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UNB business student wins $45,000 Frank H. Sobey Award

UNB Newsroom

Posted: April 18, 2024 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: UNB Fredericton



A third-year business student at the University of New Brunswick (UNB) is one of this year’s winners of the Frank H. Sobey Awards For Excellence in Business Studies. Muhammad Jahanzaib, enrolled in the bachelor of business administration program with majors in accounting and finance, is one of eight winners at Atlantic Canadian universities, each of whom will receive $45,000. They were...

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Students showcase innovations at 10th annual Engineering Design Symposium

Tim Jaques

Posted: April 16, 2024 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: UNB Fredericton



Creativity took centre stage at the University of New Brunswick’s (UNB) 10th annual Engineering Design Symposium, showcasing students' inventive approaches to tackling practical challenges. The symposium was held April 4 at the Wu Convention Centre, with 181 students taking part in 46 projects. During their final year, engineering students work in teams to develop capstone projects under...

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UNB named one of Atlantic Canada’s Top Employers (2024)

UNB Newsroom

Posted: April 15, 2024 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Press Releases



For immediate release. For the 12th consecutive year, the University of New Brunswick (UNB) has been named one of Atlantic Canada’s Top Employers. Organized by MediaCorp, the annual competition awards organizations across the four Atlantic provinces that provide Maritimers with exceptional places to work. This year, Atlantic Canada was recognized for helping employees and their families...

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Student story on mental health and physical activity a finalist for national award

Jeremy Elder-Jubelin

Posted: April 12, 2024 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: UNB Fredericton



A University of New Brunswick (UNB) student is a finalist in this year’s Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Storytellers contest. But, beyond winning one of the top five spots, she hopes her video will help inspire and educate people near and far. Growing up, Taylor McAulay learned a lot as a student athlete. She learned how to play sports; learned about the...

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‘A match made in heaven’: UNB students and Port Saint John tackle decarbonization

Tim Jaques

Posted: April 11, 2024 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: UNB Saint John



An innovative experiential learning partnership between the faculty of business on the University of New Brunswick’s (UNB) Saint John campus and Port Saint John has allowed 150 students to propose solutions to environmental challenges faced by a real-world industry. “The real goal of the experience was the idea of what could the future look like? How could you influence the future...

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Housing Futures: Solutions for homeless and affordable housing

Tim Jaques

Posted: April 10, 2024 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: UNB Fredericton, UNB Saint John



Leaders highlighted the urgency of finding sustainable solutions to homelessness and ensure access to affordable housing at the Shaping the Debate: Housing Futures symposium on April 4 and 5 hosted by the University of New Brunswick (UNB). UNB’s Shaping the Debate initiative enables important conversations with the goal of building a more prosperous and just future for New Brunswick....

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The “GlobalChild” Child Advisory Board meet with UN Special Rapporteur

Kathleen McLaughlin

Posted: April 10, 2024 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: UNB Saint John



This past Saturday, April 6, saw the University of New Brunswick’s (UNB) GlobalChild team and their Child Advisory Board (CAB) engage in an important meeting with a United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur. Mama Fatima Singhateh from Gambia, the Special Rapporteur (UNSPR) on the sale, sexual exploitation and sexual abuse of children, met virtually with GlobalChild and CAB to engage in a...

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UNB celebrates ‘Skitqomiqewi Kcicihtuwinut’ Dr. Charles Sacobie

Tim Jaques

Posted: April 8, 2024 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: UNB Fredericton, UNB Saint John



A University of New Brunswick (UNB) assistant biology professor was recognized as a keeper of both Indigenous and academic scientific knowledge in a ceremony held at the Wu Conference Centre on March 21. Dr. Charles Sacobie, whose research interests are fish ecophysiology and bioenergetics, holds the title of Indigenous science scholar or Skitqomiqewi Kcicihtuwinut (Skit-goh-mee-gewi...

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Eclipse researchers give N.B. students out of this world education

UNB News

Posted: April 4, 2024 4:00:00 PM ADT

Category: UNB Saint John, UNB Fredericton



Students and teachers from across New Brunswick are about to get an out of this world education in the unique effects of a total solar eclipse on the Earth’s atmosphere and space environment thanks to a new partnership between the University of New Brunswick (UNB) and public schools across the province. The UNB Radio and Space Physics Laboratory (RSPL) has helped 15 schools across the...

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How do students learn about intelligence briefings? How about briefing a former CIA intelligence officer

Tim Jaques

Posted: April 3, 2024 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: UNB Saint John, UNB Fredericton



How do you teach students to prepare and deliver a high-level intelligence briefing to a senior political leader? Dr. Sarah-Jane Corke (PhD’00), an associate professor in the department of history on the University of New Brunswick’s (UNB) Fredericton campus, has her students brief a former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) intelligence briefer, a highly stressful but effective...

