Important travel update; faculty award; colloquium recap; Ross Prize accepting applications

An update from one of our fellow Canadian organizations in the Bay Area.

Canadian Studies Announcements
Important COVID-19 update: Canadian airlines suspend US-bound flights; new guidelines for air travel to Canada
In the News: CAN affiliate Dan Kammen elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Event Recap: Student Research Roundtable
Rita Ross Undergraduate Prize now accepting applications
COVID-19 Update: Canadian Airlines suspend travel to US; New Guidelines for Anyone Returning to Canada
As of today, April 27th, 2020, all Canadian air carriers will suspend scheduled services to the United States. Please consult the websites of the various Canadian airlines to see when regular services will resume. Currently, some US air carriers still have scheduled flights between Canada and the US. If you are planning to return to Canada by air, it is recommended that you finalize your arrangements now and do not delay your return.
As part of the Government of Canada’s efforts to continue to slow the spread of COVID-19, new guidelines were released last week that apply to any person returning to Canada by air, including the following of key importance:
  1. Travelers experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 must enter a mandatory 14-day isolation.
  2. Travelers not experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 must enter a 14-day quarantine.
  3. Non-medical masks or face coverings are now required while in the airport and travelling by plane.
It is critically important to adhere to the new guidelines. The slower the spread of COVID-19, the faster we can get back to restaurants and concerts, sporting events and spending time with family and friends.
Further information on COVID-19 for Canadians in the US can be found here.
Canadian Studies Faculty Affiliate Daniel Kammen Elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences
Canadian Studies sends our congratulations to faculty affiliate Professor Daniel Kammen, who was recently elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. The Academy, founded in 1780, honours distinguished leaders in a variety of scholarly and artistic disciplines.
Professor Kammen is a professor of energy and resources, public policy and nuclear engineering and director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory. His research focuses on energy supply and transmission, smart grid and low-carbon energy systems, life-cycle impacts of transportation options and energy for community development in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Professor Kammen has previously served as a member of the Canadian National Advisory Panel on Sustainable Energy Science and Technology Strategy.
Read more at Berkeley News.
Event Recap: Student Research Panel
Canadian Studies ended our spring events lineup last week with a student research panel. The event highlighted original projects undertaken by UC Berkeley students who received research funding from Canadian Studies. The panel was our third event this semester held online, and one of our most successful overall, drawing both longtime Canadian Studies community members and others interested in the specific research projects displayed. Our thanks to everyone who attended!
First to present was Boróka Bó, a doctoral candidate in sociology and demography. Boróka received a Hildebrand Fellowship to conduct research in Toronto on how socioeconomic status affected perceptions of “time scarcity” among retired people. Using a combination of survey data and in-person interviews, she discovered that while individuals from both ends of the economic spectrum experienced time-pressure, lower-income people experienced it more negatively due to quality-of-life issues caused by problems such as dangerous neighborhoods, financial stress, and caregiver responsibilities. Boróka will present her findings to the American Sociological Association this summer.
Our second speaker was Fallon Burner, an undergraduate history major and descendent of the Wendat Nation. Fallon conducted her research on language revitalization efforts on the Wendake Reserve in Québec. She argued that language plays a vital role in Indigenous communities, and suggested that revitalization projects could alleviate transgenerational cultural trauma. As a historian, she stressed the importance of increasing Indigenous voices in the field, and advocated for Native people to reclaim agency over their own narratives. After Fallon graduates next month, she will continue her research at a master’s program at the University of Saskatchewan.
Rita Ross Undergraduate Prize In Canadian Studies Open
The Rita Ross Undergraduate Prize in Canadian Studies was established to honor Dr. Rita Ross, longtime associate director of the UC Berkeley Canadian Studies Program, and supports undergraduate students pursuing a research topic related to Canada in a UC Berkeley class or independent study project. The prize is awarded annually to the student who has written the best undergraduate research paper or produced the best original project that engages with topics, people or events related to Canada. Decisions about awards are made by the Thomas Garden Barnes Chair in Canadian Studies in consultation with other faculty affiliated with the Canadian Studies program.
Eligibility: The prize competition is open to any UC Berkeley undergraduate student in good academic standing, in any college or discipline.
The prize is awarded at the end of the Spring semester. The recipient receives a certificate and an award of $250.
Application for 2019-2020
Deadline: May 22, 2020
The Canadian Studies Program invites applications from undergraduate students in good standing at UC Berkeley for the Rita Ross Undergraduate Prize in Canadian Studies. Applicants should upload the following to the Canadian Studies Program through the official application form on the Canadian Studies homepage.
  • A copy of an original paper or project produced in a UC Berkeley class or independent study during the 2019-2020 academic year.
  • A cover letter providing information about the class for which the work was produced, including course name, number, and instructor’s name, and how the work relates to Canada.
  • A letter of support by the course instructor or faculty mentor highlighting the strengths of the work.
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