World-Class Ceramics Conference Will Cultivate Creativity in City and on Campus

September 28th, 2011 · No Comments · News, News Release, School of Art, arts, conference

Beginning Sept. 29, the Ceramics Area in the University of Manitoba’s School of Art will host 1000 Miles Apart, a gathering of exceptional international and Canadian artists.

The artists will present lectures, offer demonstrations, and exchange ideas with faculty, students, and other professionals in the field. The event runs until Oct. 1, 2011.

Visiting artists include John Balistreri, a professor at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. He will create some of his large-scale sculptures and share his latest research on using clay as a printing material in the rapid prototyping of three-dimensional forms.

Virginia Scotchie, known internationally for her energetic ceramic workshops, will demonstrate her abstraction of familiar forms and divulge her unique glazing techniques. She will arrive from the University of South Carolina.

Paul Mathieu, a professor of ceramics at Emily Carr University in Vancouver, will present a lecture on his recent art and industry experiences in China, and provide a critical view of the state of ceramics in the 21st century.

Rory MacDonald, a professor of ceramics at NSCAD University in Halifax, will present the closing address at 1000 Miles Apart, a lecture that is free and open to the public. He will be arriving on campus early to create site-specific installation pieces that involve a portable backpack kiln.

1000 Miles Apart will also include an exhibition at Gallery One One One in the FitzGerald Building on the Fort Garry campus. The exhibition will include work by ceramics students, faculty, and the visiting artists.

About 1000 Miles Apart:

The conference was first organized in 1989 by faculty and students from the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg and Red Deer College, Alberta. The distance between the institutions was the origin of the name 1000 Miles Apart. Participating institutions later included the University of Regina and Alberta College of Art + Design.

Each year the conference is organized collectively and rotates to a new host institution for that year. 1000 Miles Apart is sponsored by the School of Art, Gallery One One One, the University of Manitoba Ceramics Club, the University Travel and Conference Sponsorship Program, the Manitoba Crafts Council, and the Manitoba Arts Council.

For more information please contact Grace Nickel, Professor of Ceramics in the School of Art, University of Manitoba, at 204-474-8318 (,

Or Sean Moore, Marketing Communications Office, University of Manitoba, 204-474-7963 (

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Are We Using the Right Paradigm to Diagnose Behavioral Disorders?

September 27th, 2011 · No Comments · News

On September 29 visiting professor Brian Iwata will deliver a lecture challenging our perceptions of how professionals diagnose behavioral disorders.

Dr. Iwata is this year’s Samuel Weiner Distinguished Visitor lecturer and his talk is titled “Experimental Approaches to Behavioral Assessment: Rebirth of the Medical Model?”

He will present it on Thursday, Sept. 29, at 3 p.m. in the Engineering and Information Technology Complex, room E3-270.

Many authors have noted that the “medical model” of assessment is inadequate for the diagnosis of behavior disorders.  However, the model has served the field of medicine well as an empirical basis for identifying causes of disease.  Iwata’s presentation reviews key features of the medical model as an experimental approach in medicine, its unsuccessful extension to psychological disorders, and how it can contribute to a greater understanding of behavior disorders.

The Samuel Weiner Distinguished Visitor brings renowned scientists or scholars to the University of Manitoba to stimulate and encourage research at the University. The award is intended to support the visit of individuals who are making outstanding contributions in their particular fields of research and who are recognized as international authorities in their areas of research.

About Brian Iwata:

Brian Iwata received his PhD in Psychology from Florida State University and is currently Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Florida, Director of the Florida Center on Self-Injury and Director of the UF-ARC Prader-Willi Syndrome Program.  He previously held faculty appointments at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and at Western Michigan University.

His primary areas of interest are applied behavior analysis, developmental disabilities, functional analysis of severe behavior disorders, and program evaluation.  He has published over 200 articles and chapters on these topics, and he has received over $5 million in research grants to support that work.

For more information contact Sean Moore, Marketing Communications Office, University of Manitoba, at 204-474-7963 (

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Pharmacy White Coat Ceremony Tonight

September 26th, 2011 · No Comments · Advisory, News Release, Pharmacy, Students

Tonight, 55 first-year pharmacy students at the University of Manitoba will take their first steps toward becoming pharmacists during a tradition-honoured White Coat Ceremony held by the Faculty of Pharmacy.

