Yesterday Rachael, Beatrice, and Enise were out conducting a farm visit! They are collecting all of the preliminary information we need from the farms that are participating in our new equine contact network study. If you are a horse or farm owner who is interested in participating in our new study please contact us. We would love to speak with you about the project.
From June 29 to July 6, I had the chance to volunteer with World Vets in Granada, Nicaragua. World Vets is an organization which provides free veterinary services to pet owners in developing countries. The days were packed with hours spent at the World Vets clinic; around 250 cats/dogs and 80 horses were helped by our team in the form of vaccinations, deworming, spay/neuter and physical exams. In our spare time, we got to experience the beautiful city of Granada: the food, music, salsa dancing and volcanos. It was so rewarding to be able to travel, learn and help the local community!
The math.epi.lab's very own Luz Kisiel was invited to travel to Ottawa to participate in a discussion with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada and President Enrique Peña Nieto on Tuesday, June 28, during the Mexican leader's state visit to Canada.
Luz has conducted research in Mexico looking at owned, and free-roaming dog population dynamics as well as rabies vaccination programs within the State of Hidalgo, Mexico. She was invited to participate in a discussion about collaborative research partnerships and opportunities for students in Canada and Mexico.
The discussion was held at the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa and was moderated by Dr. Ingrid Bejerman, Coordinator for the Canada in the Americas Initiative (CITA) at the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada.
After 2 weeks of our summer reading challenge, I am thrilled to report on our reading progress. Most participating students have already read 10 papers! Keeping up to date on an ever growing body of scientific contributions is a difficult task. Making a plan, and consciously setting aside time each day to read one new paper is a great way to start. Personally, when my to-do list is long, reading papers is one of the first things that continues to get bumped down the list. Making it a priority and scheduling it into my day helps me to be sure that I meet my goal. Two weeks down and 8 more to go. If you want to check out what #popmed students are reading for the #50papers challenge search the hashtags on Twitter.
I am incredibly pleased and proud to announce that Kelsey has progressed to candidacy! This morning she successfully completed the oral portion of her qualifying examinations with flying colours. Congratulations Kelsey!
If you are currently an MSc student and interested in applying to a PhD program you should take a look at the Vanier scholarships program. These are competitive scholarships worth $50,000 per year for 3 years. For students interested in joining the math.epi.lab at the University of Guelph please contact Dr. Greer to discuss your application package and research proposal. Universities have internal deadlines that must be met (which are often well in advance of the actual external scholarship deadline).
A while ago there was a hashtag on twitter (#365papers) that academics were using to keep themselves accountable on their goal to read (on average), 1 peer-reviewed paper per day. Staying on top of the literature both within my own field and in related fields is a huge task. It is a critically important part of being an academic but also one of the things that most suffers when I am busy. My group has decided to commit to a scaled down version of the #365papers challenge for the summer (#50papers over the next 10 weeks). Nothing like a little healthy competition to motivate me to keep up with my reading. The public chart in the hall outside of my office should also help :) What motivates you to stay on top of your reading?