Media releases

  • Brock sport analytics expert available to comment on the rise of data in NHL

    EXPERT ADVISORY: R00101 – 10 May 2016

    When it comes to hockey management, understanding statistics and reading data are becoming just as important in the National Hockey League as traditional scouting methods.

    Proof of this came last week when John Chayka, the 26-year-old co-founder of a St. Catharines-based hockey analytics company, was named the general manager of the Phoenix Coyotes. He joins the likes of Brock alumnus Kyle Dubas (BSM ‘07), a 30-year-old analytics specialist who is now the assistant general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

    Brock University’s highly-respected Sport Management program includes courses focusing on sport analytics such as Quantitative Analysis for Sport Management, taught by Assistant Professor Kevin Mongeon, one of the foremost authorities in North America on the subject.

    Mongeon teaches the third-year course and also runs a company that provides consulting services to professional sports teams relating to the development of their sport analytics programs and the evaluation of players.

    Mongeon is available to speak with the media about the increasing importance being placed on analytics in the world of professional sports, and on the rise of young, data-focused hockey insiders like Dubas and Chayka.

    For more information or for assistance arranging interviews:
    * Dan Dakin, Media Relations Officer, Brock University, 905-688-5550 x5353 or 905-347-1970

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  • Brock University hosts two-day science adventure for high school students

    MEDIA ADVISORY: R00100 – 10 May 2016

    A two-day experience at Brock University for high school students is being expanded this year to include younger future scientists.

    Scientifically Yours, a conference intended to encourage students to pursue an education and career in science will now be open to male and female students in both Grades 10 and 11 from high schools in Niagara and around the province. It had been open only to those in Grade 11 in the past.

    About 80 high school students are expected to attend this year’s experience, being held Thursday, May 12 and Friday, May 13, where they will participate in practical activities in forensic science, biology, entomology, oenology and viticulture, human health science, nursing, chemistry, computer science, physics, math, earth sciences and psychology.

    The students will have the opportunity to work with Brock University faculty, undergrad and graduate students on hands-on projects such as designing video games, measuring bone health, identifying their DNA fingerprints, working with the Nursing Department patient simulators, witnessing neuronal activity with live crickets, uncovering ancient fossils and researching the food preferences of tortoises.

    This year’s plenary speaker is Dr. Amy Bowen, a Research Program Leader of Consumer Insights at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre. Bowen oversees the operation of Vineland’s trained sensory and consumer research panels to understand the drivers that impact consumer preference and choice for horticultural products.

    Her talk takes place Thursday, May 12 at 9:30 a.m. in Room 216 of Brock University’s Academic South building.

    On Friday, May 13, students will dine with scientific mentors and learn about their experiences in careers such as naturopathic medicine, nursing, risk modeling analysis and water conservation.

    Media are invited to attend the Scientifically Yours conference to speak with organizers and students.

    For more information or to arrange interviews:

    * Dan Dakin, Media Relations Officer, Brock University, 905-688-5550 x5353 or 905-347-1970

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