The White Coat Ceremony is a highly symbolic event that culminates with each student receiving a new white lab coat that symbolizes entry into the pharmacy profession. During the ceremony, the new students will stand together and recite the “Pledge of Professionalism” in which they promise to develop a sense of loyalty and duty to the pharmacy profession.

The master of ceremonies will be Dr. Neal Davies, dean, Faculty of Pharmacy and the guest speaker will be Dr. Shawn Bugden, president, Manitoba Pharmaceutical Association.

Members of the media are invited to attend the University of Manitoba Faculty of Pharmacy’s “White Coat Ceremony” tonight:

When: Monday, September 26, 2011
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Where: University of Manitoba, Bannatyne Campus, Brodie Centre Atrium

Reception to follow.

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New Dean to Lead Asper School

September 23rd, 2011 · No Comments · Asper School, News Release

Michael Benarroch has been named the new Dean of the I.H. Asper School of Business at the University of Manitoba. The appointment is effective from November 15, 2011.

Dr. Benarroch is currently a Professor of Economics and Founding Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Winnipeg, a position he has held since 2008. Prior to this role, he served as Acting Dean of Business and Economics, and for nine years he served as Chair of the Department of Economics at the University of Winnipeg. He also served on the University of Winnipeg’s Senate and Board of Regents, as well as other university bodies; for his service he was awarded the Farquhar Award of Excellence in Contributing to University Governance.

“We are very pleased to have Dr. Michael Benarroch assume leadership of the University of Manitoba’s business school. His proven success as an administrative leader, as well as his highly collaborative approach and his teaching and research achievements, will ensure the School continues its tradition of excellence,” said Dr. David T. Barnard, president and vice-chancellor at the University of Manitoba.

Benarroch’s research focuses on international trade with specific applications to innovation and the environment, and he is an expert in exchange rates and government economic policy. His research has been supported by various sources, including SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council), and has been widely disseminated in top journals in his field, book chapters, reports, invited academic lectures and conference presentations.

“It is my great pleasure to assume the role of Dean of the Asper School of Business. I look forward to working with the School’s talented faculty members and dedicated staff, and to engaging with its gifted, energetic students.” Benarroch said. “Together, with the help and support of The Associates and The Young Associates and the community, we will build on the Asper School’s strengths to position it as one of Canada’s and the world’s leading business schools.”

For more information please contact Sean Moore, Marketing Communications Office, University of Manitoba, 204-474-7963 (

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Where to Draw the Line: A Debate on the Bipole III Power Line

September 21st, 2011 · No Comments · Advisory, philosophy

The University of Manitoba’s Centre for Professional and Applied Ethics is hosting a free, public forum on Manitoba Hydro’s proposed Bipole III power line.

“Bipole III: Social and Ethical Considerations in the East VS West Side Debate” will be held n Thursday, Sept. 22 from 1-2:30 p.m.

The forum will be held in the Concourse Lounge of University College (220 Dysart Rd.), on the U of M’s Fort Garry Campus.

Speakers include Lynne Fernandez from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, and John Ryan, a senior scholar from the University of Winnipeg.

For more information please contact Sean Moore, Marketing Communications Office, University of Manitoba, at 204-474-7963 (

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Li Ka Shing Foundation Donates $1M to Shantou/U of M Exchange

September 20th, 2011 · No Comments · Medicine, News Release

On the 10th anniversary of the Shantou University/University of Manitoba academic exchange, the Li Ka Shing Foundation has committed another $1-million gift to the University of Manitoba to build on the Chinese/Canadian partnership and enhance the exchange program.

The generous gift was announced by Ms Solina Chau, Director of the Li Ka Shing Foundation, at the “Ten Years of Building Bridges in Medical Education and Research” symposium held on Sept. 20 in the University of Manitoba’s Bannatyne campus.

“The University of Manitoba is very grateful for the vision and support of Mr. Li Ka-shing, the Li Ka Shing Foundation and Husky Energy Inc. We thank the Li Ka Shing Foundation for today’s generous gift and are honoured to host Ms Solina Chau, and Dr. Frieda Law, Shantou University exchange program coordinator, to mark this auspicious occasion,” said Dr. David Barnard, University of Manitoba President and Vice-Chancellor.

