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February 24, 2017

Communicating Your Research Online Workshop


Register now for this Mitacs Step online workshop that begins on March 16, 2017.

Communicating Your Research
Good communication skills are essential to a successful research career.  This short online workshop highlights the importance of communicating well and focuses on three common communication opportunities that researchers face on a regular basis:

  • Presentation skills
  • Writing skills
  • Poster creation

Facilitated by Dr. Jenn Gardy, you will learn more about the latest tips and techniques to make sure your next conference talk, email or poster presentation is impactful and memorable.


R-Ladies #LdnOnt Kick-Off Event!


Come join us at our first R-Ladies, London, ON event! This FREE event will feature a tutorial on RMarkdown led by Cortney Hanna.

All experience levels welcome to attend!

Our kick-off event will be held on Saturday, March 4, which coincides with Open Data Day - an annual celebration of open data all over the world. R-Ladies is committed to promoting gender diversity in the R community. While we are a female-driven group, we are fully gender-inclusive.

When: Saturday, March 4 from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Where: Health Sciences Building, Room #11
What: Kick-off event of R-Ladies #LdnOnt chapter featuring a tutorial on RMarkdown, a dynamic co-working session to test-drive your new skills, and a fun, engaging social atmosphere. Drinks downtown at Milos' to follow!
What to bring: Laptop with R & R Studio installed.
Contact: if you have questions!

Be sure to RSVP on our MeetUp page where we will also post updates about future events!

February 23, 2017

Job Opportunity: Research Data Centre Analyst


Statistics Canada is now accepting applications for the position of Research Data Centre Analyst for people residing in Canada and Canadian citizens residing abroad.


  • Administers the operation of the Research Data Centre (RDC) for its clients and ensures that the activity is consistent with Statistics Act. This includes activities such as assisting researchers with project preparation, administering RDC access (security checks and contracts), orientating new researchers into the RDC secure computing environment and liaising with the program management.
  • Responsible for maintaining the integrity of the secure computing environment by ensuring that physical, technical and legal requirements for the operation of an RDC are within standards used by Statistics Canada. This would include assigning tasks to local IT staff as required.
  • Coordinates and participates in consultations, meetings, committees or working groups.
    Provides consultation on research methods and data concepts to the RDC researchers in a client service oriented environment while fostering a culture of confidentiality.
  • Analyzes all interim and final research outputs that leave RDC to ensure that they respect Statistics Canada’s confidentiality protection requirements.
  • Maintains a liaison between the RDC network and Subject Matter Areas responsible for the Statistics Canada household surveys or administrative data.
  • Participates in various program wide projects which include a range of activities, such as recommending, documenting, developing and providing advice based on areas of specialization such as confidentiality vetting, use of administrative data, and survey data concepts and methodology.
  • May have to supervise local and/or branch staff.

Deadline to Apply:  March 7, 2017


GradWRITE: Graduate Writing Conference 2017


On Friday, March 10, 2017, the Writing Support Centre is holding its 8th-annual GradWRITE: Graduate Writing Conference. This conference is free and open to all Western graduate students and postdoctoral scholars.

This one-day event is designed to address the specific writing concerns of graduate students, and provide need-to-know strategies to make the most of the writing process.

All sessions are presented by graduate faculty and Writing Support Centre staff. The conference begins with a professor panel entitled "What IS Good Graduate Writing?" Afternoon sessions address topics such as getting published, writing grant proposals, writing beyond the academy, and technical writing.

Registration is required as space is limited.


Please contact Douglas Campbell if you would like more information.  519-661-2111 Ext: 85950

Career Planning Workshop: March 30/31, 2017


Mitacs Step is pleased to invite your graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to participate in a two-day career planning workshop.

Designing a Personal and Realistic Career Plan – Toronto, Ontario

DATE: Thursday, March 30/Friday, March 31, 2017
TIME: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
LOCATION: YMCA of Greater Toronto, Community Room

In an interactive setting and with the support of experts, participants will have the opportunity to design a career plan that fits their competencies and aligns with their career aspirations.


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