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The Bulletin

September 27, 2012 Vol. 46 No. 9

University of Manitoba

Southwood Precinct

Arts Celebrating Arts

Spotlight on active living

All the answers to questions people have been asking

Tenth annual Faculty of Arts event recognizes achievements

Construction set to begin on world-class new facility

James Wilson

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Alumnus James Wilson speaks at Visionary Conversations See story, page 5

Happy birthday to you!

U of M Events Stu Clark Distinguished Speaker Series, Sept. 28 8th Annual Child Health Research Day, Oct. 4 Roméo Dallaire speaks, Oct. 5 Visionary Conversations, Oct. 9 Sol Kanee 2012 Lecture on Peace and Justice, Oct. 10

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Languages and cultures of conflicts and atrocities conference, Oct. 11 to 13 Photo by Mike Latschislaw

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Packed to the rafters: The I.H. Asper School of Business was filled tip-to-toe with alumni, students and faculty for its 75th birthday bash on September 14.

Aboriginal Business Leadership Awards: 2012 recipients announced

Tim Sweeny (left), owner of Creeway Aviation, is the winner of this year’s Excellence in Aboriginal Small and Medium Enterprises. Andrew Clarke (right), owner of Clarke Financial Planning and Insurance Services, is the winner of the Aboriginal Business Leadership Award.

BY PETER POMART For The Bulletin The Excellence in Aboriginal Business Leadership Award will be presented on October 4 at a gala event at the Fairmont Winnipeg. In May of this year the U of M and the Asper School of Business announced the winners, Andrew Clarke and Tim Sweeny. Andrew Clarke, owner of Clarke Financial Planning and Insurance Services, is the winner of the Aboriginal Business Leadership Award, and Tim Sweeny, owner of Creeway Aviation, is the winner of the Excellence in Aboriginal Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Award. Clarke Financial is a full service financial planning firm that manages over 60 million dollars for over 600 corporate, government and individual clients across the country. Headquartered in Winnipeg, the company is 100 per cent First Nation owned and operated. Clarke, a Certified Financial Planner, launched the firm in 1994 using his own money as start-up capital. He has served as both treasurer and chair

of the Aboriginal Chamber of Commerce and has trained others to become licensed financial service representatives. Tim Sweeny started Creeway Aviation in 2006 to address the growing needs of Northern Manitoba’s aviation industry. The company, based out of Thompson, Manitoba, provides aircraft charter and maintenance services. It also offers students in the Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME) apprenticeship program the opportunity to work towards their AME license without having to leave their own community. The dinner is one of Manitoba’s most prestigious events for honouring Aboriginal business leaders. The stories behind their successes motivate and inspire students to pursue work in a wide variety of sectors, or establish businesses of their own. Proceeds from the event will benefit commerce students in the Asper School’s ABEP (Aboriginal Business Education Partners) program. Tickets to the event are available at 204-4747037 or at

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Political endorsement draws fire September 6

Globe and Mail

U of M law professor Debra Parkes provided insight into a story unfolding out East. MP Pierre Poilievre, an Ottawa-area Conservative, said earlier this month that Canada’s largest union of federal public servants shouldn’t have endorsed separatist parties during the Quebec election. He is calling for new rules allowing members to opt out of paying dues. The proposal is similar to “right-to-work” legislation that has been adopted by more than 20 U.S. states, provoking heated debate and resistance from unions. Parkes says a law as proposed by Poilievre would certainly face a legal challenge, but in her assessment of related cases, it’s not clear how the courts would rule. “It’s a big piece of our labour law system because of the problem of free riders,” she said, noting that workers who refused to pay union dues would still benefit from collective bargaining. “It’s politically a very difficult issue and one that most governments haven’t wanted to take on.”

Hogging negativity September 14 Winnipeg Free Press

Derek Brewin, an associate professor of agribusiness and agricultural economics, lent his thoughts to reporters investigating an unprecedented convergence of negative factors creating financial havoc throughout Manitoba’s hog industry. Recently, for instance, Puratone Corp. filed for bankruptcy protection in a Manitoba court, putting the future of Manitoba’s third-largest producer in jeopardy. “Right now, the sector is working itself out and it is a dismal situation,” said Brewin. “Those companies that are selling lots of hogs don’t have to sell too many for it to be devastating.” Brewin said the economic debacle for hog producers is unfortunately not an uncommon scenario when input prices go up. Herds are culled, and with the decline in supply, prices do eventually rise.”But there have been unprecedented losses in Manitoba,” Brewin said, “Grain prices have been on an upward trend since 2006.”


“World’s students flock to U of M,” Winnipeg Free Press, Sept. 7, 2012, story about the University of Manitoba enrolment record — 28,975 students are on campus this year. That’s by far the largest enrolment in the university’s history; there were 28,013 in 2005, and 27,992 a year ago. “Cash award to help bring kids together,” Winnipeg Free Press, Sept. 4, story about Farouk Chebib, retired professor, and his wife Laila who have a $500 bursary for one grad in each of Winnipeg’s six school divisions. The Syrian couple started the Bridge Builder Award to recognize students who help connect people and build understanding between faiths and cultures.

Dean of Education passes away Robert Macmillan, the late dean of the Faculty of Education


President David Barnard and the University of Manitoba community join in mourning the September 14 passing of Robert Macmillan, dean of the Faculty of Education. Dr. Macmillan made significant contributions to his faculty and the university since taking on the position of dean in July 2011. He was well-loved and respected across the community. The Faculty of Education held a memorial service in his honour on September 21. THE BULLETIN is the newspaper of record for the University of Manitoba. It is published by the communications marketing office every second Thursday from September to December and monthly in December, January, February, June, July and August. Material in The Bulletin may be reprinted or broadcast, excepting materials for which The Bulletin does not hold exclusive copyright. Please contact editor for policy.


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September 27, 2012

Southwood Precinct Q and A

As our vision for the development of the Fort Garry campus evolves, the conversation within our community will continue. Below are answers to some of the questions I have heard from students, staff, faculty and other stakeholders in recent months. What does the University of Manitoba plan to do with the Southwood precinct? Taking ownership of the Southwood precinct offers a chance for the University of Manitoba to transform the entire Fort Garry campus and how people think about it. It is a rare opportunity to do something unique and transformative; to be aggressively sustainable in our thinking as we integrate the future development of the existing campus space with Southwood’s 120 acres, to allow for the future needs of the university while developing a vibrant interface with the community, in the form of a new, sustainable, multi-use neighbourhood. We see the potential for our campus community as a whole to become a 24/7 live/work/learn/play environment, shaped by five goals and guiding principles: connected, destination, sustainable, community, transformative. We will move away from being a commuter campus towards a vibrant campus community destination. Development will be determined by the result of an Open International Design Competition. What is the Open International Design Competition? The university is sponsoring V I S I O N A RY ( r e ) G E N E R AT I O N , a n O p e n International Design Competition, with the objective of transforming the Fort Garry campus into a new, sustainable 24/7 “live, work, learn, play” community, comprising its existing components and new developments. The design process will be guided by the five principles (connected, destination, sustainable, community, transformative) and organized in two design phases with submissions evaluated anonymously by a jury of professional planners, architects, landscape architect, and primary stakeholders in the process. Jurists will select finalist teams based on their vision and response to our guiding principles. Finalists will advance to a second, more detailed design phase. The winning multi-disciplinary team will be awarded a master plan contract to engage in a campus master planning process with the university and community stakeholders. What are the benefits of developing the Southwood precinct? It gives us a chance to think about several important things: the future academic needs of the university, the way we connect to the city proper, and the opportunity we can offer potential students, residents, neighbours and visitors to be part of a new, vital and attractive community that blends our existing campus infrastructure with new and innovative development. The area can be designed to be attractive to students and staff, to residents from across Winnipeg and to tourists, thus helping with the city’s economic and social

