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Faculty | Graduate studies and postdocs | Teaching and learning
Researchers for tomorrow

Bright-eyed and bursting with excitement, the PhD student enters my office to announce the first validation of our hypothesis. As we rush off to the lab to observe the result together, our conversation is punctuated by exclamations.

January 7, 2008
Faculty | Research and innovation | Natural sciences and engineering
The buzz on bees

Ask Laurence Packer about why he doesn't study honey bees and he responds in an instant. "All the world's yearly research papers on honey bees would create a pile this tall," he says, placing his hand at waist height - and a particularly high waist, since the pony-tailed York University professor of biology stands six feet four inches tall.

January 7, 2008
Faculty | Graduate studies and postdocs | Managing the university | Research and innovation
Crossing the line

Before last year's conference of the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada, one of the submitted papers was discovered to contain plagiarized material. "The fact that there had been plagiarism was not in question by anyone, including both of the authors," says Sunny Marche, associate dean of graduate studies at Dalhousie University and an executive of the scholarly association.

December 3, 2007
Public policy and funding | Students and campus life | University and society
Indebted to higher education

The university career of Ottawa native Sarah MacKinnon has been both a blessing and a curse. The years she spent enrolled in the international development studies program at Trent University brought her some of the best experiences of her life, including an eight-month stay in Ecuador, part of the time living and volunteering in a small village high in the Andes Mountains.

December 3, 2007
International issues | University and society | Humanities and social sciences | Programs and curriculum
Intelligence failure

Wesley Wark has had it with the juvenile attitude that he says many of his Canadian colleagues display when it comes to discussing the academic merits of security and intelligence studies. "I'm tired of all the [James] Bond jokes from faculty," says the University of Toronto historian, who has authored several internationally acclaimed books on the subject and taught a popular undergraduate course on the rise of modern intelligence agencies since the 1980s.

January 7, 2008
Faculty | Students and campus life | Teaching and learning | Technology
Digital distraction

Our students must be paying attention in class, because they're busily using their laptops to type every word from our lectures. Or maybe not.

November 5, 2007
Faculty | International issues | Public policy and funding | Research and innovation | University and society | Humanities and social sciences
In the public eye

He still remembers the man's name: Florian Achille Biza. It was the early 1990s and Amir Attaran, a university graduate, had decided to hitchhike across Africa before starting doctoral studies at Oxford University.

November 5, 2007
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