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Canada announces social sciences and humanities impact awards

Beverly Diamond from Memorial University of Newfoundland has won the 2014 Gold Medal from Canada’s Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council for her work on the relationship between music and issues of identity, rights and social change.

Four other impact awards were also given out. The Talent Award went to Kirk Luther of the same university for his research on human behaviour within the criminal justice system. The Insight Award went to Thomas Lemieux from the University of British Columbia for his research on the causes behind the growing gap between rich and poor in Canada. The Connection Award went to Nico Trocmé from McGill University, Montreal, for his work developing innovative knowledge-sharing tools that are now being used by child welfare workers across Canada. And bullying expert Wendy Craig, from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, took home the Partnership Award for her work on PREVNet, a national network aimed at stopping bullying.

The gold medal comes with $100,000 in research money, while the winners of the other awards received $50,000 each. The impact awards recognise achievements in research, research training, knowledge mobilisation and outreach activities in the social sciences and humanities.

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