The Pain. The Progress.
The University of Manitoba’s partnerships in Nairobi have helped to demystify HIV resistance among sex workers and inform policy that’s curbed the spread of the virus worldwide. Meet five people at the front lines in Kenya. The scientist. The doctor. The student. The women surviving the epidemic.
Three alumni living overseas—in London‚ Istanbul and Tel Aviv—tell us how they’re making these global hubs their own, and what the state of the world looks like just outside their window.
They’re accustomed to the questions, You work where? and You do what? U of M biologists trek to secluded corners—from the Amazon to the Arctic—to reveal hidden relationships and unknown habits in the animal kingdom, giving conservationists the insights to protect species as our global climate changes.
Inside Fall 2017
Discovering the Road Less Travelled
There is a well-worn route many students take through university: car to classroom, classroom to car, home, repeat.
Just as I am
Joanna Hawkins knows well the barriers that exist in the world. Deaf since age three, the American Sign Language teacher and actress signs in videos played throughout the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.
A treasure to be shared
This year I was blessed with the opportunity to experience directly the profound impact made by the University of Manitoba—not only here at home, but also around the world.
It was a University of Manitoba alumnus—philosopher and author Marshall McLuhan—who first introduced the concept of a “global village.”
Zahra Baseri’s school headmaster in Iran warned her often that girls shouldn’t ride bicycles. Any female who dared to do so would endure a painful fate in the afterlife.
A cart at Grand Beach and some entrepreneurial spirit—that’s how the founders of clothing giant Mondetta got their start in the late 1980s.
Out of this world
Dr. Nathalie Sleno [MD/11] is a physician‚ pilot‚ mother of seven and one of 17 Canadians whom the Canadian Space Agency shortlisted to become the country’s next astronaut.
In an old cabinet in the Buller Building‚ faculty uncovered beautiful botanical images‚ diagrams and charts in ink and watercolour dating back to the early 1900s.
He remembers the exact moment when everything clicked. He was a teen, into classical music‚ when the Beatles’ She Loves You came on the radio—“It literally transformed my life.”
He grew up working at his uncle’s movie theatre and while sweeping up popcorn‚ fell in love with film.
Stephenson. William Stephenson.
It’s no wonder Ian Fleming reportedly fashioned James Bond after the late Sir William Stephenson [DSc/79]‚ a Winnipeg-born war hero who once taught U of M students.
Cool stuff belonging to Distinguished Professor David Barber [BPE/82, MNRM/89], Canada Research Chair in Arctic-System Science and associate dean of research in the Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources.
The goliath, extinct turtle hanging from the ceiling probably wouldn’t have eaten you.