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September 2020

Andrew Reynolds, Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Humanities, and his co-authors, Christie MacNeil (digital archivist at the Beaton Institute from 2009-18) and Mitchell Jabalee (BA with Honours in history 2018) have published their article, “Reception of Darwinism in mid-to late Nineteenth-Century Nova Scotia” in the journal Scientia Canadensis 42(1): 5-28. You can access the article here.

July 2020

Simon Barrick, Lecturer in the School of Arts & Social Sciences recently published: ​“Pretty tough and pretty hard”: An intersectional analysis of krump on So You Think You Can Dance along with his co-authors Tori Rose and Dr. William Bridel. The article is published online in the Journal of Dance Education. You can view the article here or email Simon Barrick.

Dr. Kenneth Bryson, Professor Emeritus in the School of Social Sciences recently published: What do we Know about God?: Theological, Philosophical, and Existential Arguments Concerning the Nature of God. Amazon: Dr. Jack Carter, Editor and Publisher. The American Journal of Biblical Theology, 2020, 205 pages. ISBN 9798665332376 (paperback) The book is also available on kindle.

April 2020

Dr. ​Janice Esther Tulk, Senior Researcher, Prospect & Development, and Dr. Kathy Snow, University of Prince Edward Island, published “Unspun Heroes: An Example of Intergenerational Learning and Community Action” in the Canadian Journal for the Study of Adult Education 32.1 (2020): 41-58.

March 2020

Dr. Janice Esther Tulk, Senior Researcher, Prospect & Development collaborated with Rachel Starks (U Arizona) to co-edit a special issue focusing on Indigenous knowledges, priorities, and processes for the journal Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management, volume 15, issue 1. Read the issue here.

February 2020

Bernard Mulo Farenkia, Professor of French and Linguistics, published “La formulation du conseil en français canadien (québécois) et en français camerounais” in Linguistica Atlantica 37(2), 2019 : 1-12.​

Bernard Mulo Farenkia, Professor of French and Linguistics, published “Conseils et variation stylistique en français parlé au Cameroun” in Revue Roumaine d’Études Francophones 9/10, 2019 : 185-204.​

Bernard Mulo Farenkia, Professor of French and Linguistics, published “Offer refusals in L2 French” in Second language acquisition – Pedagogies, Practices and Perspectives. IntechOpen, 2019: 1-16.​

Bernard Mulo Farenkia, Professor of French and Linguistics, published “Canadian English speakers’ choices in refusing invitations” in the International Journal of English Language and Linguistics Research, Vol 7(1), 2019: 19-32.​

Dr. Janice Esther Tulk, Senior Researcher, Prospect & Development, published “Crafting a Fibre Scene in Cape Breton: The Tools, Technologies, and Motivations of the Unspun Heroes​” in Material Culture Review 87 (2018): 1-19. [published February 2020]

January 2020

Dr. Janice Esther Tulk, Senior Researcher, Prospect & Development,  published “Identity, Aesthetics, and Place in Medicine Dream’s ‘In This World’” in Contemporary Musical Expressions in Canada, edited by Anna Hoefnagels, Judith Klassen, and Sherry Johnson (McGill-Queen’s UP) in January 2020.

Prof. Peter MacIntyre recently was named among the most influential scholars in applied linguistics research, in an analysis spanning two decades. According to data published in the journal Studies in Second Language Acquisition by X. Zhang (2019), Dr. MacIntyre was ranked among the top 20 most frequently cited scholars between 1997 and 2007, and again between 2007 and 2017.

November 2019

Kevin McKague, Leslie Wardley and Jodi McDavid have concluded data gathering for a new study to measure Nova Scotia’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. Thirty entrepreneurship experts from across the province were surveyed along with a representative sample of 384 members of the adult population. ​

Peter MacIntyre delivered two lectures at Teachers’ College, Columbia University (New York), the first and largest graduate school of education in the United States.  His talks were entitled “Complex Dynamic Systems: Putting the Psychology of the Learner into Motion.”

October 2019

Sandra Jack-Malik was a guest on CBC Radio’s Information Morning to discuss International Dyslexia Awareness Month. She studies dyslexia as a shaping influence on student identities, academic and social. She serves on the national board of Dyslexia Canada.

