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Students and campus life | University and society | Humanities and social sciences
Arts in abundance

Some people set themselves unusual challenges. For one whole month, American filmmaker Morgan Spurlock ate only at McDonald's, suffered the consequences health-wise, then turned the experience into a hit documentary, Super Size Me! A New York city couple has chosen to live "green" for one year - eschewing the elevator to their ninth-floor apartment, eating only food grown within a 250-mile radius of Manhattan and using no toilet paper.

August 7, 2007
International issues | Public policy and funding | Research and innovation | Humanities and social sciences | Natural sciences and engineering
Sharing the fruits of science

If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants," wrote Sir Isaac Newton, borrowing a metaphor from earlier thinkers. But what if those giants hadn't been so keen to freely share their insights, methods and knowledge? In what state would we find science, technology and scholarship today had the intellectual giants, Newton included, been more inclined to sell their findings to the highest bidder? We'll never know the answers to such speculation.

August 7, 2007
Faculty | Managing the university | University and society
The moonlighting professor

Fifteen or 20 years ago, the issue of professors working outside the university wasn't all that involved: administrations tolerated it, and a minority of faculty performed a minimal amount of such work, viewing it as a hobby on the side or a source of professional development. But today, more than a few professors act as key consultants for corporations, and the entangling research sponsorships, technology transfer and partnership arrangements are commonplace.

August 7, 2007
Career Development | Faculty | Graduate studies and postdocs | Research and innovation | Teaching and learning | Natural sciences and engineering
Betwixt and between in the lab

Cancer researcher Josée Coulombe is on the front lines of her field, refining batches of stem cells to identify genetic defects that lie at the heart of this disease. Now in her 40s, she is 10 to 15 years older than the graduate and postdoctoral students she regularly supervises.

June 4, 2007
Faculty | Research and innovation | University and society | Humanities and social sciences
Summertime and the living is easy - or is it?

Remember summertime when you were young? Those seemingly endless days, free from the routines and rigors of school and schedule? Maybe summer meant camp, or a trip somewhere exotic, or the comfort of a beloved cottage or a family farm. Or perhaps summer simply meant the ability to sleep late and let the days unfold.

June 4, 2007
Faculty | Research and innovation | Teaching and learning | Natural sciences and engineering
This mathematician's got soul

Mathematician Jean-Marie De Koninck has always had a flair for numbers. When he was a boy growing up in Quebec City in the 1950s, his favourite pastime was doodling with equations on notepads and scraps of paper.

June 4, 2007
Managing the university | Public policy and funding | Students and campus life | University and society
Branching out

In the always complex mating dance between employers and applicants, the sequence of events that brought Sally-Ann Burnett to Lakehead University's new Orillia campus could only be described as fortuitousness redefined. Last year, the Thunder Bay institution was hustling to establish a foothold in the small Ontario city made famous in Stephen Leacock's "Sunshine Sketches.

April 10, 2007
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