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BY VESELIN JUNGIC | April 21 2020

My underlying message to my students was to keep their educational goals as an anchor during these unexpected times.

Despite the changes to our everyday lives over the past several weeks, I am convinced that as a teacher it is my role and responsibility to keep my students accountable to the same high academic standards and ethical code of conduct as before COVID-19 upended our community. Like other organizatio...
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Let’s ensure we recognize and support their extraordinary efforts during the COVID-19 crisis.

As a result of the current pandemic, professors and students are having to adapt to new ways of working in a world full of uncertainties. When will our children be able to go back to school? Will we be able to visit our elderly parents? What will happen with the upcoming academic year? They are expe...
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For a consumer, for instance, making the switch to an electric vehicle is a difficult decision.

Despite learning that climate change is Continue reading, society has been slow to decrease the use of fossil fuels and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. For a consumer, for instance, making the switch to a...
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We need to reimagine our teaching practices.

quote>“As a generally anxious student, I spent the summer of 2019 researching 'How to survive your first year of university.' I thought I was prepared. However, when I first heard a peer mention they were visiting office hours, I asked if they were in trouble. After they laughed and explaine...
The Black Hole
BY JONATHAN THON | September 10 2012
Satisfaction levels increase in academic science as careers progress and are highest at the full-professor level ("Continue reading," PDF). While this is usually preceded by a doubling in...
The Black Hole
BY DAVID KENT | October 21 2013
Over the coming weeks, I'll be breaking down the fantastic information found in the Canadian Association of Postdoctoral Scholars 2013 Survey of Canadian Postdocs. To start this, I thought I would focus on the most surprising finding in my mind: 53.1% of the 1,830 respondents were either landed immi...
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BY JONATHAN THON | July 18 2017

Jonathan Thon answers questions on dealing with patents when starting up your own company, as well as how to split your time between your startup and your university position.

The following is a transcript from Continue reading I gave at the medical device development course, Brigham and Women’s Hospital (Boston, MA) on May 12, 2016.  Due to length, ...
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BY JONATHAN THON | September 26 2017

Does starting up your own company hurt your academic career? Jonathan Thon says no, it actually has the opposite effect.

The following is a transcript from Continue reading I gave at the medical device development course, Brigham and Women’s Hospital (Boston, MA) on May 12, 2016. Due to length, I have broken the talk up into seven par...
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BY JONATHAN THON | January 11 2018

A guide to changing the institutional thinking of translational research programs.

In a Continue reading I highlighted a comprehensive list of recommendations for how to improve federally-supported translational research programs. In this series of posts I elaborate on these recommendations in the hope that they may help guide institutional thinking on transla...
The Black Hole
BY DAVID KENT | February 26 2021

There is a clear need for additional training at all levels, but uncertainty remains as to how to deliver it all in a fair and systematic way.

Nobody is born knowing everything, although sometimes it can feel that the current academic system selects for people who behave like they do. Academic researchers learn an enormous amount from their peers and mentors along the way and, as you can probably imagine, the access points to such...
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BY DAVID KENT | February 08 2023

The neuroscientist is gearing up to cover topics from open, team-based science to putting EDI to work in the field.

We are really excited to have Sarah Ruediger join the regular Black Hole crew. Sarah is a postdoctoral fellow who is transitioning to a group leader position at University College London this coming June.  She is an outstanding neuroscientist (with first author papers in Nature, Nat...
Career Advice
BY SPARROW MCGOWAN | April 10 2013

Congress offers career development for students and faculty.

Classes are winding down, grades are being posted and campuses are transitioning into the quiet season of summer. That means many humanities and social science scholars are turning their thoughts to … Congress! The Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences is an annual pilgrimage for an es...
Career Advice
BY SPARROW MCGOWAN | April 24 2013

University career advisers have some advice for graduating students.

As the semester comes to an end, thousands of students will leave the world of academia behind them. To help you make the exciting – but often nerve-wracking – next step, we asked a selection of university career advisers the following question: "If you could give one piece of advice to s...
Career Advice

A thoughtfully chosen mentor is a crucial part of a grad student’s success.

“The narrow focus of a literal ‘apprenticeship’ to become a professor, combined with the little contact with the world outside of academia, leaves little question why many PhD graduates feel at a loss after graduation, especially once they decide to pursue a non-academic path.” – ...
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Special course at U of T helps students to become “market ready”

One tagline for University of Toronto’s Graduate Professional Development program is “preparing trainees to be market ready.” The program was developed in 2012 for the department of biochemistry by Nana Lee, a lecturer at U of T and now GPD director, and Reinhart Reithmeier, former chair of U ...
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BY DERRICK E. RANCOURT | November 20 2020

Unlike specialists who possess depth in one area and generalists who have breadth but no depth, “versatilists” are the best of both worlds.

Academia is geared towards specialization, with a depth of knowledge in a small, specific area. If you want to become the world’s authority in some minutia of knowledge, just remember that the more refined your specialty, the smaller your career opportunities. In evolution, specialist species that...
From PhD to Life
BY JENNIFER POLK | May 25 2015
I co-hosted an online conference earlier this month, with Maren Wood: The 2nd Annual Continue reading. What fun! What learning! The conference reaffirmed for me that PhDs working in non-faculty position...
From PhD to Life
BY MAREN WOOD | April 30 2018

Precarity is a staple of our professional culture, and once we understand the challenges, we can develop strategies for overcoming them.

This is a guest post by Catherine Maybrey, PhD CDP. Catherine owns and operates Continue reading. After completing her PhD in history in 2005, she experienced the joys and frustrations of retraining, and changing career paths from aca...
From PhD to Life
BY JENNIFER POLK | June 07 2018

The degree will probably not get you the job, but hiring managers will recognize that you have critical thinking and project management skills, says one panelist.

In this fourth and final part of our series on workplace policies and norms outside academia, our panel of five PhDs answer questions about entry-level jobs in their fields, career progression, transferable skills, experience and the value of their doctoral degrees. Be sure to read
Careers Café
BY LIZ KOBLYK | November 08 2010
Hi, I am Liz! When I asked my supervisor if she’d mind me accepting an offer to contribute to University Affairs’ new Careers Café blog, she said, “I love University Affairs!  Just make sure you mention where you work!” So, I work at the University of Waterloo’s <...