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March 24, 2023

INSPIRING MINDS | Michaela Kent, PhD candidate, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry


Inspiring Minds seeks to broaden awareness and impact of graduate student research, while enhancing transferable skills. Students were challenged to describe their research, scholarship or creative activity in 150 or fewer words to share with our community.

Michaela Kent
PhD candidate, Neuroscience, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry

Lighting Up the Brain to Study Social Interactions

In recent years there has been a dramatic shift in the way we interact with other people, largely exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Often, this resulted in our interactions moving to the virtual world. But how does speaking to someone online differ from our normal face-to-face conversations? I have been tackling this question using optical neuroimaging, an increasingly popular way of studying naturalistic human brain function. Light is shone into the brain to measure blood flow, giving an indication of brain activity. This technique allows for the simultaneous imaging of two people’s brains as they interact. This means we can look at how brains synchronize, often characterized by similar patterns of activity. Using this set-up, I look at how brains adapt to online social interactions, such as during Zoom calls. Conducting studies like this is a step towards making neuroscience research more naturalistic and less constrained to laboratory environments.


Researchers: Share Your Input


Share your experiences managing research data and outputs in a seven-minute survey.

Western’s Research Data Infrastructures Group is interested in the full spectrum of research, scholarly, and creative practices involving the generation, collection, licensing, and use of data in all forms. Your responses will inform the implementation of the University’s Research Data Management Strategy.

Please respond by April 17.

REGISTER NOW: Graduate Writing Week GradWRITE Seminars | April 10-14, 2023


10 seminars to help grads and postdocs meet the demands of academic and professional writing. They’re FREE. They’re online. Registration is required.

GradWRITE seminars cover a variety of topics to help you learn about and successfully address the expectations involved in writing theses, dissertations, manuscripts, proposals, applications, literature reviews, abstracts, and more.

Our goal is to help you become an effective writer and communicator in your academic discipline and professional field. You may register for all seminars or select just the seminar that interests you.

The seminars are offered from April 10-14, 2023.


Contact Doug Campbell if you have questions or require further information.

March 21, 2023

SCHOLARS TO LEADERS SPEAKER SERIES | "Careers Beyond the Tenure Track" | March 29, 2023


A panel of four Western University doctoral alumni, will be speaking next Wednesday, March 29, 2023 at 12:30 p.m. with a talk entitled Careers Beyond the Tenure Track.

DATE: Wednesday, March 29, 2023
TIME: 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.


About the Talk
Hear from four Western PhD alumni who will discuss their career paths after their PhD. Gain insight into the transferable skills they gained from their PhD that are valuable and applicable to their current careers.

Doctoral Panel

  • Dr. Yann Benetreau, PhD in Philosophy, Senior Editor, Nature Communications
  • Dr. Blair Fraser, PhD in Applied Math, Head of Valuations at RBC Capital Markets
  • Dr. Alexandra Merkx-Jacques, PhD in Microbiology and Immunology, Manager, Research Partnerships at NSERC
  • Dr. Anita Taylor, PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Senior Director, Strategic and Institutional Priorities in the Office of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism, University of Waterloo

REGISTER NOW: Dissertation Writers' Retreat In-Person and Online | April 18-19, 2023


Dissertation Writers' Retreats are designed to provide Western PhD candidates with dedicated time for intensive writing. Participating in the Retreat can help you make significant progress in writing your dissertation and help establish good writing habits.

DATE:  April 18-19, 2023
TIME:  9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
LOCATION: In-person and online. Please indicate how you will attend upon registration. Lunch and refreshments for in-person attendees (space is limited!).   

The Retreat is an opportunity for participants to remove themselves from daily distractions and time demands to focus exclusively on dissertation writing. As well as dedicated writing time, there will be short check-in mini-seminars and support from expert writing advisors.

The Dissertation Writers' Retreat is specifically for writing your dissertation. Participants can register from the Own Your Future calendar on Western Connect.


Contact Doug Campbell or Julie Jonkhans if you have questions or need additional information.

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