Quick Communiques Archive
Dr. Sylvia Burrow and Jason Holt presented “Courage, Elegance, and Integrity: Ethics and
Aesthetics Meet Sport and Martial Arts” at both The International Association for the Philosophy of Sport (Whistler,
BC: September 5-8) and at The Atlantic Region Philosophers’ Association (Halifax, NS: October 13-14).
Dr. Sylvia Burrow recently finished her term as President of the Canadian Society for Women in
Philosophy while at “Feminism, Philosophy, and Engaging the Public: Theory, Policy, and Practice,” a
conference hosted by the Canadian Society for Women in Philosophy (London, ON: October 27-29). Dr.
Burrow now holds the position of Past President on the Executive.
Dr. Kathy Snow was one of the contributing researchers to the ITK report of education published in
October. This report summarizes the results of a knowledge gathering forum held with Inuit teachers and long-term
northerners in Nani, nunatsiavut in Feb. 2017. more
Dr. Janice Esther Tulk published “Children’s Dances at First Nation Powwows in Atlantic Canada”
in Ethnologies 37.2 (2017): 29-52.
Dr. Adango Miadoyne published “Thermodynamic Computations for Ion Exchange and Surface Protonation
Reactions and the Implications for Acid Induced Contact Angle Evolution in Silica Rich Saline Aquifer Systems” in Intl.
Dr. Adango Miadonye will be attending the 7th World Congress on Petroleum and Chemical Engineering
in Atlanta, USA, on Nov. 13 and 14th. He is a member of the Organizing Committee and will be presenting a paper and
chair a section on petroleum.
Dr. Stephanie MacQuarrie will be attending the Gender Summit in Montreal on Nov 6-8. This is part
of her involvement with the PromoScience project Island WISE. more
Dr. Matthias Bierenstiel presented to 25 high-school teachers the indigenous knowledge and science
based birch bark-oil project at the Nova Scotia Science Teacher conference in Halifax on Oct 26. This was in
collaboration with Tuma Young and Dr. Kathy Snow.
Dr. Janice Esther Tulk published ‘The Service is at Four’: Expressive Culture and Community in a
University Residence” in Canadian Folk Music 50.1 (2016): 23-25.
Dr. Dannie Brown presented a paper, “Planning for retirement: The influence of workplace stress,
pension, and work arrangements,” at the Atlantic Schools of Business Conference at Acadia University. His
co-authors were: Tabatha Thibault, E. Kevin Kelloway, and Amy Warren.
Dr. Kathy Snow travelled from Cambridge Bay to Kugluktuk aboard the Polar Prince as a participant
ambassador on the C3 voyage. The 150-day journey began its voyage in Toronto and will end in Vancouver this fall.
Drs. Shine (Xu) Zhang, Ken Oakes and Dennis Curry and collaborators recently published in Chem
Commun on “Regenerative Nanobots Based on Magnetic Layered Double Hydroxide for Azo Dye Removal and Degradation”.
Dr. Matthias Bierenstiel, Trisha Ang, Edward Cross, Amy Clemens, Harshiny Muthukumar and
collaborators recently published in Inorg. Chim. Acta on “Synthesis, characterization, cytotoxicity and
antimicrobial activity of copper complexes of N-imine pendant derivatives of 2-(methylthio)aniline”.
Dr. Martin Mkandawire ‘s research group published “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)” in Environ Sci Pollut Res 2017. The publication can be accessed through
Dr. Dannie Brown has been appointed as a Member-at-Large of the Atlantic School of Business
Dr. Martin Mkandawire gave an invited talk and public lecture at Universidad Popular del Cesar in
Valledupar, Colombia (Aug 28-Sept 1, 2017). This invitation is associated with the VC’s Institute for
Sustainability Training & Industrial Modernization (ISTIM) program.
Dr. Stephanie MacQuarrie presented her research in Europe on “Reaping the Unsown Rewards of
BioChar” Biochar: Production, Characterization and Applications, Alba, Italy, August 20-15, 2017.
Dr. Matthias Bierenstiel’s research with Chelation Partners was covered in the Chronicle Herald on
August 23: Fighting
antibiotic resistant superbugs.
Professors Tuma Young and Matthias Bierenstiel have been awarded $150,000 by the
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) for their community-based approach that mixes modern science
with Indigenous knowledge. Chemist
and Indigenous studies professor awarded $150,000 research grant
Dr. Janice Esther Tulk presented “Staying Competitive in a Changing Oil Sands Industry: The
Partnership between Bouchier Group and Carillion plc” at the Community Innovation and Social Enterprise Conference,
Sydney, NS, 12-14 July 2017.
Dr. Dannie Brown appeared as a member on a panel of experts on the topic of Atlantic
Entrepreneurial Ecosystems at the Community Innovation & Social Enterprise Conference at CBU.
CBU was well represented at the World Indigenous People’s Conference on Education which is held every two years and
took place this year in Toronto. Researchers Stephen Augustine, MaryBeth Doucette, Emily Root, Janice Tulk
and Kathy Snow shared results of their work in more than five different presentations.
Dr. Janice Esther Tulk presented “Stories, Songs, and Dances of the Mi’kmaq: Cultural Tourism
Development on Goat Island” at the International Small Island Cultures Conference, St. John’s, NL, 15-19 June 2017.
Dr. Lachlan MacKinnon received several awards for his recent doctoral dissertation,
“Deindustrialization on the Periphery: An Oral History of Sydney Steel, 1945-2001.” He was awarded the Eugene A.
Forsey Prize in Canadian Labour and Working-Class History by the Canadian Historical Association. He also received
the Governor General Academic Medal (Gold) and the Distinguished Dissertation Award from Concordia University.
