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October 2018

Dr. Rubina (Ruby) Ramji, and co-author Dr. Peter Beyer (University of Ottawa) received the 2017 Canadian Society for the Study of Religion Book Prize for their book “Growing Up Canadian: Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists” (McGill-Queens University Press, 2013).  They were presented with the prize at the 2018 Annual Congress Meeting held at the University of Regina. The prize is awarded to outstanding monographs in the field of Religious Studies. http://cssrscer.ca/?q=node/118

Dr. Sean Modesto and colleagues Eduardo Silva-Neves and Sérgio Dias-da-Silva published an article in which they describe a new skull ascribed to Procolophon trigoniceps, which so far represents the most complete and best preserved specimen collected at the Lower Triassic Sanga do Cabral Supersequence, Southern Brazil, with phylogenetic remarks and assess its phylogenetic relationships. 

Dr. Scott Stewart presented a paper entitled “When World (Visions) Collide: The Case of Makalyla Sault and Indigenizing the Curriculum at Canadian Universities,” at the 37th International Academic Conference held at the Central European University in Budapest, on June 5, 2018. The paper has subsequently been published in the Proceedings of that conference.​

Dr. Sylvia Burrow has recently hosted the Canadian Society for Women in Philosophy conference at Cape Breton University, September 18-30, 2018. Conference participants came from across Canada and the United States. The conference featured a keynote address by Professor Alice Crary, University of Oxford, and included a special presentation by Professor Crary in conjunction with the Animal Ethics Project at Cape Breton University. Conference assistants included Jane Dryden (Mount Allison), Catherine Clune Taylor (Princeton), Derek Andrews (Dalhousie), Tiffany Roberts (Dalhousie), Jim Gerrie (CBU) and Andrew Reynolds (CBU).

Dr. Bernard Mulo Farenkia published a book: ‘Refus, politesse et variation régionale en Francophonie. Étude comparative Cameroun – France” (2018, Cuvillier Verlag)

Dr. Bernard Mulo Farenkia published a book: Pragmatique de la compassion et l’invitation en français au Cameroun. Saarbrücken. Éditions universitaires européennes. (2017).

Dr. Scott Stewart published an article, ” Is Feminist Porn Possible?” in ​ Sexuality and Culture, 2018 (https://link.springer.com/journal/12119/onlineFirst/page/1). ​

Dr. Scott Stewart published an article, “Some Ethical Issues in Treating and Caring for People with Dementia,” Online Journal of Health Ethics 14 (1), 2018. http://dx.doi.org/10.18785/ojhe.1401.05

​Dr. Todd Pettigrew is the senior editor of The Major Works of John Cotta, the first critical edition of the writings of the seventeenth century physician and thinker. The edition has just been published by Brill.

Dr. Kevin McKague and Bridget Horel recently published an article “Community Contribution Companies and Access to Social Finance” in the Journal of Sustainable Development  http://www.ccsenet.org/journal/index.php/jsd/article/view/0/37004. This is the first study to look at Community Contribution Companies (a new legal structure for social enterprises) in British Columbia.

Dr. Lachlan MacKinnon recently traveled to Concordia University in Montreal to participate in the Oral History Association Annual Meeting. MacKinnon presented two papers, titled “After Activism: Community Environmentalism and the Sydney Tar Ponds Clean Up, 1999-2004” and “Working-Class Erasure: Oral Histories of Erasure in Deindustrialized Spaces.” MacKinnon also chaired a session on “Deindustrialization in the Two Germanies: Remembering Coal Mining in East and West.”

The final paper from the Queer Birthing Experiences project will be released as part of a special journal Symposium: Sex, Gender, and the Body: Burrow, S., L. Goldberg, J. Searle, and M. Aston. 2018. “Vulnerability, Harm, and Compromised Ethics Revealed by the Experiences of Queer Birthing Women in Rural Health Care.” Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 15(4).

Pat Maher, Stephanie MacPherson, Mary Beth Doucette, Janice Esther Tulk, and Tracy Menge published “Sustainability, Ethics, and Authenticity in Indigenous Tourism: The Case of Eskasoni Cultural Journeys on Goat Island” in the Journal of Aboriginal Economic Development, 11(1): 90-106.

September 2018

Sandra Jack-Malik’s article “Stories, Curriculum Making, and Tension as Support for Identity Shifts: A Narrative Inquiry​” was recently published in the Learning Landscapes journal. https://www.learninglandscapes.ca/index.php/learnland/article/view/957

Research Spotlight: Listen to Sandra Jack-Malik in conversation with CBU researchers. They discuss research methodologies, projects and meaningful moments along their research journeys. https://www.mixcloud.com/sandrajackmalik/

Dr. Scott Rodney traveled to the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa to give an invited lecture during the UA Mathematical Analysis Seminar concerning new results on the compactness of embeddings of weighted Sobolev Spaces.

