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Faculty of computer science seeks cultural shift with innovative EDI leadership program

Hilary Creamer Robinson

Posted: November 30, 2023 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: UNB Fredericton, UNB Saint John



Photo: Natalie Webber, teaching professor and EDI lead for the faculty of computer science. The University of New Brunswick (UNB) faculty of Computer Science (CS) is piloting a leadership program in partnership with MESH/diversity, a software company co-founded by UNB graduate Mike Wright ((BBA’96, BCS’99). The company provides AI-driven equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI)...

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UNB named one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers

Hilary Creamer Robinson

Posted: November 29, 2023 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: UNB Fredericton, UNB Saint John



For the 11th year, the University of New Brunswick (UNB) has been named one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers (2024). It is one of four universities nationwide to receive the annual designation. “There’s been a lot of conversation around whether we will ever return to pre-pandemic work norms, but for top employers, there’s no looking back – only forward,” says...

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UNB launching the province’s first satellite into orbit

Alex Graham

Posted: November 28, 2023 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: UNB Fredericton, UNB Saint John



Left to right: Brent Petersen, Dhyan Baruah, Noah Lydon, Cheyenne Joseph and Quynh Nguyen. Joseph, Piluwitahasuwin and Associate Vice-President of Indigenous Engagement at UNB, wrote the Mi'kmaq hieroglyphic symbol for “The people” on CubeSat VIOLET. Photographer: Chava. New Brunswick is one step closer to launching its first satellite into space, thanks to over five years of work...

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Two survey engineering alumni inducted into Wall of Fame

Kelly Anderson

Posted: November 27, 2023 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: UNB Fredericton, UNB Saint John



Two alumni from UNB’s illustrious survey engineering program (now Geodesy and Geomatics) have been awarded the Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award and inducted into the UNB Engineering Wall of Fame. Olayinka Adekoya (BScSE’69, MScSE’73) graduated from UNB in 1969, returning in 1971 to complete a master’s degree specializing in photogrammetry. On return to her home in...

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Breaking the silence: Researchers uncovering the hidden struggles of Canada's queer community

Angie Deveau

Posted: November 24, 2023 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: UNB Fredericton, UNB Saint John



In a world where the spotlight often highlights progress and acceptance, Canada's queer community has its own set of unique challenges. The need for increased understanding and support is at the heart of their journey. Dr. Celeste Orr, a researcher and assistant professor in the department of sociology and the Wendy J. Robbins Professor in Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of...

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Engineering commons will be a ‘living laboratory' for innovative students

Angie Deveau

Posted: November 22, 2023 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: UNB Fredericton



The University of New Brunswick (UNB) engineering faculty, the longest-standing in Canada, is revolutionizing its legacy with a sustainable twist as it constructs the new engineering commons, an open-concept learning space supported by mass timber wood columns with a glass façade, blending innovation with a deep appreciation for its historical significance and the province's forestry...

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The value of a university education

Dr. Gary Waite

Posted: November 21, 2023 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: UNB Saint John, UNB Fredericton


The letter below is from UNB Professor Emeritus, Gary Waite. It was shared with UNB and published in the Telegraph Journal on Nov. 17. In a recent letter to the editor, a writer asks, “Why does N.B. still subsidize universities?” In his rant, the writer argues universities are of little value in New Brunswick. Relying on a couple of anecdotes and his personal impression, he gets...

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New Saint John trail project celebrates Indigenous wisdom, healing and nature's resilience

Angie Deveau

Posted: November 20, 2023 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: UNB Saint John



Inspired by the belief that connecting with nature is crucial for mental and physical well-being, professor Rob Moir and Indigenous advisor Todd Ross of the University of New Brunswick (UNB) are collaborating on a trail project on the Saint John campus funded by the National Healing Forests Initiative. The National Healing Forests Initiative encourages Indigenous and non-Indigenous...

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UNB alum Sarah Bernstein wins 2023 Giller Prize

Kelly Anderson

Posted: November 20, 2023 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: UNB Fredericton, UNB Saint John



Sarah Bernstein (MA’12) has been named the winner of the coveted 2023 Scotiabank Giller Prize for her novel, Study for Obedience. Sarah, who lives in the highlands of Scotland and gave birth to her first child ten days prior, attended the ceremony virtually and said in her acceptance speech, "I'm really privileged to have been afforded the opportunity to tell this story and I think often...

