Volume 12, Number 6 November 5, 2004

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Electoral reform study funded

Retired Political Studies professor John Courtney has been awarded $42,555 in federal research funding as part of recently-announced grants totalling $988,000 for research by U of S academics, from the national Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). The projects are in the social sciences, humanities, business, education and law.

Entitled “Electoral reform in Canada: Political elites, hurdles and lessons from abroad”, Courtney’s study will look at the reasons behind calls for reforming the electoral system, strategies for implementing change, and obstacles that may prevent change.

Other projects by U of S researchers funded in the latest round of SSHRC grants, announced in late-September, include: $210,213 to a team led by Geography Associate Professor Allison Williams to track the quality of life in Saskatoon; $105,899 to Curriculum Studies Professor Rick Schwier to study the characteristics of virtual learning communities; $82,608 to Psychology Assistant Professor Melanie Morrison to test theories of prejudice toward gay men and lesbian women; and $107,500 to Scott McLean, Associate Dean of Extension Division, for a comparison of continuing education at the U of S and the University of Alberta.

For more information, contact communications.office@usask.ca

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