September 2015 Academics pressing for change in science policy It will take a decade to undo the harm the federal government has done to science and environmental policy in Canada, says David Schindler, one of the world’s leading authorities on freshwater and marine ecosystems. Now’s the time to take it back Fall can be a magical time for many of us. A new academic year brings the potential for fresh starts, for making changes, for moving ahead. The whole campus is energized and primed for discoveries. Faculty, staff and students reconnect with familiar faces and make new acquaintances. Breaking the silence Critics say that rape culture is growing on our campuses, as it is in the rest of society, and that if university authorities really want to stem the tide it’s high time they stop the avoidance behavior and speak openly about it. Agent of change To many people in British Columbia, Cindy Oliver is a symbol of union activism. She fought long and hard to make education better, and to improve working conditions for academic staff. Not happy with politics? Do you want to use your smartphone to direct a message to Stephen Harper, Tom Mulcair or Justin Trudeau? Or maybe send SMS and text messages to Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne or Toronto Mayor John Tory? There’s an app for that. Queen B gets her own university course This fall, drama professor Naila Keleta-Mae will shake up the critical minds of University of Waterloo undergraduates with a course on pop culture diva, Beyoncé. Similar courses focusing on Beyoncé have already appeared on other campuses. Universities in the followup of reconciliation In the wake of the report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Universities Canada has adopted a set of principles to close the education gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students. Helping men fight depression The Men’s Depression and Suicide Network along with the Movember Foundation and the University of British Columbia have partnered to launch a new website to help men manage and fight depression. A hand is priceless Driven by a mission to democratize access to upper-limb prostheses around the world, a team of dedicated individuals ranging from high school students to engineers based at the University of Victoria have launched the Victoria Hand Project. uToronto shuts down anti-vaccine class … at least for now The University of Toronto has pulled the plug on a controversial fourth-year anti-vaccine course taught by homeopath Beth Landau-Halpern as part of the health studies program in the department of anthropology at the university’s Scarborough campus. The administration did not confirm the reasoning behind the course’s cancellation. Q&A Forum Content aggregators such as OneClass and Course Hero are companies whose business consists largely of selling university and college students material related to specific courses. uAlberta prof develops celiac supplement An associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences at the University of Alberta is offering hope to people who suffer from celiac disease and gluten intolerance. St. Francis Xavier student wins Stewart Reid Fellowship Graduate student Ingrid Robinson has won CAUT’s annual J.H. Stewart Reid Memorial Fellowship to continue work on her PhD in Educational Studies at St. Francis Xavier University this fall. Maclean’s survey revised for 2015 Every year, Maclean’s surveys the opinions of high school guidance counsellors, university officials and heads of organizations, as well as CEOs and recruiters at corporations across the country, asking for their views on quality and innovation at Canadian universities. Patience and fortitude Strange and disturbing things have been happening to major libraries and archives as those responsible try to embrace the digital future. There has been no shortage of protests. Both individuals and organizations have responded in every way they could imagine to stop what they saw was destructive behaviour. A penny for your thoughts Simmering conflicts in higher education have reached the boiling point across Canada and around the globe. Teach-ins, occupations, strikes, and mass protests are being mobilized against exorbitant tuition fees, declining educational quality and mismanagement. From the elephant’s back This collection has a straightforward ambition — to redirect the interpretive perspective that readers bring to Lawrence Durrell's literary works by returning their attention to his short prose.