Retroactive pension as a postdoc? Apply now!

Some of the biggest historic discussions in our column that get Canadian postdoctoral fellows in a rage are those around the taxation situation in Canada. It seems that postdoctoral fellows just can’t win – employee or trainee? – either way, the chips rarely fall well for the postdoctoral fellow. Today’s rather brief post is more of a public service message to remind postdoctoral fellows that now is the time to submit a claim to be considered an…

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Weaponized Knowledge

Knowledge mobilization, knowledge translation, and knowledge transfer and exchange – what do these terms really mean? Do you know the difference between innovation and invention? Simon updates Deena on “broader impact” and his take on a recent conference he attended in Winnipeg. As a topic of interest, Simon shares a recent article he came across in the Globe & Mail about Canadian research with an industry partner that led to a patent for the company.…

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Setting inner-city youth up for success at university

Shawna Narayan is completing her undergraduate physics degree at the University of British Columbia.A University of British Columbia physics student created a program which helps high school students connect with post-secondary mentorsBy Heather Amos, University of British Columbia Media RelationsWhen Shawna Narayan looked back on her first-year, she realized that things would have been easier if she’d received a little advice from a local peer before even stepping foot on UBC’s campus.Determined to help the next…

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