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SSH News: When science and social science collide, SSHRC Storytellers, PM launches Canada First Excellence Research Fund

 

When science and social science collide

Scientific research provides much needed innovation for all kinds of activities and industries, like healthcare, insurance and law enforcement to name a few. But scientific research also relies on the work of social scientists like anthropologists, sociologists, and geographers to chart the ethical, social and cultural roadmaps of its recent innovations. Using the example of genomics, Antonia Maioni describes the complex web linking science and the SSH in this poweful Hill Times op-ed.

SSHRC Storytellers

SSHRC has put out their...

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SSH News: Research universities come together to promote SSH, humanities degrees provide great return on investment, SSH students less vulnerable to job booms and busts

Research universities promote the social sciences and humanities

A network of global research universities, including the U15 Group of Canadian Research Universities, has come together to discuss the important role of the SSH in tackling the world’s most pressing challenges. The initiative, kickstarted by the League of European Research Universities (LERU), calls for an expanded role for the social sciences and humanities in tackling problems through interdisciplinary research.

Humanities degrees provide great return on investment

According to an article by Jeffrey Dorfman in Forbes...

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SSH News: World Philosophy Day, Bartha Knoppers named Grande Montréalaise, recession sends graduates back to school according to study

World Philosophy Day

November 20 is World Philosophy Day, an initiative by UNESCO. The event has been celebrated since 2002. This year’s theme is “Social Transformation and Intercultural Dialogue”. Programmed events for the day, as well as suggestions for how everyone can join the celebration can be found here.

Big Thinking speaker Bartha Knoppers in media

Bartha Knoppers, McGill University professor and Director of the Centre for Genomics and Policy makes the...

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SSH News: Globe and Mail op-ed by Antonia Maioni, maximizing policy impact of research, student program choice, and other news

Globe and Mail op-ed by Antonia Maioni

A new op-ed by Federation President Antonia Maioni has appeared in The Globe and Mail. Maioni looks at the numbers of women in professional leadership positions and asks why women are underrepresented. Behind these numbers, suggests Maioni, is a larger picture of evolving notions of work-life balance spearheaded by women who are successfully negotiating a happy (and healthy) model of work.

Government of Canada invests $118m to support next generation of research talent...

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SSH News: Re-envisioning the humanities PhD, SSHRC Impact Awards, decline in humanities concentrators at Harvard and other news

Re-envisioning the humanities PhD

In their November issue of Policy Options, the Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP) shines the spotlight on the humanities PhD. Doctoral programs, according to the article, have not kept pace with the changing social, political and institutional contexts of postsecondary education in the last century. The authors try to envision what the humanities PhD of the future might look like.

SSHRC announces Impact Award recipients

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) has announced the ...

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SSH News: Hill Times “Campus Research” issue, SSH response to Ottawa shooting, feedback on Impact report

 

This week, The Hill Times released its “Campus Research” issue, featuring contributions from an array of writers about innovation in the sciences, social sciences, as well as aboriginal education. 

A message from the Director of Policy and Programming of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences outlines the important contribution that scholars and students in the humanities and social sciences have to make to Canada’s ongoing discussion about how best to respond to the St-Jean-sur-Richelieu and Ottawa attacks of last week....

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The humanities and social sciences play a vital role in our response to the recent attacks in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu and Ottawa

Gauri Sreenivasan, Director of Policy & Programming

After the terrible attacks last week in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu and Ottawa, the nation’s capital is slowly but surely returning to regularly scheduled activities. Parliament has re-opened to the public, municipal elections were held yesterday, schools are open, and all citizens in Ottawa are reclaiming the basic freedoms and rights essential to our open and democratic society. The Federation and its staff experienced a precautionary office lock down and tense moments last week as we struggled to understand, alongside so many, what was happening a few blocks away. 

This week, the Federation is pleased to be part of getting Ottawa working again: we are hosting a Big Thinking lecture on Parliament Hill featuring Bartha Knoppers who will speak about the impact of “Big Data on our healthcare system”. We note that across...

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SSH News: Academics respond to Ottawa attack, Open Access Week, First Nations children

A day after the gun attack in Ottawa, the debate has started over how Canada should respond. Among these are the voices of academics. Wesley Wark, professor at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa, urges Canadians in his Globe and Mail op-ed to be resilient, and ensure that our democratic society does not get “bent out of shape” by recent events. Le Devoir interviewed Criminology professor Maurice Cusson, who reminds us that homicide claims far more...

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SSH News: Canada Research Chairs, quality of education, bringing Quebec back in, improved hiring for BAs, mental health on campus

The Honourable Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology) has announced 137 new and renewed Canada Research Chairs at 34 postsecondary institutions across the country.

Harvey P. Weingarten, President of the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario has written an op-ed for The Globe and Mail presenting four recommendations to improve the quality of education at universities and colleges. Weingarten suggests less government micromanaging, funding based on outcomes, and a...

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