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Quarterly summary: Jonathan Thon starts with a flourish


We were thrilled this quarter to welcome Dr. Jonathan Thon to the Black Hole in the capacity of regular contributor.    He’s enthusiastically launched himself into the online blogging world with several articles and I’ve tried to scatter in a few along the way.  If you fancy doing something similar, we’re always open to hearing from new potential bloggers that want to have a one time (or regular) say on the issue(s) that they are most concerned with.  Contact me at [email protected] if you are keen.

Also, The Black Hole will be making a few changes in the coming quarter including building a resource page that will catalogue some of our most popular links and stats for use by our readers – we hope this will help older posts stay fresh.
For now, here’s a recap of what was done this quarter:
Articles Written

  • Making the Case for Increased Federal Support of Biomedical Research
  • The Problem: A lack of faculty positions at top-tier Canadian Universities and Research Institutes
  • Pitching solutions: Transition awards and Targeted Hiring
  • Bring home the (scientific) troops!
  • Biomedical Research and Broken Clocks: All the Parts, but No Instructions


  • Google Scholar “My Citations” – Useful tool or the height of narcissism?
  • Quick Hit: CSPC online audio/video and our new Facebook Page
  • Who do universities want to hire – scientists or politicians?
  • 2012 Taxes for Postdocs: Dredging up the Past
  • CIHR Grant Reform: Speak now or forever hold your peace

CIHR Trainee

  • It can be done: Moving labs with your CIHR fellowship

Our Other Activities
Dave has continued to write for the Stem Cell Network blog publishing three articles this quarter:

Discussion Highlights

  • Kathy Lam offered us another success story of moving a CIHR award – this time a PhD scholarship
  • A discussion about whether or not comments should have context/perspective provided or not broke out following Dave’s post Who do universities want to hire – scientists or politicians?
  • Many more discussions about taxes ensued after this year’s tax entry including a curious distinction between SSHRC and CIHR concerning taxation of research allowances – see 2012 Taxes for Postdocs: Dredging up the Past

Popular Posts this Quarter

  1. A deeper look into the “80% of PhDs who do not become professors” (2,513)
  2. 2011 Taxes for Post Docs: At least we know the rules this year (1,676)
  3. 2010 Canadian Taxes: Did you get your T2202 and T4a? (1,108)
  4. Academia vs. Industry: A former Postdoc’s perspective (1,070)
  5. Who do universities want to hire – scientists or politicians? (782)
David Kent
Dr. David Kent is a principal investigator at the York Biomedical Research Institute at the University of York, York, UK. He trained at Western University and the University of British Columbia before spending 10 years at the University of Cambridge, UK where he ran his research group until 2019. His laboratory's research focuses on the fundamental biology of blood stem cells and how changes in their regulation lead to cancers. David has a long history of public engagement and outreach including the creation of The Black Hole in 2009.
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