The partnership began in 2000 when Mr. Li Ka-shing visited the University of Manitoba to accept the International Distinguished Entrepreneur Award (IDEA) presented by the Associates of the Asper School of Business. Mr. Li, Chairman of Cheung Kong Group and founder of the Li Ka Shing Foundation, met with University of Manitoba representatives while in Winnipeg and later invited them to Hong Kong, and to visit Shantou University and discuss an academic collaboration.

The Li Ka Shing Foundation contributed $1 million in 2003 to support the exchange program and another $1 million contribution came from Husky Energy Inc. in 2007. Today’s gift, bringing the total to $3 Million, continues to develop the partnership, fostering greater cooperation between both universities.

“To the founder of our Foundation Mr. Li Ka-shing, it is the realization of a dream - a dream that he could attract like-minded individuals and academics devoted to reforming and building a new model of higher institution in China,” said Ms Chau. “For the students, in their pursuit of professional and academic excellence, it is a place for discovery and self discovery with a heightened sense of moral commitment to mankind and community. For the administrators and academics, Shantou University is all about coherent transformative changes that homed into resolving interlocking problems, making good governance for academic freedom possible amidst the ideological entrenched backdrop still present today.”

Over the past decade, more than 100 medical students, residents, researchers and faculty members have participated in the visionary Shantou University/University of Manitoba academic exchange program– broadening their perspectives on one another’s cultures, medical treatments, research and education.

Chinese medical student Shu-ru Chen is one such student. She has experienced Canadian patient care, research methods and physician training ¬thanks to the trailblazing partnership between Shantou University, the University of Manitoba and the Li Ka Shing Foundation.

Chen completed family and emergency clinical electives in Winnipeg last year, and is currently participating in a B.Sc. Medicine (student research) program.

“We had the opportunity to see patients ‘hands-on’ and learn more about family medicine, which is new to China,” said Chen. “This experience dramatically expanded my academic skills and my personal development, and I gained knowledge and skills which I hope to share with others.”

Teresa Wawrykow [MD/05] completed a medical elective as part of the exchange. “We focused on both traditional Chinese medicine and Western medical systems including acupuncture and the use of traditional medicinal plants,” she recalled.

“The opportunity to train in another country is valuable for both Canadian and Chinese medical students,” said Dr. Brian Postl, Dean of Medicine, University of Manitoba. “As these students embark on their clinical careers, the lessons learned through this exchange will help them serve their patients as more compassionate physicians.”

For more information, please contact Ilana Simon, Director of Communications & Marketing, Faculty of Medicine, University of Manitoba, 204-789-3427, or 204-295-6777 (

About the Li Ka Shing Foundation

The Li Ka Shing Foundation was established in 1980 by global entrepreneur and philanthropist Li Ka-shing. Mr. Li considers the Foundation to be his “third son” and has pledged one-third of his assets to it. To date, the Foundation has granted over HK$12.5 billion (US$1.6 billion) in charitable donations. The Foundation supports projects that propel social progress and create a cycle of charity in the world through expanding access to quality education and healthcare, encouraging cultural diversity and exploration, and stimulating community involvement and sustainable development. For more information, please visit:

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No tickets for the game? Jets memorabilia still on display

September 20th, 2011 · No Comments · Archives, History, Media, News Release, Sports, Video, libraries

Don’t have tickets to the games? The next best thing may be a remarkable collection of Winnipeg Jets memorabilia that is remaining on display at the University of Manitoba during the next few months.

A donor presented to the University a collection of 741 Jets hockey programs that document Jets home games from December 1975 to April 1996, before the team moved to Arizona. A selection of these programs, many of which are autographed, are on display to the public on the main floor of the Elizabeth Dafoe Library at the Fort Garry Campus from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm daily.

This extensive run of programs offers a historical record of the players, including those of WHA teams, such as: Bobby Hull, Anders Hedberg and Ulf Nilsson, and later NHL stars including Thomas Steen, Dale Hawerchuk, Randy Carlyle and Teemu Selanne; and individual hockey games and the management of the team.

In addition, the display includes photographs of Winnipeg Jets players and action shots that are part of the Winnipeg Tribune collection held in the University of Manitoba Archives and Special Collections. Many of these materials have been scanned and are available online at:

The Winnipeg Jets hockey team program collection was donated in 2010. An additional donation of historical Jets photographs has been donated recently and will be added to the collection in the coming months.

A short video about the collection of Jets programs is at:

For more information, contact Shelley Sweeney, head, archives and special collections, at: 204-474-6350.

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