Student Research Panel IV


Join us as we celebrate student research on Tuesday, March 21 at 10am until noon in CS  101.

This event is part of Research Month 2019. Visit our website for a full list of events.

Chair: Dr. Heather Schmidt

Speakers

“What is the Lived Experience of Men Living with Systemic Lupus Enythematosus?”
Presenter:    Megan MacNeil (Nursing); Supervisor: Dr. Janet Kuhnke

How to detect gimmicks and cheating information in financial report to avoid false investment decision
Presenter:    Trung Luong; Supervisor:  Dr. Derrick Hayes

CBU & The Campus Pride Index
Presenter:    Chase Valiant (Psychology)
Supervisor:  Dr. Heather Schmidt

Development of cost-effective hybrid biochar-hydrogel based water purification system
Presenter:    Kuljit Kaur (Chemestry)
Supervisor:  Dr. Stephanie MacQuarrie

Abstracts

“What is the Lived Experience of Men Living with Systemic Lupus Enythematosus?”
Presenter:    Megan MacNeil (Nursing)
Supervisor:  Dr. Janet Kuhnke

This qualitative study, guided by Max van Manen’s view of Edmund Husserl’s philosophy of descriptive phenomenology will address the question, “What is the lived experience of men living with systemic lupus erythematosus?” A literature review indicated that although lived experience of SLE patients has been studied, participants have been primarily female. Seeing as there was few male participants I feel there is a gap in the knowledge base for this population. The phenomenon of the experience of men living with SLE due to this knowledge gap warrant qualitative investigation. The researcher proposes to use sampling to recruit three to five male participants living with SLE in Nova Scotia between the ages of 8 to 65. Data will be collected through a series of interviews as well as socioeconomic questionnaires. Strategies to address study credibility will include methodological congruence, verbatim transcription, maintenance of an audit trail, and data saturation. Data will be coded and analyzed for patterns and themes using the wholistic, selective and line by line approach in an effort to identify the essence of participants’ lived experience. Study findings will include an information path leading from research question to the final synthesis to provide nurses an in-depth understanding of the complexity faced by men experiencing SLE.

Keywords: Autoimmune nursing men

How to detect gimmicks and cheating information in financial report to avoid false investment decision
Presenter:    Trung Luong
Supervisor:  Dr. Derrick Hayes

Today, stock markets could be seen as a profitable investment channel to gain money. However, the idea is not simple as “buy” and “sell” stock. Realistically, there is one difficult question for investor: “How to choose a good company to invest?”. In fact, many investors do not know how to read financial reports to figure out the key noticeable information. Even if they are able to understand financial statements, it does not mean that they could easily understand the pitfalls. To clarify, many listed companies have to use some special accounting techniques to conceal the bad business performance. Particularly, they usually attempt to hide away a huge amount of cost. Indeed, the real purpose of this action is to blind investors and protect the share price for the company. Therefore, this research will point out some popular techniques that unethical businesses might usually apply to obscure the misstatements and understatements. Specifically, this research will explain and demonstrate some example firms as case studies to help investors avoid misstatement. In other words, the idea is to give some points which should be thoroughly noticed in financial reports. Thus, investors may avoid the risk of choosing unethical business.

Keywords: Gimmick in Finance

CBU & The Campus Pride Index
Presenter:    Chase Valiant (Psychology)
Supervisor:  Dr. Heather Schmidt

For my directed studies course, I am assessing how well Cape Breton University is meeting the needs of LGBTQ students. To do this, I will conduct a literature review on LGBTQ inclusion on university campuses. Additionally, I will be using the Campus Pride Index (CPI) that was launched in 2007 in response to the increasing demand for tools and resources to support campuses in assessing LGBTQ-friendly policies, programs, and practices (Garvey, Rankin, Beemyn & Windmeyer, 2017). The CPI assesses eight factors, some of which include counselling and health, housing, and campus safety. The eight factors provide a framework evaluating our current environment, recommending changes, and measuring future progress. Specifically, to answer the CPI questions I will facilitate a group discussion with the coordinator of the Pride and Ally Centre, CBU’s Human Rights Officer, and two members of the Faculty Union’s Equity Committee. The responses will then be submitted to the CPI and they will send back a confidential report of the index tool. During research week I will present a summary of the CPI report and my findings from the literature. Moreover, I will discuss what CBU is doing well and make specific suggestions for future improvements.

Keywords: The Campus Pride Index Assesses CBU on Eight Factors

Development of cost-effective hybrid biochar-hydrogel based water purification system
Presenter:    Kuljit Kaur (Chemestry)
Supervisor:  Dr. Stephanie MacQuarrie

Water is a very basic yet a very crucial necessity for human life and water contamination is very large problem our community and the globe at large faces. Biochar is a fixed carbon that is produced from waste streams that end up in the landfills and has various applications due to its porous characteristics. This led to a challenge to develop an Innovative water treatment and purification system. With addition of a natural biopolymer to different types of biochar, a water purification system made of biochar-hydrogel beads was developed. The system proved to show positive results towards some parameters such a neutralizing the pH, reducing turbidity and also reduces traces of heavy metals and salts. This could be beneficial for long term research on water purification and other water related issues since Biochar has been proven to help with treatment and purification while being cost effective, utilizing agricultural waste and a green process.