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THE BLACK HOLE

By JONATHAN THON | December 01 2015

We don’t know where our first impressions come from or precisely what they mean, so we don’t always appreciate their fragility. – Malcolm Gladwell To read the previous articles in this series please visit these links: The door to an academic science career – open or closed? Commencing the academic job search – impetus and […]

By DAVID KENT | November 25 2015

In my last post, I alluded to a wish list for our new government that would “inspire change across a country that has become, in international eyes, a non-supportive scientific environment.” When I began my PhD in 2003, there was much more liveliness in the science community of Canada: people had bold ideas for how to create vibrant scientific research […]

By JONATHAN THON | November 16 2015

You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else. – Albert Einstein To read the previous articles in this series please visit the links below: The door to an academic science career – open or closed? Commencing the academic job search – impetus and deadlines […]

By DAVID KENT | November 10 2015

There has been a lot of chatter in social and news media about the recently elected Canadian Government and its “pro-science” stand. There is not one, but two, ministers who have  the word science in their titles. The long-form census will be restored. Just this week, the government dropped the policy of muzzling government scientists, issuing strong statements […]

By JONATHAN THON | November 02 2015

There is every reason not to pursue an academic career in science save one – that you could not, in good conscious, do anything else. — Jonathan N. Thon, PhD This is the second in a series of articles. To read the previous article, visit the link below: The door to an academic science career […]

By DAVID KENT | October 28 2015

An article came out earlier this month in the FASEB Journal (published by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology) that contained a somewhat shocking set of data: it turns out that the number of  scientists undertaking postdoctoral research in life sciences is declining. While these data are only for the United States, they are still surprising amid […]

By JONATHAN THON | October 19 2015

My purpose is not to scare you, but to summarize the reality of the present economic climate for young scientists.

By DAVID KENT | October 09 2015

After many months of consideration, Jonathan and I have finally decided to push forward with making the Black Hole blog entries into a book. The last six years have seen a steady stream of blog entries, reader comments and guest posts that have highlighted many of the major issues challenging the way our system currently […]

By DAVID KENT | September 30 2015

One of the best peer-review processes that I have experienced is one that I didn’t get a great outcome from. I was applying for one of my first research grants with the U.K. Medical Research Council and did not get an interview based on the reviews of six experts who each had read my research […]

By JIRO INOUE | September 21 2015

Editor’s note:  This week, we are very pleased to have a guest post from Jiro Inoue, a postdoctoral fellow at the Robarts Research Institute, Western University. He is the current vice-president, external, of the postdoctoral association at Western, and the vice-chair, operations, of the Canadian Association of Postdoctoral Scholars. Dr. Inoue has shared his thoughts on […]

By JONATHAN THON | September 15 2015

It’s time again for what has become (much to my dismay) an annual article series that began in fiscal year 2012 on the uncertain health of National Institutes of Health’s fiscal outlook (see 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012). Again, we find ourselves in a now common stalemate as the United States’ Senate and House Appropriations Committees […]

By DAVID KENT | September 09 2015

The summer months are often a time for reflection and it is important for us all to take stock every now and then. For many of us, this means deciding whether or not to begin a new line of work, move residence, or to spend more time with family. In this time of reflection, I have stumbled […]

By JONATHAN THON | August 25 2015

This post was written with Sven Karlsson, CFA, an Energy & Technology Venture Investor with the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center and the co-founder and chief business officer for Platelet Biogenesis. Business accelerators have become fashionable, and for good reason. They offer aspiring entrepreneurs access to expert mentors, marketing and media resources, funding opportunities, and office […]

By DAVID KENT | July 20 2015

In the spirit of openness, we need a quantifiable, binding scoring system.

By JONATHAN THON | July 07 2015

This post was written with Sven Karlsson, CFA, an energy and technology venture investor with the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, and the co-founder and chief business officer for Platelet Biogenesis. Business accelerators have become fashionable, and for good reason. They offer aspiring entrepreneurs access to expert mentors, marketing and media resources, funding opportunities, and office […]

By DAVID KENT | June 29 2015

This quarter has featured a series of three articles from Jonathan on helping move academic research into developing products and maximizing societal impact that form the basis of a clear strategy moving forward. On the other side of things, guest blogger Brianne Kent and I (no relation!) have poked again at the issues of academic […]

By DAVID KENT | June 18 2015

You would have to be living under a rock to not have heard about the comments that Sir Tim Hunt made to a group of female Korean researchers. After calling “girls” in laboratories “trouble” amongst worse remarks, Professor Hunt has lost his appointment at UCL, has had the Royal Society distance itself from him and […]

By JONATHAN THON | June 04 2015

Business accelerators have become fashionable, and for good reason. They offer aspiring entrepreneurs access to expert mentors, marketing and media resources, funding opportunities, and office space. In part 5 of this multi-part article series I describe intellectual property concerns needs that existing and future business accelerators will need to address to better serve Life Science […]

By BRIANNE KENT | May 19 2015

This month, Marian Joëls, Monica Di Luca, and Barry Everitt, who are the former president, current president, and president-elect, respectively, of the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies, wrote an article in the European Journal of Neuroscience calling for the academic system to be reformed. They urge scientists to “stand up and organize an orchestrated rejection […]

By JONATHAN THON | May 05 2015

Business accelerators have become fashionable, and for good reason. They offer aspiring entrepreneurs access to expert mentors, marketing and media resources, funding opportunities, and office space. In part 4 of this multi-part article series I describe still unmet needs that existing and future business accelerators will need to address to better serve Life Science entrepreneurs. […]