Alison Bernard High School students respond to research with art. When Dr. Kathy Snowasked
Eskasoni school principal about the factors that impact Mi’kmaw student success and persistence the response
included a request to host an art show. The student exhibition was co-hosted by the education department and the
library and included the donation of a large painting now hanging in front of the library. The painting represents
a collaborative effort from ABHS senior students to the research question.
Professor Andrew Reynolds published “Discovering the Ties that Bind: Cell-Cell Communication and the Development
of Cell Sociology” in Biological Individuality: Integrating Scientific, Philosophical, and Historical
Perspectives, Scott Lidgard and Lynn K. Nyhart eds. (Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press,
This spring, Dr. Stephanie MacQuarrie, Associate Professor, Organic Chemistry, gave a public talk
about biochar at the inaugural North American Soapbox Science event at Ryerson University.
Dr. Martin Mkandawire, Industrial Research Chair in Minewater Management/Associate Professor of
Chemistry, recently published “Energy Transfer Kinetics in Photosynthesis as an Inspiration for Improving Organic
Solar Cells” online
Dr. Godwin D’Cunha, Associate Professor of Chemistry, and 2 postdoctoral researchers, Trisha And
and Roger Gumbau-Brisa presented at the CSC conference in Toronto. CSC is the largest annual chemistry conference
Dr. Tim Rawlings, Associate Professor of Biology, published in the European Journal of Taxonomy,
essentially a description of a new vermetid gastropod species that was discovered as part of there larger 2014
paper – Deconstructing Dendropoma. While working on that paper they developed a collaboration with
Stefano Schiaparelli who had additional details on the anatomy and reproductive biology of one of the beasts that
they were examining, and so a collaboration was formed. They wanted to call the species Novastoa stiletto in
reference to its very long stiletto like operculum, but eventually settled on Novastoa rapaitiensis based
on the island where it was first collected.
Dr. Lachlan MacKinnon received the 2017
Award for Excellence in Oral History from the Center for Oral History and Digital Storytelling in Montreal,
QC on 31 March 2017. This award was for his doctoral dissertation, “Deindustrialization on the Periphery: An Oral
History of Sydney Steel, 1945-2001,” which was defended in September 2016.
Dr. Bernard Mulo Farenkia, Professor of French and Linguistics, published “J’organise un djoka
samedi et t’as pas intérêt à manquer ça ! – Invitation et gestion des faces en français au Cameroun”. In :
Atenké Étoa Sosthène Marie Xavier, Abada Medjo Jean Claude et Mbassi Atéba, Raymond (éd.) : Au cœur du
comparatisme. Langues, littératures et cinéma. Miscellanées en l’honneur du Pr Maxime Pierre Meto’o Etoua.
Éditions Connaissances et Savoirs. Saint-Denis, 2017, p. 271-292.
Dr. Bernard Mulo Farenkia, Professor of French and Linguistics, published “Formes d’expression et
d’atténuation de l’évaluation dans les comptes rendus d’ouvrages en linguistique”. In : Linguistica Atlantica 35(1),
2016, p. 23-42.
Dr. Lachlan MacKinnon has been awarded a $7,000 Dobbin Atlantic Scholarship for his work on
regional economic development. This award will be taken up at the University of Limerick, Ireland, where MacKinnon
will conduct research on comparative development strategies in the British Isles and Atlantic Canada. MacKinnon
will be connecting with Irish researchers Dr. Sean O’Connell at Queen’s University Belfast and Dr. Anthony
McElligott at the University of Limerick as part of this transnational research, which will take place between
April and May of 2017.
Dr. Lachlan MacKinnon will be giving an invited lecture at St. Francis Xavier University on March
20th, 2017. His talk, “White Rage or Economic Anxiety: Donald Trump, Post-industrialism, and the ‘Rust Belt Right’”
will examine the economic, social, and cultural underpinnings of an emergent populist right in deindustrializing
and post-industrial areas in North America and Europe.
Dr. Kathy Snow, Assistant Professor of Education, will be travelling to Nain to work with Inuit
educators and community members from across the arctic to discuss Inuit goals for education, the challenges and the
way forward. The three day forum is a result of partnerships between Cape Breton University, the University of
Winnipeg, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) and the Nunatsiavut government. You can also find out more from the ITK
website https://www.itk.ca/ or at www.akuttujuuk.ca
Dr. Janice Esther Tulk, Senior Research Associate for the Purdy Crawford Chair in Aboriginal Business
Studies, published “Traditions of Vocal Hygiene and Health” in Canadian Folk Music49.1 (2015): 11-12.
Dr. Janice Esther Tulk, Mary Beth Doucette, and Allan MacKenzie published
the peer-reviewed article titled “Attracting Aboriginal Youth to the Study of Business: Mentorship, Networking, and
Technology” in the Journal of Aboriginal Economic Development 10.1 (2016): 54-70.
Dr. Amar Anwar, Associate Professor, Economics/Management Science, published the following
peer-reviewed articles: 1) Anwar, A. and Mughal, M. (2016). Out of Africa? Locational determinants of South African
Cross Border Mergers and Acquisitions. ‘Applied Economics’ (in Press). 2) Haider, M., Anwar, A. and Holmes, C
(2016). Did Land Transfer Tax Alone Reduce Housing Sales in Toronto? The University of Toronto, IMFG Papers Series on
Municipal Finance and Governance. The article is available at: Did
the Land Transfer Tax Reduce Housing Sales in Toronto?
Dr. David Johnson, Professor of Political Science, published the fourth edition of his
critically-acclaimed textbook Thinking Government: Public Administration and Politics in Canada, 4th ed.
(Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2017). Complementing this text is a designated website found at www.thinkinggovernment.com This
website was fully updated by Dr. Johnson and his former student, now CBU employee and MBA/CED student, Ms. Alana
Dr. David Johnson also submitted, on January 20, 2017, a revised manuscript to Dundurn Press entitled Battle
Royal: Monarchists v. Republicans for the Crown of Canada. This book, dealing with the debate on the future of
the monarchy in Canada, and whether it should have one, is the product of Dr. Johnson’s most recent sabbatical leave in
2014/15. Dr. Johnson received a contract for this manuscript from Dundurn Press in November of 2016, subject to
copyediting. That work has now been accomplished and it is hoped this book will be appearing in general bookstores by
the fall of 2017. Dundurn Press is a general trade publisher and the book has been written for a wide audience.
Dr. Jim Gerrie’s article “Does God have a Moral Obligation to Hide?” is being published by Toronto
Journal of Theology in the Spring of 2017.
Dr. Stephanie MacQuarrie, Associate Professor, Organic Chemistry, spent 2 months of her sabbatical at
Memorial University working alongside her graduate student Ahmad Al-Shraah and post-doc Shofiur Rhaman. This work has
resulted in to submitted publications and Dr. Rahman will be visiting CBU in February to give a lecture and work with
Dr. MacQuarrie has been invited to spend a month of her sabbatical (this winter) at Savannah State
University in Savannah GA working with the prestigious Dr. Hua Zhao on oxidation of coal tar in ionic liquids. She will
also give a public lecture on BioChar during her visit.
Dr. Kathy Snow, Assistant Professor, Education, working in partnership with the
University of Winnipeg and Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami was recently awarded a SSHRC Knowledge Synthesis Grant
to examine Inuit student success. As a result of this grant an Inuit lead forum examining the current state of
education, the challenges and the opportunities will be held in Nain, Labrador in February.
Dr. Godwin D’Cunha, Associate Professor of Chemistry, published Optimization of oligomeric enzyme
activity in ionic liquids using Rhodotorula glutinis yeast phenylalanine ammonia lyase; Christiaan C. Barron,
Brandon J.D. Sponagle, Pugazhendhi Aravilagan, and *Godwin B. D’Cunha; Enzyme and Microbial
Technology (2017) 96, 151-156 (Elsevier Publication)
Dr. D’Cunha also published Rhodotorula glutinis phenylalanine/tyrosine ammonia lyase enzyme
catalyzed synthesis of the methyl ester of para-hydroxycinnamic acid and its potential antibacterial activity;
Marybeth C. MacDonald, Pugazhendhi Arivalagan, Edward D. Barre, Judy A. MacInnis and *Godwin B. D’Cunha; Frontiers
in Microbiology (2016) 7, 1-11 (CrossMark Publishing)
Dr. Lachlan MacKinnon‘s new book is now available for pre-order from the University of British
Columbia Press. High, S., L. MacKinnon, A. Perchard, The Deindustrialized World: Confronting Ruination in
Post-Industrial Places (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2017). https://www.ubcpress.ca/the-deindustrialized-world
Dr. Lachlan MacKinnon’s peer-reviewed chapter was accepted for publication: L. MacKinnon and Steven
High, “Deindustrialization of the Americas,” in Olaf Kalmeier, ed. Rethinking the Americas (London: Ashgate,
Dr. Lachlan MacKinnon presented a peer-reviewed paper at the European Labour History Network
conference in Bochum, Germany. 4-7 December 2016. L. MacKinnon, “Stories of Trauma and Loss: Deindustrialization,
Environmental Remediation, and Community Activism.”
The Centre for Sound Communities is very pleased to be the recipient of
funding from Innovation, Science and
Development Canada and Nova Scotia Communities, Culture and Heritage in
support of it Digital Internship Pilot Program. This project
provides training, employment and professional development to 10 Cape Breton youth.
Based at the Centre for Sound Communities, Digital Interns support the
collaborations of the Centre’s researchers, working with local groups in Sydney, Nova Scotia, and with partners from
across Canada and around the globe. Using the state-of-the-art equipment at the Centre for Sound Communities Studio,
Media Lab, Meeting Room and workstations, Interns develop digital collections for libraries and archives; and
interactive, media-rich educational materials. They also support the development and delivery of technology-enriched
public programming, engaging broad publics by sharing new research knowledge through media-rich publications, online
resources, and vibrant social media campaigns.
Each of the Interns, and the Coordinators who work to support them, are documenting their experiences as they move
forward through the project: blogging, providing photos and posting media they create as they progress through their
internships. We welcome you to learn more about the activities of each of our interns, and read the detailed blogs they
are creating to document their time as Interns, by clicking on this link to
visit our website!
Dr. Stephanie MacQuarrie, Associate Professor, Organic Chemistry, was nominated/selected to give a
public lecture for The Nova Scotian Institute of Science which was held Monday, 14th November: 7:30pm at
the Agricultural Campus of Dalhousie University. She spoke to a general/scientific audience on Reaping Unsown
Rewards from Biochar (Imagine a way to provide farmers, forestry and agricultural companies, and local
business with low cost, greener energy in rural areas while improving their carbon foot print. In Cape Breton we
are all too well aware of the impact utilization and over implementation of fossil fuels have on our community and
environment. Fuel from biomass should become a significant part our energy supply. MacQuarrie’s research program
investigates higher value use of biochar providing incentive for moving towards a more sustainable model for energy
Dr. Amar Anwar, Associate Professor, Economics/Management Science, presented in the 46th Atlantic
Schools of Business conference (ASB) held in Halifax at the Saint Mary’s University from Friday, October 21 to
Sunday, October 23, 2016 (With Mazhar Mughal). Out of Africa? Locational Determinants of South African Cross Border
Mergers and Acquisitions.
