Invitation to BIG DATA Synergy Cluster Town Halls

April 17, 2014

See below and attached for information on a proposed Cluster of Research Excellence.  If your area of research is at all related to this or you can see that it might be related, you are urged to attend one of the “town halls” and “join” the cluster. These Clusters (“defined areas of research strength”) will be the driving force behind research at Western and will be receiving funding / other support from the University.

Cluster of Research Excellence in “Big Data”

A cluster of research excellence proposal in “big data” .. called Big Data Synergy @ Western is  currently being developed.  The vision behind Synergy is (1) to provide a collaborative environment in which to explore “big data” (2) to advance pathways for the development of big data technologies, intelligent decision-making systems and real time analytics (3) to explore the impact of these technologies on individuals and society and (4) to explore appropriate policy and regulatory frameworks to guide the collection and use of “big data”.

What does “big data” mean to you and how is it impacting your research?
Why is the synergistic approach to “big data” for you?
How can you contribute to this research cluster?

COME OUT to one or both of the “BIG DATA” Town Halls to see how you can help shape this cluster!

Town Hall #1: May 1, UCC 56, 1:00-2:30pm, focused on Applications, Agency and Implications
Town Hall #2: May 2, UCC 56, 1:00-2:30pm, focused on Tools, Techniques and Enabling Technologies

In each town hall:
We will provide an overview of …
- The Western research excellence cluster initiative
- The Synergy cluster
- Thoughts on an associated graduate program
- Thoughts on the direction of funding for the cluster
Your input is needed on …
- Where are OUR strengths?
- Who else in Canada is doing this?  What make us unique?
- Potential Linkages/Partnerships?


Faculty Research Development Fund (FRDF)

April 16, 2014

The Faculty Research Development Fund (FRDF) awards, funded by the VP Research, are to strengthen SSHRC-related research by supporting the cost of small research projects, research groups and/or conference travel. (Note that funds available for this opportunity have not been confirmed by the VP Research as of April 16/14)

Amount: Recommended maximum award is $5,000.

Faculty of Education Research Office: May 19, 4:00 pm (for 2014 only) (if you wish to have feedback on your application – 1 week prior)

Eligibility: Applicants must be full-time faculty members of the Faculty of Education, and must hold an eligible academic research appointment at Western. Faculty members may not hold, as the principal investigator, more than one FRDF grant simultaneously. SSHRC’s Subject Matter Eligibility guidelines apply to this funding opportunity.

NOTE: The application form has changed substantially from last year. Guidelines and application form in MS Word format.

ROLA  is not required at the application stage but successful applicants will be asked to complete an application once the results have been announced.


The Movember Foundation- Mental Health and Wellbeing Projects for Canadian Men and Boys

April 14, 2014

The Movember Foundation is pleased to announce a Request for Applications (RFA) for mental health and wellbeing projects for Canadian men and boys.

There is $8 Million available for collaborative, innovative mental health projects.

Proposals are being requested from organizations that wish to collaboratively develop new mental health projects that will contribute to change at the population level, with a specific focus on prevention, early intervention and stigma reduction.

Proposals should address one or more of the following priority areas:
1.  Creating mentally healthy workplaces and workers
2.  Strengthening the mental health and wellbeing of men and boys
3.  Reducing the number of men and boys who die by suicide
4.  Strengthening social and emotional skills in young men and boys

This is an opportunity for the Canadian mental health community, and beyond, to achieve significant results on boys’ and men’s mental health and wellbeing.

This will be a two-step application process with Letters of Intent (LOI) due at 5:00 pm EDT 9 May 2014 and the final application deadline for those invited to submit full proposals, 5:00 pm EDT August 8, 2014.

To view the Request for Applications and to submit a letter of intent, please visit Alternatively, for information about this initiative, please contact Ivy Lim-Carter at

There will be two webinars (containing the same information) on Monday 14th April EDT 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm and Tuesday April 22nd EDT 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm in support of this Request for Applications. The webinars will reiterate the information contained in the RFA, and will allow interested parties to ask questions related to the call.

Robert Macmillan Graduate Research in Education Symposium (GRiES)

April 10, 2014

The organizers look forward to welcoming you today at the annual Robert Macmillan Graduate Research in Education Symposium!  Registration will take place at Western’s Faculty of Education between 3:30 and 4:00 p.m.  Please note that one of the two parking lots located directly behind the faculty of education building will be free of charge for Symposium guests (which can be accessed by going along the north side of the Faculty of Education building).

The attached documents include (a)A Guide for Symposium Guests and (b) a digital copy of the 2014 Robert Macmillan GRiES Program (which includes abstracts of the poster, paper, and roundtable presentations that will be showcased tomorrow).  There is no need to print out the Symposium program, as a hardcopy will be available to you in your registration kits.

Western Institute for Research on Teaching and Learning

April 8, 2014

Western Institute for Research on Teaching and Learning

June 3-5, 2014

This three-day intensive hands-on workshop is designed to support faculty members, librarians, and archivists in the development of a research project on their own teaching. In this interactive workshop, we address the basics of doing research on teaching in higher education (e.g., developing a researchable question; quantitative and qualitative research designs;  research ethics) and participants work individually and in small groups to develop their own projects.  The third annual edition of the Western Institute for Research on Teaching and Learning will be held June 3-5, 2014 in the Teaching Support Centre.

For more information, contact Ken Meadows at


2014 Robert Macmillan Graduate Research in Education Symposium

April 8, 2014


All are invited to attend the 2014 Robert Macmillan Graduate Research in Education Symposium (GRiES) to explore the amazing education-related work and/or research being undertaken by graduate students at the faculty of education and campus-wide!

DATE: Thursday, April 10, 2014
TIME: 3:30 to 9:00 p.m. (Registration to take place 3:30 to 4:00 p.m.)
PLACE: Western University’s Faculty of Education, J. G. Althouse Building

For more information:  the Symposium scheduleKeynote Speaker, and Discussion Panelists.

Tools for Collaboration

April 7, 2014

“Sending files back and forth between collaborators can create redundancies, delays, and frustration. Luckily, there are many web-based collaborative writing tools to help.”

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