What's New in Research

What's New in Research


Brock professor receives prestigious academic honour

September 16, 2014

Canada’s top academic body has elected Canada Research Chair in Multiliteracies Jennifer Rowsell to its inaugural College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.

Rowsell will now be able to share her research - and connect with others doing similar work - on a national scale as one of the newest members of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC).

The RSC announced the College’s inaugural cohort of 91 members - including Rowsell - Sept. 16.

“This is an important moment in the history of the Royal Society of Canada,” said RSC President Graham Bell. “The College is Canada’s first national system of multidisciplinary recognition for the emerging generation of leaders.”

Bell added, “Together, the members of the College will be in a position to provide guidance on issues of importance to Canadians, and to promote Canadian achievements in the arts, humanities and sciences around the world.”

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Goodman recognizes scholarly excellence with new research awards

September 11, 2014

Two faculty members at the Goodman School of Business have been honoured for their academic research contributions in the fields of management and accounting.

Dirk De Clercq, professor of management, and Sohyung Kim, assistant professor of accounting, were the inaugural recipients of the Distinguished Researcher Award and Untenured Researcher of the Year Award.

The Distinguished Researcher and Untenured Researcher of the Year awards were created by the Goodman School of Business to recognize senior and junior faculty members for their research accomplishments. Recipients of the awards are selected based on the excellence of their research-related activities, including their publication, grant and award record. Tenured faculty, who are eligible to receive the Distinguished Researcher Award, are evaluated based on the last five years while untenured faculty members are evaluated only on the previous academic year.

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Brock professor receives highest academic honour

September 9, 2014

English Language and Literature professor Elizabeth Sauer is passionate about promoting scholarship in general - and humanities research in particular - in the wider Canadian society. Sauer is among 90 fellows elected to the Royal Society of Canada.

Canada’s top academic body announced its new fellows Sept. 9. One of the country’s foremost scholars of John Milton and 17th-century literature, Sauer earlier this year published Milton, Toleration and Nationhood. Sauer’s definitive book arose from her 2009 Killam Research Fellowship, a prestigious award bestowed by the Canada Council for the Arts.

Sauer says her new RSC fellowship will enable her to take her research to the next level.

“Election to the Royal Society of Canada is truly an honour and the strongest validation one can receive as a researcher, and it really inspires a greater desire to help others develop their research profiles, which I’m striving to do.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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