Brock researchers awarded $1.7 million

Twenty-nine Brock researchers have received a combined $1.7 million in grants through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).

The research projects are funded because of their potential to advance knowledge and build understanding in disciplines in humanities, social sciences, education, business and applied health sciences. The projects touch on numerous subjects, including:

  • the impact of birth order on sexual orientation
  • integrating physical education teaching to prevent youth violence in El Salvador
  • the explosion of avant-garde writing in Vancouver in the 1960s

One major project has an eight-member team led by four Brock researchers. The team is studying community and family initiatives that will help student success in Ontario’s Aboriginal youth.The three-year project received nearly $230,000 under SSHRC’s Aboriginal Research pilot program.

This support from SSHRC speaks to the diversity of research at Brock, and “will further strengthen our position as a research-intensive university,” said Ian Brindle, Vice-President Research.

In a related funding announcement, 28 master’s students and six doctoral students at Brock were awarded about $1 million in SSHRC research funding under the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate scholarship program. Two graduate students were awarded Vanier scholarships earlier this year, bringing the SSHRC-related student funding to $1.3 million for 2010.

“Again this year we are celebrating the tremendous success of Brock students in obtaining much sought-after SSHRC funding,” said Marilyn Rose, Dean of Graduate Studies.

The graduate student projects reflect a wide range of research, including autism and literacy, history, Aboriginal issues, the applied health sciences, sociology, and psychology issues, such as the effect of violent video games on aggression.

Brock has increased its project acceptance rate this year by nearly 15 per cent over 2009. The total funding for the Brock projects listed below, including standard research grants, and grants from programs such as the International Opportunities fund, is $1,715,515.

Tony Clement, Minister of Industry, made the SSHRC federal funding announcement this morning during a visit to Laurentian University. The grants and scholarships across the country totalled $190.5 million for nearly 4,000 researchers.

The following is a list of Brock grant recipients. Read the media release for more information on their projects, or visit the SSHRC website.

Standard research grants

  • Natalie Alvarez, Dramatic Arts
  • Charles Conteh, Political Science
  • Gregory Betts, English Language and Literature
  • Anthony Bogaert, Community Health Sciences
  • Mary Breunig, Recreation and Leisure Studies
  • Michael Carter, Department of Classics
  • Michael Driedger, History
  • Xavier Fazio, Education and Douglas Karrow, Education
  • Zhongzhi (Lawrence) He, Finance, Operations and Information Systems (principal investigator); Samir Trabelsi, Accounting (co-PI); – Tejaswini Herath, Finance, Operations and Information Systems
  • Dominic Lim, Organizational Behaviour, Human Resources and Entrepreneurship and Ethics
  • Behnaz Mirzai, History
  • Catherine Mondloch, Psychology
  • Chang Hoon Oh, Marketing, International Business and Strategy
  • Catherine Parayre, Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures (principal investigator); Leslie Boldt, Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures (co-PI); and Derek Knight, Department of Visual Arts (collaborator)
  • Shauna Pomerantz, Child and Youth Studies and Rebecca Raby, Child and Youth Studies
  • David Schimmelpenninck van der Oye, History
  • Ronald Thomson, Applied Linguistics
  • Katharine von Stackelberg, Classics
  • Chelsea Willness, Organizational Behaviour, Human Resources and Entrepreneurship and Ethics

Strategic research grants
Dawn Zinga, Child and Youth Studies (principal investigator); Sheila Bennett and Debra Harwood, Education; and Tony Volk, Child and Youth Studies for the Aboriginal Research Pilot Program

International Opportunities Fund

  • John Corlett, Physical Education and Kinesiology
  • Mohammed Dore, Economics
  • Samir Trabelsi, Accounting

Community University Research Alliance

  • Frances Owen, Child and Youth Studies
  • Liette Vasseur, Biological Sciences

Aid to Workshops and Conferences in Canada

  • Elizabeth Greene, Classics
  • Dorothy Griffiths, Child and Youth Studies
  • Katherine von Stackelburg, Classics

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