CAUT Get Science Right town hall invitation

by Faculty Association | Filed under April 2014, President's Message.

 – By Paul Rogers, Faculty Association President –

Members of the academic staff are encouraged to attend the CAUT Get Science Right town hall that is coming to Calgary on April 29th. The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) launched its Get Science Right campaign last spring. The message of this campaign is that federal government policy and funding decisions are threatening Canada’s future in science and research.

There are a number of well documented issues including: favouring commercially-focused research over basic research; the relative starving (and public denigration) of the social sciences; choosing to fund very expensive “superstar” researchers at the cost of hundreds of Discovery Grants for university researchers; and decommissioning and muzzling government scientists whose work challenges the government’s ideology. The town hall seeks to engage the public and address why these issues and others are important and what can be done about them.

The event is being held April 29th from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Fort Calgary (Burnswest Theatre). The event’s moderator is journalist and author Andrew Nikiforuk. Our colleagues Deborah Dewey (Pediatrics and Community Health Services), Hamid Habibi (Biological Sciences) and Penny Pexman (Psychology) will make up the panel along with David Hyttenrauch (English) from Mount Royal University.

 If you cannot make it to the event but would still like to get involved you can visit the campaign website at http://getscienceright.ca/. On the website you will find more information on the campaign as well as ways you can take action.

If you would like to download an event poster click here.

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