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BISHOP’S UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR LAUNCHES TICK IDENTIFICATION AND MONITORING WEBSITE

Bishop’s University Biology professor Dr. Jade Savage has launched Etick.ca, a website dedicated to image-based tick identification and population surveillance.

Dr. Jade Savage has launched eTick.ca

The University is collaborating with the Laboratoire de santé publique du Québec (LSPQ) of the Institut national de santé publique du Québec and the Public Health Agency of Canada on a 2017 pilot project which mostly targets ticks found on animals in the province of Québec. An expansion of the project to other Canadian provinces is planned for 2018.

The website was created in response to rapid changes in the Canadian distribution of various tick species as well as the emergence of Lyme disease in recent years, both  important issues for public health authorities and the public in general.

“It’s logistically challenging and expensive to track tick populations on large territories such as Québec and Canada,” explains Dr. Savage. “Etick.ca is a citizen science project where we invite the public to participate in the monitoring of tick populations by submitting their tick photos on the website so that they can be identified by a professional.’’

“This pilot project highly complements the current passive surveillance program for ticks which has been in place in Québec since 1990”, explained Karine Thivierge, parasitologist at the INSPQ. “Among other things, outdoor enthusiasts will be able to identify the black-legged tick, the only Lyme-carrying tick, within a dozen of tick species found in Québec, and to be aware of risk environments. This citizen-involvement project will definitely enhance our knowledge and help us prevent this emerging disease.”

To encourage participation and engage citizens in the initiative, all data from eTick.ca submissions such as where and when ticks are found are publically available for consultation on interactive maps which are updated daily.

The website is the first of its kind for ticks in Quebec.

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Contact:
Chantal Sneath
Communications Officer
Bishop’s University
csneath@ubishops.ca
819-822-9600, extension 2840

A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE ARAB-MUSLIM WORLD

Talk on the progressive voices of the Arab-Muslim World

Bishop’s University invites community members interested by the topic of harmonious community life to attend a French-language talk entitled “The Progressive Voices of the Arab-Muslim World,” which will take place on Wednesday April 5th in Room 3 of the Bibliothèque municipale Éva-Sénécal in Sherbrooke.

Dr. Osire Glacier, professor of History, Religion and Politics and International Studies, will present, from a historical point of view, the common elements that unite the Muslim community and the Quebec host community. She will address and challenge the myths and prejudices with regards to the Muslim community that are omnipresent in the media. Among other topics, Dr. Glacier will provide an overview of the contribution of Arab-Muslim countries to the establishment of Universal Human Rights and of the presence of progressive voices that exist both in the Western world as well as in the Arab-Muslim world.

Dr. Osire Glacier holds a Ph.D. from McGill University. Her research interests bear on human rights and women’s history in Morocco. She has published several works on these themes and is the author of a blog that aims to share her research with a general audience (etudesmarocaines.com).

This event, organized by the Bishop’s University Research Office, will be held in French, but comments and questions in English will be welcome.

This talk will take place during the Semaine d’actions contre le racisme. The event is free and all are welcome.

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Contact:
Chantal Sneath
Communications Officer
Bishop’s University
csneath@ubishops.ca
819-822-9600, extension 2840

BISHOP’S UNIVERSITY STUDENTS AND PROFESSORS LEND THEMSELVES TO THE BU PUB QUIZ

As part of its yearly Research Week activities, Bishop’s University invites members of the community to learn more about some of the research that is being undertaken by both students and professors at Bishop’s.

Hosted by the University’s Research Office, the event promises to be entertaining, informative and easily accessible to a broad audience. Five students and three faculty members in the fields of Biology, Modern Languages, Physics, Psychology and Sports Studies will summarize their research programs in five minutes each. Audience members are invited to complete the accompanying Pub Quiz and enter a draw to win a small prize.

How can research inform policies on sexual assault and sexual harrassment on university campuses? Do perfectionism and aggressiveness play a role in athletes’ success? What are the most important psychological and biological factors that come into the development of Multiple Sclerosis? These topics and several others will be featured in these short talks and Pub Quiz.

Anyone who is eager to learn new things and is invited to come enjoy a beer and interact with the researchers in what will surely be lively and enlightening presentations.

Please check out other Research Week events taking place March 27 – April 1 at Bishop’s University.

