The gender dimension to strengthening research capacity in Canada

A newly released report by the Council of Canadian Academies entitled, Strengthening Canada’s Research Capacity: The Gender Dimension provides an assessment of the factors that influence university research careers of women, reported Medindia Nov. 25.…The Council convened an expert panel of 15 Canadian and international experts from diverse fields, chaired by Lorna Marsden, president emerita and professor at York University, to conduct the assessment over the course of approximately 18 months. Read full story.

For specialty broadcaster, diverse hiring means connecting to the community
There are a number of opportunities for human resource professionals and students to gain diversity-related training. In particular, York University recently introduced a year-long certificate program in diversity & human rights. The program is designed to train and build capacity to enhance service delivery by human resource practitioners and diversity officers. “We hope that our certificate will help organizations leverage the growing diversity in the Canadian workplace,” said Lorne Foster, program director and professor of equity studies at York University, in Postmedia News Nov. 26. Read full story.

Four attacks at York University in one week
According to police, there were four separate attacks at York University last week, reported the Toronto Star and others Nov. 26. Read full story.

Do women have an edge in the workplace?
In recent weeks, several men at the top of their professional game have been unceremoniously ousted from their perch, only to be replaced by up-and-coming female executives who were praised for their ability to work with others. Do women now have an advantage in the workplace? Ronald Burke, professor emeritus of organization studies at the York University’s Schulich School of Business, said there is a body of research to back up this generalization and some companies might be inclined to hire women based on their perceived leadership style, reported The Globe and Mail Nov. 24. Read full story.

An Agenda event: Trolling for trouble
Allison Buchan-Terrell, producer of TVO’s current affairs program “The Agenda with Steve Paikin,” has put together a special event featuring experts in online media on whether or not actions taken on the Internet should have real-life consequences.…On Wednesday, Nov. 28, Paikin will moderate a discussion featuring Mathew Ingram of GigaOM and Jennifer Jenson, professor at York University, reported the Inside Agenda Blog Nov. 23. Read full story.