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BY BETH | August 23 2010

I had to create a presentation for a meeting at work and decided to try out Prezi, a new online presentation software that helps you to think about giving presentations differently than you would with PowerPoint. Unlike PowerPoint, which is a deck of slides presented in a linear way, Prezi is a giant canvas on […]

BY DAVID KENT | August 16 2010

QUICK HITS: 1.  If you were interested in previous posts of mine about how well science information is distributed and received in the UK, then you might also want to have a gander at a recent post that I made on the Stem Cell Network Blog entitled Science, Science, everywhere… 2.  The Council of Canadian […]

BY BETH | August 08 2010

My first introduction to the world of project management as a field was in my previous job, when I took an intro to project management workshop offered.  After taking the workshop, I really wished I’d learn about this field during my PhD instead of after it, because the concepts and methods of project management are […]

BY DAVID KENT | August 01 2010

If you’re in graduate school or beyond, you have a wealth of experience to draw upon when it comes to assessing quality of educators.  Some were engaging, inspiring, and really understood how to teach, others were boring, incomprehensible or simply not qualified, while still others were clearly unimpressed that they had not yet retired. Along the […]

BY BETH | July 22 2010

Since Dave has started us off on the “So you want to be a blank when you grow up” series, I’m going to take the lowest of the low hanging fruit and tell you all about what I’ve learned since becoming a program evaluator!  But first I’d like to mention two things: If there is […]

BY DAVID KENT | July 15 2010

QUICK HIT: Exciting news from the fight for global access to medicines and health technology development – a new organization called Mind the Health Gap is working to bring researchers, developers, and advocates together to tackle the problems of technology development, effective delivery, and funding.  No small goal for sure, but an exciting workshop is […]

BY BETH | July 08 2010

A friend of mine just sent me a link to this news story and it’s gotten me quite livid: Tories scrap mandatory long-form census StatsCan says quality of data will suffer Every five years, Canada conducts a census, with the next one scheduled for 2011.  In the past, every household received the short census form, […]

BY DAVID KENT | July 04 2010

Over the first six months of this site’s existence, a lot of virtual ink has been dedicated to highlighting the major concerns about the way we train scientists and how scientific information is communicated to the public and government. The next six months will continue to present this type of information, but will also focus […]

BY DAVID KENT | June 30 2010

Quick Hit: I now write for the Stem Cell Network’s blog and have published two entries for them. The first is on stem cell resources and organizations in the UK, and the second is of broader interest regarding a New Scientist article that did a network analysis of peer reviewed publication with some rather severe […]

BY BETH | June 22 2010

I was at the recent Canadian Evaluation Society conference where they revealed the process for obtaining their new “credentialed evaluator (C.E.)” designation. In order to become a “C.E.,” one must demonstrate through education and experience that they are qualified as an evaluator.  Since there are few formal educational programs in “evaluation” ((Claremont Graduate University in […]

BY DAVID KENT | June 16 2010

Yesterday I attended a panel discussion at Cambridge run by a group called the Centre for Science and Policy. It is part of a series of events designed to engage and unite those at the University who have an interest in the role of scientific information in government policy. This particular session was entitled Working […]

BY BETH | June 09 2010

One of the ideas I’ve been tossing around for a blog posting here is: Why do scientists blog?  I mean, I’ve been a personal blogger for nearly five years and have been blogging here at The Black Hole since October, surely I have some insights on why people do this, right? Yet I’d been struggling […]

BY BETH | May 24 2010

“A science researcher at Harvard now earns an annual salary that is only 1/50th the price of a family-sized house in Cambridge, a fact that may not be lost on an intelligent female Harvard undergraduate choosing a career.” (Source) The announcement of the new Canada Excellence Research Chairs (CERC) – 19 scientists granted $10 million […]

BY DAVID KENT | May 23 2010

While I was completing my doctorate, I was in a “big” lab. At its peak, the lab reached about 25 people (~8 each of graduate students and post doctoral fellows plus technicians and research students). Competing for time and attention with the boss was a definite reality – and my particular supervisor was not exactly […]

BY MARIANNE | May 12 2010

— Quick Hit: A big welcome to our second guest blogger Marianne Stanford, current chair of the CAPS group. As a follow up to Carl’s excellent article on the CRA’s response to the CAPS letter on Post Doc status. This is exactly the type of discussion that needs to be had and The Black Hole […]

BY CARL | May 11 2010

QUICK HIT: The Black Hole team is thrilled to welcome its first guest blogger to the site. Carl Wonders is a post doctoral fellow at the University of Toronto and one of the founding members of the UofT Post Doc Association. We are always open to ideas for guest blog entries on a one time […]

BY DAVID KENT | April 25 2010

Quick hit: 1. The Stem Cell Foundation has been nominated for a Webby – the Oscars of the Internet – in the category of Best Activism Website. It’s quite impressive that they were nominated as these are a big deal, and what’s even more impressive is that when I cast my vote, they had a […]

BY BETH | April 22 2010

A comment on one of Dave’s recent postings got me thinking about an “issue affecting trainees” that we haven’t yet talked about here on The Black Hole: babies.  Specifically, the having of babies and where to keep your babies while you are in the lab. Having Babies PhDs take a long time and by the […]

BY DAVID KENT | April 12 2010

I received a pamphlet the other day entitled: Careers Support for Life Science Post Docs (thanks to Anne and Lynn for letting me post this!) This got me thinking and building on the momentum from Beth’s Why do PhDs leave and What Types of Jobs are out there entries along with the heated discussion around […]

BY BETH | April 08 2010

I recently attended a Stats Can workshop and it struck me that a few of the things I learned about there would be useful here in our conversations about communicating science to nonscientists. One was “20 Questions A Journalist Should Ask About Poll Results” from the National Council on Public Polls.  While this list is […]