avril 2014

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Silos et décloisonnement en recherche en génomique

Karine Morin, Directrice, Programme GE3LS national, Génome Canada

Pour de nombreux délégués qui participeront au Congrès 2014, les « silos » font penser au cloisonnement d’une réflexion isolée. Pour d’autres, les « silos » évoqueront la tradition agricole du Canada. Il peut sembler invraisemblable que le sens littéral et le sens figuré du mot se côtoient dans une même séance du Congrès, mais lorsqu’on pense au thème des Frontières sans limites, cette possibilité ne paraît plus si difficile à envisager. En fait, compte tenu du petit nombre de chercheurs en sciences de la vie qui viendront à l’Université Brock, la participation de Génome Canada au Congrès de cette année peut sembler encore moins plausible. Pourtant, les curieux qui se demandent comment la recherche en génomique, l’innovation et les sciences sociales et humaines peuvent se rejoindre devraient s’arrêter à notre kiosque ou participer à l’une ou l’autre des séances commanditées par Génome...

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The curious story of Research Matters

Patchen Barss, Creative Director and Managing Editor, Research Matters

The first question I really remember being curious about was, “How fast does gravity travel?”

I was a teenager. I stood on a bathroom scale and picked up a heavy book. The dial moved a half a pound. The book was several feet from the scale. Did the scale “know” instantaneously when I picked up the book, or did the information have to travel the length of my body?

Even then, I knew the effect couldn’t be instantaneous – that would mean information was traveling faster than the speed of light, and Albert Einstein had put the kibosh on that possibility way back in the early 20th century.  So did the information about the weight of the book travel at the speed of light? More slowly? How was the information actually transmitted? If I held the object out at arm’s length, did its weight to travel a longer distance through my body, or did it go in a straight line from...

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Focus on copyright issues in academia at Congress 2014

Blayne Haggart, Assistant Professor, Political Science, Brock University

Copyright laws affect almost every aspect of academics’ professional lives, from limiting how much of a book we can put in a course pack to allowing journals to put our (mostly publicly-funded) research behind paywalls. It affects how we teach, research and publish, to say nothing of tuition fees and university budgets.

Although copyright law is complex, the issues are straightforward.

Where should Canada draw the line between protection and limiting copying, and the need to have knowledge communicated as widely as possible? What should Canadian copyright look like, if we want to encourage Canadian scholars to create and communicate in a 21...

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SSH News: School is out for summer, One month to Congress, Direction and reach of SSH research

School’s out for summer!

Perhaps not Alice Cooper’s famous last words, but as another school year wraps up this month across Canadian campuses, the many challenges facing students today and ways in which these (and future) graduates will need to adapt to the evolving job market are hitting the airwaves. While educators and program directors hope to break down the walls between university and society, students too are being challenged to seize opportunities that give them an edge when moving from school to work. A brief collection of such tales from this week includes:

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Reinventing the language of storytelling at Congress

Kristine Collins, Director, Education and Institutional Markets, National Film Board of Canada

The National Film Board of Canada is proud to be part of CONGRESS 2014 as we celebrate our 75th anniversary. Our films, interactive productions and educational resources connect to the conference themes in so many ways it was challenging to choose just one focus, so we didn’t!

In an exclusive evening event, we will be showcasing Highrise, the Emmy-winning interactive documentary that explores the human condition of vertical living around the globe, created by the NFB’s filmmaker in residence Katerina Cizek. Katerina will be joined by Kristine Collins, Director of Education at the NFB, and Dr. Deborah Cowen, Associate Professor of Geography at the University of...

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25 finalistes seront mis en vedette au Congrès 2014

La recherche axée sur l’être humain, ça compte! La façon d’en parler aussi!

Le Conseil de recherches en sciences humaines (CRSH) a lancé, en novembre dernier, son deuxième concours annuel J’ai une histoire à raconter. Il a mis au défi les étudiants de niveau postsecondaire de tout le pays de démontrer aux Canadiens, en 3 minutes ou en 300 mots, l’impact positif d’une recherche qu’il finance et qui est menée dans leur établissement d’enseignement.

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25 finalistes seront mis en vedette au Congrès 2014

La recherche axée sur l’être humain, ça compte! La façon d’en parler aussi!

Le Conseil de recherches en sciences humaines (CRSH) a lancé, en novembre dernier, son deuxième concours annuel J’ai une histoire à raconter. Il a mis au défi les étudiants de niveau postsecondaire de tout le pays de démontrer aux Canadiens, en 3 minutes ou en 300 mots, l’impact positif d’une recherche qu’il finance et qui est menée dans leur établissement d’enseignement.

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Canadian archeology loses a champion

Nicola Katz, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Canada has lost a gem of an archeologist this month with the passing of Dr. Priscilla Renouf. A pioneer in her field for over thirty years, she conducted research in Labrador, Arctic Norway and Greenland, with a particular focus Port au Choix in northwestern Newfoundland. Holding a BA and MA from Memorial University, and a PhD from Cambridge University, she was Canada Research Chair in North Atlantic Archaeology at Memorial University, where she has taught since 1981.  Among her many achievements, she was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and 1992-1993 recipient of the President's Award for Outstanding Research.

Dr. Renouf was exemplary in her interdisciplinary, holistic and innovative approach to her work. Her talent lay in the...

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'Tis the season for book prizes!

Each year, the Federation helps scholarly books on topics in the humanities and social sciences get published through the Awards to Scholarly Publications Program (ASPP). To date, the ASPP has supported the publication of over 6,000 books that have helped to enrich the social, cultural and intellectual life of Canada and the world.

It is with great delight that the Federation congratulates two authors who were funded by the ASPP last year, Miranda Campbell and Gregory Taylor, for being shortlisted for the 2014 Donner Prize. “The Donner Prize encourages and celebrates excellence in public policy writing by Canadians, on topics of great importance to Canadians” (The Donner Canadian Foundation).

