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Symposium continues exploration of women's status in Canada

Academics and community-based researchers gathered at York University in mid-April to explore the impact of the Royal Commission on the Status of Women on Canadian society and to prepare for its 50th anniversary in five years. Full Story
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New dean appointed to the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

Professor Ananya Mukherjee-Reed has been appointed to the position of dean of the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, effective July 1, 2015 for a five-year term. Full Story
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Killam awards York history prof for poverty-to-power tale of famous Spaniard

History Professor Adrian Shubert is the first York prof in almost a decade to win a Killam Research Fellowship. Shubert was awarded the fellowship for his research on Baldomero Espartero, a Spaniard who went from poverty and obscurity to being offered the Spanish throne. Full Story
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Department of Anthropology turns 40

York University's Department of Anthropology has turned 40 years old. As one of Canada's largest and foremost anthropology departments, it has grown to offer four broad areas of study: gender, health and the body; power, politics and development; studies in culture and performance; and nature, science and religion. Full Story
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Student wins first prize at National Japanese Speech Contest

Student Laina Tsurusaki has won first prize in the Open category at the 26th National Japanese Speech Contest at the University of Calgary on March 28. Tsurusaki, who is enrolled in Advanced Modern Standard Japanese, won with a speech on how her birthday coincides with Japan's Kobe earthquakes in 1995. Full Story
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Anthropology prof awarded fellowship in medieval studies

Anthropology Professor Zulfikar Hirji's research on Islam and Muslim societies has secured him this year's York Fellowship at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies. Hirji will write chapters for a book he hopes will shed light on the diversity within Muslim communities and what they share in common with each other and with Jews and Christians. Full Story
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New book reveals Hudson's Bay Company accounting is a lesson in survival

Administrative Studies Professor Gary Spraakman is the author of Management Accounting at the Hudson's Bay Company: From Quill Pen to Digitization (2015). The book is a study of over three centuries of business at the Hudson's Bay Company (HBC) – the longest-surviving commercial company in the world. It reveals that the evolution of management accounting supports a company's survival strategy. Full Story
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Inscription guide lights path through Roman world

The Oxford Handbook of Roman Epigraphy, co-edited by history and classical studies Professor Jonathan Edmondson, is the most complete collection of scholarship on the study of Roman inscriptions from c. 500 BCE to 500 CE and beyond.
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New poetry collection exposes life's dark absurdity

English Professor and poet Priscila Uppal's latest collection of poems, Sabotage, explores the absurdity of life through violations of culture, the human body, family or nation. The book will launch on March 23.
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MPPAL Case Winners

Public Policy & Administration students rank high at annual competition

The School of Public Policy & Administration moved up the ranks in the 2015 IPAC/CAPPA Case Competition held in Halifax. The team of four students in the MPPAL program was coached by Professors Naomi Couto and John Wilkins.
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Student Research Winners

Undergrads win top awards at research fair

LA&PS students took home three first place awards and one second place award for their entries into the York University Undergraduate Research Fair. "I was really energized by the enthusiasm of our undergraduate researchers," said Dean Martin Singer, "and by the diverse and imaginative projects described in their impressive poster presentations."
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Two-day conference explores themes of media, technology and politics

The York-Ryerson Joint Communication and Culture program will host the 14th annual Intersection/Cross Section conference on March 13-14 at Ryerson University. The event will showcase graduate research in North America and will feature keynote speaker Louie Palu, an acclaimed Canadian documentary photographer.
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LA&PS profs celebrated at York research event

Nine LA&PS researchers were recognized at the third annual York U Research Leaders celebration. The event also celebrated three LA&PS faculty who were recently named as York Research Chairs.
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Young sex-ed activists to speak on Ontario's curriculum

Two Grade 8 students from the We Give Consent sexual education campaign will speak about Shaping the Curriculum: The Importance  of "Consent" and the Voices of Youth on March 3 in Vanier College. The annual Chamberlain Speaker Series talk is sponsored by the Children's Studies program.
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Humanities students help Spread the Net

Students from the Contexts of Canadian Culture course are competing against other universities to raise the most money for anti-malaria bed nets for Africa. They will travel about campus on Feb. 26 performing a York version of "The Cup Song" to bolster online and in-person donations.
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Online database connects the dots of job insecurity