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development. A well-designed community could have all amenities within a few steps, offering a comfortable and desirable lifestyle. This community will not be defined by an automobile-dependent plan; rather, the master planning process will begin with a focus on public space and ‘landscape first.’ In this approach, pedestrian access is a priority and single-vehicle roadways are secondary. It is more important to integrate human movement and living space within a vibrant, mixed-use, sustainable community. Could the U of M simply retain the Southwood precinct as a greenspace and focus development on other precincts around the Fort Garry campus? The Southwood precinct provides an opportunity to create a thriving neighbourhood that will both enhance the campus experience and support the university’s core mandate for excellence in teaching and research. This area is an opportunity to create a model sustainable community with a mix of greenspace, public space and higher-density buildings. Rather than turn our backs on the city and its people, development of the Southwood precinct will be an organic extension of the Fort Garry Campus and, through good stewardship and planning, create a pedestrian-focused community that will be an inviting and desirable destination. Maintaining the Southwood precinct solely as greenspace would enforce the physical barrier between the university of Manitoba and the rest of the city, perhaps even reinforcing any perception of the University of Manitoba as an area of the city cut off or otherwise set apart from the surrounding community. How does Rapid Transit play a role in the development of the Fort Garry campus, and specifically, the Southwood precinct? Locating a Rapid Transit station within the Fort Garry campus will allow for the development of a dense, mixed-use transit and pedestrian hub that offers convenient access to the Fort Garry campus and reduces personal vehicular traffic in the Southwood precinct, thus allowing for the development of medium- and high-density housing. Access to our campus shouldn’t require a car, and we shouldn’t have to plan our development around parking. Where exactly will the Rapid Transit station be located? A specific station location has not been determined, as it will be a focus of the Open International Design Competition, sponsored by the university, to propose one or more Rapid Transit hubs. The City of Winnipeg is the authority that will determine station locations as part of the Southwest Rapid Transit Corridor Phase 2 routing planning. How many people do you eventually see living in the Southwood precinct? If medium- or highdensity living spaces are developed, approximately 6,000 residents may eventually reside within the Southwood precinct. continued on page 4

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Desiree Scott joins Bisons as assistant coach Former University of Manitoba Bisons soccer player Desiree Scott is returning to her team after a whirlwind experience at the 2012 Olympics in London. The midfielder won bronze as part of Team Canada earlier this summer and has been making the publicity rounds ever since. Now that the hype has settled down somewhat, the 25 year old is looking forward to returning as an assistant coach as the Bison women begin their 2012 season.


The Autonomous Agents Lab in the Department of Computer Science At the end of August, computer science professors Jacky Baltes and John Anderson sent a team of three students, Chris Iverach-Brereton, Diana Carrier and Simon Barber-Dueck, to compete in the FIRA HuroCup robotics competition in Bristol, UK. The HuroCup requires the use of the same physicallyunaltered humanoid robot in a diverse array of events designed to advance research in humanoid robotics. The team placed well, coming in second in United Soccer (where the robots join with others to form a team, making it significantly more challenging than simply building a team ahead of time). The lab also came in fourth in weightlifting and the marathon, and fifth in sprinting. U of M prof becomes fellow of the Canadian Organisation of Medical Physicists Stephen Pistorius, physics and astronomy, and senior research scientist at CancerCare Manitoba was conferred the award on July 13 of “Fellow of the Canadian Organisation of Medical Physicists (COMP)” in recognition of his significant contributions to the organization and to the field of medical physics. This is the inaugural year for the award. All of the 2012 recipients are either COMP gold medalists and/or former presidents of COMP. Vote for Edmund Dawe! The list of nominees for the Music New Brunswick Awards came out last week. The duo piano CD entitled “Dialogue” by Edmund Dawe and Lynn Johnson has been nominated for an award in two categories: Classical Artist and Bell Aliant Fan’s Choice. 25 per cent of the decision process is by public vote; the link to cast a ballot is here:

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Researchers inducted into Academy of Health Sciences BY ILANA SIMON For The Bulletin Three Faculty of Medicine professors who have transformed how we care for people with diabetes, heart failure and organ rejection are being recognized for their pioneering efforts. Heather Dean, Lorrie Kirshenbaum and Peter Nickerson were inducted into the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS) during a ceremony in Ottawa on September 21. 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. “These researchers are certainly deserving of this prestigious honour. Their accomplishments in their specialized fields have in their own way improved the well-being of many Canadians,” said Digvir Jayas, vice-president (research and international), and Distinguished Professor at the U of M. Heather Dean (pediatrics) was the first pediatrician to report type 2 diabetes in children in Canada. She has served as a consultant regarding children with diabetes for many provincial, national and international agencies involving child health, aboriginal health, health services and public policy. Lorrie Kirshenbaum (physiology) is best known for his groundbreaking work on viral gene therapy and the regulation of both cell cycle and cell death proteins in the heart. His research has revolutionized the field by providing a means to genetically modify non-functional proteins in cells that cause human disease. Peter Nickerson (internal medicine and immunology) is a leader in transplantation science. He and his colleagues have been at the forefront in identifying subclinical inflammation as a cause of organ rejection, particularly relating to the kidneys.


Asper celebrates 75 years

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President and ViceChancellor David Barnard addresses the crowd at the I.H. Asper School of Business birthday bash, while Michael Benarroch (far left), dean of the school, looks on.

BY SCOTT MCCULLOCH For The Bulletin On Friday, September 14, over 500 alumni of the I. H. Asper School of Business flooded the Drake Centre to celebrate a major milestone for their alma mater and toast the 75th birthday of business education in Manitoba. Jazz music filled the air as guests wandered from floor to floor exploring the historical displays and reconnecting with past professors and classmates. The excitement was palpable as 28 of the faculty’s Senior Sticks (or Commerce Students’ Association presidents) spanning five decades came together to retire their Stick, a symbol of promise and responsibility that has been passed down since George Richardson himself accepted it from Morrey Lawrence in 1946. The crowd gathered in the main atrium to hear David Barnard, President and ViceChancellor, and Michael Benarroch, dean of the Asper School, address the audience and pay tribute to 75 years of history. Following a spirited round of “Happy Birthday,” Gail Asper, president of the Asper Foundation and daughter of the faculty’s namesake Israel Asper, stepped forward to accept the honour of blowing out the

candles on a large birthday cake worthy of a 75th anniversary celebration. Dean Benarroch said, “At the Asper School, we are very proud of our tradition, a tradition built on educating ethical, forward-thinking and innovative graduates and a tradition built on success — but more importantly, built on creating opportunities. “Our program began in 1937. This is no small feat and speaks to the success, strength and longevity of our program.” To further commemorate the important milestone, the Asper School launched their book Open for Business, a historical narrative telling the story of the business school’s evolution from a department within the Faculty of Arts to the third-largest faculty on campus. Dean emeriti John Mundie and Roland Grandpre, along with author Laird Rankin [B.Comm. 1964] entertained and educated the audience through an interactive history presentation. The celebration continued late into the evening as the Commerce Class of 1972 enjoyed their 40th reunion and a host of actuarial sciences alumni paid tribute to 100 years of actuarial education and unveiled the Warren Centre for Actuarial Studies and

