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News from the social sciences and humanities: Canada Research Chairs, academic stars and the decline of the liberal arts

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Milena Stanoeva Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Last week, the federal government announced a new round of funding for the Canada Research Chairs program. The government is investing $121.6M in the program. CFHSS’s official statement on the announcement is here.

We are launching a new blog series called Research Stars, where we will profile researchers in the social sciences and humanities. Heather Walmsley, one of this year’s Banting Postdoctoral Fellows, was the first researcher to be profiled for her work on the transnational human egg trade. Read more about her research here.

A new study in Liberal Education has found that the number of liberal arts institutions in the United States, defined as undergraduate institutions with either a majority or a very large minority of students majoring in traditional arts and sciences fields, has declined over the past 20 years. While some of the institutions surveyed have closed their doors, many more have simply changed their curriculum to focus on professional programs. 

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