Both Sides of Our Brain

Faculty of Applied Health Sciences

Both Sides of Our Brain

Melissa Blair

Community Health major; minor in business.
Fastball player, tobacco awareness advocate, yoga.
Goals: Market with responsibility. Promote healthy living.

For Melissa Blair, the collision between community health science and business strategies creates a unique opportunity to advance social change through marketing.

Melissa, who majored in Community Health Sciences and in Business, found her niche at Brock. She became the team leader for the Leave the Pack Behind tobacco awareness initiative, managing a group of 10 students. She was also involved with the tobacco awareness initiative at Niagara Region Public Health and Brock’s Heart Institute.

Health, fitness and well-being are big components of Melissa’s life. She was team captain of Brock women’s fastball team and an OUA fastball all-star. She also practises yoga and Buddhism to keep herself grounded.

She’ll carry this interest in health and marketing into a business. After completing graduate school, she hopes to have a social marketing consultancy company.

(2010 - 2011 Profile)

Dru Bernardo

Major: Nursing.
Hockey referee, father, aid to people in need.
Goals: Raise his daughter. Serve his country.
While serving at a military hospital in Afghanistan, Dru Bernardo saw what war can do to the human body. The decorated Canadian soldier was so impressed by the medical personnel who cared for wounded soldiers and civilians that he was convinced to study nursing upon his return to Canada.

The mature student, who juggles his studies with the responsibilities of fatherhood to baby Lydia, was attracted by the Brock University-Loyalist College collaborative nursing program, where students are involved in patient care right from the start.

“Everything you need to be a great nurse is right here at Brock.”

Once he’s completed his program, Dru will re-enter active duty as a nurse, though not necessarily in war zones.

Wherever he ends up, his trademark hugs will be sure to follow.

(2010 - 2011 Profile)

Ashley Johnson

Major: Physical Education
Tap dancer, reader, children’s mentor.
Goals: Keep kids active. Teach kids teamwork.

Ashley Johnson believes that, along with a solid education, physical activity is key to developing a holistic experience for children.

She’s so convinced of this that she’s devoted her academic career to programs aimed at the development of the whole child.

Ashley possesses three degrees from Brock — an MA in Applied Health Science and bachelor’s degrees in Physical Education and in Education.

Ashley is the consistent and recognizable face for the children and parents involved with the Children’s Movement Program at Brock. She’s also been very involved in the children’s Unity Games, both in Niagara and in the British Virgin Islands.

“Brock has a strong faculty to guide you and they will encourage you to follow your own path.”

(2010 - 2011 Profile)

Dr. Stephen S. Cheung

Canada Research Chair, Professor
Physical Education & Kinesiology

To say that Professor Stephen Cheung’s research runs hot and cold would not be an insult to the Canada Research Chair in Environmental Ergonomics.

Known as Dr. Freeze at Brock, Cheung researches the ability of humans to adapt to extreme temperatures, such as desert heat, tropical humidity or Arctic cold. He is particularly interested in how thermal stress affects human physiology and performance.

His work has many applications, including to the military, workers on offshore oilrigs, or individuals with multiple sclerosis who could benefit from exercise but are intolerant to heat stress.

Among other things, Cheung studies blood flow, muscle function and neural control of manual function during short- and long-term exposure of the hands to cold, since the hands are critical to survival in cold situations. Manual dexterity is rapidly impaired when the hands are exposed to cold.

And since heat and cold exposure impairs not just physical capacity but mental function, thermal stress can often increase the risk of accidents. As a result, the scientist is exploring developing occupational exposure guidelines as a means to reduce accident rates.

Cheung originally began his research in oceanography. But his passion for cycling led him to explore the impact of exercise on the human body, which led him to his current research within our Faculty of Applied Health Sciences.

“So now my passion is my work, and my work is my hobby,” he says.

And that’s extremely beneficial to us all.

(2009 - 2010 Profile)