Monthly Archives: April 2011

Maths In The City

The concept behind Maths in the City is to capture and highlight the math behind everyday objects you see and use in your city. It could be an oddly shaped building, a garden with creative topiaries or an unusually windy bike path and then of course you have to explain the application of math in your example. The competition is open to individuals or groups from anywhere in the world. The deadline for submissions is May 3, 2011 at noon (British Summer Time) and finalists will be contacted by May 31, 2011.  For more information about competition rules, prizes, how to submit, examples of what the judges are looking for and/or general inquires, please click here.

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Earth Day

Canada Earth Day Poster, 2011

Earth Day, which is celebrated every April 22, is a global event that honours the beauty of our planet.  In Canada, earth day has grown to become Earth Week and now Earth Month.  On the Canadian Earth Day website, there is a list of related events occuring all across Canada on and around April 22, volunteer opportunities (such as EcoMentors), scholarships, awards and an enewsletter you can subscribe to. And of course, the website shares simple and easy ways to protect and maintain the health of our planet.

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eNewsletters

Sign up online to receive relevant newsletters in your inbox.  For example,  I subscribe to Tomorrow’s Professor which is an enewsletter that posts articles related to academic careers such as how to make the most of scientific conferences, choosing the right supervisor, writing science CVs, etc.   I also subscribe to The Postdoc Forum and enewsletters related to my research interests. In these newsletters, I learn about upcoming events such as conferences or workshops, new innovations, research and employment opportunities, awards, scholarships, researcher profiles, volunteer positions, and general interest articles. Some of the topics I read about end up being posted on this blog. I usually receive one email a week from each newsletter I subscribe to and with each new edition, I take a few minutes to browse through it to see if there is anything of interest.

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Bring IT On

Bring IT On is a Canadian networking website aimed at young women who are interested in purusing a career in a science, engineering or technology field.  The website offers mentorships, information about IT careers, links to women and technology associations, employment opportunities, upcoming events of interest and blogs where you and others can exchange career stories, opportunities and ideas. Most of the resources offered are free and browsing the site requires only a small time committment.

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Alberta Graduate Conference

The aim of the first Alberta Graduate Conference is to bring together academia and industry from across Alberta in order to share new ideas and foster collaborations.  It is a chance to hear about new innovations, meet scientists and employers, and gain a better understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of research and innovation.  This event  is open to graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, industry researchers, university faculty and administrators, government officials and more. For a list of invited speakers, please click here. This conference will be held from May 5 to 7, 2011 at the University of Calgary with early bird registration before April 15, 2011. The cost of registration for students is $25 and there are reduced rates for accommodations.

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