Currie said the high levels of loss are becoming more common and that beekeepers are finding it harder and harder to manage the biggest risks: parasites and diseases.
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Canada’s three federal granting agencies — the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council — administer the scholarships. The Vanier program honours distinguished Canadian soldier and diplomat Major-General the Right Honourable Georges Philias Vanier (18881967), who served as Governor General of Canada from 1959 to 1967.
Hochheim was aboard a Coast Guard helicopter over the Northwest Passage when it crashed yesterday. Two Coast Guard officers were also killed in the accident.
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“Songwriters Samson, Fellows named writers-in-residence at U of M,” Winnipeg Free Press, Sept. 13, story about the new writers-in-residence at the Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture (CCWOC). Songwriters John K. Samson and Christine Fellows will serve in the position through mid-December.
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Kaye is among 165 national winners, bringing the U of M’s total to 12 Vanier scholars awarded in the last five years.
12 years, although collaborations with some here extend back more than 25 years. He was a veteran of high Arctic field campaigns and an outstanding research scientist. We extend heartfelt condolences to his family. He will be sorely missed by all.”
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“Mr. Kaye shows a passion for knowledge and discovery that has made him stand out not only here but amongst his peers across Canada,” added Digvir Jayas, vicepresident (research and international) and Distinguished Professor at the U of M. “We are very proud that he calls the University of Manitoba home.”
Researchers mourn tragic passing of colleague
Saying no to cohabitation and marriage
Sept. 23, 2013 Maclean’s Maclean’s magazine reported on the finding so of recent study co-written by sociology professor Laura Funk. Her co-author is Karen Kobayashi of the University of Victoria. The professors completed a qualitative study of 28 short-distance LAT (Living apart together) couples in Canada. The average age of participants was 59 and many were previously married and had children. Their reasons for staying in LAT relationships: seeing cohabitation as unnecessary, not wanting to ruin what they have, and protecting their independence. And as Maclean’s noted, with divorce rates holding at 50 per cent, one has to wonder if they’re onto something. According to the study, participants frequently recounted how friends envy their relationship, expressing a you’ve-got-it all type of awe. Whether it’s fighting over control of the TV or managing finances, many of the everyday problems that plague married couples simply don’t exist in LAT relationships.
Recipient of a 2013 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship, Cameron Kaye.
Klaus Hochheim. Klaus Hochheim, a respected climatologist and research associate with the Centre for Earth Observation Science (CEOS) at the U of M, died tragically in a helicopter accident in the Canadian Arctic on September 9. He was 55 years of age. “Klaus was a friend and colleague. We’re devastated at the news of his passing,” says Tim Papakyriakou, director of the Centre for Earth Observation Science in the Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources. “Klaus worked with us at CEOS for over
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Hochheim received his BA (hons) from the University of Winnipeg, followed by his MA/95 and PhD/03 from the U of M. He studied sea ice climatology and microwave and optical remote sensing in extreme conditions, having been part of projects and expeditions in both the Arctic and Antarctic. He worked extensively with ArcticNet, a Network of Centres of Excellence of Canada that brings together scientists and managers in the natural, human health and social sciences with their partners from Inuit organizations, northern communities, federal and provincial agencies and the private sector. Hochheim leaves behind a wife and three children.
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and other infrastructures.
highest award of the Canadian Public Health Association for outstanding contributions in the field of public health, as well as the Order of Canada in 2013.
Grant Pierce, physiology and pharmacy professor; executive director of research, St-Boniface Hospital Research, has made major contributions toward the understanding of heart dysfunction in diabetes, the role of oxidized cholesterol and sodium-hydrogen exchange in ischemic heart disease, and the prevention of cardiovascular disease through nutraceuticals. His research, published in 200 manuscripts in high impact journals and in seven textbooks, has been cited over 4,000 times. He has exhibited exceptional leadership abilities over the course of his career.
Aftab Mufti, engineering professor emeritus and former president of ISIS Canada Research Network, a Network of Centres of Excellence, is known for his many developments in the field of civil engineering and pioneering the field of Civionics Engineering and Structural Health Monitoring. He has authored co-authored and edited numerous books and book chapters and written more than 350 technical publications. He is the recipient of 24 awards, and became a Member of the Order of Canada in 2010 for his contribution to and leadership in the field of civil engineering, notably for researching the use of advanced composite materials and fibre optic sensors in the construction and monitoring of bridges
Fellows and award winners from across the country will be officially inducted and honoured on November 16 in Banff, Alberta. This will bring the total number of current Royal Society Fellows from the U of M to 45.
Faculties and schools celebrate milestones Mariianne Mays Wiebe The Bulletin
Over the course of the year, the Faculty of Architecture will mark its 100 year anniversary with special lectures, gatherings, exhibitions and presentations. (Look for a story series that celebrates the history of this faculty.) On September 26, the Dean’s Lecture Series presents “Sustainability as a Driver for New Building” by Werner Lang. Lang is professor for energy efficient and sustainable design and building at TUM (Technische Universität München), director of the Centre for Sustainable Building, and director of the Oskar von Miller Forum, Munich. The faculty will also hold an alumni dinner celebration, hosted by Ralph Stern, dean. “100 Years of Design Education” takes place at the Western Canada Aviation Museum on the evening of Friday, September 27. Earlier in September, ARCH 2 gallery opened a new exhibition with a talk by curator Vladimir Belogolovsk. “Harry Seidler: Architecture, Art and Collaborative Design” recognizes the work of the world-renowned architect who studied at the U of M upon being released from internment in Quebec during the Second World War. Associated with the Bauhaus movement, Seidler is considered a leading exponent of Modernism in Australian architecture. He immigrated to Australia in the late 1940s, where he enjoyed an illustrious career of over 50 years, designing iconic residential and commercial buildings,
co-founding the Australian Architecture Association and winning many awards, medals and accolades for his work. The exhibition runs until October 10. U of M’s School of Art also celebrates its centenary in 2013. The School of Art is Western Canada’s oldest art institution. Originally known as the Winnipeg School of Art, it has occupied a key role in the development of Canadian artists during the twentieth century. In 1950 it affiliated with the University of Manitoba and since has been known simply as the School of Art. (See back page for a story on the School of Art Gallery’s acquisition of work by Robert Houle.) A celebration on the evening of September 20 marked the 50th anniversary of the School of Dental Hygiene, which began at the U of M in 1963. The celebration was held at the Alumni of Distinction Dinner and Dance at the Fort Garry Hotel, an annual tradition at the Faculty of Dentistry since 1998. The Alumni of Distinction awards acknowledge individual contributions to the profession and the community from alumni of the University of Manitoba oral health programmes. Other faculties that celebrate milestones in 2013: Faculty of Nursing, 70 years; Faculty of Social Work, 70 years; Faculty of Medicine, 130 years; Faculty of Dentistry: 55 years; and Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources, 10 years (see page 5 for more).
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A pair of long-serving and dedicated Manitoba practitioners shared the spotlight at the 2013 Alumni of Distinction awards night on September 20 at the Fort Garry Hotel. Barry Rayter and Pattie Moore are the 2013 recipients of the Alumni of Distinction award of the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Dentistry, School of Dental Hygiene and their respective alumni associations. A general practitioner for almost 50 years, Rayter has become a fixture in Manitoba oral health since his graduation from the Faculty of Dentistry in 1964, earning multiple awards and honours for his dedicated service to the profession and the public. Rayter is still active within the profession as a volunteer instructor at the Faculty of Dentistry located at the university’s Bannatyne Campus.
