News StFX News en StFX students look forward to summer of research thanks to ACEnet Research Fellowships <p><span>Three StFX students are looking forward to making an impact in research and gaining valuable hands-on experience in their academic field as recipients of an ACEnet Research Fellowship, each valued at $5,000. &nbsp;</span></p> <div>Thomas Faour, Cole Grbavac, and Siobhan Morris have each received an ACEnet Research Fellowship, offered to students at ACEnet member institutions. The awards are designed to further research projects that utilize ACEnet&rsquo;s advanced research computing resources.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Having this opportunity means so much to me,&rdquo; says Thomas Faour, a second year physics student from St. John&rsquo;s, NL who will work with physics professor Dr. Peter Poole and Dr. Shah Razul using computer software to try and better understand protein folding. &ldquo;Being given the chance to spend a summer doing the things that interest me most is a real treat. I'm really looking forward to a good summer of research.&rdquo;</div> <div><br /> Cole Grbavac of Calgary, AB, is a third year honours business student majoring in accounting, with a minor in economics. He will be examining the evolution of poverty and societal polarization. &ldquo;I feel very fortunate to receive the opportunity to work with ACEnet and Dr. Teng Wah Leo (in economics). It will be a great learning experience that isn't offered in my undergraduate degree and I look forward to making an impact with our research.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> Third year honours physics student Siobhan Morris of Halifax, NS will be working with physics professor Dr. Peter Poole over the summer, using simulated systems to study the mechanisms by which water nucleates. &ldquo;For such a ubiquitous compound, we still know surprisingly little about it, so hopefully I'll be able to formulate a thesis around that framework,&rdquo; she says.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;Being able to work once again within my faculty as a research assistant is really quite invaluable,&rdquo; she says. &ldquo;This fellowship provides me with the opportunity to continue exploring one facet of academia that most students don't see during their undergraduate degree. In addition, this type of position opens many doors in pursuing graduate and post-graduate studies.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 08:30:50 NO University Council for Research undergraduate awards provide terrific opportunity for StFX students <p><span>Receiving a StFX University Council for Research (UCR) Student Research Award is an invaluable opportunity to gain research experience in the field and lab and to test out career options, say five undergraduate StFX students.&nbsp;</span></p> <div><span>Bryce Fitzgerald, Benjamin Lambourne, Devin Manning, Jennifer Poirier, and Janet Tait have each received a $2,250 UCR Award, which gives them an opportunity to carry out research work over six weeks this summer under the supervision of a StFX faculty member.&nbsp;</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;This opportunity will give me experience working in the field and lab, which will directly help my potential future career working in the pharmaceutical industry. I am very excited to start work this summer and it would not be possible without the UCR award,&rdquo; says Jennifer Poirier from Coldbrook, NS, an honours biology student, who will work with biology professor Dr. David Garbary.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>They will be researching the economically important alga <em>Ascophyllum nodosum</em> in Digby, NS. More specifically, she says they will research the symbiotic relationships of this alga.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Devin Manning, a second year Bachelor of Science human kinetics student from Saint John, NB, is also excited to be immersed in StFX&rsquo;s research environment this summer.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>He will spend six weeks with human kinetics professor Dr. Dan Kane researching mitochondrial lactate oxidation.</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s amazing to have the opportunity to research at StFX, and with Dan. He&rsquo;s amazing. Personally, I&rsquo;ll be able to grow tenfold, given the opportunity to do research at StFX,&rdquo; he says.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> Ben Lambourne of Antigonish, NS, a business student minoring in enterprise development, will be researching social entrepreneurship with business professor Dr. Monica Diochon, seeing how entrepreneurship thrives in not-for-profits. They will be looking at how entrepreneurship occurs and how leaders lead.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> Mr. Lambourne says the experience should be invaluable for his future. He hopes to open a carpentry shop, and the more entrepreneurial experience and knowledge he attains, the better, he says.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a great way for me to test out possible career interests,&rdquo; says Janet Tait, a third year biology student from Toronto, ON who will work with biology professor Dr. Bill Marshall on ion transport in a killifish. Not only will she get research experience under her belt, the work will form the basis of her honours thesis, she says. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s really exciting for me.