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The Leadership Council launches a “Have Your Say” Crowdsourcing Campaign to advance Canada's Digital Infrastructure

Guest blog by Leadership Council Co-Chairs, Jay Black, Chief Information Officer, Simon Fraser University and Steven Liss, Vice Principal Research, Queen’s University

The Leadership Council for Digital Infrastructure is seeking your input. The Council has launched an online ‘crowdsourcing’ campaign to get fresh ideas on how to build a world-leading digital infrastructure (DI) ecosystem for Canada. Ideas can be provided in the “Have Your Say” link on the Council's new website (www.digitalleadership.ca).

WHY SHOULD YOU PARTICIPATE? Researchers in all sectors, academic administrators, project managers in government and academe, students, policy makers and anyone else who stands to use and benefit from an advanced DI ecosystem in Canada.

All of the ideas generated will help inform the Leadership Council as it works to develop a draft roadmap and policy framework for a world-leading DI ecosystem...

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SSH News: New Rhodes Scholars, Humanities around the globe, watch Ron Deibert’s Big Thinking lecture online

The 2014 class of Rhodes scholars has been announced and the list of 83 includes 11 Canadian students. The social sciences are fairly well represented among the Canadian scholars’ fields of study, with areas of interest ranging from public health to international security, social entrepreneurship, philosophy, and First Nations and public policy.

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SSH News: Canada’s “marriage gap” and Big Thinking, Federation president’s letter to the editor, SSHRC and Mitacs partner up, and CIHR Synapse award nominations

 

In an op-ed in the Globe and Mail this week, columnist Margaret Wente describes “the inequality we don’t talk about” as that which has resulted from Canada’s “marriage gap” – with increased divorce rates and fewer people getting married in the first place, the changing dynamics of Canadian families are, according to Wente, more than coincidentally related to stagnating household incomes and greater class divides. So is less marriage creating more inequality in Canada? Wente suggests that “if we’re really interested in the roots of inequality, ignoring it is a big mistake.”

On December 10th in Ottawa, Céline Le Bourdais of McGill University will present “Cohabitation: an alternative or substitute for marriage?” in our final Big...

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SSH News: Mitacs blog, Young Arts Entrepreneur grant, COU & CAUT reports, next Big Thinking lecture

 

Mitacs launched a new blog this week that is set to feature posts about research, innovation and funding opportunities, as well as news and other issues related to the connection of academics and industry. Their first post looks into the future of Canadian postdoctoral researchers, and is based on a recent survey carried out with the Canadian Association of Postdoctoral Scholars. Click here to read the first installment of the Mitacs blog, and perhaps leave a comment! You can also subscribe to the RSS feed to be notified of new posts.

The Michaëlle Jean Foundation has introduced a new initiative to assist young people who want to start their own arts...

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SSH News: Big Thinking registration ends today, ASPP Open Access policy, GG award winner, new Canada Research Chairs, and the location announcement for Congress 2016!

 

Register now for next week’s Big Thinking lecture on Parliament Hill – there are only a few spots left! The event will see Ron Deibert, director of the Munk School of Global Affairs' Citizen Lab, discuss how recent revelations in cyber surveillance are likely to make matters worse – at least in the short term – for a free, open and secure Internet. Click here for details.

The Federation has recently begun a new undertaking to develop an Open Access policy for the Awards to Scholarly Publications Program (ASPP), a publicly-funded supporter of scholarly books in the humanities and social sciences, which has helped to get more than 6,000 works published since its inception. This project is a major multi-year initiative that will involve a public consultation period and a...

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SSH News: the Fate of the Humanities, Senator Elizabeth Warren’s support for research funding, #SSHRCStorytellers, and Big Thinking with Ron Deibert

 

A new series in the New York Times this week addressed “The Fate of the Humanities”, an issue that has been widely debated in the United States since the release of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences’ Heart of the Matter report this past June. The New York Times has published a number of articles and op-eds about studying the humanities in recent months, and this latest installment sees six different members of the higher-ed community discuss a range of considerations for the state of the discipline.

But what about the social sciences? Science Magazine...

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SSH News: Big Thinking updates, Canadian University Report, and SSHRC policy projects and videos

 

A video recording of the October 2013 Big Thinking lecture with Richard Hawkins is now available to view online. The next Big Thinking lecture takes place on November 21st with Ron Deibert, Director of the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto. His talk, which will address cyber security, will be of particular interest in light of recent revelations about Canadian espionage activities in Brazil, new Facebook policies, and Bell Canada’s plan to...

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SSH News: Federation updates, Canadian Association of Postdoctoral Scholars report, OECD Adult Competencies survey results, and Canada’s first Leibniz Lecture

 

Christine McKenna Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

It’s been just over a week since the first Big Thinking lecture of the 2013-2014 season – Dr. Richard Hawkins’ “Whither innovation? Moving beyond the buzzword”. The event, which was presented in partnership with the University of Ottawa’s Institute for Science Society and Policy (ISSP) and hosted at HUB Ottawa, drew an enthusiastic crowd and led to some excellent discussion. A video of the lecture will be available on our website in the coming weeks.

In other Federation news:

  • President Antonia Maioni’s speech at the recent Power of the Arts National Forum can now be read on our...

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SSH News: Power of the Arts, SSHRC webinars, and Bibliographical Society of Canada call for proposals

 

Christine McKenna Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Can you believe it’s already the end of September? That was fast. The Power of the Arts National Forum is already upon us, and if you aren’t able to make it down to Carleton University you can still watch the plenary sessions live online. Federation President Antonia Maioni is providing a keynote on the last day of the conference, this Sunday, between 3 and 5 pm. You can also follow the action on Twitter.

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council is hosting a series of webinars on October 2nd and 3rd to provide...

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SSH News: AUCC’s UniversityWorks, support for humanities research at McGill, and upcoming events

The Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) launched a new website on Tuesday that features short videos highlighting how positive university experiences can lead to rewarding careers in the future. The website, called UniversityWorks, includes testimonials by graduates from across the country, each reflecting on their personal university experience and how it has impacted their transition into the world of work. Some of the topics discussed so far include internships, studying abroad, and the opportunities created by pursuing an arts degree, and AUCC is inviting other Canadian graduates to submit videos sharing their own stories.

McGill University has received $15 million in funding from the...

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