March 14, 2014


Note: The date for this event has changed.  It was previously scheduled for Friday, March 21.  We will now be hosting our Open House on Thursday, March 27.

SMALL Welcome Spring Open House 2014


Important Announcements

New SSHRC GAP Coordinator

A Message from Ingrid Johnston, Associate VPR:

We have a new SSHRC Coordinator for our Grants Assist Program (GAP). Dr Heather Young-Leslie received her PhD in Anthropology from York University and has worked as a researcher in universities in Ontario, Alberta, BC, and Hawaii. She has extensive experience with competitive grant writing and research design, and looks forward to working with you on your grant applications through the GAP program.

Call for Proposals: Engagement Scholarship Consortium Conference

The UofA’s Faculty of Extension will host the 15th Annual Conference of the Engagement Scholarship Consortium at the Shaw Conference Centre on October 7 – 8, 2014.

The theme of the conference is “Engaging for Change: Changing for Engagement.” The submission deadline is Monday, March 17, 2014.

For more information, click HERE.

Become a WISEST Summer Research Program Supervisor

For Faculty of Nursing Researchers, Professors, Technicians, Grad and Post Doc Students

WISEST invites you to spark the interest and enjoyment of science, engineering or technology in today’s youth. We would like you to consider becoming a supervisor in the WISEST Summer Research Program. We ask you to share your passion for research and your scientific know-how with Grade 11 high-school students.

In the WISEST Summer Research Program, the students work for six continuous weeks as research assistants, supervised by a principal investigator or a research team member, on a research project in the lab or in the field. Young women participate in research within the science, engineering, and technology fields and the young men experience less-traditional research fields such as nursing, human ecology or nutrition.

WISEST conducts extensive fundraising efforts to pay the students and though not necessary, financial contributions from research labs are welcome. We ask you to provide the students with a positive and supportive learning environment in which they can gain a practical insight to scientific research and build their enthusiasm for diverse fields of study. Meaningful exposure at this particular stage of high-school students’ education can have a critical, positive impact for upcoming academic choices and their long-term career goals.

A letter of invitation from the WISEST Chair, Denise Hemmings, has been attached to this email. For more information about being a supervisor, please see the Supervisor FAQs and the links on the Supervisor page of the WISEST website.

The Summer Research Program takes place between July 3 – August 14, 2014. If you are interested in supervising a WISEST student, please complete the online Project Proposal Form by April 11, 2014.

Plant a seed of inspiration in a bright young mind this summer!

2014 ASTech Award
Nominations are now open!

Do you know an individual, team, or company inspiring innovation in Alberta, paving the way for leaders of tomorrow or developing amazing products or research? Bring their work to the forefront of Alberta’s innovation community and help them receive the recognition their hard work deserves. NOMINATE them for a 2014 ASTech Award!

Nominations are now open until May 31, 2014.

Awards will be presented to the 2014 Winners  at the 25th Anniversary Gala on October 24, 2014 at the Edmonton Expo Centre in Edmonton, Alberta.

Award Categories:

For more information and to enter a nomination, click HERE.

Programs and Events

Health Law Seminar Series
Health Care Reform in the United States: Beginning of the End or End of the Beginning?

Dr. Howard P. Greenwald, University of Southern California

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) represents the first major reform of health care in the United States since the 1960s. Although political opposition following initial passage has subsided, issues have emerged in the measure’s implementation. Current concerns focus on participation of historically uninsured people in the program, and ultimately on the measure’s long-term financial solvency. While broadening insurance coverage, the ACA leaves the expensive US health care delivery system unchanged. It is possible that the ACA will end health care reform in the US for at least a generation. Or, the measure may represent the first step in development of a system that adopts cost control provisions similar to those of Canada and other developed countries.

Date: March 20, 2014
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m
Location: 237 Law Centre (111 Street and 89 Avenue), University of Alberta

This seminar is free of charge. Light refreshments will be served.

Health Research Data Symposium
An Alberta Perspective on Access, Management and Linkage

Date: Thursday, May 29, 2014
Location: Lister Hall, University of Alberta

This one-day symposium will explore aspects of health research data access, management, and linkage in Alberta. Ample time will be provided after presentations for questions and group discussion.

Plenary and panel sessions to include:

Privacy issues in health research data Provincial perspectives on how data is currently being managed and how it will be managed in the future to improve access. Innovative health research projects in Alberta using data linkage. Alberta projects using administrative data Call for posters and Registration will be coming soon!

 Sponsored by:

Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions
Collaborative Health Innovation Network
University of Alberta – Libraries and Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry

Call for posters and registration will be coming soon.

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