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More on CERC

May 21, 2010

For those who have been following the considerable media coverage of gender inequity in the CERC programme:

In today’s Academica’s Top Ten:

CAUT questions value of CERC program: In a statement on the Canada Excellence Research Chairs, the Canadian Association of University Teachers questions the value of a program that imposes new costs on institutions and diverts resources, fails to address long-standing gender equality concerns, and represents the latest in a series of attempts by the federal government to steer scientific research. CAUT points out that Dalhousie University will need to find $24 million over 7 years to support its appointed chair, more than double the $10 million Ottawa is providing. The association says it is “unconscionable” that no women were appointed to any of the chairs. Many in the research community are concerned about the relatively narrow focus on the environment, natural resources and energy, health sciences, and information and communication technologies.

Read the CAUT statement.


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