Pioneering physician scientist inducted into Canadian Academy of Health Sciences Janine Harasymchuk For The Bulletin
Estelle Simons has been elected into the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. Simons, a professor of pediatrics and child health in the Faculty of Medicine and a research scientist at the Manitoba Institute of Child Health, is an internationally renowned expert on allergic diseases like asthma. She was inducted into the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS) during a ceremony in Ottawa on September 19. Fellows are elected by their peers based on their demonstrated leadership, creativity, distinctive competencies and commitment to advancing academic health sciences. Membership is considered one of the highest honours for the Canadian health sciences community. The objective of the CAHS is to provide advice on key issues relevant to the health of Canadians. “Dr. Simons’s accomplishments have been groundbreaking and impacted the care of millions around the world,” said Digvir Jayas, U of M vice-president (research and international) and Distinguished Professor. “Her colleagues at home and abroad recognize her expertise and leadership as both stellar and absolute.” For more than three decades Simons has worked tirelessly to improve the health of patients suffering from allergic diseases, including asthma and anaphylaxis. With her colleagues, she pioneered pharmacological approaches to the investigation of medications used to treat allergies. Her world-leading research on anaphylaxis has made her the “go to” authority on the subject. Her
Simons is the past president of the Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Past-Chair of the Allergy Section of the Canadian Pediatric Society, and Past-President of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (she was the first Canadian ever elected to this international body as President). She has published more than 535 peer-reviewed original publications, edited or co-edited seven books, given many invited lectures and received many national and international lectureship and career awards. With the induction of Simons, the U of M now has 22 Fellows of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.
Graduate of new MFA program nominated for prestigious award Sean Moore The Bulletin
Monica Mercedes Martinez, one of the first students to graduate from the U of M’s new Master of Fine Arts program, is a nominee for the RBC Emerging Artist People’s Choice Award. This award, which will be presented at the Gardiner Museum in Toronto, recognizes a ceramic artist whose work receives the most votes from the public. It comes with a $10,000 cash prize. Martinez is one of five artists to be nominated for this award. Voting is open to the public until October 13. The winner will be announced on October 15.
A long-time hygienist in public health, Pattie Moore (Class of 1971) has carved out a multi-faceted career in dental hygiene that has lasted well over 30 years. As well as clinical service, Moore has also served as an author, consultant and speaker, while helping to establish a number of oral health outreach programmes in the province.
Martinez is currently the artist in residence at the Edge Artist Village and Gallery in Winnipeg. She received her BFA from the Alberta College of Art + Design in 2010, and her MFA at the U of M in 2012. She has taught as a sessional instructor in the School of Art.
Together, the two have amassed nearly a century of service to the profession and the public.
“Monica Mercedes Martinez is bringing something new to contemporary ceramics. Using heat as both medium and metaphor, she allows the kiln to transform, deform, and freeze her figurative sculptures in time, pushing clay to its limits and beyond,” Nickel wrote in her nominator statement.
Sharing the spotlight will be members of the Faculty of Dentistry’s Class of 1963 who are marking their 50-year anniversary of graduation from one of Western Canada’s finest oral health academies. Almost half of the graduating class will return to the city where they will be celebrated with a special tribute courtesy of the U of M Dental Alumni Association, a sponsor of the AOD evening.
Estelle Simons. comprehensive studies of epinephrine resulted in changes to practice and made epinephrine autoinjectors the standard delivery method for those suffering from anaphylactic reactions brought on by allergies.
Monica Mercedes Martinez.
Grace Nickel, professor of ceramics at the U of M, nominated Martinez for this prize.
>>>To see pictures of Martinez’s entry and to read her artist’s statement, go to: gardinermuseum.on.ca/pages/monicamartinez And don’t forget to vote.
Detail from Martinez’s nominated artwork.
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Social sciences and humanities projects receive funding Janine Harasymchuk For The Bulletin
The research teams and their projects are: Oliver Botar (School of Art) with Eduardo Aquino (Architecture), Lancelot Coar (Architecture) and Patrick Harrop (Architecture) received $178,627 for the project titled “Training for modernity: Moholy-Nagy and the onslaught of the digital.”
Issues of youth self-governance, forgiveness at work, getting in the trenches with MPs, and workplace aggression — these are just a few of the unique and creative research projects about to get underway as a result of new research dollars. On September 16, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) today announced $3,041,302 in funding to fourteen research projects at the U of M. The funding is provided through Insight Grants and Insight Development Grants. “This investment in social sciences and humanities research is a cornerstone to building Canada’s capacity for innovation,” said Chad Gaffield, president of SSHRC. “Through the Insight Grants and Insight Development Grants, we are supporting the highest levels of research excellence.” “These researchers will impact our local and global political systems, our workplaces and governance structures to gain insight into the human condition and how we can work together to build a better world,” said Digvir Jayas, vicepresident (research and international) and Distinguished Professor at the U of M.
Shawn Ferris (Women’s and Gender Studies) with Kiera Ladner (Political Studies) received $491,877 for the project titled “Anti-violence and marginalized communities: knowledge creation through digital media.” Anna Fournier (Anthropology) received $21,315 for the project titled “Institutionalized youth self-governance and the dynamics of social intervention in Venezuela.” Kent Fowler (Anthropology) with Mostafa Fayek (Geological Sciences) received $74,978 for the project titled “The rural provisioning of nineteenth century Zulu capitals, South Africa: Insights from ceramic compositional analyses.” Sandy Hershcovis (Business Administration) with Amy Christie (Wilfred Laurier University) received $209,640 for the project titled “Observing workplace aggression: the influence
of power on intervention and support behaviours.” Diane Hiebert-Murphy (Social Work) with Janice Ristock (Women’s and Gender Studies) received $57,870 for the project titled “Power and relationship satisfaction in couples with a history of violence.” Royce Koop (Political Studies, University of Manitoba) with Heather Bastedo (Political Studies, Queen’s University) and Kelly Blidook (Political Science, Memorial University) received $73,587 for the project titled “Representation in action: Canadian Members of Parliament in their constituencies.” Kiera Ladner, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Politics and Governance (Political Studies) received $499,189 for the project titled “Indigenous constitutional politics: visioning decolonization, resurgence and reconciliation.” Stéphane McLachlan (Environment and Geography) received $499,900 for the project titled “One river, many relations: implications of developmentrelated socio-environmental change for Indigenous communities on the Peace-Athabasca-Slave River basins in Northwestern Canada.”
Lukas Neville (Business Administration) received $26,468 for the project titled “To forgive or not forgive? The role of anticipated and actual coworker responses.” Pam Perkins (English, film and theatre) received $59,489 for the project titled “Home and away: British literature and the North Atlantic World, 1760-1837.” Jocelyn Thorpe (Women’s and Gender Studies) received $119,927 for the project titled “Natives and newcomers, land and sea: lost encounters in the New-FoundLand.” Shirley Thompson (Natural Resources Institute) received $499,900 for the project titled “Building capacity for sustainable development in Indigenous communities: analyzing development planning for sustainable livelihoods in Island Lake First Nation communities.” Christine Van Winkle (Kinesiology and Recreation Management) with Elizabeth Halpenny (University of Alberta) and Kelly MacKay (Ryerson University) received $228,535 for the project titled “Acceptance and use of mobile devices in a free-choice context.”
Do you know an everyday sadist?
Some of your colleagues or friends may get pleasure from hurting and watching others suffer Chris Rutkowski The Bulletin
effort to make someone else suffer.
Most of us try to avoid inflicting pain on others. But some people seem to gain pleasure from inflicting pain or watching people suffer without feeling guilt, or remorse. New research just published in the journal Psychological Science suggests that this kind of everyday sadism is real and more common than we might think. Two studies led by psychologist Erin Buckels show that people who score high on a measure of sadism seem to derive pleasure from behaviors that hurt others, and are even willing to expend extra
“Some find it hard to reconcile sadism with the concept of ‘normal’ psychological functioning, but our findings show that sadistic tendencies among otherwise welladjusted people must be acknowledged,” says Buckels, a doctoral student at the U of M who conducted her research while doing her Master’s at the UBC. She adds: “These people aren’t necessarily serial killers or sexual deviants but they gain some emotional benefit in causing or simply observing others’ suffering.” Based on their previous work on the “Dark Triad” of personality, Buckels and
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colleagues Daniel Jones of the University of Texas El Paso and Delroy Paulhus of the University of British Columbia surmised that sadism is a distinct aspect of personality that joins with three others — psychopathy, narcissism, and Machiavellianism — to form a “Dark Tetrad” of personality traits.
Participants with high levels of sadism who chose to kill bugs reported taking significantly greater pleasure in the task than those who chose another task, and their pleasure seemed to correlate with the number of bugs they killed, suggesting that sadistic behavior may hold some sort of reward value for those participants.
