Media Talk (Aug. 9 – Sept. 6, 2013)

“Media Talk” is a recurring summary of select Brock faculty, staff and student appearances in the media. If you have details of a media appearance to share with The Brock News, please send them to

Aug. 9: The National PostGrammar 4eva: Has ‘techspeak’ made time-honoured language skills irrelevant in the Internet age?
Featuring comments by Ruth McQuirter Scott, professor of teacher education in the Faculty of Education, who specializes in word studies and is often referred to as “the spelling guru.”

Steven Renzetti

Steven Renzetti

Aug. 10: The Province (Letter to the editor)Water work timely” by Steven Renzetti, professor, Economics. Renzetti, a water economist, is leading the “Water Economics, policy and governance network” project, which received a Partnership Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) valued at more than $2.3-million.

Aug. 13: Welland Tribune “World beaters; Coach wins seven medals at World Dragon Boat Championship”
Featuring comments by Brian Roy, associate professor of Kinesiology and head coach of the Welland-based South Niagara Canoe Club, about competing at the World Dragon Boat Championships in Szeged, Hungary. Roy alone won two gold medals, two silvers and two bronze with Canada claiming a total of 50 medals, 30 of them gold.

Aug. 14: Windsor StarExport a wine to create a buzz?
Featuring comments by Maxim Voronov, associate professor of strategic management, about his wine marketing research.

Aug. 14: Michigan English Language Teaching (elt blog) MICHIGAN ELT author Thomas Farrell reflects on ‘Reflecting on Teaching the Four Skills’
Interview with Thomas Farrell, professor of Applied Linguistics, about the publication of his latest book, Reflecting on Teaching the Four Skills: 60 Strategies for Professional Development.

Aug. 14: Huffington Post (Blog)Retail Workers Deserve Our Respect” by Kendra Coulter, assistant professor, Labour Studies.

Aug. 14: 77 WABC Radio (New York)The John Batchelor Show
Interview with Charles Burton, associate professor, Political Science, about the Bo Xilai and Neil Heywood scandals in China.

Aug. 18: cbc.caETFO not pushing for ban on cell phones in classrooms: Hamilton rep
Featuring comments by Zoe Branigan-Pipe, a teacher with the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board who also lectures at Brock on the role of new technology in the classroom.

Aug. 21: AM 610 CKTB Tim Denis in the Morning
Interview with Pierre Lizée, associate professor and chair of the Department of Political Science, about the ongoing crisis in Egypt.

Aug. 25: Wall Street JournalCircus, Performance Art, What’s the Difference?
Aug. 30: Newsday (Long Island)Time to pay attention to the circus scene
Featuring comments by Karen Fricker, assistant professor of Dramatic Arts, about contemporary circus techniques evolving in ways that are increasingly connected to the performing arts.

Aug. 25: Toronto Star (opinion/commentary)Royal dreams and constitutional nightmares” by John Sainsbury, professor, History.

Aug. 26: Welland TribuneApp encourages visiting athletes to support business in host community
Story about a mobile app, Sport on the Go, developed by Laura Cousens, associate professor of Sport Management and colleagues in her department, that profiles sport events and provides comprehensive destination information to ease the travel burden for event-goers.

Aug. 28: St. Catharines Standard (community voices)A sad farewell to another summer” by Darlene Ciuffetelli Parker, associate professor, Teacher Education, Faculty of Education.

Sept. 4: St. Catharines StandardUnique Brock course digs into animal labour
Interview with Kendra Coulter, assistant professor, Labour Studies, about a new course she is teaching this Fall that examines animals and work.

Aug. 31: Blog Business WorldPerception of Wine Taste Due To Celebrity Athlete Endorsement – Interview
Interview with Antonia Mantonakis, associate professor of marketing at the Goodman School of Business, about a recent study she and her colleagues conducted, about how consumers perceive the quality and taste of a wine based on the impact of having celebrity athletes, from various sports, endorse a wine.

Sept. 2: CBC Radio – Superior Morning (Thunder Bay)Retail Rebellion
– cbc.caU.S. minimum wage protests resonate in Thunder Bay
Interview with Kendra Coulter, assistant professor, Labour Studies, about service industry workers and job compensation in response to recent walkouts by fast-food workers in the U.S.

Sept. 6: Toronto StarLung cancer: Canadians develop app to predict if lesions are malignant
Globe & Mail Scans could speed lung cancer detection
CityNews (Toronto)App helps predict if lung lesions are cancerous or benign‘App’ helps predict if lung lesions seen on CT are cancerous or benign: study
France 24 / International NewsRisk calculator boosts odds of finding lung cancer
Frontier Post (Pakistan)Risk calculator boosts odds of finding lung cancer
Various news stories featuring comments by Martin Tammemagi, a professor of epidemiology in the Department of Community Health Sciences, about risk calculation software he created that can reduce surgical procedures by helping doctors know if nodules showing up on CT lung scans have a high probability of being cancerous.

Sept. 6: The Telegraph (UK)Having more older brothers increases likelihood of being gay
Daily Mail Online (UK) Men are more likely to be gay if they have older brothers, say scientists
Huffington PostMen With Older Brothers More Likely To Be Gay? Study Expanding To Biological Origin
Featuring comments by Tony Bogaert, professor, Community Health Sciences, about his research on birth order and male sexuality.

Sept. 6: Hamilton SpectatorProvince holds back on release of full-day kindergarten study
Featuring comments by Mary-Louise Vanderlee, associate professor in the Faculty of Education’s Department of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies, about her involvement with a provincial study that is looking at the benefits of full-day kindergarten in Ontario.

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