Research up close
Research up close
Prof’s book examines new role of cities in economic growth
May 8, 2013
For political scientist Charles Conteh, cities were once upon a time “afterthoughts” of a strong central government or “creatures of provinces.”
But no longer. Cities and regions are now the drivers of economic growth in a dramatically shifting world economy. Conteh explores this and other themes in his hot-off-the-press book Policy Governance in Multi-Level Systems: Economic Development and Policy Implementation in Canada. He sat down with the Brock News recently to discuss his research.
TBN: What are some of the main messages in your new book?
CC: It’s my conviction that the global economy is going through seismic change. The game plan has changed for how we understand economic development, industrial development, job creation. The book is about speaking to the issues we need to confront - a big one being structural changes in the Canadian economy - and what to do about these issues. I focus on four different regions in Canada, including Niagara.
Program connects Brock entrepreneurs with angel investors
April 2, 2013
It’s not often people find themselves in a room full of angels, especially while they’re still on earth. But for Drew Marquardt, a recent weekend in Toronto gave him a front-row glimpse into another dimension: business heaven.
The second-year PhD physics student was one of 10 participants across Ontario to attend what’s been dubbed a “business finishing school,” a place where angels - or angel investors in the business world - take aspiring entrepreneurs under their wings, and teach them a wide range of business and management skills, as well as invest in startup enterprises.
The business weekend is part of Ontario Centres of Excellence’s SmartStart program, created last year to help young entrepreneurs gain the skills, seed financing and other support to start their own businesses. Participants are in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.
From Brock to Mars and back: A Q&A with Mariek Schmidt
Mar 1, 2013
Volcanologist and igneous petrologist Mariek Schmidt is one of 400 scientists worldwide monitoring and analyzing data from Mars that’s being collected by the rover vehicle Curiosity, which landed on the Red Planet last August.
She spent a couple of months at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, developing plans for the rover to follow a geological route.
Schmidt is back in her Brock office, continuing to analyze the data and participate in developing daily plans for the rover.
TBN: Describe what it was like to work with the team in California last year.
Schmidt: We were together for the first 90 sols of the mission. A sol is one day on Mars, consisting of approximately 24.5 Earth hours. The idea was to have the entire science team all together living on Mars time so that we could synchronize communication with the rover and imaging orbiters that orbit Mars once a day.