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Spring 2014

Newsletter Archive


Executive Director's Message

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We are thrilled to announce that we were honored with an Emerald Award for community group/non-profit association. The Emerald Awards recognize and reward the excellent environmental initiatives undertaken each year by large and small corporations, individuals, not-for-profit associations, community groups and governments. We wish to congratulate the other Emerald Award nominees, finalists and winners, and to thank the Alberta Emerald Foundation for hosting a wonderful event. To see our Emerald Award video, click here.

This newsletter marks a time for goodbyes and hellos. We wish to bid a fond farewell to Trevor Davis, Associate Vice President, Research at Mount Royal University. Trevor is leaving MRU to take the position of Associate Vice-President, Scholarship and Community Engagement at Vancouver Island University. Trevor played an instrumental role in establishing Miistakis at MRU. Trevor facilitated our introduction, our move, our setup, introductions to our MRU colleagues and has stick handled the myriad hurdles along the way to establish Miistakis as Mount Royal's first affiliated research institute. Trevor also served on our board of directors. We wish Trevor the best.

We would like to welcome our two summer students to Miistakis. Dan Mansell, a fourth year general science student at Mount Royal, is spending the summer researching urban road ecology. Emily Zink is a first year environmental science master's student from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Emily is also studying urban road ecology. You can read more about both students in this edition of the Miistakis Miinute.

For those of you interested in citizen science, Miistakis will be hosting a citizen science conference to be held in conjunction with Mount Royal University's Under Western Skies conference Sept 9-10, 2014. The conference will explore the diverse and growing field of citizen science with sessions on program design, evaluation, policy implications, technology and applications in parks and protected areas. Mark these dates in your calendar and see www.rockies.ca/citizenscience.

Enjoy the long days of summer.


Danah Duke
Executive Director