Douglas College and All Nations Fest

The All Nations Festival is a celebration of Coast Salish culture, art, language and identity organized with support from the Tsleil-Waututh Nation and the Kwikwetlem First Nation.

The festival and colloquium featured a big variety of Coast Salish thinkers, scholars, educators, linguists, and folks who work in areas related to Coast Salish culture, history, and language.

Links for the event:

The colloquium schedule
Tri-Cities News report
Follow-up from Khelsilem of Squamish (from which we stole the intro above).

Launch Academy Info Session

This is an opportunity for computer science students, business students, entrepreneurs, career-changers and the tech curious. The DCBA will be covering the fee for 10-15 students to go to the Launch Academy 101 workshop in Gas Town, Vancouver. Here are some details:

Date: June, 23rd, 2015

 Time:  6:30pm-8:30pm

 Location: 300-128 W. Hastings Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

In a two-hour beginner’s session, newcomers will learn how to break into the exciting world of technology. This includes learning about the first crucial steps for building a startup, an overview of the startup ecosystem, as well as an introduction to the resources and services available at Launch Academy.

If you have a student interested, please forward the student this email and ask the student to sign up  HERE!

Regards,

Haidar Waled

President | Douglas College Business Association
Student   | Douglas College

Innovation Series #2 – Recap

On Tuesday, May 26, 2015 around 12 people gathered outside the Maker Lab in the River Market, New Westminster, to take part in the second Innovation Series session entitled “3D Printing ad Scanning: Possibilities and Limitations.” The session tackled the emerging world of 3D printing. Directed mostly at novices, those with no experience working with 3D printers, or those who wanted to think about how 3D printers might shape the future, this workshop took participants through the main conversations about 3D printing. While we didn’t have time to print individual projects, participants were encouraged to bring their ideas, questions, or prototypes and discuss their potential. In the end, the workshop offered abroad overview of 3D printing, leaving participants well-equipped with information and context within which they might better understand how 3D printing might apply to them.

Along with lots of positive talk, we addressed the errors too!

The session was led by David N. Wright and Cora Fanucchi of the Douglas College Digital Cultures Lab and began with an overview of the equipment on hand at the lab and a recap of our most recent research directions. Luckily, after this brief overview, the participants all jumped in with their questions and the session went forward on its own trajectory. Highlights included a participant who brought in a 3D print of himself (using talcum powder and a crazy glue-like substance as filament) and some interesting queries about the possibilities for printing biological products in the future. In short, the participants came prepared and it was great to engage with questions both about the future of 3D printing technologies and the possibilities the confront us at the stage 3D printing is in now.

A thoughtful individual redered in ABS plastic.

Soon after the question and answer session wrapped up, participants moved into the Maker Lab wherein they meandered around the machinery thinking about other modes of representation and the potential fun of 3D printing tactile objects. Cora did a 3D scan for all to see and we got all the machines up and running so that participants could see for themselves how the equipment worked.

The last forty-five minutes in the lab was the best part, with participants sharing tip and tricks, asking questions, and reacting with delight seeing and hearing things working. In short, for those in attendance, it was a great Tuesday night!

Our next session, on June 16, 2015, is about Working with Academics – a session that will combine elements of our first two workshops through a discussion about what it’s like to engage Colleges and Faculty in research and development projects for local SMEs and entrepreneurs. We’re looking forward to it!

Innovation Series #1 – Recap

On Tuesday, May 12, 2015 around 15 people gathered outside the Maker Lab in the River Market, New Westminster, to take part in the first Innovation Series session called “Multimodal Thinking: Comics, Infographics and Essential Skills.” The session was aimed mainly at “outside-the-box” thinkers, tinkerers, doodlers, and those individuals who want to think about how to synthesize a large amount of information into a succinct form. The participants were led through a series of activities–mostly drawing stuff–by Peter Wilkins and David N. Wright of the Douglas College Digital Cultures Lab.

Checking out comics by Jason

Peter started the session by exploring how essential skills–the ability to interpret, write, and execute commands–collides with comics. He brought up examples from Ikea instruction manuals and other signage to show how infographics tend to foreground “multimodal” forms of communication–that which includes images and text (or no text at all). The group discussed what kind of information or “cultural education” was needed to interpret these signs and act upon them. In particular, the group discussed how important and common misinterpretation was to the process.

Drawing things to think about representation

Through a series of activities, participants drew there impressions of the River Market and of psychological states, discussing the impetus behind each–looking at the decisions they made and trying to understand why they chose to represent things the way they did. All the participants drew excellent stuff and really pushed their thinking about representation and conveying information or feelings. One of the more interesting questions we asked was: “how do you draw a feeling?”

