Sam Athey, a PhD student at the University of Toronto studying microplastic pollution.

Meet Sam Athey, an environmental chemist studying microfiber pollution!

Sam Athey is currently a PhD student at the University of Toronto with a focus in environmental chemistry. She studies the sources and solutions to microplastic and chemical pollution. Sam earned her MSc and BSc with honors in marine science from the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where she conducted research on the impacts of plastic pollution in marine and estuarine ecosystems. Sam is currently a member of the U of T Trash Team, where she spends her free time cleaning up local shorelines and participating in community outreach.

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Life goes on after sexual misconduct (or does it?)

This is the story of Clara, a fictional character, re-encountering a stalker at an academic institution, told by a third-person narrator. Clara was not provided any sense of closure after reporting circumstances of sexual misconduct to the school leading to a lack of sense of self. In other words, I am using my interest in creative writing to illustrate a type of trauma hindering the development and progress of a student. The academic culture needs to change such that students are treated as human beings, their needs are heard, and that policies can be implemented with a transparent due-process where perpetrators encounter tangible consequences for their behavior. A safe workplace is crucial for the professional development and retention of trainees.

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Professor Catherine Lubetzki picks up the mantle for prestigious MS Charcot Award!

Professor Lubetzki is professor of Neurology at Pierre and Marie Curie University and head of the department of neurological diseases in Salpêtrière Hospital. She coordinates the Salpêtrière Multiple Sclerosis clinical research centre. Her research focuses on the pathophysiology of MS, notably uncovering the interactions between myelin and axons, showing that the electrical activity of axons induces myelin formation, and that positive or negative axonal signalling can impact the repair mechanism. 

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Sam Athey, a PhD student at the University of Toronto studying microplastic pollution.

Meet Sam Athey, an environmental chemist studying microfiber pollution!

Sam Athey is currently a PhD student at the University of Toronto with a focus in environmental chemistry. She studies the sources and solutions to microplastic and chemical pollution. Sam earned her MSc and BSc with honors in marine science from the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where she conducted research on the impacts of plastic pollution in marine and estuarine ecosystems. Sam is currently a member of the U of T Trash Team, where she spends her free time cleaning up local shorelines and participating in community outreach.

Professor Lubetzki, seminal in her field

Professor Catherine Lubetzki picks up the mantle for prestigious MS Charcot Award!

Professor Lubetzki is professor of Neurology at Pierre and Marie Curie University and head of the department of neurological diseases in Salpêtrière Hospital. She coordinates the Salpêtrière Multiple Sclerosis clinical research centre. Her research focuses on the pathophysiology of MS, notably uncovering the interactions between myelin and axons, showing that the electrical activity of axons induces myelin formation, and that positive or negative axonal signalling can impact the repair mechanism. 

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Particle physicists claim they understand the universe, but the complexity of this surprising paradox behind our universe reveals to us that still 95 percent of the universe is yet not understood nor has it been seen directly. Mind dazzling indeed but if our universe would not contain e.g. entropy, wiggling particles possessing their own “wiggle-room” so to speak and slow, non-excited, as they seem to be, “hippy particles” as some of its fundamental components, we would not have the complex world we see today, including you and me.

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Black and white picture of the lower part of a woman's face.

Life goes on after sexual misconduct (or does it?)

This is the story of Clara, a fictional character, re-encountering a stalker at an academic institution, told by a third-person narrator. Clara was not provided any sense of closure after reporting circumstances of sexual misconduct to the school leading to a lack of sense of self. In other words, I am using my interest in creative writing to illustrate a type of trauma hindering the development and progress of a student. The academic culture needs to change such that students are treated as human beings, their needs are heard, and that policies can be implemented with a transparent due-process where perpetrators encounter tangible consequences for their behavior. A safe workplace is crucial for the professional development and retention of trainees.

Infertility: the unspoken sickness of healthy people!

“Making a baby is so much fun!” Luckily, for the majority of couples it is and it does not take particularly long for women to get pregnant. However, worldwide one in six couples have severe problems to conceive with an increasing tendency and I unfortunately drew the short straw. Before I was confronted with this topic, I did not know that so many people are affected and what it really means, because it is a taboo subject in our society. It took me quite long to understand that it is a disease like any other and that it can affect everybody no matter how healthy you are otherwise. Although our most private body zones are affected, we need stop hiding in shame and we need to open up in order to get the support and understanding that we need from our surrounding to live a more normal life.