What's New in Research
Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships bring two top scholars to Brock
August 21, 2014
The federal government has awarded prestigious Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships to two postdoctoral fellows to study at Brock University. The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program supports cutting-edge research by top postdoctoral fellows from Canada and internationally.
Danila Sokolov and Robyn Lee begin their terms with fellowships under the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) category.
Sokolov’s research program, titled “Anglo-Russian Literary and Cultural Encounters in the Early Modern Period: A Study in the Poetics of Mutual Representation, 1553-1690,” involves tracing the complex “textual history” between the two countries starting with Richard Chancellor’s mission to the court of Ivan IV in 1553 up to the Glorious Revolution.
International internship leads to positive research mentorship in Health Sciences
August 6, 2014
An international internship at Brock will allow a visiting student from France to learn about many different kinds of cultures at the University.
Inside the lab, Marine Morfaux has worked with Brock health sciences researchers to learn about cell cultures and other cell biology research techniques. Outside the lab, she has gained insights into Canadian culture and the unique Brock experience.
Morfaux will be entering her third year of studies in the food and health program at the Institut Polytechnique Lasalle Beauvais in France. However, she will spend the next four months in the Cairn’s research labs gaining research experience as part of the university’s mentorship program, which is also a requirement for her to complete her degree.
Brock researchers receive funding for youth physical literacy assessment project
August 5, 2014
The Centre for Healthy Development through Sport and Physical Activity (CHDSPA) at Brock University received a $164,000 grant from the Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.
The funding will be used to learn more about how to develop and assess physical literacy among children and youth in Ontario.
Ken Lodewyk, who is the co-director of CHDSPA and an Associate Professor in Kinesiology, said “physical literacy is basically ones motivation, competence, awareness, and confidence for meeting personal movement goals such as being regularly physically active. To increase physical literacy, we need to know more about the physical literacy levels of Ontario children and youth particularly in relation to new training and assessment initiatives for sport and physical activity providers.”
Brock International hosts We Welcome the World Reception
July 18, 2014
Brock International introduced the newest visiting international professors, scholars and university mentorship participants, including Science without Borders students from around the world, at this term’s We Welcome the World Reception.
The event, which was held July 16, is organized each term to formally recognize new participants in the VIP, VIS, and UM programs at Brock. Participants in those programs currently represent 60 academic institutions from 13 countries, including: Australia, Brazil, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Iran, Japan, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, Sweden and Tunisia.
The visiting scholar programs began more than a decade ago, and Brock International recognized the 500th participant with a special presentation.
Brock psychologist wins international behavioral neuroscience award
July 21, 2014
A cat standing in front of a rat is not a pretty sight for that rat. So much so that the rat belts out a “this is not good” yelp in ultrasonic waves, easily heard by other rats but silent to the naked human ear.
Analyzing rat “vocalizations” and discovering their mechanisms was just one of the breakthroughs that have come from the 45-year research career of Brock University behavioural psychologist Stefan Brudzynski.
“The difficulty is that animals do not have language,” says Brudzynski. “Their calls do not have grammatical structure and words. Yet, rats interpret the sounds they emit.
“It’s not just any sound. They try to emit specific structured sounds because they have certain meanings behind them.”
For this research and other achievements, Brudzynski recently received the International Behavioral Neuroscience Society (IBNS)’s Outstanding Achievement Award at the society’s 23rd annual meeting.
Have World Cup fever? Goodman professor knows why
July 9, 2014
Soccer fans are known for reacting passionately to each goal. It’s not surprising then, that Tuesday’s World Cup semifinal between Brazil and Germany was the most tweeted event in sporting history. Photos and videos showed Brazilian fans reacting to the loss with anger and tears as soccer fans worldwide raced to analyze what went wrong.
Passionate soccer fans are the research focus of Goodman School of Business Prof. Peter Yannopoulos. Yannopoulos is currently researching the underlying motivations for attending soccer games. He’s exploring the way emotions and social identities impact attendance and how sports marketers can use this research to improve ticket and merchandise sales.
Yannopoulos, along with colleagues from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and the Open University of Greece, is looking to get to the heart of what motivates soccer fans to buy tickets and travel across the world to watch a game that could be watched in the comfort of their own home.
NSERC announces research grants for the next five years
June 26, 2014
Metarhizium, a widespread soil-borne fungus that feasts upon more than 200 different kinds of insects, has long been known to be an insect pathogen, destroying soil-borne pests by robbing them of nitrogen.
But breakthrough research by biologist Michael Bidochka and his team two years ago found that the fungus is also able to transfer nitrogen from the insects that they kill to plants via their root systems, making the fungus a natural fertilizer as well as an insect repellant in agriculture.
“This discovery generates new knowledge that enables us to better understand the nitrogen cycle and soil ecosystems,” Bidochka said at the time. “We’re going to go on and do more complex things based on this research.”
He and his team will now do just that, thanks to a $165,000 grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC).