Monthly Archives: May 2011

Industry-Academia Connector Event

The Industry-Academia Connector Event is a networking opportunity that will join industry and academia from the world of medical imaging.  Researchers and companies from around the globe will be participating in the Fields-Mitacs Conference on Mathematics of Medical Imaging in which the Industry-Academia Connector Event is a subset of.  This connector event will have a scientific student poster competition, success stories of productive industry-academia collaborations, information about MITACS‘ programs (in particular, its International Focus Period on the Mathematics of Medical Imaging) and a plenary lecture.  The Industry-Academia Connector Event will be held from 12:30 to 5:30 PM on Wednesday, June 22, 2011 in Stone Lobby, Medical Sciences Building at the University of Toronto.  To RSVP, please contact Peter Bevan at bevanp@mcmaster.ca by June 15, 2011 (conference participants need not RSVP).

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Technology and Learning Conference

The Technology and Learning Conference  is a chance to learn about the latest advancements to your everyday work and/or school software environment. Some of the sessions include how to use facebook for business, excel tips and tricks, features of gmail, introduction to Google Calendar as well as keynote speakers. There will also be vendors on hand to showcase the newest innovations and share their skills with you.

The conference is open to anyone interested in upgrading their IT skills. You can attend the entire two-day event (June 16 to 17, 2011) or only those sessions of interest.  This conference is sponsored by the University of Alberta and will be held on campus. All the sessions and activities are free except for an optional $10 lunch with proceeds going to charity. Registration is required.

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Canadian Space Society

The Canadian Space Society (CSS) is a national non-profit organization whose goal it is to explore the mysteries of space and to stimulate Canada’s space industry.  CSS welcomes (and consists of) people with an interest in space whether they are top research scientists, students, teachers or environmentalists. Every year CSS supporters can come together at the annual Canadian space summit with this year’s summit being held in Calgary, Alberta between November 16 to 18. There are also employment opportunities and volunteer positions (in particular involvement with CSS chapters) available.  A CSS membership for students is $15 per year.

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Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

The Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education is a nationwide association with the aim of improving teaching and learning in post-secondary institutions across Canada.  This philosophy is promoted through their annual conference, awards (3M National Teaching Fellowship, Alan Blizzard Award and Chris Knapper Award), journal and newsletters. The website also offers links to other  similar organizations around the world. Membership is available for a fee.

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The PhD Factory

A recent article published in the science journal Nature entitled “The PhD Factory” provides insight into the supply and demand of PhD students around the world. The article presents some surprising statistics accompanied with easy-to-understand diagrams, charts and graphs. Based on these facts, the article also discusses past, present and future trends along with possible explanations for why these trends are happening. Eight countries are highlighted in the article: Japan, China, Singapore, United States, Germany, Poland, Egypt and India.

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