Shijing Xu, Mary Mettilin MariyathasEducation professor Shijing Xu (right) poses with teacher candidate Mary Mettilin Mariyathas, one of the participants in this year’s Reciprocal Learning trip to Southwest University in Chongqing, China.

Comparison of Chinese and Canadian education receives federal funding support

UWindsor education professor Shijing Xu is among 150 new and renewed Canada Research Chairs , Minister of State for Science and Technology.

Dr. Xu, Canada Research Chair in International and Intercultural Reciprocal Learning in Education, will build on her previous work, comparing and contrasting Canadian and Chinese education in such a way that the cultural narratives of each provide frameworks for understanding and appreciating educational similarities and differences.

Her program will seek to answer these questions:

  • How different and similar are Chinese Confucian and Western educational systems and practices?
  • How are school practices and student accomplishments functions of socio-cultural narratives?
  • What can we learn reciprocally from each other as global issues continue to come to the forefront in educational planning and practice?

The results of these studies will aim to make an impact on public educational discourse, policy and practice.

Holder said the investment will help promote research and development and will support top-tier talent at Canadian postsecondary institutions.

“Our government’s Canada Research Chairs Program develops, attracts and retains top talent researchers whose research, in turn, creates long-term social and economic benefits while training the next generation of students and researchers in Canada,” he said.

Thursday’s announcements totalled $139 million, with an additional 7.6 million in infrastructure support provided by the Canada Foundation for Innovation.

University Players production of “The Nerd” Isaiah Kolundzic, Andrew Iles and Hailey Joy in the University Players production of “The Nerd,” opening tonight in Essex Hall Theatre.

Season finale offers laughs for theatre fans

The curtain will rise tonight—Friday, April 10—on the laugh-out-loud comedy, The Nerd, to cap the University Players’ 2014-15 season.

The play is set in the small town of Terre Haute, Indiana, where aspiring architect Willum Cubbert is nestled snugly into his normal life. That is, until he receives a visit from a man he has never met, but who once saved his life in Vietnam.

With hilarious twists at every turn, this side-splitting comedy is truly the stuff of slapstick gold. This Sunday, April 12, a “Talk Back” discussion with the director and actors will follow the performance.

Wednesday through Saturday performances are at 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. Tickets are available online at or by calling 519-253-3000, ext. 2808.

Aman Ghawanmeh and Arianne RodriguezStudents Aman Ghawanmeh and Arianne Rodriguez enjoy free cans of Coca-Cola after hugging a dispensing machine Thursday.

Students invited to have a Coke and a hug

Saying “a little bit of affection never hurt anybody,” Aman Ghawanmeh embraced the concept of giving a quick squeeze to a Coke machine in exchange for a can of the soft drink, Thursday in the CAW Student Centre.

Ghawanmeh spied the machine, bearing the text “Hug Me,” and told her friend Arianne Rodriguez she had seen videos online of such machines dispensing free Coca-Cola.

“Why not try it?” Ghawanmeh said. “We are fans of Coke, of free stuff and of hugging.”

That enthusiasm is the impetus behind the program, which sees similar machines touring campuses, said Richard McLaughlin, an account development manager for Coca-Cola Canada.

“It’s just a way to give something back to some of our most important customers,” he said. “People seem to like something for nothing, especially during this stressful exam time.”

Hundreds of students received cans of pop during the four hours the machine operated in its location adjacent to the Tim Hortons kiosk, said Dave McEwen, head of the Food Services department, which sponsored the giveaway.

Seminar to discuss transportation and trade modelling frameworks

Global trade patterns continuously change as economies and trade policies develop, says Chris Bachmann. An assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Waterloo, he will discuss their effect at the local level in a free public seminar Tuesday, April 14.

In his presentation, entitled “Modelling Changing Global Trade Patterns and Their Local Transportation Impacts,” Dr. Bachmann will consider three scenarios of changing global trade patterns:

  • developing economies and population growth creating emerging markets;
  • changing international transport infrastructure and technology impacting transportation costs; and
  • increasingly aggressive trade strategies promoting trade growth.

This event is part of the Transportation Seminar Series hosted by Cross-Border Institute and the transportation systems innovation lab of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. It will run 3 to 4 p.m. in the workshop classroom on the second floor of the Joyce Entrepreneurial Centre.

Find more information, including an abstract, on the institute’s website.