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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…

febflowers

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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Are you experiencing science overload?

This week I had a post up on the Canadian Science Publishing blog discussing the current boom in scientific publishing (2.5 million papers published per year!), and how this firehose of scientific information won’t stop flowing any time soon. “Do you feel overwhelmed by the number of research papers in your field? Do you wonder…

adrift

Hate networking? Try this approach

I have a post up over on the Canadian Science Publishing blog about academic family trees. They’re a way of situating yourself within a research community based on your connections to your fellow grad students, your connections with your supervisor and his/her fellow grad students, etc. And if you really don’t enjoy networking, they can…