10 Stories that caught your eye in 2020

Posted on Wednesday, December 16, 2020

The numbers 2020 in which appear photos of members of the university community

The past year has been a wild ride, but fortunately, the members of our University community again succeeded in distinguishing themselves, thanks to their know-how, creativity, and vivaciousness. Their achievements are a reflection of the University’s merits and for this reason, they often feature in uOttawa news articles.

As the year draws to a close, we would like to highlight the success of our students, researchers, professors, and staff members by revisiting a few of our readers’ favourite articles.



Many of you enjoyed this interview with Kathleen Pajer, chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Ottawa, in which she discussed maintaining good mental health during the pandemic.

Working on the mental health frontlines during a pandemic: A Q&A with Dr. Kathleen Pajer



We asked students to nominate professors whose online courses had hit a home run during the Winter 2020 and Summer 2020 terms. Here’s what they said about the chosen few.

Students say these profs nailed their online courses



Alumni Sarah Abood and Sami Dabliz are co-owners of a company specializing in fitness clothing and accessories for Muslim and Sikh athletes. At the very start of the pandemic, they recycled fabric scraps from their collections to make masks that would stop the spread of COVID-19.

Alumni entrepreneurs create sustainable facemasks to fight the spread of COVID-19

Sarah Abood and Sami Dadbliz wearing face masks.



Using 3D printers and laser cutters at the University’s Richard L’Abbé Makerspace lab, a small group of students succeeded in meeting the needs of healthcare workers by making plastic face shields.

uOttawa Makerspace engineers build protective gear for frontline healthcare workers



The University of Ottawa was pleased to highlight the exploits of two Schulich Leaders in 2020: two entrepreneurial students who are passionate about the fields of quantum information and mechanical engineering, respectively.

Getting involved and pushing their limits: What the 2020 Schulich Leaders have in common



The University is delighted to welcome Stéphane Brutus as dean of the Telfer School of Management as of March 2021. Professor Brutus is an accomplished academic who became known for his leadership during his years at Concordia University.

The University of Ottawa names a new dean for the Telfer School of Management

Stephane Brutus



Thomas Burelli, a professor of environmental law who only recently earned his doctorate in law, found himself at the heart of a conflict that pitted Christian Dior’s perfume division against an Indigenous people of New Caledonia.

A biopiracy issue involving Dior settled thanks to a uOttawa law professor



Caring for a toddler is not always easy, even at the best of times. And during a pandemic, it can get even more tricky. Fortunately, the experts at the University of Ottawa are here to help.

Adjusting to life as a stay-at-home working parent



Marie-Eve Sylvestre always prioritizes dynamic action and innovation at the Faculty of Law, Civil Law Section In this article, she reflects on the major projects initiated during her first year as dean and looks to the future.

Marie-Eve Sylvestre: Dynamism and innovation at the Faculty of Law, Civil Law Section

Marie-Eve Sylvestre



Get to know Sanni Yaya, uOttawa’s very first vice-president international and Francophonie, a position created by the University to strengthen its committment to these causes.

Meet Sanni Yaya, new Vice-President International and Francophonie

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