Medicine raises its profile in surgical research BY ILANA SIMON For The Bulletin The U of M’s first-ever chair in surgical research will improve surgical outcomes for patients and promote innovation. The chair is made possible thanks to the generosity of a prominent family’s foundation fund and the department of surgery in the Faculty of Medicine. The $3-million Thorlakson Chair in Surgical Research was supported by a $1.5-million donation by the Dr. Paul H.T. Thorlakson Foundation Fund, and $1.5-million in matching funds contributed by faculty members in the university’s department of surgery. The Thorlakson Chair in Surgical Research will increase the competitiveness of the Faculty of Medicine and the department of surgery to recruit top clinician scientists and increase prominence for funding from national and international funding agencies. “Research chairs help the University of Manitoba attract bright and gifted minds and retain great researchers and scholars already present in our labs and classrooms,” said Digvir Jayas, VP (research and international) and distinguished professor. “The Thorlakson Chair in Surgical Research will further the successes of our surgical teams and advance our research program beyond their existing boundaries.” Richard Keijzer, assistant professor of pediatric general surgery in the Faculty of Medicine, and principal investigator at the Manitoba Institute of Child Health (MICH), was named today as the Thorlakson Chair in Surgical Research. This new endowed research chair will help Keijzer to further establish his independent research program focused on normal and abnormal lung development in relation to congenital diaphragmatic hernia, a condition in which newborns have a hole in the diaphragm muscle. As well, it will promote and

strengthen the research pillar within the department of surgery. “The establishment of a surgical chair and the appointment of a high-level researcher in pediatric surgery further establishes Manitoba as home to top quality, world renowned researchers,” said Brian Postl, dean of the Faculty of Medicine. “I congratulate Dr. Richard Keijzer. He truly is a remarkable surgeon and will serve as exceptional mentor and leader.” Ken Thorlakson [MD/49], former associate professor of surgery and son of the late Dr. Paul H.T. Thorlakson said his father would have been very pleased that a chair in surgical research has been named in his honour. “During his long lifetime he was a catalyst for change and development in many diverse fields, none more important or close to his heart than the advancement of medical education and research. These two, were inseparable in his mind, his advocacy, and in his endeavours.” He added, “Our family is keenly mindful of the generosity of the current members of the Faculty of Medicine’s department of surgery that made the establishment of this chair in honour of our father a reality. We also appreciate that the advisory board of university’s Dr. Paul. H.T. Thorlakson Foundation Fund encouraged the creation of the chair and partnered in its funding support.” Established in 1978 to honour the late Paul H.T. Thorlakson [MD/19], the primary purposes of the Dr. Paul H.T. Thorlakson Foundation Fund are to assist persons and organizations in: advancing scientific, medical and surgical knowledge through education and research; and developing new or improved methods or programs of health administration or organization, health delivery systems, health education and patient care. Funds have been administered by the U of M

Page 4 Southwood Precinct Q&A continued from page 2 Buses already travel to the Fort Garry campus along University Crescent, King’s Drive and Chancellor Matheson. Why do we need a Rapid Transit corridor too? Through a proper planning process, the area outlined within the Visionary (re)Generation Open International Design Competition, including the Southwood precinct, can be transformed into a world-class showpiece of collaborative, sustainable, mixed-use development focused on pedestrian movement, rather than automobile use. It would improve connection and access to and from other areas of the city, enhancing the attraction to living and working on campus. Rapid Transit would be the spine in a vibrant network of pedestrian walkways, interconnected facilities and greenspace that could stretch from Pembina Highway to the Red River — growth that will attract visitors and residents alike. Examples of successful development like this include the Portland Transit Mall and the Rosslyn-Ballston Corridor in Arlington, Virginia. Rapid Transit provides the opportunity for fast, reliable, convenient service for students, staff, future residents and visitors. In addition, reduced automobile use in the Southwood precinct would be a positive attraction for residents and be in line with the area’s sustainability mandate. What about the residential components? What kind of housing are we talking about? To make the Southwood precinct a true pedestrian-friendly community, housing would be a combination of medium- and high-density buildings, such as apartments or townhomes, and possibly condominiums. Ground level units could include amenities such as professional offices (doctors, cafes, grooming, etc.), allowing for rooftop recreation facilities such as tennis courts, gardens, etc. The buildings could be separated by a highly-developed public space, with walkways and innovative landscaping. Fountains, sculpture gardens and other attractions could also help to make the area an attractive destination for people from across the city. The river and how we interact with it could feature prominently in the plan. However, these specific features and details are completely dependent on what is produced as a result of a soon-to-be-announced design competition.

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The little spacecraft that could BY CHRIS RUTKOWSKI The Bulletin Half a millimetre.That’s all that was keeping project leader Dario Schor from getting his team to assemble UMBUG and get it ready for testing at the Canadian Space Agency in Ottawa. When they started putting together all the components of the spacecraft, the team discovered it was a smidgen too long. “But it’s not a major problem,� he says. “It’s just a matter of grinding down the metal end of the spacecraft.� Designing and assembling UMBUG has been a labour of love — and lack of sleep — for the dedicated team of students and faculty advisors of the University of Manitoba Space Applications and Technology Society (UMSATS). Their creation is the U of M Biology Unimpeded by Gravity (UMBUG) satellite, about the size UMSATS project leader of a litre container of milk, and it may be destined for Earth orbit. Dario Schor. “This has been an exciting time at the University of Manitoba as we embark on our quest to launch the first student-designed satellite in the province of Manitoba,� says Schor, The ambitious interdisciplinary projects is the result of three years of work for more than 100 University of Manitoba students from a variety of disciplines, including engineering, science, management and architecture, plus some 50 advisors from academia and industry. Their impetus was an announcement in 2010 by the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) about the Canadian Satellite Design Challenge (CSDC), a challenge for students in post-secondary institutions to design, build, and test an operational triple pico-satellite (T-Sat). The competition culminates this month, when a panel of judges tests the entries and considers their spaceworthiness and scientific value. The winning design will be launched into space within a few years. For more informationm see:

University of Manitoba What about the greenspace itself? It is the desire of the University of Manitoba to have much of the Southwood precinct remain as greenspace. Typically, new urban developments include only about ten per cent greenspace, but because we are starting with a “clean slate� in designing the Southwood precinct community, we are envisioning a much more extensive greenspace network through an inclusive planning process for the area. The key to achieving such a high proportion of publicly-accessible greenspace is to design the buildings and structures in an efficient and compact manner. Will there be access to the Red River? One of the things we have thought about in considering the future development of the campus, which has been backed up by feedback from consultation sessions, is that the river is an asset and we need to make it a priority to build it in to our plans. You can spend a lot of time here and not even notice the river, because presently there is no public access to any of the river that borders the existing Fort Garry campus, or within the Southwood precinct. However, with the creation of a master plan involving all precincts of the University of Manitoba, including The Point, for example, we think there is a significant opportunity for additional river access on the Fort Garry campus. Winnipeg is a city of rivers: we would like to see river access in the Southwood precinct opened up to create a public destination environment that is connected to a greater city greenspace network. The proposal could contemplate a marina, docks, restaurants, boardwalks, etc., but we are open to proposals brought forward from the design competition. What will be developed along Pembina Highway in the Southwood precinct? Just as the university could open itself up more to the river, it could do the same with Pembina Highway. It is a major arterial route connecting the south end of Winnipeg to its centre, yet the current campus is removed from Pembina. It should be more visible. We would like to see development designed around easy access, encouraging two-way connectivity between the city and the university. There could be a new entrance to the university created along Pembina Highway that would allow Rapid Transit vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians into the new community. Connections between the university and the Markham and Waverley Heights communities could also be possible. New entranceways and linkages between the campus and nearby neighbourhoods will be part of the development of an area master plan through the Visionary (re)Generation competition. That could be years from now. What will be going on in the Southwood precinct before development begins? In the short term, the Southwood precinct will be available for light recreational use, but not organized events. Such recreational use could include birdwatching, walking and bicycling. The university is currently constructing an interim access road off of Sifton Road to service maintenance requirements related to the interim use of Southwood Lands as a passive recreation area. The construction of the access road is necessary as we scale back vehicular access to Southwood Precinct. This road will be used only by our Physical Plant workers and our contracted maintenance supplier. This road is temporary and is not part of the future Southwood Precinct development plan. Maintenance of the Southwood precinct will respect the university’s sustainability model of best practices, using an Integrated Pest Management Program driven by education and research during this interim period.

