Researchers in the news

Researchers in the news

Canadians detained in China are pawns in a bigger geopolitical game
The Globe and Mail, August 7, 2014

Commentary by political scientist Charles Burton.

The truth behind the death of Little Miss Perfect, Telegraph Online, August 7, 2014

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

Spying case heightens China-Canada tensions, reflects split in Ottawa
Reuters News Agency, August 6, 2014

Comment by political scientist Charles Burton on how the detention of the Canadian couple will have a “chilling” effect on the Prime Minister’s meetings with Chinese authorities.

Two Canadians investigated in China Over Spying Claims
New York Times, August 6, 2014

Quote by political scientist Charles Burton.

Ottawa mum over Canadian couple’s detention in China
The Globe and Mail, August 5, 2014

Analysis by political scientist Charles Burton on the Chinese government’s motivations for detaining a Canadian Christian missionary couple in China.

China probes two Canadians for alleged theft of state secrets
The Globe and Mail, August 4, 2014

Quote from political scientist Charles Burton how the arrests of the Canadian couple occurred less than a week after Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his top officials – for the first time – publicly implicated China in alleged acts of cyber espionage.

Niagara vines feeling chill of prolonged, frigid winter
Toronto Star, August 4, 2014

Description by Jim Willwerth, viticulturist with Brock University’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute, of new technologies that grape growers employ to reduce potential injury to the vines.

How to succeed in business school: Five tips for first-year students from dean of business school
Leader-Post (Regina), July 31, 2014

Goodman School of Business Dean Don Cyr shares his five tips to succeed in business school.

COLUMN: We all should consider running for council
St. Catharines Standard, July 30, 2014

Commentary by political scientist David Siegel.

Ontario wine: good quality but smaller crop after cold winter
CBC Hamilton, July 26, 2014

Comments by Jim Willwerth, a viticulturist with Brock University's Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute, on how the mild summer has allowed vines to recover from the injury and support the fruit on the vines.

Prof earns kudos for breaking the rat code
Fort Erie Times, July 23, 2014

Article on behavioural neuroscientist Stefan Brudzynski’s International Behavioral Neuroscience Society’s “Outstanding Achievement Award.”


Brock psychologist wins award
Bullet News Niagara, July 23, 2014

Editor Wins Award for Research on Rat Vocalization
SciTech Connect, July 25, 2014

Mosquito hunter
St. Catharines Standard/Niagara Falls Review, July 22, 2014

Description of research on mosquitos conducted by grad student Bryan Giordano and others on biologist Fiona Hunter’s team.

Pets as partners: Growing number of young singles treat cats and dogs like replacement girlfriends and boyfriends
National Post, July 18, 2014

Comments by sociology professor John Sorenson on the nature of close animal-human relationships.

Experts discuss political terrorism
CHCH TV, July 17, 2014

Political scientist Pierre Lizee weighs in on who might have shot down Malaysian Airlines’ flight MH17 in Ukraine.

Gaza militants' rockets: Fewer, less accurate than last Hamas-Israel conflict
The Christian Science Monitor, July 16, 2014

Business professor Michael Armstrong uses mathematical models to conclude that fewer rockets are being fired this time from Gaza, that they're less accurate, and being intercepted less often by Iron Dome than in 2012.

Beware the budget bite, municipalities
St. Catharines Standard, July 15, 2014

Commentary by political scientist David Siegel on how Ontario’s reduction in transfer payments will affect municipalities.

Money Ball: There’s lots of hype surrounding the upcoming Pan Am Games, but will Hamilton’s economy benefit?
Hamilton Spectator, July 9, 2014

Reference to research by Recreation and Leisure Studies professor Martha Barnes and researcher Carol Philips examining the effect of hosting international games on three Ontario communities, including Hamilton’s hosting of the World Road Cycling Championships in 2003.

Bernardo’s would-be fiancée ‘delusional': expert, July 4, 2014

Quote from psychology professor Angela Book that it would be unwise to allow convicted murderer Paul Bernardo conjugal visits.

Brock University prof gets UNESCO’s nod
Pelham News, July 3, 2014

Article on biologist Liette Vasseur’s appointment as Canada’s newest UNESCO chair.

OPINION: Plan carefully for GO service
St. Catharines Standard, July 3, 2014

Commentary by political scientist David Siegel on decisions that need to be made now that the GO Train will service Niagara.

We are Canadian... Hear our youthful roar
Winnipeg Free Press, June 28, 2014

Commentary by associate professor in the Department of Communication, Popular Culture and Film Scott Henderson on how far Canada has come since changing the name from Dominion Day to Canada Day.

Brock researches pest killing fungus
St. Catharines Standard, June 28, 2014

Article about Brock’s Natural Sciences and Engineering Council (NSERC) awards, with a particular emphasis on new research that could unlock the genetic secrets of a pest killing fungus, potentially leading to the development of new, safer pesticides for farmers.

Transforming Emerging International Ventures into Major Competitors in Foreign Markets
PR Newswire/ USNewswire/Reuters, June 20, 2014

Research by Goodman School of Business professors Dirk De Clercq and Lianxi Zhou that, to reap the benefits from their entrepreneurial posture in foreign markets, international young ventures must consider both the external context in which they compete and their internal organizational context, if the advantages of this posture are to outweigh the costs.

An Interview with Dr. Fiona Hunter, Medical Entomologist
Entomology Today, June 19, 2014

Q&A with biologist Fiona Hunter on the medical entomology profession.

Why denouncing lying may not be enough
The British Psychological Society (, June 18, 2014

Research by Brock University, the University of Toronto and McGill University that warning children about the negative repercussions of telling lies might not be an effective way of stopping them from doing it.

Does Reading 'Moral' Stories to Children Promote Honesty?, June 17, 2014

Research by Brock University, the University of Toronto and McGill University on how narrating classic "moral" stories to young children affected their willingness to tell the truth.

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Scary CT Scans: Researchers at Brock University found that the more serious the scan results, the more smokers may actually kick the habit. “If it’s a bad screening result it can lead to a 12 per cent increase in smoking cessation. In other words they quit smoking” says researcher Martin Tammemagi. (CHCH TV interview with epidemiologist Martin Tammemagi, May 28, 2014)