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Each year, Fulbright Canada brings the new cohort together for orientation. This year was the 25th (Silver) Anniversary, so in addition to the regular activities, the 2015-2016 cohort got to be part of the celebration Gala. Here is the official Press Release for the Event.

I wasn’t sure what to expect at Orientation – not because we were uninformed about the activities, but because I’ve not really had the chance to interact with a lot of Fulbright Scholars. I think prior to receiving the award, I only knew four others who had received the award (only two others were scholars – including my dissertation chair). So, to say I was excited to meet more Fulbrighters is an understatement. read more

My name is Patrick McGarey and I’m a current Fulbright Canada STEM scholar building, programming, and automating robots at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS) Autonomous Space Robotics Lab (ASRL). Engineers use copious acronyms. The robots I design make it possible to explore extreme environments on Earth and (someday) other rocky planets in our solar system. With generous support from Fulbright Canada, I’ve been hard at work developing a new climbing robot capable of accessing/mapping steep terrain and hazardous environments. The robot’s name is Tethered Robotic Explorer, or TReX for short (pronounced like the dinosaur). Here’s a video of me building TReX (notice my lightning speed). Building TReX Video TReX is awesome because it allows both scientists and first responders to safely visualize environments too dangerous for human access. Furthermore, an integrated laser sensor makes it possible to build detailed 3D models, which are sent back to the user. This video shows TReX driving and mapping steep terrain.

TReX Rover Mapping Video

Fun Fact: I was formally in a band called Super Stereo, and the songs you hear in the videos were written by me. Science and music are a winning combo. This past Summer was milestone in my research because I was able present a publication about TReX during the international conference, Field and Service Robotics 2015 (FSR). The paper titled, “System Design of a Tethered Robotic Explorer (TReX) for 3D Mapping of Steep Terrain and Harsh Environments” can be found here. The conference gave me a chance to meet with top field roboticists from around the world and discuss my work. In addition to my talk at FSR, I was also invited to present a poster on TReX at the annual meeting of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Field Robotics Network (NCFRN) in Kelowna, B.C. thanks to funding from the Fulbright mobility grant. As an American working and studying in Canada, I’m grateful to be involved in these incredible opportunities. The collaborative partnerships that I’ve been able to establish thus far are an indelible asset to my future as an engineer and scientist.  Above all, I’m thankful to Fulbright, whose support fosters international collaboration and understanding through academic pursuits. For up-to-date TReX developments go here, thanks for reading.


For a 6th consecutive year in a row, Canadian Lawyer Magazine has published its “Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada” and Pascale Fournier features in it! Nominated in the “World Stage” Category, which celebrates the influence of Canadian lawyers on the international scene, Professor Fournier was selected for her humanitarian involvement and the large scope of her academic contributions beyond Canadian borders. The selection committee used the following criteria: “We have endeavoured to select the most influential within the law over the last 18 years, looking at every area of practice. It’s about respect, ability to influence public opinion, and help shape the laws of the country; contribution to the strength and quality of legal services; and social and political influence and involvement.” A video presents the 25 profils chosen by their peers ! read more

New Brunswick is infinitely richer for the commitment, spirit and talent of Thaddeus Holownia,an internationally renowned photographer.

Mr. Holownia grew up in England and Ontario. In the late 1970s, he became a professor of fine arts at Mount Allison University, where he is currently head of the department. Mr. Holownia has produced many impressive bodies of work that push the boundaries of his art form while documenting this region’s cultural history. He is known for his Jolicure Pond series, in which he photographed the same subject in different seasons under different lighting conditions.  His photographs and book works have been acquired by some of the finest museums in Canada. His work has been shown in the United States, France, Germany, Belgium, Mexico and the Czech Republic.  Mr. Holownia is a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Fine Arts (RCA) and is a Fulbright Canada Fellow. read more

By Joanna Harrington, a professor of law at the University of Alberta and 2015-2016 Fulbright Chair at the University of Texas-Austin
Originally published on the Globe and Mail on Wednesday, Jul. 29, 2015 3:00AM EDT

Ten years ago, the original Westminster Parliament brought to an end the ability of the executive branch to control the judicial appointments process in England and Wales for all but the most senior positions. There’s a lesson in here for Canada.

With the passage of the Constitutional Reform Act of 2005, an independent body for the appointment of judges and tribunal members was created to ensure that those holding judicial office are selected solely on the basis of merit, through a fair and open competition. The members of the Judicial Appointments Commission are themselves selected through open competition, other than the three members from the judiciary. read more

By Victoria Herrmann, Fulbright Student 2013-2014
Posted originally on The Guardian, Monday 27 July 2015

The Arctic is warming at a rate almost twice the global average, making climate change’s effects there far more intense and rapid than any other ecosystem in the world. While nature photographs of polar bears and melting ice dominate media narratives, the top of the world is home to 4m people who face an uncertain future.

Coastal erosion, forest fires and storm surges are threatening the physical and economic safety of settlements across the Arctic Ocean shoreline. Further inland, thawing permafrost is compromising the stability of transportation, sanitation and public service infrastructure built upon once-sturdy foundations. In Alaska alone, 31 villages face imminent threat of destruction from erosion and flooding. Many of these villages have 10 to 20 years of livability before their streets, schools and homes become uninhabitable. At least 12 have decided to relocate – in part or entirely – to safer ground to avoid total collapse. read more

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