To test their hypothesis, they decided to examine everyday sadism under controlled laboratory conditions. They recruited 71 participants to take part in a study on “personality and tolerance for challenging jobs.” Participants were asked to choose among several unpleasant tasks: killing bugs, helping the experimenter kill bugs, cleaning dirty toilets or enduring pain from ice water.
A second study involving participants who chose whether or not to inflict loud noise on others revealed that only sadists chose to intensify blasts of white noise directed at an innocent opponent when they realized the opponent wouldn’t fight back. They were also the only ones willing to expend additional time and energy to be able to blast the innocent opponent with the noise.
Participants who chose bug killing were shown the bug-crunching machine: a modified coffee grinder that produced a distinct crunching sound so as to maximize the gruesomeness of the task. Nearby were cups containing live pill bugs, each cup labeled with the bug’s name: Muffin, Ike and Tootsie.
Buckels says these results suggest that sadists possess an intrinsic motivation to inflict suffering on innocent others, even at a personal cost—a motivation that is absent from the other dark personality traits. The researchers hope that these new findings will help to broaden people’s view of sadism as an aspect of personality that manifests in everyday life, helping to dispel the notion that sadism is limited to sexual deviants and criminals. Buckels and her colleagues are continuing to investigate “everyday sadism,” including its role in online trolling behavior.
The participant’s job was to drop the bugs into the machine, force down the cover, and “grind them up.” The participants didn’t know that a barrier actually prevented the bugs from being ground up and that no bugs were harmed in the experiment.
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Of the 71 participants, 53.6 per cent chose either to help kill bugs or kill bugs themselves. Participants who chose bug killing had the highest scores on a scale measuring sadistic impulses, just as the researchers predicted. The more sadistic the participant was, the more likely he or she was to choose bug killing over the other options, even when their scores on Dark Triad measures, fear of bugs and sensitivity to disgust were taken into account.
“Trolling culture is unique in that it explicitly celebrates sadistic pleasure, or ‘lulz,’” says Buckels. “It is, perhaps, not surprising then that sadists gravitate toward those activities.” They’re also exploring vicarious forms of sadism, such as enjoying cruelty in movies, video games, and sports. The researchers believe their findings have the potential to inform research and policy on domestic abuse, bullying, animal abuse, and cases of military and police brutality.
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Meet the Dean
Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources
The Glaswegian arrived in Winnipeg 30 years ago, when the Wallace Building, which houses the faculty, was built. Involved in its planning and construction from the start, he was also there 10 years ago to plan the current iteration of the faculty. Halden’s emphasis on the importance of the connections and complexity of the universe informs his work, both as dean and as a geologist. Rather than a reductionist approach that defines a discipline (or say, a resource) in an isolated way, the faculty has always relied on collaboration between disciplines and a multidimensional approach, says Halden. He uses the example of the work of faculty members such as Feiyue Wang, Søren Rysgaard and Tim Papakyriakou, on sea ice systems and the mineral ikaite,
a calcium carbonate mineral with a potentially huge significance for the global carbon cycle. The rare mineral is changing our understanding of the environmental degradation of Arctic sea ice, since it’s been found that one of the mineral’s characteristics is to sequester carbon dioxide. If the sea ice goes, releasing the formerly ice-trapped ikaite crystals, so potentially does the mineral’s work to reduce CO2’s harmful effects.
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A multidimensional approach Explaining the interdisciplinary approach of the Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources, its dean outlines its mandate as being one of connecting students to their Earth, the environment, its resources, and to the responsible use of those resources. In fact, Norman Halden sees the principle of “connectivity” as essential to an understanding of the Earth and its systems.
Norman Halden, dean, Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources. In the ten years of its existence, he notes, the faculty has been successful in “generating happy, well-prepared students with a future.” Last year’s number of graduates totalled 147; numbers have continued to increase since the faculty’s inception.
The point is that the study of the mineral and its characteristics is part of a larger inquiry into how it fits into the sea ice dynamic, and includes key concerns about its effects for climate and climate change, as well as for marine life. The Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources is celebrating its 10th anniversary. About its future, Halden says, “The faculty is looking outwards. We have a lot to contribute to the sustainable and equitable development of Manitoba’s resources, and even further afield to the Arctic. Significant changes are occurring to all facets of the system, we are studying these changes and believe outstanding social and physical science scholarship should inform the policies we need for the future.”
With its emphasis on lab and real-world research to augment classroom learning and knowledge, the faculty takes what Halden calls a “4-D perspective to the Earth that also includes depth and time” — delineating how land and water are used, with a view to historical and cultural implications of that usage. Both administrative work and research demand discipline, he says, though Halden’s motto, “Don’t procrastinate,” and his work ethic (or, as he puts it, “a tendency to be fidgety”) belie his easygoing demeanor. Though he may
be eager to get on with work himself, he is generous and fair-minded in his interactions — the kind of person who immediately makes you feel comfortable. Undoubtedly this has benefited him greatly in his role as dean, and Halden says that best among the vagaries of administrative life is the thought that perhaps you’ve made a difference. Perhaps it’s also this feeling for the administrative aspects that connects him to those he finds inspiring: “The unsung heroes,” he says. “Watching the news, there’s so much going on. But there’s also the person whose unexpected acts of generosity reflect the good side of human nature. “The ‘noise levels’ these days are very high. Maintaining some level of humanity is essential,” he adds.
Clayton Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources
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in teaching, and commitment to the geoscientific community.
The Wallace Building, which houses the Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources. The Clayton Riddell Faculty of Earth, Department research activities span Environment, and Resources is comprised a wide range of disciplinary and of the department of environment and interdisciplinary activities. Some topics geography, the department of geological include: the evolution of the cultural sciences and the Natural Resources landscape; aging; maritime shipbuilding Institute, along with several centres, and seaports; homelessness; global (and including The Centre for CommunityChina’s) energy supplies; global food and Based Resource Management and the agriculture; alternative energy sources; newly-constructed Centre for Earth replacement of petroleum feedstock Observation Science (CEOS) and Sea Ice in petrochemical industry; speciation, Environmental Research Facility (SERF), cycling, and bioavailability of trace which officially opened in February 2012. elements across environmental interfaces; animal geographies; applied meteorology; Department of drought analysis; microclimatology, environment and greenhouse gas source-sink analysis; geographies of health, care giving and geography care work in urban and rural settings; and Unique in Canada, this department human-animal relations. boasts a wide diversity of expertise brought together under one departmental Department of umbrella. Aiming to provide students with geological sciences a greater awareness of issues involving Western Canada’s oldest geosciences environment and geography, and to department, the faculty’s department of conduct forefront research on a host of geological sciences has built a reputation associated issues, the department covers for its research contributions, excellence both physical and human geography.
Recognized as one of Canada’s leading geoscience units, it is a dynamic and diverse group interested in a broad range of research in the geological sciences. Areas of study include mineralogy and crystallography; environmental mineralogy and geochemistry; sedimentology and quaternary studies; invertebrate paleontology; crustal and mantle geophysics; applied/environmental geophysics; petrology and tectonics; mineral deposits; Arctic, marine and freshwater systems. The faculty have garnered numerous national and international honours. It also maintains two museums, the R.B. Ferguson Museum of Mineralogy and the Ed Leith Cretaceous Menagerie, in addition to an earthquake seismograph — all open to the university community and the public.
The Natural Resources Institute The Natural Resources Institute (NRI) is interdisciplinary, integrating knowledge gained from the natural and social sciences to develop holistic perspectives on environmental and natural resources management problems. Research conducted at the NRI may have an economic, social, or ecological perspective, or may integrate all three disciplines. The NRI also encourages a diverse culture that respects differences and similarities among nationalities and academic backgrounds. Students and faculty are from all over the world. The NRI does not have undergraduates, but regularly partners with other departments to include undergraduates in some courses and to integrate undergraduates into field research.
The Centre for Earth Observation Science (CEOS) CEOS at the U of M was created so that researchers can begin to answer questions of how the earth’s systems operate and how technology can improve an understanding of these systems. The centre is located on the upper floor of the Wallace Building at the Fort Garry campus. Of the areas of research, Arctic science is a major focus; the physical, chemical, biological and human systems of the Canadian Arctic are studied, mainly onboard the CCGS Amundsen. Research areas include sea ice, contaminants in the Arctic food web, mammals in the Arctic, traditional knowledge of the Inuit people and meteorology (not limited to the Arctic).
