Daily Archives: January 7, 2011

Tips (from Palm Springs) on University leadership and governance

“How many faculty members does it take to change a light bulb?” is a joke that would have gone over well at the senior university administrators meeting held yesterday in … Palm Springs, California. It gets even better in this … Continue reading

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Let’s not make a habit out of this!

The UBC faculty and the UBC Board of Governors have just ratified their collective agreement for 2010-2011. That’s six months after the previous contract had expired on June 30, 2010. I wasn’t the only one surprised by this turn of … Continue reading

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The downhill race between NSERC and CIHR

We have already reported that the success rate for NSERC’s Discovery Grants have fallen from 71 per cent in 2008, to 64 percent in 2009, and to a record-low level of 58 per cent this year. Not to be outdone, … Continue reading

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Mathematicians’ stress level = 12.780

“Mathematician was listed as second best job in the world in the  latest poll based on salary/cushy working conditions …appreciate your life”, texted my daughter from her political science class, this morning.

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