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Conference on Protecting
the Integrity of Academic Work

 

(Ottawa - October 24, 2007) -- The Harry Crowe Foundation, with the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT), will host a Conference on Protecting the Integrity of Academic Work in Ottawa, Canada, this November.

WHERE:
Fairmont Château Laurier Hotel
1 Rideau Street,
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1N 8S7

WHEN:
November 2-4, 2007
Friday 12 noon to Sunday 12:45 p.m.


Speakers from across Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States will discuss the growing threats to the integrity and independence of teaching and research.

Topics and speakers will include

* Academic integrity in the public interest, with speaker Sheldon Krimsky, Professor of Urban & Environmental Policy and Planning, Tufts University. Professor Krimsky wrote Science in the Private Interest: Has the Lure of Profits Corrupted Biomedical Research? and has co-authored several other books. He currently serves as a non-compensated Board Member for the Council for Responsible Genetics, as a Fellow of the Hastings Center on Bioethics and as a member of the Committee A on Academic Freedom & Tenure of the American Association of University Professors.

* Our production-driven research culture: causes, problems and remedies, with speaker Sir David Wallace, Master of Churchill College and Director of the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences, University of Cambridge. Sir David is also Treasurer and Vice-President of the Royal Society, UK.

* Politico-science: governmental avoidance, abuse and manipulation of scientific research with speaker Kurt Gottfried, Chair of the Board of Directors for the Union of Concerned Scientists. Professor Gottfried is a Professor of Physics emeritus at Cornell University.

* Principles and interest: corporate pressures and sponsored research, with speaker Seth Shulman, author of Undermining Science: Suppression and Distortion in the Bush Administration. Shulman is an independent journalist whose books cover a range of topics in the area of science and technology. He was lead author on the Union of Concerned Scientists' 2007 report "Smoke, Mirrors & Hot Air: How ExxonMobil Uses Big Tobacco's Tactics to Manufacture Uncertainty on Climate Science."

A complete agenda listing all topics and speakers, as well as conference registration forms, are available at http://www.crowefoundation.ca/Conferences/2007/

The Harry Crowe Foundation was established in 2002 to carry out education and research on the role of post-secondary teaching and research in contemporary society. Named for the person whose academic freedom case gave rise to the modern day Canadian Association of University Teachers, the Foundation sponsors research and conducts conferences on such issues in post-secondary education as freedom of academic expression, social factors affecting research priorities, institutional autonomy, collegial governance, and scholarly communication in a digital age.

The Canadian Association of University Teachers is the national voice of more than 57,000 academic and general staff in universities and colleges across Canada.

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For more information:

Marcus Harvey,
Professional Officer - Policy & Research (CAUT)
harvey@caut.ca
1-613-726-5191

or,

Lisa Keller,
Professional Officer - Communications (CAUT)
keller@caut.ca
1-613-726-5186

 

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