Sea-ice Environmental Research Facility (SERF) By fabricating and growing sea ice under various controlled conditions, mesocosm-scale studies are carried out at SERF to enhance the fundamental understanding of how sea ice forms and melts on polar oceans, and to gain insight into the processes that regulate the exchange of energy and matter between the ocean and atmosphere. Along with the concurrent field studies onboard the Canadian Research Icebreaker Amundsen in the Arctic Ocean, experimental studies at SERF will improve our ability to predict the impact of the rapid sea-ice loss on the marine ecosystem, on Arctic and global climates, on transport and biogeochemical cycles of greenhouse gases and contaminants, and on the human use of sea ice.
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What should universities do for their cities?
Photo by Mike Latschislaw
A panel discussion with jury members of Visionary (re)Generation
Architect and jury member Julie Snow presents while other panelist look on. From left to right: jury members Tobias Micke, landscape architect, founder and partner of ST raum a., Berlin, President David Barnard (moderator), alumnus and lawyer Ovide Mercredi and Jennifer Keesmaat, chief planner and executive director, City of Toronto. Mariianne Mays Wiebe The Bulletin
“With the Southwood Lands, we have an opportunity to think differently about the university’s relation to our city and community,” said President and ViceChancellor David Barnard in opening
the discussion on the evening of September 19. Members of the university and larger community had gathered to hear four panelists who are also part of the jury for the U of M’s Visionary (re)Generation Open International
Design, an international call for proposals to designers to envision and create a conceptual campus plan for the Fort Garry campus in light of the university’s purchase of the Southwood Golf Course lands adjacent to the campus.
Each of the four speakers presented a five-minute answer to the evening’s topic, “Beyond the Ivory Tower: What should universities do for their cities?” A question-and-answer period with the audience followed.
ENVISIONING A SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY CAMPUS The repetition of key themes demonstrates strong consensus around the majority of ideas developed to date in consultation with our stakeholder groups. The five guiding principles are: Connected, Destination, Sustainable, Community and Transformative. These are the primary goals of this integrated planning process and will guide future development. A framework of design elements provides additional detail to reinforce these guiding principles. Finally, three areas of interest have been identified by the stakeholder groups that are significant development opportunities. These areas of interest include; public riverbank access, redefinition of the Pembina Highway boundary, and transit oriented development as a catalyst for change. These site opportunities will form the basis of the master-planning concepts to focus future master planning initiatives.
GOALS AND GUIDING PRINCIPLES Aerial view of the Fort Garry campus and surrounding neighbourhood.
Visionary (re)Generation at the Fort Garry campus On November 9, 2012, U of M President David Barnard announced the Visionary (re) Generation Open International Design Competition to members of the media and community stakeholders. During this announcement, the president officially introduced the competition, outlined an exciting new partnership and introduced members of the competition jury, many of whom were in attendance. The competition was officially launched in December 2012 after an open house and feedback event for staff, students, members of the faculty and general public on October 11, 2012. The Visionary (re)Generation Open International Design Competition will help transform the existing Fort Garry campus, along with the 120-acre Southwood precinct, into a sustainable campus community with a 24/7 “live, work, learn, play” environment. On January 18, 2013, participants in the Visionary (re)Generation Open International Design Competition were invited to attend an introductory event. Participants were given a tour of the competition site and surrounding adjacent areas to learn about the site context and key characteristics. Following the tour, there was an afternoon discussion session, moderated by Benjamin Hossbach, the competition advisor from Phase One. Competitors were given the opportunity to ask questions and seek clarification on the competition design objectives and process with members of the jury and competition management team. Topics were addressed in the order of the various sections of the competition brief. Responses have been posted online in minutes of the event, available to all registered competitors. >>See more information at: visionaryregeneration.com/
Connected: Network the Campus, Connect to the City Focus on developing a network of linkages to connect the university and its public amenities to adjacent neighbouring communities. Encourage compact development to connect people and places on campus and beyond. Destination: Reasons to Come and Reasons to Stay Transform the university from a commuter campus to a destination site by developing a rich diversity of places to live, work, learn, and play. The campus experience must be remarkable and unique. By focusing on synergies, distinctiveness, and fundamental differences, this development can provide a qualitative change for the university and the community in which it resides. Sustainable: Campus as a Living Lab The development will be a model/showcase of best practices in sustainable urban design principles. Sustainability must be understood in its broadest sense to achieve a social, economic, and environmental balance. The collaborative and innovative design process will be an engine for change, resulting in a dynamic mix of uses. This is an opportunity to test innovative design, technology, and research in the built environment. Community: Build for Density, Design for People Create a vibrant diverse community that includes mixed-use urban form in high density clusters of development centered on transit oriented hubs. Focus development on human scale pedestrian movement with a rich network of integrated public places to encourage social interaction. Provide features and amenities to attract students, staff, and residents from across Winnipeg. Transformative: Research and Learning to Garner Acclaim Develop the university into a complete community including a diversity of uses, density, forms, and systems. Establish connections and create a sustainable community that is a destination site within Winnipeg. The resulting transformative site will create new opportunities for the University of Manitoba as we strive to be nationally and internationally recognized for teaching, research, creativity and excellence, sought after by students and faculty alike as their preferred site of study.
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Snow: What makes us love where we live? Minneapolis architect Julie Snow (Julie Snow Architects Inc.) began her presentation with another question: “What makes the city a better place to live?” In her practice, she noted, she liked to ask what makes people love where they live. Her answers included: A city’s social offerings — public life with opportunities for social life and community, conversation and connection; a city’s openness, or a sense of place and welcome for everyone; and beauty, which involved “universals such as people’s ability to connect with nature […] and history.” Her framework, she noted, “reverses the typical question ‘Can we afford it?’ to become ‘Can we afford not to?’”
Micke: Go public Tobias Micke, landscape architect, founder and partner of ST raum a., Berlin, brought the topic to the specific context of the university’s relationship with the city. “The U of M is geographically detached from the city,” a challenge that could be mitigated by the university itself, he said. “Go public,” he suggested. “Become an active part of urban life” — by holding lectures in public, open discussions, throwing temporary interventions and using the university as a public meeting point. Micke demonstrated his points by showing several slides of Berlin and Copenhagen examples of urban interventions or involvements that could be mounted or otherwise supported a university, including a community garden, a pop-up public lecture space designed by architecture students and an alternative lifestyle, collectively-run living space.
Mercredi: Aboriginal reconciliation and accommodation U of M alumnus and lawyer Ovide Mercredi, who is former National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations and a member of Misipawistik Cree Nation, suggested that the question was “too narrow.” It could better reflect the U of M’s student population, he pointed out, which is from the entire province, and not only urban. His presentation focused on the importance of “a sense of belonging” for Aboriginal peoples, and how the university could best accomplish that. “Rather than alienation in feeling ‘this is not your place,’ we need to find ways to accommodate people, and a way towards [Aboriginal] reconciliation to the future of the university,” he said. “Because the university is on traditional territory lands,” he continued, “we need to find a way of partnering and collaborating beyond urban experience and design, on the issues of land use and resources beyond the colonial practices of architecture.” Besides “continual consultation” with Aboriginal peoples about the Visionary (re)Generation project, he said, the university should go “beyond the borders to reach out into[Aboriginal] communities,” recruiting students, putting Aboriginal people in key administrative positions and extending welcome to Aboriginal peoples.
Keesmaat: The university as lifeblood of a place Jennifer Keesmaat, chief planner and executive director, City of Toronto, suggested that the university is essential to the lifeblood of cities or places. Universities are “tasked with the arduous formation of a critical, creative and compassionate citizenry,” she said. According to Keesmaat, universities should be involved with questions alongside cities: how to facilitate innovation and sustainable economic development; populations health facilitation; helping us understand the places we share and hold in common; facilitating prosperity that is sustainable and resilient; facilitating inclusion and the transition to the middle class. Both cities and universities, she pointed out, are involved in the negotiation of inclusion and exclusion of people.
