Juliana Vidal, originally from Juiz de Fora, Minas Gerais, Brazil, is completing her PhD in Chemistry at Memorial University of Newfoundland.

A first time for everything, even virtually

Editor’s note: Originally from Brazil, Memorial University of Newfoundland doctoral student Juliana Ladeira Vidal went home to visit family earlier this year and has been unable to return to Canada because of the COVID pandemic. As she recounts here, however, a global health emergency does not stand in the way of her engagement with the...


So, now what? The perspectives of a “laboratory-less” chemistry graduate student amid the COVID-19 outbreak


On March 11th of 2020, the World Health Organization declared a pandemic across the world due to the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Weirdly enough, just like in those horrible “end-of-the-world” or “I-will-close-my-eyes-because-I-cannot-watch-that-much-blood” zombie movies, a deadly disease started to rapidly spread everywhere in the world and completely changed the way we live. My own...