Sandra Jack-Malik presented Learning to Read Can Be Rocket Science: Dyslexia and Effective Instruction at the McConnell Library in October, celebrating International Dyslexia month.

Peter MacIntyre presented a series of lectures in Osaka, Japan at Kansai University and Osaka University in addition to presenting a symposium at the Situated Strategy Use (SSU) in October. His talks centered around the psychology of second language learning and communication (anxiety, motivation, willingness to communicate) including the prestigious e-Linc lecture on applications of positive psychology in second language acquisition.

Erin Robertson and former student Jennifer Gallant published a paper last spring entitled “Eye tracking reveals subtle spoken sentence comprehension problems in children with dyslexia” in Lingua, a peer reviewed journal. This paper was recently selected as one of the Editors’ Choice Articles because it was considered noteworthy and likely to be of high interest to the community. It can be accessed by following this link.

July 2019

Todd Pettigrew published a major article on The Merchant of Venice entitled “The Christening of Shylock” in the journal Literary Imagination. The article is published in Volume 21, Issue 3, November 2019, Pages 268–284.

Dr. Rubina (Ruby) Ramji was nominated to become a member of the Community Advisory Council of the University of Victoria Centre for Studies in Religion and Society. The Council is a community-based forum for interdisciplinary dialogue and philosophical reflection on the purposes of the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society.  The Council assists the Centre in its relations with the community outside the University, with particular reference to the promotion and funding of the Centre’s activities.

June 2019

Dr. Rubina (Ruby) Ramji presented a paper critiquing the book Beyond Accommodation. Everyday Narratives of Muslim Canadians by Jennifer Selby, Amélie Barras, and Lori G. Beaman (UBC Press 2018), at the Canadian Society for the Study of Religion Annual Meeting in Vancouver, BC on June 2, 2019.​

Kevin McKague participated in the 2019 Women Deliver conference where Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced $1.4 billion in funding for maternal and child health, including sexual and reproductive health rights, both here in Canada and developing countries. Kevin’s current research in Uganda, Kenya and South Sudan includes understanding how social enterprises can contribute to improving maternal and child health through engaging community health workers. ​

Dr. Janice Esther Tulk, Senior Researcher, Prospect & Development, presented “Crafting a Fibre Scene in Cape Breton: The Tools, Technologies, and Motivations of the Unspun Heroes​” at the Folklore Studies Association of Canada annual conference at Memorial University, St. John’s, NL, May 31 – June 2, 2019.

Lindsay Hawco and Chigozie Okolie, Research Scientist in the Smart Wound Healing Project, are attending a Conference of the European Wound Management Association – EWMA 2019 – in Gothenburg Sweden. They presented a paper entitled “FABRICATION OF MAGNETIC FIBRES FOR SMART WOUND DRESSING MATERIALS WITH WOUND-HEALING MONITORING AND IMAGING CAPACITY”. Congratulations to Lindsay and Chigozie.

Dr . Andrew Reynolds published “The Role of Cells and Cell Theory in Evolutionary Thought, ca. 1840-1872”  In: Cells in Evolutionary Biology. Brian K Hall and Sally A. Moody (eds.), 1-24. CRC Press, 2018 and “Haeckel and the Philosophy of Sponges”, Theory in Biosciences, (Special issue: Ernst Haeckel (1834-1919), The German Darwin and his impact on modern biology, guest editors Uwe Hossfeld, Gregory Levitt, Ulrich Kutschera), (2019) 138(1): 133-146.

Lee-Anne  Broadhead  has published a new article “Environmental Insecurity: Another Case for Concept Change”  The article appears in Peace and Conflict Studies: Vol. 26 : No. 1, 2019.  It is available at:​

Lee-Anne Broadhead and Sean Howard presented a paper, “Remembrance on the Rocks:  Scenes from Canada’s Great War Centenary” at a national festival and conference, Commemoration, Conflict and Conscience in Bristol, UK. April 2019. ​

Todd Pettigrew presented his paper “Lying Truth in the English Renaissance” at the 2019 Scientiae Conference in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The paper undertakes a discussion of early modern problems in truth telling occasioned by the work of the sixteenth and seventeenth century physician and witchcraft expert John Cotta.

