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Bishop’s University announces 2020 Jarislowsky Visiting Scholar to facilitate national conversations around pandemic pedagogy

Bishop’s University is pleased to announce Dr. Heather Smith as the 2020 Jarislowsky Visiting Scholar.

Dr. Heather Smith and Dr. Jessica Riddell

Stephen A. Jarislowsky Scholar-in-Residence Program

Through the generosity of The Jarislowsky Foundation, this annual Scholar-in-Residence program invites 1 – 2 internationally recognized scholars to Bishop’s University to work with Dr. Jessica Riddell, the Stephen A. Jarislowsky Chair of Undergraduate Teaching Excellence, and other Bishop’s faculty, in order to enhance quality undergraduate education at Bishop’s, across Canada, and around the world. The visiting scholar is expected to run workshops, collaborate with diverse groups, build communities of practice, curate and create resources, and advise on projects that enhance undergraduate teaching excellence with impact nationally and internationally.

Leading Teaching and Learning Initiatives Through the lens of ‘Pandemic Pedagogy’

Dr. Heather A. Smith is Professor of Global and International Studies at the University of Northern British Columbia. Former Director of the UNBC Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology, she is the recipient of the 3M National Teaching Fellowship (2006), the Canadian Political Science Excellence in Teaching Award (2012), a two time recipient of the UNBC Excellence in Teaching Award, and a 2018 BCcampus Scholarly Teaching Fellow. Dr. Smith is an active researcher in both her disciplinary field of international studies and in the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) with numerous articles, book chapters, monograph, and edited collections.

Dr. Jessica Riddell, Stephen A. Jarislowsky Chair for Undergraduate Teaching Excellence, explains: “In order for us to learn and refine our thinking about higher education in the 21st century we must go beyond our institution and into the world to think differently and view challenges from diverse perspectives. Now more than ever we must build on our national and international networks to advance our thinking around the future of higher education. I am delighted that the Visiting Scholars Program extends to our colleagues across the Maple League as we re-imagine the role of a 21st century liberal education in the time of a global pandemic. We’ve designed programming open to all in order to support faculty from primarily undergraduate universities with a focus on individualized education. We hope it will be of value to colleagues across Canada.”

As Jarislowsky Visiting Scholar, (May 15, 2020 – April 1, 2021) Dr. Smith will support the following activities:

  • “Maple League Hosts: Conversations around Quality Undergraduate Education” (a monthly panel with national and international teaching and learning scholars facilitated by the Executive Director and Jarislowsky Visiting Scholar);
  • “Hive Mind” Resource Guide (a dynamic space for sharing resources to alleviate some of the most pressing pain points);
  • “Better Together: Maple League Teaching Support” (a summer series led by professors, staff, and students from the four universities every Tuesday and Thursday);
  • Supporting Communities of Practice (with disciplinary and thematic working groups);
  • Research and Knowledge Mobilization (with a focus on pandemic pedagogy).

David Hornsby, Associate Vice-President (Teaching and Learning) at Carleton University says “Heather Smith is the consummate pedagogical collaborator. Working with her always results in a dynamic that is creative, productive, exploratory, imbued with a deep passion for the possibilities for university teaching and holds a strong thread of fun. Words cannot express how much I value my professional and personal friendship with Heather and I am just so pleased that she is joining the Maple League as the Jarislowsky Visiting Scholar.”

Lauren Boultbee, Post-Graduate Fellow in Advancement and Communications asserts, “Bishop’s University and the Maple League of Universities are facilitating timely conversations around undergraduate teaching excellence. As a recent alumna (’20), I recognize the importance of this work in the lives of our students and recent graduates. We are fortunate to have someone who deeply cares about student learning and that values student voices and collaborations; her work with Bishop’s University will have a significant impact on student success and resilience.”

To learn more about the 2020 Jarislowsky Visiting Scholar, see http://mapleleague.ca/faculty-and-staff/

About the Stephen A. Jarislowsky Chair of Undergraduate Teaching Excellence

Building upon Bishop’s University’s commitment to delivering an exemplary undergraduate education, the mission of the Jarislowsky Chairship is to build capacities in teaching excellence, design curiosity-driven approaches to learning, and implement programs that inspire ethical, critical, and creative thinking across the Maple League, as well as nationally and internationally.