Discussion In the question-and-answer period that followed the presentations, audience members asked questions about areas of concern, including an emphasis on the principles of winter cities.
Keesmaat suggested that people can participate in mapping the wildlife corridor, and raise awareness and planning for preservation through social media.
Another issue that was repeatedly raised was about maintaining the wildlife, forest and indigenous fauna and flora in the new space that would be gained with the Southwood Lands. One audience member expressed concern for building places for “quiet and reprieve” on campus.
Later in the discussion, Mercredi added that perseveration of wildlife was also a concern for Aboriginal peoples. “We aren’t much into urban density,” he said.
“The wildlife I see and have contact with gives me a connection to the land,” one audience member pointed out. “What can be done to preserve this when there is so much pressure to develop densely?”
“This is an opportunity to do something different — not just a park, but reclaiming the river as a meeting place…. Let people support the rural areas with farmer’s markets and Aboriginal artist markets, with buildings that speak to the place itself.” He suggested a house of Indigenous knowledge as part of the conceptual design for the new space.
Deborah Young, the U of M’s executive lead for Indigenous achievement, agreed, asking “How do we indigenize this [campus]?” She pointed to the importance of reflecting the diversity of the First Nations and Metis cultures in Manitoba and the necessity of “seeing with their eyes. “The Southwood lands purchase and design process give us an opportunity to engage with this question,” she said. Snow agreed, adding that a design process is “dialogic” and allows for “channelling of ” and “embracing how others see space and materials” beyond the merely symbolic, and suggested working with an Indigenous architect, for example.
The two things needed, said Mercredi, were “the intention to do it” and a “process to do it” — open, “ongoing consultation with the [Aboriginal] people” and a “fluid” process that doesn’t constrain the conversation, he said. Mercredi concluded with the example of the architect who designed the space for the Inuit collection at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. The architect spent a couple of weeks in Nunavut, he said: “he has gone through a transformation — he has been re-educated.” Competition finalists will be announced later this fall.
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Colourful new mural celebrates PlayCare space Mariianne Mays Wiebe The Bulletin
This year, when children arrive at the PlayCare Centre in the basement of University College, there will be something special to welcome them. Anya Nikoulina, a young artist from Winnipeg, has been working on a colourful, expressive large-scale mural that begins in the hallway and lines the entire corridor of the entrance to the centre. Commencing her work in March 2013, Nikoulina volunteered her time and skills. Shawn Jordan, communications staff with the Faculty of Arts, calls her volunteer work and the mural “a magnificent act of generosity and creativity.” The mural covers the walls from floor to ceiling. Painted over a blue background, the mural is composed of an underwater scene on one side of the corridor and a blue-skyed, above-ground scene on the other side, a rainy day scene, and shifts to a night scene, nestled into a small nook of the hallway. Each of the sections includes animals, from domestic farmyard animals to exotic jungle creatures to otherworldly, underwater creatures. The PlayCare Centre in University College is a licensed daycare that offers fulltime, part-time and occasional early childhood care and education. A department of student advocacy and accessibility services, the centre has a mandate to provide care for the children of students of the U of M. Since it celebrates its 30th anniversary later this fall, the mural was commissioned as a permanent tribute. Nikoulina, who was a U of M student for a short time, says that art is “only a hobby.” It’s something that she’s been working at, however, since she was a small child. Much of her artwork is based in fantasyscapes; she likes to build imaginative worlds, she says. “Things that don’t exist — but should,” as she puts it.
Artist Anya Nikoulina with her finished PlayCare mural. What appealed to her about this project was the opportunity to build an entire world that would charm and fascinate children. Though she largely stuck with animals and creatures that exist in the real world, the work does have a magical quality. She wanted the style of the work to be “childlike and simple” — something that could be enjoyed by the kids and that would also be somewhat educational. To enhance the educational element, the artist added numbers for counting, the colours of the rainbow and a variety of animals.
The thought that “the kids will love this” motivated her work throughout the process, she says. And the kids do love it. They have been watching in wonder as the mural creeps over the walls of the corridor, creating an experience that’s completely immersive. “It’s raining,” observed one child as she passed the mural on her way outside for play. “It’s still raining!” she marveled on returning. “The kids’ reaction — that’s the rewarding part,” says Nikoulina, smiling.
PlayCare’s 30th anniversary celebration The U of M PlayCare Centre celebrates its 30th anniversary on Wednesday, October 9 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Marlynn Childs, Lori Reuther, Marian Siemens and staff will host an open house in conjunction with PlayCare’s annual Family Night at the PlayCare Centre, 109 University College. Current and former PlayCare families, past staff and volunteers as well as members of the university community are invited to attend.
Q-weak makes strong case
U of M researchers on international team that made first determination of the proton’s weak charge Chris Rutkowski The Bulletin
sensitivity awaits analysis of the complete experiment.”
An international team including U of M researchers has reported first results for the proton’s weak charge in the journal Physical Review Letters (to appear in the October 18, 2013 issue) based on precise new data from Jefferson Laboratory, the American premier electron beam facility for nuclear and particle physics research in Newport News, Virginia.
The first result is in good agreement with theoretical predictions based on the current understanding of fundamental interactions, which physicists refer to as the Standard Model.
The Q-weak experiment used a high energy electron beam to measure the weak charge of the proton-a fundamental property that sets the scale of its interactions via the weak nuclear force. This is distinct from but analogous to its more familiar electric charge (Q) — hence the experiment’s name. Following a decade of design and construction, Q-weak had a successful experimental run in 2010-12 at Jefferson Lab in Virginia and data analysis was underway since then. Roger Carlini, Q-weak’s spokesperson at Jefferson Laboratory, said, “Nobody has ever attempted a measurement of the proton’s weak charge before, due to the extreme technical challenges to reach the required sensitivity. The first four per cent of the data have now been fully analyzed and already have an important scientific impact, although the ultimate
In order to measure the proton’s weak charge, experimenters built an apparatus to detect scattered electrons with unprecedented sensitivity, allowing them to measure the tiny asymmetry in the electron scattering rate that depends on the polarization of the electron beam. The success of the experiment relied on Jefferson Laboratory’s world renowned ‘parity quality’ beam properties. When the spin of the beam particles is reversed with respect to their direction of motion, the changes to its other properties can be kept amazingly small - for example, the beam moves less than the width of an atom, on average. To achieve the required statistical precision for Q-weak, the CEBAF accelerator at Jefferson Laboratory was pushed to new limits of high intensity polarized beam delivery, and the liquid hydrogen (proton) target built for Q-weak was able to absorb the high beam power while maintaining uniform density at a temperature of only 20 degrees above
absolute zero, making it the world’s highest power liquid hydrogen target to date. The apparatus contained many interleaved diagnostic systems to monitor and diagnose beam conditions during data taking. All of these systems worked extremely well, as demonstrated by the first results reported here. The U of M’s subatomic physics group played a leading role in the Q-weak experiment since its inception through a proposal submitted to Jefferson Laboratory’s Program Advisory Committee 12 years ago. Shelley Page is co-spokesperson for Q-weak; others on the team include fellow physics and astronomy faculty members Jim Birchall, Willie Falk, Michael Gericke, Juliette Mammei and Willem T. H. van Oers, plus research associates Vladas Tvaskis together with Peiqing Wang and Jie Pan who earned their doctorates on the project, and current student Scott MacEwan, who is based at Jefferson Laboratory and will base his dissertation on the full Q-weak data set. Detector development work was carried out in Gericke’s lab, funded by the Canada Foundation for Innovation. Over the years, more than $3M of NSERC support has been provided through the subatomic physics Project Grant program to the Canadian group (which also
includes scientists from the University of Winnipeg, University of Northern BC and TRIUMF)-funds were used to build equipment and support student and postdoctoral researchers’ salaries and travel to carry out the measurements at Jefferson Laboratory. Most significantly, Q-weak has about 25 times more data in hand, which is currently undergoing analysis. This will allow experimenters to further shrink the error bar and potentially reveal hints of new interaction-mediating particles, complementary to searches at the highest energy scales such as at the Large Hadron Collider project in Geneva, Switzerland. This first determination of the proton’s weak charge was carried out by a team of 97 researchers from 23 institutions in the US, Canada and Europe. It was made possible by funding from the US Department of Energy and the US National Science Foundation, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, university matching contributions from The College of William and Mary, Virginia Tech, George Washington University, and Louisiana Tech University, and technical and engineering support from Jefferson Laboratory, TRIUMF (Canada) and MITBates laboratories.
