Campus Beat 2015 Mansbridge Summit examines the role of the public broadcaster Mount Allison hosted its annual Mansbridge Summit in January. Led by the University’s Chancellor and CBC News Chief Correspondent Peter Mansbridge, the event is generously funded by the John E. Irving family and allows for a day of academic discussion, debate, and learning around a central theme. Drawing on the University’s Year of Culture and Creativity, this year’s summit welcomed some familiar names and voices to campus, including: David Myles (’03), Juno-award winning singer and songwriter; Marshall Button, actor, playwright, and director; Dr. Lydia Miljan, associate professor of political science and chair of the Arts and Science program at the University of Windsor; and Leslie Stojsic, senior producer with CBC’s political program, Power & Politics. This group, along with Mansbridge, helped students investigate what having a public broadcaster means for the arts, as well as for scientists and others who want to help educate the public. Discussions also looked at how social media and technology are changing public broadcasters and how they engage and interact with their audience. Participants of the 2015 Mansbridge Summit with Chancellor Mansbridge and panelists Dr. Lydia Miljan, Marshall Button, and David Myles. “Virtual” Open Doors highlights research partnerships Mount Allison opened its doors to various research labs this fall with the click of a mouse. As part of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada’s (AUCC) national open house, the University held a ‘virtual event,’ profiling research partnerships in biology, Music, and physics. Music student Aude Urbancic’s (’15) summer research examined injury prevention for pianists. Working with professor Dr. Gary Tucker (’77), as well as health advisors in massage therapy, physiotherapy, and tai chi in Sackville and Montreal, Urbancic looked at injury prevention and treatment for piano players. Biology professor Dr. Vett Lloyd’s and master’s student Natalie Bjurman’s (’15) work with Sackville veterinarian Dr. Gina Bradet seeks to learn more and educate the public about ticks and tickborne illnesses, including Lyme disease, in the region. Physics professor Dr. Ralf Bruning’s work in X-ray diffraction sees him partnering on projects with the German-based company Atotech, a leading manufacturer of plating copper for electronic circuit boards. Bruning’s lab is also working with local companies in Atlantic Canada. The stories were shared and archived through a live streaming platform — MtALive. Visit (AUCC Open Doors) to see more about these projects. 6 / THE RECORD / Winter 2015