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April 2018

Dr. Bruce Hatcher ​is leading a sustainability study on the Brook Trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) – a native, freshwater salmonid that is particularly abundant in the watershed of the Bras d’Or Lake Biosphere. It is very popular in the recreational and food fisheries of Biosphere residents and visitors. This Spring the Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and the Bras d’Or Institute at Cape Breton University are undertaking a study of the suitability of circle hooks and passive hooking techniques to reduce collateral fishing mortality in the recreational fishery. More than 600 trout have been tagged and released in only 11 days of fishing! Now, with the public fishing season open, Umair and Maia Ludwig-Ives, researchers from the Verschuren Centre for Sustainability in Energy and the Environment are conducting creel surveys to measure tag recapture rates and life history parameters of this charismatic fish.

Dr. Dannie Brown, Shannon School of Business, has been invited to teach Introduction to Marketing at Henan Agricultural University in Zheng Zhou, Henan province, China.  He will be teaching to two classes of approximately 50 students each over a two-week period.  This is a return invitation after his first engagement last year.

Martin Mkandawire and colleagues; Optimizing Reductive Degradation of PAHs Using Anhydrous Ethanol with Magnesium Catalyzed by Glacial Acetic Acid  http://doi.org/10.1021/acsomega.8b00247​

March 2018

Martin Mkandawire and colleagues; Performance assessment of a single-layer moisture store-and-release cover system at a mine waste rock pile in a seasonally humid region (Nova Scotia, Canada) https://doi.org/10.1007/s10661-018-6555-0

Martin Mkandawire and colleagues; Combined DC resistivity and induced polarization (DC-IP) for mapping the internal composition of aminewaste rock pile in Nova Scotia, Canada  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jappgeo.2018.01.009

Martin Mkandawire and colleagues; Five-year performance monitoring of a high-density polyethylene (HDPE) cover system at a reclaimed mine waste rock pile in the Sydney Coalfield (Nova Scotia, Canada) Environ Sci Pollut Res (2017) 24:26744–26762  DOI 10.1007/s11356-017-0288-4​

Martin Mkandawire and colleagues; Resurfacing and modernization of edible packaging material technology https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cofs.2018.03.010​

Martin Mkandawire and colleagues; Cryospectroscopy Studies of Intact Light-Harvesting Antennas Reveal Empirical Electronic Energy Transitions in Two Cyanobacteria Species ​J. Phys. Chem. B2018122 (12), pp 3068–3078  DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcb.8b00714

Corrine McIsaac, Associate Professor in nursing, and a team of researchers have been awarded $250,000 from NRC to develop an artificial intelligence tool for wound diagnosis; this tool will be the first of its kind; wounds are often misdiagnosed, and the wrong type of treatment may be initiated for the patient, this new tool will improve diagnosis and outcomes for patients. Corrine is the PI and the team consists of 2 doctors, 4 nurses and 4 engineers, this tool will use Corrine’s database of over 500,000 wound pictures and treatments to create the AI tool.

Dr. Tim Rawlings; Scientific research can sometimes capture the public imagination and take on a life of its own.  In January 2018, a research article coauthored by Tim Rawlings, Associate Professor in Biology, became the focal point of “Sherman’s Lagoon”, a very popular and widely distributed cartoon strip published in over 250 newspapers in North America and more than 30 foreign countries.  From January 15 – 26th, the cartoon documented the hunt for a newfound species of “spiderman” snail in the Florida Keys known to capture prey by means of mucus.  The original scientific publication on which this was very loosely based was: Bieler, R, C. Granados-Cifuentes, T.A. Rawlings, P. Sierwald. T.M. Collins. 2017. Non-native molluscan colonizers on deliberately placed shipwrecks in the Florida Keys, with description of a new species of potentially invasive worm-snail (Gastropoda: Vermetidae). PeerJ. 2017 Apr 5;5:e3158. doi: 10.7717/peerj.3158  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5384567/  Rudiger Bieler original dubbed the new species of vermetid gastropod “ the spiderman snail” based on its propensity to cast mucus nets to capture plankton and organic debris in the marine environments in which it lives.

Dr. Tim Rawlings; The open-access journal PeerJ has reported that the article “Non-native molluscan colonizers on deliberately placed shipwrecks in the Florida Keys, with description of a new species of potentially invasive worm-snail (Gastropoda: Vermetidae)” coauthored by Rudiger Bieler, Camila Granados-Cifuentes, Tim Rawlings, Petra Sierwald and Tim Collins, was ranked in 2017 as one of their top 5 most viewed articles (2,787 views) in the subject area of biodiversity.  This publication is part of an ongoing collaboration involving Tim Rawlings (Cape Breton University), Tim Collins (Florida International University, Miami) and Rudiger Bieler (Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago) focused on vermetid gastropods (also known as worm-snails).

Dr. Sean Modesto and colleagues at the University of Toronto published “A new small captorhinid from the Lower Permian of Oklahoma and resource partitioning among small captorhinid reptiles in the Richards Spur fauna” in Papers in Palaeontology. Online: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/spp2.1109/full

Participation by Dr. Ronald Labelle in a series of panel discussions regarding Acadian-Mi’kma’ relations at the “Grand-Pré 2017” celebrations, Grand-Pré National Historic Site, August 2017.

