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BY MOIRA MACDONALD | April 08 2020

Traditional in-person conferences have been criticized for a variety of reasons, but the current COVID-19 pandemic puts them in a whole new light.

Earlier this year, Orad Reshef was trying to pull his life back together after being away from his Ottawa home for 10 of the previous 14 days. First there was a conference in San Francisco. Getting home from that left him with a pocketful of reissued boarding passes tha...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/features/feature-article/the-sudden-urgency-of-online-academic-conferences/
The Black Hole
BY DAVID KENT | April 08 2020

Use this time to think about your career trajectory and what aspects of your work are important to you.

Just about everything we are reading these days is related to COVID-19 and working from home. My own blogging efforts have been no different with a plea last month for us to consider how we https://www.universityaffairs.ca/opinion/the-black-hole/career-considerations-during-lockdown/
News
BY MICHAEL RANCIC | March 31 2020

Psychologists surveyed hundreds of first-year students to determine how a sense of belonging and mattering affects well-being.

In the face of COVID-19, classes this winter semester have quickly wrapped up or moved online, and campuses have shut down entirely, with university administrations telling staff to work from home and, in some cases, telling students to vacate residence halls. But as campus life adjusts to social di...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/news-article/york-study-examines-link-between-mattering-and-depression-in-students/
News
BY UA/AU | March 31 2020

March 31, 2020 2:00 p.m. EST

Need an expert? We’ve got ’em

Researchers and clinicians working on COVID-19 and the novel coronavirus now have a single web portal where they can access a range of resources to help their work. The project, ca...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/news-article/covid-19-updates-for-march-2020/
In my opinion
BY JOHN BERGERON | March 26 2020

Research on coronaviruses and their enzymes informs responses to the pandemic.

This article is republished from Continue reading under a Creative Commons license. Read the Continue reading. The COVID...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/opinion/in-my-opinion/funding-basic-science-research-is-crucial-to-our-coronavirus-pandemic-responses/
Media Scan
BY LAURA BEAULNE-STUEBING | March 23 2020
CBC Continue reading Canada has shut the border to all non-essential travellers, but there will be exceptions for some fo...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/media-scan/headlines-for-march-23-2020/
Media Scan
BY LAURA BEAULNE-STUEBING | March 16 2020
CBC - The National Continue reading Universities across Canada are cancelling face-to-face classes in response to COVID-19. Global News https://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/media-scan/headlines-for-march-16-2020/
Career Advice
BY ANDREA EIDINGER & MARY CHAKTSIRIS | March 16 2020

No one expects you to become an online teaching guru overnight. The best any of us can do is just get through the rest of the semester by focusing on student learning.

Many universities, colleges and schools have suspended in-person courses in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As public health officials try to flatten the curve of the outbreak, these suspensions are a display of solidarity to reduce the spread of the virus and allow health-care workers and instit...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/career-advice-article/doing-an-ok-job-navigating-teaching-in-the-age-of-covid-19/
Dispatches on academic freedom
BY SHANNON DEA | March 13 2020

As universities respond to COVID-19, they must be guided by their core values of social responsibility, accountability and equitable access – all of which support suspending on-campus teaching and learning.

In Gabriel García Márquez’s 1985 novel, Love in the Time of Cholera, the love-smitten protagonist Florentino orders the captain of the ship on which Florentino and his beloved are sailing to raise the flag of cholera to prevent other passengers from coming aboard. None of those on board...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/opinion/dispatches-academic-freedom/academic-freedom-in-the-time-of-coronovirus/
Responsibilities May Include
BY DERRICK E. RANCOURT | March 10 2020

A career mindset puts you in control of your destiny. A degree mindset is stagnating.

The world feels like it is constantly changing, particularly when it comes to careers. Case in point: Continue reading are unknown at this time. In...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/responsibilities-may-include/degree-vs-career-mindset-who-wins/
Features
BY WENDY GLAUSER | March 04 2020

Universities across the country are tweaking their admissions processes to attract students from less-privileged backgrounds.

