Brock researchers awarded $1.7 million in SSHRC funding

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Brock researchers awarded $1.7 million in SSHRC funding

Published on September 10 2010


Twenty-nine Brock University researchers conducting worldwide research recently received $1.7 million in grants through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).

In all cases, these SSHRC-funded research projects have been funded because of their potential to advance knowledge and build understanding about individuals, groups and societies, through disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, education, business and applied health sciences.

They also represent a wide range of topics, including everything from studies on integrating environmental programming in Ontario education programs to the impact of birth order on sexual orientation; from integrating physical education teaching to prevent youth violence in El Salvador, to the explosion of avant-garde writing in Vancouver in the 1960s; or from the theoretical underpinnings of the social and cultural influence of ancient Roman entertainment, to the leadership qualities of present-day Ontario municipal CAOs.

Included in the funding is an eight-member project – led by four Brock researchers – that will study community and family initiatives to aid in student success for Ontario’s Aboriginal youth. The three-year project received nearly $230,000 under SSHRC’s Aboriginal Research pilot program.

“This support from SSHRC to our researchers speaks to the wonderful diversity of research and scholarship at Brock in these disciplines, and will further strengthen our position as a research-intensive university,” said Ian Brindle, vice-president Research.

In a related funding announcement, 28 master’s students and six doctoral students at Brock were awarded approximately $1 million in SSHRC funding for their research work under the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate scholarship program. Two graduate students were awarded Vanier scholarships earlier this year, bringing the SSHRC-related student funding to $1.3 million for 2010.

“Again this year we are celebrating the tremendous success of Brock students in obtaining much sought-after SSHRC funding. It is especially rewarding to see recipients have been drawn from all of the eligible faculties across the University,” noted Marilyn Rose, dean of Graduate Studies.

Graduate student projects also reflect a diverse range of research, including health-related topics such as autism and literacy, history, Aboriginal issues, the applied health sciences, sociology, and psychology issues, such as the effect of violent video games on aggression.

Brock has increased its project acceptance rate this year by nearly 15 per cent in 2010 over 2009. The total funding for the Brock projects listed below, including standard research grants, and grants from programs such as the International Opportunities fund, is $1,715,515.

Tony Clement, Minister of Industry, made the SSHRC federal funding announcement Wednesday morning during a visit to Laurentian University. The grants and scholarships across the country totalled $190.5 million for nearly 4,000 researchers.

For information:
·    Carolyn Mullin, Research Communications Manager, 905-688-5550, x5789

·    Julia Gualtieri, Media Relations Advisor, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, 613-944-4347

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PROJECT SUMMARIES
(More information about individual projects can be obtained by contacting Carolyn Mullin in the Office of Research Services, contact information below, or by going to the SSHRC website)

STANDARD RESEARCH GRANTS
Natalie Alvarez, Department of Dramatic Arts, $23,449 for “Enactments of difference: immersive simulations and performance from training to dark tourism”

Charles Conteh, Political Science, $31,045 for “The multi-actor implementation framework: regional economic development policy implementation in Canada”

Gregory Betts, English Language and Literature, $61,649 for “On the margins of the Garde: Vancouver 1961-1975”

Anthony Bogaert, Community Health Sciences, $102,891 for “Sexual orientation, older brothers, gender role characteristics and physical development”

Mary Breunig, Recreation and Leisure Studies, principal investigator; and Constance Russell (Lakehead University), $115,392 for “Evaluating the impact of integrated environmental studies programs in Ontario on students’ environmental actions, behaviours and professional pathways”

Michael Carter, Department of Classics, $29,525 for “The cultural significance of Roman entertainment spectacles in the Greek world”

Michael Driedger, History, $35,000 for “Mennonite revolutionaries: religion, enlightenment and radical politics in early modern Holland”
Xavier Fazio, Education (principal investigator); and Douglas Karrow, Education (co-PI), $20,665 for “Researching environmental literacy practices in schools: implications for educational practice and policy”

