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India asks Canada to ensure security at Independence Day celebration events

India asks Canada to ensure security at Independence Day celebration events

TORONTO: For the first time ever, the Indian government has called upon Canada to ensure adequate security during Independence Day celebrations at missions in the country but to also prevent the disruption of events organised by the Indo-Canadian community.

This was conveyed by India’s high commission in Ottawa to Global Affairs Canada, the country’s foreign ministry, in a diplomatic communique. It came as the community prepares to observe August 15 with public in-person events for the first time since 2019 as Covid-19 related restrictions ease.

A senior Indian official confirmed that this was the first time India has broadened its security request for Independence Day from enhanced measures at its diplomatic premises in Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver, to guarding “Indian interests” related to community events across the country.

The official clarified that such celebrations were organised by Canadian citizens but the “broader” concern was due to the large presence of Indian citizens including students and children. “We recognise this is an internal matter for Canada, but we encourage Canadian authorities to ensure their safety as well,” the official said.

Indian officials said there was information that pro-Khalistan and pro-Pakistan Kashmiri outfits were “planning to disrupt” such events.

Last year, the non-profit Panorama India organised an event for August 15 in the Toronto suburb of Mississauga but there were disturbances caused by protesters reported at the time.

Similarly, organisers of a Tiranga Rally in Vancouver to mark Republic Day in 2021 faced protesters at their workplaces following the event. That came after India’s consulate in Vancouver was blockaded by protesters on January 26 that year, amid pro-Khalistan speeches and slogans.

The showpiece event this year will be the India Day parade in Toronto, organised by Panorama India, which will include floats from various states and community groups. It will culminate at a public celebration in downtown Toronto. In 2019, this event had attracted over 50,000 people of Indian origin. In British Columbia, Indo-Canadian groups are planning a large car rally from the town of Surrey in the Metro Vancouver region.

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Partners invited to host nature-based events this fall in celebration of trees, bees, butterflies, and nature in our city.

The City of Austin’s Urban Forest Program has begun preparing for the 5th Annual Roots & Wings Festival and invites area nonprofits, City partners and other community groups to participate in this combined celebration of Arbor Day and Monarch Appreciation Day.

Area nature enthusiasts are encouraged to apply to host a Roots & Wings community event. This two-week festival, which is free to participants, offers many opportunities to bring the festival close to home and connect communities. Multiple City of Austin departments and external partners support this annual event. This year’s Roots & Wings Festival will focus on amplifying the efforts of the diverse organizations that help connect the Austin community with nature.

“This year, we’re excited to support events planned by organizations across our community,” said Emily King, the City of Austin’s Urban Forester. “By moving fully into this model, we know that the Roots & Wings Festival will have a greater reach and stronger cultural significance, allowing more of our Austin neighbors to reap the many benefits nature provides.”

Funding is available to help support community-led programming. Additional resources, such as marketing and programmatic support, are available to all accepted applicants. To be eligible for participation and potential funding, partners must submit completed applications by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 5. Learn more about funding to help support community-led programming here

Participating organizations must plan to host events between Saturday, Oct. 22 and Saturday, Nov. 5, and proposed events must align with the Festival’s mission of “celebrating Arbor Day and Monarch Appreciation Day and connecting all members of our community to nature by advancing equitable access.” Organizations that traditionally do not offer nature-based programming and those who work with communities in high-priority zones identified in the Community Tree Priority Map are strongly encouraged to apply.

Throughout its brief history, the Roots & Wings Festival has sought to better connect Austinites to trees, pollinators and nature. This year’s festival holds extra significance, occurring months after Austin earned its certification as a Bee City USA Affiliate, recognizing our community’s commitment to conserving pollinators.

Potential participants with questions can contact Jess Wright, Roots & Wings Festival Program Coordinator, at

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Celebration to Panic: Mass Shootings Change How Some View Crowded Events

Celebration to Panic: Mass Shootings Change How Some View Crowded Events

Some are thinking twice about attending large gatherings in the wake of the mass shootings at Fourth of July celebrations in Illinois and Philadelphia.

D.C.-area resident Juan Carlos Orejarena told News4 he tries to keep watch of his surroundings.

“Always, always in the back of your head. It’s a reality and we can’t ignore it,” Orejarena said.

He and his family opted to celebrate Independence Day at home. His son, Rodrigo, says he’s grown up in an era where gun violence is top of mind.

“It’s really saddening because I’ve been practicing shooting drills since I was in school, since I was a little kid. It’s something that makes me sad that I have to think about,” Rodrigo said.

Dr. GiShawn Mance-Early, an associate professor of Psychology at Howard University, says it’s OK to have doubts about attending crowded events.

“It is a sense of loss, that we’re all kind of having this collective trauma together. The loss of our ability to just kind of be,” Manc-Early said.

