Is science broken? If so, how can we fix it? On Monday March 19, I attended the Science and Skepticism symposium at McGill, which aimed to answer this very question. As of late, there has been an increase in the lack of reproducibility of published studies within the field. Why is this? The current structures… Read More Science and Skepticism
Montreal is an amazing city, but this doesn’t mean that we should stay here all the time! Indeed, as I argued in my previous post Six reasons why an international student should visit Quebec City, I would feel my international student experience as incomplete if I didn’t visit some other place every now and then. This time I’ll… Read More Seven reasons why an international student should visit Ottawa
On Friday March 9, I attended Survival Skills for Scientists. An all-day event with keynote talks, discussion panels and workshops all focussed on one thing: careers in science. Presenters with diverse professions, from academia to private-industry, all spoke about their the career paths they chose and how they got to where they are today. Here… Read More What I Learned at Survival Skills For Scientists
I’m writing this post while typing a short bio for 3MT. I’m struggling with telling or not a diaper joke in the three sentences I have to describe myself. Because I like to make things fun, but I also realized just now how important it is for me to stress that I am a mother… Read More Why I am telling everyone that I am a mother doing a Ph.D.
Who knew that all this stuff was hidden away in Montreal snowbanks?… Read More Signs of spring in Montreal: the snow bank reveal
One of the best parts of being an international student is the exposure to a different culture. I moved from Italy to Quebec more than a year ago, and like any international student I noticed the cold weather, the long Winter, the peculiar–and amazing!–bilingualism, and the differences in the food, the currency and the time… Read More Everyday differences between Italy and Quebec–Part 1
Did you feel it? The sun is warmer, the days are longer, the streets are busier. It is not already here, but there are finally some indications that at some points in the next month or so (ouf!), spring will finally arrive. It’s one of the best times of the year! Because: Going outside to… Read More Reasons why a grad student looks forward to spring
Being a fellow of the Economics for the Anthropocene project, I spend a lot of time reading and reflecting on the Anthropocene, i.e. the current epoch in which human activities are significantly impacting the environment (see, for example, here). I think about this most of the time, both as a graduate student, and as a human being: Our species… Read More When newspapers talk about your field… and confirm your worries
Ceux qui sont parents le savent probablement (et sinon, voici en primeur!): un enfant de moins de deux ans ne paie pas son billet d’avion. C’est un avantage considérable qui nous a permis de partir en famille deux fois en Europe pour les études quand Félix, puis Marc, étaient bébé… et d’aller faire une petite… Read More Partir en voyage impromptu, un avantage des études supérieures
One way to look at self-care is that it’s to become your own parent. And there are things you can do to make your own self-parenting a little easier!… Read More #Selfcare: More Than a Buzzword!