Zhongzhi (Lawrence) He, Finance, Operations and Information Systems (principal investigator); Samir Trabelsi, Accounting (co-PI); and two colleagues from Shanghai University and the University of Toronto, $63,000 over three years for “Mutual fund fees, performance, and governance structure: a cross-country analysis”

Tejaswini Herath, Finance, Operations and Information Systems, $34,880 over two years for “Information security practices and policies adoption in Canadian organizations”

Dominic Lim, Organizational Behaviour, Human Resources and Entrepreneurship and Ethics (principal investigator); and colleagues from Texas Tech University and Univeristy of Western Ontario, $44,800 for “Entrepreneurial cognitions and new venture growth”

Behnaz Mirzai, History, $89,745 for “Iranian borderland: Baluchi identity and culture”

Catherine Mondloch, Psychology, $118,900 for “Sensitivity to emotional expressions”

Chang Hoon Oh, Marketing, International Business and Strategy (principal investigator); and two colleagues from American University and Indiana University, $75,750 over three years for “Disastrous risks and international business”

Catherine Parayre, Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures (principal investigator); Leslie Boldt, Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures (co-PI); and Derek Knight, Department of Visual Arts (collaborator), $18,402 for “Figuring it out: disfigurement in twentieth- and twenty-first-century text-and-image production”

Shauna Pomerantz, Child and Youth Studies (principal investigator); and Rebecca Raby, Child and Youth Studies, (co-PI), $61,479 for “Smart girls: negotiating academic success in a ‘post-feminist’ era”

David Schimmelpenninck van der Oye, History, $64,000 for “Russia’s great game: an archival history of Tsarist central Asian conquest”

Ronald Thomson, Applied Linguistics (principal investigator) and two co-PIs from Simon Fraser and University of Alberta, $122,500 for “A computer-mediate approach to the development of second language speech perception and production”

Katharine T. von Stackelberg, Classics, $44,556 for “Receptions of the Graeco-Roman villa garden in Europe and America 1873-1974”

Chelsea Willness, Organizational Behaviour, Human Resources and Entrepreneurship and Ethics (principal investigator); and colleagues from University of Calgary and University of Vermont, $73,830 over three years for “Why does corporate social responsibility matter to job applicants? Examining theoretical mechanisms that can explain the CSR-applicant attraction relationship”

Strategic Research Grants: ABORIGINAL RESEARCH PILOT PROGRAM
Dawn Zinga, Child and Youth Studies (principal investigator); Sheila Bennett and Debra Harwood, Education; and Tony Volk, Child and Youth Studies; along with one representative of the Grand Erie District School Board, one from the RCMP and two from the Six Nations Police Service, $229,422 over three years for “Student Success: community and family initiatives to support Aboriginal youth”

INTERNATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FUND
John Corlett, Physical Education and Kinesiology, $42,184 for “Preventing youth violence in El Salvador: the role of new graduate teachers of innovative physical education”

Mohammed Dore, Economics, $74,964 for “The use of symbolic dynamics and entropy in the analysis of social science data: a non-parametric approach”

Samir Trabelsi, Accounting, $58,000 for “Accounting information, corporate governance and bankruptcy prediction”

COMMUNITY UNIVERSITY RESEARCH ALLIANCE
Frances Owen, Child and Youth Studies, is part of an alliance led by a University of Toronto researcher, studying “Social business and marginalized social groups”

Liette Vasseur, Biological Sciences, is part of an alliance led by a Université du Quebec a Rimouski researcher, studying climate change in the Gulf of St. Lawrence: “Défis des communautés cotieres de l’estuarie du golfe du Saint-Laurent a l’heure des changements climatiques”

AID TO WORKSHOPS AND CONFERENCES IN CANADA
Elizabeth Greene, Classics, $18,215, for “Who owns underwater cultural heritage? Perspectives on archaeological law and ethics in the Mediterranean”

Dorothy Griffiths, Child and Youth Studies, $47,500 for “Human Rights and Intellectual Disabilities Conference”

Katherine T. von Stackelburg, Classics, $13,773 for “Field of Dreams: landscapes of myth and imagination”