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2011 Merit Award Recipients

The Collective Agreement between the University of Manitoba and the University of Manitoba Faculty Association includes provision for merit awards, granted to Members to recognize outstanding achievement in a given calendar year. The amount of each award is $3,000. The two joint University/UMFA committees responsible for administering the merit awards made their decisions in May. Below is a list of recipients:











The total amount of the fund was not allocated. The remainder was given to the Libraries for acquisitions, as per Article 25.8 of the UM/UMFA Collective Agreement.

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Season launch of Visionary Conversations draws crowds BY MARIIANNE MAYS WIEBE The Bulletin The U of M’s award-winning Visionary Conversations series kicked off its new season during Homecoming 2012 with a well-attended discussion about the difficult topic of racism. The event, which took place on September 12, featured three faculty members and an alumnus discussing the role of racism in Canada and what can be done to overcome it. The topic is an urgent one, said first speaker Lori Wilkinson, sociology, because of the way it shapes Canadian society and individual sense of belonging within our society. Too often, there is the mistaken feeling that racism doesn’t exist in Canada. Statistics evidence otherwise, she averred, following her statement with examples of hate crimes and similar race-based or religion-based incidents.

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President and Vice-Chancellor David Barnard welcomes the audience to a new season of Visionary Conversations.

LaRocque: ‘Aboriginal Peoples have real cultures, and racism is an experience’ Wilkinson pointed to two types of racism: Overt racism, often directed at individuals or otherwise obvious targets, measurable and visible; and covert racism, less obvious, which takes place at the institutional level and affects individuals through harmful messages and outcomes. Second speaker Andrew Woolford, another faculty member in sociology, built on Wilkinson’s argument about racism by drawing on genocide studies. Defining genocide as “the attempt to destroy a group in whole,” through various strategies, Woolford noted that genocide and its strategies take on local characteristics and intersect with other forms of racism, domination, oppression, discrimination, ethocentrism and classism. Woolford expanded genocide studies research to a North American context, particularly Canadian and U.S. assimilation policies as applied to Indigenous populations and expropriation of Indigenous lands or other pursuits of political power and financial gain. Education, he noted, often considered benevolent or neutral, is one of genocide’s most insidious strategies. Alumnus James Wilson (M.Ed.Administration) personalized the discussion. The Opaskwayak Cree

Nation member, who was named Commissioner of the Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba in 2010, augmented the connection between racism and education by remarking on the danger of lowered expectations for students that educators might see as “disadvantaged.” These lowered expectations play out in the school system in various ways, he said, including internalized racism. Final panelist of the evening was Emma LaRocque, Metis author of When the Other is Me and long-time faculty member in the department of Native studies. LaRocque expounded on conceptions of “civilization” and the impact of the Euro-Canadian interpretation of history for Canadian education and for Aboriginal Peoples. Dismantling the “myths” that perpetuate racist practices, LaRocque pointed out embedded values in underlying false assumptions. Privileging “farmer” over “hunter,” for example, or suggesting that European immigrants “settled” the land, demonstrates the way history continues to be “white-washed,” she said. Metis peoples in particular, she said, lost everything. “Aboriginal Peoples have real cultures,” she

Panelists, clockwise from upper left: Alumnus James Wilson; Lori Wilkinson, sociology, Faculty of Arts; Andrew Woolford, sociology; Emma LaRocque, Native studies, Faculty of Arts. emphasized, “and racism is an experience” — not just word or a historical study. There are high stakes in the racism that is perpetuated by refusing to acknowledge the continued effects of colonialist history, LaRocque said. “Racism takes a human toll.” The evening finished with a question-and-answer period, during which panel members engaged with the audience, discussing further issues around racism including affirmative action, employment equity, racism as a belief system, the personal damage inflicted by racism, individual and collective recovery from racism, the role of education, taking social and individual responsibility for the issue, and the necessity of a multipronged approach to combating racism.

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Innovation fuels our economy and is critical for industry in Canada. Join us for a conversation with our expert panel as we explore how innovation secures our future. FEATURED SPEAKERS:

Janice Lederman (Alumna) – Chair, Board of Governors; Executive Chair, Manitoba Innovation Council Zhenyu Wu – Canada Research Chair in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, I.H. Asper School of Business James Blatz – Associate Vice-President (Partnerships) Gerry Price (Alumnus) – Chairman and CEO, Price Group Robert B. Schultz Theatre, St. John’s College, Fort Garry Campus Reception In Galleria – 6:30 to 7:00 p.m. Panel Discussion – 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.



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Above: Jeffery Taylor, dean, Faculty of Arts, stands with Dean’s Honour Roll student Laura Vulcano. Right: Honoured alumna Niki Ashton was one of two alumni keynotes to speak at the event.

President David Barnard addresses the audience at the Arts Celebrating Arts event on September 14.


A LIBERAL ARTS EDUCATION is by nature broad and diverse, rather than narrow and specialized. Choosing courses from many disciplines provides wide and useful education. In the first year, an Arts student normally takes a variety of introductory courses. At the U of M, this is part of the University 1 curriculum. This provides wide knowledge of subjects but helps students to choose certain areas for further study. In most cases, students take courses in at least some of the major categories within the liberal arts: Humanities (English Literature, Modern Languages, History, Philosophy), Social Sciences (Anthropology, Economics, Political Science, Sociology), and the Sciences. At the same time, programs within the Faculty of Arts usually allow for some degree of specialization in a major discipline or in a group of thematically-linked courses. By concentrating on a given subject, whatever it may be, students go beyond the mere surface of things and gain a solid grasp of the core material in a given area. >>See the Faculty of Arts website:

BY MARIIANNE MAYS WIEBE The Bulletin President David Barnard began the Arts Celebrating Arts event on September 14 by noting the foundational role of the arts and humanities in building the success of the university and larger society. The annual luncheon, now in its tenth year, recognizes the outstanding achievements and contributions of students, faculty and staff within the Faculty of Arts and takes place during homecoming. The Faculty of Arts comprises a vast diversity of departments: anthropology, classics, economics, English, film and theatre, French, Spanish and Italian, German and Slavic studies, history, Icelandic, linguistics, Native studies, philosophy, political studies, psychology, religion and sociology. It also houses many programs: Canadian studies, Catholic studies, Central and Eastern European studies, criminology, global political economy, Judaic studies, labour studies, Latin American studies, Medieval and Renaissance studies, Ukrainian Canadian heritage studies, and women’s and gender studies. This year’s event, hosted by George MacLean, associate dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies, and professor, department of political studies, Faculty of Arts, and Jeffery Taylor, dean, Faculty of Arts, and professor, department of history, honoured almost 200 students, faculty and staff. Taylor says the event is the faculty’s “annual opportunity to showcase our incredible faculty, students, staff, and alumni. “It is a popular event, with attendance normally in the 300-400 range. While celebration is the main purpose of the occasion, it also provides an opportunity for faculty and staff in our large and diverse faculty to meet and socialize with colleagues they might not normally encounter in their day-to-day work.”