Event details

Monday March 27, 7 p.m.
Golden Lion Pub and Brewery, 2896 College St., Lennoxville
Pub Quiz: BU Faculty/Student Research Flash Talks

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Contact: Chantal Sneath
Communications Officer
Bishop’s University
csneath@ubishops.ca
819-822-9600, extension 2840

BISHOP’S FORUM – A WEEK-LONG IMMERSION PROGRAM ON QUEBEC SOCIETY FOR QUEBEC’S ENGLISH-SPEAKING YOUTH

From August 13 through August 18, 2017, fifty 18-24 year old English-speaking Quebecers will meet at Bishop’s University for a week-long immersion into Quebec’s society.

“Quebec benefits when its younger citizens are informed and knowledgeable about how its major institutions and systems function”, said Principal Michael Goldbloom, C.M. “Our goal is to enhance young English-speaking Quebecers capacity for and interest in civic engagement.”

“The goal of the Bishop’s Forum is to provide participants an “Inside Look” at some of the fundamental institutions of Quebec”, he went on to say. “Participants will get insight into how the National Assembly, political parties, business, community and not-for-profit organizations and the media influence public discourse and public policy. The Forum will give participants not only a sense of what it is like to work in these major sectors but also how to influence change.”

Bishop’s Forum Director James Hughes added that “We’re designing the Forum in an engaging and innovative way to help young people put their talents, including their leadership skills, to work to further their own careers and the quality of life in the province. The Bishop’s Forum wants to make Quebec better by equipping young English-speaking Quebecers with the ideas, networks and tools to lead change.”

Participants will work in small groups throughout the week to identify a key change they want to effect to Quebec society and craft both the case for support and the road map to transformation. These efforts will culminate in a presentation by each group to a mock Parliamentary Commission made up of a blue ribbon panel of Quebec changemakers.

This initiative is being supported by the Quebec Government as part of its Stratégie d’action jeunesse 2016-2021. This opportunity for participants will be at no cost to the participants. A cross section of Quebec’s institutional and organizational leaders will be involved in the program.

Contact: Denise Lauzière
Director of Logistics
denise.lauziere@ubishops.ca
819-822-9600, extension 2201
www.bishopsforum.ubishops.ca

NEW DATE FOR TERRY MOSHER’S APPEARANCE AT DONALD LECTURE SERIES

Canada’s preeminent cartoonist, Terry Mosher, O.C., will visit the Bishop’s University campus on a new date: Thursday, March 16th at 7 p.m. in Centennial Theatre.

Mr. Mosher, also known as Aislin, will talk about his 50 years as a cartoonist as part of the Donald Lecture Series. He will present his work and launch his new book.

Into its 9th season, the Donald Lecture Series brings speakers of national and international renown to the Bishop’s campus to provide insight, provoke thought, and stimulate debate on the most compelling issues and events in the world today.

The series is made possible thanks to the generous support of Bishop’s alumnus John Donald ’60, DCL ’12. All lectures are free of charge and open to the public. For more information on the series, including speaker biographies and  lecture descriptions, visit the Donald Lecture Series website.

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Contact: Chantal Sneath
Communications Officer
Bishop’s University
csneath@ubishops.ca
819-822-9600, ext. 2840

Bishop’s University and Brescia University College sign MOU

London, ON – An agreement has been finalized between Bishop’s University and Brescia University College, which allows students who have successfully completed Brescia’s Preliminary Year Program to qualify for automatic admission into one of Bishop’s undergraduate programs effective Fall 2017.

“We are delighted to partner with Bishop’s in providing this new and effective pathway for our students,” says Marianne Simm, Brescia’s Vice-Principal Students. “Beyond their existing pathways at Western and our affiliate partners, Brescia’s Preliminary Year students, who are predominantly international, will now have the opportunity to pursue their post-secondary education within a similar and intimate, supportive liberal arts environment.” Simm goes on to say, “We have been incredibly fortunate to welcome so many students from around the world to Brescia and to have forged such an important partnership with Cultureworks that has helped make our Preliminary Year Program the success that it is.”

The memorandum of understanding, a first of its kind for the Preliminary Year Program at Brescia, will allow students who have successfully completed Brescia’s Preliminary Year Program to receive automatic admission and directly enter one of Bishop’s undergraduate programs.

