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May 23, 2017

PhD Scholarships and Postdoctoral Fellowships Available from UNSW Sydney: Register NOW!


UNSW Sydney (The University of New South Wales) is on a multi-billion dollar mission to build one of the highest impact, most ambitious and globally connected universities on the planet, and we’re looking for the world’s best minds to join us.

We’re making an unprecedented investment to recruit nearly a thousand exceptional Fellows and PhD scholars linked to an exciting new academic career model built on mentorship, flexibility and opportunities for leadership development.

If you want to be a part of a global top 50 university, and you believe you are at the top of your field, we want to hear from you.  UNSW’s Scientia Fellowship Program and Scientia PhD Scholarship Scheme offer unique benefits, individualized support, exciting career pathways and guaranteed funding for you to reach your personal development goals.

If your aspirations match ours, we welcome your application.


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.

April 25, 2017

Beyond the Professoriate: Learn about PhD jobs and careers . . . and how to get them! 

Beyond the Professoriate

Beyond the Professoriate is the online conference for PhDs in career transition.

Join us for two days of presentations and discussion with PhDs working in non-faculty roles in a variety of jobs and careers. Learn from PhDs who've been there, done that!

The 4th-annual conference will take place live on Saturday, May 6, and Saturday, May 13, 2017, starting at 11:00 a.m. EDT both days.

All conference sessions will be recorded and will be available to watch on demand for 21 days.

Full conference tickets are only US $49 (early bird) and US $59 (late registration) + the Eventbrite processing fee.


April 19, 2017

R-Ladies #LdnOnt MeetUp: Intro to R & Intro to GitHub

R-LadiesGlobal_300Come join us for our next R-Ladies meet up!

When: May 1, 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Where: UnLondon Community Space: 211 King Street, London ON (corner of King and Clarence). We are incredibly excited to now be able to host our meet ups at UnLondon's community building downtown, which provides us a more accessible space beyond the walls of the university, as well as access to their awesome community.
What: An informal group of folks interested in using and learning more about the R programming language. This months topics include an Intro to R and Intro to Git.

We have two topics to present to you this time, led by two awesome women:
1) Intro to R: Rachael Smyth will be walking us through some basic introductory material in R and best practices of writing your R scripts.
2) Intro to version control with GitHub: Pauline Barmby will then demonstrate the ins and outs of version control using GitHub, which can be an incredibly useful way of keeping track of changes you make to your scripts (or other documents).

Both will be dynamic presentations allowing you to put your new skills to practice. Join us for drinks after the talks!

Please RSVP on our MeetUp page if you plan on attending so we have an idea of how many to expect.

April 05, 2017

Announcing Western’s 3MT 2017 WINNERS!


Photo (from left):  Gregory Wallace, Tamara Tavares, and Shane Smith

We are pleased to announce the winners of our sixth-annual 3MT competition that took place this morning in the Davenport Theatre, Talbot College.

1st Place

Tamara Tavares
PhD candidate, Neuroscience, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
Title:  Doctor, what is the diagnosis?

2nd Place

Shane Smith
MSc candidate, Surgery, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
Title:  Combat Vascular Trauma: From Characterization to Innovation

3rd Place

Gregory Wallace
PhD candidate, Chemistry, Faculty of Science
Title:  Fabrication of Metallic Nanostructures for Molecular Plasmonics

Tamara will be Western’s representative at the 3MT Ontario 2017 provincial competition at the University of Waterloo on Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Congratulations to all participants from across the university who dedicated their time and effort to compete in this year’s event!

March 30, 2017

Announcing Western’s Top 20 3MT Finalists for 2017!


After six exciting heats that have taken place over the past five weeks, the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies is pleased to announce the top 20 students across the university that will be competing in the Western 3MT Final.

DATE: Wednesday, April 5, 2017
TIME: 10:00 a.m.
LOCATION: Davenport Theatre, Talbot College

In alphabetical order, Western’s 3MT Top 20 finalists are:

  1. Dova Brenman
  2. Christina Catenacci
  3. Nolan Dyck
  4. Pavlina Faltynek
  5. Daoping Guo
  6. Moe Haddara
  7. Andrew Hanna
  8. Elise Harrington
  9. Ainsley Inglis
  10. Gordon Irvine
  11. Pascaline Kohio
  12. Taniya Nagpal
  13. George Orlov
  14. Freda Qi
  15. Katerina Rnic
  16. Shane Smith
  17. Yoah Sui
  18. Tamara Tavares
  19. Hayley Wallace
  20. Gregory Wallace

Immediately following the competition, we will move to the IGAB Atrium for lunch.  During lunch, we will announce our top three winners, including the one student who will go on to represent Western at 3MT Ontario 2017 on April 12 at the University of Waterloo.

Good luck to all participants!

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