#popmed #50papers Summer Challenge

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?

Sad news from Australia this morning...

I was introduced to Dr. Rick Speare from James Cook University when I was a graduate student with Dr. Jim Collins at Arizona State University. Dr. Speare was responsible for the discovery of chytridiomycosis and had an impressive body of other research work spanning both veterinary and human medicine. This morning I woke up to several emails from former colleagues informing us that Dr. Speare was killed in a motor vehicle accident in Townsville on his way home from a trip.  His loss will be felt by the ecology, conservation, and public health communities not just in Australia but also around the world. Our condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.

Calling all equine enthusiasts!

We are recruiting for a new research study. If you are a horse owner or equine facility manager please take a moment to review some of the study details. For more information please contact Rachael Milwid at rmilwid (at) uoguelph (dot) ca. 

Photo courtesy of  Grand River Raceway and Hands on Horses

Photo courtesy of  Grand River Raceway and Hands on Horses

The Math.Epi.Lab at the Canadian Association of Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine

The CAVEPM conference rotates between the Canadian veterinary colleges and this year the meeting was hosted here at the Ontario Veterinary College. Our group presented three oral presentation and three posters. It was also a great way for our new summer students to begin their summer research experience. 

Enjoying a sunny lunch outside on the lawn. Just missing Gabrielle and Emma.

Enjoying a sunny lunch outside on the lawn. Just missing Gabrielle and Emma.

Kelsey starting her talk on equine networks. 

Kelsey starting her talk on equine networks. 

Luz giving a great talk about her field work in Mexico. 

Luz giving a great talk about her field work in Mexico.