Recorded interview by Dr. Ronald Labelle included in a pedagogical kit on the topic of Acadian-Aboriginal relations to be used in 11th grade Canadian History classes in New Brunswick Francophone schools. Title of the project: “Les 4 saisons de la réconciliation”.

Journal publication by Dr. Ronald Labelle: « Le conte de Cendrillon : de la Chine à l’Acadie sur les ailes de la tradition », Rabaska, vol. 15, 2017, p. 7-28.

Dr. Lachlan MacKinnon has been invited to speak at a community workshop in Thunder Bay, Ontario on March 1-2, 2018. This workshop, “The Impact of Development: Single Industry Towns and Capital Mobility,” seeks to engage northern communities to avoid the pitfalls of post-industrial transformation. Organized through Lakehead University and the Wilson Institute for Canadian History, this event will also be synchronously streamed to rural community hubs throughout the north.

February 2018

Dr. Bruce G. Hatcher will be presenting a paper at the international conference on the Environmental Interactions of Marine Renewable Energy Technologies (EIMR) in Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland. He will also man a booth at the trade show highlighting the opportunities for the Marine Renewable Energy research in Cape Breton. The EIMR is an international conference hosted at different sites across the Scottish Highlands and Islands region, and led by the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) and Heriot Watt University (HW). The conference explores the interactions of wave and tidal energy technologies with the environment. EIMR international conference aims to serve as a major forum for global researchers and professionals to come together to present their latest research, results, and ideas and strengthen relations between the emerging marine renewables industry, research laboratories, and universities more information here

Dr. Kevin McKague published the cover story article in the South Sudan Medical Journal, “Knowledge, Attitude and Practice: Service Barriers in a Tuberculosis Program in Lakes State, South Sudan.”

Dr. Stewart J. H. McCann, Professor of Psychology, recently published the research article “State resident neuroticism accounts for life satisfaction differences between conservative and liberal states of the USA” in Psychological Reports. (online first)

Dr. Stewart J. H. McCann, Professor of Psychology, recently published the research article “The relation of state resident neuroticism levels to state cancer incidence in the USA” in Current Psychology. (online first)

Dr. Stewart J. H. McCann, Professor of Psychology, recently published the research article “USA state resident Big Five personality and work satisfaction: The importance of neuroticism” in Cross-Cultural Research. (online first)

Dr. Stewart J, H, McCann, Professor of Psychology, published the research article “Higher USA state resident neuroticism is associated with lower state volunteering rates” in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 43, 1659-1674. in December of 2017.

Dr. Ken Bryson, Professor Emeritus, Cultural & Creative Studies, School of Arts and Social Sciences has the articles “An STS Toolbox: A Guide to STS Problem Solving and Informed Social Action in Indigenous Communities” and “The Creation Story and Assisted Suicide” published this summer in​ the Indigenous Policy Journal. Research Notes and in the American Journal of Biblical Theology, respectively.

A lead article “The Ways of Spirituality” by Dr. Ken Bryson, Professor Emeritus, Cultural & Creative Studies, School of Arts and Social Sciences has been published in Sofia Philosophical Review​ ​Vol. X, No. 2, 2017. pp. 1-38.

Professor Scott Rodney will be travelling to Italy to discuss research in mathematics with the Italian mathematical community.  During reading week this year, Prof. Rodney traveled to the Politecnico Di Milano and also the University of Bologna to speak in the analysis seminar (Milano) and Pini seminar (Bologna) concerning new joint results with former student E. Rosta and research collaborator D. Cruz-Uribe (University of Alabama) that explore exciting connections between Poincare and Sobolev inequalities and their relationship to the famous p-Laplacian.  The interested student is pointed to the new publications:

1) D. Cruz-Uribe, S. Rodney, and E. Rosta.  Poincare Inequalities and Neumann Problems for the p-Laplacian.  Bulletin of the Canadian Mathematical Society 2018.  

2) D. Cruz-Uribe, S. Rodney, and E. Rosta.  Global Sobolev Inequalities and Degenerate p-Laplacian Equations.

January 2018

Dr. Ruby (Rubina) Ramji was invited to the Sundance Film Festival as an expert on religion and film.  Invitations to the Sundance Film Festival are limited and only 800 people are allowed to attend the press screenings of the films over a two-week period.  She’s there from January 18-26, 2018. While attending the festival, she is writing articles for the Journal of Religion and Film on the films screened and they will be published specifically for the winter issue of the journal.  ​She also gets to see a few film stars. more information

Dr. Andrew Reynolds published “In Search of Cell Architecture: General Cytology and Early Twentieth Century Conceptions of Cell Organization” in Visions of Cell Biology: Reflections Inspired by Cowdry’s General Cytology, Karl S. Matlin, Jane Maienschein, and Manfred D. Laubichler editors (Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 2018). online

Dr. Lachlan MacKinnon has been invited to speak at a community workshop in Thunder Bay, Ontario on March 1-2, 2018. This workshop, “The Impact of Development: Single Industry Towns and Capital Mobility,” seeks to engage northern communities to avoid the pitfalls of post-industrial transformation. Organized through Lakehead University and the Wilson Institute for Canadian History, this event will also be synchronously streamed to rural community hubs throughout the north.