She said that while some might feel comfortable in crowded situations, it’s important to remember that others might not.

“I want to normalize the response of ‘Hey, I’m anxious. I don’t know if I want to be in this large setting,'” Manc-Early said.

A tourist from Europe who came to D.C. to see the Fourth of July fireworks told News4 he wasn’t scared and doesn’t want to live in fear.

“We all cope in different ways. For some, they need to have the sense of — ‘I need to have the sense of freedom. I need to feel like I can live,'” Manc-Early said.

FBI crime statistics show active shooter incidents have increased in recent years from 31 in 2017 to 61 in 2021.

But Mance-Early said it’s important to keep things in perspective.

“It feels as though it’s happening quite often. And the numbers are increasing,” she said. “However, in the grand scheme of natural disasters, different types of traumas that are happening, the numbers are smaller.”

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Fort Worth’s Fourth celebration among several 4th of July events Sunday, Monday

Fort Worth’s Fourth celebration among several 4th of July events Sunday, Monday

Many North Texas cities are preparing for their Fourth of July celebrations Saturday night and Monday.

That includes Fort Worth, where Panther Island Pavilion will be packed with North Texans celebrating the holiday Monday night.

Panther Island Pavilion, along the Trinity River, was mostly empty Sunday, but some were setting up early ahead of Monday’s Fourth of July celebration.

“We’re here just to have some fun, watch this beautiful fireworks display,” Tracy Torres said.

Torres runs the food truck, TNT Roasted Corn. He was getting ready to sell his dishes.

“We serve roasted corn, roasted potatoes, corn stuffed roasted potatoes,” he said.

Selling some food while those attending grab a seat to the largest fireworks show in North Texas.

2022 July 4th Fireworks & Events in Dallas-Fort Worth

“We have a new fireworks vendor this year,” event spokesman Matt Oliver said.

Oliver said they’ll have swimming, live music, and plenty of options for all ages.

The event begins at 5 p.m. Monday, with the 30-minute grand finale fireworks display at 9:30 p.m.

An issue that’s somewhat typical for this time of year is the heat.

We’re looking at triple-digit temperatures Monday. Oliver said guests can bring a water bottle to use at filling stations.

“So if you bring one in, you know you can stay hydrated all day for free,” he added.

Vendors are certainly expecting a scorcher, but they said it’ll all be worth it once fireworks take over the sky.

“Well, we just do a lot of sweating, but we keep on moving,” Torres said.

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New approach to Canada Day at The Forks provides space for celebration, reflection: attendees | CBC News

New approach to Canada Day at The Forks provides space for celebration, reflection: attendees | CBC News

People who attended a new kind of Canada Day celebration at The Forks in Winnipeg on Friday say the event gave them a chance to celebrate their country while reflecting on its past.

Mike Edwards came to the event with his family, all clad in orange shirts — the colour associated with honouring survivors and the families of Indigenous people forced to attend residential schools.

He said he liked the new direction the national historic site took to include more elements of Indigenous culture in its July 1 celebrations this year.

“While Canada is the place where I live, I think there are things that need to be recognized about the history of Canada. And I think that it’s important to recognize the history of Canada’s relationship with Indigenous people,” he said. 

Edwards, who is not Indigenous, said he thinks there’s a way to balance Canada Day celebrations with reflections about the country’s history.

“But I think that after so many years of celebrating traditional Canada Day … it’s important to tip the scale the other way,” he said.

The national historic site — where the Red and Assiniboine rivers meet, and which has been an important gathering spot for thousands of years — announced two weeks ago that after months of Indigenous-led discussions with community members, newcomers and youth, it decided to reshape what its usual July 1 events would look like.

The discussions followed last year’s discoveries of what are believed to be hundreds of unmarked graves at residential school sites across the country. 

Those findings led many to opt out of celebrating Canada Day in 2021 and instead spend the day honouring the thousands of children forced to attend the institutions.

Clare MacKay, executive director of The Forks, said the site wanted to offer people a variety of experiences this year, ranging from quiet spots for contemplation to places for gatherings and celebrations, as it looked to reimagine its July 1 events.

A woman smiles slightly as people gather in a space behind her.
Clare MacKay, the executive director of The Forks, says the site will offer its annual feedback survey at the end of the month, and will specifically ask people what they thought of the reimagined Canada Day celebrations. (Travis Golby/CBC)

“Canada Day is Canada Day. And we wanted to ensure that we could indicate that we were doing things differently, that we had consulted with our communities, with Indigenous people in particular, newcomers and youth,” MacKay said.

“That really is our intention for this entire day, is to bring everybody from our city here to learn from each other, to gather together, to move forward together.”