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 08:38:52 NO High quality health research under way as StFX students receive NSHRF Scotia Scholars Awards <p>Four StFX students will be looking into research projects ranging from the availability and nutritional quality of gluten-free products in rural Maritime communities to the effects of Multiple Sclerosis on attention, from examining the need for youth centres to approaches to reducing binge drinking on university campuses, thanks to receiving the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation (NSHRF) Scotia Scholars Award.</p> <div><span>Sara Watters, Dayna Barnes, Brooke Taylor and Bridget Houston have each received a $5,000 eight-month NSHRF Scotia Scholars Award, which provides financial support to high caliber students engaged in health research in Nova Scotia universities. The goal of the award is to support the development of the next generation of highly qualified health researchers and leaders at a very early stage of their career.</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;This is an incredible opportunity that will allow me to work with my professors on research that I'm really interested in,&rdquo; says Sara Watters of Westville, NS, a third year human nutrition student from Westville, NS who will be working with Dr. Jen Jamieson and Dr. Laura Gougeon on a mixed methods project examining the availability and nutritional quality of gluten-free products in rural Maritime communities, along with the difficulties of following a gluten-free diet in these areas.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dayna Barnes of Montreal, QC was equally excited by the news.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;This is an amazing opportunity to expand on my initial thesis research plan, providing me with the summer to begin collecting my data,&rdquo; says the sociology honours student also taking a subsidiary in women&rsquo;s and gender studies. Her research, with sociology professor Dr. Norine Verberg, will focus on youth centres that could be employed in rural communities across Nova Scotia. &ldquo;It also means being able to possibly contribute to improving the health and wellbeing and sense of community involvement for rural youth in Nova Scotia.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Recent statistics have indicated Nova Scotia youth are the second most at-risk province in Canada to experience mental health and depression and preliminary research into the causes has pointed towards sense of lack of community involvement and place to have meaningful engagement,&rdquo; she says. Her research in Antigonish and Guysborough counties will look to identify where youth spend their time, get a sense of their community identities and find out what types of services they feel would be beneficial.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Third year psychology student Bridget Houston of Toronto, ON, working with faculty member Dr. Erin Austin, will focus her research on examining possible interventions, and approaches to reducing binge-drinking on university campuses. &ldquo;I feel very privileged to have this opportunity, it means that I will be able to focus more time and energy on my research. I look forward to beginning my research,&rdquo; she says. &nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div> <div><span>Brooke Taylor, a third year honours psychology student from Brockville, ON, will work with her professor Dr. Lindsay Berrigan to examine the effects of Multiple Sclerosis on attention and the associated physiological changes. &ldquo;To receive this award is truly an honour and I am very grateful. It will provide me with the financial support needed to fund this research,&rdquo; she says.</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> </div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Thu, 16 Apr 2015 13:31:03 NO Twelve StFX students see the world, their education, expand thanks to MacBain/Riley Global Engagement Awards <p><span>It&rsquo;s an award that means the world of opportunity for 12 StFX students.</span></p> <div><span>Like Shannon Taylor. She will spend part of her summer in India working on child development. Or Isaac Turner. He will be in New York in June to experience the United Nations Intensive Summer Study Program. Laura MacAulay travels to Australia, where she will learn, observe and possibly have input into a course creation at StFX.</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The trio are among a dozen StFX students who will see the world, and their education, expand thanks to the MacBain/Riley International Fund, offered within StFX&rsquo;s Frank McKenna Centre for Leadership.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Six undergraduate students and six education students, participating in an international directed study in Belize, are the 2015 recipients of the MacBain/Riley Global Engagement Award, which provides early encouragement to students to develop leadership at the international level, and supports students who have designed their own entrepreneurial plan for global engagement.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;These new awards at StFX are so valuable in opening up a world of leadership opportunities for our students,&rdquo; says Mary Coyle, Executive Director, Frank McKenna Centre for Leadership.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The students agree.