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10 Apr 2021 6:42 AM | Anonymous

April Buzz

  • Official oCUBE membership now open!
  • May UnConference updates & survey (by April 30)
  • Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (JEDI) awards: call for applications *spread the word!*
  • Doodle ASAP: April Journal club with Tanya Noel
  • Save the date + Zoom link for oCUBE Virtual Happy Hour April 30, 4pm EST

And special Kudos this month to oCUBErs:

  • Congratulations to Tanya Da Sylva (York University) who was been recognized by York University's Student Accessibility Services for her exemplary support of student accessibility in the pursuit of diversity, equity, and inclusion!
  • Congratulations to Tanya Noel (University of Windsor) for winning the Faculty of Science’s Student Engagement Award!
  • Congratulations to Colin Montpetit (University of Ottawa), recognized by students as a uOttawa prof that was exceptional in the transition to online teaching (see the write-up here) and won the Faculty of Science Professor of the Year Award (Science Students’ Association)!
  • And congratulations to both Colin Montpetit and Elaine Beaulieu (University of Ottawa) for winning the Transition to Online and Distance Teaching Award – Most Innovative Project in the Provision of Distance/Online education!

As always, if you have any announcements for the next Buzz send an email to ocubeorg@gmail.com. I don't forget about our oCUBE Twitter!


Daniel Jeffery, PhD
oCUBE Communications Chair
Course Director, York University - Toronto
Postdoctoral fellow, Institut Curie - Paris

Official oCUBE Membership: Open now!

As announced in our December UnConference, we have been working hard these last several months to establish an official, integrated membership system for oCUBE—bringing together our website, membership management software, online payment processing, and communications. For the first time, you can now officially register as an oCUBE member on our new website!

Who can register as an official member?

  • Everyone is welcome (we're not the "open" consortium for nothing)!

Why become an official member?

  • Support a vibrant organization and professional development for any career stage!
  • Help to enhance our continued growth and offerings!

What can a member do?

  • Vote and run for executive/standing committee positions to have a say in the future of oCUBE! (Next round of elections coming in May!)
  • *Lots of developments are still under way (e.g., members area/searchable member profiles/online store for oCUBE swag?!)
  • **Note that all our oCUBE events and newsletter are still open to anyone, regardless of membership status

Where & how do I register?

  • You can register directly on our new membership sign-up page!
  • There are four types of paid membership available, depending on your current position title—all of which are full, equal memberships with voting privileges—paid annually
  • *We have worked to keep the costs of membership low such that membership is an affordable option to all who want to join. If these costs are prohibitive to you in any way, please feel free to contact us to discuss a solution.


  • Now!

oCUBE May (Un)Conference: Survey due April 30

Hi oCUBErs,

April is upon us and behind the scenes we’re busy planning the May UnConference, which is happening May 26-27. New this year, we’re kicking off the UnConference with a pre-UnConference 2-3 hour workshop on May 25! 

We need your ideasPlease complete the Unconference Planning Survey by April 30.  
In the survey, you can:

  • Pitch your suggestions/ideas/topics for UnConference sessions
  • Suggest an “invited participant”—someone who isn’t part of our community, but who you think could contribute to the UnConference through their participation, or potentially facilitating a session.
  • Provide suggestions/ideas for a pre-UnConference workshop—we know we have a lot of expertise within our oCUBE community!

The UnConference Committee
Tranum Kaur
Karen Lo
Christoph Richter
Julie Smit

JEDI awards: Promoting equity in science


I want to let oCUBERs know about the Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) awards being offered every month from the Life Science Editors Foundation (LSEF). 

The purpose of the awards is to promote equity in science by providing opportunities for developing scientists who may have traditionally faced barriers to receive expert editorial advice. Life Science Editors (https://www.lifescienceeditors.com/) was founded by Angela Anderson (alumnus of U of T and former editor at Cell) and Helen Pickersgill (former editor at several journals). Since its inception, the company has helped many scientists with acceptance of grant submissions and manuscripts to high-impact journals. Now they have launched a non-profit foundation to provide broader access their expertise. 

I am participating in the project along with a cohort of science/copy editors and I hope to encourage oCUBE members and their colleagues who are eligible to apply for a JEDI award. Please find further information about LSEF and the JEDI awards at http://lifescienceeditors.org/



Usha Vivegananthan, Ph.D.
Academic Coordinator, Biotechnology
Professor, Dept. of Biotechnology, Chemical & Environmental Technology
Mohawk College


April online Journal Club: Doodle due April 12!

Last journal club for the 2020-2021 term! Last chance to join before the summer hiatus!
This month Tanya Noel (University of Windsor) will be hosting the oCUBE online journal club.

Here is the doodle poll to help choose the date: link
Please answer by April 12.
The paper to be discussed will be: 

For more information on our online Journal Clubs, check out the website: link 


Virtual Happy Hour: Fri, April 30, 4pm EST

Drop by with a snack and/or beverage for a warm welcome and some informal chat!
Hosted by Wendy Keenleyside (University of Guelph):

Topic: oCUBE Virtual Happy Hour

Time: Apr 30, 2021 4:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)


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