More drawing and thinking and doing

Afterwards, participants were invited in the Maker Lab wherein they meandered around the machinery thinking about other modes of representation and the potential fun of 3D printing tactile objects. Judging from the comments collected about the event, everyone had a fun and stimulating burning through and hour and a half on a Tuesday evening.

The next session, on May 26, 2015, is about 3D Printing. We’re looking forward to it!

Douglas College Faculty Awarded a Partnership Development Grant

Unrest, Violence, and the Search for Social Order In British North America and Canada, 1749-1876

Jerry Bannister (Dalhousie), Elizabeth Mancke (University of New Brunswick), Denis McKim (Douglas College), and Scott See (University of Maine) are pleased to announce the receipt of a Partnership Development Grant of $119,600 from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council for a project entitled “Unrest, Violence, and the Search for Social Order in British North America and Canada, 1749-1876.” Partner institutions will also be supporting the project: the Gorsebrook Research Institute (Saint Mary’s University), the Canadian-American Center (U Maine) and the Atlantic Canada Studies Centre (UNB). This collaborative project involving over 20 scholars will examine how British North Americans, Indigenous Peoples, and Canadians, both governors and the governed, envisaged social order, understood threats or challenges to it, and imagined how tools of government could be used to control disorder or achieve new social objectives. This three-year project involves a major rethinking of Canadian history and what is meant by “peace, order, and good government,” which neither evolved naturally nor was achieved without episodes of unrest, violence, and state coercion.

Grant Funding and Proposal Writing Essentials Course to be held in Seattle, Washington – July 22-24, 2015

The Funding Institute is offering the Grant Funding and  Proposal Writing Essentials Course  to be held in Seattle, Washington at the Seattle Public Library from July 22-24, 2015. Interested development professionals, researchers, faculty, and graduate students should register as soon as possible, as demand means that seats will fill up quickly.

All participants will receive certification in professional grant writing. For more information call (213) 347-4899

Call for Proposals to the Research and Scholarly Activity Funds

This is a call for proposals to the Research and Scholarly Activity Funds. Please note the following important information:

  • Please make sure you are applying for the correct scholarly activity fund. There are two different avenues for funding:
    • Research and Scholarly Activity Travel Fund (RSATF) – apply to this fund if you are requesting support for travel, accommodation, conference fees, etc.
    • Research and Scholarly Activity Project Fund (RSAPF) – apply to this fund if you are requesting support to hire students, purchase equipment, perform analysis, or conduct project-oriented research.
  • Applications for the Fund are available on-line at:  http://douglascollegeresearch.ca/forms-policies/.
  • Applications are due by 12:00pm, Friday, May 1, 2015.
  • The RSAF cannot support applications for retro-active funding.
  • Please familiarize yourself with the following College policies:
    • Integrity in Research and Scholarship
    • Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans
    • Research Ethics Board
    • Commercialization of Intellectual Property
  • Those who are new to the application process, or who want to know more about the process and the qualities of a successful application are encouraged to consult the FAQ section of the Research and Innovation website, or pose questions directly to research@douglascollege.ca or the Ethics Review Board.
  • The adjudication process may take up to four weeks.  Successful candidates will be notified soon after the process is complete.
  • Please complete the submission process by uploading your application documents in .pdf file format here:  http://douglascollegeresearch.ca/submission/.

NSERC Changes to Partnership Grants

NSERC has reorganized its partnership grant descriptions to enhance communications and streamline its approach.

Effective April 1, 2015, the following name changes will apply:

  1. The ARD Level 1 grant will be renamed Engage for Colleges grants and will be grouped with the university Engage grants.
  2. The ARD Levels 2 & 3 grants will be combined into one Applied Research & Development (ARD) grants (with two levels of funding and matching).
  3. The Interaction grants, Regional Opportunities Fund and the Partnership Workshops Grant will be grouped together and found under the name “Connect.”

This reorganization will help new companies navigate NSERC’s web site with greater ease, enhance NSERC’s industry outreach activities, and create stronger brand recognition for all stakeholders.

These changes will be reflected on NSERC’s redesigned website on April 1, 2015 under the button INNOVATE and will require applications to be submitted using the new names above.

Please note that these changes will not impact the CCI Program’s: (1) budget; (2) forms; (3) application process; (4) evaluation process; (5) eligible expenditures; or (6) company contribution requirements. The college team will continue to process your CCI applications and respond to your inquiries.

If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact Marie Thibault (marie.thibault@nserc-crsng.gc.ca) at 613-996-9402, or Jack Deyirmendjian (jack.deyirmendjian@nserc-crsng.gc.ca) at 613-996-2145