Energy as an enabler: University of Waterloo expert brings affordable, green energy to those who need it most

University of Waterloo sustainable energy expert Jatin Nathwani says the fact more than a billion people have no access to electricity is an injustice. He means to set things right. (Courtesy: University of Waterloo) Every second Thursday, we will be featuring an Ontario Research Chair (ORC) from one of the province’s universities. ORCs are university research professorships, created to drive provincial research and develop excellence, to create world-class centres of research, and to enhance Ontario’s competitiveness…

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Protecting Canada’s waters

Studying the pumpkinseed sunfish led Dr. Michael Fox to research invasive species. (Olaf Nelson, flickr.com) When it comes to fish, not much has changed for Dr. Michael Fox. The Trent University ecology professor has always been fascinated by them from watching his childhood pets for hours to putting on a snorkel and exploring the waters as he got older, and now devoting his career to studying them. In celebration of World Water Day tomorrow (March…

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Celebrating International Women’s Day through research

Laurier professor Jenna Hennebry studies women migrant worker rights. As people around the world celebrate International Women’s Day today, Research Matters is highlighting some ground-breaking researchers who are creating change in their own fields by producing influential gender-related work. The research conducted at Ontario’s universities covers a wide spectrum of themes from workers’ rights and the workplace to gender equality in the classroom and access to education, as well as sexual empowerment and gender-based violence.…

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Building better borders: University of Windsor prof aims to make international trade efficient

  The director of the University of Windsor’s Cross-Border Institute, Bill Anderson, in his “traffic lab,” where he and his team monitor trucks moving across the Ambassador Bridge. (Courtesy: The University of Windsor) Each month, we will be featuring an Ontario Research Chair (ORC) from one of the province’s universities. ORCs are university research professorships, created to drive provincial research and develop excellence, to create world-class centres of research, and to enhance Ontario’s competitiveness in Canada’s…

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#PinkShirtDay: Evaluating bullying legislation

Linnea Kalchos (Photo by Bernard Clark) Bullying rates in Canada are among the highest of Western countries—a statistic confirmed by the work of tireless researchers who have devoted themselves to understanding the bullying and victimization faced by Canadian children. One of these researchers, my supervisor, Dr. Wendy Craig, is the co-scientific director of PREVNet (Promoting Relationships & Eliminating Violence Network) and a professor of psychology at Queen’s University. Through the collaborative efforts of PREVNet’s researchers…

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Why the academic community is critical to Canada’s digital economy

Digitalization is happening at a furious pace influencing almost every aspect of daily life. It is driving growth, innovation, and productivity around the world towards a projected $20 trillion dollar global economy by 2020.  As such, a country’s prosperity is increasingly linked to its capacity to adapt to this intuitive convergence of new Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) including cloud computing, mobile technology, and digital platforms. Fundamental to this is the ability for academia, government,…

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Follow the money: York University prof examines mutual fund fees

York University professor of finance and entrepreneurship Douglas Cumming and his spouse, York instructor of finance Sofia Johan, say their recent report on mutual fund fees has friends making jokes about how they should go into hiding. Each month, we will be featuring an Ontario Research Chair (ORC) from one of the province’s universities. ORCs are university research professorships, created to drive provincial research and develop excellence, to create world-class centres of research, and to enhance…

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#BellLet’sTalk: Lakehead prof studies mental health stigma

“The stigmatized individual is asked to act so as to imply neither that his burden is heavy nor that bearing it has made him different from us; at the same time he must keep himself at that remove from us which assures our painlessly being able to confirm this belief about him.” — Erving Goffman, Stigma: Notes on the Management of Spoiled Identity Information about mental health is more widely available now than ever before. Many…

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Keep your brain healthy, your body will follow

If getting in shape is part of your 2017 Self-Improvement Plan (ie, New Year’s resolution), research from The University of Waterloo suggests you might want to focus on your brain health first. A study published in Psychosomatic Medicine: Journal of Biobehavioral Medicine found overindulging in high-calorie snacks is partly caused by lapses in a specific part of your brain. It’s the first study to conclusively link reduced operation of the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex with self-restraint…

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Don’t be a stranger to yourself, fulfil your New Year’s resolutions

It’s the second week of 2017…have you broken your New Year’s resolutions yet? Although January marks a symbolic turning point and the ushering in of a new year, the month is also notorious for lofty goal-setting and promises that are often too difficult to keep from the get-go. Anne Wilson, Wilfrid Laurier University psychology professor, studies goal pursuit, change, and self-identity, and examines how landmarks can act as a motivating transition point. “Transition points act…

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