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Brock gears up for Congress 2014
May 17, 2013
Jane Koustas is gearing up to head to Victoria next month.
There, the professor of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures will take in Congress 2013, the flagship event for Canadian social sciences and humanities scholars.
But Koustas will also be hard at work promoting next year’s Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences.
As the academic convener of Congress 2014 - hosted by Brock University and organized by the Federation of the Humanities and Social Sciences - Koustas will be wooing thousands of academics, researchers and policy makers to Niagara for the next edition of the conference, Borders without Boundaries.
Wine enthusiasts invited to experience Riesling
May 16, 2013
On June 11-12, Riesling lovers get a rare chance to join winemakers, grape growers, wine experts and media when the 2013 Riesling Experience conference is hosted by Brock University’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI).
The event is an unabashed celebration of Riesling’s style, structure and purity.
“Riesling is what we do best in Niagara,” said conference chair Angelo Pavan, vice-president and winemaker at Cave Spring Cellars. “It’s by far the most pure and versatile variety that gives us this great panorama, from great table wines to luscious dessert wines.”
The event includes discussions with top experts, followed by a journey through some of Niagara’s oldest Riesling vineyards on the second day.
First-ever conference on the African-Canadian experience comes to Brock May 24
May 13, 2013
The Black Canadian Studies Association (BCSA) will make history later this month when it hosts the first international conference looking at the African-Canadian experience.
The conference, “Where are you from? Reclaiming the Black presence in Canada,” takes place at Brock University in St. Catharines, from Friday, May 24 to Sunday, May 26.
The Right Honorable Michaëlle Jean, former Governor General of Canada, will deliver the conference’s keynote address on the value of advancing Black Studies in Canada and its importance for intercultural dialogue and understanding. Her talk takes place Friday, May 24 in Market Hall from 6 to 8 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
Brock researchers part of drug study that could benefit lung cancer patients
May 7, 2013
Evangelia Litsa Tsiani, associate professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences, was involved in a study that discovered the diabetes drug metformin could benefit lung cancer patients.
The diabetes drug metformin slows the growth of lung cancer cells and makes them more likely to be killed by radiotherapy, according to a paper published May 1 in the British Journal of Cancer.
“Our study was performed using human cancer cells in culture, in vitro,” says Tsiani, one of the paper’s authors. “Overall our study provides strong evidence and justifies the need of a clinical trial, a study in lung cancer patients.”
Tsiani, along with her graduate student Carly Barron, were members of the McMaster-led team that examined the effects of metformin on tumor growth in mice. The team found that metformin acted on the defence mechanisms that the most common form of lung cancer - non-small cell lung cancers - use to resist radiotherapy.
Brock, Acadia University sign landmark grape and wine research pact
May 3, 2013
Addressing the research and education needs of the Canadian grape and wine industry will be made easier with a new partnership established this week between Brock University and Acadia University.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by the two institutions encouraging collaboration between Brock’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) and Acadia’s Atlantic Wine Institute.
The MoU will facilitate knowledge exchange and joint projects in the areas of viticulture, oenology, business, culture and policy research that address the needs of the Canadian grape and wine industry.
Brock U lines up with U of Trinidad & Tobago to bolster Canada-Caribbean collaborations
April 25, 2013
With two prime ministers acting as witnesses, Brock University today signed an accord with the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) aimed at accelerating levels of collaboration between Canada and its Commonwealth partner in the Caribbean.
In a ceremony on Parliament Hill, Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper and Trinidadian Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar witnessed the signing of the memorandum of understanding between both schools by Brock University President Jack Lightstone, and Curtis Manchoon, Chairman of the UTT Board of Governors.
The MoU creates a mechanism to pursue partnerships and exchange opportunities between the two universities, and could have impacts that go beyond their campuses.
Prime Minister Persad-Bissessar said the pact will help cement the relations necessary to ensure the advancement of information and knowledge sharing.
Panel discusses life in 2030
April 23, 2013
In 2030, North America will not only be energy independent but a net exporter of energy. We’ll be sipping local wines that once upon a time were produced somewhere else or not at all. And, if we continue living out of sync with the natural environment, we’ll be in big trouble.
These are some of the predictions Ontario researchers made at the last week’s Life in 2030: Discussing the Future With Those Who Are Creating It event, hosted by Brock University in conjunction with Western University and the University of Windsor.
According to engineer Rupp Carriveau, “new, very novel energy recovery techniques,” such as a drill that can reach more than 10 kilometres into the earth, will increase our energy supply, although we’ll still likely source some energy internationally.