“Canadian Michelangelo” is UAlberta Education’s Artist in Residence

When he was commissioned to paint the immense domed ceiling of the Canadian Museum of Civilization in the early ‘90s, Alex Janvier was dubbed “the Canadian Michelangelo.”

Since then, he has continued to take on ambitious artistic projects, such as the recently announced floor mosaic planned for Edmonton’s new downtown arena. The mosaic, known as Tsa tsa ke k'e (“Iron Foot Place”), will be 150 square metres and has the distinction of being the largest public art work yet commissioned in the city.

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Education celebrates its own at teaching and research awards

Not many instructors can claim to have received teaching evaluations from their students that included the words “Woop! Woop!” But Cathryn van Kessel, instructor and PhD student in the Department of Secondary Education, sure can.

At the annual Faculty of Education Awards gala held at the University of Alberta on April 14, van Kessel was one of seven outstanding professors and instructors to receive an award for excellence in teaching or research.

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Education explores new partnerships, possibilities with UPretoria

This week, the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Education will welcome colleagues from South Africa’s University of Pretoria to Edmonton as part of a partnership formalized last fall.

Pretoria’s Dean of Education Irma Eloff and four distinguished scholars from the University of Pretoria’s Faculty of Education will visit UAlberta from April 21-23. Over the course of their stay, Pretoria’s scholars will be matched with their counterparts in the faculty to forge relationships and explore partnership opportunities.

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SSHRC-funded project delves into Canada’s digital divide

While Michael McNally grew up in the information age and qualifies as a “digital native”, the 33-year-old assistant professor in the School of Library and Information Studies is not one to take the digital world for granted.

Together with his colleague Dinesh Rathi, McNally is tackling the sticky issue of broadband policy and hopes to influence government regulators as Canada moves forward with providing access to all Canadians.

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Research grant supports collaborative, interdisciplinary project focused on sustainability

Issues around the Earth’s most precious resource are never clear; questions of rights, environment, health, and community ebb and flow. With the help of a new $100,000 grant from the Kule Institute for Advanced Study, Faculty of Education professor Makere Stewart-Harawira and her team will dive deep into the intersections of these elements.

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