Dr. Noreen Golfman, associate dean of Graduate
Studies, has been named as Memorial’s Social Sciences
and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) representative.
SSHRC has asked universities across Canada to partner with
them as they go through a transformation project.
In 2004, SSHRC is celebrating its 25th anniversary and has
plans to hold consultations and discussions with universities
regarding the need to transform SSHRC from a granting council
into a knowledge council. Dr. Marc Renaud, president of
SSHRC, said the transformation of SSHRC would allow the
council to be “much more active in promoting knowledge
and in creating new relationships, not only among researchers,
but also between researchers and users of research knowledge.”
SSHRC representatives will be a single channel for the smooth
flow of information and ideas between the council and people
at the university as well as those in the community who
are interested in the role of social sciences and humanities
research in Canada. Dr. Golfman’s role as SSHRC rep
will include informing the university community about the
purpose of the campus dialogue on the SSHRC transformation;
ensuring that the consultation on campus engages as many
faculty members and graduate students as possible across
the full range of SSHRC disciplines; and ensuring the formulation
of an overall institutional response that integrates key
perspectives, issues, ideas and suggestions.
Dr. Golfman will present a report to SSHRC on May 1, 2004.
Dr. Renaud will be on campus Feb. 24 to deliver the annual
Aldrich Memorial Lecture and will be speaking, in part,
to the changing nature of research in the human sciences.
For further information on the SSHRC Transformation Project,