About the Maple League

The Maple League is made up of four universities – Acadia, Bishop’s, Mount Allison and St. Francis Xavier – who together form an alliance of small, rural, undergraduate liberal education institutions with Francophone heritage and a commitment to truth and reconciliation with indigenous communities. By fostering reciprocal relationships across institutional boundaries, we provide extraordinary opportunities to transform as leaders, scholars, and institutions. The Maple League creates distinctive learning environments that ensure our graduates are capable of navigating an increasingly complex world as citizens and leaders dedicated to the values of a just and civil society. For more information, visit our website: mapleleague.ca.

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Research on mental health effects of COVID-19 and children – Université de Sherbrooke, Centre de recherche du CHUS and Bishop’s University researchers team up

Dr. Chantal Camden, of the École de réadaptation la Faculté de médecine et des sciences de la santé de l’Université de Sherbrooke and researcher at the Centre de recherche du CHUS, and Dr. Catherine Malboeuf-Hurtubise, of Bishop’s University’s Psychology Department, will join their efforts to establish a scientific basis aiming to guide mental health interventions to support children in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic thanks to Government of Canada funding.

Dr. Camden and Dr. Malboeuf-Hurtubise were awarded funds by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s (CIHR) COVID-19 Mental Health Initiative to consolidate and synthesize the evidence base on which public mental health responses to the COVID-19 pandemic and the identification of relevant interventions will be made. There are currently knowledge gaps under the current circumstances that the two childhood specialists will attempt to fill by synthesizing the available literature on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on children’s mental health.

Dr. Camden and Dr. Malboeuf-Hurtubise will lead a multidisciplinary and multi-institution team in which McGill University, Université de Montréal, and Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières will also take part.

The research will notably focus on the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health of children between five and 12 years old, with particular attention to children living with a handicap or chronic disease, in order to identify the best intervention strategies for them. Currently available preliminary information suggests these children are more at risk of suffering from the lack of social interactions and disruption to daily routines that have emerged because of confinement measures in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. These children are thus more likely of suffering from anxiety or other mental health conditions.

“The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on children’s mental health is a concern. To the extent that youth and their families will have to deal with the issue for the coming months or years, it seemed crucial to empirically document the impact of COVID-19 on children’s mental health. This knowledge will then allow us to formulate science-based specific recommendations to diminish negative consequences of the current crisis on the mental health of our youth,” Dr. Malboeuf-Hurtubise remarks.

“This collaboration between researchers from different institutions – of course within Sherbrooke as a university research hub, but also with our colleagues from Montréal and Trois-Rivières, will allow us to reach our goals at the appropriate pace within the context of a rapidly-evolving situation in order, we hope, to provide the required support to vulnerable individuals in our society,” Dr. Camden observes.

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Olivier Bouffard
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Bishop’s University
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Bishop’s University’s Lifelong Learners Academy to lead popular Write Here, Write Now program – New name, logo for former Senior Academy for Lifelong learning

Bishop’s University’s Lifelong Learning Academy (BULLA) has decided to take over the sponsorship of Write Here, Write Now (WHWN), formerly a Townshippers’ Association’s Project.

For the past two years WHWN has offered a number of activities to foster the local writing community. Receiving welcome support from the Department of Canadian Heritage, WHWN has encouraged the participants in the workshops to explore new techniques and subjects and to publish their work. One of the partners was Bishop’s Senior Academy for Lifelong Learning (SALL) so the sponsorship builds on a previous partnership.

The monthly workshops (in four locations) were designed for beginners as well as experienced writers and have focused on both poetry and prose, particularly the memoir. The project made links between writers and local media including The Townships Sun, the Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network (QAHN) and CJMQ which have published or broadcast their work.

Last summer the Our Stories 2.0 ebook published the writings of Townshippers as well as photos of their visual works. Later this summer a print version of the ebook will be available which will also include unpublished work by the students of North Hatley Elementary.

Some of the techniques of writing covered are “the flash memoir”, plot, setting, sound and rhythm, concrete poetry and imagery and the themes include The Gothic and Humour. One group writes only memoir. In every workshop there is an opportunity for participants to write and read their work. Participants have always been consulted on their interests and the workshops have been designed accordingly.