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;The MacBain/Riley Global Engagement Awards program is one of the many reasons I feel so fortunate and proud to be doing my undergraduate degree at a small, liberal arts school like StFX, where opportunities like this exist, and are attainable for all students,&rdquo; says Mr. Turner of Kentville, NS, a third year honours political science also taking a subsidiary in aquatic resources.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>He will participate in the UN Intensive Summer Study Program hosted by Seton Hall School of Diplomacy and International Relations in New York from June 8-12, 2015.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;As a young person with an interest in working in the field of international relations, having the opportunity to learn from and meet people already excelling in the field could provide me with the edge I need to get into the program of my choosing or a good job post-graduation,&rdquo; says Mr. Turner, who will learn about the UN from people who work there, become more knowledgeable about collaboration and leadership at the international level, and network with other young people from across the world.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;I am very excited to have been given the opportunity to participate in the United Nations Intensive Summer Program, and cannot emphasize enough how grateful I am to have received financial support from the MacBain/Riley International Fund to help me do it.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>EXCITING OFFER</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ms. MacAulay, of Ottawa, ON, who spends summers in PEI, is equally excited about the opportunity afforded her.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>She is a second year student taking a Bachelor of Science degree in human kinetics, and minoring in nutrition with intentions of pursuing a double major in her fifth year at X.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>She will travel to the other side of the world, landing on the Gold Coast of Australia at the end of July. &ldquo;I will be enrolled at Griffith University as an exchange student, taking courses required for my StFX kinetics degree, but also a course that is not offered here, called healthcare systems, a course that complements what I would like to do post-grad.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;After discussing these plans with my nutrition professor, Dr. Doris Gillis, who had been there on sabbatical last year, she made an exciting proposition for me to be a part of her project of implementing a new course entitled HNU 495-Nutrition and Global Health here at StFX.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>While studying at Griffith, Ms. MacAulay will observe and take note of the key aspects that comprise the healthcare systems course, as well as travel around Australia and area, and continually connecting virtually with Dr. Gillis to help build this course at StFX.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>For third year honours psychology student Shannon Taylor of Pickering, ON, the award will allow her to travel to India this summer to volunteer in the field of child development. &ldquo;This award gives me the opportunity to travel while in India to Vijayawada and volunteer with the Arthik Samata Mandal (ASM), a social change institution. The ASM is actively engaged in secular social work activities for rural development. While in Vijayawada, I will have the opportunity to be involved in projects striving for social cohesion,&rdquo; she says.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It's absolutely incredible to be so young and have such an amazing opportunity. Not only will my leadership skills be challenged and strengthened, but this award gives me the opportunity to work toward important change.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>She says the award gives students the rare opportunity of emphasizing and learning leadership skills through travel experiences and hands-on learning experiences. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>PURSUING ACADEMIC DREAMS</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Becca Bishop of Saint John, NB, a third year honours development studies, will also be in India, from May until August. She landed an internship at Bija Vidyapeeth Earth University. &ldquo;As an intern, I will be working on a biodiversity conservation farm. Throughout my internship I am thrilled to learn about how traditional agriculture opposes the neoliberal model of agriculture. I will spend my days harvesting, farming, working in the seed bank and conducting research.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ms. Bishop wants to spend her future in the food sovereignty and community development sector. &ldquo;This experience will help further my knowledge in the area. Also, this experience is the foundation of my thesis research. The MacBain/Riley Global Engagement Award gives passionate individuals, the opportunity to pursue academic dreams that they otherwise could not. I feel honoured to receive this award and follow my dreams in social justice and food.