Apr 04 2011

Acadia gets topical at annual science seminar

April 4, 2011

(Wolfville, NS)

Acadia University’s Huggins High School Science Seminar is celebrating its 26th anniversary with a fresh lineup of speakers exploring topics grabbed from the headlines.  On Friday, May 6, students from across Atlantic Canada in Grades 10-12 will have the opportunity to engage with those leading scientists on the Acadia campus.

The speakers represent an array of specialties and interests.  Dr. Ken Lee, Canada’s leading consultant to the American efforts in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, will share some of the complicated science behind offshore energy, with a particular focus on spills and countermeasures.  The seminar will also feature a lively panel discussion from a cross-disciplinary group of philosophy, neuroscience, and computer science professors.  This “Are machines capable of human intelligence?” panel will consider the recent evolution of artificial intelligence—including the groundbreaking performance of IBM’s “Watson” on Jeopardy—and where its future may lead.  A third keynote presentation from Acadia’s Dr. Randy Lynn Newman will delve into cutting-edge neuroimaging techniques used to study the mental processes of reading development and disability.

“The Huggins seminar is one of the university’s cherished annual events,” says Dr. Jeffrey Banks, acting Director of Open Acadia and formerly Head of the Department of Chemistry.  “We try to strike a balance between incorporating the event’s traditions, like the chemistry show, and bringing something new to the table every year.  We’re confident that this year’s seminar lineup will appeal to students of various interests.”  The university is also hopeful that this year’s one-day, Friday format will make the seminar more accessible to students.  

All three keynote presentations will also be available to schools and the general public for free online viewing after the seminar concludes.  

To register or learn more about the seminar, please visit the event website at http://huggins.acadiau.ca.

About Acadia
Acadia University, in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, has long been recognized as one of Canada's premier post-secondary institutions. With its nationally and internationally recognized undergraduate and graduate research initiatives, small classes and technology-rich teaching and learning environment, Acadia offers students an experience that includes academic achievement combined with personal growth and development. Acadia also offers distance learning, certificate programs, language training, and other university extension programs through Open Acadia. For more information about Acadia University, visit our website at www.acadiau.ca.

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For more information, please contact Open Acadia:

Web: http://huggins.acadiau.ca
Email: openacadia@acadiau.ca
Tel: 902.585.1434  |  1.800.565.6568
Feb 22 2011

The Fresh Face of openacadia.ca

We’ve been working behind the scenes to make openacadia.ca a friendlier and more helpful destination for both new and current students.  Today, we’ve rolled out a remodelled website featuring a new design, new features, and expanded content.  Here are a few of the highlights:

  • Out with the old, in with the blue: We’ve dropped our grey colour scheme in favour of the classic Acadia red, white, and blue palette.  The top area has been replaced with a cleaner menu that combines all program choices into one central menu.
  • Quick clicks: We’ve grouped frequently used task items and links into two prominent locations, making it easier to find many of the items our students often look for.  The Quick Links area at the bottom of every page points to a number of our common program areas and in-demand items (online course login, Acadia Central, Acadia bookstore, etc.), while the Client Service menu item contains a number of new FAQs lists combined into one page, as well as a one-stop-shop for many of the most commonly used registration forms for various programs.
  • Steps to success: Undergraduate and Graduate programs have revamped “Prospective Students” pages that guide students through the various registration processes and important information.
  • Interested yet?: The new “I am Interested In” menu on the homepage groups our programs into a number of categories like Online Learning and Teaching and Education so you can easily find opportunities relevant to you.
  • Hot off the presses: All news items and RSS feeds are categorized and conveniently grouped together in the Newsroom page.

The website will continue to evolve over time and incorporate more of the insight we learn from our students, faculty, and staff.  If you have comments about the new design or would like to report a technical issue, please click the Feedback link, now found in the bottom right-hand corner of every page.

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Contact Us

phone Phone: 902-585-1434
Toll-Free: 1-800-565-6568
Fax:  902-585-1057 
phone Rhodes Hall, Attn: Open Acadia
Acadia University
Wolfville, NS 
B4P 2R6
phone openacadia@acadiau.ca
Monday — Friday
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