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  • Congratulations to Richmond Campbell (Professor Emeritus) and Victor Kumar (BA Hons, Dalhousie; Assistant Professor, Boston University) whose book, A Better Ape (2022), was the topic of a symposium session at the annual meeting of the Canadian Philosophical Association.
  • Congratulations to Callahan Laing, who is this year’s recipient of the F. Hilton Page Memorial Prize, awarded to a graduating student whose thesis is judged to be outstanding. Callahan’s thesis, supervised by Dr. Stephanie Kapusta, is entitled “Gender Under Construction: Building a Better Framework.” 
  • Congratulations to Alexis Amero, who is this year’s recipient of the Roland Puccetti Memorial Award for the best essay submitted by a student in a 3000- or 4000-level class. Alexis’s essay is entitled “On Monogamy and Adaptive Preference Formation: An Argument for Classifying Mononormality as an Autonomy Impairment.” 
  • Congratulations to Ford Doolittle, emeritus professor in the Department of Microbiology and Biochemistry and cross-appointed in Philosophy, who has just been elected to the Royal Society.
  • Congratulations to Stephanie Kapusta, who has been awarded tenure and promotion to associate professor, effective July 1. 2023!
  • Congratulations to Francoise Baylis and Andrew Fenton for co-authoring an article/commentary in 'The Conversation'
  • An article by Clarisse Paron (PhD) has been published in The Conversation.
  • Congratulations to Andrew Fention on his recent publication: Vaughan Black, Andrew Fenton, and Elisabeth Ormandy. Protecting Canada's Lab Animals: The Need for Legislation. Animals 2022; 12(6): 770
  • Congratulations to Dr. Francoise Baylis, recipient of the 2022 Killam Prize.
  • Congratulations our PhD Student Lara Millman is one of the Open Thinkers 2022. More information can be found via the Open Thinkers Blog.
  • Tejas Pandya (MA), published an Op-Ed in the Hamilton Reporter.
  • Clarisse Paron (PhD); and Tejas Pandya (MA) participated in the TEDxDalhousieU 2022 event.
    Watch Tejas' video HERE
    Watch Clarisse's video  
  • Congratulations to Dr. Steve Maitzen, Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at Dalhousie, and W. G. Clark Professor of Philosophy at Acadia University on the publication of his book, Determinism, Death and Meaning (Routledge)
  • Congratulations to Clarisse Paron (PhD), on the recent publication of her paper: "Evidence,Testimony, and Trust: How the COVID-19 Pandemic is Exacerbating the Crisis of Trust in Science