ount Allison has declared 2011-12 is the Year of
Science and Discovery and is celebrating its role in this
region and beyond. The year-long endeavour will not
only celebrate the innovative and award-winning teaching and
research taking place on campus, but also the concept of discovery
in other fields, including the humanities, and the social sciences.
The flagship campus events include the President's Speakers
Series, which brings world-renowned researchers and academ-
ics from a number of disciplines to present and engage with the
University and surrounding community.
This year's speakers include: University of Oxford professor,
neuroscientist, broadcaster, and author Baroness Susan Green-
field; University of Alberta professor and international expert on
climate change effects and public policy Dr. David Schindler
(pictured on campus); University of Oxford and Mans-
field College scholar and astrophysicist instrumental in the
nobel Prize-winning research on the discovery of pulsars Prof.
Jocelyn Bell Burnell; playwright, mathematician, and educator
Dr. John Mighton, OC; and world-leading expert on bonobos and
research scientist in evolutionary anthropology at Duke University
Renowned expert in climate change, weather, and public
policy, Dr. David Schindler
Year of science and discovery kicks off at Mount Allison
commerce professor receives
2011 AAu Award for excellence in teaching
r. Rosemary Polegato, in Mount Allison's Ron Joyce
Centre for Business Studies, celebrated the beginning
of this school year with an extra bit of good news. Pole-
gato is a 2011 recipient of the Association of Atlantic Universities
(AAU) Distinguished Teaching Award for excellence in teaching.
Polegato, who teaches courses in marketing, is known for her
exceptional teaching approach and style. She has developed
courses that explore arts and culture management, as well as
the relationship between consumer behaviour and environmental
consciousness -- unique offerings in Atlantic Canada. Her
lessons have been described as those that "stay with you for life" by
students, and colleagues describe Polegato as a "leading force" in
the development of community-based learning and collaboration
to encourage cultural engagement at the local level.
The only regional award of its kind, the AAU Distinguished
Teaching Award recognizes professors from its 17 universities
across Atlantic Canada. Polegato is the sixth Mount Allison
professor to receive the award.