MSc and PhD candidates identify fossilized footprint of a new species

Olivia King

Olivia King

Saint Mary’s MSc candidate Olivia King and PhD student Matt Stimson have published a paper in the international journal Ichnos about their research on the identification of the fossilized footprints of a new species.

The news was shared by the New Brunswick Museum., where King is Geology & Paleontology summer research assistant and Matt Stimson the Assistant Curator of Geology and Paleontology.

The two collaborated with Dr. Spencer Lucas, Curator of Paleonotology at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History, Albuquerque, New Mexico on the paper. 

Matt Stimson

Matt Stimson

“This is an important paper in that it sheds new light on the biodiversity of an important fossil site using footprints rather than the body fossils of the animals that made them,” said the release issued by the New Brunswick Museum.

Learn more, and access the paper at this link.

Research into the effects of low interest rates on Canadian loan markets receives grant

Dr. Mohammad Rahaman, Canada Research Chair in International Finance & Competitiveness and a professor with the Sobey School of Business

Dr. Mohammad Rahaman, Canada Research Chair in International Finance & Competitiveness and a professor with the Sobey School of Business

The work of a Saint Mary’s University researcher into the effects of low interest rates on the syndicated loan market in North American has received a boost.

Mohammad Rahaman, Canada Research Chair in International Finance & Competitiveness and a professor with the Sobey School of Business, is receiving a $40,000 research grant from the Canadian Securities Institute Research Foundation.

Rahaman’s research focuses primarily on understanding how access to intermediated capital such as bank loans can be a source of power and efficiency for industrial firms in a competitive global market place. He is currently investigating the effects of the unprecedented and prolonged low interest rates by central banks following the global financial crisis.

His research also touches on how financing through syndicated loans influences investment, innovation, and internationalization among North American industrial firms. A syndicated loan is a loan provided by a group of lenders and set up and administered by one or more commercial or investment banks.

“This is one of the most coveted research grant awarded by industry practitioners in Finance in Canada, and I am honoured to be its recipient,” said Rahaman. “No other finance faculty member in the Maritimes has received this grant, which speaks to a recognition of the importance that the Sobey School of Business has in our region and the quality of research underway at the school.”

The Canadian Securities Institute Research Foundation encourages and supports grounded research on the Canadian Capital Markets.

“The Canadian Securities Research Foundation is actively supporting research into interest rate risk, especially the drivers and impact of the current low interest rate environment,” said Heather-Anne Irwin, Executive Director of the Foundation. “We are thrilled to be supporting Professor Rahaman in his work, as we strive to bridge the gap between theory and practice.”

Dr. Roby Austin, Astronomy & Physics to win Father William A. Stewart award

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Dr. Roby Austin, Professor of Astronomy & Physics, has been recognized by her current and former students and colleagues with the Father William A. Stewart Medal for Excellence in Teaching for her dedicated teaching approach and empowerment of women in science.  

Since joining Saint Mary’s in 2004, Dr. Austin has served on the Saint Mary’s Academic Senate and curriculum committees for Senate and the Faculty of Science. The classes she teaches range from first year physics courses to graduate level courses, and she has supervised both BSc Honours and MSc students. Her focus as a teacher is to create a classroom environment which encourages students to work with and understand the material. Alumni commend her for her accommodating and respectful approach with her students.

An accomplished researcher, Dr. Austin has published more than 20 papers and received more than $4 million in research grants. She is committed to continuous learning, and is a member of the Division of Physics Education of the Canadian Association of Physicists, the Forum on Education of the American Physical Society, and the American Association of Physics Teachers. Students recognize her dedication to learning and improving teaching methods in the classroom.

Outside of the classroom, Dr. Austin volunteers her time with Techsploration and Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Atlantic. These organizations create opportunities for girls and young women to explore science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and empower them to consider a career in STEM.

