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New book by Richard Soare, Dawson’s own Martian expert

June 1st, 2021

Richard Soare (Faculty, Geography) has a new book out about the Red Planet. Mars Geological Enigmas: From the Late Noachian Epoch to the Present Day (9780128202456) is well placed to carry on with the search for water and life and other deeply rooted Martian mysteries.

Richard's book was published on May 28. Click Read More to go to a short review and more info.

(Photo is courtesy of NASA and shows the Ingenuity helicopter parked on the tarmac at Jezero Crater on Mars)


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Anne-Laure Teichet published in Profweb

May 18th, 2021

This week Profweb published two texts written by Anne-Laure Teichet (Faculty, French). Anne-Laure’s real-life stories describe her first-hand teaching experience in a HyFlex classroom. Here are the links to her texts:


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Stop, think and check to prevent cyberattacks

April 20th, 2021

There is a major initiative to prevent cyberattacks at public institutions across Quebec. “If I could only say one thing to colleagues, it would be: ‘don’t click on a link in an email before thinking,’” said François Paradis, Director of Information Systems and Technology at Dawson College. Email is #1 entry point Network Security Analyst…

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Dawson’s white pine and its great meaning

April 20th, 2021

For almost two years, Dawson’s white pine has stood near the Peace Garden just west of the main entrance at 3040 Sherbrooke Street West.

Click Read More to find out more about the significance of the white pine and to see a 14-minute video segment of Kanien’kehá:ka storyteller and Sub Chief Aronhiaies Herne's lecture at Dawson. This video is a suggested activity for Dawson's Earth Weeks. 


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Escape with a short fantasy film

April 7th, 2021

Retired colleague Simon Davies shared a film with Dipti Gupta (Faculty, Cinema | Communications). "I sent it to our students and I got a lot of messages this morning - so I realized that others might feel the same," Dipti wrote.

"We could all enjoy a little bit of escape and float in our dreams," she said in her message encouraging it to be widely shared with Dawson employees and students. "The end is a bit abrupt - but I was thinking it would be wonderful if students and all who watch the film add their dreams and thoughts to it."

Click Read More to view the short film Anywhere Can Happen by Argentinian filmmaker Fernando Livschitz.


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DawsonAI presents Coded Bias April 12-18

April 7th, 2021

Filmmaker Shalini Kantayya´s Coded Bias, which premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, will be available to everyone at Dawson College for a week beginning Monday, April 12. Presented by DawsonAI, the film explores the fallout of MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini´s startling discovery that facial recognition does not see dark-skinned faces and women accurately, and her journey to push for the first-ever legislation in the U.S. to govern against bias in the algorithms that impact us all.

For faculty wishing to screen this film synchronously with their students and/or make the screening part of their asynchronous curricular activities, please inform Myriam Dimanche via email at mdimanche@dawsoncollege.qc.ca.

To get your free access to view the film on demand April 12-18, send an email to ai@dawsoncollege.qc.ca


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Video addressed to teachers from the First Peoples’ storytelling (FPPSE) project

March 23rd, 2021

“…as a teacher, I think you don’t have the sole responsibility of teaching a curriculum, you have the responsibility of being acquainted with your student, and knowing their strengths as well as the emotional pitfalls or whatever struggles that they’re going through. Because if you don’t, then you’re not reaching them. It just takes a bit of your time, compassion and understanding.“

“My first year I never went to see my teachers. I was too shy, I never had that role before. I never had to ask an adult for help for something so serious like school. After a year, I realized that teachers are nice. And I can actually go ask them questions.”

“Your language and how you speak, it’s the simplest things in the world that could really affect a person’s educational outcome so it’s really important that our identities are considered.”

-Quotes from First Peoples' Post-Secondary Storytelling Exchange (FPPSE) storytellers 

In this 20-minute video produced by the First Peoples' Post-Secondary Storytelling Exchange, Indigenous students and families share experiences of post-secondary education, offer suggestions for teachers and make recommendations for creating safe learning environments.

Click Read More to watch the video.


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DawsonAI coordinator in Billie Holiday film

March 23rd, 2021

Myriam Dimanche of the DawsonAI team (pictured in costume) had an interesting experience in the Fall of 2019 and now you can see her on film! In her own words:

I was an extra in the Lee Daniels film The United States vs. Billie Holiday and it's finally available for rent or purchase in Canada!
Fun facts:
  • Yes, I did meet Andra Day. 
  • The director Lee Daniels was pretty easy to work with. He gave nice pep talks, especially when we were shooting long hours.
  • My scenes were basically cut. You just see my faded figure cross behind as Jimmy Fletcher enters the jazz club Café Society (at approx. 00:05:10). And there's another scene where you can see my blue dress (at approx. 01:12:35).

Click Read More to see some of Myriam's costumes on her Instagram post. 


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Dawson teacher’s film opens March 30 across Canada

March 23rd, 2021

From writer-director Jesse Noah Klein (Faculty, Cinema | Communications), LIKE A HOUSE ON FIRE stars Sarah Sutherland, Jared Abrahamson, Hubert Lenoir, Dominique Provost-Chalkley, Margaux Vaillancourt, Amanda Brugel, Sheila McCarthy and Michael Riley.

Distributed by Entract Films, LIKE A HOUSE ON FIRE is produced by Colonelle Films and Woods Entertainment.

Dara returns home to reconnect with her husband and her young daughter, whom she left two years earlier. When she arrives, she discovers that a woman who is seven months pregnant has taken her place.

LIKE A HOUSE ON FIRE will open in select theatres March 26 and be available on-demand across Canada in English and French on March 30.

Click Read More to see the trailer.


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Recommended video and media coverage of FPPSE storytelling project

March 9th, 2021

Some media coverage of the FPPSE project:  CBC Breakaway interview with me and Concordia student Lucina Gordon: https://www.cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/1-79-breakaway/clip/15826578-a-storytelling-project-help-indigenous-students-post-secondary-education Radio Canada: https://bit.ly/3bcozUZ Winschgaoug, CBC North Interview with Dawson student Alexandria Matthews in Cree https://www.cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/1-146-winschgaoug-cree/clip/15824821-alexandria-matthews-participates-first-peoples-post-secondary-storytelling-exchange?fbclid=IwAR3ZBNwY64SNXiErLvtwNoVuEPywOd31vB-0mtvumPVFl9xPRy_naxh_J8E The Link, Concordia paper: https://thelinknewspaper.ca/article/feature/new-virtual-project-aims-to-improve-indigenous-students-access-to-post-secondary-education Noovo NVL Web TV Interview with Michelle at 4:12 https://noovo.ca/videos/nvl/nvl-du-18-fevrier-2021 FPPSE project website: https://fppse.net/ 

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