Each year two distinguished Faculties of Arts graduates receive an award and address to the audience about how their U of M Arts education contributed to their personal and professional success. This year, alumni Niki Ashton and Paul Moist were honoured. Ashton echoed President Barnard’s assertion about the Arts, adding that the “conversations had and lessons learned [during her time in the Faculty of Arts] come back to her daily in her work.” The NDP member of parliament for Manitoba’s Churchill electoral district graduated with a BA in global political economy. Currently she is finishing her PhD in Peace and Conflict Studies at the Arthur V. Mauro Centre for Peace and Justice. Citing education and involvement in community as two significant aspects of becoming a citizen, Ashton suggested that time at university is about learning “how to become a citizen, to ask the right questions, and how to work together to move forward.” Second award recipient Faculty of Arts alumnus Paul Moist was recognized for his work as the fifth national president of Canada’s largest union, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE). Moist received his BA with studies in Canadian history and political science. “In a world where everything is possible and nothing is certain,” he said, “education adds certainty and value to everything.” Other award categories include: the Dean’s Honour Roll and Medal winners; Bison Sports Academic AllCanadians; celebrated graduate students; Faculty of Arts individual service anniversary and support staff team awards; celebrated support staff, sessionals and faculty; Arts Excellence in Teaching awards; the Award in Internationalization; Professor of the Year 2012; and major grants awarded to Faculty of Arts researchers.



an opportunity for students to sharpen their skills and showcase their research

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH POSTER COMPETITION Register at: Posters can be entered in the five categories: Applied Sciences, Natural Sciences, Health Sciences, Social Sciences/Humanities, and Creative Works.

Cash Prizes: 1st - $500, 2nd - $250 (in each category). Deadline: October 12, 2012

Thursday, November 1, 2012 1:00 - 4:30 p.m. University Centre Manitoba Rooms 210-224 University of Manitoba, Fort Garry Campus All are welcome to drop in and view the posters and meet the student researchers.

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U of M fine art news

New writer in residence Sally Ito welcomed

The new scene in town

Ito will hold a poetry workshop on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 1:00-2:15. To arrange a meeting with Ito, email her at or call 204-480-1067 New writer-in-residence Sally Ito reads at the event. Introducing the writer were Renate Eigenbrod, acting director of CCWOC, and Lori Wilkinson, associate dean, Faculty of Arts, both seated at right. Photo by Mariianne Mays Wiebe

BY SANDY KLOWAK The Bulletin It was a heartfelt reading from Winnipeg writer Sally Ito to a nearly packed house that marked her introduction into the U of M family as the university’s newest writer-in-residence. Ito shared an excerpt from her grandfather’s memoir that she has translated from Japanese at her welcome event on Friday September 21, hosted by the Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture (CCWOC). The reading described her grandfather’s deportation back to Japan from Indonesia after news that the Japanese had lost the Second World War, ending in the emotional reunification of the protagonist and his small daughter, Ito’s mother. The event also featured readings from creative works by two students. Leo Baskatawang, an M.A student in native studies, read from a story from his creative master’s thesis, something that’s a first in the native studies department. Robert Nicholas, an M.A student in French, also read from his creative thesis.

Since its opening in the fall of 2008, the Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture has hosted a residency that brings a writer and/ or storyteller to the U of M to visit classes, host workshops and mentor writers individually. Born in Taber, Alberta, Ito is a poet, essayist and short fiction writer. A former Monbukagakusho Scholar, Ito holds a BFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia and an MA from the University of Alberta. She has published three books of poetry, most recently, Alert to Glory (Turnstone Press, 2011). Ito’s work in short fiction and creative non-fiction has been published in various literary journals as well as in a collection of short stories entitled Floating Shore (Mercury Press, 1998). In addition to writing, Ito also teaches creative writing at the Canadian Mennonite University. “I feel honoured to be working here amongst many writers and colleagues,” Ito said about her new position. She will hold the writer-in-residence position until December 10, 2012.

The School of Art Gallery is celebrating its move into ARTlab with a series of exhibitions and its inaugural exhibition is “Robert Houle: enuhmo andúhyaun (the road home).” This exhibition features three painting installations A work from the exhibit. and 24 drawings from Robert Houle’s Sandy Bay Indian Residential School series. The paintings are derived from the series of drawings based on memories of fear and trauma. They celebrate his survival of elementary school abuse and the power to overcome and let go of the sadness. Houle, a 1972 U of M graduate in art history, has never shown the haunting drawings, until now. The exhibit runs until Oct. 12. In 225 ARTlab.

Art winner

Fine Arts student Agnes Neufeld’s photos have won a regional $5,000 prize in BMO 1st Art! Invitational Student Art Competition. As Canada’s only national graduating artist competition, BMO 1st Art! “Twila,” photo by Agnes honours visual arts excellence Neufeld. in post-secondary institutions from coast to coast. This year’s winners were selected from 235 entries. Deans and instructors of undergraduate certificate, diploma, and degree arts programs are invited to select three graduating students who stand out from among their peers due to their skill and imagination. A panel of esteemed judges chooses an overall national winner and one winner from each eligible province and territory.





As the Irish Government’s point person, Dr. Martin Mansergh was a key player in the negotiation process that led to the formation of the 1998 “Good Friday” Agreement, ending the war between the Provisional Irish Republican Army and the British government.


Wednesday, October 10, 1:30 p.m.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2012 3:00 TO 5:00pm

Manitoba Room, University Centre 2nd floor, Fort Garry Campus


For more information, please call 204-474-6052 Parking on campus is limited. Public transportation is recommended.


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COFFEE WITH A CO-WORKER The Bulletin talks with Reg Litz

Photo by Mariianne Mays Wiebe

Reg Litz, professor, Asper School of Business, with one of his quirkier teaching objects. What’s important to him in his work: Making creative connections; the possibility for deep focus. While no Luddite, he eschews the constant connectedness of the internet in favour of quiet — his office is without either computer or a desk; instead, there’s a big armchair in the room!

Everyday essential: ‘Unplugging for at least part of the day’ Concerning the relationship between money and the meaning of life: A strong inspiration has been Jacob Needleman’s book of the same title (i.e., 1992’s Money and the Meaning of Life). “I’m not against profitability” Litz asserts, “but I think it’s important that students contemplate the nature and degree of influence of money on their business and life decisions.”

Everyday essential: Unplugging for at least part of the day. What he enjoys about teaching: That he still enjoys it as much after doing it for all this time. What makes him smile: Finding an object with potential for analogy in one of his courses.

Dinner with friends: The Yaleburger at Kelekis, Shwarma at Falafel Place, Filet mignon and a Caesar salad at Hy’s, anything at Resto Garre, St. Boniface. Underrated: “Doing the right thing because it’s the right thing to do.” In his spare time: He plays the piano and occasionally composes music.

DISCUSSIONS ON POLICING PRACTICES don’t often cover the topic, but according to U of M sociology professor Elizabeth Comack, the subject of her newest book is one that cannot be ignored any longer. Racialized Policing: Aboriginal People’s Encounters with the Police explores the complex way in which racism intersects with policing in the context of law enforcement’s interactions with Aboriginal people. “Police have been designated as ‘reproducers of order’ in society,” says Comack. “They are given an insurmountable task: To try to manage and contain problems of crime, violence, and disorder. In the process, though, the police engage in troublesome practices of their own.” She argues that law enforcement’s alleged use of racial profiling on Aboriginal people has been underemphasized for various reasons, including a tendency to treat each case individually, removing it from its larger cultural context. Drawing on extensive first-hand interviews conducted with Winnipeg Aboriginal people about their experiences with police, the professor in the department of sociology explores the complex topic by analyzing several instances of police relations with Aboriginal people, including the deaths of J.J. Harper and Matthew Dumas, both shot by Winnipeg police officers. Comack will speak about her book at the Mauro Centre (St. Paul’s) on October 19 from noon to 12:45. – Sandy Klowak

In your book, why do you make the argument that policing needs to be seen as a racialized practice? Most of the work done on race and policing has tended to take a very individualized focus. This focus slides too easily into “police bashing” or locating the issue as a problem of “a few bad apples.” But the issue is much more complex and complicated than that. Using the frame of racialized policing produces a clearer understanding of the issue, and moves us to re-think our strategies for responding to the matter of Aboriginal-police relations. Elizabeth Comack. What led you to research the topic and write the book? The research for this book came out of work I’ve been doing with the Manitoba Research Alliance through our SSHRC/CURA project on “Transforming Aboriginal and Inner-city Communities.” One issue that kept coming up was people’s experiences with the police. So [Nahanni Fontaine of the Southern Chiefs’ Organization and I] decided to collaborate on a project that involved interviewing Aboriginal people about their encounters with police, both good and bad. We ended up doing 78 interviews. In order to do justice to what people had to tell us, I decided to write a book. Racialized Policing: Aboriginal People’s Encounters with the Police (Fernwood Publishing, 2012) by Elizabeth Comack, professor, department of sociology, Faculty of Arts. Her research interests include feminist criminology and the sociology of law.