Brescia’s Preliminary Year Program is a co-educational foundation year program, which helps young women and men acclimate to campus life, university courses and lectures.

”This partnership is beneficial to Brescia, Bishop’s and of course the students in both the Preliminary Year Program and at Bishop’s. With Brescia being an all-female University College, male students naturally have to look at other post-secondary options. This agreement provides not only male students, but ALL Preliminary Year Program students with an option to experience post-secondary studies in another part of Canada in a similar, intimate environment”, says Dan Seneker, Bishop’s Director of Enrolment Management. “We look forward to welcoming these students and have them join the Bishop’s community.”

For more information on Brescia’s Preliminary Year Program, please visit their website.

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For more information please contact:

Colleen Aguilar, Director, Communications & External Relations at 519-432-8353, ext. 28293 or at colleen.aguilar@uwo.ca, or Caitlin Core, Communications, Marketing & External Relations Officer at 519-432-8353, ext. 28280 or at ccore@uwo.ca.

Brescia University College, Canada’s women’s university college, is affiliated with Western University. The 1,500 women registered as either full- or part-time students at Brescia study a wide variety of subjects in the schools of Behavioural & Social Sciences, Food & Nutritional Sciences, Humanities and Leadership & Social Change in an empowering, compassionate, student-centred and invigorating environment. Degrees are granted by Western. The Catholic University College welcomes students from all backgrounds and values diversity. For more current and archived news, a listing of faculty experts, and photos please visit our Online Media Room, at http://media.bresciauc.ca.

Bishop’s University, which was founded in 1843, is a predominantly residential, undergraduate university in Sherbrooke, Quebec. It provides a high quality education in the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, business, and education. Its small size (2,300 full time students) allows students to develop close relationships with their professors and each other.

DONALD LECTURE SERIES WILL WELCOME TERRY MOSHER – Marie Henein to speak this Friday

Bishop’s University is proud to announce that Terry Mosher, O.C., widely considered as Canada’s preeminent cartoonist, will visit our campus as part of the Donald Lecture Series.

Mr. Mosher, also known as Aislin, will talk about his 50 years as a cartoonist. He will present his work and launch his new book on Wednesday, March 15, at 7 p.m. in Centennial Theatre.

The next speaker in the series is Marie Henein. She will appear this Friday, February 10, at 7 p.m. in Centennial Theatre. Ms. Henein will share her experiences as a defense lawyer in Canada. She has been repeatedly recognized as one of the Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers by Canadian Lawyer Magazine and was the 2013 recipient of the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Laura Legge Award.

A new date for Senator Murray Sinclair’s postponed lecture has yet to be announced.

Into its 9th season, the Donald Lecture Series brings speakers of national and international renown to the Bishop’s campus to provide insight, provoke thought, and stimulate debate on the most compelling issues and events in the world today.

The series is made possible thanks to the generous support of Bishop’s alumnus John Donald ’60, DCL ’12. All lectures are free of charge, open to the public, and available for world-wide live stream viewing. For more information on the series, including speaker biographies, lecture descriptions, and public live-stream broadcast information, visit the Donald Lecture Series website.

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Contact: Chantal Sneath
Communications Officer
Bishop’s University
csneath@ubishops.ca
819-822-9600, extension 2840

BISHOP’S UNIVERSITY SET TO HOST MAPLE LEAGUE FOR FIFTH ANNUAL UP FOR DEBATE WEEKEND

From February 10th and 11th 2017, Bishop’s University will host the fifth annual Up for Debate, a weekend where members of the Maple League will examine this year’s theme: The Maple League Prepares U4 Advocacy.

The weekend’s activities will explore how higher education should support students as they become global citizens. The Maple League schools are united in a shared vision that promotes social justice and human rights for all members of the community.

Packed with activities to suit every taste, the event promises to be stimulating and thought provoking. Activities include:

  • A conference by criminal lawyer Marie Henein;
  • A student debate tournament in the Canadian Parliamentary style where Bishop’s hopes to win the Jane Blaikie Cup for the third consecutive year;
  • TEDxBishopsU, featuring speakers drawn from the talented pool of students, faculty, alumni, community members, and staff from the four universities; and
  • A Business CASE Competition.

All four universities in the Maple League are dedicated to maintaining and enriching the quality of undergraduate education and to improve the overall experience offered to students through innovative, sustainable, and transformative action.

