Media advisory - Conference on Protecting the Integrity of Academic Work

    OTTAWA, Oct. 24 /CNW Telbec/ - The Harry Crowe Foundation, with the
Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT), will host a Conference on
Protecting the Integrity of Academic Work in Ottawa, Canada, this November.

                 WHERE:    Fairmont Château Laurier Hotel
                           1 Rideau Street,
                           Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
                           K1N 8S7

                 WHEN:     November 2-4, 2007
                           Friday 12 noon to Sunday 12:45 p.m.

    Speakers from across Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States will
discuss the growing threats to the integrity and independence of teaching and
    Topics and speakers will include

    - Academic integrity in the public interest, with speaker Sheldon
      Krimsky, Professor of Urban & Environmental Policy and Planning, Tufts
      University. Professor Krimsky wrote Science in the Private Interest:
      Has the Lure of Profits Corrupted Biomedical Research? and has co-
      authored several other books. He currently serves as a non-compensated
      Board Member for the Council for Responsible Genetics, as a Fellow of
      the Hastings Center on Bioethics and as a member of the Committee A on
      Academic Freedom & Tenure of the American Association of University

    - Our production-driven research culture: causes, problems and remedies,
      with speaker Sir David Wallace, Master of Churchill College and
      Director of the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences,
      University of Cambridge. Sir David is also Treasurer and Vice-President
      of the Royal Society, UK.

    - Politico-science: governmental avoidance, abuse and manipulation of
      scientific research with speaker Kurt Gottfried, Chair of the Board of
      Directors for the Union of Concerned Scientists. Professor Gottfried is
      a Professor of Physics emeritus at Cornell University.

    - Principles and interest: corporate pressures and sponsored research,
      with speaker Seth Shulman, author of Undermining Science: Suppression
      and Distortion in the Bush Administration. Shulman is an independent
      journalist whose books cover a range of topics in the area of science
      and technology. He was lead author on the Union of Concerned
      Scientists' 2007 report "Smoke, Mirrors & Hot Air: How ExxonMobil Uses
      Big Tobacco's Tactics to Manufacture Uncertainty on Climate Science."

    A complete agenda listing all topics and speakers, as well as conference
registration forms, are available at

    The Harry Crowe Foundation was established in 2002 to carry out education
and research on the role of post-secondary teaching and research in
contemporary society. Named for the person whose academic freedom case gave
rise to the modern day Canadian Association of University Teachers, the
Foundation sponsors research and conducts conferences on such issues in
post-secondary education as freedom of academic expression, social factors
affecting research priorities, institutional autonomy, collegial governance,
and scholarly communication in a digital age.

    The Canadian Association of University Teachers is the national voice of
more than 57,000 academic and general staff in universities and colleges
across Canada.

For further information:

For further information: Marcus Harvey, Professional Officer - Policy &
Research (CAUT), (613) 726-5191,; Lisa Keller, Professional
Officer - Communications (CAUT), (613) 726-5186,

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