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>OFF TO AFRICA</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Third year advanced major biology student Kate MacCuspic of Grand River, Cape Breton will travel to St. Lucia, South Africa May 8-22 as part of the VESA South Africa Unearthed program. &ldquo;I will be volunteering in the areas of construction, conservation and education. The projects I will be partaking in depend on what is needed when I get there. Possible construction projects include building homes, bathrooms, and kitchens, installing new equipment or sustainable farming units. My volunteer work in the area of conservation will include working with national park authorities and local wildlife refuges in the preservation of cheetahs and lynx as well as working with crocodiles. I will also be spending time with children in orphanages and teaching English in schools.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It has always been a dream of mine to visit Africa so this opportunity means the world to me. The motto of the VESA program is &ldquo;change your life by changing someone else&rsquo;s&rdquo;. I know that this experience will be eye opening and it will make me a better and more grateful person.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Max Mitchell, a third year development studies from Kingsport, ON, travels to Ghana to work in partnership with the Ghana Community Radio Network, doing research on the links between the social activism that the network does in communities throughout the country focusing in particular on salt harvesting in Ada and looking at these kinds of activism connect to movements arising in northern Ghana to fight against the entry of Chinese mining corporations.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;As a development studies student I feel like this is a really incredible opportunity to take the kind of critical theoretical education that I&rsquo;ve received over the past few years here and to actually apply it in practice. I feel like this has the potential to add considerable depth and meaning to the study of these kinds of development issues, which can often be difficult to talk about in the abstract or in theory; engaging in action becomes an essential part of the learning process.&quot;<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>Education students Julia Miyako Hall of Muscat, Oman; &nbsp;Lia St. Pierre of Grand-Barachois, NB; Eilidh Macdonald of Antigonish, NS: Chris Alguire of Coldbrook, NS; Amy Sheppard of Moncton, NB; and Sarah Burrill of Shelburne, NS will travel to a small, indigenous community called Maya Center in Belize for a two week international directed study from July 18-Aug. 2.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>They will lead activities, games, and other community/education programs for children in the community, focusing on developing physical literacy, wellness and play, and include activities such as multi-sport sessions, arts and crafts, swimming, leadership activities and song and dance. &nbsp;The group will stay within Maya Center, participating in daily community events.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;By travelling to this small community, I am thankful to have the chance to bond, live with and connect with the people and children of Maya Center,&rdquo; says Ms. Hall.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>AWARDS ARE CRUCIAL</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Awards like the MacBain/Riley are crucial for students to have access to these opportunities, she says. &ldquo;As I grew up overseas, I believe that international experiences are integral not only to an undergraduate education, but also as a life experience. Travelling and immersing oneself in another culture opens one's eyes to a different way of life and a different way of thinking; travelling can help shape more open-minded, patient and compassionate individuals.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;As a student, and even more importantly, a pre-service teacher, the most influential learning experiences come from direct immersion,&rdquo; says Ms. Macdonald. &ldquo;This opportunity to learn from not only my peers, but also children from a different culture, will be absolutely huge for my growth as a teacher.&rdquo;&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It means so much to me to be given this opportunity,&rdquo; agrees Mr. Alguire. &ldquo;It has always been a dream of mine to travel the world and to experience new things. The difference in culture, religion and beliefs will be great especially on my journey of becoming a teacher to learn about diversity around the world.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span>Ms. St. Pierre says the time in Belize will be a valuable life experience, and will help her develop a better understanding of the value of global education and leadership. &ldquo;The MacBain/Riley award is very valuable in that it is providing people like me, an opportunity to explore education in another part of the world. I truly believe that this experience will help me better understand what it means to be a leader - both in and out of the classroom.&rdquo;</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It honestly means the world. Any way in which I can enhance my teaching skills and learn from others is one in which I wish to be a part of,&rdquo; Ms. Sheppard says. &ldquo;In working together to create a more positive learning environment, I am excited to see what new skills and outlooks I can give and also receive,&rdquo; she says.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Awards such as this one are key for students as it provides opportunities to step outside our comfort zone, to engage in a new culture and learn skills that we can bring back and forever apply to our everyday lives.