Posts By: Scott Jacobsen

Scott Jacobsen

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 »

Canadian Education News

Canadian Investment in the Global Partnership for Education The PIE News said that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made an announcement about the increase in commitment for the Global Partnership for Education (GPE). As part of what his office called the “Feminist International Assistance Policy,” Trudeau made a pledge during the World Economic Forum to increase… Read more »

Canadian Education News

Okotoks’ Needs Support for Catholic School System to Flourish Western Wheel reported that the Okotoks’ separate school system has requested support from their stakeholders in order for the publicly-funded Catholic school system to continue to flourish in the province of Alberta. PACE, or Parents Advocating for Catholic Education, is a committee of 10 Christ the… Read more »

Meeting the Minds—Interviews with AU’s Educators

James Greenwood-Lee is an Assistant Professor in Applied Math with the Faculty of Science and Technology at Athabasca University.  Some of his scientific contributions include work on complex intervention modelling capturing the dynamics of adaptation.  It was research on health looking at complex systems, health interventions, and the ways in which intelligent agents change behaviour… Read more »

Meeting the Minds—Dr. Hugh Notman

Dr. Hugh Notman is Associate Dean of Learning Technologies in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and Associate Professor of Biological Anthropology.  How did you find AU? Why did you choose it? AU found me if I am honest.  It was eleven years ago.  I was looking for a faculty position.  I had just… Read more »

Meeting the Minds – Dr. Neil Fassina

Dr. Neil Fassina is the 8th President of Athabasca University. He earned a BSc in Psychology from the University of Calgary and PhD in Management from the Rotman School of Business at the University of Toronto. He is an active researcher in the areas around applied decision-making. He was installed in mid-January, 2017 and works… Read more »

Minds We Meet—Escaping with AU

Robin Bleich has been with AU since 2009.  She is a mother of a six-year-old, Eily, and is from the Niagara Region, Ontario.  Her education here is a continuation of her time at Niagara College, Ontario.  In 2009, she transferred the diploma to AU to join our BPA-Criminal Justice Program.  She finds that AU works… Read more »

Canadian Science News

Format of the Canada Research Coordinating Committee A press release from Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada said, “When Canada’s scientists have the best support to meet their needs, whether new labs and equipment, access to funding, or opportunities to collaborate with their research peers or train new generations of students—they are able to pursue… Read more »

Canadian Education News

Bragg family Music Education Contributions Mount Allison University said, “The Department of Music at Mount Allison University is celebrating the announcement of a $1-million endowment for the program.  The new funds, announced Oct.  27, will help support performance and experiential learning opportunities for Music students.” John Bragg founded the Bragg Women Music Opportunities Fund.  Bragg… Read more »