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Posted on Thursday, 17 January 2013

This is the third post in a series on the Student as Scholar initiative at UPEI.

“The eyes of my three-year-old daughter sparkle when she learns something new,” says Dr. Stacey MacKinnon, Associate Professor of Psychology at UPEI. “I think somewhere along the way, we train that sparkle out of kids, because a lot of my students wonder why I bother teaching them anything that won’t be on the final exam.”

Posted on Monday, 14 January 2013

UPEI is celebrating the culture of writing and publishing in its Faculty of Arts at an event this week. Meet three of the author/editors whose work is being showcased at the Faculty of Arts Book Launch.

Posted on Monday, 7 January 2013

A recent study of Canadian students tells us they like school, but they dislike learning. At the next Research on Tap, Dr. Sandy McAuley will present his ideas for how we can better engage students by challenging them to problems, rather than filling them with knowledge.

Research on Tap begins at 7 pm, Tuesday, January 8 at The Pourhouse, above The Old Triangle Irish Alehouse in Charlottetown.

Posted on Friday, 21 December 2012

Click through for a review of the stories of research we profiled here on the UPEI Research blog in 2012.

Posted on Monday, 17 December 2012

The University of Prince Edward Island invites PEI parents of children aged 2-12 years to complete the International Parenting Survey. It takes just 15-20 minutes and will help Canadian researchers and policymakers better understand challenges and needs of parents.

“Parents across the country and around the world are taking this survey,” says Dr. Philip Smith, professor of psychology at UPEI and co-investigator with the International Parenting Survey. “The data collected on PEI will be used to compare our population with others around the world, but it will also give researchers and policymakers here a good indication of the challenges faced by Island parents.”

Posted on Monday, 3 December 2012

 “When I first arrived at UPEI in 1985, the Atlantic Veterinary College was literally a hole in the ground,” says Dr. Ian Dohoo, Professor Emeritus of Epidemiology, Department of Health Management. “A team of about 20 of us worked out of the basement of the utility building. It was noisy, the ventilation was lousy, but everyone was excited to be a part of the team. There was a strong feeling that we were working together to build something great.”

The university community will come together on December 4 to celebrate the teaching and research career of Dr. Dohoo. The event will also launch Methods in Epidemiologic Research, of which he is the primary author.

Posted on Wednesday, 28 November 2012

 “Veterinarians who work with hogs across the country could use a place to come together to track and discuss cases of new, emerging diseases,” says Dr. Daniel Hurnik, Industry Chair in Swine Research at UPEI’s Atlantic Veterinary College. “What we really need is a social network where we can identify trends and discuss how to best respond.”

Posted on Thursday, 15 November 2012

This is the second post in a series on the Student as Scholar initiative at UPEI.

“Dr. Giberson didn’t teach the course from a book, the way some professors do,” says Travis James, an honours biology student at UPEI. He’s referring to the unique learning experience offered by Dr. Donna Giberson, Professor of Biology, in her fourth-year Watershed Ecology course. “She put a much higher emphasis on her students knowing what is important to think about when working in the aquatic sciences, and how to conduct proper research.”

Posted on Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Here's a roundup of Tuesday evening's Research on Tap, featuring the research of Dr. Adam Fenech, Director of UPEI's Climate Lab.

Posted on Monday, 5 November 2012

Dr. Adam Fenech doesn’t need a crystal ball to predict the weather. All he needs is a supercomputer, a stack of farmers almanacs, a groundhog, and a nest of wasps. At the next Research on Tap, he’ll take all these into account as he predicts the weather for winter 2013 on PEI. Watch the video below where he lays out his central arguments.