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Friday, January 6, 2012

Milena Stanoeva
Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The winners of the second Digging into Data Challenge were announced this Tuesday. The competition, which promotes humanities and social sciences research using data-analysis, is funded by eight partners from Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands, including the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). A total of fourteen projects were selected for funding.

The Government of Canada announced that new and existing loans for part-time students will be interest-free during study. This measure is estimated to save part-time students $350 per year, improving access to post-secondary education.

Film director Sarah Polley is set to adapt Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace, a historical novel set in the 19th century. Margaret Atwood will be in Kitchener-Waterloo for the 2012 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences as part of our Big Thinking line-up.

According to an article in MacLeans On Campus, employment prospects for PhD holders in the social sciences and humanities are looking up, although they’re not quite as high as they were in 2007-08

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