Many great scientists served society by putting their discoveries in the public domain, thus
diminishing their costs. So, please don’t equate
or mix up the “benefit of society” with “keeping
the intellectual property.”
Dr. Gingras holds the Canada Research Chair in History and
Sociology of Science at Université du Québec à Montréal.
No extra fat here
i just finished reading the March edition of
University Affairs, concluding with The Associate
column entitled “The Chubby Professor.” In the
University of Calgary’s faculty of medicine, at
least, the Chubby Professor is nowhere to be seen.
When I arrived here in 2010 as a McMaster
University biology and pharmacology co-op student, I was put to shame by my own inactivity. It
seemed that nearly all the faculty were busily
climbing up and skiing down mountains every
weekend – not to mention the number of spandex-bedecked profs who cycled into school every
morning, even during Calgary’s winters.
When I returned for PhD studies, I knew I’d
need to up my commitment to an active lifestyle.
In four years, I’ve done just that. Last summer I
studied for and passed my candidacy exam, while
training for my first half-marathon. It’s become
second nature to schedule my lab experiments
next to my gym workouts and long runs.
This focus on physical activity has become
essential to my happiness and success. If, as Alan
MacEachern suggests, “academics tend to under-
value physical fitness” and “take a perverse pride
in being rumpled, anemic and out of shape,” then
that may be the case at Western University. My
own travels out west have shown me a different
style of academic altogether.
Ms. Turner is a PhD candidate in the department of biochemistry
and molecular biology in the faculty of medicine at the University
The seventh myth about contract faculty
in “six myths about contract faculty in Canada” (posted March 4, 2014), you did not go after
the most prevalent myth: that the current situation
with respect to part-time and contract faculty is
basically OK and nothing much needs to be done
about it – the attitude of every university in North
America. It is not OK. Of two people with qualifications and experience of the same kind, if one
has tenure and the other works on per-course contracts, the first is paid four times as much as the
second (or more) and has job security for life. The
other, in addition to awful pay, has no job security
and usually no benefits (including no pension
plan). Academia is one of the most inequitable
employment markets there is. (I am a senior full
professor who has had tenure for decades.)
Editor’s note: This is one of several comments that
readers posted to the second installment of “
Contractually bound,” a new, regular online column written by Kane
X. Faucher. You can view the column, and the comments,
at universityaffairs.ca, under “Columns & Opinions.”
Empirical criteria are preferred
the canada excellence research chair might
be good for the prestige of universities, whatever
prestige means in that context, but it is not good
for unfunded researchers, including those at or
graduating from the same institutions, nor for
the markedly unfunded post-docs, again including those graduating from the prestigious institutions and taking jobs at lesser institutions
(“Super CERC me!” April 2014). And it is probably not good overall for Canadian science,
which historically did very well (by empirical
criteria like publications and citations, as
opposed to prestige) because of more egalitarian
funding practices in the past.
Dr. Clark is a professor of psychology at the University of Winnipeg.
Université Laval was awarded two Canada
Excellence Research Chairs in the first round of
CERC awards in 2010, not one, as was incorrectly reported (“Super CERC me!” April 2014
issue). We regret the error.
L’Université Laval s’est vu attribuer deux Chaires
d’excellence en recherche du Canada en 2010 et
non pas une seule, comme le mentionne à tort
l’article « Chaire recherche chercheur » paru en
avril 2014. Nous nous excusons de cette erreur.
Comment aider un étudiant qui
souffre d’un handicap caché
Il faut d’abord que l’étudiant
soit prêt à vous le divulguer.
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