Monthly Archives: October 2010

Skipping the Postdoc


Dr. Francis Collins, noted geneticist and Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the United States, recently announced a new program aimed at helping young scientists transition into faculty positions much more quickly than typically possible.

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Back to School Days


The challenges and joys of the professor-student. At age 51, a neurosurgeon returns to school.

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Knowing Your Undergraduates


With career-oriented students seeking variety in their university experiences, universities are diversifying their appeal. The downsides are often talked about, but this evolution could well help universities in regions of population decline survive, while offering students clearer choices among a broader range of educational options.

Editorial Matters – Understanding University Students


“Who are today’s university students?” The answer to that question is not so neatly encapsulated in a simple response. Ken Steele notes in the lead article of this issue that students are a diverse group looking for variety of university experiences. They differ regionally, demographically, and by expectation and motivation. They are ethnically diverse. They […]

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Humour Matters – Plagiarism: How about a Canada Research Chair in Surveillance?


By now, students probably think all my courses are about plagiarism. I seem to talk about it constantly: reviewing its definition, enumerating its many versions, and warning of the pernicious consequences of doing “It”. Legalistic warnings take up almost as much space on my syllabi as the list of lecture topics or tutorial readings. Every […]