Research Month

March 2022

Cape Breton University celebrates Research Month 2022

When is comes to research at CBU, our size is our strength. We are small enough to reach across campus to share an idea or lend a hand, but big enough to see across our island and beyond to lead global research inquiry.

Thanks to everyone who participated in Research Month 2022!



Past Events

Research Month Launch, Tuesday, March 1, 11:45 – 1:00 (The Pit Lounge)

Dr. Alana Pindar, Weston Family Visiting Professor in Ecosystem Health and Food Security, presents:

“Food, Flowers and our Future- the importance of wild bees”

With over 900 species known in Canada,  wild bees are one of most important taxonomic group of pollinators, essential to both agricultural production and maintaining wild plant diversity  Wild bees, and the pollination services they provide are in global decline.  Dr. Pindar’s research takes an in depth look into the factors impacting wild bees species, their importance to food security and ecosystem health.

Research Month events are free and open to the public, with CBU’s Vaccination, Testing and Mask Policy in effect for in-person attendance. 

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Friday, March 4, 11:45-12:45 (virtual event)

Collaborative Café #1 – Community Economies & Ecologies

Kevin McKague
Social Enterprise addressing the Sustainable Development Goals

Colonel John Boileau (Retd.) and Major Felix Odartey-Wellington
Public Consultations and Public History: Community Contributions to Memorializing No. 2 Construction Battalion in 2022

Mary Beth Doucette
Indigenous Engagements in Renewable Energy Sector: Implications for the economy of Unama’ki/Cape Breton

Tuesday, March 8, 11:45 – 12:45 (virtual event)

Collaborative Café #2 – Culture & Community

Shauna MacDonald
Light: Re-visioning a Lighthouse Heroine

Sheila Christie
Amplifying Voices: Making Space for Diversity through Theatre

Heather Sparling
Working with Community to Support Language and Cultural Revitalization

Sarah MacRae and Felix Odartey-Wellington
Homophobia and Moral Panic: The Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill

Wednesday, March 9, 11:45 – 12:45 (virtual event)

Collaborative Café #3 – Sustainable Health & Wellness

Bishakha Mazumdar
Nonstandard Work after Retirement: A Conceptual Model to Identify the Determinants of Job Quality

Heather Schmidt, Lesley Wardley and Scott Aucoin
Partnership to evaluate Horizon Achievement Centre’s Online Client Database

Katherine Jones
Community Engagement and Environmental Outreach at Riverside Knowledge Path

Thursday, March 10, 11:45 – 1:00 (virtual event on Zoom)

23 Annual J.B. McLachlan Lecture, featuring Dr. Jennifer Evans, Professor in the Department of History at Carleton University, presenting: 

“Learning from the Germans about the Legacy of Genocide”

Germany committed unparalled atrocities during the Second World War, and has taken enormous steps in recent decades to ensure subsequent generations honour the memory of victims of racial injustice. But this was not always so, and for some Germans today, there is much more that might be done. This talk explores the local and national level forms of commemoration that make up German memory culture today, while highlighting recent struggles over colonial violence in Canada and the continued place of structural racism today.

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Friday March 11, 11:45 – 12:45 (virtual event)

Collaborative Café #4 – Research in Science & Engineering 

Peter Kerr
Using Partial-Least Squares Structural Equation Modeling to Address Complex research questions – Opportunities for Quantitative and Qualitative Researchers

Matthias Bierenstiel
Maskwiomin – Birch Bark Extract from a Mi’kmaw Remedy

Enayat Rajabi
Knowledge Graph Challenges in Construction and Completeness

Allison Mackie
Wastewater Surveillance for COVID-19


Tuesday, March 22, 11:30 – 2:00 (in-person in CC261 or online live)

Student SnapShot Thesis

Cape Breton University’s SnapShot Thesis/Major Project event provides a platform for CBU students to present key aspects of their research to a live audience. Join us to hear these amazing CBU student researchers share their work (actual presentation order may differ).  Registration is required for in-person attendance. Email for a Teams link to join virtually.

Catherine MacIsaac COVID-19’s Influence on Cape Breton University Students: Feelings of Isolation.
Victoria Brogan The Effects of Bilingualism on Memory Improvement.
Aijia Deng National Housing Strategy Benefits Private Sector Over Nonprofits
Victoria Salt Issues and Inhibiters of Marine Biofouling
Kaileigh Rowe Attempting to Detect an Oyster Parasite in the Water Column
Haley Oliver Examining the Nitrogen in Crab Bio-Oil
Joshua Cameron The Impact of Caffeine and Stress on University Student Cognition
Megan Digou Exploring Housing Insecurity among CBU Students
Gracie Hanrahan Accuracy of Testing Methods for MSX disease in Oysters
Benjamin Forsyth Keeping the Steel City’s History Alive
Charlotte Clarke Walking Through History: Creating an Audio Intervention of Open Hearth Park.

Research Month events are free and open to the public, with CBU’s Vaccination, Testing and Mask Policy in effect for in-person attendance. 

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Thursday, March 24, 11:45 – 1:00 (Boardmore Playhouse)

Sharon (Paul) Rudderham, Director of Health Transformation, Tajikeimik, Mikmaw Health & Wellness, presents: 

Indigenous Wellness and L’nu Research

This is the final event for Research Month 2022 and will include special performances by Sons of Membertou, CBU Artist in Residence

Research Month events are free and open to the public, with CBU’s Vaccination, Testing and Mask Policy in effect for in-person attendance. 

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