On good science journalism: Why it’s important and how to produce it

Abbas Mehrabian, guest contributor   On November 9, 2020, when Pfizer and BioNTech announced their COVID-19 vaccine had a 90 per cent efficacy rate without publishing a peer-reviewed study to support their claim, many media outlets covered it as glorious news. Fox News’s headline “Pfizer vaccine proves 90% effective in latest trials” took the companies’ […]

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Chief scientist Dr. Dana Devine takes on directorship at Centre for Blood Research

Chief scientist Dr. Dana Devine takes on directorship at Centre for Blood Research Plasma Stem Cells Transfusion Blood Tuesday, January 19, 2021 Catherine Lewis Canadian Blood Services’ chief scientist has been appointed director of the Centre for Blood Research at the University of British Columbia. This new role deepens Canadian Blood Services’ lasting collaboration with the centre and is part of Dr. Devine’s longstanding pursuit of bringing new discoveries to patients in meaningful ways. “As…

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Why it’s important to customize corrosion testing to the application environment

Many industries in western Canada face corrosion problems due to the frequent exposure of metal alloys to water, salt, oxygen, carbon dioxide, hydrogen sulfide and lesser well-known sulfur compounds. In our lab, we test metal corrosion by simulating the environment in which it will be applied. Learn more.

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Peer support is central to improving PhD student mental health

Editor’s note: We are delighted to have a guest post from Dr. Sarah Masefield (@scmasefield) at the University of York, U.K. Sarah is founder of the Thrive and Survive in your PhD project. She is currently a research fellow at the Interdisciplinary Global Development Centre at the University of York and a registered occupational therapist. Doing a PhD is not supposed to be easy, but alongside the academic challenges, there seems to be a culture…

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