The Medal for Excellence in Teaching is named for the late Father William A. Stewart, a Professor of Philosophy and administrator at Saint Mary’s University from 1950-1982. Father Stewart was known for his inclusivity, approachability, innovative teaching methods, and service to the University. The Medal is awarded by the Saint Mary’s University Alumni Association in partnership with the Faculty Union.  

Dr. Christine Panasian co-authors popular textbook

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Dr. Christine Panasian is a co-author of the new 9th Canadian edition of the Investments textbook, a book that is one of the most popular books in business schools. 

Published by MGraw-Hill, the textbook is “recognized as the market leading text for investment courses” and focuses on “the intuition and insights that will be useful to students and practitioners throughout their careers as new ideas and challenges emerge from the financial marketplace”.  

Says Dr. Panasian, "I am really proud of the accomplishment, in particular to see the name of the Sobey School and Saint Mary's University next to University of Toronto and Concordia University." 

Dr. Tony Charles presents Earth Day lecture

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Tony Charles, professor in the School of the Environment, presented an Earth Day Public Lecture on Climate Change in a World of Inequity.

“Climate change is one of the most massive challenges of our time, but it doesn’t affect everyone equally,” said Dr. Charles. “In fact, even the ways we respond to climate change can have unfair impacts.”

The talk examined who is most affected by climate change, who wins and loses in our climate responses – and what to do about the inequities.

The presentation reflected the results of a collaboration between the United Nations and Saint Mary's University which produced guidance to countries around the world on how to deal together with poverty, food security, and climate change.

Related links:
Dr. Tony Charles sits down with CTV's Bruce Frisko to discuss how climate change affects everyone differently

Retail, Innovation, Strategy & Excellence (RISE) Program a success

The David Sobey Centre’s annual RISE (Retail, Innovation, Strategy & Excellence) Program took place last week from April 7th-12th. The program is designed for Retail Executives to give them the tools, skills and insights to stay ahead of the curve, help them be leaders and to build a culture of innovation within their companies.

This year brought fifteen participants from across Canada from companies including Sobeys, NSLC, LCBO, Kent, Parts for Trucks, Bishop’s Cellar and MacQuarries Pharmasave. The mix of contrasting retailers and their sectors made for many dynamic in class discussions which lead to new ideas and created an engaging learning environment. Over the course of six days, many new and valuable networks/friendships were built through the various collaboration projects and social events that were part of the program.

Program instructors and topics:

· Dr. Ramesh Venkat - Digital Retailing and Customer Experience

· Dr. David Weiss - Creating a Culture of Innovation

· Kevin Kelloway - Transformational Leadership in Retail

· Brynn Leard - Data Driven Retail Decision Making

· Kena Paranjape - Retail Landscape and Strategic Thinking

· Ramy Nassar - Value Proposition and Innovation Mode

Saint Mary’s Expands Cross-Border Education Ties with China

Students in business programs at Guangzhou College, South China University of Technology (GCU) will have added opportunities to transfer to Saint Mary’s after two years and complete their degree at the Sobey School of Business.

A senior delegation from GCU was on campus this week to sign an enhanced Transfer Credit Agreement, paving the way for closer ties with one of China’s most renowned independent colleges. Executive Vice-President Zhixin Zeng, Vice-President Ying Lin, Dean of the International Business School and Director of the International Office Liguang Wu and International Office Program Coordinator Huijing Huang held a series of meetings with their counterparts at Saint Mary’s on Monday, April 15.

Mr. Zeng suggested that GCU’s visit to campus reflected the growing ties between the two universities, while Mr. Lin commented that the new Transfer Credit Agreement opened the door to exciting new possibilities for international cooperation between the two institutions.

Celebrating a Longstanding Partnership

In the years since the signing of an initial MOU in 2011, designed to foster academic and educational cooperation between Guangzhou College and Saint Mary’s, around 60 students have come to campus – some to complete their third and fourth years of their degree as part of the 2+2 agreement with the Sobey School of Business, others to take the Master of Finance Program. Many of the 25 students currently enrolled at Saint Mary’s enjoyed a dinner on Sunday hosted by their alma mater in China to celebrate the arrival of the delegation to Halifax.

