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Editor’s Note, December 2018 issue

A few things
How it all comes together

Putting together an issue of University Affairs is always an interesting prospect. Sometimes, whether planned or not, certain themes emerge as we assemble the stories for print. At other times, the completed issue has a satisfyingly broad mix of different articles. In this issue, I would say, the stories are all over the map – and, fittingly, a map motif is used to illustrate our cover story on international research collaboration. As science writer Brian Owens recounts, working with international colleagues can provide new insights and even a career boost, but it takes patience and planning.

Brian has also written another piece for this issue, a news article on our latest Nobel laureate, physicist Donna Strickland of the University of Waterloo. Brian said it was a joy to interview Dr. Strickland, whom he found funny and endearingly humble. “It is unbelievable to me that I will go down in the history books with Marie Curie and Maria Goeppert-Mayer,” she says, referring to the only other women to win the Nobel Prize for Physics.

Among our other stories this month, we have a feature that explores the role that faculty members can play in supporting students’ mental health, another about university programs that promote social entrepreneurship, and a news story on the efforts of academics to fight back against junk science and health scams.

Finally, a programming note: attentive readers may notice a slight change to our publishing schedule as of the new year. Starting in January, we will be publishing eight issues of the print magazine per year, rather than the current 10. The magazine will be published every second month from January to August, and then monthly in the busy back-to-school period of September to December. But don’t worry, although that makes two fewer issues of the magazine per year, we will continue to post new content – news, commentary and career advice – every weekday at

Léo Charbonneau