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The Quad is where the U of A community meets online. As the University of Alberta’s official faculty and staff blog, The Quad is a digital space where the U of A community can meet and both find and contribute to a constellation of community news, information, and opinion.

Recent Blog Posts

Towards Diversity
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Towards Diversity
“Lady and Gentlemen...” The words resounded throughout the meeting room. It was one of Margaret-Ann Armour’s first department meetings as a new faculty member, and yes, she was the only “lady” in the room—and the department.Continue Reading
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Upcoming Town Hall: Exploring the Visibility of Scholarly Writing Supports Online
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12:00 - 1:00 p.m.Council Chambers (2-100),  University HallContinue Reading
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In Memoriam: Maridel Ritchie
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In Memoriam: Maridel Ritchie
The University of Alberta banner is flying at half-mast in remembrance of Professor Maridel Ritchie, from the Faculty of Nursing.Continue Reading
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Have You Met... Stephanie Grant?
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Have you met Stephanie, Acting Coordinator and Community Social Worker with the U of A’s Community Social Work Team? Spend the next 2 minutes getting to know her a little better.Continue Reading
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Consider This: How to Nurture Student Leaders
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The relationship between university administrators and student leaders, whether they are activists or elected by their peers, is complicated. These students are partners in governance, and they are astute and sometimes vocal critics — but they are also learners. In some ways, we are their mentors...
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Community Congrats! April 19, 2017
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This week, the University of Alberta is celebrating the launch of Alberta’s first satellite, a Governor General’s Meritorious Service Medal, research fellowships and awards, and more! So, congrats to the following:Continue Reading
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5 things that went into space in April
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The Ex-Alta #1 Cube Satellite, designed and built by U of A studentsIt’s been a big month for the U of A in space. On April 18, Alberta’s first satellite—designed and built by U of A students—launched into space aboard an Atlas V rocket. The Ex-Alta #1 (short for Experimental Albertan) was built ...
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Calls For... Blood Pressure Study Research Participants
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We are looking for volunteers for a large-scale clinical research study. It is a collaboration project between Computing Science and Medicine for measuring Blood Pressure continuously without a cuff.Continue Reading
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Entitlement and Me: Problems in Canadian Medical Education
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A "Consider This" PieceWhen I was admitted to medical school in Canada, I was commended by my new professors as one of the country’s brightest students. The first months inculcated and cultivated the idea that I was exceptional and set apart from other students who did not make it to me...
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The Aga Khan Garden: A Preview of Things to Come
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Last week’s public unveiling of the Aga Khan Garden Alberta, to be located at the University of Alberta Botanic Garden, was an eye-opener for many. I, like many others, envisioned an oasis garden with fruit trees and palms around a desert oasis. We are all, however, challenged to re-imagine a con...
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