Meeting with the delegation on Monday, Dr Summerby-Murray, President and Vice-Chancellor of Saint Mary’s, said that the University was committed to building on the strong foundation of academic partnership between the two universities. This week’s visit, he said, was also an important affirmation of people-to-people connections between Canada and China. As “Canada’s International University”, Saint Mary’s is proud to be recognized as a national leader in building bridges between the two countries, he said.

Guangzhou College of South China University of Technology is a large primarily undergraduate institution with more than 21,000 full-time students who can choose from 35 programs offered through 14 schools. Its 283-acre campus is located just outside Guangzhou city in China’s Pearl River Delta, home to more than 120 million people a major centre of technology and innovation.

Submitted by Jonathan Shaw, Studio for Teaching and Learning

Call for Proposals: Academic Writing and English Language Learners Conference

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The 3rd Academic Writing and English Language Learners (AWELL) conference that will be held on November 1 -2, 2019 at Saint Mary’s has issued a Call for Proposals open to all academic fields and disciplines.

AWELL is a two-day conference designed for faculty, language instructors, composition instructors, and writing centre professionals who teach and tutor ELL students.

The conference aims to provide tools and approaches in a workshop format that may be used directly in classrooms and tutoring sessions.

We want to provide an open forum to all those interested in any area of additional language studies and academic writing, including digital writing pedagogies, multiliteracies, plurilingualism, and intercultural writing supports.

Questions for consideration may include, but are not limited to:

·        Pedagogy and practice for multilingual classrooms

·        ELL pedagogy relating to globalized students

·        Learning community writing practice

·        Technology in writing practice relating to ELLs

·        Multimodal and digital approaches to ELL writing instruction and practice

·        Considerations of general teaching and learning practice to ELLs 

Successful submissions will include immediate and practical applications with pedagogical and theoretical foundations that conference attendees can use within their academic communities. The deadline to submit proposals is July 8, 2019.

To register, or for more information including proposal submission requirements, please visit https://smustudio.squarespace.com/awell-conference

University research projects with big industry impact

The Office of Innovation and Community Engagement at Saint Mary’s is a small office that delivers a big impact.

A recently-released progress report highlights a few projects that Saint Mary’s faculty members have been working on in collaboration with industry partners, including:

  • Dr. Jason Rhinelander’s partnership with LED Roadway Lighting has allowed him to lend his expertise in artificial intelligence and object recognition to evaluate the accuracy of an adaptive radar-based sensor platform for pedestrian and vehicle recognition at streetlight intersections.

  • RetailDeep uses innovative facial recognition software to enhance the shopping experience in stores, collect data from clients, and pinpoint opportunities to innovate within the retail space.

  • A partnership between Coloursmith Labs and Saint Mary’s researcher Dr. Danielle Tokarz has led to a breakthrough in treatment for colour blindness. Along with her team, Dr. Tokarz helped the startup company refine the focus of their research efforts and identify the appropriate nanoparticles and gels for the lenses. 

“Our office also takes pride in pairing faculty members with industry, helping to facilitate solutions to local companies’ problems using academic expertise, said Kevin Buchan, Director of the Office of Innovation and Community Engagement. “It’s also a great opportunity for students, the next generation of researchers, to work on applied projects in their fields.”

“We’re encouraged by the success we’ve had so far, and we look forward to doing more of these innovative projects,” said Buchan.  

 Click here to read the progress report, featuring researchers from all faculties at Saint Mary’s, and their partners, click here.

 ABOUT OICE:

The Office of Innovation and Community Engagement (OICE) facilitates research relationships between Saint Mary’s University and companies, government departments, and community organizations. OICE is the initial point of contact for faculty members and external partners wishing to collaborate. The office assists with finding suitable expertise, contract development, and advises on funding opportunities.