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THE UNIVERSITY OF MANITOBA CONGRATULATES THE FOLLOWING ACADEMIC STAFF MEMBERS WHO WERE AWARDED TENURE AND/OR PROMOTED IN 2013 TENURED FACULTY Dr. Michel Aliani, Human Nutritional Sciences Dr. Srimantoorao Appadoo, Supply Chain Management Dr. Gary Babiuk, Curriculum, Teaching & Learning Dr. Michael Baffoe, Faculty of Social Work Dr. Elena Baraban, German & Slavic Studies Dr. Andrey Bekker, Geological Sciences Dr. Robert Biscontri, Accounting & Finance Dr. Sonia Bookman, Sociology Dr. Alfredo Camacho, Geological Sciences Dr. Catherine Casey, Curriculum, Teaching & Learning
Dr. Gail Davoren, Biological Sciences Dr. Marie Edwards, Faculty of Nursing Dr. Cynthia Ellison, Pathology Dr. Michelle Faubert, English, Film & Theatre Dr. Christopher Fries, Sociology Dr. Elroy Friesen, Marcel A. Desautels Faculty of Music Dr. Michael Gericke, Physics & Astronomy Dr. Melanie Glenwright, Psychology Dr. Robert Gulden, Plant Science Dr. Michael Hart, Faculty of Social Work Dr. Derek Johnson, Anthropology Dr. Song Liu, Textile Sciences Dr. Arkady Major, Electrical & Computer Engineering
Dr. Jeffrey Masuda, Environment & Geography Dr. Brooke Milne, Anthropology Dr. Mehmet Umut Oguzoglu, Economics Dr. Tracey Peter, Sociology Dr. Shahin Shooshtari, Family Social Sciences Dr. Struan Sinclair, English, Film & Theatre Dr. Beverley Temple, Faculty of Nursing Dr. Erik Thomson, History Dr. Christopher Tillman, Philosophy Dr. Dirk Weihrauch, Biological Sciences Dr. Jeffrey Wigle, Biochemistry & Medical Genetics Dr. Yang Zhang, Mathematics
Dr. Michael Baffoe, Faculty of Social Work Dr. Elena Baraban, German & Slavic Studies Dr. Andrey Bekker, Geological Sciences Dr. James Bolton, Psychiatry Dr. Alfredo Camacho, Geological Sciences Dr. Catherine Casey, Curriculum, Teaching & Learning Dr. Ming-Ka Chan, Pediatrics & Child Health Dr. Fang Chen, Accounting & Finance Dr. Shawn Clark, Civil Engineering Dr. Raquel Consunji-Araneta, Pediatrics & Child Health Dr. Maryanne Crockett, Pediatrics & Child Health Dr. Marie Edwards, Faculty of Nursing Dr. Cynthia Ellison, Pathology Dr. Elroy Friesen, Marcel A. Desautels Faculty of Music Dr. Melanie Glenwright, Psychology Dr. Michael Hart, Faculty of Social Work Dr. David Hochman, Surgery Prof. Kevin Kelly, School of Art Dr. Joel Kettner, Community Health Sciences Dr. Paul Komenda, Internal Medicine Dr. Christina Lengyel, Human Nutritional Sciences Dr. Song Liu, Textile Sciences Dr. Maria Martinez, French, Spanish & Italian Dr. Jeffrey Masuda, Environment & Geography Dr. Boyd McCurdy, Radiology Dr. Barbara McMillan, Curriculum, Teaching & Learning Dr. Aizeddin Mhanni, Pediatrics & Child Health Dr. Mehmet Umut Oguzoglu, Economics Dr. Christine Peschken, Internal Medicine
Dr. Guillermo Rocha, Ophthalmology Dr. Carol Schneider, Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences Dr. Andreas Shalchi, Physics and Astronomy Dr. Shahin Shooshtari, Family Social Sciences Dr. Beverley Temple, Faculty of Nursing Dr. Dirk Weihrauch, Biological Sciences Dr. Marni Wiseman, Internal Medicine Dr. Anne Worley, Biological Sciences Dr. Yang Zhang, Mathematics
PROMOTED FACULTY PROMOTED TO PROFESSOR
Dr. Christine Ateah, Faculty of Nursing Dr. Daniel Bailis, Psychology Dr. Robin Jarvis Brownlie, History Dr. Anton Chakhmouradian, Geological Sciences Dr. Renate Eigenbrod, Native Studies Dr. Tarek ElMekkawy, Mechanical & Manufacturing Dr. Gerald Gwinner, Physics and Astronomy Dr. Geoffrey Hicks, Biochemistry & Medical Genetics Dr. Stephan Jaeger, German & Slavic Studies Dr. Jason Leboe-McGowan, Psychology Dr. Jeannette Montufar, Civil Engineering Dr. Olanrewaju Ojo, Mechanical & Manufacturing Dr. Ivan Oresnik, Microbiology Dr. Jitendra Paliwal, Biosystems Engineering Dr. Timothy Papakyriakou, Environment & Geography Dr. Adele Perry, History Dr. Nathalie Piquemal, Educ Admin Foundations & Psychology Dr. Samar Safi-Harb, Physics and Astronomy Dr. Georg Schreckenbach, Chemistry Dr. Frank Schweizer, Chemistry Dr. Jรถrg Stetefeld, Chemistry Dr. Parimala Thulasiraman, Computer Science Dr. Vladimir Yurkov, Microbiology Dr. Yong Zhang, Mathematics PROMOTED TO ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
Dr. Srimantoorao Appadoo, Supply Chain Management
PROMOTED TO ASSISTANT PROFESSOR
Dr. Albert Buchel, Emergency Medicine Dr. Greg Chernish, Family Medicine Dr. Ravi Dookeran, Ophthalmology Dr. Mona Hegdekar, Emergency Medicine Dr. David Lambert, Anesthesia Dr. Brett Memauri, Radiology Dr. Jennifer Rahman, Ophthalmology Dr. Michael Semus, Internal Medicine Dr. Jacek Strzelczyk, Radiology PROMOTED TO SENIOR INSTRUCTOR
Dr. Terri Ashcroft, Faculty of Nursing Ms. Jacqueline Elliott, Faculty of Kinesiology & Recreation Management Ms. Kristina Hunter, Environment & Geography Ms. Fiona Jensen, Faculty of Nursing Mr. Gary Martens, Plant Science Mr. Michael Zapp, Computer Science PROMOTED TO INSTRUCTOR II
Ms. Lisa Ford, Environment & Geography Ms. Holly Harris, Medical Education Dr. Iryna Konstantiuk, German & Slavic Studies
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University of Manitoba Fort Garry + Bannatyne campuses The Bulletin publishes events involving the university community at no cost. Email events to firstname.lastname@example.org
FACULTY OF ARTS UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT GROUPS MEET & GREET
Thursday, Sept. 26 | 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. 6th floor Faculty of Arts Lounge, Fletcher Argue Building. Refreshments and pizza buffet will be served.
BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING SEMINAR SERIES
Thursday, Sept. 26 | 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. “Uncovering the Mysteries of Disease Deep Inside the Living Brain” by Melanie Martin, U of M, BioMedical engineering and pharmacology, U of W, physics. In EITC E2, Engineering.
FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE DEAN’S LECTURE SERIES Thursday, Sept. 26 | 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. “Sustainability as a Driver for a new Building Culture” by Werner Lang, professor for energy efficient and sustainable design and building at TUM, director of the Centre for Sustainable Building and director of the Oskar von Miller Forum, Munich.
FACULTY OF SOCIAL WORK HOMECOMING EVENT AND LECTURE
September 26 | 6:30 to 10:00 p.m. Baird Poskanzer Memorial Lecture Series, Helen Mann 50th Anniversary Award Presentation, Faculty of Social Work History Exhibition, Reception. At Centre culturel franco-manitobain, 340 Provencher Boulevard.
PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY COLLOQUIUM
Friday September 27 | 3:30 p.m. “The Interplay of Shock, Turbulence and Magnetic Fields in the Formation of Galaxy Clusters” by Tom Jones, Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics. In 330 Allen Building.
Friday, September 27 | 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Connective pedagogy: Elder epistemology, oral tradition and community by Rosemary Ackley Christensen and Lisa M. Poupart, published by Aboriginal Issues Press. 2nd floor, Neil John Maclean Health Science Library in Kanee Ga Ni-What Kee-Kandoamowin Anishinaeck (First Peoples Place of Learning), Brodie Centre, Bannatyne Campus.
WINNIPEG INTERNATIONAL WRITERS FESTIVAL READING
Friday, Sept. 27 | 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Winnipeg International Writers Festival presents a reading by Elisabeth de Mariaffi. In Cross Common Room, 108 St. John’s College. Free and open to all.
THE SECOND ANNUAL HELLENIC CIVILIZATION LECTURE
Sunday, Sept. 29 | 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. “Sex Slavery in Classical Athens” by C. W. (Toph) Marshall, dept. of classical, near Eastern and religious studies, UBC. In 240 University College.
CRITICAL CONVERSATIONS (CENTRE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS RESEARCH)
Monday, Sept. 30 | 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. “Cancer’s Margins: LGBTQ women and trans people’s experiences with breast and/or gynaecological cancers” by Janice Ristock, women’s and gender studies, Faculty of Arts, and “The Return of Sex Verification in Sports: Implications for the Privacy Rights of Intersex and Transgender Athletes” by Sarah Teetzel, Faculty of Kinesiology & Recreation Management. In 206 Robson Hall.
Friday, Oct. 4 | 3:00 p.m. “Recent Applications of ABA in Health, Fitness, and Sports” by Ray Miltenberger, University of South Florida. In P412 Duff Roblin. 2:30 Refreshments/coffee.
HEALTHY MINDS CANADA: USING THE POWER OF THE INTERNET IN MENTAL HEALTH
Monday, Sept. 30 | 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. “Effectiveness of a web-based treatment of insomnia” by Norah Vincent, PhD, and “Depression: Using the web to inform the public about treatment choices” by John Walker, PhD. At Robert B. Schultz Lecture Theatre, Fort Garry campus. Livestreamed on www.healthymindscanada.tv
HEALTH, LEISURE & HUMAN PERFORMANCE RESEARCH INSTITUTE SEMINAR SERIES
Friday, October 4 | 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. “Pay Attention! Promoting physical activity in a crowded media world” by Tanya Berry, University of Alberta. In 136 Frank Kennedy Centre, Fort Garry Campus. Open to students, staff, and faculty.
2013 WARHAFT MEMORIAL LECTURE
Friday, October 4 | 8:00 p.m. “Corpse Pose & Odd Secrets of the Line” by Wayne Koestenbaum. At Plug In Gallery, 460 Portage Avenue. Free.
TALKING ABOUT INDIGENOUS ARCHIVES: A ONE-DAY COLLOQUIUM Saturday, Oct. 5 | 8:30 a.m.to 5:30 p.m. Register by September 27. Email umih@ umanitoba.ca
MEDICAL RESEARCH PRESENTATION
Monday, Oct. 7 | 11:00 a.m. to noon Cynthia Guidos, senior scientist, program in developmental and stem cell biology, scientific director, SickKids-UHN Flow Cytometry Facility, Hospital for Sick Children Research Institute. Open to members of the university community In Alec Sehon Seminar Room, 477 Apotex Centre (Dept. of Immunology), 750 McDermot Ave.
CRITICAL CONVERSATIONS (CENTRE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS RESEARCH)
Monday, Oct. 7 | 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. Speaker Jessica Danforth, Native Youth Sexual Health Network. In 206 Robson Hall.
THE 34TH PRESIDENT’S RECEPTION FOR RETIREES
Saturday, Oct. 5 | 2:00 p.m. You are invited to hear our speaker, Barry Prentice, professor of supply chain management at the I.H. Asper School of Business, speak on “Transport Airship: A Disruptive Technology in Search of a Dominant Design.” At the reception that follows, there will be time to greet your former colleagues, coworkers and friends. Spouses and partners are welcome and please invite those survivors of retirees whom you know. In Marshall McLuhan Hall, 204 University Centre, University of Manitoba, Fort Garry Campus. RSVP by Friday, September 27, 2013 to Linda. email@example.com or by telephone at 204-474-9124. ART AND ARCHITECTURE EXHIBITIONS
ARCHITECTURE GALLERY EXHIBITION
Harry Seidler: Architecture, Art and Collaborative Design. Curated by Vladimir Belogolovsky, Founder of Intercontinental Curatorial Project, New York. Runs to October 10.
SCHOOL OF ART GALLERY Lyndal Osborne: Rivers. Exhibition extended to Friday, October 11.
MUSIC AT MIDDAY
Friday, Sept. 27 | 12:30 to 1:20 p.m. Harpsichordist Hank Knox. Eva Clare Hall, Marcel A. Desautels Faculty of Music.
OLEG & FRIENDS CONCERT SERIES
Sunday, Sept. 29 | 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. Violin Recital with Jonathan Chan. Tickets: $20/$15/$7. Subscription to all four concerts: $60/$45/$20. Tickets sold at the door. At Broadway Disciples United Church, 396 Broadway.
EXPERIMENTAL IMPROV ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE
Saturday, Sept. 28 | 1:15 to 2:00 p.m. WSO Musicians in the Making preconcert performance, Centennial Concert Hall.
UNIVERSITY OF MANITOBA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONCERT
Monday, Oct. 7 | 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. Conductor Julian Pellicano. Concert 1 features soloist Bronwen GarandSheridan, Oboe; concert 2 features soloist Jeremy Buzash, Violin; concert 3 features soloist Lisa Nazarenko, Cello. Westworth United Church, 1750 Grosvenor Ave. Tickets $15.00/general, $5.00/students. Available at the Music office or at the door.
