October 2015 Newsletter

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    Bridging the gender gap in science

    “There are major issues in the world that scientists are trying to find answers for, yet half the population is discouraged from being part of finding those solutions.” Ramina Adam, PhD Candidate, is channeling her own passion to help make the field of science more inclusive for female students and trainees.

  • decorative imageFinding a job is a job in itself
    Whether you are thinking of pursuing a postdoctoral fellowship, or a position in industry or government, Andrew Watson, PhD, associate dean, provides some advice to keep in mind while deciding on the next steps in your career.

  • decorative imageWhy you should be voting this election
    On October 19, the Canadian population will vote to decide who will lead our country. Alex Moszczynski, Graduate Students Council chair, and his colleague Zachary Hawley, MSc Candidate, discuss the many reasons graduate students in the health sciences should cast a ballot next week.

  • decorative imageThriving on learning new things
    From working one-on-one in the lab with her graduate trainees to reading about innovative technology and techniques during her downtime, Nathalie Bérubé, PhD, is constantly surrounding herself with new information to impact her research.

  • A chance encounter with fate: Q&A with Hao Yin, PhD
    Thousands of miles away from his home country of China, Hao Yin, PhD, didn't know what his future would hold once he completed his PhD program at the University of Calgary. Then, by chance, he met Dr. Geoffrey Pickering, PhD, his current supervisor.

  • Western's School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies introduces new Doctoral Medical Leave Bursaries pilot program
    As of October 5, students may be eligible for a Medical Leave Bursary of up to $5,000 for one term of leave during the full duration of his or her degree. The Bursary will be available to any eligible students on a medical leave.

  • Dean's Video Newsletter – Strategic Plan
    In this edition of the Dean's Video Newsletter, Schulich Medicine & Dentistry Dean Dr. Michael J. Strong discusses the School's strategic planning process and next steps.

  • Bringing new life into research on the placenta
    Charles McKenzie, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Medical Biophysics, and Timothy Regnault, PhD, associate professor in the Departments of Obstetrics & Gynaecology and Physiology and Pharmacology, have received $3.7 million in funding from the National Institute of Health as part of its Human Placenta Project.

  • September tweets of the month
    Our community has some important things to say on Twitter. From Homecoming celebrations to surviving the first weeks of school, catch up on the best 140-character thoughts from faculty, staff and students during the month of September.

  • Celebrating our achievements
    We would like to congratulate graduate trainees and postdoctoral fellows from the Departments of Neuroscience and Anatomy and Cell Biology on their recent accomplishments.

  • Top stories from September 2015 Current Affairs
    Did you miss the September 2015 issue of Current Affairs? Read the most popular stories on your Graduate Students Council, the 2015 Dean’s Scholarship for Graduate Research recipients, and 10 tips for a successful academic year.