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Academic Women's Association

  • uofa
  • Corporate body

After three years of informal meetings, the Academic Women's Association was formally begun in 1975 to encourage implementation of the recommendations of the University of Alberta Senate's Task Force on the Status of Women. The purpose of the association is to foster collegiality among academic women, to promote and encourage equal opportunities for women in university affairs, and to provide a forum and a mechanism for affirmative action for women at the university. The original name, Academic Women's Association of Alberta, was designed to provide an incorporated body under which branches from Alberta universities could function.

Adkins, William Elmer

  • UAA
  • Person

Petroleum engineer, 1915-1985. Mr. Adkins, a graduate in Chemical Engineering from the University of Alberta in 1937, was the superintendent responsible for the design and construction of the Bitumount oil sands extraction plant. In association with Born Engineering Company he built refineries throughout Western Canada, including a facility in Turner Valley, Alberta. In 1946 he was appointed superintendent of the Alberta Government Oil Sands Project, to build and operate a demonstration plant at Bitumount.

Ahrens, Arthur Christian

  • UAA

Dentist, 1904-1985. Dr. Ahrens was a graduate in dentistry from the University of Alberta (DDS, 1927) and Northwestern University (1940). He served in the Canadian Dental Corps and was an active member of the Canadian Dental Association and the Alberta Dental Association. He was active in visits to rural Alberta schools, teaching dental hygiene to children and their parents.

Alberta Advisory Committee for Educational Studies

  • UOFA

AACES began as the Alberta Advisory Committee on Educational Research in 1954 but became the Alberta Advisory Committee for Educational Studies in 1966. Its original membership consisted of the University's Faculty of Education, the Alberta Department of Education, the Alberta Teacher's Association, the Alberta School Trustees Association (ASTA) and the Alberta Federation of Home and School Associations (HSA). ASTA and HSA dropped out of the Advisory Committee during the 1980s, while the Universities of Calgary (1966) and Lethbridge (1987) have since joined. The aim of AACES is to finance research in educational studies. To assist in the dissemination of research results it publishes the Alberta Journal of Educational Research and the Journal of Educational Thought.

Alberta Agricultural Alumni Association

  • UOFA

The Alberta Agricultural Alumni Association consisted of graduates of the Faculty of Agriculture at the University of Alberta. It organized social events and published a newsletter, The 4A News.

Alberta Fitness Leadership Certification Association

  • uofa
  • Corporate body

The Alberta Fitness Leadership Certification Association (AFLCA) facilitates the training and certification of fitness leaders and trainers in Alberta. Established in 1984, the association was founded by representatives of fitness agencies who were concerned with the consistency of fitness leadership in Alberta. The delivery of fitness leadership programs is through these agencies, under the guidelines of the AFLCA and its Board of Directors. The AFLCA is an agency-based, not-for-profit association whose operations benefit the represented agencies that deliver the AFLCA training programs. These agencies, in turn, represent their fitness leaders. The AFLCA adopted the guidelines put forth in 1984 by the National Fitness Leadership Advisory Committee (NFLAC). Performance standards were subsequently developed to recommend minimum competencies desired in the trained fitness leader. In 1989, the results of the comprehensive survey of leaders, trainers and agencies led the AFLCA towards the development of a new program model, which included more specialized areas of fitness training and more variety in courses for leaders to explore and agencies to administer. The mandate of AFLCA is to establish and implement specific standards and guidelines that organizations can follow for the training of their fitness leaders, to certify those leaders who have been trained and through that training have met the standards and guidelines established by the Association and to coordinate the standards and guidelines established by the National Fitness Leadership Advisory Committee (NFLAC) and to adjust these standards and guidelines to be most suitable for the fitness leaders of Alberta.

Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research

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The Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research (AHFMR) was established by the Government of Alberta in 1980 to support biomedical and health research at Alberta universities, affiliated institutions, and other medical and technology-related institutions. Operating funds come from a portion of the interest revenue from a Government endowment, with an initial investment of $300 million. AHFMR supports more than 200 senior researchers recruited from Alberta and around the world, and approximately 350 researchers-in-training. Since 1980, AHFMR has supported more than 8500 positions, providing unprecedented opportunities for research careers. AHFMR is governed by a Board of Trustees with representatives from the universities, the medical profession and the general public. AHFMR is headed by a President who is the CEO. The Board of Trustees are advised by an international Scientific Advisory Council and other groups, including committees of researchers who assess applications for awards. AHFMR reports to the people of Alberta through the Minister of Innovation and Science but is arms-length from government. Every six years an International Board of Review assesses AHFMR Programs and submits a report to AHFMR and the Government of Alberta.

Alberta Institute of Agrologists

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  • Corporate body

The AIA began in 1920 as the Northern and Southern Locals of the Canadian Society of Technical Agriculturalists. The national organization became the Agricultural Institute of Canada in 1945, and in 1947 the Alberta Government passed the Agrologists Act, which conferred professional status on agrologists under the regulation of the new Alberta Institute of Agrologists. The AIA's mandate is to maintain professional standards for agrology and to communicate to the government and to the public its concerns regarding its profession, agricultural education and research, and the role of agriculture and agrology in the community.

Alberta Institute of Pedology

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  • Corporate body

The Institute of Pedology, with headquarters at the University, was organized in 1968. The Institute consists of all pedologists in the Soil Science Department of the University, the Terrain Sciences Department of the Alberta Research Council and the Alberta Pedology Unit of the Land Resources Research Centre, Agriculture Canada. The Institute is involved in coordinating work in the following fields: soil survey in Alberta, research in pedology, interpretation of basic data on Alberta soils and assistance and/or cooperation from other institutions concerned with pedological data (Calendar, 1990/91). The Institute is directed by the Technical Coordinating Committee. The Chair of the Soil Science Department of the University is ex officio Chair of the Technical Coordinating Committee.

Alberta Law Reform Institute

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Known as the Institute of Law Research and Reform until 1990, the Alberta Law Reform Institute was established by an agreement between the provincial government, the Law Society of Alberta and the University of Alberta. Its principal objective is to promote law reform, particularly on the provincial level, and to conduct research in conjunction with its reform activities. Many of the Institute's reports have been or are in the process of being enacted for legislation. Staff periodically publish papers prompted directly or indirectly by law reform projects. Directors: 1968-1975 Wilbur Fee Bowker; 1975-1986 William H. Hurlburt; 1986-1988 R. Grant Hammond; 1988- Peter J.M. Lown.

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