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Three new Canada Research Chairs

Dr. Samar Safi-Harb, CRC Tier 1, Extreme Astrophyics. Photo: Kira Koop. JANUARY 12, 2022 — The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, announced on Jan. 12 an investment of $151 million for 188 new and renewed Canada Research Chairs at 43 institutions across Canada for research excellence, including three new chairs at the University...

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Three Minute Thesis – Graduate students, get ready to submit your applications

DECEMBER 13, 2021 — It’s that time again! Applications for the tenth-anniversary edition of UM’s 3MT competition are now being accepted. The deadline to apply is January 21, 2022. Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is an international research communication competition developed in 2008 by The University of Queensland, where graduate students have three minutes to explain to judges...

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Meet Phil Grayson, a new Banting Postdoctoral Fellow at UM.

Phil Grayson is a new Banting Postdoctoral Fellow in the Faculty of Science, studying one of two surviving groups of ancient jawless fishes: lampreys. We caught up with him during this busy time before he takes up his Banting Fellowship in fall 2021, to learn more about him and his research. He will be working with Dr. Margaret...

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Wpg Free Press: U of M study examining effects of robots on human mental health

MAY 20, 2021 — As the Winnipeg Free Press reports: Can robots curb human loneliness and boost mental health? A team of Winnipeg researchers is hoping to find out. A 10-week study from the University of Manitoba’s human-computer interactions lab will look at the impact of a social robot on a person’s mental health. The study will use...

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Data Science Conference and Student Challenge Nexus 2021

The Faculty of Science is hosting a virtual Data Science Conference and Student Challenge, Nexus 2021, Bridging Academia and Industry, May 19-21,2021. The virtual conference will explore new and emerging trends in Digital Agriculture (May 19), Public Health (May 20), Transportation and Logistics, (May 21). Full-Conference Registration (three days) includes access to all keynote presentations and three additional presentations per day....

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Ph.D. student Daniel Rea wins Bill Buxton Dissertation Award

Ph.D. student Daniel Rea. Photo credit Kira Koop. The Bill Buxton Dissertation Award is given out annually to one outstanding doctoral dissertation in the Human-Computer Interaction research area of Computing Science. It is presented by the Canadian Human-Computer Communications Society. This is the first year that the award has been granted to a member of...

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Ambassadors of science – new science communications course

In his 1374 epic poem “Troilus and Criseyde”, Geoffrey Chaucer offered up the following observation:  “Mighty oaks from little acorns grow.” The idea that big things come from small beginnings is a concept of which Christina Penner is well aware. The Computer Science instructor received notice of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada...

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UM Phd student Anifat Olawoyin is at the forefront of big data Arctic research

Anifat Olawoyin NOVEMBER 2, 2020 —  When Anifat Olawoyin was invited to help create the first centralized database for the Canadian Arctic, the Nigerian-born UM PhD student immediately agreed and imagined an empty cold-white horizon and polar bears. “Do I get to go up North?” was her first question, she says. Olawoyin was chosen to participate...

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Arctic Research Foundation partners with UM and RRC to revolutionize public access to big Arctic data

A new partnership between the University of Manitoba (UM), Red River College (RRC), and the Arctic Research Foundation (ARF) is setting out to unlock the big data secrets previously hidden in Canada’s Arctic. Ralph Dueck and Reynard Dela Torre from RRC’s applied computer education department and Carson Leung in computer science in the UM Faculty...