Research up close
Research up close
Researchers share publishing and time-management tips
October 21, 2013
To most people, publishing five books in one year would be an unattainable goal, overwhelming to say the least.
But for linguistics professor Thomas Farrell, it’s all in a day’s work.
Well, two decades of a day’s work, to be exact.
“Every day, I go to my basement at about 7:30 a.m. with my cup of coffee,” says Farrell who, in addition to authoring five books in 2013 alone, is also chair of the Department of Applied Linguistics Studies.
“I work until about 11:30 a.m. and then I go for a jog and then I come into Brock, depending on class time and other meetings as well. That includes Saturday and Sunday. I’ve been doing that intensively for about 20 years.
“Some days I don’t write that much, some days I do, but I’m always there,” he adds. “That’s what I do. I don’t let anything interfere with it.”
Farrell is one of a number of Brock researchers who produce books, journal articles, commentaries, blogs and other works on a frequent basis.
Time pressures on researchers can be enormous.
Rec, leisure profs partner on reflective journaling book
August 9, 2013
It’s something Tim O’Connell and Janet Dyment have been reflecting on for years.
Reflective journaling has inspired the duo to produce more than a dozen peer reviewed research papers over the past 12 years, all of it culminating with O’Connell and Dyment’s newly published book Theory into Practice: Unlocking the Power and the Potential of Reflective Journals.
It’s a book written for higher education instructors, pre-service and high school teachers, and outdoor educators to turn them on to the power of their students putting pen to paper and writing down their thoughts.
The point is to encourage students to critically reflect on what they’re learning at school and connect those lessons to their everyday lives.
“It’s putting the pieces together of what’s happening inside the classroom and outside,” explained O’Connell, professor and chair of Brock’s Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies.
O’Connell and Dyment, a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Education at the University of Tasmania, have both been avid journal writers throughout their lives.
Brock prof paddles his way to world dragon boat championships
July 24, 2013
Discovering the sport of dragon boating was a life-changing event for Kinesiology Prof. Brian Roy.
It was a discovery that has led him to the World Dragon Boat Racing Championships with both the open men’s and mixed senior ‘A’ Canadian national teams.
The competition is on until July 28 in Szeged, Hungary, with close to 3,000 athletes from around the world set to compete...
“We each became certified coaches and started to develop programs, and I am now the president of the Canoe Club, a coach, a national official, and a paddler,” said Roy, a muscle physiologist at Brock, whose NSERC-funded research is looking at changes in cell volume as a regulator of metabolism.
Roy is also doing research for the Dairy Farmers of Canada on the connection between low-fat dairy products, exercise and healthy living.
His research expertise - exercise physiology and sport nutrition - led to his appointment as a member of the International Dragon Boat Federation Sport Medical Commission in 2011.