Kevin McKague gave a presentation to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Scale-Up Fellows and Innovation Ecosystem Builders on overcoming the barriers to scaling a social enterprise.

Dr. Amar Anwar presented a paper entitled: “Motives to invest in Africa: A meta-analytic review” at the MIRDEC-13th, International Academic Conference on Social Science Discussions and Contemporary Trends in Social Science held in Madrid, Spain from 18-20 June 2019.

May 2019

Dr. Amar Anwar chaired a session of International Business and presented a paper entitled: “Determinants of E-Participation: An Empirical Analysis” at 11th Economics and Finance Conference, held in Rome, Italy, at the Sapienza University from May 27 – 30, 2019

Dr. Odette Griscti and Dr. Audrey Walsh, from the Nursing department participated in an  intensive week long workshop organized on the island of Malta, historically referred to as the Nurse of the Mediterranean. The research workshop—a collaborative effort between nursing faculty from the University of Malta and nursing faculty from Cape Breton University, Dalhousie University and St. Francis Xavier University, was designed for graduate nursing students at the University of Malta seeking to submit a dissertation in partial fulfillment for their Masters degree in Nursing.

Dr. Chris McDonald published two entries in the Sage Encyclopedia of Music and Culture (released April 2019), including one on Music and Class, and the other on Heavy Metal.​

Working alongside Annie Doucette and Elder Lawrence Week, Drs Jack-Malik and Kuhnke helped to facilitate the Blanket Exercise for community groups. The event took place at Membertou Trade and Convention Centre, Sydney, NS. There were approximately 20 participants from various community groups.

Kevin McKague conducted 22 interviews and 11 focus groups in Rwand​a, Kenya and Uganda for three studies looking at social enterprise and social franchising models to provide primary health care, clean water and food security in these countries.

A new teaching method in chemistry for the Periodic Table of The Elements has been developed by Dr. Matthias Bierenstiel (Chemistry) and Dr. Kathy Snow (Education) and a publication to the prestigious ACS Journal of Chemistry Education was accepted. This research will also be presented at the upcoming national chemistry conference (CCCE 2019) in Quebec City.

​Sarah Boudreau, a 2nd year BSc Chemistry student in the Bierenstiel Research Group, has won best poster presentation in the field of biological and medical chemistry at the regional undergraduate conference Science Atlantic ChemCon that was held at Acadia University on May 24-26 2019. Her work involved the study and analysis of maskwiomin (birch bark-oil) which is a collaborative project of Dr. Matthias Bierenstiel and Tuma Young and the community of Membertou First Nation.

April 2019

Dr. Patrick Howard participated in two panel presentations at the AERA Conference April 5 – 9th in Toronto. The first “Agency, Ethos, and Pedagogy in Canada’s Creative Economy” and “Assessing the State of Canadian Environmental and Sustainability Education in Teacher Education in a Post-Truth Era”.

Prof. Peter MacIntyre was invited to give the opening plenary talk at the NIKEJ 2019 conference, Education in Light of Positive Psychology, in Lodz, Poland on April 5.  Peter’s talk was entitled “Positive Psychology in SLA: Willingness to communicate, emotions, and motivation from a new perspective.”

Kevin McKague and Leslie Wardley joined two major international research projects on social franchising – a form of social enterprise that uses a franchising model to achieve impact at scale. This collaboration strategically leverages Dr. Wardley’s new University Research Chair in Social Determinants of Health and Dr. McKague’s Canada Research Chair in Social Enterprise and Inclusive Markets.

March 2019

Kevin McKague published the article “Using Livelihoods to Support Primary Health Care for South Sudanese Refugees in Kiryandongo, Uganda” in the South Sudan Medical Journal. Written with Dr Odwa Atari, a professor of health geography at Nipissing University and a former South Sudanese refugee himself, this article reports on the opportunities for entrepreneurship and the importance of income on primary health care in refugee settlements. ​

Prof. Peter MacIntyre and long-time SSHRC collaborator Prof. Tammy Gregersen were invited to present the annual Dean’s Lecture at the American University of Sharjah (UAE) entitled “Positive Psychology for Pedagogy: Principles, Practice and Promise” on Feb 18, 2019. While at the American University of Sharjah, Peter also gave a public lecture sponsored by the Department of English entitled “Examining language anxiety, perceived competence and willingness to communicate in real time” on Feb 17, 2019.