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Axis Accelerator will boost entrepreneurship in the Saint John region

UNB Newsroom

Posted: November 17, 2023 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: UNB Saint John



Trevor Holder, MLA for Portland-Simonds; Glen Savoie, Minister of Local Government; Wayne Long, MP for Saint John-Rothesay; Dr. Petra Hauf, UNB’s Provost and Vice-President Academic; Dr. Shelley Rinehart, Director of the MBA Program and Acting Associate Dean of Graduate Studies; and Matt George, Director of Axis Accelerator. The University of New Brunswick's (UNB) Faculty of Business in...

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Director of new social work program driven by desire to change lives for the better

Hilary Creamer Robinson

Posted: November 16, 2023 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: UNB Saint John



Dr. Ian Rice, the director of the new Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program at the University of New Brunswick (UNB) Saint John, describes social work as an all-consuming lifestyle. Until last summer, he spent his career on the front lines of child welfare, supporting vulnerable children and their families. As a father of five, Rice’s children have long helped drive his commitment to the...

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Interactive Time-Walk Exhibit explores province's rich Black history

Angie Deveau

Posted: November 15, 2023 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: UNB Saint John



History will come to life as the New Brunswick Black History Society (NBBHS) unveils its Time-Walk Exhibit on the University of New Brunswick's Saint John campus. This exhibit, which takes visitors on a journey through Black New Brunswickers' significant contributions and stories, will be launched on Nov. 16 from 4 to 6 p.m. Members of the community are invited. Dr. Petra Hauf, UNB's provost...

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UNB research team releases findings on abortion access in New Brunswick

Jeremy Elder-Jubelin

Posted: November 13, 2023 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: UNB Fredericton, UNB Saint John



Clinic 554 in Fredericton. Photo: Val Edelman Researchers at the University of New Brunswick (UNB) have released the results of a major study on abortion access in New Brunswick. Their report, which covers the period of 2015 to the present, concludes that significant barriers remain in providing equitable access to procedural abortions, which are also called surgical abortions. “The lack...

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New peer-to-peer mental health support available for students anytime, anywhere

Hilary Creamer Robinson

Posted: November 9, 2023 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: UNB Fredericton, UNB Saint John



  All undergraduate and graduate students at the University of New Brunswick (UNB) and St. Thomas University (STU) now have free 24/7 access to a peer-to-peer online mental health support program. Members get support when they need it and give support when they can. “We know that connection is so important to mental health. Like food, water and sleep, we need it to survive....

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Three people with ties to UNB appointed to the Senate

UNB News

Posted: November 3, 2023 10:00:00 AM ADT

Category: UNB Fredericton, UNB Saint John



Joan Kingston, John McNair and Krista Ross, three people with strong connections to the University of New Brunswick (UNB), have been appointed to fill vacancies in the Senate. Kingston, a registered nurse and a former member of the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick, has a long history with the university. She holds a Bachelor of Nursing from UNB (BN'78) and is currently a consultant with...

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Dr. Jennifer Russell to lead planned UNB institute on population health

UNB Newsroom

Posted: November 1, 2023 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: UNB Saint John, UNB Fredericton



Dr. Jennifer Russell (BSc’97), New Brunswick’s Chief Medical Officer of Health widely regarded for her leadership during the Covid-19 pandemic, will join the University of New Brunswick (UNB) this fall as the executive director leading a planned institute of population health. “We are happy to welcome Dr. Russell back to UNB. Her experience and passions will be instrumental...

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UNB partnership with NB Power recognized with national innovation award

Jeremy Elder-Jubelin

Posted: November 1, 2023 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: UNB Fredericton, UNB Saint John



An ongoing, decade-long research collaboration supporting the future of New Brunswick’s primary hydroelectric facility has been recognized with a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Synergy Award for Innovation. Among this year’s recipients are Dr. Allen Curry, a professor of biology, forestry and environmental management at the University of New Brunswick...

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