University of Toronto math professor Jim Colliander likens the problem to owning a fleet of snazzy sports cars and not being able to come up with enough cash to pay for gas.
For the past decade, thanks to programs like the
As director of animal care at Memorial University, Jennifer Keyte has the task of ensuring the ethical and humane treatment of her charges.
She rode horses as a young girl and her family owned the standard household pets. But Jennifer Keyte was never the type to volunteer untold hours at the local animal shelter. “I felt like a bit of an imposter in vet school,” the director of animal care at Memorial University admits. “So many o...
The Black Hole
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
Two dozen presidents from 14 countries gathered in advance of full G8 summit in Huntsville, Ontario.
An event that seemed to slip under the media radar, the 2010 G8 University Summit was held last week (May 20-22) in Vancouver, attended by 24 university presidents from 14 countries. It was the third such summit, the first being held in Hokkaido, Japan in 2008 and in Turin, Italy last year.
The Black Hole
This short blog entry argues that when looking at the relationship or science and society, the majority of scientists only see (and avoid) the energy barrier in front of them and fail to imagine and strive toward the products on the other side. There are of course exceptions to the rule and this article hopes to inspire such visionary thinking. It contends that the products, similar to those in a chemical reaction, will provide a state that will in their own time lead to less energy expenditure for scientists.
A high school geology teacher once explained to me a guiding philosophy for his life which seemed quite confusing at the time – he called it “The least work principle” which stated that one should always aspire to expending the least amount of effort to get an outcome. I thought “Great, I ha...
Saskatchewan government decides to cut funding to First Nations University of Canada.
The Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada held a day-and-a-half workshop last week for university presidents focussing on aboriginal education. This workshop was the first in a series of planned AUCC events on aboriginal access to higher education, which was identified by AUCC as one of...
Three recent reports, taken together, provide some interesting insights about the pathways and barriers to postsecondary education.
The number of reports on Canada's postsecondary education sector seem to be multiplying of late. With at least a half-dozen released in the last few weeks, it's getting hard to keep up.
With that in mind, here are three of the more important recent reports and their take-home messages. Together, ...
How should a freshly minted graduate behave when they are hired for their first professional job out of university?
The answer will vary, of course, depending on the industry and the type of job. Carolyn Watters, a professor of computer science and dean of graduate studies at Dalhousie University, asked this question of Dan Russell, the manager of research for Google. Dr. Russell is speaking mainly about graduate...
Imagining the future of Canadian post-secondary education
It wouldn’t be an anniversary celebration without a look ahead. For this we asked higher-education adviser Alex Usher to imagine some of the major trends and events that might influence Canadian universities in the 21st century. In a twist of perspective, he catapults himself into...
In its pre-budget submission to the federal government, association puts emphasis on research spending
Canada’s universities are calling for significant new investments in university research through the three federal granting councils in the lead up to the next federal budget.
Citing “a growing worldwide consensus that countries that invest heavily in education, research and innovation will l...
Canada Student Loans Program expects to dole out over $500 million in new grants
As the student unemployment rate rises in Canada, so too does the number of student loan applications. Some students didn’t even wait until they were enrolled in the fall semester to ask for financial help.
“They can’t even make rent for the May to August period, so they are knocking on our...