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Dalhousie ranks big in research

By Allison Buchan-Terrell
Gazette Staff

Dalhousie University topped the list of the best places for researchers to work outside of the United States, according to a recent survey by The Scientist.

The Scientist conducted the survey online among 38,000 readers of the magazine who described themselves as life scientists working in the field of academics or other research institutions. "We asked members of faculty who also read the magazine to rank institutions on 56 basic factors," said Alexander Grimwade, an author of the survey.

Participants were asked to rank the institution where they worked in 12 different areas such as: peers, resources, pay, teaching and mentoring, and tenure, Grimwade explained. "The way we came up with the score was to average the scores of all the people surveyed [at a particular institution]," he said.

Grimwade said upon examination of the scores, Dalhousie was ranked highly across the board. Dalhousie excelled in resources, overall management and teaching and mentoring. He also noted this ranking was particularly significant, as Dalhousie was also ranked highly in a survey conducted among post-doctoral researchers.

"[The ranking] backs up what we've been saying for sometime - we have a world-class faculty," said Charles Crosby, spokesperson for Dalhousie University. Crosby attributed the positive results to the university's small campus, which creates an interactive work place and sense of community.

Dalhousie continues to attract quality faculty members and researchers, Crosby said. He explained this ranking serves to make people, like readers of The Scientist, realize Dalhousie is an exceptional institution.

On the subject of Western's ranking by The Scientist, Grimwade explained the number of responses regarding Western was insufficient to rank it.

"Western is a part of the 'big ten' [or] the top ten researchers in Canada," said Liz Berman, University Students' Council communications officer. "[There is] no question, despite what the survey said."




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