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BY LAURA BEAULNE-STUEBING | November 25 2020
CBC Continue reading Volker Gerdts, a leading vaccine researcher at the University of Saskatchewan, says Canada should focus on manufacturing vaccines domes...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/media-scan/headlines-for-nov-25-2020/
Career Advice
BY DERRICK E. RANCOURT | November 20 2020

Unlike specialists who possess depth in one area and generalists who have breadth but no depth, “versatilists” are the best of both worlds.

Academia is geared towards specialization, with a depth of knowledge in a small, specific area. If you want to become the world’s authority in some minutia of knowledge, just remember that the more refined your specialty, the smaller your career opportunities. In evolution, specialist species that...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/career-advice-article/graduates-need-to-prioritize-versatility-when-entering-the-workforce/
News
BY WENDY GLAUSER | November 18 2020

Intimate partner violence, families with young children, people with disabilities and Indigenous mental health are among the many areas under investigation.

We know that the pandemic has led to an increase in depression and anxiety. But which groups are most at risk and why? What are the policy and service delivery adaptations that can reduce the burdens of social isolation, financial stress and fear of the unknown? What are the coping measures that are...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/news-article/what-canadian-researchers-are-discovering-about-the-psychosocial-effects-of-the-pandemic/
News
BY UA/AU | October 31 2020

October 28, 2020

International students could be returning to N.S. in November

Postsecondary institutions in Nova Scotia will likely be welcoming international students back to their campuses as early as the first week of November. The https://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/news-article/covid-19-updates-for-october-2020/
Features
BY LESLEY EVANS OGDEN | October 21 2020

More dads are taking time to be with their families, but policies and supports still have a long way to go.

Danny Leznoff was the first male in Simon Fraser University’s chemistry department to take parental leave after the birth of his child, something he has done twice. Early in the new millennium, Dr. Leznoff says his experience at SFU was at “the pointy edge of the wedge university-wide.” His fi...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/features/feature-article/paternity-leave-policies-are-improving-for-dads-in-academia/
Responsibilities May Include
BY DERRICK E. RANCOURT | October 20 2020

Project and stakeholder management practices can help buffet thesis interruptions.

Defining success when you are a graduate student depends on your circumstances, which makes it critical to know what is in front of you and to be able to make early decisions about the path you will take. In Stephen Covey’s famous book, https://www.universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/responsibilities-may-include/begin-and-continue-your-thesis-with-the-end-in-mind/
Features
BY ANDRÉANNE APABLAZA | October 15 2020

Foreign hackers are prying into COVID-19 research from around the world, and Canadian universities are not immune.

Chances are, if you have a university email address – and most professors and researchers do – you’ve been the target of a foreign cyber-attack in the past few months. Cyber-espionage of Canadian research, including research conducted in universities, has significantly increased since March, s...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/features/feature-article/canadian-covid-19-researchers-face-a-growing-threat-of-cyber-espionage/
Features
BY DIANE PETERS | October 14 2020

Researchers expect big things if and when dependable quantum computing becomes a reality, and they are eager to ensure that the country is well-positioned to play a meaningful part.

In a lab at the University of Waterloo’s Continue reading (IQC), two contraptions consisting of a number of metal containers, poles and beams surrounded by thick, orange wires emit a no...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/features/feature-article/the-quest-to-build-a-reliable-quantum-computer/
Media Scan
BY LAURA BEAULNE-STUEBING | October 07 2020
Radio Canada International Continue reading Canada has opened its borders to international students, however they will have to quarantine for 14 days upo...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/media-scan/headlines-for-oct-7-2020/
Career Advice
BY DERRICK E. RANCOURT | October 02 2020

Non-academic mentors, especially those familiar with the culture of academia, can offer empathy, validation and healthy perspectives.

A mentor is a professional who acclimates a protégé into a profession. In the Continue reading, upstart Leonardo Da Vinci pulverized Tuscan stone and collected eggs https://www.universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/career-advice-article/phd-students-can-benefit-from-non-academic-mentors-outside-perspectives/
Ask Dr. Editor
BY LETITIA HENVILLE | September 29 2020

Techniques for coherent, analytical lit reviews.

