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By Stephen Blank, 2015-2016 Fulbright Specialist Project on Energy Literacy, and 2012-2013 Fulbright Research Chair in Governance and Public Administration to the University of Ottawa

This past December I went to uOttawa, as a Fulbright Specialist, with the goal of creating greater energy literacy among uOttawa students. The project was hosted by the University’s ‘Collaboratory’ on Energy Research and Policy, operating within the Institute for Science, Society and Policy (ISSP). Dr Monica Gattinger, Founding Director of the ‘Collaboratory’ and now Director of the ISSP, played a central role in organizing and supporting the project.

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Fulbright Canada is now accepting applications for our core Canadian Scholar and Canadian Student competitions!  Awards are granted to Canadian scholars and students to undertake a program of residential exchange in the United States. These awards are meant to support research, degree programs, and teaching opportunities in the United States.

Opens: May 15th, 2016

Closes: November 15th, 2016 at 5pm EST

Scholars

Fulbright Canada awards support exceptional scholars and established independent researchers.  Apply now to various openings in the Fulbright Visiting Research Chairs Program (US$25,000 per academic semester) and the Traditional Fulbright Scholar Awards Program(US$12,500 per academic semester).

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By Starr Brainard, 2015-2016 Independent Researcher in Canada

I am currently about three months into my Fulbright experience. Come spring, I will be happily getting my hands dirty collecting production data from various alternative farms in Central Alberta. In the mean time, my research consists mostly of of emails, literature reviews, and online surveys. While necessary and informative, these steps of my research aren’t pushing me out into the ecosystem of plants, animals, and most importantly people in my host community. I am fortunate to be interning with my community host organization ReThink Red Deer and be a Fulbright Canada-RBC Eco-Leader. Through ReThink Red Deer and The Fulbright Canada-RBC Eco-Leadership Program I have been able to engage my local community in meaningful and rewarding ways over the past few weeks.

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By Bruce Dupeyron, 2015 Community Leadership Project, 2013-2014 Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Policy Studies, University of Texas at Austin

By focusing on Francophone minority communities, the main goal of this project has been to support educational institutions, in facilitating the integration of francophone newcomers. Although this project has involved several categories of actors, management and teaching staff, children, parents and community members, we have quickly recognized that allowing children to be key players was a central aspect to this project. In this context, children have been the main actors of this initiative, which has supported their discovery and practice of various ‘francophonies’, thanks to teachers who also reflect this diversity from Canada, Africa, and Europe.

These young children are registered in the daycare Gard’Amis, in Regina, Saskatchewan, in groups of children aged 1 to 5, and in the only francophone summer camp in Regina, Camp Troubadou, for children aged 6 to 12. The needs of children in the daycare vary substantially with age, but similarities between the groups exist, namely storytelling, music listening, dancing, directed and free play, indoor and outdoor activities allow children to learn and speak French in different contexts. The project has supported those activities by fostering learning with a more diverse repertoire of francophone educational material. After two rounds of consultation with the teaching staff of the daycare, we have been able to identify a range of complementary material that can be used mostly indoors, for example books, audio books, and toys that reflect the cultural diversity in the daycare, so that children can be more fluent in French and socialize with their friends. For instance, music discs featuring francophone songs for memorizing vocabulary and dancing, or lullabies from different francophone countries before going to nap, have been worthwhile. Anecdotally, one of the teachers has brought our attention to the fact that, during naptime, one or two children might wake up earlier than the others, and need to have a quiet activity: it has been suggested that having a book light might help in reading a story to them, which has complemented nicely the books that have been selected. In addition, since books written by Robert Munsch are a favorite of older children in this age group, some of them have been chosen for reading times, which often lead to questions, further exchanges and games.

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Presentation by Dr. Martin D. Heintzelman, Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Environment and Economy at the University of Ottawa’s Institute of the Environment

Wind power is among the fastest growing energy sources in the world today, and is widely viewed as a substantial part of a clean energy future. However, implementation of wind energy is often controversial in areas where it is proposed, and concerns are often raised regarding potential negative impacts on local communities, including impacts on health and on property values. Some of these negative impacts may be offset by compensatory payments made by wind developers to both individual landowners who let out their land for the development and to communities. Additionally, host communities often have a say in approving the development or setting parameters. However, if the development is near borders between municipalities, states, or even countries, it is often the case that one or more jurisdictions will not have an opportunity to set such rules or demand compensation, but will, nonetheless, face some costs or impacts from the development. In such a situation, we would expect the property value impacts of a wind facility development to vary across these borders. We explore exactly this situation at the border between Canada and the United States in the Thousand Islands region of the St. Lawrence River.

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By Dr. Eileen Angelini, Professor of French at Canisus College, Fulbright Canada Specialist 2016

I had the incredible honor to accept the award for a Fulbright Specialist project in Canada at the University of Manitoba from January 3-16, 2016. I worked with faculty and graduate students in the Department of French, Spanish, and Italian in the Faculty of Arts, and education students and faculty in the Faculty of Education from the University of Manitoba and the Université de St. Boniface, on the project “Francophone Culture: Literature, Pedagogy, and Additional Language Acquisition.” I also gave public lectures and participated in community outreach at l’École St. Avilia, a French-immersion school. Moreover, I was able to meet with faculty in the Department of History, the Department of English, Film and Theatre, and the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation.

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