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News from the social sciences and humanities: Summits on Higher Education, MOOCs and royal babies

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Over the past several weeks, the Parti Quebecois held its pre-Summit on Higher Education panels to discuss funding for the province’s universities. Upon taking office in September, the PQ announced that it will continue the province’s tuition freeze, cancelling the tuition hikes that launched student protests across the province last spring. The PQ promised to hold three pre-summits leading to a main Summit on Higher Education in February to discuss the $32M funding shortage that the province’s universities are facing with the cancellation of the tuition hikes. The issue was compounded by last week’s...

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News from the social sciences and humanities: Big Thinking in the news

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Several of our Big Thinking speakers from the past two years have been making waves in different publications this week. On Thursday, Dilip Soman (pictured) spoke about financial literacy and behavioral economics to a full house. The Hill Times published an op-ed (behind pay-wall) on policy meant to increase Canadians’ financial well-being by Soman and a colleague, Nina Mazar, to coincide with his Big Thinking lecture.

The November issue of Policy Options features two articles by past Big Thinking speakers. Last month, Timothy Caulfield presented a Big Thinking lecture of...

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Gender and academe: Council of Canadian Academies releases report on women researchers

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Yesterday, the Council of Canadian Academies released its report on women’s representation in Canadian universities and the particular challenges that female academics face. The report has been two years in the making – it was commissioned in 2010 by then-Minister of Industry Tony Clement after not a single woman was nominated to the 19 newly-appointed Canada Excellence Research Chairs. Léo Charbonneau published an excellent summary of the key findings, as well as the history of the report, in University Affairs.

When the first round of CERCs was announced, the Federation responded with an...

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News from the social sciences and humanities: CSPC 2012

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On Tuesday, The Federation, in partnership with the Canada Foundation for Innovation, organized a panel discussion at the 2012 Canadian Science Policy Conference in Calgary, Alberta, on the topic of “Building sustainable health care: Policies, perceptions and an aging population,” featuring Janice Keefe, Canada Research Chair in Aging and Caregiving, Antonia Maioni (pictured), president-elect of the Federation, and doctor and consultant Michael Rachlis.

The panel was covered by several news channels, including Radio-Canada’s Le café show...

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News from the social sciences and humanities: Graduate students, university funding and academic publishing

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Last week, Federation president Graham Carr, wrote an op-ed for the Globe and Mail on the importance of preparing graduate students for life outside of university. His recommendations include teaching graduate students professional skills, increasing internationalization and making graduate program requirements more flexible. Read the whole article here.

Le Devoir published an article by Robert Lacroix that presents an interesting take on the issue of the underfunding of Canada’s universities, and specifically the situation in Quebec, where the issue of tuition fees is particularly fraught.

The Chronicle of Higher...

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News from the social sciences and humanities: Canada Research Chairs, academic stars and the decline of the liberal arts

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Last week, the federal government announced a new round of funding for the Canada Research Chairs program. The government is investing $121.6M in the program. CFHSS’s official statement on the announcement is here.

We are launching a new blog series called Research Stars, where we will profile researchers in the social sciences and humanities. Heather Walmsley, one of this year’s Banting Postdoctoral Fellows, was the first researcher to be profiled for her work on the transnational human egg...

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News from the social sciences and humanities: Trudeau Fellows, GG Literary Awards and environmental humanities

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This week, the Trudeau Foundation announced its 2012 Fellows – Maria Campbell, Catherine Dauvergne, Joseph Heath and Janine Marchessault. CFHSS congratulates this year’s fellows!

Finalists have been announced for the Governor General’s Literary Awards. Yannick Roy, an ASPP-funded author, is among the French finalists for non-fiction for his book La révélation inachevée : le personnage à l’épreuve de la vérité Romanesque, published by Presses de l’Université de...

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News from the social sciences and humanities: Big Thinking, S&T report and community engagement

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Last week, Ken Coates, Canada Research Chair in Regional Innovation, presented the first Big Thinking lecture of the season on inclusive innovation. You can now watch a video of the lecture above.

The Council of Canadian Academies released its report, The State of Science and Technology in Canada, today. CFHSS is pleased to note that the report highlights the contributions of research in the arts, humanities and social sciences to Canada’s research enterprise. Read CFHSS’s full statement on the report here.

Earlier this week, the...

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News from the social sciences and humanities: Big Thinking, Census 2016 and graduate education

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Ken CoatesOn Tuesday, Ken Coates, Canada Research Chair in Regional Innovation, presented the first Big Thinking lecture of the 2012-13 season. His talk, “Inclusive Innovation: what is the role of rural and remote regions in the knowledge economy?,” drew a full house. Photos from the breakfast are on Facebook. A video of the lecture will be available soon.

Last week, the U.S.-based Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) and the Technische Universität München (TUM) issued a media release announcing a joint statement on Principles for Supporting Global Careers in Graduate Education. The full release and statement are available...

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News from the social sciences and humanities: OECD, Bantings and Fifty Shades of Grey

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The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released its annual Education at a Glance report this week. While Canada places high in terms of national spending per tertiary student per year, as well as women’s rate of tertiary education attainment, the findings were less positive when it comes to the unemployment rate of people under 30 (13.5%). Margin Notes’ Léo Charbonneau has a detailed summary of the OECD’s findings on Canada.

Industry Canada released this year’s list of Banting...

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