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Engineering students create smart grid solution for sustainable living 

Tim Jaques

Posted: March 28, 2024 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: UNB Fredericton



Using a web-based portal powered by a cutting-edge control algorithm, New Brunswick homeowners may be able to take control of their energy destiny. The NanoGrid NEXUS project is the work of five University of New Brunswick (UNB) engineering students. It will be one of 46 final-year capstone design projects to be presented at the 10th annual Engineering Design Symposium on April 4 from 8:30...

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Force myography may be the future of human-machine interaction

Tim Jaques

Posted: March 28, 2024 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: UNB Fredericton



A device under development at the University of New Brunswick’s (UNB) Fredericton campus that captures the movements of a user’s arm muscles may be a breakthrough technology poised to reshape the landscape of human-machine interaction. “We are using the patterns of muscle forces exerted on the cuff to recognize what gesture a person is eliciting,” said Erik Scheme,...

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Students to present capstone projects at Engineering Design Symposium

UNB Newsroom

Posted: March 28, 2024 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Press Releases



Engineering students from the University of New Brunswick (UNB) are set to unveil 46 innovative projects that are the culmination of their four years of education and problem-solving prowess. The event will take place at UNB's 10th annual Engineering Design Symposium on April 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Wu Conference Centre, 6 Duffie Dr., Fredericton. “The capstone project is...

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UNB education students embrace Indigenous wisdom

Tim Jaques

Posted: March 27, 2024 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: UNB Fredericton



In an initiative aimed at fostering Indigenous understanding and reconciliation, 98 bachelor of education degree students from the University of New Brunswick’s (UNB) Fredericton campus embarked on a transformative journey guided by Wabanaki Elders and Knowledge Keepers. In a course called Indigenous Education, students learned through experience an Indigenous pedagogical approach that...

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UNB gets ready for the 2024 total solar eclipse

UNB Newsroom

Posted: March 25, 2024 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Press Releases



For immediate release. On April 8, New Brunswick will be one of the best locations in the world to view the total solar eclipse and the University of New Brunswick (UNB) has been actively preparing to make the most of this historical event. GNSS Receivers in High Schools The UNB Physics Department’s Atmospheric and Space Physics group is installing ten Global Navigation Satellite Systems...

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Lucy Armstrong helps students eat better so they can focus on their studies

Alex Graham

Posted: March 22, 2024 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: UNB Fredericton



Food insecurity is about more than just not having enough calories to get through the day. “It’s one of those things where you wouldn’t look at someone and say, ‘that person is food insecure’,” explained University of New Brunswick (UNB) undergraduate student Lucy Armstrong, co-founder of the UNB Fredericton campus food bank. “Food insecurity is the...

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Balloon, telescope provide view of the eclipse above the clouds

Kelly Anderson

Posted: March 21, 2024 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: UNB Fredericton



A total solar eclipse is a rare and awe-inspiring opportunity to marvel at nature and the cosmos. But for many University of New Brunswick (UNB) students and alumni, the celestial event that happens in central New Brunswick on April 8 will be even more special. That’s because they have been part of a years-long project to launch a high-altitude balloon with a solar telescope to capture...

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Fifteen students join list of UNB Sir Howard Douglas Scholars

UNB Newsroom

Posted: March 19, 2024 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Press Releases



The University of New Brunswick (UNB) inducted fifteen students as 2024 Sir Howard Douglas Scholars yesterday evening at an event on the Fredericton campus. This induction recognizes students’ outstanding involvement at UNB and in their local and international communities. “Sir Howard Douglas Scholars go on to achieve continued success both in academic endeavours and in...

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UNB's CubeSat VIOLET will take a ride to space with SpaceX

UNB Newsroom

Posted: March 19, 2024 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Press Releases



Thursday evening will see a piece of New Brunswick reaching new heights as the University of New Brunswick's (UNB) CubeSat NB VIOLET, will hitch a ride to the International Space Station (ISS) on a SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft on the company’s Falcon 9 rocket on March 21. VIOLET will join satellites from Newfoundland’s Memorial University and the University of Sherbrooke for its...

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Government of Canada renews UNB Canada Research Chair in Cybersecurity

Jeremy Elder-Jubelin

Posted: March 14, 2024 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: UNB Saint John, UNB Fredericton



On March 13, 2024, the Government of Canada announced new and renewed Canada Research Chairs (CRC) as part of a a more than $1.7 billion research funding announcement including nearly $5.5 million for UNB. The University of New Brunswick’s (UNB) Dr. Ali Ghorbani, Canada Research Chair in Cybersecurity, is among those chairs awarded a second term. CRCs are awarded to outstanding...

