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U21 Newsletter 201602

发布时间: 2016-02-16      访问次数: 31
Welcome to this month's news from the
Universitas 21 network.
U21:Connect contains the latest news and items of interest to staff and students across the Universitas 21 network.
Read on for a summary of the February articles or access the full version here:


U21:Connect - February 2016

U21 News    
Professor Mary McAleese wins Gilbert Medal 2016
  • The eighth President of Ireland, Professor McAleese is recognised for her longstanding commitment to national and international issues of justice, equality, educational opportunity, social inclusion, anti-sectarianism and reconciliation.  

  • Medal is named in honour of the late Professor Alan Gilbert, founder of Universitas 21.  

  • To read the full story and reaction from Professor McAleese as well as Sir David Eastwood, please follow the link below:

Gilbert Medal 2016
U21 Award Winners Announced!
  • Recipients of this year’s U21 Awards for Internationalisation are Dr Wondwossen Gebreyes of The Ohio State University and Dr Michael Clifford of The University of Nottingham.  

  • The hand-crafted wood and glass awards will be presented at a special ceremony in May 2016 as part of U21’s Annual Presidential Meeting, being held at The National University of Singapore.  

  • To read the full story and reaction from the winners as well as the wider network, please follow the link below:

U21 Award 2016
Birmingham and Glasgow University scientists prove Einstein's theory of Gravitational Waves
  • For the first time, scientists have observed ripples in the fabric of spacetime, arriving at the earth from a cataclysmic event in the distant universe.   

  • This discovery could lead to breakthroughs in our understanding of the darkest reaches of the universe, including black holes and exploding stars.  

  • The find births an entirely new branch of science: gravitational astronomy.  

  • A truly amazing discovery! For more on gravitational waves and the U21 member contributions, follow the links below:

University of Glasgow
University of Birmingham
The next edition of U21:Discover will be online in March!
  • We’re always looking for news from the network, so if you would like to contribute to this publication please contact Ben Griffiths in the U21 Secretariat (ben.griffiths@universitas21.com).  

  • To access previous editions of U21:Discover as well as other U21 publications, please follow the link below:

U21 Newsletters
  Educational Innovation  
U21 Shared Online Course (U21 SOC)
  • A new U21 Shared Online Course (U21 SOC) is in preparation and its first iteration will run in November 2016, with two others scheduled for 2017.  

  • It will run over 5 weeks and is pitched at first-year undergraduate level. It can also be embedded in larger modules by U21 partners.  

  • For a full brief, please follow the link below:

U21 SOC
U21 Educational Innovation Teaching Practices Survey (TPS)
  • This project is led by Professor Simon Bates of UBC.   

  • we will customise the original survey to support ethics review board processes within U21 institutions and we will undertake a full analysis of response data-sets, both in aggregate and by participating institution.  

  • To date, six U21 institutions have indicated a willingness to participate. A reminder email will be sent next week, ahead of the deadline for acceptances to participate on 15th Feb.  

  • For a full brief, please follow the link below:

U21 TPS
U21 Educational Innovation Conference
  • Mark your diaries now for the annual U21 Educational Innovation Conference, which will take place on 26-28 October 2016.   

  • This year’s conference will be hosted by the University of Birmingham and will focus on a number of issues around teaching excellence.   

  • Further details about the full programme will be available later this month, please see the event page via the link below:

U21 EI Conference
U21 Educational Innovation Teaching Practices Survey (TPS)
  • This project is led by Professor Simon Bates of UBC.   

  • we will customise the original survey to support ethics review board processes within U21 institutions and we will undertake a full analysis of response data-sets, both in aggregate and by participating institution.  

  • To date, six U21 institutions have indicated a willingness to participate. A reminder email will be sent next week, ahead of the deadline for acceptances to participate on 15th Feb.  

  • For a full brief, please follow the link below:

U21 TPS
U21 Educational Innovation Conference
  • Mark your diaries now for the annual U21 Educational Innovation Conference, which will take place on 26-28 October 2016.   

  • This year’s conference will be hosted by the University of Birmingham and will focus on a number of issues around teaching excellence.   

  • Further details about the full programme will be available later this month, please see the event page via the link below:

U21 EI Conference
  Researcher Engagement  
Registration open for the Researcher Engagement Cluster meetings and Workshop
  • The Cluster is holding their annual meetings at the University of Maryland on 3-4 May 2016.  

  • The Research Leaders and DDoGS groups will meet in parallel to discuss a variety of topics of relevance to international research and doctoral study.  

  • There will also be a joint session whereby the U21 Executive Director, Eva Wiberg, will outline plans for thematic working across the network.  

  • The DDoGS have a pre meeting workshop on ‘Doctoral Mobility’ on 2 May 2016.  

  • To register your attendance, please follow the link below:

RE Cluster Meetings and Workshop
Early Career Researchers Workshop – nominations open
  • The next ECR Workshop will be held at the University of Edinburgh on 29-30 September 2016.  

  • The theme will be ‘Big Data at the heart of 21st century research’ and is open to all from the workshop members who are within eight years of receiving their PhD.  

  • A draft programme is now available on our website and nomination forms have been sent out to all members alerting them to start their internal selection processes.  

  • The deadline for receipt of nominations is 6 May 2016 - please follow the link below for further details:

ECR Workshop
    Student Experience    
U21 Summer School 2016: Traditional Chinese Medicine and its Culture
  • This will be held between 4 and 18 July at Shanghai Jiao Tong University with the theme “Traditional Chinese Medicine and its Culture”.  

  • It will be preceded by an online course open to all U21 students, integrating a virtual element to the programme.  

  • Each U21 member is invited to nominate up to five students and one staff member to the face-to face element of the U21 Summer School.  

  • Participation in the online element of the U21 Summer School is open to all students and staff in the network.  Nominations close on 15 March 2016, and all attending students will need to register by 15 April 2016.  

  • For more information, visit the Summer School event page via the link below:

U21 Summer School
Undergraduate Research Conference 2016: A global perspective on ageing societies
  • The 2016 URC will be held between 11 and 16 July by Tecnológico de Monterrey, with the theme “A global perspective on ageing societies”.  

  • All U21 partners are invited to nominate up to three undergraduate students to participate, giving either an oral or a poster presentation on the chosen theme.  

  • Attending students will need to register by 15 May 2016. Students who require a visa prior to entry to Mexico should register by 15 April 2016.  

  • For full details, please visit the event page via the link below:

URC 2016
    People & Places    
PUC Professor wins Pritzker Architecture Prize for 2016 
  • Professor Alejandro Aravena, Pontificia Universidad de Católica’s Architecture alumni and current professor in the Architecture, Design and Urban Studies School has won Pritzker Architecture Prize 2016.  

  • Professor Aravena is best known for creating inventive, low-cost social housing and has also designed many of the buildings at PUC.  

  • He designed the building in which part of the U21 AGM 2015 was held - congratulations on the prestigious architecture award!  

  • For more on Professor Aravena and the Pritzker Prize please see the link below:

Pritzker Prize 2016

 

UQ Student named ‘Young Australian of the Year’ in Australia Day Honours!
  • University of Queensland Engineering student Lucas Patchett (along with business partner Nic Marchesi) has been named Young Australian of the Year  

  • The award comes in recognition of the selfless work in creating change for Australia’s homeless people by starting up 'Orange Sky Laundry', a mobile laundromat designed to help the most needy.  

  • Mr Patchett now plans to expand this across Australia and introduce a training and employment model and saysd he wants to start a national conversation on the issue of homelessness.

Young Australian of the Year 2016

 

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