Submitted by Danielle Boudreau, Faculty of Science.

 

 

Dr. Rohini Bannerjee receives mobility grant to teach in Mumbai

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Congratulations are in order for Dr. Rohini Bannerjee, Associate Professor of French at Saint Mary’s, who has been awarded a Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute Faculty Mobility Grant to teach at the University of Mumbai.

The Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute is a bi-national organization that promotes understanding between India and Canada through academic activities and exchanges. Fellow Saint Mary’s faculty member, Dr. John Reid is also involved in the organization, serving as Vice-President.

Dr. Bannerjee will travel to India in July 2019 to teach a three-week MA Seminar, Francophone Indian Ocean Literature & Culture.

 

New prof & new major program for Social Justice & Community Studies

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Saint Mary’s University will welcome a new professor this summer in the Department of Social Justice & Community Studies (SJCS). Dr. Rachel Zellars begins her post in July as an Assistant Professor, bringing the Department’s full-time faculty complement to four.

Dr. Zellars has a Ph.D. from the Department of Integrated Studies in Education at McGill University, a Juris Doctor degree from Loyola Law School, and an MA (magna cum laude) in Africana Studies from Cornell University. She is currently completing a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of History at the University of Vermont.

In its March 27 announcement, the Department said, “Dr. Zellars will enrich SJCS, the University and the region with her interdisciplinary Black feminist work on the living history of slavery, the education of Black children in Canada, gendered and sexual violence, and disability and race, as well as her extensive grassroots and leadership experience in related community work.”

We look forward to welcoming Dr. Zellars to Saint Mary’s in July! You can follow "Dr. Z" in the meantime on Twitter at @rachelzellars.

New Major program 

The Department of Social Justice & Community Studies is also introducing a new Major program and Honours option this year, following approval on January 31 by the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission.  

The Major Program is the first of its kind in the region, offering training in interdisciplinary and intersectional scholarship, informed access to community, and skills for public engagement on key local and global discussions, policy debates and social movements, particularly involving unequal power relations. SJCS graduates develop critical skills in problem identification and definition, research, developing frameworks for analysis, information literacy and effective communication, and strengthening social relationships and networks.

SJCS faculty members are interdisciplinary scholars. The program also includes courses in English, Religious Studies, History, and Atlantic Canada Studies, and students can pair their degree with a range of other majors in the Arts, and minors in Science and Commerce.

For ongoing SJCS updates, follow the Department's web news and its new social media channels: 

·        on Twitter at @DepartmentofSo2, and

·        on Facebook at Social Justice & Community Studies.

Submitted by Marla Cranston, Faculty of Arts.

 

Sobey School successfully extends prestigious AACSB accreditation

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The Sobey School of Business at Saint Mary’s University has reaffirmed its commitment to continuous quality improvement and successfully extended its accreditation by AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

AACSB International is the longest-serving global accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate, master's, and doctoral degrees in business.

AACSB Accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in business education, and has been earned by less than five percent of the world's business programs. Today, there are 836 business schools in 55 countries and territories that maintain AACSB Accreditation.

Founded in 1934, the Sobey School of Business is the largest and most respected business school in Atlantic Canada, and one of the oldest business schools in Canada. The school’s comprehensive range of offerings includes a PhD, MBA, MBA (CPA Stream), Executive MBA and large undergraduate Bachelor of Commerce program. Specialized programs like the Master of Finance, Master of Technology Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Master of Applied Economics, and the Master of Management, Co-operatives and Credit Unions make the Sobey School of Business unique and special.

“AACSB Accreditation is a strong endorsement of the quality of business education we offer.  Our faculty, staff and administration are dedicated to student learning outcomes with a mission-driven approach to continuous improvement,” said Harjeet Bhabra, the Dean of the Sobey School of Business.

“Every AACSB-accredited school has demonstrated a focus on excellence in all areas, including teaching, research, curricula development, and student learning,” said Stephanie M. Bryant, executive vice president and chief accreditation officer of AACSB.  “The intense peer-review process exemplifies their commitment to quality business education.”

