Research Month

Research Month 2018

Below is a glimpse at some of our upcoming events. Questions? Email Nicole MacDougall, Research Administration Officer: Facilitation and Outreach, with any of your research month inquiries.

Research Month 2018 Program
Current version: February 21, 2018.

Research Month 2018 Calendar

CBU Research Month 2018: Official Launch 
Thursday, March 1 | 12:00pm – 1:30pm |CS 101  

On behalf of Cape Breton University and the Office of Research & Graduate Studies we are pleased to invite you to the launch of Research Month 2018. Opening remarks will be given by Dr. Tanya Brann-Barrett, Dean of Research, Teaching and Graduate Studies and Dr. Richard MacKinnon, Interim Vice-President Academic and Provost. Opening remarks will be followed by four research short presentations by Dr. Sheila Christie (Cultural Creative Studies); Prof. Janet Kuhnke (Nursing); Dr. Katherine Jones (Biology); and Dr. Doug Lionais (Financial & Information Management, MBA CED). A light lunch will be provided.   

Applied Theatre Workshop: Reconnecting with Your Research 
Friday, March 2 | 10:00am – 11:30am | Multiversity Room (L 187) 

Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed or isolated by your work? Do you struggle to set research goals or to make research a priority in the face of other, more immediate tasks and obligations? Do you wish for a research community, for local relationships that would help you stay on task and inspire you to adopt new perspectives and goals?   

Join Dr. Sheila Christie for a 90-minute participatory workshop to re-energize your relationship with your research and connect with a community of fellow knowledge seekers. Use theatrical exercises to explore the obstacles that you face as a researcher, to rediscover your own motivations for research, and to collaborate with others who share your goals and challenges. 

This session draws on Dr. Christie’s sabbatical research investigating methods of applied theatre. The workshop is geared towards faculty members who are interested in collaborative and interdisciplinary partnerships. However, students, community members and other researchers are encouraged to attend. 

  • No performance experience required – just an openness to try new things! 
  • Be prepared to move*. Wear comfortable clothes. 
  • RSVP by emailing (Last-minute additions are welcome, but a sense of numbers in advance will help with planning.) 

* Movement in this workshop is inclusive; exercises can be easily adapted for a range of physical abilities and to accommodate accessibility. Please identify specific concerns in your RSVP to aid in planning.  

Developing industry solutions and opportunities to grow a sustainable economy 
Tuesday, March 20 | 9:00am – 4:00pm | CS 101 
The Verschuren Centre was established on a legacy of environmental remediation to bring sustainable industry development to Cape Breton Island.  It is a research, development, and demonstration Centre providing technology development for new industry as well as tech solutions for existing businesses.  The Centre’s work is based on four priority themes: Renewable Energy Production and Storage; Agri-food and Marine Resources Optimization; Aquaculture – production, health and disease mitigation; and Nano-technology Applications. Its many projects are carried out in a collaborative working environment involving over 30 key research personnel — team leads, researchers, students, and administrative staff.  Stay tuned for our complete schedule! 

Keynote: Dr. Imogen Coe  
“Embedding Equity, Delivering Diversity, Saving Science” 
Thursday, March 22 | 1:00pm – 2:30pm | CE 265 (Credit Union Room) 

Despite many years of effort, most recent data (NSERC, Oct 2017 report; NSF Science and Engineering Indicators, 2016) has shown relatively little change in participation and retention rates of women in STEM-educational pathways and careers within the academy.  While there are some small encouraging signs, the low participation rates for women in STEM-based pathways and careers represents a huge loss in earning potential, economic development and empowerment in Canada for women as well as loss in the potential for innovation that is a well documented outcome of increased diversity.   Academia has been particularly resistant to change despite calls from government, funding agencies, industry and business to develop a rich, diverse and STEM-talented workforce.  Other OECD countries have recognized the loss of potential in under-representation and participation of women and have taken different approaches to effecting systemic and long-term change, particularly in academia.  Canada can look to leading practices else where as it builds an evidence-informed, data-driven approach to addressing organizational, institutional, structural and systemic barriers to fully equity, diversity and inclusion in STEM in Canada.  We need leadership from men and women in positions of power and privilege to drive systemic change along with accountability and consequences. Perhaps, most importantly, we need courage.  Data and evidence tell us that embedding equity and delivering on the diversity opportunity by choosing inclusion will ultimately lead to better 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 also an affiliate scientist in the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, Keenan Research Centre at St. Michael’s Hospital, where her research group studies the biology of drug transport proteins, which facilitate the entry into cells of drugs used in the treatment of cancer, viral infections and parasitic infections.  Dr. Coe is internationally recognized as an advocate for the engagement, retention, recruitment and promotion of girls and women in science. As a Canadian thought leader in this area, she has advised academia, government and industry on best practices to increase equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).  She has written about EDI in STEM for publications such as the Globe and Mail, iPolitics and the Huffington Post.  She is also a TEDx speaker and has been invited to give numerous talks to academia, industry and government.  In fall 2016 she was recognized by WXN as one of Canada’s Top 100 Women, in the Trail Blazer category for her advocacy work promoting equity in STEM and in 2017, she was one of the “Canada150 Women” in the best-selling publication of the same name.