Newcomer excited to mark 1st Canada Day

MacKay said she hopes The Forks can build on this year’s work to create an even stronger program for July 1 next year. 

That may include fireworks, which were scrapped this year largely because of timing issues: programming ends at 6 p.m. and a fireworks show wouldn’t happen until 11 p.m.

But the site will also consider environmental and other impacts of the loud displays before offering fireworks again, she said.

The Forks will offer its annual feedback survey for the community at the end of the month. This year, it will specifically ask people what they thought of the reimagined Canada Day celebrations.

Those at the event Friday also included Camilo Nirvaz, who came to Canada from Colombia with his wife and dog two months ago.

Nirvaz said he was excited to mark his first Canada Day by celebrating his new country, and learning about its past and about Indigenous cultures.

“I will learn about the many traditions of Canada. History is so important, because when you introduce the history, customs, you will learn about the Canadian steps,” he said.

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Friday’s event at The Forks had spaces for both quiet reflection and celebrations. (Sam Samson/CBC)

The day’s activities included lessons on how to create and offer tobacco ties into a fire, which Nathan Ertel and Shawn Thomas, from the St. Boniface Street Links outreach program, helped with.

Thomas, who is from Peguis First Nation, said he’s been learning more recently about Canada’s residential school system and hopes others spend some time this July 1 doing the same.

“It’s important now that people understand what’s going on,” he said.

Ertel, who is not Indigenous, said he hopes people put some thought into the different options they have to observe Canada Day.

“You can either celebrate it or you can remember [parts of Canada’s history], or you could do both,” he said. “It’s up to you to decide.”

Charles Woolford, who is from Wuskwi Sipihk First Nation, was among the fire keepers tending to the fire at The Forks on Friday.

Woolford, 25, said it was an honour to do that work, especially when it means sharing traditions with the younger generation or with people who have lost touch with their culture.

“It’s important for First Nations to learn our traditions and ceremonies again,” he said.

“We’ve got to think about our young ones, because they don’t know how to do that stuff.”

‘It isn’t political,’ says Assiniboia Downs attendee

Karen Suderman said she would normally attend Canada Day festivities at The Forks, but instead attended celebrations at Assiniboia Downs on Friday.

Suderman, who is Métis, doesn’t agree with the reimagining of Canada Day events at The Forks.

“To each their own,” she said. “It’s kind of sad that you are making it political, because it isn’t political. It’s Canada Day.”

Karen Suderman said she would normally go to Canada Day events at The Forks, but chose to celebrate at Assiniboia Downs this year instead. (Travis Golby/CBC)

Michelle Huot, who was also at Assiniboia Downs Friday, said she was conflicted about how to celebrate Canada’s birthday with her young family.

“I want to celebrate … but we have such a complicated history,” she said,  adding she’s trying to balance celebration with reflection.

“I think you can do both.”

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Research Celebration Events

Research Celebration Events

Scholarship Recognition Event Booklet

The Research Celebration Reception Event was held on April 25, 2022 to celebrate a selection of notable faculty accomplishments.

National Recognition

Melvyn Huff 

Chosen to serve on the National Science Board from 2020-2026. The NSB has 25 members who, together with the Director, determine the direction of the National Science Foundation. Jointly the Board and the Director pursue the goals and function of the NSF, including the duty to “recommend and encourage the pursuit of national policies for the promotion of research and education in science and engineering.”

Kevin Stokesbury

Elected to the National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on the Assessment and Advancement of Science in the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s (BOEM) Environmental Studies Program. BOEM’s Environmental Studies Program develops, funds, and manages rigorous scientific research specifically to inform policy decisions on the development of energy and mineral resources, according to BOEM’s website.

Fulbright and Carnegie Foundation Fellowships 

Bridget Teboh – Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship 

Anna Klobucka – Fulbright Scholar to University of Lisbon

Soheil Sibari – Fulbright Scholar to University of Capetown

Dilshod Achilov – Fulbright Scholar to Al-Farabi Kazakh National University

Prizes & Awards for Scholarships 

Michelle Bowers – Society of Typographic Arts STA 100 Award 

Melissa Desroches – Building for Scale Scholar at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing RESILIENCE Center 

Jeremiah Ho – Dukeminier Award from the Williams Institute at UCLA Law School for his work in LGBTQ legal scholarship 

Juried Works and Exhibits 

Mwalim Peters – Multiple Commissioned Plays

Jing Wang – Juried Musical Compositions

Rebecca Hutchinson – Art Work Commissioned by Boston Children’s Hospital

Gabo Camnitzer – Exhibit at the Queens Museum

Notable Publications 

Anupama Arora –  Bollywood’s New Woman: Liberalization, Liberation, and Contested Bodies (Rutgers University Press)

