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May 19, 2017

WORLDiscoveries Patent Search Workshops 2017



All Faculty and Students are Invited!

DATE:  June 8 OR June 23, 2017
TIME:  9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
LOCATION:  MVP Lab, 999 Collip Circle, Western Research Park

WORLDiscoveries will be hosting two Patent Search Workshops this coming June.  You will receive hands-on training from Dr. Jan Payne, with assistance from other technology transfer professionals, on how to search patent databases.

Benefits include:

  • Augmenting your knowledge of the patent literature (helpful for grant applications)
  • Increase the novelty of your research
  • Find potential industry or academic partners working in your field of research

REGISTER EARLY (choose one of the two possible dates) as space is extremely limited (we filled up very quickly last year).

You will need to bring your OWN LAPTOP.

May 17, 2017

INFO SESSION: Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships 2017


Postdoctoral Scholars are invited to attend this information session about the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships.

The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program provides funding to the very best postdoctoral applicants, both nationally and internationally, who will positively contribute to the country's economic, social and research-based growth.

The objective of the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program is to:

  • attract and retain top-tier postdoctoral talent, both nationally and internationally
  • develop their leadership potential
  • position them for success as research leaders of tomorrow


May 11, 2017

Pint of Science Festival in London for the First Time from May 15 - 17!


The fastest growing scientific festival in the world is coming to London this May for the first time!

The Pint of Science Festival's goal is to allow as many people as possible to discover the latest scientific research through an accessible, fun, and interesting lecture format -- in a pub!  We are bringing amazing scientists (including Western graduate students, postdocs, and PIs!) out of their labs to local pubs, where they will discuss their latest research and discoveries. This is the perfect opportunity to meet the people responsible for the future of science, ask them questions, win prizes, and enjoy a night out!

Be part of the biggest celebration of science together with hundreds of venues across 11 countries (UK, Ireland, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Brazil, Australia, Thailand, Japan and Canada) from May 15 to May 17.

Registration is FREE.

Events will take place at the Fox and Fiddle located in the Citi Plaza at 355 Wellington Road, and the Poacher's Arms located at 171 Queens Avenue.


Do you want to learn more about Pint of Science and the speakers?
Pint of Science London, ON Facebook page:
Pint of Science website:
Pint of Science Canada:

May 10, 2017

R-Ladies #LdnOnt MeetUp: 2D and 3D graphics in R!

R-LadiesGlobal_300What: An informal group of folks interested in using and learning more about the R programming language. Our June 1st topic will feature how to create awesome 3D graphics in R, beginning with the basics for generating 2D plots and building up from there.
When: June 1, 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Where: UnLondon Community Space: 211 King Street, London ON (corner of King and Clarence). UnLondon is located in the old Novack's building - look for the big blue Novack's sign out front, head in the front door, then turn around and head up the stairs.

What do I need to bring?
Have a laptop (we have chargers and wifi available) with R, R Studio, and XQuartz installed. 

Also be sure to install the following R packages by running this code in your R console:

If you have any problems with the installation, let us know by posting on our MeetUp page discussion board, or emailing us.

Be sure to RSVP on our MeetUp page

Questions? Contact us!

May 01, 2017

Swedish Postdoc’s research proves causal link between grading practice and social stratification


DATE:  Wednesday, May 3, 2017
TIME:  12:00 noon
LOCATION:  SSC Room #5220

Previous research has shown that socioeconomic gaps in GPA and test scores cannot be accounted for only by differences in underlying academic ability. Whereas earlier studies have documented the role of non-academic student traits such as self-discipline or cultural capital, this research is the first to examine the role of differing institutional features, specifically grading practices, for widening or closing GPA gaps.

The research uses a Swedish educational reform, which changed the compulsory school’s grading system from a 5-point relative scale to a 4-point absolute scale between 1997 and 1998. Under reasonable and largely testable assumption, the change between these two years in the association between various socioeconomic background variables and student GPA has a causal interpretation as an effect of the changing grading practice.

Dr. Anders Hjorth-Trolle is visiting from Sweden, and we would love to see you all there! 

Don’t miss it!

Everyone welcome. No RSVP required.

Contact if you require information in an alternate format, or if any other arrangements can make these events accessible to you.

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