Both published by McGill-Queen’s University Press, Miranda Campbell’s...

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SSH News: Donner Prize finalists, Big Thinking, Annual Conference videos

It was with great delight that the Federation congratulated this week two authors who were funded by the Federation’s Awards to Scholarly Publications Program last year, Miranda Campbell and Gregory Taylor, for being shortlisted for the 2014 Donner Prize. To read more about this, see today’s blog ‘Tis the season for book prizes!

This month’s Big Thinking lecture “The secret to our success: Immigration policy in Canada” was presented by Irene Bloemraad, Barnes Chair of Canadian Studies and CIFAR Senior Fellow from the University of California, Berkeley. This lecture explored the...

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Première screening from the Lost Stories project

Ronald Rudin, Trudeau Foundation Fellow, Professor of History, Co-Director, Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling, Concordia University

Screening of Thomas Widd's Lost Story
May 28, 2014 at 10:15 a.m.
International Centre 120
Brock University
St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada

The screening of Thomas Widd’s Lost Story marks the completion of the pilot for my Lost Stories/Histoires retrouvées project, funded since 2012 by a fellowship from the Trudeau Foundation. Multidisciplinary in conception and bilingual in production, the project is designed to collect little known stories about the Canadian past, transform them into inexpensive works of public art on appropriate sites, and document the process by way of a series of half-hour films...

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Digital humanities tools, tips, and techniques at Congress

Constance Crompton, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, University of British Columbia

Ray Siemens, Canada Research Chair in Humanities Computing and Distinguished Professor in the Faculty of Humanities, University of Victoria

The Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI), directed by Ray Siemens (University of Victoria), is partnering with the Federation and the Canadian Society of Digital Humanities/ Société canadienne des humanités numériques (CSDH/SCHN) to bring a series of 2.5-hour workshops to the DH-curious at Congress.  The workshops, facilitated...

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Une présence autochtone au Congrès 2014

Julian Kitchen, director, Tecumseh Centre for Aboriginal Research and Education, Brock University

Les organisateurs du Congrès 2014 ont eu à cœur de reconnaître que la Brock University est érigée sur un territoire autochtone et d’inclure les voix et le savoir autochtones dans le programme.

L’ouverture officielle du Congrès prévoit un accueil traditionnel. Le président Jack Lightstone reconnaîtra officiellement que la Brock University est située sur les terres communes des peuples autochtones et rendra hommage aux membres des Premières nations, Métis et Inuits présents au Congrès.

Le dimanche 25 mai, premier jour du Congrès, la série Voir grand mettra en vedette la professeure Cindy Blackstock, une éminente...

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SSH News: “Ideas can…” video, Federation’s newest members, IRSPM 2014

Hands down, it’s been one of the warmest weeks we’ve had in months, but before springing forward too quickly, what are some of the Federation’s highlights from 2013? Be sure to read our 2013 Annual Report and watch our new “Ideas can… bring us together” video featuring President, Antonia Maioni, and our Executive Director, Jean-Marc Mangin. We encourage you to share our video with friends and colleagues who are curious about what the Federation does – it’s a great 5-minute synopsis!  

In other news, the Federation welcomed three of its newest members: the Canadian...

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Universities across Canada embrace community-university engagement

Maeve Lydon, Secretary, Office of Community Based Research Canada, University of Victoria

Community Based Research Canada (CBRC) is a national network of post-secondary institutions, community-based research organizations and individual members dedicated to the development and implementation of best practices in community based research in Canada.

Having worked in the NGO and community development sector for years, I was invited to help build this work as part of my role working at the University of Victoria’s Office of Community Based Research, now called the Institute for Studies and Innovation in Community-University Engagement (ISICUE).

Briefly, CBRC came into being by representatives at the Community-University Expo Conference (CUExpo), the largest gathering of community and university researchers in...

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Congress: 82 years and counting!

The humanities and social sciences represent some of the oldest and broadest academic disciplines that continue to provide us with insights about humanity. The study of economics, art, history, law, philosophy, religion, among many others, represents both of our innate curiosity about the past as well as our reflective look to the future, and how we progress and address challenges.

The first Canadian assembly of humanists and social scientists was organized by The Royal Society in May 1931 and took place in Ottawa with sessions at the Chateau Laurier Hotel and the Dominion Room of the National Archives. The meeting established itself annually, and by the early 1950s, it was known as the Conference of the Learned Societies (the Learneds). Today, in its 83rd year, it is as relevant as it...

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SSH News: Canada Prizes finalists, SSHRC Storytellers finalists, Big Thinking, Keeping the humanities alive

The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences was pleased to announce the finalists for the 2014 Canada Prizes during its 2014 Annual Conference last Friday. An animated afternoon reception celebrated the authors of 14 books that were named finalists for the 2014 Canada Prizes. It was a great delight to see a handful of finalists and publishers in attendance for the announcement. The Canada Prizes are awarded annually to the best scholarly books in the humanities and social sciences that have received funding from the...

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Inauguration officielle de la nouvelle exposition Technozone : Data

Publié au nom du Conseil de recherches en sciences naturelles et en génie du Canada

INVITATION

M. Gary Polonsky, président du conseil d’administration,
Société des musées de sciences et technologies du Canada,

M. Fernand Proulx, président par intérim et directeur général des opérations,
Société des musées de sciences et technologies du Canada
et
Mme Janet Walden, chef des opérations,
Conseil de recherches en sciences naturelles et en génie du Canada (CRSNG)

vous invitent cordialement à l’inauguration officielle de la nouvelle exposition Technozone

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De nouvelles façons de voir le...

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