Monthly Archives: February 2015

Congratulations Chris!



Chris Eliasmith. Photo: NSERC

Congratulations to Chris Eliasmith on winning the prestigious John C. Polanyi Award! This award recognizes Canadian based research that has led to outstanding advances in the natural sciences or engineering. Chris is being recognized for his work in building “a computer model of the human brain that makes human-like mistakes, has human-like accuracy, and takes human-like lengths of time to process information.” More can be read about Chris’s work and award  here:

The Governor General presented the award to Chris at Rideau Hall on February 17th.


February 03, 2015

January has come and gone. Here is an update of what has been happening in the philosophy department.

Shannon Dea gave an interview about the Dalhousie Dentistry scandal on Jan. 13 to 570 News. If you missed it you can listen to it here:

Heather (and the Science & Health Policy Research Cluster she convenes) hosted several events in January. The first was a talk by Hans Radder (Professor Emeritus, Philosophy of Science and Technology, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, Netherlands, on “The Theory and Practice of Scientific and Technological Patenting: An Overview of Philosophical and Social Issues” on Jan. 19 at BSIA ( Hans Radder also discussed his paper (co-authored with Willem Halffman), “The academic manifesto: From an occupied to a public university” in Hagey Hall on Jan. 20.

On Jan. 21, Heather hosted the panel discussion on “Shale Gas: Science Policy Issues in the Canadian Context,” which delved into the issues with shale gas development and examined the challenges and possibilities for deliberating over complex technological issues within Canada’s democratic system.

The first deparmental colloquium was held on Friday Jan. 30. Co-sponsored by the Department of Psychology and held as part of the Sharma Lecture series, the talk by Tania Lombrozo, entitled “Explanation: The Good, The Bad, and the Beautiful” was given to a standing-room only audience. (Lombrozo – Jan. 30, 2015)

In early Janurary, Heather traveled to Tempe to participate in the Board of Visitors Meeting for the Center for Nanotechnology and Society ( There she learned about the activities and research of CNS over the past year and helped plan for its future. She also got to see petroglyphs and cool cacti. (Photos below.)

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Upcoming events:

Be sure to check out the following upcoming events.

The next Southwestern Ontario Feminism and Philosophy Workshop will be held Wednesday Feb. 4, 4:30-6:30 at the University of Waterloo (in Hagey Hall 373). For more information contact Shannon Dea (

The Rethinking Economics Waterloo Conference is happening on February 7, 2015 at St. Paul’s University College. The Waterloo chapter of Rethinking Economics is new and entirely student based. The co-founders are both current University of Waterloo students: Alexandra Kraushaar, Masters of Arts Philosophy Candidate and Geoff Evamy Hill, Bachelor of Knowledge Integration Candidate. The Department is able to support this sort of initiative because of the generous donations of alumni, emeriti, faculty members and other friends … thanks to all of them!

Twitter: @RethinkEconKW