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Amy Adams played an inter-species linguist in the 2016 film Arrival but she was a rarity. Most Hollywood films depict scholars as heroic males. IMDB

Friday essay: where are the female academics on film?

For decades, academics have been portrayed as brilliant, heroic men on our cinema screens. It's time to tell the story of more heroic female scholars. Here are some suggestions.
Women are still typically the minority on academic hiring committees in science, and “majority rules.” (Shutterstock)

How we can turn the tide for women in science

The award of a Nobel Prize in physics to Donna Strickland is an opportunity to build support for women in science, says one female physics professor.
Noble Prize winner Donna Strickland, right, is followed by media to her lab in Waterloo, Ont., on Oct. 2, 2018. Strickland is among three physicists who were awarded the prize for groundbreaking inventions in the field of laser physics. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)

Why I’m not surprised Nobel Laureate Donna Strickland isn’t a full professor

What Strickland achieved is impressive. But it isn’t a sign that the patriarchy is being smashed.
The Conversation Canada celebrates its first anniversary on June 25, 2018. Shutterstock

Amid journalistic turmoil, we started a unique Conversation

The Conversation Canada has reached an important milestone. In its first year, The Conversation Canada built an audience of millions eager to read research-based articles from Canadian academics.
Barney Williams Jr., a residential school survivor, hugs Santa Ono, president of the University of British Columbia, during the opening of the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre at Vancouver, on April 9. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ben Nelms

A university president apologizes for academia’s role in residential schools

The role of universities in the shameful Indian residential school system needs to be addressed. The president of one of Canada's leading universities explains why it's time to apologize.

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