Researchers in the news

Researchers in the news

Scientist hopes he invented the next grape thing
St. Catharines Standard, April 16, 2014

Reference to research by Brock’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute on different grape-drying techniques, such as kiln and greenhouse drying.

Winegrowers hopeful after long, cold winter
The Belleville Intelligencer, April 15, 2014

Quotes by Brock viticulturalist Jim Willwerth that successive cold periods caused vines to lose buds and that growers did take preventative measures to protect against the cold.

Trying to be perfect could be ruining your health: It can trigger heart disease, IBS and insomnia - and some experts say it could even be as bad for you as smoking
Daily Mail (UK), April 15, 2014

Comments by psychologist Danielle Molnar, that perfectionism should be considered as a risk factor for disease in the same way as obesity and smoking.

Dried grape wines are back in the spotlight
National Post, April 11, 2014

Reference to research conducted by Brock’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) on appassimento techniques.

A helping hand stepping into adulthood
northumberlandnes.com/Port Colborne Leader, April 10, 2014

Assistant professor in applied disability studies Rebecca Ward explains that her 10-week program – My Life is an Epic Win – assists individuals on the high-functioning end of the autism spectrum transition into adult life as they leave high school.

Patrick looks to eliminate tech noncompete agreements
Boston Globe, April 10, 2014

Reference to a 2010 study by professors at Yale and Brock, which cited California and Massachusetts as examples, concluding that “the enforcement of noncompete clauses significantly impedes entrepreneurship and employment growth.”

From Tetris to Amazon: Interesting tidbits from the gaming world
St. Albert Gazette, April 9, 2014

Reference to research by Mirjana Bajovic that teens haven't had enough opportunities to develop higher-level social and moral reasoning.

Medicine Walk, by Richard Wagamese: Review
National Post, April 4, 2014

Book review written by Natalee Caple, novelisty and professor of English Literature.

Share your research. That's what keeps the humanities alive
The Globe and Mail, April 2, 2014

Commentary by Canada Research Chair in Digital Humanities Kevin Kee on the need for humanities researchers to engage in new forms of communications.

Brock panel available to discuss ASD, Wednesday
Bullet News Niagara, April 1, 2014

Researchers Maurice Feldman, Rebecca Ward, Kimberley Maich and Ping Liang comment on various aspects of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) on World Autism Day.

Brock University geneticist renewed as Canada Research Chair
Bullet News Niagara, March 31, 2014

Biologist Ping Liang is renewed as Canada Research Chair in Genomics and Bioinformatics.

Full-day kindergarten offers little academic advantage, study says
The Globe and Mail, March 28, 2014

Faculty of Education associate professor Mary Louise Vanderlee on how there needs to be changes in the Grade 1 curriculum for children to maintain the gains they have made in full-day kindergarten.

‘Educational value’ key to school trip debate
Hamilton Spectator, March 28, 2014

Letter to the editor by Tecumseh Centre director Lorenzo Cherubini.

Poverty Summit teaches high schoolers a life lesson
Mississauga News, March 27, 2014

Report of a community presentation on poverty delivered by education professor Darlene Ciuffetelli-Parker.

Protesters rally against Conservative bill
Sarnia This Week, March 25, 2014

Quotes by political scientists Stefan Dolgert and Janique Dubois about their objections to the Fair Elections Act.

Brock researchers, tech company, develop “green,” rapid testing technology for mining samples
Mining.com, March 25, 2014

Brock research team, headed by chemist Ian Brindle, developed technology that dramatically speeds up testing of ores and minerals while preserving the environment.

Going Global (with Democracy)
The Agenda with Steve Paikin, March 24, 2014

Janet Conway, Canada Research Chair in Social Justice, is one of four panelists addressing the question: As the world becomes one big village, what happens to democratic governance and sovereignty?

How to feel refreshed even after too little sleep - and why you MUST have an afternoon nap. Never wake up tired again
Daily Mail (UK), March 23, 2014

Reference to research by psychology prof. Kimberly Cote that even the shortest of snoozes causes significant improvements in people’s mood, reaction time, and alertness.

Profs question proposed election changes
Niagara Falls Review/St. Catharines Standard, March 21, 2014

Political scientists Stefan Dolgert and Janique Dubois outline their objections to the Fair Elections Act.

Canadians forced to wait for care
Sherwood Park News (Alberta), March 20, 2014

Comments by Ken Klassen, professor of operations management at the Goodman School of Business at Brock University, about the benefits of same day scheduling for patients to see physicians.

Norgen Biotek brings health testing into the home
Niagara This Week, March 20, 2014

Profile of Norgen Biotek Corporation of Thorold, founded by Brock University biology professor Yousef Haj-Ahmad, which has produced home testing kits for a variety of ailments.

Enjoy a steak? You're a Tory: Right eat more meat than their left-wing friends because of their belief in upholding traditions
Daily Mail Online (UK), March 20, 2014

Research by Brock University’s Gordon Hodson, published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences, linking meat eating with right-wing views.

Professors criticize proposed changes
Bullet News Niagara, March 19, 2014

Political scientists Janique Dubois and Stefan Dolgert say that proposed changes to Canada's election laws are a threat to the country's democratic traditions.

The eyes have it when it comes to taste of food: Study affirms importance of presentation
Edmonton Journal, March 19, 2014; also in Vancouver Sun

Research by consumer behaviour expert Antonia Mantonakis that that the spiral pattern of food on a plate caused restaurant patrons to see the meal holistically rather than as a collection of parts – a perceptual phenomenon previously shown to improve mood.

Photo of Cheung in the lab

It’s been tough going this winter. Extreme cold and wind chill can cause more than chilly toes. Especially if you’re not protected. We hear it every day. During every weather forecast in winter. The windchill factor. But what exactly does it mean? "Dr. Freeze" is here to explain. (Interview with Stephen Cheung, associate professor, Physical Education and Kinesiology and Canada Research Chair in Environmental Ergonomics, January 27, 2014, CHCH TV)