Monthly Archives: March 2011

Value Added Personnel Program

The Value Added Personnel (VAP) program helps Ontario students in a science, technology or engineering field transition from student to employee life. This program helps develop vital career skills, such as communicating and networking, by offering courses and workshops which are one or two days in length.  These courses can be taken as part of a VAP certificate program or individually. The program is sponsored by the Ontario Centres of Excellence and is open to all Ontario graduate students and post-doctoral fellows in a science, technology and/or engineering field.  There is no cost for participating but there is a $50 charge for cancellations within seven days of the start date of the course.

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Survey: From Learning to Work

The From Learning to Work survey is a nationwide collaboration between Canadian employers and campus career centers.  The survey aims to gather information about student’s views regarding their career, employers and campus career center.  The survey will take approximately 25 minutes and all responses are kept confidential.

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Earth Day Colloquium

On April 15, 2011, the University of Western Ontario is hosting the 8th annual Earth Day Colloquium.  This one day event celebrates the interdisciplinary nature of environment and sustainability.  There will be presentations from students, faculty members and keynote speakers from a broad range of fields including science, engineering, business, policy and management, medicine, and more.  This is a free event and all are welcome. For those interested in presenting a talk, registration is now open until March 25, 2011.  For those wishing to attend without giving a talk, an RSVP is appreciated.

 

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International Women’s Day

International Women's Day
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Every year on March 8, the world celebrates International Women’s Day.   This year is the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day and marks a long history of struggles and successes for women around the globe.  Businesses, schools, governments, special interest groups and individuals around the world are hosting events in support of this very special occasion.  To find an event near you, click here.

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Bibdesk

A New Reference Library (Without Any References)

A couple of years ago I was introduced to a computer program named Bibdesk which creates a reference library and helps you organize the reference materials inside your library.  References can be in various forms such as papers, books, theses and conference proceedings. Bibdesk has now become an invaluable tool in my research efforts. Bibdesk reduces a lot of the tedious work needed to write bibliographies, can quickly sort through a sea of references to find the one you need and helps keep track of all the reference materials you have.   Some useful features of Bibdesk include grouping references into categories, writing summaries about each paper, and finding references by keywords or authors. Another key feature is that references in pdf form can be linked to your reference library regardless of where the reference is located on your computer.  I recommend you start using Bibdesk while the number of your references is still small.  Once  your references pile up, it will be arduous to transfer them onto Bibdesk.  Bibdesk is still relatively new and there are often new updates available that make it better and better.  For more information about Bibdesk please click here.

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