March 1, 2018, officially kicks-off Cape Breton University’s third annual Research Month. This year, the Office of Research and Graduate Studies, in collaboration with CBU staff, students, researchers and community partners, will host more than thirty events to highlight the important research taking place at CBU.
“Cape Breton University’s faculty and students are involved in innovative, creative and world-class research across various fields and disciplines,” says Dr. Tanya Brann-Barrett, Dean of Research, Teaching & Graduate Studies. “Our researchers are very often engaged in work with positive impacts locally and globally. Research Month allows us an opportunity to showcase the high-caliber research going on at CBU and invite in members of the community who may not otherwise know about these initiatives.”
CBU Research Month 2018 will officially launch on Thursday, March 1 at 12:00 noon in the Verschuren Centre. The launch event will feature opening remarks by Dr. Brann-Barrett, and Dr. Richard MacKinnon, Interim Vice-President Academic and Provost. Opening remarks will then be followed by four short research presentations by Dr. Sheila Christie (Cultural & Creative Studies); Professor Janet Kuhnke (Nursing); Dr. Katherine Jones (Biology); and Dr. Doug Lionais (Financial & Information Management, MBA in CED).
With events planned for each weekday in March, the program will include presentations, panels, roundtable discussions, guest lectures, workshops and a keynote address on March 22, by Dr. Imogen Coe entitled, Embedding Equity, Delivering Diversity, Saving Science. Dr. Imogen R. Coe is the founding dean of the Faculty of Science at Ryerson University and a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biology. She is internationally recognized as an advocate for the engagement, retention, recruitment and promotion of girls and women in science.
Other highlights include CBU’s Thesis/Major Project SnapShot program which provides training and a platform for CBU students to present key aspects of their research to a live audience; a daylong event highlighting research that is developing industry solutions and opportunities to grow a sustainable economy presented by the Verschuren Centre; a Parks Canada panel entitled Understanding and Managing a Dynamic Landscape which will explore the premise that although protection can imply leaving things to nature, we live in a dynamic world that is affected by human influence.