March 2016 Unmasking sexism in science The principle of objectivity is supposed to guide the scientific world. Remove personal biases, emotional involvement and other interests, and society will succeed in finding the truths of the natural world. Investing in Canada’s knowledge infrastructure After years of austerity measures and attacks against science and scientists, Canada needs a new vision to get science right and improve the accessibility and quality of post-secondary education. I won’t go to University of Texas while it permits guns on campus At the beginning of this year, the University of Texas began permitting guns on its campus, including in the classroom. In response, I’m beginning a personal boycott. I will not accept invitations to speak at any university where guns are allowed in class — and I’d like others to join me. Sexism in the academic workplace It’s 2016, and for the first time in history we have finally begun to achieve gender balance in government — at least at the symbolic level of federal cabinet posts. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for many other areas of Canadian society, including post-secondary education. Medicine by delivery Healing people with polymers has been the life work of University of Toronto biomedical engineering professor Molly Shoichet, and her research in regenerative medicine could someday improve the lives of critically ill patients. Gender balance targets set for Scottish university subjects No more than three-quarters of the students on courses at Scottish universities should be of the same gender, the country’s funding council has ruled. New Brunswick profs disappointed by budget The Federation of New Brunswick Faculty Associations gave a cool reception to the provincial budget tabled by the Liberal government on Feb. 2. The federation says the government broke its promise to spare the education sector from its latest round of austerity measures. More evidence against the reliability of student opinion surveys Student opinion surveys and how they are used have been hotly contested in academia for years. But new research points to growing evidence that the surveys are biased and discriminatory. Changes to compassionate care leave & benefits In the spring of 2015, the federal Conservative government introduced legislation to expand both the maximum payable weeks of compassionate care benefits under EI and the maximum number of weeks of compassionate care leave without pay available under the Canada Labour Code (Part III). Help for Syria: A big thank you to donors The fundraising campaign launched by the CAUT Refugee Foundation last fall to help victims of the civil war in Syria was a major success. More PhDs are finding work A recent study by the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario paints a favourable picture of job prospects for PhD grads. Research and reform All indicators suggest biography is as popular in the 21st as in the late 19th century. No one is sure why, but students of the history and politics of universities are grateful, since bios of professors and presidents are not just about university teachers and students, but about the aims of higher education as well.