NSRIT and CFI Award Funds to CBU Researcher

Dr. Heather Sparling, an Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology, School of Arts and Social Sciences has recently been awarded funding to augment and expand existing infrastructure at Cape Breton University (CBU). This funding will allow for a technological upgrade of the Rotary Music Performance Room and Digitization Lab, as well as an affiliated research room and provide an array of new and advanced equipment.

The project is worth $180,184, with $72,074 coming from Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI) and $72,073 coming from Nova Scotia Research and Innovation Trust (NSRIT). As part of its strategic investment in faculty, CBU provides the remaining balance of the total project value.

“Having state-of-the-art technology is essential to ensure sustainable conservation of archival materials,” says Dr. Sparling. “These enhancements and additions are also going to help ensure the success of research projects, as well as contribute to more collaboration as CBU moves forward with new approaches to disseminating research online and digital archiving of all types of media.”

Among the enhancements and new equipment are: an editing suite; a digital storage and backup system; HD video cameras and accessories; still cameras and accessories; an isolation booth; a condenser microphone; a small CD/DVD duplication system; a video conferencing suite; a portable digital overhead projector; as well as tablets and computer accessories.

“It’s wonderful that our faculty and students are able to access and benefit from the most up to date and modern technologies that are out there,” says Dr. Robert Bailey, Vice-President, Academic & Provost. “It goes to prove once again that CBU has the capacity to compete on a global level, conduct world class research and gives those working in the field an edge that they may not find elsewhere.”

Dr. Sparling was recently named a prestigious Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Musical Traditions, valued at $500,000 over 5 years. This award will allow Dr. Sparling to further research her area of expertise which focuses on how traditional music is sustained by communities, and how it, in turn, sustains communities. The Chair begins July 1.