Teach Write: An Introduction to Purpose

Welcome to Teach Write! This column draws on my 20 years’ experience teaching writing to kids, university students, and adult learners. It includes ideas and exercises that teachers can use in the classroom, and creative writers can use to level up their process. As part of our preparation for writing a new piece, we need to think about audience – who we are writing for and how the knowledge and needs of that audience affect…

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Dr. Rob Annan to Lead Genome Canada

Ottawa, Ontario (November 12, 2019) On behalf of the Board of Directors of Genome Canada, Chair of the Board Dr. Elizabeth Douville announced today the appointment of Dr. Rob Annan as the organization’s new President and CEO, starting January 1, 2020. For 20 years, Genome Canada has worked to advance research that helps us understand the living world in unprecedented detail and in ways that support our health, our environment, and our economy. The organization…

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Canadian Archaeological Association 53rd Annual Conference, 2020 – A Call for Papers

Pic: The image is promotional art for a movie called Black Mountain Side (2014), about a group of Canadian archaeologists working in remote Canadian mountains. Obviously things go wrong. You can read my Twitter review of it here As you may (or may not) be aware, the 53rd annual Canadian Archaeological Association conference is coming up and will be here before you know it. The conference, which will be in Edmonton from May 6 –…

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De l’origine de la communication neuronale aux ordinateurs fabriqués par des cerveaux humains

La troisième séance du cours  «Notre cerveau à tous les niveaux» que j’ai le plaisir de donner en collaboration avec l’UPop Montréal aura lieu ce mercredi 13 novembre à 19h au café Les Oubliettes. Intitulé intitulée « L’humain découvre la grammaire de base de son système nerveux », j’en ai présenté les grandes lignes ici la semaine dernière. Comme je l’avais expliqué dans le billet qui présentait ce projet, je voudrais cette semaine m’attarder sur…

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I went to a R&D management conference to learn about ecosystems…

by Ashlee-Ann PigfordThis past summer I had the opportunity to attend the 41st R & D Management Conference hosted by École Polytechnique and HEC in Paris, France. The theme of the conference was The Innovation Challenge: Bridging Research, Industry and Society. The conference took place at the beautiful École Polytechnique just outside of ParisConsidering it’s a conference that largely attracts academics from business schools as well as R & D experts working in the private sector,…

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Effective workshop structure: Exploiting the ties that bind

In October, I participated in a workshop hosted by Medicine by Design (MbD) in Toronto. The workshop was right up my alley – blood stem cells and clonal evolution – but I’ll spare the Signals readership the specific details.* Rather, today’s post focuses on the bigger picture of why scientists need such workshops and how critical it is to plan them properly. Discussion and collaboration are still the driving force of academic progress, and focused workshops…

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