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Duff Roblin Building fire information session
Posted Wednesday, September 9, 2009 12:53 PM

Click here for the Board of Governors Report on the Duff Roblin Building fire (PDF).

An information session will be held for faculty, staff and students affected by the Duff Roblin building fire. University administrators and department staff will be on hand to provide an update on rebuilding efforts and answer questions.

When: Monday, September 14, 2009 11 a.m. to noon.
Where: Multi-Purpose Room, University Centre

As the fall term begins and students return to classes, the University of Manitoba continues to deal with the aftermath of a serious fire in the Duff Roblin building which occurred in March. While recovery and rebuilding efforts are well underway, the building remains unusable at this time. Over the summer, the university arranged for the relocation of offices, classes and labs for the affected faculties, specifically the departments of biological sciences, psychology, human nutritional sciences, textile sciences and anthropology.  Everything possible is being done to ensure appropriate facilities are in place for the smooth continuation of academic programs and to ensure a minimal impact on students. From time to time, however, disruptions may occur and students are being asked to bear with the university as it undertakes to complete the rebuilding process. What follows is some helpful information to undergraduate and graduate students in the affected departments. As usual, course information can also be found in the University of Manitoba student calendar or by logging in to Aurora Student or by contacting your specific faculty or department.

Biological Sciences
The department’s general offices have moved to 121 Machray Hall (474-9245).

Undergraduate students can direct any department-specific questions to this office or to:

• Urmilla Deonauth, undergraduate program administrator, at deonaut@cc.umanitoba.ca

• Dr. Gary Anderson, undergraduate program coordinator, at andersow@cc.umanitoba.ca

Graduate students can direct questions to the general office or to:

• Maureen Foster, graduate program administrator, at mfoster@cc.umanitoba.ca

• Dr. Michele Piercey-Normore, graduate studies program coordinator, at pierceyn@cc.umanitoba.ca

Teaching will continue as usual despite the fire, however, small adjustments may result from changes in available equipment or space. There will be no labs taught in the Duff Roblin building at this time. Research labs from Duff Roblin have moved to other locations on campus including the Buller building, the Crop Technology Centre, Machray Hall, Allen building and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans building. In some cases, laboratories will now accommodate research that is led by more than one researcher, meaning students may be working more closely together during this transition time. As the rebuilding process continues, labs and research will be moved to new spaces as they become available. Instructors will provide students with information regarding the location of labs.


The department’s general office has moved to Chancellor’s Hall (474-9338).

Undergraduate students are encouraged to direct their questions to:

• Sarah Germain, Undergraduate Student Advisor, at 474-6982, psychugadvisor@umanitoba.ca

• Dr. Jason Leboe, Associate Head (Undergraduate), at 272-1558, leboej@cc.umanitoba.ca

Graduate students are encouraged to direct their questions to:

• Linda Inglis, Graduate Programs Coordinator, at 474-6377, Psych_Grad_Office@umanitoba.ca

• Dr. Dan Bailis, Associate Head (Graduate), at 474-8777, bailisds@cc.umanitoba.ca

Teaching will continue as usual but in various locations across campus.  Temporary research labs have been established both around campus and in a dedicated trailer village in the ‘B’ parking lot (located to the east of the Fletcher Argue building).  Students are encouraged to consult the department’s web site for information about temporary offices and research labs, and other information pertaining to the department (http://umanitoba.ca/psychology/).

Human Nutritional Sciences

The department’s general office has moved to 407 Human Ecology (474-9901).

The academic offices for professors previously housed in Duff Roblin have been relocated to the 4th floor of the Human Ecology building. There will be no change in the delivery of lecture and laboratory sections for any courses offered in the department.

Textile Sciences

The department’s general offices remain in 205 Human Ecology (474-8137).

Three professors who previously had offices in the Duff Roblin building have been relocated to 303 Human Ecology. They include:

• Dr. Wen Zhong, 474-9913
• Dr. Song Liu, 474-9616
• Dr. Mashiur Rahman, 474-8509

Alternate lab space to replace H502 is being established. Most textile science labs will be held in Human Ecology 322. Instructors will advise students as to the location of their labs.


The department’s general offices remain in 435 Fletcher Argue building (474-6327). There is no anticipated impact on courses offered by the department.

For more information, contact:
Leah Janzen
Communications Manager
Public Affairs
Phone: (204) 474-8034