Impactful Brock research to be showcased at online Homecoming event

Helping children read better. The human aspect of protecting against cyberattacks. Improving muscle health.

Brock University researchers will be offering information and tips in these three areas at a virtual event Tuesday, Sept. 19 as part of Brock University’s Homecoming celebrations.

The event, which goes from noon to 1:15 p.m., features the expertise of Assistant Professor of Child and Youth Studies Erin Panda, Associate Professor of Digital Media Aaron Mauro and Assistant Professor of Kinesiology Val Fajardo.

“Showcasing Brock research at Homecoming is a wonderful way to share new knowledge with alumni and beyond,” says Office of Research Services Knowledge Mobilization Officer Jayne Morrish. “We’re able to highlight the exciting world-class discoveries happening on campus while also providing attendees with knowledge that can impact their daily lives.”

People who plan on attending the free event, which is open to the public, can RSVP on Eventbrite.

In the first presentation, Panda will share a success story from a collaboration between the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board and researchers at Brock University and SickKids who are working together to close the research-practice gap and improve reading outcomes for children.

The issue is crucial, says Morrish, as an average of three children in a typical classroom have life-long struggles with dyslexia and other reading disabilities.

Following Panda’s presentation, Mauro will explore the psychological, social and linguistic factors that can lead unsuspecting individuals to compromise their security and will offer insights into strategies that can enhance online safety and empower individuals to play an active role in safeguarding their digital environments.

“As cyberattacks become increasingly prevalent, the collective responsibility for cybersecurity has never been more critical,” says Morrish.

In the final presentation, Fajardo, who is Canada Research Chair in Tissue Remodelling and Plasticity Throughout the Lifespan, will discuss his cutting-edge research on muscle degeneration during spaceflight and how his findings can shed light on how individuals regain their strength, mobility and quality of life on Earth.

“Muscles form the basis for much of what the human body can do, and muscle related diseases have long-lasting, devasting impacts on those affected, robbing them of the ability to do even the most basic tasks,” says Morrish.

For more information on the event, please contact Morrish at

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