What he sees as most important for management: The ability and vividness to stay connected to flesh and blood, the “blood flow” of the business, the hands-on people — and the lived effects of managerial decisions on them.

Where creativity, ethics and entrepreneurship meet continual learning. Reg Litz likes to use analogies in his business courses. In fact, his office is fully stocked from floor to ceiling with odd demonstration objects and games he uses to engage his students in thinking through business problems. His courses, including ones on family business, executive responsibility and creativity and entrepreneurship, all emphasize what he sees as a necessary balance between creativity and ethics. The ethical dimension of his approach both to teaching and business is strongly shaped by his Christian faith. The professor in the I.H. Asper School of Business has been teaching here since 1995, after several years as a sessional. Having done undergraduate work at the U of M, Litz returned to Winnipeg after completing his doctoral studies at the University of Pittsburgh. A love of innovative pedagogy and the possibilities of the classroom is obvious from his conversation, and everything he touches on reveals his sense of fun and a desire to stir students to unique and thoughtful connections; he cites one course exercise in which students are asked to view a film and synthesize its relation to the readings — an unusual task for a business course, perhaps. The joy of learning seems to have transferred to his students as well. He’s won several awards for his teaching, including Merit Awards for Outstanding Teaching and a StudentTeaching Recognition Award. Over the years, Litz has published articles on analogies and strategies for teaching, conceptualizing and conducting business, about analogies as various as the Mobius Strip’s relevance for family businesses and “Kitty Hawk in the classroom,” and strategies that draw on jazz or Wayne Gretzky’s dexterity and discreet puck-handling. It’s about “setting up the play from behind the net,” he says, which he explains as facilitating the discussion in a way that allows others to learn and to excel. - Mariianne Mays Wiebe To do: Mountain hiking in the Alps. Childhood hero: Don Jonas, Blue Bomber. Favourite authors (he’s a book lover): Scott Peck, John White, Mihaly Csikzentmihalyi, Henry Mintzberg, random used books he finds. TV he likes: “Get Smart,” “Seinfeld,” “60 Minutes.” Music he loves: Bach’s Goldberg Variation played by Glenn Gould, most anything played by Bill Evans, the Marsalis family (jazz), Brahms’ Requiem, and the Mozart piano concertos.

Researcher given ‘royal’ treatment Charles Bernstein, a renowned expert on inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), helped put Winnipeg on the map as home to some of the most innovative gastroenterology research in the world. The professor’s pioneering efforts have been recognized by the Royal Society of Canada (RSC), the country ’s top association of scholars Charles Bernstein. and scientists. Bernstein has been elected as a Fellow of the Society, which is considered the highest honour an academic can achieve in the arts, humanities and sciences. Bernstein is among 71 new Fellows for 2012, the RSC recently announced. Distinguished Professors Raymond P. Perry and Frank Plummer (who is already a RSC Fellow) are also being recognized. Perry will receive the Konrad Adenauer Research Award, which is given to a Canadian scholar whose research work in the humanities or the social sciences has earned international recognition. Plummer won the McLaughlin Medal, which celebrates distinguished achievement in medical sciences in Canada. “We are extremely proud that these leading researchers choose the University of Manitoba as the place where they want to be. Their dedication and accomplishments in research are outstanding as is the impact of their work felt across the globe. They are most deserving of this recognition,” said Digvir Jayas, vice-president (research and international) and Distinguished Professor at the University of Manitoba. Fellows and award winners from across the country will be officially inducted and honoured Nov. 17 at the Ottawa Conference Centre. This will bring the total number of current Royal Society Fellows from the U of M to 42.

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Annual Outreach Award

Each year the University of Manitoba honours support and academic staff who have been notably active in outreach activities. The university will hold its 33rd Annual Outreach Reception on Tuesday, November 22, 2012. Deans and Directors are accepting nominations until Friday, October 12 of anyone active during 2011-2012 in enlarging and enriching the contacts of the university. Administrative units of the University should send their nominations to their respective Vice-President.




Outreach activities may include increasing access to existing university programs, extending the nature and range of the university’s programs and services, and sharing most effectively with the community the resources of the university.

Dr. Alphonso Lingis

While there are no restrictions on nominating a previous recipient, the case for doing so must be based on outreach activities since the previous award.

Alphonso Lingis is an internationally renowned philosopher, photographer, writer, world traveller, and translator. His innovative work, esteemed both for its profundity and for its accessibility to a general audience, spans phenomenology and existentialism, art, architecture, sculpture, animality, and embodiment.

The Dr. and Mrs. Ralph Campbell Award

To mark the end of the term of Dr. Ralph Campbell as President of the University of Manitoba, his colleagues and friends established a trust fund to support the Dr. and Mrs. Ralph Campbell Outreach Award for meritorious service in outreach activities. The award is referred to as The Campbell Award. The Campbell Award will be presented at the Annual Outreach Reception in November, 2012 to a staff member of the University of Manitoba. The value of the award will be that determined from time to time by the Board of Governors. In each of the past years, the award has been $1,000. If, in the judgment of the committee of selection there are two candidates of equal merit, the committee may recommend that the Campbell Award be divided between the two candidates. Nominations for the Campbell Award will be accepted from staff members of the University, alumni and members of the community. No recipient of a Campbell Award is eligible to receive it a second time until the tenth year after the first receipt of the award. The Presidential Advisory Committee on University Outreach will continue to act as the selection committee for the Campbell Award and to advise the President of the most appropriate recipients for this year. The committee will bear in mind the diversity of faculties, schools and administrative units within the University and will attempt to give due recognition to all areas over a period of time. Nomination forms can be found on honours.html and submitted to: Dr. Janice Ristock, Vice-Provost (Academic Affairs), Chair of the Selection Committee, by Friday, October 12, 2012. The nomination forms must be accompanied by three letters of support, including at least one letter from outside the University.

Public Lecture

ONE’S OWN VOICE Tuesday, October 2, 7:30 p.m. Robert Schultz Lecture Theatre, St. John’s College, Fort Garry Campus Reception to follow

Open Seminar

Wednesday, October 3, 2:30 – 5:15 p.m. 307 Tier Building, Fort Garry Campus ALL ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND BOTH EVENTS This visit is sponsored by Mosaic, a journal for the interdisciplinary study of literature. Mosaic acknowledges the financial support from the Office of the President, the Departments of Classics, English, Film & Theatre, History, Religion, and Sociology.

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Friday, Sept. 28 | 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. “Friendship Graphs and Friendship Hypergraphs” by John Van Rees, department of computer science. In 111 Armes Building.

