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SSH News: Big Thinking, Federal Budget 2014, SSHRC Impact Awards

The most recent Big Thinking lecture "Reason versus passion in politics" was presented on Tuesday by Joseph Heath, Director, Centre for Ethics, and Professor, Department of Philosophy and School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Toronto. This lecture addressed "reason versus passion" in politics and what we are sacrificing when we allow our political system to be dominated by appeals to passion rather than reason. Léo Charbonneau, editor at University Affairs, reflected on Heath's talk in his article “Emotion should not rule over reason in politics” (University Affairs).

And just maybe, reason in politics did prevail this week… To the...

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SSH News: Value of an SSH education, Situating Science Summer School 2014, Trudeau Foundation

Yes! The indispensability of the social sciences and humanities has been a trending topic in recent days, both nationally and internationally. Last week, Carolyn Gregoire penned the “irrefutable evidence of the value of a humanities education” (The Huffington Post), while Patrick Dunleavy, Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at London School of Economics, shared his opinions on how the “skew towards science is neglecting a...

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SSH News: ASPP, Outaouais Salon du Livre, Canada Reads 2014, Annual Engagement Scholarship Consortium Conference

This week, the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences was pleased and honoured to welcome Annalise Acorn as an expert in Law for the Awards to Scholarly Publications Program (ASPP). Annalise Acorn is a professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Alberta. With research interests that include the theory of the emotions in the context of conflict and justice, she has also authored a book entitled Compulsory Compassion: A Critique of Restorative Justice on the rhetoric of the restorative movement. Funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the ASPP is a unique program that helps...

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SSH News: We Teach Ontario, Creating the Future U, Impact of the Social Sciences, Open Data for Development Challenge, Canada Council for the Arts APM, Canada-Africa Research Exchange Grants

We Teach Ontario, an initiative of the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations, highlights “the ways in which Ontario’s professors and academic librarians are connecting teaching and research to produce exceptional student learning, community engagement, and cutting-edge knowledge.” Most recently, Lisa Philips, Professor and Associate Vice-President of Research at Osgoode Hall Law School (York University) and Director of Research Policy at the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, has been featured in a We Teach...

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SSH News: Congress 2014 registration, SSHRC Storytellers competition deadline, International Education Strategy, ERA Can+ info sessions, Apprenticeship harmonization, Big Thinking

It has been a full week of launches and announcements to support higher education and apprenticeship programs. Registration has opened for the 2014 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. Held from May 24 to 30, 2014 at Brock University in St. Catherines, Ontario, the Congress program is continually being updated, with new and exciting programming, including Congress Expo and the Big Thinking lecture series.

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) has extended the deadline for its...

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SSH News: CFI national funding announcement, SSHRC Storytellers competition deadline, Grand Challenges Canada funding opportunities, and Interrogating Access conference

Research infrastructure received a $63-million boost from the Government of Canada this week. Greg Rickford, Minister of State for Science and Technology, announced the investment in support of cutting-edge research equipment, laboratories and tools that researchers need to make tomorrow's breakthroughs and to improve the lives of Canadians.

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) wants your submissions for its Research for a better life: The Storytellers competition!...

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SSH News: Mandela scholarships, two Tri-Agency consultations, digital infrastructure, Big Thinking

In memory of Nelson Mandela, the Government of Canada announced the launch of the African Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarships. Open to candidates across Africa who are early career professionals working in the public sector, the scholarships will provide opportunities for one to two years study at a Canadian institution to learn about Canadian best practices in governance, public policy, innovation and administration.

Recently, the Tri-Agencies put out a call for consultations on two issues: on open access and on digital scholarship. Under the direction of the board, the Federation made submissions...

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SSH News: Open Access publishing, SSHRC opportunity, ISSC report

The costs of an Open Access (OA) monograph are an open debate, but a recently published Final Report of the Dutch OAPEN-NL project gives some initial answers. Over the past three years, Open Access Publishing in European Networks (OAPEN) Foundation, the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) and SURF have been running a pilot project called “OAPEN-NL: A project exploring Open Access monograph publishing in the Netherlands.” The pilot takes into consideration both author and publisher perspectives and assesses the effects of OA on scholars. Click here to download the Project Description, Research Plan and Final Report....

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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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