Avijit Gangopadhyay – Introduction to Ocean Circulation & Modeling (CRC Press)

Pamela Karimi – Alternative Iran (Stanford University Press)

Timothy Walker – Sailing to Freedom: Maritime Dimensions of the Underground Railroad (University of Massachusetts Press)

First Ever Grants to our Campus

Julia Fang – R01 Grant from the NIH

John Buck – Multi University Research Initiative (MURI) Grant from the ONR

Notable Grants for Junior Faculty

Banafsheh Seyed-Aghazadeh – NSF-CAREER and Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award

Arghavan Louhghalam – NSF-CAREER 

Grants in Support of Students in STEM

Yanlai Chen – S-STEM Award

Tracie Ferreira – S-STEM Award

NSF Research Experience for Undergraduate Grants

Shao Ming – NSF REU Award

Vijay Chalivendra – NSF REU Award

Other Awards

Scott Field – NSF & NASA Grants 

Gavin Fay – NOAA & NSF

Steve Lohrenz – Massachusetts Tech Collaborative

Roulin Zhou – ONR & NSF

Anthony Arrigo – National Endowment for the Arts

Firas Khatib – NSF

Hangjian Ling – NSF

Kihan Park – NSF

Monika Schuler – NSF

Rebecca Uchill – Henry Luce Foundation Award

Xiofei Jia – NIH

David Manke & Marilyn Naeem – First Crystal Structure of Serotonin

Samuel Peck – Essay in Storytellers of Art Histories (Intellect Books) 

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2022 Teacher Research Presentations and Graduation Celebration

2022 Teacher Research Presentations and Graduation Celebration

Watch the research presentations

Presentations of Original Research by the Master of Arts in Teaching Candidates 

Presentations at Barbara Mandel Auditorium G03

9:15 AM – 10:15 AM

Kaitlyn Marie York
Incorporation of Student Choice and Its Effect on Engagement

Andrew J. Marshall
“How can I help?”: Maximizing my use of language in brief one-on-one conversations

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Siobhan Erin O’Donnell
“Please raise your hand once in your life or I am going to LOSE IT”: Preventing Disruptive Behaviors in the Classroom

Tal Golan
Supporting English Learners and Promoting Community in an Integrated Classroom


Presentations at Mandel G10

9:15 AM – 10:15 AM

Dana Homer
Persevering through Challenges: An Exploration of Growth Mindset

Joshua R. Feld
Being Human in the Classroom

Jacob M. Mitchell
Distraction & Differentiation: Student Engagement in the Digital Era

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Geraldine Marie Alexandrine Bogard
Setting Clear Expectations for My Students: Effectively Communicating What I Need from Them

Dewey Jack Komishane
Analyzing Scaffolds for Student-Teacher Meetings


Presentations at Olin-Sang 101

9:15 AM – 10:15 AM

Jacqueline Lucia Mundis
“Shut Up So She’ll Give us Stickers:” The Effects of Rewards on Classroom Communities

Elisabeth Ng
“That was so fun”: How to Make Learning Engaging and Accessible

Gaia Chapasko-Daelli
“Mens Sana in Corpore Sano”: Work-Life Balance in Education

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Jeffrey Bombardier
Data Driven Teaching: How Formative Assessment Informed My Practice

Ethan Thurlow Miller
How Gender Influences Vocal Participation in Class Discussions


Presentations at Olin-Sang 104

9:15 AM – 10:15 AM

Jenevieve Alyse McCauley
Choice of Independent Reading Book During an 8th Grade Holocaust Unit

Patrick Hurley
An Investigation of Student Responses to Varying Engagement Strategies in a 9th Grade Classroom

Tasmia Ejaz Hussain
Nobody Puts Student Teachers in a Corner!

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Sarah Elizabeth Riley
Building Community through Restorative Circles

Eric Arthur Rosenheim
Relevance through Diction: Adding Authenticity to the Classroom


Teacher research is systematic, intentional inquiry conducted in and for practice, on a matter of concern to the individual teacher-researcher and relevant to the profession more broadly. MAT students identify an interest or concern and begin to frame a question in December/January. Over the next several months, they refine the question, develop a plan for data collection, typically including an action component, and begin to collect data—all the while, carrying on their teaching responsibilities.

For several more months, they continue to collect data, begin the process of data analysis, revise their plans, collect more data…teaching all the while…reach the summer term, continue analysis…identify findings…frame conclusions and pose questions for further inquiry…until they arrive at this point: sharing their findings with others.

One MAT student summed up the essence of the work this way:

There are two important elements of teacher research as I see it. One is noticing, observing.  Secondly, there is wondering.

Today we are all privileged to listen in on and be called to thought and action by the dedicated noticing, observing, and wondering of these remarkable people.