Celebrating 175 years
First Indigenous writer-in-residence joins uOttawa’s English department
Launch of the uOttawa-IBM Cyber Range
partnership on a Canadian university campus was launched right here in October. It offers training exercises and simulations designed to help businesses and governments strengthen defences against cyberthreats. The training will be integrated into some undergraduate and graduate courses. Challenges that will play out at the Cyber Range include a “Cyber War Game” and an “Inside the Mind of a Hacker” exercise.
New Data Literacy Research Institute
With the launch in October, uOttawa set its sights on becoming a global leader in the emerging field of data literacy, the ability to collect, interpret, evaluate and explain data as information. The institute will conduct cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research and develop training programs to combat misinformation, empower citizens and inform decision-making in areas like education, health care, sustainable development and technology.
CO-OP student examines endangered tree’s fruit
CO-OP student Serena Bezanson, who began a fast-track bachelor’s-master’s degree in cellular and molecular medicine this fall, spent a summer placement on the , learning how to extract chemicals from the peel and pulp, analyzing them using a combination of gas chromatography and mass spectrometry. The fruit may have some compounds that have never been catalogued before. White-faced capuchin monkeys rub it on their fur — perhaps as an anti-fungal agent or mosquito repellant — while other raccoon-like animals feast on the fruit.
New vice-provost, equity, diversity and inclusive excellence
Education professor Awad Ibrahim, holder of the Air Canada Professorship on Anti-Racism, was named as the , in June, for a five-year term. Ibrahim will focus on removing systemic barriers, empowering University community members and ensuring that anti-racism and EDI perspectives have their place in every aspect of learning.
Our youngest ever graduate — at age 12
became , receiving an honours bachelor’s in biomedical science at age 12 in June. Anthaea-Grace started distance learning when she was three years old, did kindergarten and Grade 1 schoolwork simultaneously, started Grade 2 at public school at age four and, when she was age six, was assessed as learning at a Grade 8 level.
Opening of our $130-million Health Sciences Complex at Lees Campus
As a testament to our commitment to strengthening Canada’s health-care system and helping address a chronic health professional shortage, the University invested $130 million to build a state-of-the-art, five-storey . The took place in September. The building houses the schools of Nursing, Nutrition Sciences and Rehabilitation Sciences, where audiology, speech language pathology, physiotherapy and occupational therapy will be taught.