STU CLARK DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER SERIES Friday, September 28 | 10:30 a.m.

“The Role of Place in Social Innovation: A Study of Places in Housing for the Hard-toHouse” by Tom Lawrence, W. J. VanDusen Professor of Management, Simon Fraser University. In 117 Drake Centre.


Friday, September 28 | 3:30 pm “Transformation Optics and Acoustics: How transforming space can enable the design of new devices” by Charles Croënne, department of physics and astronomy, U of M. In 330 Allen Building.


Monday, Oct. 1 | 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. “Facilitating New Directions in Health Promotion with a First Nations Community: Incorporating Findings of Two Focused Ethnographies in a Local Setting” by Donna Martin, Roberta Woodgate, Alison Kirk, Sarah Lazar and Cindy Hart. In 370 Helen Glass Centre. To participate via Telehealth, call 975-7714 option 2.


Thursday, Oct. 4 | 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. “Ownership of Intellectual Property” by Silvia de Sousa, lawyer, Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP. In 200-135 Innovation Drive. Free but please RSVP to Wanda Smith at info@ or 204-262-6400.


Thursday, Oct. 4 | 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. Students from the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences and the Faculty of Engineering are invited to attend the career fair for an opportunity to network with over 60 potential employers. 2nd floor University Centre.

8TH ANNUAL CHILD HEALTH RESEARCH DAY Thursday, Oct. 4 | 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This all-day event features several speakers on the topic of child health. In Theatre A, Frederic Gaspard Theatre, Bannatyne Campus. To register or for more information visitproreg. ca/events/chrd/2012/program.pdf


Friday, October 5 | 10:30 a.m. Senator Roméo Dallaire speaks on lessons learned from the Rwandan genocide, followed by panel discussion with genocide expert Andrew Woolford (sociology) and Sean Byrne, executive director of Arthur Mauro Centre for Peace and Justice. In Moot Court Room, Faculty of Law.

VISIONARY CONVERSATIONS Tuesday, October 9 | 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. “Innovation: Key to Economic Success.” Reception 6:30 to 7:00 p.m., panel discussion from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. In Robert B. Schultz Theatre, St. John’s College. RSVP to: Visionary_


Wednesday, October 10 | 1:30 p.m. Lecture by Dr. Martin Mansergh, author and member of drafting Committee of the Forum for Peace and Reconciliation in Northern Ireland. 2nd floor MPR, University Centre.

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Thursday, Oct. 11 | 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. “Translating Atrocity: The Materiality of Virtual Sites of Experience” by Alison Landsberg, George Mason University. In 306 Tier Building.

Friday, October 12 | 1:30 to 3:15 p.m. “Confessions of a War Criminal” by James Dawes, Macalester College. At Inn at the Forks, Forks Ballroom East.

Saturday, Oct. 13 | 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. “The Quasi-Judicial Imagination: Restoring and Generating Justice in Post-Unification German Literature” by Jill Scott, Queen’s University. At Inn at the Forks, Forks Ballroom East. To listen to this lecture, register as a oneday participant at departments/german_and_slavic/3363.html.

A full listing of employment opportunities at the University of Manitoba can be found at 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.

ASPER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS Department of Business Administration, Human Resource Management Position: Full-time, tenure-track position at Assistant or Associate Professor rank Position number: 15399 Deadline: Review of applications begins October 22, 2012 Start Date: July 1, 2013 For Information: Dr. Sandy Hershcovis, Chair, HR Search Committee, I.H. Asper School of Business, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada R3T 5V4, tel. (204) 474-9951, fax (204) 474-7545 or Patti Tait at


“W(h)ither the Premodern?” by the Group for Premodern Studies. Short papers on the topic of premodern studies with discussion to follow. In 409 Tier Building.

Canada Research Chair in Indian Residential Schools Position: Tier 2 CRC position in Indian Residential Schools, Assistant or Associate Professor Position number: 15334, 15333 Deadline: Review of applications begins October 15, 2012 Start Date: January 1, 2014 For Information: Dean of Education, c/o Emily Muller, Confidential Assistant to the Dean, Faculty of Education, 203 Education Building, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2, Fax: (204) 474-7551




Friday, October 12 | 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.

Friday, October 12 | 3:30 p.m. “High current sources of free electrons for the electron accelerators of tomorrow” by Russell Mammei, physics department, U of M. In 330 Allen Building.

Department of Educational A d m i n i s t r a t i o n , Fo u n d a t i o n s a n d Psychology

Position: Full-time, tenure-track position at the level of Assistant Professor in the area of educational administration Position number: 14226 Deadline: October 31, 2012 Start Date: May 1, 2013 For Infor mation: Dr. Dawn Wallin, Acting Head, Department of Educational Administration, Foundations and Psychology, Rm. 230, Faculty of Education, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3T 2N2; telephone (204)-474-9018; fax (204)-4747550, email:

FACULTY OF MEDICINE Department of Physiology Position: Assistant Professor Position number: 15155 Deadline: Review of applications to begin as early as November 15, 2012 Start Date: January 3, 2013 For Information: Andrew J Halayko, PhD, Chair Search Committee, tel. (204) 789-3696, e-mail

UNIVERSITY OF MANITOBA LIBRARIES Position: Nursing Liaison Librarian Position number: 15203 Deadline: October 26, 2012 Start Date: January 1, 2013 For Information: Karen Adams, University Librarian, The University of Manitoba Libraries, Winnipeg, MB, R3T 2N2, email



Wednesdays | 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. In 223 Migizii Agamik (Aboriginal Students Centre).

Retirees are invited to meet with Joanne Keselman, vice-president (academic) and provost, who will represent President Barnard at the reception and provide an update on the university, and to meet with other retirees. Speaker is Peter Jones, director, Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals, on “Putting your Best Food Forward.” RSVP by Friday, October 5 to Linda Lassman at email: linda.lassman@ or by telephone at 204-4749124. In Marshall McLuhan Hall, Room 204 University Centre, Fort Garry Campus.

October 3 “Super Savages and Sovereign Traces: Indigenous Graphic Novels” by Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair, lecturer, department of Native studies, U of M.

Saturday, October 13 | 2:00 p.m.


Friday, Oct. 19 | 12:00 to 12:45 p.m. Elizabeth Comack will speak about her recently published book, Racialized Policing: Aboriginal People’s Encounters with the Police. In 252 Arthur Mauro Centre for Peace and Justice.


Monday, Nov. 5 | 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. “Barriers to Frontline Surgical Nurse Detection of Delirium in the Hospitalized Older Adult” by Vera Duncan. In 370 Helen Glass Centre. To participate via Telehealth, contact 975-7714 option 2.

TAKE OUR KIDS TO WORK DAY Wednesday, November 7

The U of M is offering a day-long program for Grade 9 students as part of Take Our Kids to Work Day which includes exposure to a variety of occupations, fun activities and workshops highlighting the diverse work happening on our campus. If you are a parent or guardian of a Grade 9 student, visit the U of M’s Take Our Kids to Work website takeourkidstowork for information and to register. Registration deadline is October 5.

For music events

October 10 “Artistic Narratives of Dakota Winyan: Language, Land & Performance” by Lisa Whitecloud-Richard, masters graduate student, department of Native studies, U of M.