Dr. Janice Esther Tulk, Senior Research Associate for the Purdy Crawford Chair in Aboriginal
Business Studies, presented “Eskasoni Cultural Journeys: A community-led approach to sustainable tourism
development” at the Atlantic Schools of Business Conference in Halifax, NS (Oct 21-23). This project is a
collaboration with CBU’s Mary Beth Doucette, Dr. Pat Maher, and Stephanie MacPherson, and Tracy Menge, Manager of
Economic Development for Eskasoni First Nation.
Dr. Kathy Snow, Assistant Professor, Education has been awarded over $220,000 in grant funding
through two separate funding bodies to examine Indigenous student success and persistence in Canada. The first
project entitled Foundations for Student Persistence and Success in Inuit Nunangat was awarded by ArcticNet is the
result of an interdisciplinary and multi-university collaboration, with team members from the University of
Winnipeg, University of Prince Edward Island and partnership support from Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami. This two year
project aims to identify, generate, and mobilize knowledge about key factors and practices that contribute to
student persistence and achievement in Inuit Nunangat. In a second related project Mi’kmaw student success in Nova
Scotia will be highlighted through a series of case studies in Nova Scotia schools with the funding support
provided by the Nova Scotia Provincial Department of Education Inter University Research Network.
Terry MacDonald, Educational Developer, CTL and Kathy Snow hosted the annual
Collaboration of Online Learning in Higher Education (COHERE) Conference at CBU in October. This conference brings
together scholars from across Canada to share and present innovative research in online learning. The theme of this
year’s conference was Access and among other things examining the role smaller remote universities like CBU have to
play in the larger market through online learning.
Dr. Leslie Wardley, Assistant Professor, Marketing published a peer-reviewed journal article:
Leonard, V. M., Bélanger, C. H., & Wardley, L. J. (2016). Examining the Ethical Behavior of Ontario Chartered
Accountants: A Longitudinal Review of the Disciplinary Process. Accounting Perspectives, 15(3),
Dr. Leslie Wardley presented two peer-reviewed conference papers: 1) Wardley,
L.J., Bélanger, C.H., and Nadeau, J., (2016), “A Co-Creation Shift in Learning Management: Work Design
for Institution Commitment and Personal Growth”. (Edmonton, Canada: Administration Sciences Association of Canada
(ASAC), June 3 – 7). (AwardedHonourable Mention) 2) Carter, L., Snow, K., and Wardley,
L.J., (2016), “Experiential Education in Online Spaces: Real Possibilities or Pipe Dream?”(Waterloo,
Canada: Canadian Association for University Continuing Education (CAUCE)/ Canadian Network for Innovation in
Education (CNIE), May 30 – June 2).
Dr. Leslie Wardley’s peer-reviewed journal article was accepted: Wardley, L.J.
and Bélanger, C.H. (in press), “Customer Service, University Student Segmentation and Institutional Commitment.” International
Journal of Innovation and Learning.
Dr. Pat Maher, Associate Professor of Community Studies, attended a workshop hosted by Polar
Knowledge Canada in Ottawa (Oct. 3-4) designed to envision a Canadian Antarctic Research Program in the future.
Dr. Pat Maher, Associate Professor of Community Studies, was recently selected as Chair of the
International Polar Tourism Research Network for the next 2 years (2016-2018).
Dr. Pat Maher, Associate Professor of Community Studies, was recently named to the editorial board
of Cogent Social Science, a multidisciplinary open access journal. [INSERT journal website link: https://www.cogentoa.com/journal/social-sciences]
Dr. Pat Maher, Associate Professor of Community Studies, was recently awarded more than $28,000
through a SSHRC Connections grant. The PI is Dr. Sonya Graci (Ryerson University), and Dr. Maher is a co-applicant
along with Dr. Nicole Vaugeois (Vancouver Island University) and Dr. Anne Hardy (University of Tasmania). The grant
is for a symposium and webinar/virtual think tank on innovations in community-based research and management best
practices for sustainable Aboriginal tourism development.
Dr. Pat Maher, Associate Professor of Community Studies, attended the first University of the
Arctic Congress, held in St. Petersburg, Russia (Sept. 12-16). At the Congress, Dr. Maher led a series of
discussions related to Northern Tourism, including chairing two sessions within the science section of the
event. Dr. Maher was also involved in the meetings of the UArctic academic leadership team and sat
at the UArctic Council business meetings as the CBU representative.
Dr. Shine (Xu) Zhang, Research Chair in Applied Nanotechnology published his collaborative cancer
research paper (Title: Gold Nanorods, DNA Origami, and Porous Silicon Nanoparticle-functionalized Biocompatible
Double Emulsion for Versatile Targeted Therapeutics and Antibody Combination Therapy. DOI:
10.1002/adma.201602763) with researchers at Harvard University in the high-profile peer-reviewed journal “Advanced
Materials” (Impact factor: 18.96 in 2015). This is the 2nd high-impact paper published by the same group
of researchers in 2016.” Early this year, they published the paper “Biodegradable
Photothermal and pH Responsive Calcium Carbonate@ Phospholipid@ Acetalated Dextran Hybrid Platform for
Advancing Biomedical Applications” in “Advanced Functional Materials” (2016, 26, 6158-6169.
DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201602715.) with an impact factor of 11.4. Dr. Zhang served as the co-first author in both
Dr. Pat Maher, Associate Professor of Community Studies, taught a graduate field course on
sustainable tourism in practice (August 20-27) in Northern Norway. Four MBA CED students from CBU took part, along
with 29 other students from 16 additional countries. Following the field course the CBU group attended the 5th
conference of the International Polar Tourism Research Network in NE Iceland, and presented research work from
their field course on developing the Varanger Peninsula as a sustainable bird watching destination.
Dr. Pat Maher, Associate Professor of Community Studies, led a team of local organizers in hosting
the 7th International Outdoor Education Research Conference at CBU (July 4-8, 2016). The IOERC saw 120
scholars from 17 countries share their expertise. Delegates took part in field trips across the island from
Ingonish to Point Michaud. The event was showcased in a week of interviews on CBC Information Morning and received
a welcome letter from the Prime Minister.
Dr. Chris McDonald, Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology, presented his research on Cape Breton
singer, guitarist and media personality, John Allan Cameron, at the conferences for the Canadian Society for
Traditional Music (Quebec City) and the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (Calgary). He also
published a chapter in The Cambridge Companion to the Singer Songwriter (Cambridge University Press, 2016)
called “Singer-Songwriter as Shaman: Gender, Myth and Healing in the Songs of Tori Amos.”
Dr. Pat Maher, Associate Professor of Community Studies, was recently interviewed in the NY Times
for his expertise in Arctic cruise tourism and the upcoming Northwest Passage voyage of the Crystal Serenity http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/10/travel/arctic-cruise-northwest-passage-greenpeace.html
Dr. Pat Maher, Associate Professor of Community Studies, gave two presentations at the 2016
Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education conference at Western University (London, ON) June 21-24,
Inglis, S. (2016). Engaging non-Indigenous staff/students with the Indigenization of the
Academy. “Expanding the Circle: Working towards Cultural Proficiency” Conference, Mount Allison
Dr. Sylvia Burrow, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies, has received
an $18,000 SSHRC Connections Grant as a co-applicant for the conference “Philosophy and its Borders: Philosophy
Conference at Mount Allison University” along with fellow co-applicant Dr. Anne Mudde (University of Regina) and
applicant Dr. Jane Dryden (Mount Allison University). Sylvia Burrow is currently Vice-President of the Canadian
Society for Women in Philosophy, which is pleased to support this conference.
Dr. Pat Maher, Associate Professor of Community Studies, was an invited expert on a PhD Summer
School examining outdoor education research methods. The program was co-hosted by the Technical University of
Munich, University of Edinburgh and University of Copenhagen and was held in the foothills of the Alps south of
An interdisciplinary team of science and education faculty, Dr. Katherine Jones (biology), Dr.
Matthias Bierenstiel (chemistry) and Dr. Kathy Snow (education), has received $5,000
from NSERC for Science Odyssey. Science Odyssey is a Canada-wide science outreach event and the CBU team has
invited over 75 elementary school kids from all over Cape Breton Island for an exciting, hands-on science education
event at CBU on May 7, 2016.
Dr. Stephanie Inglis, Professor, Mi’kmaq Studies, gave a keynote talk on the
M’kmaq and Basque languages for the Basque Research Group (Jauzarrea) in SanSebastian Spain on May 18th,
2016 at the San Telmo Museum in San Sebastian.
Dr. Chris McDonald, Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology, and Professor of Folklore, Dr.
Richard MacKinnon’s ethnographic film, Doug MacPhee and Cape Breton’s Celtic Piano Style,was
debuted March 29, 2016 during CBU’s Research Month.
Dr. Katherine Jones, Associate Professor of Biology recently became an elected Fellow of the
Linnaean Society of London, which is the world’s oldest active Biology Society.
Dr. Robert Campbell’s article “The Merchant Triangle in Transition: Managing the Cod Fishery from
Eastern Harbor, Cape Breton, in 1891” was published in Histoire sociale/Social History 48(97): 359-379.
Dr. Ken A. Bryson, Professor Emeritus Philosophy and Religious Studies, Editor. Par sub-series.
Rodopi-Brill and Publications in PAR special series 2015-16 (for complete list go to www.brill.com/par and
click on sub series).
Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology, Dr. Heather Sparling’s digital exhibit “Canary in the
Mine: Nova Scotia Mining Disasters and Song” is currently at the Museum of Industry.
Dr. Heather Sparling, together with two research colleagues, Dr. Kristin Harris Walsh (MUN) and
Dr. Sherry Johnson (York), hosted 8 step dancers and scholars from England, Ireland, and across Canada (Apr 1-3) to
discuss how our various step dance traditions are both similar and distinct.
Dr. Heather Sparling helped to organize “YAC Talks: Artpreneurs Public Dialogue Series” at CBU on
April 7. About 40 people came to discuss the creative economy in Cape Breton. Six panelists represented a broad
range of experience and knowledge, and their comments were followed by vigorous discussion and a reception in the
art gallery where several local artists’ works were featured in a “pop-up exhibit.”
Stephanie Gilbert, Assistant Professor of Management, presented her work entitled “leadership,
recognition, and wellbeing: a moderated mediational model” at the European association for occupational health
Dr. Emily Root, Assistant Professor of Community Studies, and Dr. Pat Maher,
Associate Professor of Community Studies, have recently been named as the new editors of the Canadian Journal
of Environmental Education (https://cjee.lakeheadu.ca). Their
term will begin on January 1, 2017.
Dr. Pat Maher was recently named as an Associate Editor of the Canadian Journal for the
Scholarship of Teaching & Learning / La revue canadienne sur l’avancement des connaissance en enseignement
et en apprentissage (http://www.cjsotl-rcacea.ca).
