This week, the IC-IMPACTS board met at the U of A for the first time. As you know, the U of A is a lead partner in IC-IMPACTS, a Canadian network centre of excellence focused on research related to developing integrated water management systems, building safe and sustainable infrastructure, and improving public health outcomes for communities in India and Canada. Since its inception in 2012, IC-IMPACTS has funded 13 projects. Along with the three lead partners (UBC, U of T, and U of ), 91 other partner organizations are now involved, bringing together 158 researchers and providing training for 94 graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and other research associates. My thanks to Thomas Thundat for his leadership on behalf of U of A.
With spring in full bloom, I am reminded that convocation will soon be here. Last Friday, Deputy Provost Roger Epp served as keynote speaker at Yukon College’s morning and afternoon convocation ceremonies in Whitehorse. In the afternoon, he was able to congratulate this year’s class of U of A BSc graduates in northern environmental and conservation sciences who have earned their degree close to home thanks to our partnership agreement with Yukon College launched in 2010.
Next Tuesday, President-elect David Turpin will also attend a convocation ceremony to receive an honorary degree from the University of Manitoba in recognition for his distinguished research career and his outstanding leadership in post-secondary education. A richly deserved honour!
Until next Friday,