In June, the WHWN team will send a document to ask people what kind of workshops they would like to see added and which existing workshops should be renewed. An online event will follow.

A participant from the memoir group, Ann Louise George, wrote: “So why do I so enjoy being a member of the writing club? For one, there’s the conviviality of get-togethers with others who like the challenge of putting pen to paper. But there’s also the unique opportunity to have a window into the souls and minds of those around me, understanding who they are, what they are and why they are what they are—a great feeling of shared humanity, all under the skillful guidance of Melanie (Cutting).”

Rebecca Welton from the Knowlton group captured the reaction of the participants, “The Write Here, Write Now (WHWN) workshops have been incredibly inspiring; giving us the tools to take our writing forward; putting us in regular contact with other writers in the region; allowing us to forge new contacts and gain support from people as passionate about writing as each other.”

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Dr. Sarah-Myriam Martin-Brûlé to play key role in MINDS – Launch of the Network for Strategic Analysis

Dr. Sarah-Myriam Martin-Brûlé of Bishop’s University Department of Politics and International Studies is playing an important role in the launch of the Network for Strategic Analysis, as part of the Department of National Defence’s Mobilizing Insights in Defence and Security (MINDS) program. The Network is to study evolving defence and security issues in order to inform crucial policy decisions about national security and defence.

Dr. Martin-Brûlé will be heading a major axis of the Network co-directed by Justin Massie (UQAM) and Stéfanie von Hlatky (Queen’s University), which has just been granted $750,000 by the Department of National Defence and which brings together over 60 researchers, collaborators and partners.

Dr. Martin-Brûlé will be heading the Multilateral security cooperation and the role of international organizations branch of the initiative. The other two axes of the three-pronged MINDS initiative will focus on the evolving role of great powers in an uncertain world order and on the future of defence capacity-building activities with global partners.

The Network aims to mobilize innovative research expertise across Canada in both official languages, to generate new insights, disseminate strategic analysis to the Government of Canada, its partners and the public to inform policy decisions, and to train and develop the next generation of defence and security experts.

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Bishop’s University to offer Pathy Foundation Fellowships – In collaboration with St. Francis Xavier’s Coady Institute

Bishop’s University students will soon have the opportunity to apply for Pathy Foundation Fellowships to receive funding allowing them to implement stimulating new sustainable social change and community development ideas.

“The Pathy Foundation Fellowship is an amazing opportunity for our students to take their ideas to help communities within Canada and around the world and put them into action to foster sustainable and positive social change,” explains Dr. Michael Teed, of Bishop’s University’s Williams School of Business, who is the Pathy Foundation Fellowship’s point of contact at Bishop’s. “Fellows who are selected are provided with up to $ 40,000 to contribute to living allowance, travel expenses, and initiative funding. In addition, selected fellows receive training at the Coady Institute at St. Francis Xavier prior to and during their fellowship.”

Through this new partnership, Bishop’s University is offering its students an amazing new opportunity to make a difference helping their community make sustainable social changes by applying to the Pathy Foundation Fellowship.

Through the Coady Institute, Bishop’s joins St. Francis Xavier University, as well as McGill University, Queen’s University and the University of Ottawa in offering full-time graduating undergraduate and graduate student the chance to apply for up to $ 40,000 to support their projects over one year.

The Pathy Foundation Fellowship is an outstanding experiential learning opportunity that allows graduating students the chance to leverage their meaningful connection with the community to bring about sustainable community development.

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Bishop’s researcher’s eTick further expands into Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador – New app for expert identification of tick specimens

The eTick platform developed by Bishop’s University’s Dr. Jade Savage will be providing expert tick species identification and real-time monitoring in three additional provinces, helping determine whether specimens found by members of the public could transmit Lyme disease or not.

As the spring thaw begins, ticks become active again. In this time of COVID-19 pandemic, scarce health care resources are mobilized. Although confinement and social distancing recommendations are in place, many still enjoy walks in the wilderness, or working in their backyards, where they can be exposed to tick bites, including by species that may carry and transmit the bacteria responsible for Lyme disease.

Residents from participating provinces can use the new eTick app or the eTick.ca platform when they find ticks on animals, humans or in various habitats and submit a picture to have it identified by experts, notably to learn whether the tick they found belongs to a species susceptible of transmitting the bacteria responsible for Lyme disease or not.

