A Tough Act to Follow: Remembering Dr. Larry Beauchamp

Before the memorial service for his long-time friend and colleague, Dr. Jim Parsons went through his CV and counted 27 different publications that he’d co-authored with Dr. Larry Beauchamp.

“We wrote books and articles together, reports for the Government of Alberta – everything,” says Parsons. In the four decades that the two education professors worked together, they never disagreed on a thing.  “I cannot say this about anyone else in my entire life. We never once disagreed. We shared a brain.”

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CAPS Education Career Fair

CAPS: Your U of A Career Centre will be hosting its annual Education Career Fair on Monday, January 27, 2014. The fair will be in the Butterdome from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. CAPS is expecting over 50 employers to attend the event. Further, there will be a francophone fair at Campus Saint-Jean, Foire d’emploi en Education, on the same day from 6 to 8 p.m. at Campus Saint-Jean with over 30 employers in attendance. There is no charge for students to attend either fair.

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EDU 211 Team Wins University of Alberta Human Rights Education Recognition Teaching Award

By Peter Boer

In response to a question in the EDU 211 class asking why it's necessary for students to better understand racism when it comes to Aboriginal people, one student wrote the following:

“I believe the change in Aboriginal education begins with us future teachers and only once that change occurs within us can we be the change we want to see in the world.”

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Mark Gierl Advances to Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Educational Measurement

Think back to junior high school. You’re sitting in a hard backed chair with your pencil and calculator poised, while the teacher tells you it’s time to open the paper booklets and start answering the multiple-choice questions. Your palms are sweaty, your head is pounding, and you’re finding it hard to focus as the clock loudly ticks away the seconds. When your teacher announces there are 10 minutes left, your heart is about to leap out of your chest.

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Verna Kirkness Launching Autobiography

By Peter Boer

Verna Kirkness has much more wisdom to share with the world, and she has chosen a very personal perspective in which to do so — her autobiography.

“They say you have to know the past to understand the present to plan for the future so that’s behind what I did,” Kirkness said during a recent interview. “I wrote it not as an academic thesis, but it’s a story. Storytelling is the way we learned as children from a grandparents.”

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22 Graduates from the University of Alberta / Blue Quills First Nations College Partnership Program Make History

This week, 22 graduates from the U of A Blue Quills First Nations College partnership program will make history.

The graduates will become the first to receive a parchment with two institutions’ names attached; “University of Alberta” and “in partnership with Blue Quills First Nations College” will be written on the graduates’ papers.

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New Certificate in Catholic Education Offered Through St. Joseph's College

What if there was a way to enhance your education, boost your resume and increase your odds of being hired?

Great news has come for those looking to answer those questions this fall. Students who wish to teach in the Catholic school system can now take a Certificate in Catholic Education offered through St. Joseph’s College.

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Nerd Nite: Revenge of the Nerds

In one night, you can learn about robotics, edmontosaurs and the morphology of zebrafish without having to flip through the science channels on your television. While coincidentally the motto behind Nerd Nite is “It’s like the Discovery Channel with Beer,” the events offer much more than you’d expect from a night in front of the tube, sipping a Molson’s.

A typical Nerd Nite features about three live presentations, 20 minutes each, from experts with diverse backgrounds—artists, paleontologists, philosophers, you name it—who share their knowledge to often sold-out audiences.

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