Professor Alice Crary (University of Oxford) visited CBU as part of a national Philosophy conference September 28-30, 2018. Professor Crary is the first to be appointed a Fellow in Philosophy and Christian Ethics at Regent’s Park College, University of Oxford from the start of the appointment. On Friday September 28, Professor Crary offered a lunchtime public presentation in conjunction with CBU’s Animal Ethics Group and a keynote lecture in the evening in partnership with the Canadian Society for Women in Philosophy. For more information visit: https://sjburrow.wixsite.com/cswip2018

Dr. Carolin Kreber gave an invited keynote entitled “Practical Wisdom in Teaching – Find the Right Measure” and one on  “Institutional Teaching Profiles and strategic plans for teaching enhancement” at the Technische Hochschule Cologne, Germany, on Sept 21 and 22 respectively.

August 2018

Dr. Stewart J. H. McCann recently had a research article titled “Lower State Resident Neuroticism Is Related to Later Attainment of Statehood in the USA” accepted by Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences, a publication of the American Psychological Association.

Dr. Stewart J. H. McCann recently had an article titled “Handedness Predicts Conservative-Republican Preference and Eliminates Relations of Big Five Personality to Political Orientation Using the 48 Contiguous American States As Analytical Units” accepted for publication in Laterality: Asymmetries of Body, Brain, and Cognition.

July 2018

Martin Mkandawire publication titled “Numerical prediction of the long-term evolution of acid mine drainage at a waste rock pile site remediated with an HDPE-lined cover system Outsmarting” was recently accepted in Journal of Contaminant Hydrology.​

​On July 30th a team from Dalhousie University came down to launch an autonomous sailboat with the help of Dr. Bruce Hatcher. Dr. Hatcher took the team and their vessel, the SeaLeon, out off the eastern side of Scaterie Island. There it was launched and tracked for several hours before it was left to its own devices. The SeaLeon, designed and constructed by Dalhousie Engineering, is part of a Microtrasat competition, in which competitors attempt to send autonomous vessels across the Atlantic. As of yet, there has not been a winner, and you can follow the progress of the SeaLeon at https://www.microtransat.org/tracking/index.php  Best of luck!​

Dr. Janice Esther Tulk, Senior Research Associate, Unama’ki College, and Dr. Beverley Diamond (Memorial University) published “Rethinking Repatriation and Curation in Newfoundland: Archives, Angst, and Opportunity” in The Oxford Handbook of Musical Repatriation [online], edited by Frank Gunderson, Robert C. Lancefield, and Bret Woods in July 2018. DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190659806.013.4. [Print edition forthcoming]

Dr. Matthias Bierenstiel and his research group have published a peer-reviewed article in the June edition of MedChemCommun with their industrial collaboration partner, Chelation Partners Inc. about an iron-binding polymer, called DIBI. DIBI shows excellent antibiotic activity that is based on iron-capture and thus has practically no antibiotic resistance property.

McCain Foods CEO Max Koeune is leading the development of the company’s first major sustainability strategy. CBU’s Canada Research Chair in Social Enterprise and Inclusive Markets, Dr. Kevin McKague, was invited by Mr. Koeune to review the company’s proposed direction and provide feedback. Founded in New Brunswick, McCain is a global company with sales of almost $10 billion in 160 countries. McCain works with smallholder farmers in some of the developing countries in which it operates. Professor McKague grew up on a farm and is an international expert in integrating smallholder farmers into the value chains of companies and industries to improve their livelihoods.

June 2018

Scott Rodney, Galia Dafni (Concordia) and David Cruz-Uribe (Alabama) were the organizers of the special session “Advances in Harmonic Analysis and PDEs” at the summer meeting of the Canadian Mathematical Society hosted by the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton from June 1-4, 2018.

​The original manuscript, “Vulnerability, Harm, and Compromised Ethics Revealed by the Experiences of Queer Birthing Women in Rural Health Care,” (S. Burrow, L. Goldberg, J. Searle, and M. Aston) is forthcoming in the Journal of Bioethical Inquiry as a CIHR-funded research article exploring queer birthing women’s healthcare experiences through interdisciplinary philosophical, phenomenological, and empirical research methods. See http://qrbnsandbeyond.ca/ for the project overview.

