Overcoming COVID and staying at work

There is little doubt that 2020 will be remembered as the year of the COVID-19 shutdown, when all manner of businesses and offices simply closed their doors while everyone stayed at home. But the reality behind that image has been more complicated. The ongoing need for essential services like food and energy meant that people...

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For graduate students, locked down can mean locked out

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Ambitious students may regard graduate school as a dream come true, but for many of them, COVID19 has turned it into a nightmare. The pandemic has physically isolated them from their work and colleagues, often creating financial trouble, compromising their ability to conduct research, and limiting their prospects for professional development. The extent of these...

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Going global

Two Canadian doctoral students in chemistry are looking forward to sharing their experiences and ideas with counterparts from around the world as delegates to the International Younger Chemists Network (IYCN). Holly Fruehwald, of Ontario Tech in Oshawa, and Josseline Ramos Figueroa, of the University of Saskatchewan, were selected by administrators of the organization, which was...

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Marking milestones in systems and control

According to Bhushan Gopaluni, Associate Dean of Education and Professional Development in the University of British Columbia’s Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, we now enjoy an embarrassment of riches when it comes to information technology. “If you look at the history of systems and control and data analytics, we are at a unique historic...

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Rallying for resources

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Statistics Canada reports that about a quarter of the Canadian population holds some kind of post-secondary degree but for members of the country’s Indigenous community, that figure drops to just one in 10. This distinction serves as a reality-check for Alex Veinot, who is completing his PhD in chemistry at Queen’s University. As a member...

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Global pandemic spawns global classrooms

Like so many educators around the world, I’ve spent more time than usual this summer thinking about what September would bring. Unlike March 2020, when we were engaged in a rushed response to the unfolding global pandemic, the Fall semester would reflect purposeful planning on the part of institutions and administrators, departments and individual faculty....

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