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
Who is Suzanne Fortier? We know the name, we’ve seen her at events and receive emails from her office on a regular basis, but, what is she really like? After five years as Principal and Vice-chancellor of McGill, she remains inspired, motivated and excited to learn and help students learn. In an exclusive sit-down interview… Read More Exploring New Paths : An Interview with McGill Principal and Vice-Chancellor Suzanne Fortier
It’s January, and this means several things: The weather is cold, the Montreal Island is covered in snow and ice, the Winter term has begun… and it’s Three Minute Thesis/Ma Thèse en 180 Secondes time! As it is explained here and here, Three Minute Thesis/Ma Thèse en 180 Secondes (3MT/MT180) is a competition in which graduate students… Read More 6+1 reasons why a graduate student should consider 3MT/MT180
I just read Fannie’s post on how she struggles to find the time to write her thesis, and I couldn’t help noticing some similarities with my situation, in spite of the fact that we are at two different stages of our research—she is writing her thesis, I am defining and planning mine. Last year I… Read More I wish I could read a whole book without being distracted by the ideas I get
We will be hosting a two-part LaTeX series this month at the Library. Professor Ahmad Haidar, Biomedical Engineering, has once again generously offered to facilitate the workshops. He will dedicate five hours to helping you learn LaTeX, from the basics of creating documents to adding figures, citing references, writing and aligning mathematical formulas. This year… Read More You can learn LaTeX on your own, but you don’t have to
Wow. This was such a great experience! This is the second post of my blog series The first time a graduate student… and, as I anticipated here, it is going to be on my first conference experience, here. Well, technically I already had some little experience of this kind, but this was my first “serious” conference… Read More The first time a graduate student… lives a conference
Do you know where your funding comes from? In the Life Sciences at McGill graduate students are guaranteed a stipend. Whether that comes from external scholarships, internal awards or directly from your supervisor’s grants depends on a lot of factors. But where does your lab get the money for your reagents, equipment, technical support or… Read More Federal Research Funding – How much do you know?
While travelling for my research, I discovered something interesting: the notion of a «library» (aka, my second home) is not the same thing everywhere. By living in Québec all my life, I had this vision of a library as a place where anybody, adult or kid, can go and consult books. With a card, those… Read More A story of libraries and travels
You will say that I don’t know what I want, and maybe it’s true. A few weeks ago, I wrote about how having children is sort of slowing me in my studies. And it’s still true, since months away from school when I was on maternity leave definitely didn’t help me to read and write.… Read More Children and productivity : for the better or the worst?
If you read my last post, you will know I attended a Public Forum on Genetic Testing last week, hosted here at McGill by the Science Policy Exchange (SPE). Firstly, I would like it say congrats to SPE for putting on a great event! I’m not sure I mentioned before, but SPE is a group… Read More DNA and Me (Part 2)