More information about this event and the full schedule.

More information about the Maple League.

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Contact: Chantal Sneath
Communications Officer
Bishop’s University
csneath@ubishops.ca
819-822-9600, extension 2840

BISHOP’S UNIVERSITY STEPS UP TO SUPPORT STUDENTS AFFECTED BY U.S. IMMIGRATION RESTRICTIONS

Bishop’s University will be waiving undergraduate application fees for students holding passports from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, in response to the executive order issued in the United States preventing individuals from these countries from entering the U.S. for 90 days.

“Inclusiveness and community are at the heart of our values as an institution. Every year we open our arms to students and faculty from around the world. Our student body in particular is a rich tapestry of different cultures, nationalities, religions, and passions. The diversity found on our campus plays an important role in our success as a liberal arts university,” said Michael Goldbloom, C.M., Principal and Vice-Chancellor.

Dan Seneker, Director of Enrolment Management at Bishop’s, said: “Sixty countries are represented on the Bishop’s campus, including some that are affected by the executive order. We are happy to waive the application fee for anyone applying that holds a passport from these countries for the 2017-18 academic year.”

It’s worth noting that the Bishop’s campus is well known for its long tradition of welcoming international students, and has shown its unwavering support of refugee students through its Student-Refugee Sponsorship Program over the years.

The application deadline for Fall 2017 is April 1, 2017. Prospective students can apply on our website.

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Contact: Chantal Sneath
Communications Officer
Bishop’s University
csneath@ubishops.ca
819-822-9600, extension 2840

AN INVESTMENT OF $24.55 MILLION IN KEY INFRASTRUCTURE AT BISHOP’S UNIVERSITY

John Bassett Memorial Library and science laboratories will be renovated

Sherbrooke, January 27, 2017 – Today, Michael Goldbloom, C.M., Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Bishop’s University, announced that a total investment of $24.55 million will be made to renovate the John Bassett Memorial Library and several laboratories in the Andrew S. Johnson building.

The cost for the Learning Commons project totals $17 million, while the renovations in the Johnson building will cost $7.5 million.

To carry out these projects, Bishop’s University received grants from the federal and provincial governments under the Major Infrastructure Component of the Building Canada Fund. Both projects are expected to be finished in September 2018.

Learning Commons

With the renovations inside the library already underway, Bishop’s will be able to carry out its vision for a Learning Commons thanks to this investment from the federal and provincial governments. Built in 1959, the library was designed to accommodate 1,500 students.  Bishop’s enrollment has grown to over 2,400 students and Champlain Regional College, which uses the library, has 1,100 students. The Learning Commons will support a student-centred approach that emphasizes active and collaborative engagement, and encourages the co-creation of knowledge by all students. It will increase opportunities for students to deepen their understanding of critical issues, learn new skills, enjoy collaboration with others, and make new connections.

“These infrastructure investments will dramatically impact the student experience and campus life at our University for decades to come. We will be able to carry out these projects thanks to the support of the federal and provincial governments, as well as the financial contributions of our students, faculty, staff, alumni and partners,” said Mr. Goldbloom.

Mr. Goldbloom noted that the University has raised $3.8 million toward its goal of $4.5 million thanks to the overwhelming support it has received from its alumni and donor community, including Bishop’s University students who pledged $1 million in support of the project.

“This project will give Bishop’s University the opportunity to offer its students a thoroughly modern place to meet, exchange and learn,” said Mr. Eric Pelletier, architect, partner and chief creative officer at Lemay, an award-winning firm. “We are delighted to be partnering with Bishop’s on this ambitious project.”

Andrew S. Johnson Science Building

Several spaces inside the Johnson building will be renovated, including teaching labs in chemistry and biology, several research labs, and the greenhouse.  The building will also get a new roof.

“Providing students with exceptional practical learning experiences is a strength of our science programs,” explained Dr. Kerry Hull, Project Director and Professor in the Biology Department. “The renovated teaching and research spaces will allow our faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students learn and generate knowledge in areas as varied as brewing science and insect biodiversity.”

John Bassett Memorial Library and science laboratories will be renovated

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Information: Chantal Sneath
Communications Officer
Bishop’s University
csneath@ubishops.ca
819-822-9600, ext. 2840