What's New in Research

What's New in Research


Brock professor authors new book examining important role of municipal CAOs

April 10, 2015

Mayors are the political heads of Canadian municipalities, but chief administrative officers (CAOs) are the ones behind the scenes who have a major impact on the efficient operation of the city.

Often the highest-paid municipal public servants, CAOs or city managers, are tasked with providing advice to council and running the day-to-day operations. They’re hired, not elected, and they’re often overlooked and not well understood.

In his new book, Leaders in the Shadows, Brock University political science professor David Siegel shines a light on the CAO, examining the leadership qualities of effective municipal managers.

Siegel uses two active and three retired CAOs from across Canada as examples of exceptional city managers and shows what leadership traits, skills and behaviours helped make them successful.

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End of the super-skinny model? Brock study finds Size 6 models more marketable than Size 0 models

April 7, 2015

Women are ready to see fashion models that look like them. Luckily for the fashion industry, new Brock University research shows size six models will do a better job of marketing their products, especially to women with low self-esteem.

The research by Kai-Yu Wang, a marketing professor at Brock’s Goodman School of Business, shows that fashion brands can substitute their size zero models with average sized models without impacting either the model attractiveness rating or the product evaluation.

“With the debate around the use of super-skinny models, we wanted to find out if women preferred size zero models over average sized models” says Wang.

Wang and his co-author completed three studies to test their theories about whether women aged 18-25 preferred average size models or size zero models and the role that brand and self-esteem play in their preferences. They looked at both established companies with a history of using size zero models as well as fictional new brands.

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Brock chemist, start-up company unveil new technology for mining sector

March 20, 2015

The Canadian start-up company ColdBlock Technologies Inc. and its research partner, Brock University chemist Ian Brindle, unveiled their pioneering technology at the recent Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada conference.

This marks the first step in the company’s global launch of its ColdBlockTM Laboratory Sample Digestion Technology, which has the potential to revolutionize the mining industry by offering a cheaper, faster and cleaner way to conduct mineral and ore analysis.

“ColdBlock Digestion offers mining operations a new alternative to achieve productivity gains,” Brindle says.

The analysis process, called digestion, involves dissolving samples in order to measure the amounts of economically valuable metals within them. Current conventional methods can take up to four hours or more to digest samples with toxic acids and acids that form explosive compounds.

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Brock-based water research network launches new funding competition

March 19, 2015

The Water Economics, Policy and Governance Network, a national research initiative headquartered at Brock, has launched a new funding competition for research projects in the run-up to World Water Day on March 22.

Eligible researchers may apply for two and a half years of funding under three priority research areas: “Water and Economy”; “Institutions and Community” and “Knowledge and Decision-Making.”

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The network funds a cross-Canada network of social scientists to work with partners from communities, governments, First Nations, non-governmental organizations and industry all over the country. The research focuses on the social, economic, and political dimensions of water.

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Psychopaths mimic emotions very accurately: Brock study

March 18, 2015

“He was always so friendly, cheerful, polite.” “I don’t believe it - he was such a nice guy! How could he do something like that?”

These are common reactions when finding out that someone we know, who’s seemingly empathetic, warm, and supportive, turns out to be psychopathic.

But new research by Brock psychologist Angela Book shows that psychopaths are able to display emotions they don’t feel to the extent where everyone around them is convinced that those emotions are real.

“Psychopaths tend to lack fear and we know they lack remorse,” says Book. “We wanted to know if they were better able to fake these things.”

Book and her team conducted three experiments to test a theory called mimicry, “where these individuals are successful because they’re able to look normal; that would include emotional mimicry.” She says they use mimicry to avoid being detected.

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Brock Chemistry professor recognized with International award

March 11, 2015

A Brock professor is now internationally known after being recognized with the Alexander von Humboldt Award.

Charis Stamatatos, Assistant Professor of Inorganic Chemistry, becomes the first Humboldt award winner from Brock.

“The award honours the academic achievements of the winner’s lifetime. It recognizes academics whose fundamental discoveries, new theories, or insights have had a significant impact on their own discipline, and who are expected to continue producing cutting-edge achievements in the future,” explained Stamatatos.

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation promotes international cooperation between Germany and top foreign researchers. The foundation maintains a steadily growing alumni network since 1953, which currently includes over 25,000 Humboldtians of all disciplines –including 47 Nobel laureates- in more than 130 countries around the globe.

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Brock Biological Sciences department to be featured on CBC this Friday

March 11, 2015

Imagine putting your arm in a live colony of mosquitoes on a regular basis.

That’s everyday life for Bryan Giordano, a Biotechnology student here at Brock University.

Giodrano and the Department of Biological Sciences will be featured this Friday on CBC’s Marketplace after agreeing to test a new product that could potentially keep what some refer to as the “nasty critters” away.

“We were very excited and surprised when first contacted by CBC who
heard of our laboratory and research through Dr. (Fiona) Hunter’s appearance on The Nature of Things, as well as our last broadcast with the Discovery Channel,” Giordano said.

“We gladly accepted their proposal to test a new mosquito
repellant product as we thought this would be a great way to showcase
our research and our beautiful new lab here at Brock.”

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