Posts By: Scott Jacobsen

Scott Jacobsen

Minds We Meet—Emmanauel Barker

Emmanauel Barker is the Governance and Advocacy Coordinator for the Athabasca University Students’ Union.  Here we get to know one of the newest members of the AUSU staff. What brought you to AU? I initially heard of Athabasca University from a close friend who works at another Albertan institution, and I was immediately interested in… Read more »

Minds We Meet—Brittany Daigle

Brittany Daigle is an Athabasca University Students’ Union Councillor.  She lives in Toronto, Ontario and is enrolled in the Bachelor of Science Major in Computing and Information Systems.  Here is her story. How did you come to AU? Coming out of high school I attended Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia for Neuroscience.  While at… Read more »

Minds We Meet—Christine Hudder

Christine Hudder is an Athabasca University Students’ Union Councillor living in Quadeville, Ontario.  Hudder is a wife and the mother of her two boys, Corbyn and Atticus.  She works as the Managing Editor for a weekly newspaper and volunteers with the 1st Madawaska Valley Scouts.  Also, Hudder has earned several awards for her writing.  How… Read more »

Minds We Meet—Darcie Fleming

Darcie Fleming is a second-year undergraduate student at Athabasca University enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology program.  She is a councillor in the Athabasca University Students’ Union, a wife, and a mom.  After three decades of work and experience in the non-profit sector, Fleming chose to return to school with the eventual goal… Read more »

Minds We Meet—Natasha Donahue

Natasha Donahue is an Athabasca University Students’ Union Councillor serving as the Vice President Finance and Administration, and an undergraduate student at Athabasca University.  Donahue is working towards an undergraduate degree in science with dreams of working at CERN and the Perimeter Institute.  She is a mom with a passion for science and a long… Read more »

Meeting the Minds—Dr. Bob Barnetson

Dr. Bob Barnetson is a Professor of Labour Reations at the one and only Athabasca University.  Professor Barnetson has experience working for the Alberta Workers’ Compensation Board, Alberta Labour Relations Board, and the Alberta government. You teach Labour Relations at AU.  What does that entail? Labour relations examines employment relationships from both a technical and… Read more »

Canadian Science News

Sober Second Thoughts on Prescribed Cannabis According to Science Daily, a brand new medical guideline is making the suggestion that family physicians should reconsider the prescription of “medical cannabis to most patients.” The guideline is a simplified version published in Canadian Family Physician. The Project Lead for the Guideline and the Director of Evidence-Based Medicine… Read more »

Canadian Education News

Edmonton Public School Board Calls for Phasing out Private School Funding CBC News described the work by the Edmonton public school board to phase out the funding for private schools, which is bringing to the fore an older debate around private education in the province of Alberta. Edmonton public school trustees voted for the province… Read more »

An Interview with the AUGSA Executive Director

Ross Tyson is the Executive Director of the Athabasca University Graduate Students’ Union.  He earned a BSc and Med at the University of Alberta.  Here he took some time to sit down and talk about how he found AU and the AUGSA, the tasks and responsibilities associated with the position, the open university environment, the… Read more »

Canadian Science News

Federal Funding for Basic Science Research May Increase CP24 News said that the research community of Canada has, for a long time, wanted a substantial increase in funding for science. 2018 may be the year for this to happen. With the Liberal government federal budget being only a few weeks away, there is a predicted… Read more »