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February 19, 2004


SSHRC begins transformation

Dr. Noreen Golfman
Dr. Noreen Golfman

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, see


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