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The Black Hole
BY DAVID KENT | May 25 2020

The scientific community often relies on impromptu interactions to spur where the next set of experiments might go.

One of the biggest differences in academic groups in the laboratory-based sciences and other disciplines is that teams of people are generally required to execute experiments. Most graduate students and postdoctoral fellows would typically “see” their supervisor on a daily or at least weekly bas...
https://universityaffairs.ca/opinion/the-black-hole/covid-19-scientists-have-lost-their-passive-social-check-in/
The Black Hole
BY DAVID KENT | January 19 2021

Guest writer Sarah Masefield explains why she created the “How to Thrive and Survive in your PhD” project to help postgraduate researchers connect and help one another.

Editor's note: We are delighted to have a guest post from Dr. Sarah Masefield (Continue reading) at the University of York, U.K. Sarah is founder of the Thrive and Survi...
https://universityaffairs.ca/opinion/the-black-hole/peer-support-is-central-to-improving-phd-student-mental-health/
The Black Hole
BY DAVID KENT | September 27 2022

The scientific community needs to talk about the sustainability implications of our research practices and start implementing approaches to minimize our professional carbon footprint.

This is a guest post from Sarah Ruediger. Dr. Ruediger is currently completing her postdoctoral research at the University of California San Francisco and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. She studied molecular biology at the University of Basel in Switzerland, and completed her doctoral trai...
https://universityaffairs.ca/opinion/the-black-hole/sustainable-science-the-future-of-high-quality-research/
The Black Hole
BY SARAH RUEDIGER | January 15 2024

As head of a lab, you’re the one-man band responsible for everything from marketing to finance to product development.

As someone who stepped into the role of a group leader half a year ago, I have just embarked on an exciting journey to set up a new laboratory at University College London, U.K. My goal, as part of my New Year's resolution, is to share some updates about the lab's growth and some of the fun challeng...
https://universityaffairs.ca/opinion/the-black-hole/building-a-lab-6-months-of-triumphs-and-trials/
Speculative Diction
BY MELONIE FULLICK | December 14 2011
From November to March is prime time for academic burn-out in graduate programs — I’m convinced of that. Perhaps it’s a seasonal thing; it can be easy to sink into a trough of exhaustion and stress, and not climb out of it for months. But rather than just the seasonal doldrums, my sense is tha...
https://universityaffairs.ca/opinion/speculative-diction/my-grief-lies-all-within-phd-students-depression-attrition/
Speculative Diction
BY MELONIE FULLICK | May 09 2012
Over the past two years or so, I’ve been stewing quietly about a particular issue in Canadian education. Much of the recent media coverage about PSE in Canada is concerned with tuition costs and accessibility, faculty performance and salaries, government spending on education, and the various fail...
https://universityaffairs.ca/opinion/speculative-diction/see-no-evil-policy-based-evidence-in-canadian-higher-ed/
Speculative Diction
BY MELONIE FULLICK | February 21 2013
Today’s post is about “process/es”, in the somewhat abstract sense that refers to the ways we organize ourselves when we need to make things happen, particularly things that are work-related. I had to think a bit about this recently when I did an interview for Networked Researcher and was a...
https://universityaffairs.ca/opinion/speculative-diction/juggling-act/
Speculative Diction
BY MELONIE FULLICK | September 06 2013
In this week’s post I’m going to stay with the subject of media and higher education, since there’s so much to work with at the moment - ‘tis the season, as they say. Since I last wrote, there’s a new, strategically-timed CIBC World Markets report that has garnered a good deal of media cov...
https://universityaffairs.ca/opinion/speculative-diction/the-supposed-failure-of-student-choice/
Speculative Diction
BY MELONIE FULLICK | December 23 2014

Melonie recaps the stories that inspired her blog posts from the last year.

It’s the end of the calendar year, I thought I’d indulge in a bit of a re-cap of some of the things I wrote during the past 12 months, and also some of the best commentaries and articles that inspired my writing or dealt with issues that relate to it. So this post is all about recommended read...
https://universityaffairs.ca/opinion/speculative-diction/2014-look-back/
Speculative Diction
BY MELONIE FULLICK | November 27 2015
The Conference Board of Canada (CBoC) has been working on a study about PhDs in Canada, their career paths and contributions to the economy and society, titled https://universityaffairs.ca/opinion/speculative-diction/whats-a-phd-for-report-raises-more-questions-than-answers/
Career Advice
BY CAROLYN STEELE | December 04 2006

Les demandes d’emploi hors du milieu universitaire : Guide à l’intention des débutants

Après 18 mois sur le marché du travail, Phyllis n’a toujours pas décroché d’entrevue. Elle croyait pourtant que la nature pratique de son doctorat sur les méthodes d’études qualitatives de marché lui aurait assuré une transition toute naturelle vers le milieu professionnel, mais voilà...
https://www.affairesuniversitaires.ca/conseils-carriere/conseils-carriere-article/cv-universitaire-ou-cv-professionel/
Career Advice
BY JEFF OSWEILER | February 12 2007