The Greg MacLeod Lecture Series offers intellectually inspiring lectures, with the intention of fostering social development in the spirit of  Fr. Greg who loved CBU and Cape Breton.  The lecture series is sponsored by the Newman Society and CBU Chaplaincy.  March 3rd lecture featured Fr. Sean Coyle, a member of the Missionary Society of St. Columban. His topic was “I have a mission. I am a link in a chain, a bond of connexion between persons” and his reflections as an Irish missionary who has experienced being a link in God’s chain.

Ken Bryson published his latest book entitled “A Systems Analysis of Medicine (SAM): Healing Medicine”. Ibidem Press. Studies in Medical Philosophy. Ibidem-Verlag:Stuttgart. Columbia University Press. March 2019. 256 pages.

Ken Bryson’s latest book was published in March “A Systems Analysis of Medicine (SAM): Healing Medicine”,  Ibidem-Verlag:Stuttgart. Studies in Medical Philosophy, Vol. 6. Columbia University Press. 256 pages.

The following article was published by Ken Bryson ‘The Eucharist’ in the American Journal of Biblical Theology. Volume 20 (2), February 2019. It has been selected to appear in the print edition of The Journal of Biblical Theology. Volume 2, No. 2. pp. 5-22 (April-May issue). (first named article).

Ken Bryson published a major article “The Ways of Spirituality” in Sofia Philosophical Review in 2017 (Volume X, No. 2). It is also the first named article.

Ken Bryson’s article on “Compassion in healthcare” has been accepted for publication by Sofia Philosophical Review. It will appear in May or June 2019.

Ken Bryson gave the following talks in Sarnia, ON, at the Strangway Centre in March: (1) Palliative Care. Photo with Marilyn Gladu MP (Gladu has won an award for her work on palliative care), (2) Arguments on the Existence and Non-Existence of God. He will present the following talks in April/May: (1) The Meaning of Life, (2) Talk on his book “A Systems Analysis of Medicine (SAM): Healing medicine”.

Katie K. MacLeod (L’nu, Political, & Social Studies/Community Studies) and Alyce Maclean(Special Projects Manager, Unama’ki College) attended a two-day National Dialogue event in Ottawa March 12-13, 2019. The event focused on strengthening Indigenous research capacity and ethics processes. They shared key findings from the SSHRC-funded symposium on Indigenous Research Capacity and Ethics Processes that was hosted in Membertou by Janice Esther Tulk and Stephen Augustine this past January. Katie and Alyce participated in meaningful discussions about how research funding and ethics review processes can be made more accessible to Indigenous researchers and community organizations and shared the recommendations proposed in the position paper that emerged from the symposium in Membertou.

Balakrishnan Saravanakumar, Chandran Radhakrishnan, Murugan Ramasamy, Rajendran Kaliaperumal, Allen J. Britten, Martin Mkandawire (2019) Surfactant determines the morphology, structure and energy storage features of CuO nanostructures, Results in Physics13 (2019) 102185,

Dr. Lachlan MacKinnon published a new article, “Coal and Steel, Goodbye to All That: Symbolic Violence and Working-Class Erasure in Postindustrial Landscapes.” The article appears in Labor: Studies in Working-Class History v. 16, no. 1 (March 2019), pp. 107-27.

Dr. Lachlan MacKinnon gave a public presentation on his research into the history of Sydney Steel at the McConnell Library on March 5th. The lecture was titled “Sydney Steel After the War: Politics, Economics and the Canadian Steel Industry, 1945-1966.”

February 2019

Bruce Hatcher, CBU’s Research Chair in Marine Ecosystems, has been appointed to the Advisory Committee for Canada’s newest, and largest Marine Protected Area (declared on Oceans Day, 2017). Since that time Bruce has been working with academic and industry partners to establish the Scatarie Bank Experiential Research Site at the shallowest part of this 4,364km2ocean realm.

