No Filter Required: Don’t Miss the Registration Deadline for the 3rd Annual Photography and the Night Sky Workshops

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The deadline is fast-approaching to register for the popular Photography and the Night Sky workshops this fall. Due to the growing demand, participants need to sign up by Fri., May 29. Space is limited - there's capacity for up to 12 persons for both the youth and adult workshops. Both sessions are open to anyone who'd like to attend, including seniors, for the adult … [Read more...]

NEW PROGRAM: Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics Now Open!

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The Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics opened on January 1, 2015. This online 4-year Bachelor's degree in mathematics, which is geared towards applications across a wide variety of scientific and math-related disciplines, is the first of its kind in Canada. "The Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics is an advanced program that fosters innovative thinking towards the … [Read more...]

The Athabasca River Basin Watershed Blues

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Science Outreach – Athabasca presents: The Athabasca River Basin Watershed Blues Speaker: Wayne Brehaut Date: April 21, 2015 Place: Athabasca University  Governing Council Chambers Time: 7 to 8:15 PM Presented by: The Athabasca River Basin, BARB, and ARBRI Come and learn about: The Athabasca Watershed Council WPAC Science Outreach’s contributions to the … [Read more...]

Nature Calls: Celebrated Alberta Wildlife Filmmaker to Debut Swan Song

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STORY UPDATE: May 21, Replay of The Forest is Calling -TONIGHT - May 21 2015,  in the Community Centre at the Buffalo Lake Métis Settlement from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.. This DVD was originally released in Athabasca on April 9th. See Article Below.         Famed Canadian wildlife and conservation filmmaker Dr. Albert Karvonen will debut his latest and … [Read more...]

Beware the aurora: How AU is heading off the dangerous effects of aurora borealis

Aurora borealis, commonly known as northern lights, are a major area of research for the Athabasca University Geophysical Observatory (AUGO).

The aurora borealis that glow and flicker across the northern Canadian sky are beautiful, intriguing… and potentially destructive. It turns out that this “space weather” can affect GPS navigation and even knock out power grids. In 1989, the Hydro-Québec power grid was taken down completely by a space weather event. To get a better handle on how and where auroras are generated, … [Read more...]

Grad tales: AU grads share what made their graduation journeys special

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Athabasca University has a unique convocation tradition. As the grads cross the stage, a professor reads a 30-second story about each grad, giving the audience a feel for who the grads are along with the highlights — and lowlights — of their educational journeys. To recap this year’s convocation, we’re sharing some of our favourite nuggets from the tales told about our class of … [Read more...]

Architecture education ventures further online with the new BSc in Architecture

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Architecture education in Canada is reinventing itself with an online degree that will help the country meet its rapidly growing need for more architects. Athabasca University and Architecture Canada | Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) have teamed up to offer the Bachelor of Science in Architecture. Leading members of the architecture community came together in … [Read more...]

Recipients of the President’s Award for Research and Scholarly Excellence announced

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Dr. Frits Pannekoek, President of Athabasca University, announced the two recipients of the President's Award for Research and Scholarly Excellence (PARSE). This award is presented each year. Adjudication of PARSE is done by the General Faculties Council Academic Excellence Awards Committee (AEAC). This award is given in recognition of a record of excellence in research … [Read more...]

Adaptivity, personalization and MOOCs

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Online learning has come a long way since its fusion in mainstream education. Significant growth in both hardware and software technologies in recent years have now made it a real possibility of removing barriers to education and widening the access for those who are not able to come to a physical campus. More recent advancements have emerged as massive open online course (MOOC) … [Read more...]

Geophysical Observatory receives provincial grant

Observatory receives research grant The Alberta Science and Research Investments Program has awarded a $712,261 grant to AU's Geophysical Observatory. The announcement was made this morning in Edmonton by Alberta Advanced Education and Technology minister Doug Horner as part of a package of $44 million in research grants to Alberta's universities. "Education and science lie at … [Read more...]