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STUDENT COUNSELLING AND CAREER CENTRE Position: Full-time probationary appointment at the rank of Instructor I Position number: 17158 Deadline: October 11, 2013 Start Date: November 1, 2013 For information: Prof. David Ness, Acting Director, Student Counselling and Career Centre, 474 University Centre, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2, tel. 204-474-8619, fax 204-4747558 CORRECTED NOTICE
FACULTY OF MEDICINE
Position: Manitoba Research Chair in Health System Innovation, Assistant or Associate Professor Position number: 17044/17043 Deadline: October 1, 2013, applications will be accepted until position is filled Start Date: November 1, 2013 For information: Dr. Brian Postl, Dean Faculty of Medicine, Chair MHRC, c/o Office of the Associate Dean (Research), Faculty of Medicine, University of Manitoba, A108 Chown Bldg., 753 McDermot Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2, email Research.Medicine@med. umanitoba.ca
CLAYTON H. RIDDELL FACULTY OF ENVIRONMENT, EARTH, AND RESOURCES
Department of Environment and Geography Position: Full-time, tenure-track appointment in Human Geography at the
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FACULTY OF DENTISTRY
School of Dental Hygiene Position: Full-time, tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor or Associate Professor Position number: 16857 Deadline: November 1, 2013 Start date: January 1, 2014 For information: Dr. Joanna Asadoorian, School of Dental Hygiene, Faculty of Dentistry and Chair of Search Committee, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Manitoba D212-780, Bannatyne Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, R3E 0W2, tel. 204-789-3574, fax 204-789-3948, email firstname.lastname@example.org
THE UNIVERSITY OF MANITOBA LIBRARIES
Position: Research Services Librarian at a General/Assistant Librarian rank Position number: 17226 Deadline: October 25, 2013 Start Date: January 1, 2014 For information: Ms Karen Adams, University Librarian, The University of Manitoba Libraries, Winnipeg, MB, R3T 2N2, email Karen.Adams@umanitoba.ca
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Researcher investigates how sensory information—and sensory overload— impacts the movement of our bodies
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2013 Undergraduate research Poster Competition It’s an opportunity for students to sharpen their skills and showcase their research! Wednesday october 30, 2013 1:00 - 4:30p.m. University Centre manitoba rooms 210-224 All are welcome to drop in, view the posters and meet the student researchers. Posters can be entered in five categories: Applied Sciences Health Sciences Natural Sciences Social Sciences/Humanities Creative Works Cash Prizes (in each category): First - $500 Second - $300 Third - $200 An iPad (sponsored by the Faculty of Human Ecology) will be awarded by the Qualitative Research Group (QRG) to the top poster describing qualitative research. Visit: umanitoba.ca/postercompetition
assistant Prof. Cheryl Glazebrook
By Katie Chalmers-BrooKs for the Bulletin As a mother of two boys—the youngest only 10 months—assistant professor Cheryl Glazebrook can’t help but wear her researcher cap when observing their interactions with toys. Most people probably see a baby lying on a play mat, kicking his legs to prompt a stuffed bumble bee that hangs from above to sing. But Glazebrook, recently returned from maternity leave, sees early evidence of the interplay between auditory cues and body movement. As our world becomes busier with sounds and lights, there’s a greater need to know how technology affects us. “We have all these systems where noises come from different places. What does that do to our movements?” asks Glazebrook. “We don’t fully understand our nervous system and our technology is changing so quickly that often those changes are made and we haven’t caught up in our understanding of how our brain processes that visual and auditory information.” A ballet dancer from a young age who spent years perfecting her own movement, Glazebrook now heads the Perceptual Motor Behaviour Lab. She and her team investigate how our nervous system uses the information we get from our sight, sound and touch senses to perform physical tasks. Using a 3-D motion analysis system, she focuses mostly on arm movements. Study participants wear an electronic marker on their finger, connected to a machine that records information that will later be analyzed to determine factors like trajectory, acceleration and velocity. Participants are given instructions—for example, move a wooden block or point
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at a target on the screen—while they are exposed to different lights or sounds. One of Glazebrook’s projects, funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, is done with the drivers of tractors, and pilots of helicopters or planes, in mind. Collaborating with an engineering student, she aims to provide the industry with insight into how best to design controls that would increase the likelihood these individuals would respond correctly during high-stress situations. In emergencies, they need to react quickly by hitting a control or the brake and mistakes can be costly. “Fifty or 100 milliseconds could be the difference between life and death or critical injury,” Glazebrook notes. “So these are really important questions.” Hopefully, input into the design of these controls will result in less confusion when drivers and pilots reach for a knob or switch. “It’s making sure that the design of the tools is done in a way that people can respond quickly and accurately without getting confused, so they hit the right dial at the right time,” she adds. Exercises in her lab mimic real-life scenarios. This could mean shining a brief, distracting light participants would see out of the corner of their eye, perhaps accompanied by an equally distracting sound; at the same time they are asked to complete assigned tasks. The light and sound can come from the same or a different location, and before, during or after the movement is performed. Glazebrook throws another variable—wearing black-out goggles— into the mix to figure out how our sense of sight and hearing work independently of each other.
New knowledge coming out of her lab also aims to help people who live with a pins-and-needles sensation in their arm, typically as a result of carpal tunnel, diabetes or stroke. A trained physical therapist with a PhD in motor control, Glazebrook wants to know how a disability like this changes how the body reacts during everyday situations that require a quick and precise response, like tending to a spill while cooking. These individuals can improve their movements by performing exercises that have them practice related tasks. Glazebrook’s findings will help inform therapists how to design these exercises. The goal? “To help them perform their movements with enough ease and speed that the movement becomes functional for them so they can use it in their everyday life,” she says. While still early in her investigations, Glazebrook predicts that removing vision from the equation when trying to relearn a movement is the way to go. “When we close our eyes, that normal information we get from our limb doesn’t have a chance to re-develop those normal sensory-motor connections because our visual sense is dominant.” Her research also explores sensory motor reactions in autistic children, which could help better define some of the sub groups of the neural development disorder and develop new or earlier interventions. Glazebrook was recently awarded a Canada Foundation for Innovation grant for a second 3-D motion analysis system, along with an eye tracker to further investigate coordination between the eyes and hands.
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Home to stay
Award enables School of Art Gallery to purchase important body of work by Robert Houle Mariianne Mays Wiebe and Sean Moore The Bulletin
The suicide of a young boy from his home reserve of Sandy Bay brought back troubling emotions and memories for artist Robert Houle. In 1999, the Saulteaux First Nations painter, curator, critic and educator was creating work in response to that suicide when many of his own painful memories resurfaced. As a child, Houle was taken from his family and placed in the Sandy Bay Indian Residential School. When he taught at OCAD University, Houle told his students to create from their own emotions and memories — but couldn’t do so himself. Eventually the artist was determined to come to terms with his memories, designing a daily work program in 2009 that would last a month. The result was 24 powerful oil-stick drawings that comprise the Sandy Bay Residential School Series. Now the School of Art Gallery has added this major suite of artworks to its collection thanks to the 2013 York Wilson Endowment Award, presented by the Canada Council for the Arts.
The road home “One year ago, Robert Houle: enuhmo andúhyaun (the road home) was the inaugural solo exhibition of the gallery,” said Mary Reid, director/ curator, School of Art Gallery. “This award provides us with the tremendous privilege to collect a significant body of work from this important exhibition.” “It’s important that they are seen in light [the terms by which they were created],” says Reid of the diaristic images. She points out that the works are raw and visceral, and that a kind of progress is demonstrated through the series.
translated as “let it go from your mind.” Reid comments, “The power and strength embodied in these works is profound. Through a very sensitive and highly intimate approach Houle’s combination of language, images and colour leads the viewer down a road of personal inquiry and compassion.”
All images are from Robert Houle’s Bay Residential School Series, 2009, oilstick on paper, 58.4 X 76.2 cm. Clockwise, from top, far left: “noodin is my friend,” “night predator,” “the road home,” “schoolhouse” and “uhnúhméahkazooh (pretending to pray).”
The work marks both a major addition to the School of Art’s own collection, as well as its 100th anniversary, which it celebrates this year. As a curator, Reid notes that the purchase is also something that will put her own stamp on the School’s art collection, and she looks forward to further shaping the collection in a way that will define it and
Houle uses the Ahnishnabewin word, Pahgedenaum — ‘let it go from your mind’ The drawings begin with the schoolhouse’s exterior, and then go inside. A dark figure appears, says Reid, in reference to the Catholic Brother who was the perpetrator. According to Reid, Houle’s works were drawn almost automatically, responding to memories and emotion as the artist worked. About halfway through, the perspective starts to pull out again, allowing for greater distance from the subject matter. Houle doesn’t believe in the idea of “reconciliation” or “forgiveness” in relation to what he experienced in Residential School, notes Reid. “He’s quite vocal about his views, though he can appreciate why other Aboriginal Residential School survivors have [participated in the process].” Rather, in creating these pieces, “the issues of reconciliation and forgiveness framed within a Judaeo-Christian heritage were counterpoints to traditional Aboriginal values of letting go of conflict in order to move on,” said Houle after the initial exhibition of this work at the School of Art Gallery. “Today, as someone who was punished for speaking my language, I have the privilege and the responsibility of using Ahnishnabewin proudly in this installation.” Houle uses the Ahnishnabewin word, Pahgedenaum, in his work; it can be
make it stand out amongst Manitoba and Canada’s other gallery collections. The endowment that made the purchase possible is itself an honour to have received, she says. Each year, the York Wilson Endowment Award is given to an eligible Canadian art museum or public gallery to help it purchase work by a Canadian artist that will significantly enhance its collection. Created in 1997 through a donation by Lela Wilson and Maxwell Henderson, it honours the contribution of Canadian painter York Wilson (1907-1984) by encouraging and promoting works of art created by Canadian painters or sculptors. President and Vice-Chancellor David Barnard said, “We appreciate this acknowledgment of the important work of one of our distinguished alumni and of our School of Art Gallery. Given the recent agreement signed with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission entrusting our university with the honour of hosting the National Research Centre on Residential Schools, this poignant series makes make important connections to communities both on and off campus.” Mary Ann Steggles, acting director of the School of Art said, “I feel strongly that this acquisition will become a meaningful and inspirational resource for future School of Art students.” As Houle states, it is appropriate that the drawings “are coming home” to Manitoba.
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