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Wed, 15 Apr 2015 12:17:19 NO StFX political science professor on exchange in Lille <p><span>StFX political science professor Dr. Steven Holloway is currently based at StFX partner institution, Sciences Po Lille, from April to June 2015, where he is conducting a seminar on the United Nations and advanced research methods. <br /> <br /> These lectures are also helping to prepare SciPo exchange students who will be attending StFX in September.</span></p> <div>While in Lille, Dr. Holloway had a chance to meet his former student, 2013-14 StFX exchange student Am&eacute;lie Lefort, as well as his current student, Hayley McOstrich, who is also on an exchange placement to Lille. Like Dr. Holloway, she returns to StFX in the fall of 2015.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Wed, 15 Apr 2015 11:13:53 NO Seven StFX students will gain valuable research experience through McKenna Centre’s Irving Mentorship Awards <p><span>Seven StFX students have each received a $6,000, 12-week Irving Research Mentorship Award through the Frank McKenna Centre for Leadership. The prestigious award will allow them the opportunity to gain valuable research experience in their field of study over the summer months.&nbsp;</span></p> <div>The Irving Mentorship Program allows students from a variety of disciplines to work under the guidance of a StFX faculty member. The students benefit from hands-on experiential learning and a personalized education. Faculty members are also able to produce more research thanks to student help.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;We are so fortunate to have these unique opportunities for developing student leadership through research at StFX. The student researchers will gain invaluable experience as they undertake their various projects under the close mentorship of our talented StFX faculty. I look forward to hearing about the research results and the growth and learning experienced by our students,&rdquo; says Mary Coyle, Executive Director, Frank McKenna Centre for Leadership.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>This year&rsquo;s recipients include students Matthew Cormier, Xiaoying Deng, Maggie Edwards, Theora Holden, Alex Miller, Victoria Sandre, and Shannon Taylor. Their research will range from projects focused on Sjogren&rsquo;s syndrome disease, one of the most common systemic rheumatic autoimmune diseases, to credit card rate default data, to improving food sovereignty in a community in the Northwest Territories.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;It means so much to have been granted the Irving Mentorship Award,&rdquo; says Theora Holden, a third year honours biology student from Antigonish, NS, who will work with biology professor Dr. Barry Taylor to research specific habitat requirements for the semi-rare plant <em>Triosteum auranticum</em>. &ldquo;The award will give us the ability to conduct our research to the fullest without worrying about available funds, and will allow us to explore many facets of <em>Triosteum</em>'s habitat over the course of this summer. It is great to see StFX and Irving supporting undergraduate research, making it a priority for the university community.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ms. Holden says the research is based on distribution data that had previously been collected, beginning in 2007. &ldquo;We will look at the distribution of this plant around the Antigonish and Pictou area to determine if the populations are growing or declining, why these changes may be happening, and why certain patches of seemingly 'prime habitat' are not being used by <em>Triosteum</em>. The results we obtain from this research will form the basis of my thesis.&rdquo;<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>Xiaoying Deng of Hunan, China, a third year honours mathematics student in the statistics stream, says the research she will do focuses on Sjogren&rsquo;s syndrome disease, one of the most common systemic rheumatic autoimmune diseases. &ldquo;In order to improve diagnosis and management of Sjogren&rsquo;s syndrome in patients, we mainly make study from two aspects,&rdquo; she says on the work she will do under the supervision of Dr. Xu (Sunny) Wang. &ldquo;For one thing, we aim to investigate the diagnosis and try to develop statistical supervised learning tools to determine which non-invasive tests can accurately identify the patients with Sjogren&rsquo;s syndrome disease. For another, we intend to understand the natural history of Sjogren&rsquo;s syndrome and provide a timeline of development of the disease, and the effects of various treatment plans on morbidity and quality of life in Sjogren&rsquo;s syndrome patients.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> GREAT OPPORTUNITY<br /> <br /> As an international student, she says it is a great honour to receive this award. &ldquo;This is absolutely an affirmation of the efforts I&rsquo;ve done in the last two years under the supervision of many of my professors. This is a good opportunity to see the further development of knowledge and learn advanced applications based on the abstract knowledge I&rsquo;ve learned in my courses. In the meantime, I think it may help me make some significant decisions later and take me to a positive way to go as it comes along the last year of my undergraduate study.