Interesting fact: There’s a yawning need for boring professors

In York University psychology Professor John Eastwood‘s subterranean lab, young adults sit watching video clips: They are part of a test to see just how deeply bored they can get, reported the Wall Street Journal Feb. 25. Dr. Eastwood is one of a growing number of researchers in what is becoming an exciting field of inquiry: boredom studies. The young adults in his lab watch dry instructional videos all in an effort to help researchers understand how we experience boredom, what causes it, and eventually, how to relieve it. Read full story.

B-schools join hands for growth
This year, six Canadian business schools – the Richard Ivey School of Business, Queens School of Business, Schulich School of Business, Rotman School of Management, Sauder School of Business and Desautels Faculty of Management – have come together to form the Canadian MBA Alliance aimed to draw prospective graduate students from around the world to study in Canadian universities, reported Business Standard Feb. 27. Read full story.

International students finding their way in Canadian universities
Odmaa Sod-Erdene, an international student at York University, believes the key to academic success lies just as much in time spent out of class as in school. “It is still important to keep in touch with the home country network through the usage of online social networks like Facebook, Skype or even e-mails,” said Sod-Erdene in Canadian Immigrant Feb. 26. “This will ensure that new students successfully transition into their new lifestyle and eventually feel more comfortable in their new surroundings.” Read full story.