Graduate student research
Research Café to highlight careers in social justice
November 6, 2013
Five graduates from Brock’s MA program in Social Justice and Equity Studies (SJES) will return to campus on Tuesday, Nov. 19 to participate in a Research Café called “Degrees of Difference.”
Associate Professor Mary-Beth Raddon, program director of the SJES program, has assembled a panel of graduates with varied education, personal and career backgrounds beyond SJES to share perspectives about their work in social justice causes.
“The panel explores the value and relevance of social justice education and scholarship,” Raddon says.
“For our graduates and current students, it’s about the difference their degree makes in their ability to analyze the workings of power in culture and society. The degree is about understanding the roots of marginalization, violence and social inequality. It’s also about learning to apply the skills of critical analysis and research toward projects or movements for rights, equality, fairness or justice.”
Grad students profiled on Ontario-wide knowledge exchange network
October 24, 2013
Chloe Hamza and Christine Lackner, doctoral students in Brock’s Psychology program, are profiled as part of an Ontario-wide knowledge exchange network, housed at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).
Their research profiles are posted under the Student Spotlight section of the Evidence Exchange Network (EENet) for Mental Health and Addictions website. The network links research and researchers with mental health and addiction stakeholders across Ontario.
The October profile of Hamza highlights her study in which she’ll analyze data collected from more than 1,000 university students to study the link between non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) and suicidal behavior. Hamza is a 2010 Vanier scholar and received a 2013 Ontario Graduate Scholarship. Her supervisor is Prof. Teena Willougby.
Lackner was profiled earlier this year. She is using behavioural genetics and electroencephalography (EEG) to look at how brain cells relay information to each other, resulting in good or poor self-regulating behaviour in youth.
Physics grad student wins Vanier Scholarship
Liasten to Michelle Przedborski's interview on CFBU (at the 43.06 mark of the program).
October 9, 2013
Graduate student Michelle Przedborski is fascinated by superconductors.
They can be materials ranging from elements, such as aluminum and mercury to metallic alloys, to compounds, such as the high-temperature copper oxides, which show unusual electrical and magnetic properties below certain temperatures.
“If superconductors were implemented into the world’s electrical power grid, energy losses could be minimized,” Przedborski says. “This could help to sustain the world’s increasing power needs.”
The PhD physics student is examining theoretical aspects of superconductivity. For that work, she has been awarded a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship for 2013.
The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship was created to attract and retain world-class doctoral students and to establish Canada as a global centre of excellence in research and higher learning. Each of the recipients receives $50,000 a year for three years, to help them as they pursue and complete their doctoral studies.
Graduate students land funding for bone and muscle health research
October 8, 2013
Two graduate students involved in health and nutrition research have received funding from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR).
Paula Miotto and David Dodington, master’s students in Applied Health Sciences, will each receive $17,500 from CIHR this year to support the research they are carrying out as part of Brock’s Centre for Bone and Muscle Health.
Dodington’s research is focused on the role of nutrition in the treatment for periodontal disease. Miotto is researching implications of high fat diets of mothers, before or during pregnancy, on the overall health of their children.
Prof. Wendy Ward, a Canada Research Chair in Bone and Muscle Development, supervises both students.
Grad student wins top student award for groundbreaking fungus research
September 25, 2013
PhD student Scott Behie has had one heck of a year. Last June, his research was published in Science, one of the world’s top scientific publications. This August, he achieved what no Canadian student has done: snagged a top-notch, international student award from the Society of Invertebrate Pathology.
“It’s nice to know that other people in similar fields are saying, you know what, this is really neat. This isn’t just at Brock where we find this research interesting,” Behie says of winning the Mauro E. Martignoni Student Award.
“There’s lots of people in the field who are taking note of what Brock’s doing and that’s very encouraging.”
Behie and colleagues’ research focuses on the properties of Metarhizium, a widespread soil-borne fungus that feasts upon more than 200 different kinds of insects.