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$14-million Student Investment Fund celebrates 25 years of hands-on learning

UNB Newsroom

Posted: March 13, 2024 4:00:00 PM ADT

Category: UNB Fredericton



The University of New Brunswick’s (UNB) ground-breaking Student Investment Fund (SIF) celebrates 25 years of hands-on experiential learning, seeing its capital grow from $1 million in 1998 to over $14 million today. A highly competitive program within the Centre for Financial studies, the SIF has students work with a professional portfolio manager to develop research and analytical...

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UNB research in cybersecurity, healthcare, earth sciences and more receives new federal funding

UNB Newsroom

Posted: March 13, 2024 2:00:00 PM ADT

Category: UNB Saint John, UNB Fredericton



Researchers at the University of New Brunswick (UNB) have been awarded nearly $5.5 million in financial support from Canada’s federal funding agencies. The funding was announced as part of a national announcement that included more than $1.7 billion in support for 7,700 researchers and projects across Canada. “Congratulations to all of the researchers awarded funding in this...

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UNB alum Laura Richard (BSc'06) named one of Atlantic Canada’s 25 most powerful women in business

Natasha Rego, UNB Alumni Office

Posted: March 8, 2024 9:00:00 AM AST

Category: UNB Saint John, UNB Fredericton



In honour of International Women's Day, we acknowledge and celebrate the extraordinary group of diverse women connected to the University of New Brunswick, like alum Laura Richard, who has been named one of Atlantic Canada’s 25 most powerful women in business. Here is Laura's story: "A nice Maritime story, backed by science." This is how co-founder Laura Richard (BSc’06) describes...

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Sustainability and climate change lenses emphasized by new forestry and environmental management dean

Alex Graham

Posted: March 5, 2024 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: UNB Fredericton



Dr. Michelle Gray is on a mission to change people’s perceptions about forestry. “One of our biggest battles is ‘what is forestry’ and ‘what is forestry not,’ because it’s not about cutting down trees harder and faster. It is more about improving productivity, diversity and the overall resilience of forest ecosystems.” Dr. Gray has just started...

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UNB honoured and celebrated the Black community and their many contributions during Black History Month

Hilary Creamer Robinson

Posted: March 4, 2024 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: UNB Saint John, UNB Fredericton



Throughout February, the University of New Brunswick (UNB) honoured Black History Month through immersive events and initiatives acknowledging and celebrating the Black experience and the Black community’s contributions to the university, New Brunswick and across Canada. “These events promoted inclusivity and diversity, allowing us to see Blackness and Black history through a...

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Black history event was a feast for the senses

Kayla Cormier

Posted: February 28, 2024 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: UNB Saint John, UNB Fredericton



“Pray tell: What sight? What sound? What smell?” These were words recited by spoken word artist Sochane Campbell at the Black History Through the Senses event last Thursday evening. The event took place on the Fredericton campus on Feb. 15 and in Saint John at the Hans W. Klohn Commons on Feb. 22. as part of a series of Black History Month initiatives at the University of New...

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Campus food banks help students break the cycle of poverty

Alex Graham

Posted: February 20, 2024 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: UNB Fredericton, UNB Saint John



New easy to access food bank services for non-perishable goods have opened on the University of New Brunswick (UNB) Fredericton and Saint John campuses to help students struggling to make ends meet. “Cost of living, tuition, students facing inflation, textbook costs, housing costs. It’s a whole affordability thing right now, and it’s us trying to navigate that,” said...

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UNB men’s hockey team finishes undefeated season before sellout crowd

UNB Newsroom

Posted: February 13, 2024 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: UNB Fredericton



It was a banner week for the University of New Brunswick (UNB) REDS men’s hockey team, which capped an undefeated regular season with a 9-1 victory over the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) Panthers on Saturday night in Fredericton. The REDS finished the regular season with 30 wins and no losses, the first U SPORTS team with a perfect record since the Western Mustangs went 24-0...

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University of New Brunswick Announces 2023-2024 Primrose Scholars Recipients

UNB Newsroom

Posted: February 13, 2024 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Press Releases



For immediate release. The $40,000 Arthur and Sandra Irving Primrose Scholarships reward outstanding local students The University of New Brunswick (UNB) is proud to announce the 2023-2024 recipients of the Arthur and Sandra Irving Primrose Scholarship at UNB Saint John. This year’s recipients are Kate McLeod and Avery Thomas. Valued at $40,000 over four years, the Arthur and Sandra...

