International group advises universities to stop using patents to measure IP success
Counting patents may be the easiest way for administrators to measure the success of a university’s adventures in technology transfer, but Richard Gold insists that it is also the wrong way.
The McGill University law professor argues that universities should not be counting their patents, but i...
Understanding your cultural differences with international students is the key to fostering a productive and rewarding supervisory relationship
The supervision of graduate students is a challenging exercise in effective interpersonal communication even when the faculty member and student share the same cultural background. Differing expectations about workload, progress and a considerable power gap often create the perfect conditions for mi...
There’s growing respect for a collaborative kind of research activity that starts with a two-way exchange of information between researchers and the community
A roadkill in 1987 made ecological history in Newfoundland. There had been sightings and unconfirmed reports, dating back to 1985, of coyotes making their way across the 175 kilometres of winter pack ice that separate Newfoundland from Nova Scotia. But when a juvenile was struck by a car near Deer L...
Gathering shares research showing even high achievers face problems in first year
Chris Fillmore entered York University's film studies program right out of high school. But he found the whole first-year experience so overwhelming, he soon dropped out.
Older and wiser now at 23, Mr. Fillmore is taking another stab at university. Four years after leaving York, he is back in fir...
Actually, today’s students are often overwhelmed by multiple stresses. A nurse-educator and administrator explain how their schools are responding to the growing need for mental-health services
The transition to adulthood is a challenge for many young people. Throw in the stresses of attending university and living away from home for the first time, and it's no wonder some find it difficult to cope.
Studies in Canada and the United States, such as those by Richard Kadison of Harvard Uni...
A heated debate over how to train PhD students for the jobs awaiting them has percolated for 15 years in Europe and the U.S. It’s high time for a Canadian discussion
Bright-eyed and bursting with excitement, the PhD student enters my office to announce the first validation of our hypothesis. As we rush off to the lab to observe the result together, our conversation is punctuated by exclamations. Before we can celebrate the joy of discovery, however, it is my rol...
University heads increasingly have to juggle competing interests and the balancing act isn’t always easy
For university presidents, life at the top has never been much of a picnic. But lately the challenges seem to have multiplied.
Within a four-week period towards the end of 2006, presidents at three Canadian universities resigned their posts. David Atkinson and Robert Hawkins stepped aside from Ca...