Bernard Mulo Farenkia, Professor of French and Linguistics, published: « L’excuse et la préservation des faces en français parlé au Cameroun » in Nodus Sciendi Vol 23, 2018, p. 1-25.​

Bernard Mulo Farenkia Professor of French and Linguistics published: “Thanks response strategies in Cameroon French” in International Journal of linguistics Vol 10(5), 2018, p. 61-83.​

Dr. Patrick Howard, Associate Professor of Education, published: Twenty-first Century Learning as a Radical Re-thinking of Education in the Service of Life. Educ. Sci. 20188(4), 189;

The Social Enterprise and Inclusive Markets research team, under CRC Kevin McKague, has recently expanded to include CBU MBA student Monica Li  as a Research Assistant and Elizabeth Onyango as a Research Associate. Elizabeth will be defending her PhD thesis “Exploring Health and Wellbeing in a Low-to-Middle Income Country: A Case Study of Kenya” at the University of Waterloo next month. Monica is originally from Beijing while Elizabeth is from Kenya.

Dr. Stewart McCann, Professor in the Department of Psychology,  recently had a research article titled “Relation of state Alzheimer’s prevalence to state resident Big Five personality in the USA” accepted for publication in Current Psychology. The full article can be accessed at the following address:

Dr. Tim Rawlings and collaborators published new publication documenting a new vermetid species that they discovered during fieldwork in 2011 in Belize.  The work is ongoing on processing material from the collections there and they will also have this species incorporated into a molecular phylogeny of the family later this year​. ​

January 2019

Dr. Janice Esther Tulk and Stephen Augustine hosted a two-day, SSHRC-funded symposium titled Indigenous Research Capacity and Ethics Processes in Membertou, NS on January 24-25, 2019. Participants engaged in a series of small group discussions that will inform the writing of a position paper to be presented at a SSHRC National Dialogue event on Indigenous research and capacity development in March 2019.

Dr. Lachlan MacKinnon and Matthew Hayes published an article “Social Media, the Folk, and Bizarre Stories of Nova Scotia,” in the ​Canadian Journal of Media Studies (Winter 2018)​.

Peter MacIntyre, professor of psychology, has been ​elected president of the International Association for the Psychology of Language Learning.  Peter’s two-year term includes responsibilities for organizing the next conference of the association here in Cape Breton, in June, 2020.​

Dr. Lachlan MacKinnon published an article in the Cape Breton Post extolling the virtues of the Beaton Institute’s “Steel Project” collection for local researchers.

Stephanie MacQuarrie and Kelly Hawboldt published a short communication in PyNe 43 on their work in the area of combining forestry and fishery residues for higher value applications.

Dr. Ronald Labelle took part in a meeting of Francophone specialists of intangible culture recently at the University of Poitiers, in France. The meeting was part of an ongoing project to create a digital platform for the sharing of recordings of French traditions from Europe and North America.

​In January, Dr. Ronald Labelle was the guest in a half-hour radio interview on the subject of Acadian culture in the State of Maine. The interview was broadcast on WMPG-FM, Southern Maine Community Radio, situated on the University of Southern Maine​ campus in Portland.

Kevin​ McKague participated in the annual meeting of the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor; the world’s foremost study of entrepreneurship, where he explored how new research methodologies could be used to assess and measure Cape Breton’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.

December 2018

Dr. Kevin McKague was part of a small group of stakeholders invited to review McCain Foods sustainability strategy in order to provide expert feedback. The 23 member panel included 7 academics, and representatives from the business and non-profit world, and will help McCains determine how to focus their sustainability efforts in the years to come.​

​​New publication about the use of tablet technology in university classrooms by Dr. Leslie J. Wardley from the Shannon School of Business. Wardley, L.J., Carter, L., and D’Antonio, G. (2018), “M-Learning in an Undergraduate Business Program: Recruitment Promises, Student Perceptions, and Mixed Realities.” International Journal of Higher Education. 7(6). DOI:10.5430/ijhe.v7n6p26

Dr. Stephanie Gilbert along with co-author Dr. E. Kevin Kelloway have a new publication in the Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences examining recognition as mechanism through which transformational leadership influences employee well-being. Link to abstract:

​Many Canadian health care jurisdictions have adopted the LEADS framework for leadership training and development but there has not been an easily accessible assessment of LEADScompetencies. Dr. Stephanie Gilbert and Dr. E. Kevin Kelloway have developed a LEADSmeasure which has been accepted for publication in the Canadian Journal of Nursing Leadership (forthcoming).

