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Western Water & Forests: Spring 2016 Outlook

Last month, Dezene Huber, a professor at the University of Northern British Columbia, tweeted this photo of BC’s mighty Fraser River in Prince George. Doesn’t look so mighty, does it? Yes, that’s the gravel bed showing through, and there’s very little water – frozen or not. Fast forward a month, and Stephen Déry – also…

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Managing Your Mental Health in Academia

A few years ago, when I was still in academia, we had a meeting of scholars who were part of the university’s Water Institute. We were each given five minutes and two Powerpoint slides in which to introduce ourselves, our research group, and give a rundown of what we were working on, with the idea…

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International Women’s Day 2016: Link Roundup

[Updated March 9th to add the @IAmSciComm list of women science communicators] Today was International Women’s Day, a day we celebrate the achievements of women around the globe. Obviously my personal focus is on women in science and academia, and I ran across a lot of interesting stuff on the web today. I thought I’d…

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The Perils of Writing About Women in Science

Writing about women in science is a tricky business. While you want to champion their contributions across a range of research fields, you also don’t want to single them out as mere “symbols” of women in science. The suggestion is that the term “woman in science” is unnecessary – that women are scientists on par…