Research Month

March 2023

Research Month: Reflecting and Reconnecting

Reflecting and Reconnecting is the focus of Research Month 2023. The Office of Research and Graduate Studies is excited to foster collaborative conversations, engage student researchers and reflect on our research success. We’re connecting with the Library and the Centre for Teaching and Learning as vital resources to support research at CBU, recognizing the amazing people right here within our campus community.

Please join us as we Reflect and Reconnect during Research Month 2023! 

Tuesday, March 28, 11:45 – 12:45 (POSTPONED)

Guiding Principles and Polices: Research Ethics Board and Mi’kmaq Ethics Watch

RSVP is required. Email, subject line: REB

Thursday, March 30, 11:45 – 12:45 (virtual event)

A panel-style presentation focused on Culture and Community, featuring: 

Simon Barrick, presenting: Reimagining possibilities for sport in Canada: Lessons from the curling club

Mohamad Musa, presenting: Culturally Responsive Mental Health Supports in Canada: Are We Lacking Services or Knowledge?

Friday, March 31, 11:45 – 12:45 (virtual event)

Collaborative Café #5

A panel-style presentation:  Dead Zones in the Bras d’Or Lake Biosphere: Should we be Afraid?

Bruce Hatcher, Chair in Marine Ecosystem Research and Director of the Bras d’Or Institute at CBU, played an instrumental role in the designation of the UNESCO Bras d’Or Lake Biosphere Reserve. He and two of his collaborators:

Robin Stuart, Principal of Ocean Stuart Consulting Ltd.: Aquaculture in the Bras d’Or Lake: a history of opportunities and threats.

Christopher Algar, Professor of Oceanography, Dalhousie Univ.: Case study of the We’koqma’q Fish Farm site in the Whycocomagh Basin

The panel will share their ongoing work and engage in discussion with the audience about the topic.

Past Events

Research Month Launch, Thursday, March 2, 11:45 – 1:00 (The Pit Lounge)

Dr. Kevin McKague, Canada Research Chair in Social Enterprise and Inclusive Markets and Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategy, presents:

“Exploring Business History in Cape Breton from 1864 to 1927”

Join Dr. Kevin McKague, Canada Research Chair in Social Enterprise and Inclusive Markets and Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Leadership at CBU, as he shares a presentation that examines the evolution of small businesses in Cape Breton from 1864 to 1927, based on a unique dataset, the Dun and Bradstreet Mercantile Business Listings. Gain insights into Dr. McKague’s findings from 10 communities in Cape Breton, identifying patterns in the evolution of merchants, traders and small-scale manufacturers and how they have responded to economic, technological, and social changes.

RSVP required: email, subject line: RM Launch

Friday, March 3, 11:45-12:45 (virtual event)

A panel-style presentation focused on Culture and Community, featuring: 

Matthias Bierenstiel, presenting: Maskwiomin – Research of Birch Bark Extract based on almost lost Indigenous Knowledge of a Mi’kmaw Skin Remedy

Marie Battiste, presenting: Building an Indigenous Knowledge Framework for Advancing History Education in Canada

Eleanor Anderson, presenting: The Role of Knowledge Systems in Tourism Planning

Tuesday, March 7, 10:00-11:15 (Library)

Setting up and Using Zotero

Zotero is a free, open-source software that helps you manage your references – everything from gathering research to in-text citation to your final reference list. This workshop will give an introduction to the software, from how to set it up to how to best make use of it in research and writing. Faculty and students invited to register.

The workshop will be held in the computer lab, but everyone is welcome to bring their own device that they primarily use for research.

SEATING IS LIMITED. Click here to register

Tuesday, March 7, 11:45-12:45 (virtual event)

Research Data Management

Join Jasmine Hoover for a hands-on session where you will create a Data Management Plan for your (real or made up) project, using the DMP assistant. The DMP assistant is a tool developed by Portage, which allows researchers to easily create, share and edit Data Management Plans, and is used by researchers across Canada. Registered researchers will need to create a login here:

With the implementation of the Tri Agency Data Management Policy , all grant proposals submitted should include methodologies that reflect best practices in DRM, one best practice is data management planning. Currently some Tri Agency funding opportunities require Data Management Plans and more are expected to require them in the near future. DMPs are living documents that explain how data will be collected, documented and protected/preserved as well as whether it will be shared and where it will be deposited.