Dr. Pat Maher and collaborators recently had the article Tourism and Arctic observation
systems: Exploring the relationships published in Polar Research(https://www.researchgate.net/publication/296625510_Tourism_and_Arctic_Observation_Systems_Exploring_the_relationships).
The same authors offered a short statement paper at the Arctic Observing Summit on March 16 at the University of
Alaska Fairbanks during Arctic Science Summit Week 2016. The statement is available at https://www.arcus.org/meetings/2016/assw.
Dr. Amar Anwar recently published two articles: 1) Anwar, A. and Mughal, M. (2016). Migrant
Remittances and Fertility. ‘Applied Economics’. Available at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00036846.2016.1139676?journalCode=raec20 and, Anwar,
A. and Mughal, M. (2015). Why do Russian firms invest abroad? A firm level analysis. ‘Economics Bulletin’, Volume
35, Issue 4, pages 2382-2394. Available at: http://www.accessecon.com/Pubs/EB/2015/Volume35/EB-15-V35-I4-P239.pdf
Stephen Augustine, Tuma Young, Stephanie Inglis and Ann
Sylliboy of Unama’ki College each presented talks at the University Indigenization Conference
entitled: “Expanding the Circle: Working Toward Cultural Proficiency” held at Mount Allison University March 16th
and 17th, 2016.
Dr. Bernard Mulo Farenkia, Professor of French and Linguistics, published „Invitation refusals in
Cameroon French and Hexagonal French”. In: Multilingua – Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage
Communication, 2015 (34/4), pp. 577–603
Dr. Bernard Mulo Farenkia, Professor of French and Linguistics, published « La politesse verbale à
l’écran : analyse de quelques feuilletons télévisés camerounais ». In : Martina Drescher (éd.), Médias et
dynamique du français en Afrique sub-saharienne. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang. 2015, pp. 165-182.
Dr. Bernard Mulo Farenkia, Professor of French and Linguistics, published « Tu es même comment? –
Du reproche à la gestion des faces en français au Cameroun ». In : Nodus Sciendi, 2015 (14), pp. 1-31.
Dr. Bernard Mulo Farenkia, Professor of French and Linguistics, published « Décliner une offre en
français au Cameroun». In: Lingue e Linguaggi, 2015 (13), pp. 163-184.
Robert Arp (Editor) (2016) Revisiting Aquinas’s Proofs for the Existence of God. VIBS 289. Rodopi-Brill.
Editorial Foreword by Ken Bryson.
Dr. Ken A. Bryson, Professor Emeritus Philosophy and Religious Studies published: Christian
Metaphysics and Human Death. Journal of Philosophy & Theology 27, 2(2015) 259-288. E-copy 28 October,
2015. Published bi-annually for Marquette University by the Philosophy Documentation Center. https://pdcnet.org/philtheol/onlinefirst
Dr. Bettina Callary, Assistant Professor of Community Studies, and Dr. Pat Maher,
Associate Professor of Community Studies, recently had a chapter published on their work with Youth in Motion – Experiential
and community-engaged learning: Improving the health of Cape Breton Island, one fourth grader at a time.
In N. Vaugeois, P. Parker, & A. Weighill (Eds.). Innovative Leisure Practices: Cases as Conduits between Theory
and Practice, Volume 1 (pp. 21-31). Nanaimo, BC: World Leisure Center of Excellence (WLCE). The publication is
available at https://www.scribd.com/doc/301265106/Innovative-Leisure-Practices-Vol-1-2015
In recognition of outstanding contributions in reviewing, Dr. Thomas Bouman of the Biology
Department has been invited to serve on the Editorial Board of the journal Ecological Indicators published
by Elsevier B.V.
Dr. Chris McDonald, Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology, gave the fall presentation at
Dalhousie University’s Schroeder Music and Culture Lecture Series on November 19, 2015. He presented on the
development of the acoustic guitar and vernacular accompaniment practices. Title: “This Machine Kills
Voice-Leading: The Acoustic Guitar and Folk Accompaniment.”
Gregory Bassham. Editor. (2015) C. S. Lewis’s Christian Apologetics: Pro and Con. VIBS 286. Rodopi-Brill.
Editorial Foreword by Ken Bryson.
Dr. Pat Maher, Associate Professor of Community Studies, was recently named to the Royal Canadian
Geographical Society’s Research Grants Committee.
Dr. Pat Maher led a team from CBU to Alta, Norway to collaborate with colleagues on developing
programming in tourism across the Circumpolar North.
Dr. Pat Maher has five entries in the recently published Encyclopedia
of Sustainable Tourism(CABI). These entries cover Arctic and Antarctic tourism, the tourism
industry organizations in each region (AECO and IAATO) and marine protected areas.
Dr. Pat Maher has a chapter titled, Ecotourism: Outdoor Pedagogy at the Periphery in the
forthcoming Routledge International Handbook of
Dr. Pat Maher, Associate Professor of Community Studies, in collaboration with colleagues in the
AntWILD consortium, recently had a paper on the Public Value of Antarctic Wilderness published in the Proceedings
of the 10th World Wilderness Congress, held in 2013 in Salamanca, Spain. Dr. Pat Maher, in collaboration with
colleagues from the International Polar Tourism Research Network , recently had a paper on Tourism and Arctic
Observation Systems accepted for publication by the journal Polar Research (http://www.polarresearch.net)
Dr. Pat Maher was recently named the Chair of the Research working group of Recreation Nova
Scotia’s Outdoor Advisory Council.
Dr. Pat Maher gave the keynote presentation at the 11th Annual Englishtown Mussel Festival on June
27, 2015. The presentation was entitled Teaching through the inspiration of the outdoors.
Dr. Ken A. Bryson, Professor Emeritus Philosophy and Religious Studies published The Varieties of
Spiritual Experience. Anthropology 3:151. Open Access. June 24, 2015.