In addition to learning what species of tick users have found, reported specimens are mapped in real time to better outline the area of distribution of the various tick species in the participating provinces. With this information, residents can gain insight on the prevalence of tick species in precise areas of their province.

The eTick citizen science tick-monitoring platform created by Dr. Savage of Bishop’s University’s Biology Department has now expanded to Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador, in addition to its previous coverage of Quebec, Ontario and New Brunswick.

A new mobile application has been developed to facilitate and streamline the submission of tick observations in the participating provinces. It is now available for free download under the name eTick on the App Store and the Google Play Store. Users also still have the option of submitting their observations directly on the eTick.ca website.

New collaborators in 2020 include academic partners Profs. Emily Jenkins and Maarten Voordouw of the University of Saskatchewan, Profs. Kirk Hillier and Dave Shutler of Acadia University (Nova Scotia), and Dr. Joseph Bowden of the Canadian Forest Service and Adjunct Professor at Memorial University (Newfoundland and Labrador), as well as key personnel from the Newfoundland and Labrador Division of Public Health, the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness, and the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health.

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Bishop’s Gaiters Women’s Hockey join RSEQ for 2020-21 – Molson Family Foundation and Molson Coors support program

Thanks to the generous support of important donors, the Bishop’s Gaiters hockey team will compete at the U SPORTS level in the Réseau du Sport Étudiant du Quebec (RSEQ) University Women’s Hockey Conference at the beginning of the 2020-21 season.

With a lead gift from the Molson Family Foundation as well as support from Molson Coors, the Bishop’s University Foundation and other donors, the Gaiters women’s hockey can aim higher.

“To this day the name of the Jane and Eric Molson Arena testifies to the Molson family’s unwavering support for Bishop’s. For all they have done – and continue to do – for Bishop’s University, we owe them our most heartfelt thanks,” said Bishop’s University Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Michael Goldbloom, C.M.

“We wanted to make sure we had a viable long-term plan before committing,” said Bishop’s University Director of Athletics and Recreation Matt McBrine. “Thanks to the Molson Family Foundation, that became possible. We will continue our fundraising efforts, but we can confidently say that we embark on this adventure knowing the program has what it needs to evolve and thrive.”

“I think this is great news,” said Gaiters hockey Head Coach Dominic Desmarais. “We have been looking forward to hearing this was going to be the next step and now can focus on the future. I think Bishop’s is a great place to attract student-athletes from all over. There is also a lot of talent in the Sherbrooke area that will now have an option to stay closer to home while competing at the U SPORTS level.”

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Women's Hockey team in 1933
From 1933 Bishop’s University yearbook, plausibly the oldest photo of a Gaiters’ women’s hockey team in our possession.

BACKGROUNDER

The Bishop’s University Gaiters becomes the first Quebec team outside of Montreal to enter the RSEQ that now features six U SPORTS schools including current national top-10 teams Concordia, Université de Montréal and McGill. Carleton, Ottawa and now Bishop’s round out the six-team conference.

Women’s hockey at Bishop’s dates back to 1915. Since then it has taken a number of forms. Most recently the Gaiters competed in the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) where they were Division 2 semifinalists in 2018 and 2019. The Gaiters’ 2019-20 schedule consists of a series of exhibition games.

Dominic Desmarais is in his second year as head coach and will lead the Gaiters as they embark in the next stage of their history.

The 2019-20 edition of the Bishop’s Gaiters will continue to play a number of exhibition games in preparation of next year. The 2020-21 RSEQ schedule will be released later this year. Conference regular season games begin in October and culminate with the U SPORTS Women’s Hockey Championship in March.

According to a 2018 International Ice Hockey Federation report, there are about 86,925 women hockey players in Canada.

In its 2018-19 annual report, Hockey Québec counts 6,353 female hockey players at all stages, from Initiation to Midget categories; 668 of them are in the Eastern Townships region.

In 2016, according to a your-college-hockey.com website tally, of 775 college level Canadian women hockey players, about 300 were playing for American university teams.

The Gaiters will be the 37th U SPORTS-level women’s hockey university team in Canada. There are also currently 35 men’s hockey teams at the same level.

Female student ratio as percentage of total student population at Bishop’s currently: 55 per cent (1,458/2,867).