Question

quote>I’m frustrated by the feedback that my supervisor gives me. She wrote that my literature review was “choppy,” and when I asked her how to fix this, she told me to “add nuance.” I don’t understand what these terms mean in practice, and so I don’t know what...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/ask-dr-editor/literature-reviews-that-work/
Media Scan
BY LAURA BEAULNE-STUEBING | September 28 2020
CBC Continue reading If September is any indication, the global pandemic has all but eradicated any semblan...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/media-scan/headlines-for-sept-28-2020/
Career Advice
BY DAVID SEALEY, ADRIAN YUNG, CRICIA RINCHON & CHRISTINA WEHRLE | September 28 2020

By participating in the Team Case Study program at U of T, life science graduates gain a competitive edge in the non-academic job market.

Since 2016, approximately 180 trainees have participated in the Industry Team Case Study (ITCS) program at the University of Toronto in which teams of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows lead job simulation projects mentored by industry professionals. Trainees investigate a business or policy...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/career-advice-article/case-studies-give-grad-students-a-chance-to-tackle-industry-challenges/
News
BY EMILY BARON CADLOFF | September 25 2020

From partnerships with heritage organizations to web crawlers, university archivists, librarians and historians are using a range of tools to capture life in the pandemic.

What will we remember about COVID-19 at this time next year? In five years? In 50 years? And more importantly, what will we need to remember? What information will be useful for historians, for epidemiologists, for artists? What is worth preserving?These are the questions that university archivi...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/news-article/looking-back-on-covid-19-how-university-archives-are-preserving-this-moment-in-history/
News
BY NATALIE SAMSON | September 23 2020

Speaking to Parliamentarians last month about universities’ response to COVID-19, university presidents asked for support for international students and continued emergency research funding.

On August 14, four days before Prime Minister Justin Trudeau prorogued Parliament, representatives from the academic research and university sector addressed the Continue reading about t...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/news-article/university-sector-highlights-importance-of-international-students-and-research-funding-in-summer-address-to-house-of-commons-committee/
Features
BY IVAN JOSEPH & IVAN JOSEPH | September 09 2020

A vice-provost, student affairs, and an incoming first-year student sit down to talk about the student experience during a pandemic.

Sometimes, personal and professional lives overlap in interesting ways, such as what is unfolding in the Joseph household. Ivan Joseph is vice-provost, student affairs, at Dalhousie University. On October 1, he will begin a five-year posting as vice-president, student affairs, at Wilfrid Laurier Uni...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/features/feature-article/the-student-experience-this-fall-a-tale-of-two-ivans/
In my opinion
BY NADIA NAFFI ET AL | September 08 2020

Ensuring equitable and quality education, as well as effective and efficient evaluation of student learning are among the imperatives identified for this disrupted academic year.

As university campuses around the world emptied out one by one in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, centres for teaching and learning (CTLs) and their equivalent services – with their teams of instructional designers, teaching and learning experts, and multimedia developers – became the “ https://www.universityaffairs.ca/opinion/in-my-opinion/5-recommendations-from-teaching-centres-to-teaching-centres-to-help-faculty-shift-online/
Features
BY EMILY BARON CADLOFF, SHAUNA MCGINN & MARK CARDWELL | August 19 2020

Remote teaching, half-empty residences and virtual orientations will mark this year’s return for most students.

Part 1. Streamed lectures and empty seats: what classrooms will look like this fall

  By Emily Baron CadloffPatrick McBrine has spent many hours over the spring and summer teaching himself how to make professional-looking videos at home. Working ...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/features/feature-article/as-september-approaches-universities-prepare-for-a-fall-semester-unlike-any-other/
Media Scan
BY LAURA BEAULNE-STUEBING | August 04 2020
Windsor Star Continue reading The Canadian university experience is already lookin...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/media-scan/headlines-for-august-4-2020/