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At UNB, kinesiology students help support athletes’ health and wellbeing

Hilary Creamer Robinson

Posted: February 8, 2024 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: UNB Fredericton



University of New Brunswick (UNB) kinesiology students who participate in the Integrated Support Team (IST) Practicum play a critical role in supporting the university’s top athletes at home and on the road – often while sitting courtside. “We travel with the teams, we get to sit courtside with them and that is something special that I don’t think you can get anywhere...

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How Dr. Jonathon Edwards expanded access to basketball for Fredericton youth

Alex Graham

Posted: February 6, 2024 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: UNB Fredericton



Contributing to the sports world was something Jonathon Edwards always thought he would do. What he didn’t envision is that it would be for a sport he knew very little about – basketball. “I come from the hockey world. Everything’s been hockey. And when you have kids, you think they’re going to gravitate toward that,” said Edwards, the University of New...

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University of New Brunswick announces new Arthur L. Irving Family Foundation Track and Field Scholarships

UNB Newsroom

Posted: February 6, 2024 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Press Releases



For immediate release A new scholarship opportunity will now be available to student athletes in the University of New Brunswick’s (UNB) REDS Track and Field Program thanks to a $200,000 leadership gift from The Arthur L. Irving Family Foundation. The $4,000 Arthur L. Irving Family Foundation Track and Field Scholarship will be bestowed upon one member of the REDS women's track and field...

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Dr. Kevin Englehart honoured for groundbreaking work in upper limb prosthetics

Jeremy Elder-Jubelin

Posted: February 1, 2024 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: UNB Fredericton



A University of New Brunswick (UNB) researcher has been recognized by the world's largest technical professional organization. Dr. Kevin Englehart (BScEE ’89, MScEE ’92, PhD ’99), professor of electrical engineering and associate dean of the school of graduate studies, has been made a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) as of the beginning...

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UNB kicks off Black history month with bi-campus events

UNB Newsroom

Posted: February 1, 2024 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Press Releases



For immediate release February is Black history month and beginning on Feb. 1, the University of New Brunswick (UNB) is kicking off a series of events across our campuses to acknowledge and celebrate the lives and achievements of Black Canadians. All month long, UNB is partnering with community organizations to present a series of dynamic and interactive initiatives. These include film series,...

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Education program inspires Wabanaki students to become teachers in their communities

Alex Graham

Posted: January 31, 2024 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: UNB Fredericton, UNB Saint John



Shelley Solomon of Neqotkuk (Tobique First Nation) was not expecting to be among the first graduates from the University of New Brunswick (UNB) Wabanaki bachelor of education program alongside her two daughters, Dorian and Heaven. But now she hopes their story can encourage other Indigenous women to take a look at the innovative program. “It was awesome to be able to do it...

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UNB and Royal University of Bhutan extend collaboration with five-year renewal agreement

UNB Newsroom

Posted: January 29, 2024 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Press Releases



For immediate release Dr. Paul Mazerolle, president and vice-chancellor of the University of New Brunswick (UNB), and Dr. Nidup Dorji, vice-chancellor of the Royal University of Bhutan, have signed a five-year renewal of their exchange and collaboration agreement. The two universities have maintained a partnership for 21 years, dating back to the Royal University of Bhutan’s...

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New lounge a place of togetherness for BIPOC people at UNB

Kayla Cormier

Posted: January 26, 2024 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: UNB Saint John, UNB Fredericton



When Hillary Nguyen joined the student affairs and services staff at the University of New Brunswick (UNB) in 2017, there were not many people of colour in the department. “Being new to the role, I felt very alone,” Nguyen said. “It was hard to find BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) allies on campus at the time. I felt that I had no outlet to discuss my lived...

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Accelerating the digital economy in New Brunswick: What’s next?

Adrienne Oldford

Posted: January 25, 2024 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: UNB Fredericton, UNB Saint John



Frank McKenna’s vision for developing a digital economy that creates wealth and employment and makes the province self-sufficient goes back more than 25 years to when he was the province’s premier. In the last three years, the vehicle for that work has been the McKenna Institute at the University of New Brunswick (UNB). All of our projects are grounded in digital adoption for our...

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UNB joins forces with global nuclear energy provider

UNB Newsroom

Posted: January 25, 2024 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Press Releases



The University of New Brunswick (UNB) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Kinectrics Inc, a global provider of nuclear lifecycle management services, to help drive innovation in the nuclear energy sector. Leveraging the collective expertise of UNB and Kinectrics, this collaboration creates a framework for engagement in several innovation areas, including cybersecurity,...

