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AGILITY: the ability to think and draw conclusions quickly; intellectual acuity

The University of Lethbridge is home to AGILITY, an experiential learning opportunity in entrepreneurship that bridges education, research and innovation. AGILITY equips students with the skills of resilience, responsiveness and adaptability to allow them to keep pace with an evolving labour market, as well as skills that will enable them to tolerate risk and thrive despite change or failure.

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The University of Lethbridge is developing a new program in innovation and entrepreneurship designed to nurture the entrepreneurial spirit. Students will learn about innovative thinking and developing ideas from renowned faculty and leaders in the business and social innovation community. They will work in a cross-disciplinary environment and will have the space, tools and mentorship to bring their ideas to life.

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Themes of Innovation 2016 – Week 4 Wrapup

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Ethics, a tricky but essential conversation to have when developing new ideas, was the main topic of week 4 in Themes of Innovation 2016. Dr. John Usher led students through a discussion on various aspects of ethics, including the implications of technology, philosophical underpinnings, and finding solutions to ethical problems. In relation to food, the class delved deeper on ethical implications related to food giants, pseudo foods, and supermarket strategies that influence shopper purchasing behaviour.  John also highlighted differences between ethical dilemmas, choices between right vs. wrong and right vs. right, the doctrine of double effect, and Type 1 and Type 2 problems. In the latter half of the week, students pitched their final project ideas to a panel of judges (as well as the rest of the class) that identified a potential food related issue requiring innovative problem solving. From there, students then chose the top three projects that they would…

Themes of Innovation 2016 – Week 3 Wrapup

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Students delved deeper into design principals in Week Three with Associate Professor Leanne Elias. As one of the faculty involved with the Fine Arts Data Physicalization Lab, Leanne charged students with a hands on activity to engage their critical making skills by coming up with solutions on how to bridge the gap between creative ideas and physical representations. The activity? Take four black boxes and arrange them in different ways to convey the meaning of a word. Data physicalization aims to help people explore, understand, and communicate data using computer-supported physical data representations. In the Fine Arts Data Physicalization Lab, U of L students and a variety of scientists work together to explore the intersection of art, new media, and scientific data. AGILITY students were able to sample the process that Data Physicalization students follow in order to gain an understanding that seemingly impossible constraints, once worked on, are actually not as limiting as initially thought….

Themes of Innovation 2016 – Week 2 Wrapup

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Dr. Bruce MacKay really kicked off the theme of this year’s class by giving a guest lecture titled “The Implications of Food”. During his discussion, Bruce talked about genetically engineered salmon, FDA regulations over modified animals, and the implications to the future of our food. One such case that was used was AquaBounty Technologies, the first company in the world to gain FDA approval in order to sell genetically modified food animals.  Bruce also brought up the real cost of pork production. Everything from the effects of hog manure in tailing ponds, the impact on a community from emphasized racial and poverty inequalities, and global export operations were examined by using case studies of large, tightly-controlled indoor hog operations. The main example came from Duplin County, the top hog producing county in the United States with 530 operations and the capacity to farm over 2 million pigs. The case highlighted just how impactful a…

No Film School | Learn the Camera Philosophy of VR’s Most Cinematic Studio

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Written by Oakley Anderson-Moore from No Film School on May 19, 2016. From tinkering on their own cameras in the pre-VR days of 3D cinema to creating VR experiences like award-winning Inside the Box of Kurios and Lebron James: Striving for Greatness, creative team Félix Lajeunesse and Paul Raphaël of Felix & Paul Studios have set a high water mark for the cinematic experience of virtual reality. Their latest project, Nomads, now out on Gear VR and coming soon to Oculus in 6k, is a three part series following nomadic tribes of Maasai in Kenya, sea gypsies in Borneo, and the yak herders in Mongolia—and it’s absolutely breathtaking. No Film School sat down with Paul to talk about everything from his philosophy of composition in VR, to the fragile sense of presence, to taking on fiction in his next VR projects. NFS: People characterize VR as a medium where there’s no cinematographer, because…

The University of Lethbridge is ideally and uniquely positioned to prepare students for life in the 21st Century. Specifically, our commitment to liberal education encourages a breadth of perspective, and fosters resilience and mental agility to enhance success in a rapidly changing world. This commitment to entrepreneurialism and innovation will provide students with the opportunity to explore self-directed jobs and careers that can serve to diversify and sustain our economy, enrich our society and assist Alberta to further develop its knowledge economy.

Dr. Lesley Brown | Vice-Provost & Associate Vice-President Academic