ISBT In Focus 2021

ISBT In Focus 2021 Stem Cells Transfusion Blood Tuesday, August 03, 2021 Dr. Geraldine Walsh “ISBT In Focus”, which took place virtually in June 2021, offered themed sessions in two time-zones to ensure as many delegates as possible could take part, and used state-of-the-art lectures and interactive sessions. I chatted to two Canadian Blood Services delegates who attended the congress: senior scientist, Dr. Sandra Ramirez-Arcos, and postdoctoral fellow in Ramirez-Arcos’ laboratory, Dr. Sylvia Ighem Chi.…

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Trust is the key to being more productive — and academics stink at it

Maybe it’s the way we’ve been trained – assess, criticize, look for the gaps, and definitely do not just believe what it says on the tin. Whatever the reasons, the further I go in my career, the more I realize that I need to rely on other people to get jobs done. Alongside this, I have observed that people in senior positions have either built a network they trust, or they are run completely ragged trying…

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Frost above zero

Photo: Pixabay In Southern Ontario, May 24th is the traditional day for planting annuals. That’s because the probability of frost after that date is negligible. Not this year. A few days after the 24th, Environment Canada warned us of the possibility of frost overnight, and they were correct. We had quite a lot of frost damage. The strange thing was that the overnight temperature was predicted to be above zero by a degree or two. I…

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