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Bringing Research to LIFE Upcoming Events Café Scientifique

In the interest of your health

Catching up with a pair of Manitoba Research Chairs

Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia - New Discoveries and Options for Patients Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) is a cancer of the white blood cells. It is the mostly widely diagnosed type of leukemia in the Western world, mostly affecting older men and has a poor survival rate. As the Baby Boomer generation grows older, the incidence of CLL will increase. In the new era of personalized medicine, what new diagnostic tests will improve detection at the earliest stages? What research discoveries will pave the way to new treatments and improve survivorship? What clinical trials are being conducted in Manitoba? Join us in a lively and open discussion on CLL with Canada’s leading scientists, clinicians, patient advocates and nurses on this important disease. Experts: Dr. Versha Banerji Dr. James B Johnston Dr. Aaron Marshall Dan Skwarchuk Dr. Cynthia Toze Moderator: Dr. Spencer Gibson Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, 7:00 pm McNally Robinson Booksellers 1120 Grant Avenue – Event Atrium RSVP to: or 204-787-2814

Undergraduate Research Poster Competition Thursday Nov. 1, 2012 1:00-4:30 p.m. Manitoba Rooms 210-224 University Centre, Fort Garry Campus CASH PRIZES ENTRY DEADLINE: Oct. 12, 2012 For more information:

Microbiology professor Brian Mark and nursing professor Michelle Lobchuk BY KATIE CHALMERS-BROOKS For The Bulletin Brian Mark and Michelle Lobchuk might be going after different targets but they’re doing so with similar intensity. Mark is zeroing in on antibiotic-resistant bacteria and devious viruses while Lobchuk is tackling miscommunication between nurses and the family members who care for their chronically ill loved ones. Both were named Manitoba Research Chairs by the Manitoba Health Research Council last year. After receiving the designation, Mark continued his investigations into a microbial infection that preys on people with weakened immune systems, most often patients with cystic fibrosis (CF). Known as pseudomonas, the bacteria shows up in the lungs of people with CF and can be lethal given that the microbe deploys enzymes that destroy antibiotics as soon as it detects their presence. Over the past seven years, Mark and his colleagues have been developing small-molecule-based strategies that go in and shut down the release of these antibiotic-destroying enzymes. This bodes well for a whole family of antibiotics whose therapeutic value is being steadily eroded by these enzymes. “It would boost the antibiotic efficacy to the point where the infection would be more manageable. It could prolong lifespan,” says Mark, noting most CF patients die from respiratory failure related to damage caused by chronic lung infections. “We’ve shown that it’s possible to boost antibiotic efficacy using our approach. To take it to where patients can get it, it’s hard to

say, it could be many years away. It could be that the approach may get adjusted somewhat, the target may change. There are multiple targets that we’re studying. There is still a lot of research to be done.” To date Mark has solved its threedimensional crystal structure, which is the U of M team’s specialty. This allowed them to do precise measurements and design a drug that perfectly fits within the physical specifications. A collaborating chemist at Simon Fraser University makes the molecule and Mark then tests its effectiveness. Mark also solved a key structure used by the deadly Crimean–Congo hemorrhagic fever virus, which is most prevalent among agriculture workers in the Middle East and transmitted to humans through ticks. The virus produces an enzyme that helps it to evade the human immune system. The fight against these minute menaces is ongoing and multifaceted, says Mark. “I like the challenge. You never know what to expect.” Lobchuk is tackling a different sort of complexity: the type that permeates interactions between nurses, family caregivers and patients. Working for more than a decade as a hospital nurse, Lobchuk saw firsthand how health-care professionals weren’t able to do enough to equip family members to adequately care for their loved ones. “Often as a nurse I felt ethically challenged: Am I providing the appropriate care so that these individuals can be cared for safely in the home, so they can stay in the home?” says Lobchuk. “Discharge planning happens so fast. We

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rarely have time to properly engage.” She is developing an empathycentered intervention to educate nurses on how to better interact with family caregivers. She says they need to “stop in their tracks” and realize that different beliefs, values, and viewpoints can cloud a family caregiver’s account of the patient’s situation and well-being. Her earlier research explored the stigma assigned to patients with lung cancer, given the recognized link to smoking. In her study of more than 300 lung cancer patients and their family caregivers, she found that 35 per cent of these caregivers blamed the patient for their current situation. Caregivers harbored even more anger and showed even less empathy when the patient continued to smoke after their diagnosis. Family caregivers might also need guidance to better assess how much pain their loved one is in, Lobchuk notes, given that patients often don’t report the worsening of symptoms, to keep from being a further burden. Lobchuk also found that the more that caregivers worry, the more they overestimate how concerned the patient is about their illness. She hopes to establish a caregiver communications lab where she can put her intervention into action and videotape discussions between the different parties involved. Through this insight about varied viewpoints, nurses could better teach family caregivers how to meet the needs of the patient, and better evaluate feedback from these caregivers to determine how the patient is really doing.

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The Bulletin

September 27, 2012

SPOTLIGHT ON: ACTIVE LIVING AND BISON SPORTS Active Living Centre construction set to begin

Bison Athlete Walkway of Honour opens

Left: Bison Athlete Walkway Of Honour sign. Above: At the ribbon-cutting of the walkway on September 15, Harvey Secter, Chancellor of the U of M, Jane Watkinson, dean, Faculty Of Kinesiology And Recreation Management, Kristi Hunter, former Bison athlete (women’s volleyball), Jeff Hnatiuk, president & CEO, Sport Manitoba, Dave Gaudreau, MLA-St. Norbert, Coleen Dufresne, athletic director at the U of M, and student athlete Nicholas Stewner. The Bison Athlete Walkway of Honour was officially opened at Investors Group Athletic Centre, Plaza on Saturday, September 15, during Homecoming Weekend. This unique walkway commemorates the exceptional athletic achievements and contributions to the community of former Bison Athletes by listing their names on one of 19 three-sided towers. Approximately 4,000 Bison alumni will be acknowledged in the following sports: Men’s and Women’s Basketball; Women’s Field Hockey; Football; Men’s and Women’s Golf; Men’s and Women’s Gymnastics, Men’s and Women’s Ice Hockey, Women’s Soccer, Men’s and Women’s Swimming, Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, Men’s and Women’s Volleyball, and Men’s and Women’s Wrestling. This will be the first of a kind recognition of all former athletes on any university campus in North America. With approximately 2.6 million visitors each year to the U of M campus, it acknowledges the many Bison alumni that have contributed to the university in so many different ways.

On October 11, construction will begin on a new world-class health, wellness and fitness facility. The new 100,000 square foot Active Living Centre will house a state-of-the-art indoor running track, a 40-foot climbing wall, a social gathering area for students, a strength and conditioning room, a group workout area, three multi-purpose rooms and a space devoted to bringing together service providers from multiple disciplines (exercise physiologists, exercise psychologists, registered dietitians, athletic therapists, etc.) with researchers and graduate students to support people striving to begin or sustain an active lifestyle. Each year, more than 7,800 students and 1,000 staff and community members use the Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management’s recreational facility. The faculty promotes sport and active living through various university and community programs for people of all ages. It has a long history of success in Intercollegiate Sport and prepares future kinesiologists, physical educators and recreation specialists, while producing knowledgeable consumers of physical activity.

THE NEW ACTIVE LIVING CENTRE The world-class, 100,000-square foot facility will provide QUALITY: World-class facilities for everyday users ACCESSIBILITY: University and community programs for all ages and abilities CAPACITY: Up to 2,000 users each day PUBLIC IMPACT: Adoption of healthy lifestyles for prevention and treatment of chronic disease EDUCATION: Preparation of future kinesiologists,physical educators, recreation

specialists and coaches

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Join us to celebrate the exciting start of the Active Living Centre’s construction

JOIN IN THE CELEBRATION! t Win prizes t Learn how to get started with an active lifestyle t Participate in active living demonstrations

and learn how this world-class health, wellness and fitness centre will enhance

tLocker room renovation ribbon cutting

the student experience at the University of Manitoba.

t Come to the event and receive a 2-day Recreation Services pass


September 27 2012 Bulletin - University of Manitoba's faculty and staff newspaper