To learn more about AACSB International accreditation, visit the accreditation section of the AACSB International website at: http://www.aacsb.edu/accreditation/.

Submitted by Charlene Boyce, Sobey School of Business.

SMU psychology student seeks bartenders, servers for study

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Vanessa Myers, psychology graduate student at Saint Mary’s, is researching how negative customer interactions can physiologically impact servers and bartenders…and is looking for some research participants.

The study involves having 40 to 50 local workers wear a blood pressure machine throughout the day, both at home and work.

The machine will measure their blood pressure every hour, then participants will write a quick diary entry about their activities at that time.

As a former server herself, Myers has first-hand experience in the area.

"I've had about 5 participants so far, and I'm noticing some differences by then end of the shift," she explains in an article published by halifaxtoday.ca . "The blood pressure is going higher and people are more emotionally exhausted. That's even spilling over into their home life, right before they're going to bed."

Do you know someone who may want to participate in the study? Contact science@smu.ca.

Dr. Danielle Tokarz's research receives boost from the federal government

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The research of Saint Mary’s new chemistry faculty member, Dr. Danielle Tokarz, into the microscopic structure of large molecules in living animals and plants received a big boost, as a result of an investment of $153,026 from the federal government.

The research of Dr. Tokarz focuses on the structure of large molecules inside animals and plants which are relevant to the wellbeing of Canadians including collagen in humans and other animals, as well as cellulose and photosynthetic membranes in plants. The funding will allow Dr. Tokarz and her interdisciplinary team of chemists, physicists and biologists to build a new type of laser microscope, one that can measure the structure of microscopic regions of plant and animal tissues at record high speeds.

The technology will allow the first live measurements of tiny structural changes in living creatures, allowing a fresh look at functioning biological phenomena. The research will address questions in biology such as, how does collagen degrade in organ tissues during ageing, and how woody cellulose, the leftover plant material after tree removal, can be efficiently degraded for conversion into biofuels.

In addition to the short term benefits of this research in increased knowledge of fundamental biological processes, long term benefits for Canadians are expected in healthcare and industry. Studies of collagen in the extracellular matrix during ageing will offer advances to the healthcare of Canadians. Studies of cellulose structure will have an impact on local industries including biofuels, pulp and paper, and biodegradable materials. Finally, studies of photosynthetic tissues will have applications in increasing plant growth efficiency, growing plants in colder climates and increasing global food supply. The proposed nonlinear laser microscope will be the first in Atlantic Canada, giving students and faculty the opportunity to use cutting-edge technology.

SMU program gives high school students a head start on research skills

A group of Mabou high school students have made some intriguing findings about their ancestors and their area, through the Saint Mary’s Emerging Researcher Program.  

Thirteen students from Dalbrae Academy came to Saint Mary’s on Monday to present the results of their original humanities research into Cape Breton land petitions dating back to 1787. The topics they covered included Scottish migration, Indigenous dispossession from lands, women in commerce, and land disputes of the Cape Breton Gaels.

“It was an amazing opportunity, just to have that knowledge of primary and secondary sources, and using the Archives,” said Rhylee Hart, who plans to attend Saint Mary’s this fall to study forensic sciences.

Her classmate Cari Rouse agreed: “It really helped me to understand what to expect when going to university next year. And learning to find reliable sources, that’s super valuable. That’s probably what I’m going to take most from this project.” 

This was the third annual instalment of the program, developed by two SMU faculty members from Cape Breton: Dr. Karly Kehoe, Professor of History and Canada Research Chair in Atlantic Canada Communities; and Dr. Alexander MacLeod, Professor of Literature and Atlantic Canada Studies. The first two were done with students at Cape Breton Highlands Education Centre in Terre Noir, near Margaree Harbour.

