September 2012

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Putting the humanities, arts and social sciences into S&T

Released yesterday, the second iteration of The State of Science and Technology in Canada report is great news for the humanities, arts and social sciences (HASS) community.

And here’s why: in 2010, the Minister of Industry asked the Council of Canadian Academies (CCA) to explore how Canada was faring in all fields in which research is conducted in this country. And, as the report revealed, the expert panel concluded that Canada’s S&T community—including the HASS disciplines—is “healthy and growing, in both output and impact,” and is met with high international regard.

That’s not all—the report also found six research fields in which Canada excels. Here’s where the HASS community is clearly highlighted: clinical medicine, historical studies, information and communication technologies (ICT), physics and astronomy, psychology and cognitive...

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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...

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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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News from the social sciences and humanities: Quebec, student mental health and the environment

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The Parti Québecois, headed by Pauline Marois, has won the premiership in Quebec, ousting the Liberal party by a narrow margin. Pauline Marois had promised students she would repeal the tuition hikes that sparked protests earlier in the year, but commentators question whether or not her party can achieve this with a minority government. Antonia Maioni, CFHSS’s president-elect, wrote an analysis of what the PQ victory will mean for Quebec in Wednesday’s Globe and Mail.

A study from the University of Toronto attempted to determine how students decide which...

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