Jan - March 2021 (Biweekly Workshops)
In collaboration with Drs Tristan MacLean and Alana Wilcox, I am developing the Science Communication Toolbox for Researchers program for NSERC PermafrostNet researchers and trainees. This program is supported by an NSERC Science Communication Skills Pilot Grant.
I will be teaching the following workshops:
2-4 PM EST | Thursday 21 January 2021
Description: This symposium urges us to consider what the role of science in society is and, by extension, how scientists should prioritize their time between research and societal engagement. This will be achieved by providing the cultural, historical and overall societal context of the meaning of science--including the roles of policy, advocacy, funding systems, and science communication--by expert scientists and non-scientists who work at the interface of science, government, the private sector and society at large. The symposium will include lectures and panel discussions as well as hands-on workshops to help kickstart activities that provide utility beyond the symposium itself.
Facilitator, Addressing the impacts of COVID-19 on graduate students in Canada: Challenges and solutions
2:30 - 3:30 PM EST, Thursday 4 February 2021
58th Annual CAGS Conference
COVID-19 has impacted each of our lives differently. In particular, graduate students are faced with some unique challenges, as they are not only students, teachers, and researchers, but are also parents, essential workers, and/or public transit users. Across Canada, universities have rapidly pivoted during the pandemic, implementing new strategies, programs and initiatives to help support their graduate students. But were these measures sufficient, and what challenges do institutions face as they build and improve their programs?
In this session, attendees will be split into four breakout rooms to discuss graduate student Health & Wellness, Research, Finance & Funding, and Professional Development. Each group will explore the COVID-19 related challenges faced by Canadian universities regarding graduate studies, and discuss how institutions have responded in the face of these emerging issues, in order to identify best practices. We will also be discussing the challenges institutions face in implementing new programs and how graduate deans, administrators, and institutions can sustain and build better support systems for graduate students.