UPDATED: UPEI researchers in the news, part two

 *Updated August 27th to include TSN feature on AVC's Laurie McDuffee.

Want to know what makes a true Islander? Concerned about wildlife in and around Alberta’s oil sands? Wondering what role smaller universities will play in Canada’s education system? UPEI provided answers this week.

 In an article Saturday, August 22nd, the Charlottetown Guardian asked the question, “Are you an Islander?” Guardian reporter Teresa Wright spoke with Island residents who weren’t born on the Island about the sense of isolation they often feel, not being part of what they feel to be an exclusive club. She also quoted UPEI’s Godfrey Baldacchino, Canada Research Chair in Island Studies.

“’Many of them are fairly concerned about the labeling that’s going on,’ Baldacchino said. ‘A settler to P.E.I. from another province or country is often referred to as a CFA (Come-From-Away). But this label is seen as prejudiced and mean-spirited by many new residents… It’s creating a class of second-class citizens who will never be able to belong and I think that’s an issue.’”

Tuesday the 25th, CBC Television’s Compass filed a report about the work UPEI researchers Michael van den Heuvel and Natacha Hogan are carrying out in northern Alberta. Part of the remedial program in the oil-sands project includes the construction of lakes, with waste from the oil sands making up the material for the bottom of the lake. Hogan and van den Heuvel’s research concentrates on the health of fish in these lakes. You can read the CBC News story here.

Also on Tuesday, TSN, who was on campus for the Canada Summer Games, broadcast a feature on AVC's Laurie McDuffee.  McDuffee's research involves using stem cells to promote healing of musculoskeletal tissues in horses and dogs.  Watch the feature here.

Wednesday the 26th, UPEI president Wade MacLauchlan was invited to take part in a phone-in on CBC Radio’s Maritime Noon. They asked, “With limited post-secondary funding, how do we decide where the money goes?” The phone-in was in response to a recent story in the Globe and Mail in which the so-called G5, made up of five of the largest universities in Canada, proposed that Canada centralize research and graduate studies among an elite core of universities. Maclean’s also recently ran a two-part series on the same subject.  MacLauchlan today followed up his interview with the CBC with a column in the Guardian.