Thursday, March 9, 11:45 – 12:45 (Centre for Teaching and Learning CC254)

Panel Presentation: Open Educational Resources (OER)

Join three of CBU’s OER grant recipients to hear about their work creating open textbooks. This panel discussion will outline three unique open textbooks in development by teaching faculty at CBU. Gain insights into how they are creating their open textbooks, including advice for those interested in creating OER in the future.  Moderator Jason Loxton will engage panellists, Geoffrey Lee-Dadswell, Shannon Ezzat and Peter MacIntyre.

RSVP required: email, subject line: OER

Friday, March 10, 11:45-12:45 (virtual event)

A panel style presentation focused on Sustainable Health and Wellness, featuring:

Sarah Barnes, presenting: A thousand days and counting: Sleep, sound, and a community health project

Janet Kuhnke, presenting: Self-treatment of Abscesses by Persons who Inject Intravenous Drugs: A Community-based Quality Improvement Inquiry (Phase 1)

Joseph Parish, presenting: The Language of Death: Using Qualitative Data from Death Records to Derive Quantitative Proxies of Sociocultural Determinants of Health in the Living

Tuesday, March 14, 11:45 – 12:45 (Location TBA)

Research Roadmap: Navigating the Research Administration Process

Take an opportunity to meet the ORGS team and get details about the support services the team provides. This session will provide guidance on the research administration process at CBU and provide clarity on the various steps to engage and apply for research funding.

RSVP is required. Email, subject line: ORGS Team

Research Month Keynote Presentation, Thursday, March 16, 11:45 – 1:00 (The Pit Lounge)

Dr. Felix Odartey-Wellington, CBU Associate Professor of Communication, Department of Communication and Languages presents:

Friday March 17, 11:45 – 12:45 (virtual event)

A panel-style presentation focused on Culture and Community, featuring: 

Ian Brodie, presenting: Legend and Politics: Assembling a casebook

Mark Silverberg, presenting: Poetry and Mindfulness

Shauna MacDonald, presenting: The Cape Breton Lighthouse Memories Project


Tuesday, March 21, 11:40 – 12:50 (Centre for Teaching and Learning, CC254)

3D Printing: A Teaching Tool for Anyone

Join us on Tuesday, March 21, 11:40- 12:50 in the CTL (CC-254), when Justin Spillman (Instructor, Engineering) provides an overview of 3D printing’s potential in the classroom. Learn about this cutting-edge technology that is accessible at CBU and collaborate to find relevant applications for 3D printing in your courses.

RSVP required: email, subject line: 3D


Thursday, March 23, 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).

Benjamin Smith

Leadership and group cohesiveness: A coach’s perspective.

Tushar Kumar Baraiya

Social determinants of health in Indigenous communities in Canada based on their nutrition.

Debra Wall

Exploring the journey of persons transitioning while accessing a community comfort closet

Volodymyra Zuieva

GC-MS chemical analysis and investigation of pharmacological activities of a birch bark extract from Betula papyrifera

Lara Suhail Abu Mustafa

How it feels to talk about something you can’t talk about

Matthew MacLeod

Exploring Motivations and Barriers to Volunteering Amongst CBU students

Anna George

Investigating the Psychological Effects of Adult Colouring using a Mixed Methods Approach

Vanditaben Soni

A retrospective investigation on the impact of an accessible community kitchen garden in rural nova scotia on modifiable risk factors for dementia.

Debra Wall

Role as a research assistant.

PLEASE NOTE: Registration is required for in-person attendance for Snapshot Thesis presentations. Email to RVSP or for a Teams link to join virtually.

Saturday, March 25, 9:00 (The Pit Lounge)

Health Innovation Student Pitch

CBU and Nova Scotia Health will host a student pitch competition that will bring together students, businesses, entrepreneurs, investors and community stakeholders to support investment in the health sector.

RSVP is required. Click here for more information: Student Pitch Event – Cape Breton University : Cape Breton University (