Media Talk

* Fiona Hunter, professor of Biological Sciences, was interviewed by CBC Toronto for a story about West Nile virus in Ontario, which appeared on The National news broadcast and their website.
CBC The National: “More West Nile in Ontario” (Aug. 27, 2012)
CBC News: “West Nile virus worsens in Ontario” (Aug 27, 2012)
Hunter was also a guest on the Outdoor Journal radio show on The Fan 590 AM on Aug. 11 where she spoke about West Nile virus and the new Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex at Brock.

* Jim Wilwerth, viticulturalist with the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) at Brock, and Kevin Ker, a professional affiliate of CCOVI, were interviewed by the St. Catharines Standard about CCOVI’s pre-harvest monitoring program and this year’s grape growing season.
St. Catharines Standard: “Vineyard harvest shines with summer heat” (Aug. 22, 2012)

* David Sharron, University archivist and head of Special Collections in the James A. Gibson Library, was interviewed by BBC News about the Battle of Fort Detroit during the War of 1812. The 200th anniversary of the battle was on August 16 and it was Maj.-Gen. Sir Isaac Brock’s first major victory of the war.
BBC News: “Isaac Brock bust given to Guernsey by Canadian artist” (Aug. 16, 2012)

* Charles Burton, associate professor of Political Science and former counsellor at the Canadian embassy in Beijing, conducted the following media interviews and authored the following opinion pieces on various issues concerning Canada-China relations:
Globe and Mail: “Ottawa taps veteran diplomat for ambassador’s role in China” (Aug. 30, 2012)
Radio Canada International: “Questioning Canada’s pick for ambassador to China” (Aug. 30, 2012)
OMNI News TV: interview in Mandarin speculating about the next Canadian Ambassador to China (Aug. 30, 2012)
Toronto Star Op-Ed: “CNOOC’s bid for Nexen is a key move on China’s global chess board” (Aug. 23, 2012)
National Post: “China’s state-run news agency being used to monitor critics in Canada: reporter” (Aug. 22, 2012)
Globe and Mail Op-Ed: “The party will write the narrative for Ms. Gu – and for Nexen” (Aug. 6, 2012)
For a complete list of Burton’s media activities, visit his website:

* Kendra Coulter, assistant professor of Labour Studies, was interviewed by the Toronto Star about the arrival of Target in Canada and its impact on retail workers.
Toronto Star: “Zellers employees walk away empty-handed in $1.825-billion deal” (Aug. 20, 2012)
Coulter was also a guest on Rank and File Radio, a weekly Canadian labour news program broadcast on CFRC 101.9 FM in Kingston, Ont.,

* Andrea Doucet, Canada Research Chair in Gender Work and Care at Brock, recently conducted the following interviews about her research:
Toronto Star: “Breastfeeding dad wins support from parenting community” (Aug. 20, 2012)
Ottawa Citizen Op-Ed: “The evolution of the stay-at-home dad” (June 18, 2012)
National Post: “Fathers more deeply engaged in child-rearing amid a mini baby boom” (June 16, 2012)
New York Times Op-Ed: Room For Debate “Dads Are Involved in Parenting” (June 15, 2012)
Globe and Mail: “Where are the stay-at-home dads in children’s books?” (June 14, 2012)

* Costa Metallinos, associate professor of Chemistry, was interviewed by Niagara This Week about a supposed supply shortage of helium gas and its impact on medical research and equipment.
Niagara This Week: “Helium shortage has wide impact” (Aug. 15, 2012)

* Jeff Chesebrough, director of innovation and incubation at Brock, and Ian Brindle, former Vice-President of Research and current special adviser to the President, were interviewed by the St. Catharines Standard about the new Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex at the University.
St. Catharines Standard: “Cairns complex holds Niagara’s future” (Aug. 14, 2012)

* Madelyn Law, assistant professor of Community Health Sciences, was interviewed by the St. Catharines Standard about the I-Equip project (interprofessional education for quality improvement). The student learning initiative is a joint venture between Brock, the Niagara Health System and McMaster University’s Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine.
St. Catharines Standard: “Students giving NHS a checkup” (Aug. 14, 2012)

* Cheri Bradish, associate professor of Sport Management, spoke to the Toronto Star about sponsorship opportunities in Canada for Olympic athletes after the games.
Toronto Star: “London 2012: For most Canadian athletes, medals don’t translate into cash” (Aug. 13, 2012)

* Mariek Schmidt, assistant professor of Earth Sciences, conducted several interviews about her involvement with NASA’s Mars rover vehicle Curiosity and its search for signs of life on the planet.
Toronto Star: “Can humans live on Mars? Three Canadian scientists are looking for the answer” (Aug. 11, 2012)
St. Catharines Standard: “Mars scientist’s next job: Recruit help” (Aug. 6, 2012)
St. Catharines Standard: “Brock geochemist casts her eyes to Mars” (Aug. 4, 2012)

* Don Cyr, Interim Dean of Business and associate professor of Finance, was a guest on BNN (Business News Network) where he spoke about his research on weather derivatives.
BNN: “Trading Weather” (July 18, 2012)

* Sheila Young, director and international liaison officer with Brock International, was quoted in a Maclean’s On Campus online story about Confucius Institutes in Canada.
Maclean’s: “Why the fuss over Confucius Institutes?” (June 25, 2012)

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