The Third Lens – Metaphor and the Creation of Modern Cell Biology book by Dr. Andrew Reynolds was published by the University of Chicago Press. ”Does science aim at providing an account of the world that is literally true or objectively true? Understanding the difference requires paying close attention to metaphor and its role in science. In The Third Lens, Andrew S. Reynolds argues that metaphors, like microscopes and other instruments, are a vital tool in the construction of scientific knowledge and explanations of how the world works. More than just rhetorical devices for conveying difficult ideas, metaphors provide the conceptual means with which scientists interpret and intervene in the world.​”http://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/T/bo28301818.html

Dr. Kevin McKague and his team (including research project manager, Dr. Jodi McDavid) have recently returned from a research trip in Uganda and Nairobi. During this time he and his colleague, Dr. Odwa Atari (University of Nipissing), conducted research in a South Sudanese refugee settlement in Northern Uganda.  Kevin was invited to speak to the Ministry of Health in Kampala, Uganda and the African Population and Health Research Centre campus in Nairobi, Kenya. The subject of his presentations was his ongoing research about different models for community health worker incentives and its impacts on worker retention and services. ​​

African Journalism Studies has published an article titled “Commodification of Development Programming on Radio in Northern Ghana” by Amin Alhassan, Amadu Mohammed Faisal and CBU’s Felix Odartey-Wellington.  Using the case of two international NGOs operating in the Northern Region of Ghana, the authors examine the implications of a practice whereby development programming transmitted via FM radio stations in the region is commoditised.  They argue that this trend of development programme dissemination displaces the civic responsibility of the media who are supposed to inform and educate the listening community through journalism. They see this trend as being at a disadvantage to indigenous NGOs which lack the means to pay for the coverage of their activities. They recommend policy evolution to realign the scope and focus of local media with development reporting. The article is available for free access at: https://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/RMYsQNuCP5IC9jPtCUn3/full​

May 2018

Dr. Kathy Snow was invited to speak at the annual Manitoba Association of Distance Learning and Teaching (MADLAT) conference held May 3-4, 2018 in Winnipeg. She spoke to the need for instructional designers to recognize the colonial values inherent in the design of most Learning Management Systems and how faculty can rethink teaching online through the adoption of Indigenous pedagogues.

​Dr. Amin Alhassan of the University for Development Studies and CBU’s Dr. Felix Odartey-Wellington delivered a presentation on the topic “Media under siege: When civil society actors use violence to gag media in Ghana’s Northern Region” at the World Press Freedom Day Academic Conference hosted by the University of Ghana in Accra on May 2, 2018. The presentation explored the phenomenon whereby “the actions of diverse vigilante groups originating in civil society have compelled radio stations in Northern Ghana to adopt self-censorship strategies to avoid violent attacks.”

Dr. Sheila Christie is stage managing the upcoming production of The Happy Prince which was performed for public and school audiences May 15-20. http://www.highlandartstheatre.com/the-happy-prince/

“In order to understand the concept of biodiversity from the L’nu perspective we first need to see it from that perspective.​” Tuma Young published an article in the Ecology & Action Magazine, Spring 2018 issue.  https://ecologyaction.ca/sites/ecologyaction.ca/files/images-documents/Ecology%20%26%20Action%20-%20Spring%202018%20-%20Online.pdf

Dr. Todd Pettigrew delivered a paper on Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice at the Cities of Strangeness Conference in Manchester, England. The paper explored an under-appreciated element of early modern theology and its application to our understanding of the character Shylock.

CBU’s Dr. Felix Odartey-Wellington and Dr. Amin Alhassan of the University for Development Studies in Ghana on May 30th delivered a presentation on the topic of “Heteronormativity and Presidential Articulations on LGBT Citizenship in Ghana” at the Canadian Communication Association Annual Conference held at The University of Regina, SK. They argued that: “The study found that presidential articulations on LGBT citizenship in Ghana are subject to consistent local and foreign influences. Therefore, while disjunctures can be observed, there are also continuities in presidential contributions to the national debate on the legality of LGBT life, and re-articulations of homophobia as national culture. However, the debate is highly politicized, hence, obscuring continuities. The study also found that while the discourse of LGBT citizenship has migrated to the public agenda, the sacerdotal status of heteronormativity is not jeopardized. This is because dominant discourses continue to be influenced by perceptions of Western cultural imperialism, as well as the discursive moment of traditional heteronormativity in a socially conservative environment, constraining and delegitimizing any attempts to discursively articulate official approbation of LGBT citizenship in Ghana. This study however argues that the deep structure of constitutional discourse (especially, the discursive moment of human rights) engaged after the return to constitutional rule in 1992 will continue to be a factor in the evolution of the discourse on the LGBT question in Ghana.​”https://openconf.org/CCA2018/modules/request.php?module=oc_program&action=summary.php&id=10

Dr. Sheila Christie will be participating in a seminar on Performance for/by/with Young People: Presenting the Here and Now as part of the Canadian Association of Theatre Researchers conference, held this year in Kingston, Ontario. This seminar explores the ethics and logistics of working with young people in theatre and theatre research. ​

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.