CBU Kicks Off Research Week

Cape Breton University is pulling out all the stops in celebration of this year’s Research Week. With a presentation from a Princeton University professor, a breakfast discussion on cutting-edge research by CBU’s own, Dr. Catherine O’Brien and the annual FRESH and SURF showcases, Research Week 2012 is sure to not disappoint. From March 19- 23, join the CBU community and learn about the incredible research currently happening on campus and in the field.

“This week is a way of increasing awareness around research being conducted by faculty and students here at CBU,” says Jodi McDavid, CBU Research Advancement Officer.  “These research projects have impact locally as well as beyond borders, and it is important to provide support and recognition to the individuals taking on such notable initiatives.” 

Research week kicks off on Monday, March 19, with FRESH, the Faculty Research Showcase. During FRESH, CBU faculty will present the latest findings in their research. Such presentations include Cape Breton's Celtic Piano Style by Dr. Chris MacDonald, Painting the Trestle: An Update by Dr. Ian Brodie, Making Shampoo & Helping Cancer Research by Dr. Matthias Bierenstiel and more.  In the afternoon of March 19, renowned scholar, researcher and Princeton University professor, Dr. Wendy Belcher will hold a public lecture on African literature and culture titled Before Things Fall Apart: Ancient, Medieval, and Early Modern African Literature.

“A notable aspect of the research at CBU is the level of student involvement. CBU student researchers are taking on projects and showing a level of eagerness and commitment that proves we are helping to build the innovators and stewards of tomorrow, today,” says Dr. Dale Keefe, Dean of Research and Graduate Studies at CBU. “As a way of highlighting student research, the Student Undergraduate Research Forum, or SURF as we like to call it, is a major component of Research Week.”

SURF provides a unique opportunity for CBU students to present their research and course material in a public, non-threatening, academic setting while gaining valuable presentation experience. SURF presentations will take place March 20-22, and will highlight research initiatives from various disciplines that include science, nursing, history and more.

On Friday, Dr. Catherine O’Brien will present during Explorations, a presentation, community conversation and breakfast highlighting CBU’s foremost research to the community. Dr. O’Brien will speak about her research in sustainable happiness during the event which is being held at the Cambridge Suites in Sydney. Everyone is welcome.  Guests must RSVP to Shawnee Shepherd at shawnee_shepherd@cbu.caby Tuesday, March 20, to reserve a seat.

All Research Week events are open to the public, free of charge and will take place in the Student Culture and Heritage Centre.  A full schedule of events can be found online at www.cbu.ca/research/research-week.