Niall MacIntyre uncovered plenty of new information about his great great great great grandfather “John the Immigrant”, patriarch of the first family of Rankins to move overseas from Lochaber, Scotland. His mother Joanne, a teacher, said the students’ direct connection to their subject matter propelled them to delve more deeply into the work.

“These guys weren’t getting any academic credit for this, it was completely extracurricular. So to see them pull this off is pretty impressive,” she said.

For more details about the research projects, read the March 5 article in The Chronicle Herald, “Project brings local history home for students at Mabou school”. 

Submitted by Marla Cranston.

Saint Mary's researchers take the stage... and the page

From ancient Greek pottery to LGBTQ2I+ inclusion among men’s ice hockey athletes, innovation and discovery took centre stage on Friday, March 1, at the 2019 Saint Mary’s University Research Expo.

Research topics covered a wide range of disciplines in business, the arts and humanities, and science including:  

·       the importance of prototype design in successful crowdfunding;

·       the search for life in hot places below the seafloor;

·       city-slicking birds: a look at the urban European Starling;

·       mapping impact through the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals;

·       and a glimpse into the world of computing and data analytics.

“The research expo provides a unique opportunity to get a snapshot of just some of the exciting research underway at our university, with a chance to talk directly with professors and graduate students, or listen to short research pitches,” said Adam Sarty, associate vice-president, Research and dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research.

The expo also coincided with the release of a report from the Office of Innovation and Community Engagement (OICE), featuring researchers across Saint Mary's University and their partners.

The OICE is the initial point of contact for faculty members and external parties wishing to develop research relationships, collaborations and contracts, and for the transfer of technology and knowledge arising from the research activities at Saint Mary's.

To learn more about the expo visit http://www.smu.ca/research/research-expo.html.

Connecting community to research with 'Open Archaeology'

Thanks to the Open Archaeology initiative at Saint Mary’s, a small group of amateur archaeologists were able to dig into their passion and uncover history as part of an ongoing archaeological project in Cuba.

For the past two years, the anthropology department has led student field-school teams to Cuba as part of a partnership between Saint Mary’s University, Havana’s Cabinet of Archaeology and the College of San Geronimo, but this is the first time a group of non-students made the trip.

“Many of our digs happen in the public eye and generate a lot of interest,” says Dr. Jonathan Fowler, associate professor of Anthropology at Saint Mary’s. “Open Archaeology invites those who have always wanted to learn more about archaeology to join our team of researchers through short, practical, non-credit courses.”  

“We partner with members of local and descendant communities to identify research questions, and then we direct our expertise and technologies to answering these questions collaboratively with public surveys and archaeological excavations,” he adds.

Beginning with a pilot project in May 2016, Open Archaeology teams have conducted archaeological fieldwork at Lunenburg, Grand-Pré, Shubenacadie, and Halifax. The latest two-week expedition to Cuba was the most ambitious project to date.

Upon arrival, the ten participants stayed with local families in Havana and learned the culture firsthand. Then it was off to the grounds of Cafetal Angerona, a 19th century slave plantation site in the hot Cuban interior to begin the valuable task of unearthing new finds.

The team worked alongside local Cuban archaeologists and archaeology students on the dig. So far the dig has recovered hundreds of artifacts including remains of buildings that are believed to have once been part of the plantation. While all artifacts recovered during the dig are to remain in Cuba, the program participants help analyze and record the findings in the lab.

Aaron Taylor, one of the leaders of the expeditions, and an archaeological professor at Saint Mary’s, noted that the Cuban government has been extremely accommodating. “Saint Mary’s has been granted special permission to participate in the dig, and we have been accepted by the local Cuban people. National Cuban newspapers have made note of Saint Mary’s work on the dig as well as our collaboration with the local students.”

