SLPals

In this episode, Simon talk with his friend Yasmin Beydoun about her path to becoming a speech-language pathologist. Their conversation takes them everywhere from meeting at a nerd camp for entrepreneurial neuroscience students in Halifax to her clinical training with linguistic minorities. We also learn about the complexities around swallowing, how standardized tests can keep out marginalized communities from becoming healthcare professionals, and the politics of school speech assessments. Are you a SLP or SLP-in-training with…

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Interlude: Hulot semble exposer un déni

Quand mon livre est sorti en novembre, aucun média écrit n’a jugé bon d’en faire un compte-rendu, voire en parler. Assez curieusement, dans la foulée de la démission de Nicolas Hulot comme ministre de la Transition écologique en France, plusieurs interventions dans la presse suggèrent qu’il a été lu, mais présumément jugé trop audacieux. Sous-entendu: les catastrophistes ont raison, mais c’est trop dur à gérer. D’autres le juraient tout simplement flyé. Le dilemme sur la…

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A brief history of translational research funding in North America

There are fundamental difference between discovery and translational research. The former aims to found new knowledge while the latter transforms that knowledge into something practical. The former succeeds if even one person (usually a highly trained scientist over the course of many years) is able to demonstrate that they can validate a theory in a well-controlled experimental study one or more times. The latter requires any technically skilled person (usually a junior research technician) to…

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Make the most of your Labour Day weekend with Great Lakes Guide

As you consider the last few activities on your summer checklist, consider a trip to a provincial park along Lake Ontario’s shores. They offer places to swim, hike, paddle, camp and relax. One trip with multiple possibilities. Summer happens by the water and provincial parks connect you with Lake Ontario.Use Great Lakes Guide to make the most of this Labour Day weekend.Here are five parks to visit near Lake Ontario: 1. Presqu’ile Provincial ParkLooking for a…

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Scientists making science better – an eLife experiment

One of the common refrains on our website has been “if scientists don’t care enough to make their situation better, then nobody else is going to do it for them.” Universities won’t sign scores of tenured professors, publishers won’t give up millions of dollars, governments and the public won’t magically recognize the long-term value of scientific research, etc., etc. So, it is down to the scientists themselves (more or less) to make these changes and…

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Why don’t scientists work with designers more often?

I had two experiences this week that got me thinking about the potential benefits of scientists working with designers. First was when I received the proofs of an evaluation report that I’d written – since the report was to be given out to the community partners with whom the program works, it was sent to a designer to take my lowly MSWord document to spruce it up a bit. Now, this might not seem all…

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