From the classroom to the real world: How Laurier students are helping international scholars overcoming war

Stephanie Lee (far right) is one of the Assistant Directors of Public Affairs for Laurier’s International Students Overcoming War (ISOW) program. Taking your research from the classroom or lab and into the real world is always a goal of many university researchers. For Wilfrid Laurier professor and global affairs researcher Gavin Brockett, the wheels were set in motion almost four years ago during a first-year seminar on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. As the students were finishing…

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Using music to improve hearing, build social connection

SMART Lab’s senior choir, Brainstem Malfunction, performs with director Frank Russo on guitar and graduate student Ella Dubinsky on keyboard. Researchers at Ryerson University’s SMART Lab are making more than just music. With the help of the Chang School, industry partners, and a couple of dozen or so seniors, they’re making a social impact as well. Frank Russo, psychology professor and director of the Science of Music, Auditory Research, and Technology (SMART) Lab, and graduate…

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How fruit flies can help the mining industry

This post is an updated version of an older researcher profile on Laurentian University’s Thomas Merritt. Can fruit flies and microbes help lessen the damage caused by mining? That’s a question Thomas Merritt, Canada Research Chair in Genomics and Bioinformatics, is working to answer. Merritt and collaborator Nadia Mykytczuk, NOHFC Industrial Research Chair in Biomining, Bioremediation and Science Communication, are working to find ways to mitigate the damage caused by acid mine drainage—the highly acidic waste…

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University of Toronto prof examines teachers’ college admissions and equity

Ruth Childs is an expert in assessing how we decide who does, and doesn’t, get into university. The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education professor, along with her graduate research students, is currently shining a spotlight on teacher-training programs. (Marianne Madeline Lau) 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…

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Teaching future teachers about legacy of residential schools

Studying the War of 1812 in Grade 8 History class left a greater impression on Kiera Brant than it does on most 14-year-olds. On the Tyendinaga First Nation near Belleville, Ontario, Brant’s class learned about the Mohawk and Iroquois contributions to the war. It wasn’t until she left the community that she discovered not all people know about the war through this perspective. “It was a very different reality moving away from the reserve,” says…

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McMaster researcher examines where youth end up after high school, and why

McMaster University’s Karen Robson, an expert in at-risk youth, advocates for a better understanding of race and paths to post-secondary education. 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 in Canada’s knowledge-based economy. See previous profiles here. What makes a high school…

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Preserving Culture, History in Art: The North Baffin Drawings

The tides were changing in the North. The 1950s and 1960s saw influences from the South, including social programming, waves of civil servants, and residential schools, significantly transform traditional camp life—a way of life known to the Inuit since the 19th century. Recognizing the impending impact on these peoples and their culture, Terry Ryan, the arts adviser for the West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative in Cape Dorset, set out by dogsled to the relatively “untouched” communities…

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Laurier researcher teams up with student to make science course more accessible

This article was originally posted on the Wilfrid Laurier University website in July 2016. It is re-posted here in celebration of National AccessAbility Week and the re-launch of the Council of Ontario Universities’ AccessibleCampus.ca. Wikki Stix, pipe cleaners, and bottles of puffy glue cover laboratory tabletops as students twist, press, loop and stick objects together. With a glimpse into one of Richelle Monaghan’s Molecular Biology classes at Wilfrid Laurier University’s Brantford campus, the uninitiated may mistake it for…

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What it means to be Métis: University of Ottawa researcher sharpens our understanding of the term

The University of Ottawa’s Brenda Macdougall brings her expertise in Métis and First Nations history to bear on how a group of people become a nation. (University of Ottawa) 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 in Canada’s knowledge-based economy. See…

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Creating inclusive spaces through music

Ryerson University researcher Deborah Fels is no stranger to breaking down barriers and creating inclusive tools and spaces. Her Tecla Shield 3—developed in partnership with Komodo OpenLab at OCAD University—made smartphones accessible to everyone, allowing people to communicate on their devices through customized hands-free gestures to activate switches and access apps. This week, to coincide with National AccessAbility Week and the re-launch of the Council of Universities’ AccessibleCampus.ca, we’re turning our focus to Ontario researchers…

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