Faculty Newsletter - Winter 2016

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Faculty News

Will you be a Faculty Awards recipients this year?

Faculty Award

There are several prizes to recognize professors, administrative staff, students and alumni’s for their outstanding contributions. Visit our website for the nomination and selection procedures.

Deadline: March 15, 2016

How to support your research - Internal Funding Opportunities

A variety of funding is available to professors to help finance research activities.

Be sure to consult the FSS' Research Funding page to discover all funding options available to researchers.

Deadline April 15, 2016

Web Focus

Any questions about the new website?

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For web inquiries, we invite you to fill out a web support request. Our team will be happy to answer you as quickly as possible.


Please refer to the Drupal user guide to learn more on the advantages of this system.

All events on uoCal

uoCal allows you to see all of the events taking place on campus. When creating a new event, make sure to add the Faculty of Social Sciences as on Event organizer. This will ensure your event gets promoted through the FSS internal communication channels (website, TV screens, newsletter). Please refer to the uoCal Administrative User Manual and Guidelines.


UNIWeb is a centralized tool designed for University academics to maintain curriculum vitae (CV) information. To activate your UNIWeb Profile, please see the instructions to activate your online profile and CV. Training sessions on UNIWeb are offered on demand. Please email uniweb@uOttawa.ca for more information.

Do you know uO Research?

uO Research is the University of Ottawa's digital archive for research. The University invites all faculty members to contribute their scholarly works to uO Research. If you have a collection of digital documents you feel would be appropriate, please contact ruor@uOttawa.ca.

Make a difference

Share stories

Do you know of any outstanding students? We are looking for individuals who stand out either because of their accomplishments, their commitment to community engagement, their motivation or other extraordinary achievements! The FSS marketing and communications team is looking for exceptional and touching student stories to promote through various channels as well as the 2016 Spring Convocation. Please submit your suggestions at scscomm@uOttawa.ca

Support our students’ dreams

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Help us show our commitment to helping students by supporting the Employee Giving program from now till April 15!  Here are a few reasons why!

  • Each year, over 15,000 students apply for financial assistance
  • Roughly one third of all employees donate to help enhance the student experience
  • Over 1050 uOttawa employees give to the Employee Giving program
  • Some 60% of those who donate do so through payroll deductions or monthly donations

The Employee Giving program is now in VirtuO. Check out the numerous opportunities for you to make a difference in our community.

Recyclomania 2016

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Join the Office of Campus Sustainability in defending uOttawa’s reign as RecycleMania champions!

Guerilla Recycling

Register your team of four to compete in the Guerilla Recycling competition. We will meet at the UCU at 2:30pm on March 23rd, and April 6th where teams will split up and compete to sort the most recyclables in buildings across campus. Multiple prizes to be won! Contact sustainable@uOttawa.ca for more details and to register your team.

Just Eat-It – Documentary Screening

March 16, 5:30pm in Tabaret Hall, room 0019
Join the Office of Campus Sustainability for a documentary screening of the film “Just Eat It” in which Jenny Rustemeyer and Grant Baldwi embark on a six month challenge to survive on food waste. From production to retail to household consumption, the couple quickly realizes that there is more than enough wasted food to feed them for the duration of the challenge.

A staggering $31 billion of food is wasted in Canada each year. This estimate does not account for the true cost which could be three times as much with energy, water, and other resource costs included. Why does it matter? Because in a world facing unprecedented challenges as a result of climate change, wasting less food means ensuring food security for others and reducing harmful emissions.

Resources and training at your fingertips

Annual report

FSS Annual Report

2014-2015 was a significant year for FSS. Find out why in our annual report

Workshops for Faculty members

Blackboard Learn Evaluation Tools, Wednesday, March 16 - 1 to 3 p.m. Vanier Hall - Room 1020

Blackboard Learn Grade Center, Tuesday, March 22 - 1 to 3 p.m. Vanier Hall - Room 1020

Workshops for members of the staff

Drupal Basic training session, Monday, March 21 – 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Alumni News

Celebrate YOUR Alumni Week from April 30 to May 7!

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Here are a few of the activities during the busy week: 

Bringing Up Bilingual Babies, conference by Professor Christopher Fennell
Discover the fascinating world of language processing and development through the unique experience of babies learning two languages.
Monday, May 2nd, 5:30 p.m., FSS 4007

President’s Luncheon
Veteran journalist, André Picard, examines the state of Canada's universal health care system: why it looks the way it does today and what reforms are needed to keep it sustainable and affordable.
Thursday, May 5, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., TBT 112

Family Day
Fun activities aimed at our future alumni and their parents! Want your kids to explore science and engineering marvels? Or test your athletic skills at the Gee-Gees Family Zone? Want to learn how to hip-hop, release your inner artist, play Quidditch? You’ll find all this and more on Family Day.   
May 7th, various times and locations

Keep up with our graduates

Passport to success. Lino Maurizio (BSocSc ’89) is in charge of investigations at SNC-Lavalin, which employs some 40,000 people and is one of the world’s largest engineering and construction firms.

Marc LeBoutillier (left) with Professor Daniel Letouzé at the Social Sciences Building.
Marc LeBoutillier (left) with Professor Daniel Letouzé at the Social Sciences Building. 

Having a professor for a mentor can change your life. Surely you have heard of the butterfly effect, namely that tiny changes in initial conditions amplify over time to have major consequences down the line. Marc LeBoutillier, the FSS’ alumni of the year, is living proof of just such an effect

Life lessons from reality TV. According to alumnus Steven Stein (MA, Psychology  ʼ76; PhD, Clinical Psychology ʼ78), who is an expert in emotional intelligence, the answer is "yes", and he is ready to share his insights with you.

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