Trundle, Robert (2015) Integrated Truth and Existential Phenomenology: A Thomistic Response to Iconic
Anti-Realists in Science. VIBS 283. Rodopi-Brill. Editorial Foreword by Ken Bryson.
Foreword by Peter Redpath. Rector, Adler-Aquinas Institute.
Dr. Tanya Brann-Barrett co-presented with Dr. Jodi McDavid, Jill MacPherson and
Stephanie McCormick a session entitled, The Cooperative Study Club: A Community-University Engagement
Centre in Post-Industrial Atlantic Canada, at the Community-University (C2U) Expo in Ottawa, Canada.
Dr. Tanya Brann-Barrett co-presented a session and co-facilitated an Art Hive workshop
entitled, Transforming Space for Regenerative Teaching and Learning, at the International Association
for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies Conference, Ottawa, Canada.
Dr. Pat Maher, Associate Professor of Community Studies, will be the keynote speaker
at the upcoming Outdoor Recreation Spring Symposium presented by Recreation Nova Scotia. The event
will happen at Brigadoon Village in the Annapolis Valley, and the theme “Re-connect: People + Nature”
will allow Dr. Maher’s research to be shared with an audience of practitioners.
Dr. Pat Maher, Associate Professor of Community Studies, is currently hosting 3
Masters students from the Transcultural European Outdoor Studies (TEOS) program. TEOS, funded by the
European Union, is a collaboration amongst institutions in the UK, Norway and Germany, and CBU has
Associate status with the consortium.
Dr. Pat Maher, Associate Professor of Community Studies, has recently secured 1.3
million Norwegian kroner ($215,000) from the Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in
Education to develop research-informed graduate level curriculum on tourism, collaborating with
institutions in Norway, Iceland, Finland and Sweden. CBU is the non-Norwegian lead on the project and
Dr. Maher will lead a CBU delegation to Alta, Norway in the fall.
Dr. Robert Campbell’s article “The Truck System in the Cape Breton Fishery: Philip
Robin and Company in Cheticamp, 1843-1852,” was published in Labour/Le Travail 75(1): 179-192.
Danny Brown, Assistant Professor of Organizational Management, will be attending the “Community
Innovation and Social Enterprise” Conference being held at CBU July 8-10, 2015.
Danny Brown will be presenting a paper proposal, titled “Canada’s Immigration Policies
and Their Impediments to Student Immigrant Entrepreneurs”, co-authored with Dr. David Rae, Dean,
Shannon School of Business, CBU, at the “Community Innovation and Social Enterprise”Conference
being held at CBU July 8-10, 2015.
Brown, D. L. (2015, June). What students want: Elements of job satisfaction
expectations among multicultural cohorts. Industry & Higher Education, Vol. 29, No 3,
1–12, doi: 10.5367/ihe.2015.0252
Danny Brown is an invited speaker at the Symposium on Excellence in Aging Care,
September 23-25, 2015 in Fredericton, NB. Hosted by York Care Centre, Fredericton, NB. Theme of
Dr. Bruce Hatcher attended the Annual Meeting of the Atlantic Canada Coastal and
Estuarine Science Society (ACCESS) in St. Andrews-by-the-Sea, New Brunswick in May. He was accompanied
by graduate students Alicia Penney [B.Sc.(Hon), NSERC Scholar)], and Caelin Murray [B.Sc.], and
presented a paper entitled: “Ecology of Barrachois ponds in the Bras d’Or Lake estuary, Cape Breton”.
Alicia used the opportunity to interview potential M.Sc. Supervisors, and Caelin will be starting work
as a marine biology interpreter in St. Andrews in June.
Stark N, Hatcher BG, Hatcher MG, Leys V, Kopf A. 2014. In-situ localization and
quantification of sediment deposits after dredging and disposal interventions in Sydney Harbour,
Canada, using a dynamic penetrometer. Proc. 2014 Geo-Congress Geo-Characterization and Modeling for
Sustainability. American Society of Civil Engineers, Atlanta, Georgia. pp. 2112-2121.
Stark N, Staelens P, Hay AE, Hatcher BG, Kopf A. 2014. Geotechnical investigation of
coastal areas with difficult access using portable free-fall penetrometers. Proc. 3rd Int’l. Symp.
on Cone Penetration Testing, American Society of Civil Engineers, Las Vegas, Nevada. pp.
Chen S, Hatcher BG, Keefe C, Runzhang X. 2014. Convergence to Steady State for a
Degenerate Parabolic System of Relevance to Marine Ecology.Nonlinear Analysis: Real World
Dorvinen J, Stark N, Hatcher BG, Hatcher M, Leys V, Kopf A. 2015. In-Situ Geotechnical
Investigation of a Confined Sediment Disposal Facility, Sydney Harbour, Nova Scotia. Proc. Eighth
International Symposium on Coastal Engineering and Science of Coastal Sediment Processes. San
Diego, May 11-15, 2015. pp. 113-119 (in press).
Jordan Carlson (B.Sc. Univ. Northern British Columbia) is CBU’s first recipient of a Nova Scotia
Innovation Graduate Scholarship. Jordan will be doing his Masters degree research on the feasibility
of tidal renewable energy in Cape Breton under the co-supervision of Bruce Hatcher(Bras
d’Or Institute & Biology Dept., CBU) and Michelle Adams (School of Resources & Environmental
Studies, Dalhousie). This new program funds graduate students who undertake research at CBU and
receive their degree from Dalhousie.