Strategies for success in your postdoc

Click here to read part one of this article. So you've pinned with the perfect P.I.; now what? Making the most of your fellowship experience requires some foresight and flexibility. Here are some tips to help keep you on the...
https://universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/career-advice-article/from-your-lab-to-your-livelihood-part-two/
Career Advice
BY NANDA DIMITROV | November 03 2008

Recognizing the five stages of academic culture shock

Milton Bennett, a well-known intercultural communication scholar, likes to say that when we talk about another culture, we often picture it as a remote island – with palm trees, exotic foods and unique customs. Academia is one of these islands, with a language and culture of its own. Each year,...
https://universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/career-advice-article/how-to-survive-your-first-year-of-graduate-school-part-1/
Career Advice
BY NANDA DIMITROV | November 03 2008

Reconnaître les cinq stades du choc culturel

Milton Bennett, un chercheur renommé dans le domaine du rapport interculturel, aime dire que, lorsqu’on parle d’une autre culture, on imagine souvent une île éloignée – palmiers, nourriture exotique, coutumes particulières. Avec sa culture et son langage bien à lui, le milieu serait en q...
https://www.affairesuniversitaires.ca/conseils-carriere/conseils-carriere-article/comment-survivre-a-sa-premiere-annee-detudes-aux-cycles-superieurs-partie-1/
Career Advice
BY NANDA DIMITROV | November 17 2008

Cinq conseils pratiques pour vaincre le choc culturel du milieu universitaire

En visite à l’étranger, l’ouverture d’esprit, la souplesse et la volonté d’avoir recours à ses émotions afin de résoudre des problèmes sont souvent nécessaires pour vaincre le choc culturel. Le choc culturel du milieu universitaire n’échappe pas à la règle : des recherches da...
https://www.affairesuniversitaires.ca/conseils-carriere/conseils-carriere-article/comment-survivre-a-sa-premiere-annee-detudes-aux-cycles-superieurs-partie-2/
Career Advice
BY FRANCINE MCKENZIE | January 12 2009

Cinq conseils pour impressionner l’auditoire et tirer le maximum de votre exposé

Dans le milieu universitaire, les conférences sont la principale tribune publique pour discuter de vos travaux. En fait, les conférences comptent parmi les rares occasions que vous aurez de communiquer en personne les résultats de vos recherches et de recevoir une rétroaction directe de spéc...

https://www.affairesuniversitaires.ca/conseils-carriere/conseils-carriere-article/lart-de-lexpose/
Career Advice
BY CAROLYN WATTERS | February 09 2009

An interview with Dan Russell, research scientist at Google

Welcome to the Dean's Podcast – the podcast about issues shaping graduate studies in Canada. In this episode, host Carolyn Watters, Dalhousie University dean of graduate studies, and 2009 Canadian Association of Graduate Studies president, talks to https://universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/career-advice-article/deans-podcsast-episode-2/
Career Advice
BY AFFAIRES UNIVERSITAIRES | March 23 2009

Janice Drakich, de la University of Windsor, dissèque le processus de recrutement des professeurs au Canada et prodigue ses conseils aux candidats à la recherche de postes universitaires en ces temps de récession

En quoi consiste au juste le recrutement des professeurs?

À la fin des années 1990, des études ont prédit que les universités seraient contraintes d’embaucher considérablement plus de professeurs que par le passé au cours des 10 à 20 années à venir. Alertés, les établissement...
https://www.affairesuniversitaires.ca/conseils-carriere/conseils-carriere-article/le-recrutement-des-professeurs-de-a-a-z/
Career Advice
BY UA/AU | May 11 2009

This year’s top academic conferences feature career development programs with something for everyone

This May, academics who can get to Ottawa will find the best career development programs yet at Canada’s major English- and French- language academic conferences. The Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences's Congress, University Affairs and Carleton University are p...
https://universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/career-advice-article/great-career-building-programs-at-congress-and-acfas-aspx/
Career Advice
BY AFFAIRES UNIVERSITAIRES | May 11 2009

Les deux principales conférences universitaires de cette année présentent des programmes sur l’avancement de carrière qui s’adressent à tous

Les universitaires qui auront l’occasion de se rendre à Ottawa en mai y trouveront les meilleurs programmes jamais offerts pour l’avancement de leur carrière dans le cadre des deux principales conférences universitaires canadiennes, une en français et l’autre en anglais. Le Congrès de ...
https://www.affairesuniversitaires.ca/conseils-carriere/conseils-carriere-article/la-federation-canadienne-des-sciences-humaines-et-lacfas-presentent-dexcellents-programmes-pour-lavancement-de-carriere/