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How virtual reality can help address the nursing shortage in N.B.

Kayla Cormier

Posted: January 24, 2024 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: UNB Fredericton, UNB Saint John



The University of New Brunswick (UNB) is taking a cutting-edge approach to reversing the nursing shortage in the province with its new program, Learn Where You Live (LWYL). In this predominantly virtual program, New Brunswick-based licensed practical nurses (LPNs) working toward their bachelor of nursing (BN) can complete their education from anywhere in the province. Previously, these...

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N.B. has high retention rate for BEd grads that teach in the public school system

Hilary Creamer Robinson

Posted: January 19, 2024 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: UNB Saint John, UNB Fredericton



It’s no secret that New Brunswick is facing a wave of teacher retirements. But a new study investigating teacher recruitment and retention in New Brunswick has brought to light that more than 40 per cent of New Brunswick bachelor of education (BEd) graduates don’t take on teaching positions within the province’s public school system - a statistic that if addressed, could have...

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Sportsnet documentary features UNB student Cedrick Tahmo and NBA star Pascal Siakam

UNB News

Posted: January 18, 2024 5:00:00 PM AST

Category: UNB Saint John



Photo credit: Sportsnet Pascal Siakam, the all-star forward who was just traded from the Toronto Raptors to the Indiana Pacers, grew up in Cameroon with a father who valued education above all else. To honour his father’s legacy, Siakam’s PS43 Foundation created a scholarship program at the University of New Brunswick (UNB) for students from his home country. The scholarship is a...

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How Eric Weissman, once homeless, finds healing and connection through art

Hilary Creamer Robinson

Posted: January 18, 2024 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: UNB Saint John



Photo credit: Hilary Creamer Robinson The walls of Eric Weissman’s Rothesay home are covered with his bold and energetic abstract artwork. In the past year, the University of New Brunswick (UNB) professor’s paintings have also begun adding colour and spirit to his colleagues’ offices within UNB Saint John’s faculty of arts. Weissman is equal parts academic and artist. A...

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Legal Innovation Lab leading digital transformation of N.B.’s justice system

Hilary Creamer Robinson

Posted: January 17, 2024 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: UNB Saint John, UNB Fredericton



Photo: Jacob Powning and Kyle Cullen. Photographer: Ashley Phinney. New Brunswick’s justice system will soon experience a digital overhaul that will improve access to justice for all its residents. In its current state, the system is heavily reliant on paper and in-person proceedings, creating slow and often inaccessible processes for both users and practitioners. Argyri Panezi, Canada...

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GGE remote learning initiative will help address shortage of land surveyors

Natalia Lanza

Posted: January 16, 2024 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: UNB Fredericton



To address a growing deficiency of land surveyors and qualified geomatics professionals unable to meet surging demand, the department of geodesy and geomatics engineering (GGE) at the University of New Brunswick (UNB) has created GGE Remote, a remote learning solution. The surveying industry in Canada, a vital component of the geomatics sector, has a huge capacity gap, intensifying further...

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Award-winning forestry student uses two-eyed seeing to enrich research on watersheds

Alex Graham

Posted: January 12, 2024 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: UNB Fredericton



As a University of New Brunswick (UNB) forestry student, Kieran Johnson has always kept her perspective focused on the environment and the human impact on it. That longstanding work was recognized this past November when Johnson won the Golden Award for the Collaborative Environmental Planning Initiative (CEPI) in Cape Breton. Hailing from the Eskasoni First Nation in Unama’ki (Cape...

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UNB introduces a WorkAlone feature on the UNBSafe app

Angie Deveau

Posted: January 10, 2024 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: UNB Fredericton, UNB Saint John



The University of New Brunswick’s (UNB) Fredericton campus has unveiled a new addition to its UNBSafe app, the WorkAlone module, which provides a safety mechanism for people operating alone on campus for extended periods of time. Don Allen, director of security and traffic, and Des Dupuis, the crime prevention community liaison at UNB Campus Security, both led the integration of this...

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Sir James Dunn Foundation donates $1 million to UNB’s Integrated Health Initiative

UNB Newsroom

Posted: January 9, 2024 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: UNB Saint John



The University of New Brunswick’s (UNB) Integrated Health Initiative (IHI) has received a twofold boost to its ambitious vision for excellence in health and social innovation, thanks to a $1 million gift from the Sir James Dunn Foundation. Half of the gift ($500,000) is designated to support the work of the chair in child rights for child health, Dr. Ziba Vaghri. A researcher with more...

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