Dr. Stephanie MacQuarrie, Associate Professor of Organic Chemistry, guest edited and
published with students in the Australian J of Chemistry in honour of my under grad research advisor
Dr. Richard Langler. http://www.publish.csiro.au/nid/51/issue/7364.htm
Dr. Stephanie MacQuarrie was a co-applicant for a BioFuelNetwork Grant with MUN for
1.2M includes a new post-doc starting next summer at CBU and a master student between MUN and CBU.
Dr. Stephanie MacQuarrie, along with 14 Chemistry students, 3 faculty and 1 post-doc
are heading to ChemCon 2015 at UNB to present research in oral and poster presentations from across the
Dr. Jim Gerrie, Associate Professor of Philosophy & Religious Studies published
“Public Schools as Multicultural Community Centres: A Missing Option.” Panel: Religion and Education in
Canada II, Canadian Society for the Study of Religion, Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences,
University of Ottawa, 2015.
Dr. Jim Gerrie published “Public Schools as Multicultural Community Centres: A Missing
Option in the Debate Regarding Public Support of Religious Education.” Paper for the Canadian
Theological Society, Annual Meeting, Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of
Dr. Tanya Brann-Barrett presented a paper at the Journal of Youth Studies conference
in Copenhagen, Denmark that examined understandings of youth engagement in rural places through Pierre
Bourdieu’s theoretical concept of symbolic violence.
Dr. Bruce Hatcher has received the 2015 “Golden Award” from the Collaborative
Environmental Planning Initiative (CEPI) for the Bras d’Or Lakes. The award recognizes contributions to
the CEPI goals of sustaining the health and spirit of the estuary and its people. Bruce, who is the
Director of the Bras d’Or Institute for Ecosystem Research at CBU, serves as the University’s
representative on this ecosystem-based governance body. The award was presented at the CEPI World
Water Day Celebration held at the Verschuren Centre in March.
Dr. Bruce Hatcher presented an invited lecture and a graduate student workshop in the
Biology Department of the University of New Brunswick (Fredericton) in March. His host was Prof.
Myriam Barbeau (his student at Dalhousie in the distant past!).
Dr. Janice Esther Tulk, Senior Research Associate, Purdy Crawford Chair in Aboriginal
Business Studies published the article “‘The mill whistle was blowing and the Germans were coming’:
Industrial Soundscapes, World War II, and Remembrance in Corner Brook, Newfoundland.” Ethnologies 34
Dr. Bernard Mulo Farenkia, Associate Professor of French and Linguistics, published
“Refuser poliment une invitation en français au Cameroun”. PAMAPLA 37 – Proceedings of the 37th Annual
Meeting of the Atlantic Provinces Linguistic Association, 2014, pp. 1-14.
Dr. Bernard Mulo Farenkia, Associate Professor of French and Linguistics, is a member
of the International Network of Address Research (INAR).The Network
was founded in 2012 by researchers from Australia, Brazil, Germany, Sweden and the UK as a forum for
the advancement of academic studies in address and related phenomena. The members of INAR are
particularly interested in promoting and fostering academic exchange between different disciplines that
study address and related phenomena as well as in encouraging research on address in lesser researched
February 2015Dr. Bruce Hatcher attended the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association
for Underwater Science (CAUS) in Toronto in February (held at the base of the CN Tower in the brand new
Ripley’s Aquarium). The CAUS includes all the Canadian research institutions that undertake
non-commercial diving operations. Its primary purpose is to maintain and enforce an operational
Standard of Practice for Scientific diving recognized by the Canadian Standards Association, the Diving
Certification Board of Canada, and Worksafe Nova Scotia. Bruce is the Diving Safety Officer for CBU
and reports to the Diving Safety Committee headed by Helen Mersereau. All marine operations at CBU are
undertaken at the highest level of sfaety oversight consistent with the CAUS SoP.
Dr. Princely Ifinedo published an article cited as: Ifinedo, P. (2015). Socio-Economic
Correlates of Information Security Threats and Controls in Global Financial Services Industry: An
Analysis, International Journal of Information Systems in the Service Sector (IJISSS), 7(2), pp. 54-70.
Dr. Thomas Bouman published a paper on ‘Tree diversity in 30-year chronosequences of
Dr. Thomas Bouman published a paper in Elsevier journal ‘Ecological Indicators’ vol.
January 2015Dr. Bruce Hatcher attended the 94th Annual Meeting of the Transportation
Research Board (TRB) in Washington DC in January. The week-long meeting attracted more than 1,200
delegates from all over the world. Bruce serves on the Marine Environment Committee of the TRB. His
paper: “Maintaining Marine Ecosystem Goods and Services During and After Harbour Dredging: A Case Study
of Sydney Harbour, Nova Scotia” has been accepted for publication in the Record of the TRB during the
Dr. Princely Ifinedo, Associate Professor MIS/Management Science served as an external
assessor for the Mauritius Research Council (MRC).
Dr. Hisham Sleem, presented “Drinking Water (Resource and Treatment Technologies) at
the Verschuren Centre Seminar Series – January 29, 2015.
Dr. Janice Esther Tulk, senior research associate for the Purdy Crawford Chair in
Aboriginal Business Studies, published the article “Collaborative Aboriginal Economic Development: The
Unama’ki Economic Development Model” in the Journal of Aboriginal Economic Development(9.1).
Dr. Kevin McKague, Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategy at CBU’s
Shannon School of Business, CBU President Dr. David Wheelerand Dr.
Aneel Karnani, Associate Professor of Strategy at the Ross School of Business, University
of Michigan recently published a book chapter “An Integrated Approach to Poverty Alleviation: Roles of
the Private Sector, Government and Civil Society” in the book The
Business of Social and Environmental Innovation (Springer, New York).