November 2018

Dr. Bernard Mulo Farenkia will be attending the 42th Annual Meeting of the Atlantic Provinces Linguistic Association (APLA) on Nov. 2nd – 3rd. He is member of the executive bureau of APLA and Associate editor of Linguistica Atlantica. He will be presenting a paper on “Advice-giving and rapport management in French.”

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 “Thanks response strategies in Cameroon French” in International Journal of linguistics Vol 10 (5), 2018, pp. 61-83.

Dr. Bernard Mulo Farenkia published “Refusal strategies in Canadian English: A quantitative analysis” in British Journal of English Linguistics Vol 6 (5), 2018, pp. 16-27.

Amar Anwar presented a Keynote Talk on the ‘Applications of big data in transportation’ at the 10th South Asian International Conference (SAICON) 2018, COMSTECH, Islamabad (Pakistan), 26 to 28 November 2018​

Dr. Kevin McKague has returned from a fruitful trip to Uganda where he presented emerging research findings to senior Ministry of Health representatives as part of his 5-year research project on Community Health Workers funded by the International Development Research Centre, Global Affairs Canada and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. For more information:​

Dr. Sylvia Burrow has published “Recognition, Respect, and Self-Respect” in Sport, Ethics, and Philosophy (forthcoming).

Dr. Sylvia Burrow presented “Structural Sexism and Sport” at the Atlantic Region Philosophers’ Association meeting at St. Francis Xavier (October 19-20, 2018).

​An excerpt from Donald Calabrese’s work-in-progress COADY (a graphic novel about the Antigonish Movement figure Moses Coady) has been published in the Summer issue of the Dalhousie Review.

Donald Calabrese published a review of Kris Bertin’s debut graphic novel The Case of The Missing Men in the Summer issue of The Dalhousie Review.​

​Hani (PhD student from MUN), Kelly – (Co-Supervisor) and Dr. Stephanie MacQuarrie (Co-supervisor) just had their paper accepted to Energy and Fuels titled: Nitrogen functionalized biochar as a renewable adsorbent for efficient CO2 removal​.

Ian Brodie has recently published a new article, “​Pretend News, False News, Fake News: The Onion as Put-On, Prank, and Legend.” in The Journal of American Folklore. 131.522 (2018): 451-459.

Ian Brodie has been invited to present two lectures at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic: “Canadian Folklore and Folkloristics: The Shaping of a Discipline,” and “Stand-up Comedy: A Folkloristic Approach.”

Ian Brodie will be presenting on “Stand-up comedy: the mediatization of small talk” at the conference​ Mediatization of Culture: Constructing New Texts and Practices, hosted by the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration School for Advanced Studies in the Humanities Laboratory for Theoretical Folklore Studies. ​

Dr. Barb Glassey, Catherine Arseneau, Dr. Martha Jones and Dr. Dana Mount are excited to launch four ArtSci SNAPPER videos profiling presenters featured as part of Avatars of Human Creativity: Exploring the Art-Sci Connect. Topics focus on integrating and communicating art, science, technology, the natural world and the Mi’kMaw principle of Two-Eyed Seeing through contemporary artistic practice.

The videos are being launched throughout the month of November. Please link our CBUArtSci social media sites and share our posts so we can continue the dialogue!

October 2018

Anwar, A. and Iwasaki, I. Institutions and FDI from BRICS countries: A meta-analytic review. Paper presented at the 2018 Meta-Analysis of Economics Research Network (MAER-Net) Colloquium held in Melbourne, Australia at Deakin University from 4 to 5 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.

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 ( ​

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.

​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 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 MaherStephanie 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.

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

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:

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  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 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.​”

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:​

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.

“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.

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.​”

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​

Ifinedo, P., Pyke, J. and Anwar, A. (2018). Business undergraduates’ perceived use outcomes of Moodle in a blended learning environment: the roles of usability factors and external support. Telematics and Informatics. 35 (1), 93-102​

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)

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

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​

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  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:

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.