Cape Breton University to Highlight World-Class Research with Weeklong Event

Cape Breton University will celebrate the world-class research it conducts during the 3rd annual Research Week being held from Monday, March 17 to Saturday, March 22, 2014. This weeklong event showcases the high quality research happening at CBU and includes presentations, speaking engagements and other forums as a way of making research accessible to all members of the University, as well as the broader community.

“The high calibre of research happening at CBU spans many disciplines,” says Dale Keefe, Dean of Research and Graduate Studies. “Research happening right now at CBU is having a direct impact on sustainability, healthcare, technology and innovation. Work done right here is directly translating into both commercial and knowledge based information with an importance in our community and around the world.” 

Research Week will begin with a kick-off Explorations Breakfast event featuring the work of Dr. Tanya Brann-Barrett, Associate Professor of Communication. The presentation is entitled Picture This: Exploring Youth Community Engagement through Multi-Media Arts and focuses on research that explores young people's experiences, and perception of community engagement, with a particular focus on older youth from the CBRM.

Dr. Brann-Barrett notes, “I incorporate visual examples as I share some of the findings that emerged when youth participants used multi-media and art-related research tools, including photography, visual art and music, to reflect on and discuss their ideas about engagement and their civic place in society.” The broad aim of this work is to inform community and school based communication and education programs and practices that help facilitate youth engagement that is meaningful to young people and their communities.

Research Week showcases the work of faculty, staff and students, and highlights the fact that CBU is a national leader in undergraduate research opportunities. What started as a two day conference has expanded to feature 50 research presentations, almost half of which are by students. Research topics are varied from disciplines such as chemistry, biology, political science, psychology, anthropology and nursing.

Wednesday, March 19 will focus specifically on the research taking place in the Verschuren Centre for Sustainability in Energy and the Environment. With state of the art labs and technology CBU’s Verschuren Centre is attracting some of the top minds in sustainability. Researchers are currently focusing on mine water research, green mining, renewable energy, bio-products and environmental remediation.

Canada Research Chair in Determinants of Healthy Communities and professor of community health, Dr. Ashlee Cunsolo Willox, will be the keynote speaker at the 2014 Health Research Forum, held in partnership with the Cape Breton District Health Authority on Thursday, March 20. The Forum aims to create a venue where health promotion research findings can be shared, discussed and further developed in order to improve health promotion practice.

To finish the week young women from junior high and high school are invited to attend the 4 annual Women in Science event. This event aims to introduce science as a career option early in order to inspire young women to work towards an ultimate goal in science and engineering.  

All events are free and open to the public.  For a more information and a full schedule of Research Week events please visit: or visit the Facebook page at