The next trip in the series will occur this coming May. There are twelve spots available for Saint Mary's students and the trip will last three weeks. Interested students should apply as soon as possible: https://smu.ca/academics/departments/cuba-archaeology.html

Learn more:

Saint Mary’s archaeological expedition to share the story of people enslaved at coffee plantation in Cuba

Dr. Evie Tastsoglou leads Canadian team in research on violence against women migrants & refugees

Left to right: Dr. Evie Tastsoglou, SMU; Patella Cunningham, graduate student in International Development Studies; Dr. Lori Wilkinson, University of Manitoba; and Dr. Margaret MacDonald, Dean of Arts

Left to right: Dr. Evie Tastsoglou, SMU; Patella Cunningham, graduate student in International Development Studies; Dr. Lori Wilkinson, University of Manitoba; and Dr. Margaret MacDonald, Dean of Arts

A Sociology professor at Saint Mary’s has received federal funding for her key role in an international research project, titled “Violence Against Women Migrants and Refugees: Analysing Causes and Effective Policy Responses”.

Dr. Evie Tastsoglou is Principal Investigator for the Canadian team in a consortium that also includes researchers in Austria, the Czech Republic, France, Ireland, Israel and Norway.

Dr. Tastsoglou has been working for the past 25 years on gender and migration issues, including domestic violence. More recently, she has focused on sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) and precarity specifically during displacement and forced migration, looking at the impact of law, policy and other systemic factors that may aggravate or help perpetuate violence.

“I am interested in understanding the causes of violence during the stages of the journey, its impact on women, families and communities, as well as individual and community agency in overcoming it; above all in policy that will contribute to reducing or eliminating it,” says Dr. Tastsoglou, who is also program coordinator for International Development Studies at SMU.

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) recently awarded nearly $221,000 to the Canadian research team, through the Gender-Net Plus Joint Call on Gender and UN Sustainable Development Goals. The three-year international project has a total budget of 972,492 Euros.

“These issues are of particular relevance today, in the context of not only the Syrian refugee crisis but an overall increase of refugee movements around the world,” says Dr. Tastsoglou. “SGBV may continue upon settlement as well, not only as past trauma but in tangible and terrifying ways, which makes it an urgent policy priority for Canada to address it and ensure human rights and equality for all its citizens.” 

Dr. Tastsoglou’s first task is her current search for a post-doctoral fellow. The Canadian team also includes Dr. Myrna Dawson (University of Guelph), Dr. Catherine Holtman (University of New Brunswick), and Dr. Lori Wilkinson (University of Manitoba). Dr. Wilkinson was at Saint Mary’s on January 18 as guest speaker for the ongoing IDS Speaker Series.  

The mixed-method research will take an intersectional approach. Along with analysis of existing statistics, literature and policies, the project will survey and interview migrant and refugee women, service providers and health care providers.

Submitted by Marla Cranston, Faculty of Arts

Student research jobs: SHERC Explore Grant & 1st Year Research Grant opportunities

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Saint Mary's University is sponsoring several full-time summer research positions for Saint Mary's undergraduate students.

This includes specific positions for those who are currently in their first year of university study and specific positions for upper year students interested in Social Sciences and Humanities projects, known as the SSHRC Explore program.

The 12-week summer jobs are valued at $6000 each and will be held May to August 2019.

For more details, visit www.smu.ca/studentresearch

Questions can be directed to adam.daniels@smu.ca or adam.sarty@smu.ca

 

Social sharing & supersizing: Videos shed light on consumer psychology

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Considering that Roll up the Rim contest is in full-swing at Tim Horton’s, a recent video released by Ethan Pancer, assistant professor of marketing at Saint Mary’s, is quite timely.

Making use of the multimedia talents of his student Maxwell Poole (BComm ‘17, co-creator of Ashored Innovations, Master of Applied Health Sciences candidate), Pancer released two short videos to capture the results of research projects published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology: one looking at text readability as a driver of social media engagement, and the other examining consumer buying behaviour during promotional contests.

See the videos below:

For CBC news story on Pancer’s research: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/new-research-consumer-contests-can-cause-unhealthy-habits-supersizing-1.4739355