8, 2001, Gazette)
sampling of stories from university press across Canada
only fine arts research chair
EDMONTON The appointment of Sean Caulfield as Canada Junior
Research Chair of Printmaking is a coup for the whole country,
said Dr. Jetske Sybesma, chair of the University of Albertas
Department of Art and Design, reported the U of A Folio.
Its a boon for all of Canada and not just U of A
printmaking, she noted, adding that Caulfield was the only
fine arts research chair named for all of Canada as part of the
federal governments $900-million program to assist universities
in attracting and retaining the best researchers.
Caulfields appointment, Sybesma added, allowed the U of
A to lure the 33-year-old artist back to Canada from Illinois
State where he was an assistant professor. The printmaker originally
earned a MFA in 1995 from the U of A where he won several international
awards, including the 21st Century Grand Prix in Tokyo and second
place in the Great Canadian Printmaking Competition.
Sybesma said the successful application for the research chair
was built upon the printmaking departments long history
of excellence. We focused on the quality of the printmaking
section, the fact that its been named a centre of excellence
for two concurrent four-year terms, and we concentrated on what
we are good at, underlining how we help to promote excellence
in research, which is the goal of the program.
policy almost done
MONTREAL The long saga of McGills proposed Intellectual
Property Policy is drawing to a close, says the McGill Reports.
Senators are being asked to vote on the proposed policy. At issue
will be about a dozen provisions on which Vice-Principal (Research)
Pierre Bélanger and a Senate workgroup chaired by economics
professor Myron Frankman have agreed to disagree.
In many cases, their disagreements are subtle. On other points,
the disagreements are more substantive.
While Senate will have its say, Principal Bernard Shapiro made
no promises about the extent to which Senates views on
the policy will affect the version of the document that ultimately
goes to the Board of Governors for a final vote.
The proposed policy was presented to Senate last week for its
consideration. The document contained duelling versions of some
of the policys provisions, one version reflecting Bélangers
views, the other representing the workgroups take on things.
The main points of contention revolve around issues of ownership
and inventor control.
At a recent session of Senate, Bélanger spoke about some
of the facets of the new policy.
He said that the new policy makes it explicit that
researchers dont have to commercialize their discoveries
if they dont want to.
But if a researcher is interested in taking his discovery to
market, he has to disclose that fact to the University and play
by McGills rules governing the process.