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NSERC corrects a mistake, but many remain unaddressed

No, I am not talking about the sudden and probably more consequential recent change in NSERC’s leadership, but about an accounting mistake. Yes, it looks minor, but it speaks volume. As I mentioned in a previous post, I resigned last … Continue reading

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Calling on #UBC to step up and support our alumni Loujain Al-Hathloul (Arts, 2014)

29 May 2018 Lindsay Gordon, Chancellor, UBC Santa J, Ono, President and vice-Chancellor, UBC Dear Mr Gordon and Dr Ono: “Pursuing excellence in research, learning and engagement to foster global citizenship and advance a sustainable and just society across British … Continue reading

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President Arvind Gupta on the essence of the academic mission…and an endorsement

Originally posted on Commentaria:
By Professor Arvind Gupta Dear colleagues, As many of you are aware, there is a by-election for a faculty representative to the Board of Governors. This is an important election for UBC Vancouver faculty, and I feel…

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Salient points of Daniel Heath Justice’s letter of resignation from the UBC Sexual Assault Policy Committee in response to Furlong’s reinstatement

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Dear Professor Ono, I read with dismay the announcement yesterday that John Furlong has been reinstated as a UBC fundraising speaker. … There were many responsible and compassionate ways this matter might have been handled that…

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Research funding of Mathematics and Statistics in Canada

A submission from the NSERC Mathematics and Statistics Liaison group, to the Review of Federal Support to Research and Development, on research funding of mathematics and statistics in Canada. 1. Mathematics and Statistics in our research system; revolution, or a … Continue reading

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Saving the UBC Senate from itself

Originally posted on Commentaria:
Much has been made at UBC on the subject of governance, sparked by such diverse issues as the sudden resignation of Arvind Gupta, the violation of academic freedom that occurred in the aftermath of the resignation,…

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An open letter to Faye Wightman, Chair of the UBC Alumni Board of Directors

Originally posted on Commentaria:
From Roger Francois, Professor, Canadian Research Chair, FRSC, UBC Alumni ’87 (PhD) Dear Ms. Wightman, I could not attend the meeting of the Board of Governors on April 14th because of a scheduling conflict but owing…

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