January 2013


Women in science: challenges and opportunities

Mélanie Béchard, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Curious. Bold. Resilient. Lucky.

These were all adjectives used by the panelists at a recent roundtable discussion at McGill University entitled Women in Science: Challenges and Opportunities.

The esteemed panelists – whose titles, accomplishments and accolades are too numerous to mention here – included Brenda Milner, Victoria Kaspi and Rima Rozen from McGill, and Jane Stewart from Concordia.

The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences’ president-elect Antonia Maioni chaired the discussion, which was hosted by the Royal Society of Canada and the Royal Society of the UK.

Interestingly, most members of the panel felt they had never personally experienced gender-related bias during their careers as leading scientists.


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News in the SSH: Congress 2014 curtain-raiser, jobs for Humanities grads, and a new social science research lab opens


Karen Diepeveen, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Today in Montreal, Graham Bell, president-elect of the Royal Society of Canada, announced that in conjunction with Congress 2014 host Brock University, the Federation will present a Big Thinking lecture featuring Dr. Kevin Kee at the RSC’s AGM in Banff on November 15, 2013. In his lecture “Borders without Boundaries,” Kevin will discuss how we can harness technology to push the boundaries of teaching, bring the past to life and foster academic—private sector partnerships.  

It has been a week of launches across the country – in Hamilton, the Faculty of Humanities and the McMaster Humanities Society celebrated the opening of the Humanities Target Learning & Experiential Education Centre. A...

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Productivity and the Atlantic Provinces: 2012 Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship Highlights

Milena Stanoeva Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

“Productivity” is a word that gets thrown around a lot, especially in times of economic uncertainty.  Governments, financial institutions and media commentators are all concerned with measuring, increasing and stimulating Canada’s productivity. But what does the concept of productivity actually mean beyond a gross domestic product (GDP)? Karen Foster, one of this year’s Banting Postdoctoral Fellows, will tackle this question during her research at Saint Mary’s University. The title of her post-doctoral research project is “Beyond the numbers:  the meaning and measure of productivity in Canada.”

An east-coast native, Foster will specifically look at “moments of government intervention in working and earning in Atlantic Canada,” which has historically been...

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News from the social sciences and humanities: Academics weigh in on Idle No More; Humanities 101 grads celebrate

Karen Diepeveen, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences


Idle No More protests and actions have taken centre stage over the past few weeks, with several of Canada’s political scientists weighing in. In planning surrounding last Friday’s meeting of chiefs and government officials, McMaster's Emmett Macfarlane explored the role of the Governor General. Hayden King from Ryerson broached the subject of division within the Idle No More movement – and argued that it is a good thing.

In Alberta, a good-news story around the University of Alberta’s Humanities 101 program appeared in the Edmonton...

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Academic group supports Chief Spence and Idle No More

idle-no-moreA group of academics have issued an open letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and to Governor General David Johnston to express their solidarity with Chief Theresa Spence and the Idle No More movement.

The letter can be read online in English, French and Spanish, and the group has also launched a Facebook group, Academics in Solidarity with Chief Theresa Spence, which has more than 1,600 followers.

Today is Day 23 of Chief Spence’s hunger strike. Leader of the Attawapiskat First Nation, she has called on Prime Minister Harper and the Governor General to meet with Aboriginal leaders to “initiate immediate discussions and the...

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