VPR Reports

VPR Reports

The Vice President Research periodically sends faculty and staff a report summarizing key accomplishments and events in the Offices of the Vice President and Research Services as well as outlining future plans for research. 

VPR Report - September 2013

VPR Report – May 2013

VPR Report – February 2013

VPR Report – September 2012


VPR Updates

Research Celebration! (Feb. 26, 2014)
Thank you all for making this year’s Research Celebration such a great success! More than 65 research posters from all across faculties were displayed throughout the day in Guernsey Market. Researchers, students and visitors learned about each other’s work and exchanged views. Congratulations to those researchers who received the various recognitions. Photos of the celebration can be found here, while Cogeco TV aired a report about the day.


New research awards at Brock (Feb. 25, 2014)
In our continuing efforts to expand Brock’s culture of research leadership, my office has created five new awards that celebrate research excellence:

• Murray Knuttila Transdisciplinary Research Prize: one or more Brock University researchers who have enabled and advanced transdisciplinary research involving Brock University. These include but are not limited to: new research, scholarship, or creation that was enabled by transdisciplinary collaboration; creation of new branches of transdisciplinary investigation; creation of transdisciplinary research teams; development of methods for new transdisciplinary research.

• President’s Innovation Award: an individual or team of up to three members in recognition of an outstanding university-industry partnership that has demonstrated high-quality research, maximized the use of university and industry resources, and resulted in tangible commercial or knowledge-based benefits.

• President’s Internationalization Award: an individual or team of up to three members to recognize significant achievements in promoting internationalization for and at Brock. The award is intended to encourage and recognize faculty engagement internationally and encourage the internationalization of Brock.

• President’s Impact Award: Awarded to an individual or team of up to three members in recognition of research which has demonstrated outstanding community engagement, produced demonstrable social or economic impacts in the community at a local, national, or international level, and/or facilitated knowledge transfer beyond the academic community.

• President’s Scholarly Achievement Award: Awarded to an individual or team in recognition of outstanding scholarly achievement and impact through world-class scholarship and book publication that produces intellectual advances in the understanding of our past, present and future


ORS Office Manager Carrie Kelly wins service award! (Dec. 18, 2013)
I wish to congratulate Office of Research Services’ manager Carrie Kelly, who was awarded the Distinguished Service Award for Leadership presented at the President’s holiday celebration in December. The award recognizes a staff member who has a record of leading and working collaboratively, engaging faculty and staff, furthering the development of a respectful work and learning environment and culture and building relationships and partnerships. Well done, Carrie!


Dr. Tomáš Hudlický is inducted as an RSC Fellow (Nov. 17, 2013)
At the Royal Society of Canada’s conference in November, Dr. Tomáš Hudlický was officially welcomed as an RSC Fellow, a tremendous honour. Dr. Hudlicky is an excellent example for how researchers in Canadian universities can impact and benefit our communities and our world. Also at the RSC conference, Associate Vice-President Research Kevin Kee delivered a compelling luncheon address, titled Scholarship in the Digital Age.


Dr. Barry Wright appointed director of the Niagara Community Observatory (Sept. 17, 2013)

Congratulations to Goodman School associate professor Dr. Barry Wright! He is the new Director of the Niagara Community Observatory. Besides being a distinguished academic, Dr. Wright serves on the boards of Leadership Niagara and the Niagara Health System. He also has a wealth of experience as a business advisor. With his extensive academic, business, and community experience, Dr. Wright is extremely well positioned to continue the NCO’s strong connection to the community. This connection involves listening for what is important to the people of Niagara and beyond and providing balanced non-partisan, evidence-based research to help inform important policy decisions. Dr. Wright replaces political science professor Dr. David Siegel, who was NCO’s founding director. I want to take this opportunity to reiterate my thanks to Dr. Siegel, who has done an extraordinary job in bringing this initiative into existence and in creating the partnerships and track record of excellence that have had impact across our communities.


Photo of Gary Libben
Dr. Gary Libben

Dr. Gary Libben is a scholar and academic administrator who is a leader in advancing interdisciplinary research. Before coming to Brock, he served as Associate Vice-President (Research) at the University of Calgary. A psycholinguist who studies how words are represented and processed in the mind, Dr. Libben was named in 2008 as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He is a former President of the Canadian Linguistics Association, co-founder of The Mental Lexicon Journal, and was a founding director of the University of Alberta’s Centre for Comparative Psycholinguistics. He has also been director of Words in the Mind, Words in the Brain, a project funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Dr. Libben’s international experience includes visiting professorships in Austria and the Netherlands.