&rdquo;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;Being a recipient of the Irving Mentorship Award is an immense honour, as I will be conducting research alongside distinguished professors and lab demonstrators in a field of exceptional interest to me,&rdquo; says second year advanced major chemistry student Victoria Sandre of Ottawa, ON who will work with chemistry professor Dr. Gerrard Marangoni on asymmetric gemini surfactants, molecules that reduce the surface tension of liquids.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;Our research will take place within the labs of the Physical Sciences Centre, where we will be investigating the effects of different chain and spacer lengths of gemini surfactants. Additionally, we will be observing the interaction of poorly water-soluble drugs in ionic micellar systems and in surfactant systems. Our research goals for the summer are to further understand both hydrophilic and hydrophobic interactions of asymmetric surfactant systems, as well as discover how to more effectively solubilize poorly water soluble drugs and apply these findings to drug-delivery systems. I will also have the opportunity to work with state-of-the-art chemical instruments, including a 400 MHz NMR spectrometer, light scattering instrumentation, and UV-VIS spectroscopic determinations.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> Matthew Cormier of Antigonish, NS, a third year honours Bachelor of Arts student taking economics with a subsidiary in mathematics, statistics &amp; computer science, will work with economics professor Dr. Greg Tkacz looking at credit card default rate data that has been collected over the past 20 years.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Under the assumption that people are more likely to default on their credit cards before their mortgages, we want to see if changes in monetary policy by the central bank are amplified by these default rates. This research could help to inform central bank economists on the magnitude by which they should change interest rates to minimize the probability of policy errors.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>INVALUABLE MENTORSHIP<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Having the opportunity to hold an Irving Award this summer means a lot to me,&rdquo; he says. &ldquo;Greg's mentorship will be invaluable. He always has innovative ideas and I look forward to learning from him and gaining skills in economic analysis that most undergraduates aren't exposed to. It will also be beneficial to make headway on my honours thesis research before school starts back up in the fall.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Alex Miller, a political science and aquatic resources student from Riverview, NB, will examine Nova Scotia's transition from fossil fuel based electricity generation systems to renewable energy resources, in particular ocean energy. Working with Dr. Peter Clancy, he will look at this transition through a political lens, examining the actions taken by the Government of Nova Scotia as well as different interest groups which have shaped the way policies are made and implemented. He will also consider the economic, social, and environmental impacts of the transition to renewable energy resources, as it is important to understand complex issues in a holistic way.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;The opportunity to conduct research with the support of the Irving Mentorship fund will help develop my academic and research skills at a higher level than standard course studies permit, and provide direction for the research I will undertake in my fourth year honours thesis. It will also enhance my capacity to pursue post-graduate studies,&rdquo; he says.<br /> <br /> <img src="" alt="" /></div> <div><br /> Shannon Taylor of Pickering, ON, says she thrilled the research grant will allow her to conduct research on equity and fairness norms in developing children across cultures with her psychology professor Dr. Tara Callaghan.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Having done something like this will open so many doors in the future,&rdquo; she says. &ldquo;To be so young and to be able to delve into cross-cultural research, I&rsquo;m still in my undergraduate. It&rsquo;s incredible.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Maggie Edwards of Aurora, Ontario, an honours development studies student with a subsidiary in English, will this summer investigate a community initiative that has the goal of improving food sovereignty in Hay River, NWT. &ldquo;Like many communities in Canada&rsquo;s Far North, Hay River experiences a number of challenges accessing food, such as incredibly high food prices and lack of availability or choice,&rdquo; says Ms. Edwards, who is supervised by Drs. Clare Fawcett and Susan Vincent. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;As a result, consumers have very little control over the foods they eat. My research will explore whether shifting towards food sovereignty is a good approach to these challenges in the food system. I seek to gain a comprehensive understanding of how the Northern Farm Training Institute (NFTI) operates and what impact participation in the NFTI workshops has had on participants in shifting towards some measure of food sovereignty. &nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;It is a privilege to be able to research a topic I feel so passionate about in a community that is taking positive steps to improving their food system. I look forward to learning about food sovereignty through the voices and experiences of community members of Hay River, and I hope that my research will contribute to the community's food justice movement.