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Posted on 25 June, 2009

On July 1, during a special Convocation in Iqaluit, 21 Inuit educational leaders from across Nunavut will graduate with a Master of Education degree from the University of Prince Edward Island.


The Master of Education in Leadership in Learning is the first...

Posted on 24 June, 2009

The University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) and Veterans Affairs Canada are building a team of experts to study a growing problem: the reintegration into the workplace of Veterans with mental health conditions. With the help of an $80,000 catalyst grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Dr. David Pedlar, UPEI Adjunct Professor and Director of Research, Veterans Affairs Canada, will lead the team toward the development of longer term studies.

"The successful CIHR application is an exciting opportunity to build new knowledge to support successful military to civilian transition and workplace reintegration for Veterans with mental health conditions,” says Dr. Pedlar.  “The research will benefit all Canadians as there is insufficient knowledge on how to successfully reintegrate persons with mental health conditions to the...

Posted on 23 June, 2009

 Members of the public are invited to attend a free concert on Sunday, June 28, from 8 to 9:30 p.m. in the Steel Recital Hall at UPEI.

The concert is part of an international workshop being held at UPEI from June 27 to 30 for a multi-faceted research project called Advancing Interdisciplinary Research in Singing (AIRS). Led by UPEI’s Dr. Annabel Cohen, a pioneer in the growing field of music psychology, AIRS will focus on exploring the development of singing ability, the connections between singing and learning and the enhancement of health and well-being through singing.

The line-up at the concert will include AIRS researchers who are professional vocalists like tenor Darryl Edwards, University of Toronto; soprano Sung-Ha Shin-Bouey, UPEI; and soprano Simone Falk, of Germany.

Neuroscience researchers...

Posted on 22 June, 2009

UPEI faculty members were recently recognized for teaching and research achievements at a reception and awards banquet sponsored by the UPEI Faculty Association and the Office of the President.

Dr. Pedro Quijon, Department of Biology, and Dr. Catherine Innes-Parker, Department of English, won the Hessian Awards for Excellence in Teaching. UPEI Merit Awards for Scholarly Achievement went to Dr. Henry Srebrnik, Political Studies; Dr. Debbie MacLellan, Family and Nutritional Sciences; and Dr. Larry Hammell, Atlantic Veterinary College.

The Hessian Award is given to a faculty member who has shown outstanding competence in teaching, and the Merit Awards for Scholarly Achievement to faculty members who have made significant and continuing contributions to scholarly research.

In the almost four years that Quijon has been at UPEI, he has established a...

Posted on 19 June, 2009

Researchers and educators from Canada and the United States who are interested in the use of multimedia in education in a cultural context will be on the University of Prince Edward Island campus from June 25 to 27 to take part in a conference called “Harnessing Images, Text and Sound for Education in the Context of Culture, Multimedia, Technology and Cognition” (HITS for Education: CMTC).

Participants will share ideas, information, and methods on the uses of audio-visual and text-based technology. By the end of the conference, they aim to have developed a set of guidelines and best practices that will assist others to make appropriate choices in this rapidly growing educational field.

“Electronic multimedia technology provides an abundance of choices for educators,” says UPEI psychology professor Dr. Annabel Cohen, co-chair of the conference...

Posted on 17 June, 2009

The Reverend Denis Grecco, of Fredericton, New Brunswick, has been selected as the SDU Visiting Scholar for the Catholic Studies program at the University of Prince Edward Island for the next two years.


Father Grecco’s appointment...

Posted on 16 June, 2009

Roxanne Laughlin, a Foods and Nutrition honours student in the UPEI Faculty of Science, has won a national award for her passion and commitment to research. The Canadian Foundation for Dietetic Research presented her with the Morgan medal during the Dietitians of Canada national conference in Charlottetown.

Roxanne has been exploring the possible health benefits of eating cranberries. Cranberries are an important dietary source of polyphenols, or antioxidants, and researchers in the Bioactives Research Interdisciplinary Opportunities (BRIO) lab at UPEI are studying whether cranberry added to the diet can reduce the effects cardiovascular disease or strokes.

Supervised by Dr. Kathy Gottschall-Pass, Roxanne worked with a strain of rats that have a genetic predisposition for cardiovascular disease and obesity. She examined their antioxidant levels after feeding them...

Posted on 12 June, 2009

Herménégilde Chiasson, the Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick, will give a reading and talk at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery on Tuesday, June 23, at 7 p.m. A reception will follow. His reading is sponsored by the Art Gallery and the UPEI English Department. Admission is free.

Born in St-Simon, New Brunswick, Chiasson was educated at the Université de Moncton, Mount Allison University, the State University of New York and the University of Paris (Sorbonne). At the time of his appointment as Lieutenant-Governor, he was, and remains, a professor of the history of art and cinema at the Université de Moncton.

Chiasson’s prodigious contributions to Acadian, New Brunswick and Canadian culture are profoundly influential, especially in the realms of theatre, literature and the visual arts. A celebrated playwright, poet, director,...

Posted on 11 June, 2009

Margangu Njogu, Executive Director of Windle Trust Kenya, will give a public presentation about refugee issues and the challenges of providing education in refugee camps on Monday, June 15, from 10:30 a.m. to noon in Memorial Hall, Room 417, at UPEI.

Njogu’s presentation is co-hosted by the Faculty of Education and WUSC UPEI to mark World Refugee Day on June 20. The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) estimates that of the 34.2 million people that fall under its mandate, over 11.4 million are refugees.

Windle Trust Kenya is a non-profit organization that provides education and training for refugees and displaced people from the Eastern and Horn of Africa. The Trust operates educational programs in the Da’daab and Kakuma refugee camps in northern Kenya. Kakuma Refugee Camp is home to 90,000 refugees from 10 eastern and...

Posted on 10 June, 2009

Attending a university for the first time can be an intimidating prospect, but the University of Prince Edward Island has an innovative online program that will make new students’ introduction to university life easier.

UPEI has introduced a new program called Jumpstart@UPEI, aimed at all students who are starting their studies at the Island’s university, whether they are high school graduates, students who are returning to university after a break, or transfer or graduate students.

James Reddin, acting director of UPEI’s Student Services department, says the program is designed to connect students with the campus community and each other as soon as possible, and to get them into the habit of actively managing their school lives.

“Students who are well-informed ahead of time are better prepared to be successful,” he says. “...

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