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On the nature of the PhD and learning to be a scientist

On the nature of the PhD and learning to be a scientist

written by Dr. Justin Nodwell illustration by Dr. Nikko Torres September, 1986. I am a rotation student visiting a lab in the Medical Sciences Building here at the University of Toronto. Students are gathered

A Guide to Choosing the Right Lab

A Guide to Choosing the Right Lab

by Louis Ho Choosing the right lab can be a daunting task. Especially if you’re planning to stay for the long-haul.

Using Physical Techniques To Solve Biological Problems: Professor Lewis Kay Wins the Gairdner

Using Physical Techniques To Solve Biological Problems: Professor Lewis Kay Wins the Gairdner

Written by Anastassia Pogoutse
Artwork by Nikko Torres

The Canada Gairdner International Award is given yearly to five individuals for outstanding contributions to medical science. 84 of its 388 recipients have gone on to win the Nobel Prize. Dr. Lewis Kay, a Professor in the Departments of Biochemistry, Molecular Genetics, and Chemistry, received the Gairdner International Award this year “for the development of modern NMR spectroscopy for studies of biomolecular structure dynamics and function, including applications to molecular machines and rare protein conformations.” He is the first Canadian to win this award in nine years. Unlike many scientists, Dr. Kay is known not only for providing insights into central questions in biology and medicine, but also for developing the methods that led to these breakthrough discoveries.

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Is International CRISPR Regulation a Pipe Dream?

Is International CRISPR Regulation a Pipe Dream?

Written by Shawn Xiong Edited by Manisha Talukdar Header image courtesy of Marie Ann Liebert At the dawn of recombinant DNA technology in the early 1970s, two conferences took place in Asilomar state beach in California, led by Stanford biochemist Paul Berg. From an outright […]

#SupportTheReport

#SupportTheReport

written by Anastassia Pogoutse The Naylor Report, summarized by Andrew Zhai in this post, provides a recipe for reinvigorating Canadian research. However, without concrete action by the federal government, the Naylor Report’s recommendations will be nothing but text. Canadian scientists have taken to using the […]

Seeing the Invisible: The First North American Electron Microscope

Seeing the Invisible: The First North American Electron Microscope

Written by Anastassia Pogoutse

The electron microscope (EM) is used for everything from looking for fault lines in engine parts to determining protein structures. In addition to its myriad functions, this powerful tool also has an interesting story behind it. In her installation, “Seeing the Invisible: The First North American Electron Microscope“, award-winning Toronto-based artist Nina Czegledy displayed a cross-section of history. Her exhibit showcased photographs of the first EM to be built in North America, the “1938 Toronto model”, and the scientists who put it together. These historical images were complemented with books on electron microscopy (written by some of its early developers), tools used for sample preparation, and electron micrographs.

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Dust Counters and Gas Collectors

Dust Counters and Gas Collectors

This is post 2 of 3 in the series “The Cabinet Project” Written by Aidan Tomlinson Nicole Liao is a Toronto based artist with a background in Print Media and  Architecture. A large part of her work is made up of representations attempting to map, […]

Mud

Mud

This is post 3 of 3 in the series “The Cabinet Project” Written by Louis Ho Nicole Clousten is a practice-based researcher at York University and an artist at the Coalesce BioArt Lab at the University of Buffalo. Her cabinet, Mud, is an ominous display […]

Notes on the Naylor Report: The Document That Will Try to Rescue Canadian Science from the Abyss

Notes on the Naylor Report: The Document That Will Try to Rescue Canadian Science from the Abyss

written by Andrew Zhai

If you scroll down you’ll find that Transcripts has devoted a significant amount of page-space to the March for Science. Seeing such a diverse group of people all gathered to support scientific research, to support what you do, was life-affirming. Dare I say it, we had fun covering it and so it was easy to lose sight of the gravity of what we were asking for: that governments take science seriously and devote the time and resources towards making science-based policy decisions. The wheels of political change turn slowly and clumsily. The recently released Naylor Report, an in-depth analysis on the state of Canadian research funding, puts the wheels into motion for making that change happen. It represents a systematic review of deficiencies in the scientific funding infrastructure and puts forth recommendations on how to address those deficiencies. You should read it if you’re at all invested in the future of research in Canada, but since it’s approximately the same length as the Old Man and the Sea, here are some takeaways that we feel should be highlighted:

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