Excellence in research is being celebrated at Cape Breton University with Research Week from March 21-27. There are a series of research forums taking place throughout the week allowing faculty and students to present their research to colleagues, classmates and the public. A sabbatical presentation by Dr. Edwin MacLellan titled Improving the Environment to Improve Health: The Case of Zambia is also scheduled along with a Student Design Competition.
Dr. Dale Keefe, Dean of Research and Graduate Studies praises CBU’s researchers. “We are always proud to provide a venue for university students and faculty to share their work. And judging from the topics and the quality of the presentations, I think the community will be proud to see their work too,” he says.
On Thursday, March 24 at12:30 p.m. inMulti-purpose Room B, Dr. MacLellan will share his sabbatical research – a five-year project that involves collaborating with academics from Chainama College of Health Sciences and Copperbelt University to help develop environmental interventions that will improve health in Zambia. The presentation will provide a summary of his sabbatical project activities involving work for the 2010-11 period. All are welcome to attend.
On Friday, March 25, the Faculty Research Showcase (FRESH) is taking place along with the Student Undergraduate Research Forum (SURF). FRESH involves presentations by faculty on research topics ranging from AngryFish, Happy Fish: Uncovering the Role of Serotonin in the Aggressive Behaviour of Electric Fishto Constructing Perversion: The DSM and the Classification of Sexual Paraphilias & Disorders. More than 30 poster and oral presentations are expected to be showcased at SURF and presented by students from various disciplines. Both events are taking place on campus in the Student, Culture and Heritage Centre and begin at 10 a.m.
On Saturday, March 26, from 10-2 p.m. Showcase is scheduled with more than 180 students participating. This event includes a mix of poster and public presentations from students studying in programs such as physics, geology, public health, petroleum engineering, biology, engineering and electronics engineering. This event will also hold its annual Robotics Competition that includes teams from the local high schools.
Also, from March 25-27, the Mechanic Street Applied Research Project Design Competition and Student Charrette is set. Student teams from CBU and Nova Scotia Community College will develop a template showing how a company house, purchased at a tax sale by a CBU faculty member and donated to the project, can be conserved and renovated – affordably, sustainably, durably, and in a way that is respectful of the neighbourhood. The competition includes a bus tour of neighbourhoods and meetings with experts. Some work on the demonstration property has already started, but most tasks will be carried out gradually over the next 16 months.
For more information and a complete schedule please visit www.cbu.ca/celebrating-research.