Harness the power of groups to beat the ‘PhD blues’

Doctoral students can use writing meet-ups to overcome isolation and depression — and boost their motivation, says Karra Harrington. Taken from https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-05589-w?utm_source=fbk_nnc&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=naturenews&sf193187400=1 Feelings of depression, anxiety and isolation are so common during a PhD programme that some have dubbed the experience ‘the PhD blues’. As a PhD student and practising psychologist, I wanted to try to [...]

Science communication in the modern age

Raw Talk Live panelists share insights on science literacy and engagement  By Srivindhya Kolluru https://thevarsity.ca/2018/06/20/science-communication-in-the-modern-age/ Raw Talk Podcast — a project spearheaded by graduate students from The Institute of Medical Science (IMS) at U of T — hosted its first live show at JLABS on May 30. A two-part panel discussion, Raw Talk Live explored the current climate of science [...]

Why laughter in the lab can help your science

By Amber Dance Taken from https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-03802-4 The lab is sometimes a silly place — and perhaps it should be. A group that behaves in daft ways from time to time tends to be one that is positive, results-oriented and successful, says Michael Kerr, a business speaker in Canmore, Canada, who focuses on humour in the workplace. Jokes [...]