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Research Collaboration Snapshot: First-of-its-kind collaboration brings philosophy to near-living architecture

 

In the summer of 2014, University of Waterloo graduate student Ty Branch started a Mitacs Accelerate internship as a philosopher in residence at the architecture firm Philip Beesley Architect Inc. (PBAI). The project, a first-time partnership between Mitacs and the university’s Department of Philosophy, focused on how near-living architecture interacts with its environment.

Near-living architecture is an emerging style that incorporates biological features to make environments more responsive to occupants in that space. Ty’s research asked what it means to be living and what applications near-living architecture might have to theories of emergence. Even the terms used to define this architectural style are important because they speak to fundamental questions of what “living” means. During her internship, Ty...

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Trans-Atlantic Platform workshops at Congress aim to define future research agenda

On June 1, during the annual Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences in Ottawa, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) will host three workshops on behalf of the Trans-Atlantic Platform (T-AP). All of the workshops are open to the public and will be held in Tabaret Hall 112 at the University of Ottawa.

These workshops aim to engage researchers and other stakeholders to develop a future research agenda in three priority areas – areas identified following scoping activities involving the 16 funding agencies in the Platform. An additional objective is to better understand how Horizon 2020 funding might be focused...

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Research Collaboration Snapshot: Accelerate intern eases immigrants’ transitions to Canada

 

Daniela Tuchel embarked on a Mitacs Accelerate internship with the Asia Pacific Foundation to explore recent immigrants’ impressions of Canada and the challenges they face after arrival. As a master’s student at Royal Roads University, Daniela’s research also provided recommendations to improve immigration processes between Canada and China.

As a result of her research project, Daniela was nominated for—and won—the Mitacs Master’s Award for Outstanding Innovation. This award is part of the Mitacs Awards, which honour the contributions of emerging researchers in Canada. Daniela accepted her award in November 2014; click the video to learn more about her project:

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‘Mean’ is not a girl thing

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Marnina Gonick is project leader on two projects funded through the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s Leaders Opportunity Fund (now named the John R. Evans Leaders Fund). She will be attending the 2015 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences to present “The Blank Page: Literacy, Girlhood, and Neoliberalism” as part of a session called “Neoliberalism and the Production of Childhood” at the Women’s and Gender Studies et Recherches Féministes (WGSRF) conference tomorrow, Sunday, May 31This article originally appeared on Innovation.ca in July 2013.

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Introducing the Trans-Atlantic Platform

In October 2013, a consortium of major funders of social sciences and humanities research joined forces to launch the Trans-Atlantic Platform for the Social Sciences and Humanities (T-AP). The funders came from three continents—North America, South America and Europe—and set up T-AP with the prime objective of facilitating transatlantic research collaboration among researchers, funders and other stakeholders.

Thus far, T-AP activities have revolved around the scoping work needed to move forward with its international research cooperation agenda, among which are learning about the various funding models and processes T-AP members use, what their peer review systems are like, and how they finance awards.

T-AP has also undertaken an inventory of the transatlantic research projects being undertaken by the various...

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