Easy livin' at Dalhousie

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Nov 1, 2007

Easy livin' at Dalhousie

By Bob Grant

Dalhousie University maintains a vigorous research atmosphere, but that's just one of the facets that put it at the top of this year's list of best international institutions to work. Researchers at this Canadian university, which also came in first internationally in 2003, say that being situated in the idyllic seaside town of Halifax, Nova Scotia, is a major benefit of working there. Even with its small-town atmosphere and easy going pace, Dalhousie is growing.

John Gosse, a geochronologist at Dalhousie, says that while the university is developing by constructing new buildings,...

Katja Fennel, an oceanographer who came to Dalhousie last August, studies biogeochemical cycling of carbon and other elements. She says that the opportunity to collaborate with Dalhousie's renowned oceanography and biology faculty was a big draw. "There are world class people here," she says.

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Aaron Newman, a neuroscientist at Dalhousie, says that the close proximity of The Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre Foundation and its medical centers allows for active collaboration and information flow between the clinic and Dalhousie's labs. Newman is currently collaborating with a neurosurgeon at a nearby hospital using functional MRI to map the brain organization of patients before surgical procedures.

Research notwithstanding, the laid-back feel of the community surrounding the university is still a major benefit. "It's a very livable city," Newman says.

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