Female varsity athlete ratio as percentage of total varsity athlete population at Bishop’s currently: 39 per cent (125/322). This includes the current women’s hockey team.

Average GPA of Gaiters women hockey team last year: 72,4 per cent.

Three Women’s hockey Gaiters would have qualified as Academic All-Canadians last year had they been eligible.

Recent evolution of the Gaiters Women’s hockey team:

  • 2019-20 season: exhibition games only vs. teams from U SPORTS, NCAA and various other opponents.
  • 2018-19: American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) Division 2; Semifinalist at National Tournament in Frisco, TX.
  • 2017-18: ACHA Division 2; Semifinalist at National Tournament in Columbus, OH.
  • 2016-17: Independent women’s Club Hockey League (IWCHL).

The first Men’s Gaiters hockey team was formed in 1892-93, and joined a league in 1895-96. The last season played was 1981-82.

Bishop’s University Gaiters announcement

Members of the media are invited to attend an important announcement by the Bishop’s University Gaiters.

The announcement will take place at the John H. Price Sports and Recreation Centre’s mezzanine at 11:30 a.m.

WHO:
Michael Goldbloom, C.M.
Principal and Vice-Chancellor
Bishop’s University

WHAT:
Announcement by the Bishop’s University Gaiters

WHERE:
Mezzanine
John H. Price Sports Centre

WHEN:
Thursday, January 16, 2020
11:30 a.m.

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Bishop’s researchers help discover Earth-sized planet – Orbiting a nearby star, TOI-700d is located in the “habitable zone”

Dr. Jason RoweDr. Jason Rowe, Canada Research Chair in Exoplanet Astrophysics at Bishop’s University, as well as Bishop’s Physics and Astronomy Department’s Visiting Scholar Dr. Kelsey Hoffman and undergraduate researcher and Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA) recipient Danielle Dineen played a key role in the recent discovery of an Earth-sized planet located in the “habitable zone” of a nearby star. TOI-700d is the first habitable zone Earth-sized planet found by NASA’s planet hunting TESS mission.

“We are very proud to be part of this exciting new development in exoplanetary discovery,” said Dr. Rowe. “The catalogue of exoplanets keeps growing as we master the techniques involved in detecting and characterizing them. This is the first discovery by the TESS Mission of an Earth-sized rocky planet in a star’s habitable zone and is likely to be followed by more similar cases, all of which may eventually help us answer the fundamental question of whether there is life elsewhere in the universe.”

Dr. Rowe’s team are among the co-authors of “The First Habitable Zone Earth-sized planet from TESS. I: Validation of the TOI-700 System,” a research paper recently submitted to the Astrophysics Journal. News of the results was announced publicly by the NASA, whose Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) is the foundation of the team’s research. Dr. Rowe and his collaborators performed a photodynamical analysis which helped measure the planet’s composition.

The Bishop’s team measured the orbital period and radius of the planet and placed important limits on the mass. The mass is important to determine whether the planet in question is composed of rocky material, like the Earth, instead of gas, such as Jupiter, Saturn or Neptune. Moreover, the planet’s distance from its star places it in the “habitable zone”, far enough from the star to retain water and an atmosphere, but close enough to permit the presence of liquid surface water, which is understood to be a key factor for the possibility of life evolving on a planet.

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MEDIA INQUIRIES:
Olivier Bouffard
Director of communications
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Frostiana: Bishop’s University Singers’ poetic Holiday homage – A modern classical program featuring poet Robert Frost

As the Holiday season draws near, the Bishop’s University Singers will be offering a dose of musical magic to concertgoers with two concerts at Bishop’s University’s Bandeen Hall on December 5 and 6, 2019.

Under this year’s theme, homage will be paid to the work of Poet Robert Frost set to music by Randall Thompson. The concert will also feature Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols as well as a selection of John Rutter carols.

The Bishop’s University Singers will be directed by guest conductor Jean-Philippe Dutil, and accompanied on piano by their Director, Bishop’s University’s Fannie Gaudette for the first part of the concert. Harpist Matt Dupont will accompany the second part.

Concertgoers will have the opportunity to purchase Holiday poinsettias to the benefit of Maison Aube Lumière. Tickets for the concerts are available through the Centennial Theatre’s Box Office, in person or by phone at 819-822-9692.

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