Students and scholars can now turn to a "living database" to better understand labour market insecurity in Europe and North America over the last 30 years. Under the leadership of political science Professor Leah Vosko, the Comparative Perspectives on Precarious Employment Database has been designed to support the study of precarious employment.
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David Etkin

Disaster management: new book connects theory to practice

Disaster and emergency management Professor David Etkin breaks down myths and marries theory to practice in his new book Disaster Theory: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Concepts and Causes. Disaster myths are one of the broad range of issues Etkin’s book covers. The most common myth is the idea that in the face of disaster, people will likely panic and commit selfish acts, he says, when in reality, they are more likely to act rationally and altruistically.
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Clothing drive warms a community

Students from the social science course "Prospects and Perils in the 21st Century" collected used coats and shoes to help the less fortunate keep warm this winter. The clothing drive was inspired by Professor Walter Perchal who guided his students to initiate their own "Change Project.".
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McLaughlin Public Policy Lecture offers a glimpse into the shadowy world of CSIS

A full house turned out for the annual McLaughlin Public Policy Lecture, which featured Federal Court (Canada) Justice James O'Reilly In his lecture titled, "Overseeing CISS: The Federal Court's Role", O'Reilly provided a rare view of the Federal Court of Canada in national security. Full Story
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New book re-thinks global governance

Political Science and York Distinguished Research Professor Stephen Gill edits original reflections on what global governance is and should be in Critical Perspectives on the Crisis of Global Governance: Reimagining the Future. This book features forward-looking and imaginative essays by leading thinkers in sociology and politics, among other disciplines.
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Christopher Innes

Researchers reveal George Bernard Shaw's secret musical life

English Professor Christopher Innes, Canada Research Chair in Performance & Culture, is co-releasing Shaw's Musical Universe, which reveals famous playwright George Bernard Shaw as a musician and composer. This compilation of never before recorded music is the result of extensive research, spanning two continents, by Innes and PhD student Brigitte Bogar, a professional soprano. Full story
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New story collection lights emotional fire

English Professor Priscila Uppal's new collection of 13 short stories, Cover Before Striking, spans two decades and a range of styles, from realistic to sci-fi to horror, where the characters are all searching for alternative ways to communicate and to be heard. Cover Before Striking (Dundurn Press) is launching Monday, Feb. 2. Everyone is welcome. Full Story
The Canadian Fantastic in Focus : New perspectives edited by Allan Weiss

New collection of science fiction and fantasy to launch

English Professor Allan Weiss has gathered together some of the best papers from eight years of the Academic Conference on Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy into a new collection. The Canadian Fantastic in Focus: New Perspectives (McFarland, 2014), edited by Weiss, will launch Wednesday, Feb. 4, from 3 to 5pm, at Stong College, Keele campus.
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Lisa Drummond

LA&PS Profs are co-investigators on Southeast Asia Climate Change Project

Social Science Professors Lisa Drummond and Douglas Young are co-investigators on The Urban Climate Resilience in Southeast Asia Partnership. The new multimillion-dollar research partnership will address vulnerabilities to climate change in urbanizing areas of Southeast Asia with the goal of enhancing resilience as well as economic and social well-being. Full Story
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Three LA&PS Profs appointed York Research Chairs

Isabella Bakker, Political Science, Christopher Innes, English, and Fuyuki Kurasawa, Sociology, have been appointed York Research Chairs. The appointments are the first in a new program established to build, support and intensify the world-renowned research under way at the University. Full Story
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Canadian employers underprepared to leverage Express Entry skilled immigrants: HRM Prof

Citizenship and Immigration Canada introduced a fast-track entry for skilled immigrants, promising their arrival within six months of applying under an electronic system. But will the new system succeed? That's not imminent in the near future, suggests a recent York University study "Skilled migrants' career capital as a source of competitive advantage: implications for strategic HRM" by School of Human Resource Management Professor Jelana Zikic Full Story
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Three LA&PS Professors appointed to Order of Canada

Susan McGrath, Edgar J. Dosman and Robert Cox are among the 95 new appointments to the Order of Canada. Prof. McGrath (Social Work) has been appointed for her contributions to research and policy on refugee rights, Prof. Dosman (Political Science) for his role in advancing academic and cultural ties within our hemisphere, and Prof. Emeritus Cox for his contributions to the field of international relations as one of Canada's foremost scholars in the area of political economy. Full Story

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