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BY LÉO CHARBONNEAU | March 20 2009

À titre de professeur, que jugez-vous prioritaire : Enseigner aux étudiants les classiques de la civilisation occidentale, ou enseigner aux étudiants à devenir des agents de changement social?

Un récent Continue reading de The Chronicle of Higher Education s'appuie sur un sondage effectué auprès de plus de 22 500 professeurs américains auxquels on a demandé, entre autres, quels étaient les o...
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BY LÉO CHARBONNEAU | February 04 2010

Saskatchewan government decides to cut funding to First Nations University of Canada.

The Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada held a day-and-a-half workshop last week for university presidents focussing on aboriginal education. This workshop was the first in a series of planned AUCC events on aboriginal access to higher education, which was identified by AUCC as one of...
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Two dozen presidents from 14 countries gathered in advance of full G8 summit in Huntsville, Ontario.

An event that seemed to slip under the media radar, the 2010 G8 University Summit was held last week (May 20-22) in Vancouver, attended by 24 university presidents from 14 countries. It was the third such summit, the first being held in Hokkaido, Japan in 2008 and in Turin, Italy last year. The e...
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BY LÉO CHARBONNEAU | February 05 2013

Overeducated, underemployed graduates are not the new normal, as CBC doc claims.

I watched the CBC’s recent documentary, “Generation Jobless” (which aired on Jan. 31 but can be viewed now anytime on the Internet), and wasn’t quite sure what to make of it. I kept asking myself, what exactly was the message the documentary was trying to ...
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Massive open online courses are shifting in new directions.

Last November, the New York Times declared 2012 the Continue reading. Now, halfway through 2013, the MOOC mo...
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Les cours en ligne ouverts à tous prennent un nouveau virage.

En novembre dernier, le New York Times déclarait que 2012 était Continue reading (« massive on...
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BY LÉO CHARBONNEAU | October 02 2013

That’s the conclusion from a new survey of postdoctoral scholars in Canada.

The Canadian Association of Postdoctoral Scholars released this morning the results of a new national survey of postdocs. The survey captured not only demographic information – who are postdocs in Canada? – but also their primary concerns. (The full report is
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It can be done, with some effort, says a panel at this year’s Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Imagine you’re a deputy minister of health and you wished to take a look at what data is being collected on the healthcare system. You discover that you know only a little about the problems patients come in with, that you stopped collecting data on doctors years ago, and that you have almost no d...
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Avec un peu de volonté, on peut y arriver, selon des experts réunis au Congrès des sciences humaines.

Imaginez que vous devenez sous-ministre de la santé et souhaitez vérifier de quelles données vous disposez sur le système de santé. Vous vous rendez toutefois compte que très peu de données existent sur les raisons des consultations des patients, que la collecte de données sur les médecins...
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BY DAVID KENT | February 21 2010

This short blog entry argues that when looking at the relationship or science and society, the majority of scientists only see (and avoid) the energy barrier in front of them and fail to imagine and strive toward the products on the other side. There are of course exceptions to the rule and this article hopes to inspire such visionary thinking. It contends that the products, similar to those in a chemical reaction, will provide a state that will in their own time lead to less energy expenditure for scientists.

A high school geology teacher once explained to me a guiding philosophy for his life which seemed quite confusing at the time – he called it “The least work principle” which stated that one should always aspire to expending the least amount of effort to get an outcome. I thought “Great, I ha...
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BY DAVID KENT | August 16 2010
QUICK HITS: 1.  If you were interested in previous posts of mine about how well science information is distributed and received in the UK, then you might also want to have a gander at a recent post that I made on the Stem Cell Network Blog entitled
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BY DAVID KENT | October 18 2011
In a break from normal lab routine, I'll be dabbling in the black arts of science policy this November and running a session at the 3rd annual Canadian Science Policy Conference.  The conference runs from Nov 16th-18th and features an excellent lineup of speakers that should result in a fantastic p...
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BY MARIANNE | December 16 2011
This is a follow up on my previous blog post where I described my choice to enter an industrial position: “Academia vs. Industry: A former Postdoc’s perspective".  I have been in my current position (a management position in a small start-up biotech company in Canada) for a little over a year....
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BY DAVID KENT | April 04 2012
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 simil...
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BY JONATHAN THON | May 04 2012
It falls to scientists to speak up in support of federally funding research and in this third installment of a four-part series, I explore the economic cost of doing research in a cash-strapped system and the burden this is placing on young investigators. To bring yourself up to speed, installeme...
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BY JONATHAN THON | June 04 2012
In the 1990s the typical PhD in biological sciences entered the job market in their mid 30s, after spending approximately 3.8 years as a postdoctoral fellow (National Academy of Science, Enhancing the Postdo...
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BY JONATHAN THON | July 30 2012
The following is my response to a letter from Canada's federal minister of health, Leona Aglukkaq, who was in turn responding to an earlier letter from me: Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Thank you first and foremost for taking the time to respond to my letter on February 7, 2012, regardin...
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BY DAVID KENT | August 10 2012
For those who have not yet heard, the CIHR plans to make major changes to their funding mechanism for health scientists. Last week, at the height of summer vacation, the CIHR released a "What CIHR heard" document that summarizes the feedback they received on the proposed changes. At first, I was ...
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BY JONATHAN THON | October 09 2012
In my Continue reading, I made the argument that the government is wasting money training a multitude of postdoctoral fellows for jobs that only a fraction wil...
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BY DAVID KENT | November 12 2012
This past weekend, I attended the inaugural meeting of the Canadian Association of Postdoctoral Administrators in Ottawa. As with most inaugural meetings, there was a combination of excitement and confusion but it appeared that the overall theme was one of identi...