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Can We Trust Western Blots?

July 30, 2014 at 2:01 pm Leave a comment

McGill profs among ‘Most Influential Scientific Minds’

Highly Cited Researchers 2014 represents some of the world’s leading scientific minds. Over three thousand researchers earned the distinction by writing the greatest numbers of reports officially designated by Essential Science Indicators as Highly Cited Papers—ranking among the top 1% most cited for their subject field and year of publication, earning them the mark of exceptional impact.

The lone professor from a Canadian institution cited in the Neuroscience and Behaviour category is Alan C. Evans, Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery, Medical Physics, and Biomedical Engineering. Dr. Evans has published over 300 peer-reviewed papers, holds numerous CIHR grants, and serves as co-Principal Investigator on many NIH-funded projects. During his 25 years at the Montreal Neurological Institute, he has held numerous leadership roles, most notably as director of the McConnell Brain Imaging Centre. Dr. Evans is a founding member of the International Consortium for Brain Mapping. He was one of the founders of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, serving in numerous positions on the OHBM Council since 1995. He regularly participates in NIH workshops, panels and initiatives related to brain imaging research.

Thank you to McGill for contributing this story.

July 29, 2014 at 1:11 pm Leave a comment

Thinking About a Career in Teaching Science? Read This First

It is often in the dog days of summer that many graduate students who are nearing the end of their studies, begin to think about their future career options. Some of these options include post doctoral work, industry research, education and other opportunities that may be completely unrelated to the bench. The dizzying array of choices can make it difficult for students to decide what to do next. As a service to the scientific student community, the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute has put together a series of profiles highlighting some career paths that build on a science background.

If you are thinking about pursuing a career as a science teacher, then you definitely should read Dr. Ryan Williams eyes career as high school science teacher.

Here is a brief excerpt from that article:

The job requirements include the patience of a saint, an elephant’s hide, a marathon runner’s stamina, and Justin Bieber’s ability to hold a crowd, plus the cross-disciplinary erudition of a Da Vinci. With these qualifications you might have the makings of a high school science teacher.

Take it from one former post-doc in the Dennis lab that aiming to teach high school science is not for the faint-hearted. “It’s like being a scientist. You don’t do it for the money; you do it because you love it,” says Dr. Ryan Williams.

Click here to read the full article.

July 28, 2014 at 2:47 pm Leave a comment

Dancing Pipette Tips

This is one seriously bored graduate student! How long can you make it through this video? (Although there are some cool videographic effects if you make it through to the end.)

July 25, 2014 at 3:00 am 2 comments

A Video Introduction to Flow Cytometry

July 23, 2014 at 2:47 pm Leave a comment

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