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Spring issue of UM Today The Magazine is here

May 4, 2016 — 

Keep an eye on your mail over the coming week––the Spring 2016 issue of UM Today The Magazine is off the presses and being delivered to our alumni around the globe. For those who prefer reading on their digital device, the magazine can be found here.

This is the second issue of our reimagined and renamed alumni publication––the inaugural issue arriving in autumn 2015 to wonderful praise.

As John Kearsey, vice-president (external), points out in this issue’s publisher’s note: “Via Facebook posts and likes, exuberant tweets, gushing emails and thoughtful letters, you told us you found the new design clean and sophisticated, the photography bold and unexpected, the stories stirring and informative.”

Following suit for our Spring 2016 issue, we have a strong lineup of features and sections that highlight our university, students, researchers, faculty and staff, and our outstanding alumni and donors who continue to make an impact around the world.

2016 is the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote in Manitoba – the first women in the country to acquire that right – so we are leading our feature section with an exploration of women’s rights in 2016. We also dive into the challenges faced by international students at the U of M, and how they are supported.

Additionally, we share the amazing story of Mark Torchia [PhD/01] and Richard Tyc [MSc/94] and their game-changing brain laser, the NeuroBlate® System. Torchia and Tyc won the Ernest C. Manning Principal Award in October 2015 and most recently were given the inaugural Governor General Innovation Award.

Manitoba is set to become a centre of excellence for Indigenous education after the historic Indigenous Education blueprint was signed by all of the province’s universities, colleges and school boards. It’s a major leap forward, and UM Today The Magazine explores how the blueprint might be implemented.

Finally, we meet the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients, including renowned ultrasound researcher and visionary, Dr. Edward Lyons; industry leader and recycling pioneer, Emmie Leung; community builders and advocates, The Hong Kong Alumni Association; Métis leader and defender, Karen Beaudin; scientist and disease fighter Gary Wong whose discovery helped fight the Ebola outbreak; and engineer and global partner Diana Nicholson, who appears on our Spring 2016 cover.

Printed and mailed twice a year (in spring and fall), the magazine delivers online content year-round, integrated with our popular UM Today News site.

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