Gabby Schoettle, a first-year medical student at Western University, was 8 years old when she lost her mother to breast cancer. In high school, when her father’s health started deteriorating, she took on the role of making meals for her younger brother and caring for ...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/features/feature-article/why-medical-faculties-are-broadening-admissions-criteria/
Features
BY MATTHEW HALLIDAY | February 26 2020

Agriculture faculties are becoming some of the most exciting hubs of interdisciplinary collaboration on Canadian campuses.

There’s more than one reason why Evan Fraser pursued academia over agriculture, but if you ask him why, he’ll probably tell this story: one afternoon in the early ’90s, a teenaged Dr. Fraser was working on his grandfather’s Niagara fruit farm in Ontario. Late...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/features/feature-article/agriculture-programs-change-with-the-times/
Graduate Matters
BY BENNY DUA, JARED WILCOX & ZAHRA SOHANI | January 29 2020

Meet three clinician-scientists who are interested in practicing medicine and conducting research.

In graduate school, the focus is usually on research (thesis stream) or knowledge creation through experiential learning (professional stream). However, the MD-PhD program is a unique option that actually bridges the two streams. The following three academics are doing just that: Be...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/graduate-matters/the-challenges-and-rewards-of-completing-an-md-phd/
Media Scan
BY LAURA BEAULNE-STUEBING | January 21 2020
The Globe and Mail Continue reading Alberta plans to tie funding for postsecondary institu...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/media-scan/headlines-for-jan-21-2020/
News
BY FLORENCE SARA G. FERRARIS | January 20 2020

Under pressure from student groups and others, an increasing number of universities are setting objectives to reduce the carbon footprint of their investment portfolios.

Environmental issues have been a hot topic of discussion in the academic world for some time. Now, an increasing number of Canadian universities – most notably in Quebec – are taking action to reduce their carbon footprint, which includes reviewing their investment policies. The Fondation de ...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/news-article/some-universities-are-shifting-their-endowments-to-more-low-carbon-investments/
The Black Hole
BY DAVID KENT | January 10 2020

Career planning and mental health in academe were some of the most-read topics addressed on the Black Hole in the past year.

Happy New Year to all of our readers. The Continue reading is marking its 10th year of existence and Jonathan and I are excited to be in the final stages of compiling our first book on the core issues facing academic science today – ...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/opinion/the-black-hole/2019-year-in-review-exploring-the-topics-that-resonated-with-our-readers/
Features
BY UA/AU | January 02 2020
Welcome to 2020! As we say goodbye to 2019, here are the stories and issues that shaped the past year in Canadian higher education. https://www.universityaffairs.ca/features/feature-article/2019-canadian-higher-education-in-review/
In my opinion
BY DENIS CLARK | December 16 2019

As the U.K. proceeds with Brexit, Canada will likely prioritize collaboration with EU-based researchers over those in the U.K.

As Brexit uncertainty threatens research funding in the U.K., Canadian researchers will likely also be exposed to the effects and may choose to prioritize collaborations with EU-based researchers instead of U.K.-based researchers after Brexit. This is the finding of preliminary research conducted by...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/opinion/in-my-opinion/canadian-researchers-will-be-exposed-to-brexits-after-effects/
Magazines
BY TARA SIEBARTH | November 27 2019

EDITOR'S NOTE

The new era of EDI: Efforts to promote equity, diversity and inclusion are sweeping Canada’s campuses

LETTERS

Tragedy of the commons

PEOPLE ON THE MOVE

The ...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/magazine/issues/december-2019/
Responsibilities May Include
BY LUCIANA LONGO | October 03 2019

Students should be clear on what professional associations are, what they do and why they matter.

Given Continue reading that fewer than 20 percent of Canada’s PhDs are employed as full-time professors, efforts to support graduate student professional development to ease the academia to industry transition need to add...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/responsibilities-may-include/increasing-graduate-student-employability-via-professional-associations/