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Wed, 15 Apr 2015 06:20:36 NO StFX nursing students join with Sisters of St. Martha to help street ministry <p><span>A clinical group of seven student nurses from St. Francis Xavier University helped to make life in Halifax, NS a better place on April 2nd when they visited with gifts of clothing, toiletries and funds to be placed at the service of people who struggle with the issues of poverty.&nbsp;</span></p> <div><span>&ldquo;The idea came about in our clinical group discussions,&rdquo; says Garrett Chisholm, president of the Student Nursing Society, who went to Halifax with Catherine Dally, Michelle Landry, Emma Greer, Jenny Blackwood, Jennie-Mae MacEachern and Melissa Sheffield. &ldquo;One of our members decided to go visit this drop-in center when she was in Halifax. She returned with a great story about her experiences,&rdquo; he says on what prompted the idea to visit as a group.</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;They brought with them a nonjudgmental attitude that conveyed the idea that all are welcome; a joy that could break through almost any hardship, and an eagerness that couldn't help but plant hope,&rdquo; says Sr. Jovita MacPherson, co-ordinator of the Sisters of St. Martha Street Ministry in Halifax and co-facilitator of the drop-in program.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Sisters of St. Martha, as part of their street ministry in Halifax, co-facilitate, at St. Mary's Basilica, a drop-in for folks who live on the streets and struggle with issues related to poverty.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Sr. Jovita says the leap 'from the classroom to the streets' was assisted by many at StFX and the surrounding community who bought treats at a bake sale, gave clothing, toiletries, and shared some of their finances. &ldquo;Whether they realize it or not, they have been an answer to someone's prayers.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Sr. Jovita offered her thanks to the StFX students, noting the profound difference they have made.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Sisters of St. Martha have been part of the StFX community since 1894.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Mon, 13 Apr 2015 10:57:41 NO First year Schwartz School business students set new record, make top 10 all time in business simulation competition <p><span>A group of five, first-year students from StFX&rsquo;s Gerald Schwartz School of Business has set a new record of shareholder value for StFX and ranked 8th out of 14,000 companies worldwide from the last three years in an online business simulation competition, called MikesBikes.</span></p> <div>The aim of the competition is to learn about business by managing a virtual company and competing with other student-managed companies to create the most value for shareholders. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The StFX team, named Bingo Bikes, included Andrew Kinzie, Samuel Gan, Brenden Saunders, Joshua Hartley and Carolyn Smith, all members of the BSAD 102 course taught by Lindsay MacKinnon, Neil Maltby, and Mark MacIsaac.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;To place in the top 10 all time, among over 14,000 groups and 44,000 participants, is a remarkable achievement,&rdquo; says Prof. MacIsaac.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Success in this simulation is based upon planning a successful business strategy, taking into account product pricing, promotion and branding, demand forecasting, operations, new product development, and finance. The Bingo Bikes team spent a great deal of time building and implementing a plan to succeed based on all these criteria, and their plan clearly worked very well.&rdquo;</div> <div><br /> MikesBikes is an online simulation that helps students develop an understanding of business. Students manage a virtual bicycle manufacturing company for seven simulation years. Decisions about marketing, operations, finance and strategy are input and processed so that students get to see the results of their decisions. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>At the end of the simulation, students prepare a board room presentation about their company&rsquo;s performance for a &ldquo;Board of Directors&rdquo; to formalize the analysis process and experience being held accountable for their decisions. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>It is the 13th year that first year StFX business students have participated in the program. Two years ago, another group including Brendan Nickles, Derek MacKeen, and Sean Graves made it to and is still in the top 20.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Mon, 13 Apr 2015 10:15:53 NO Human kinetics students honoured at department banquet <p><span>StFX human kinetics students were celebrated for their academic achievement, leadership, and community involvement during the annual Human Kinetics Department Banquet held April 8, 2015.</span></p> <div>Among the award winners were:</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span"> </span>Emily Moore, recipient of the PHE Canada Award to a second or third year undergraduate student who has displayed outstanding leadership through his/her contribution to the Human Kinetics Society.</div> <div><br /> &bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span"> </span>Keirsten Wilson, recipient of the Canadian Society Exercise Physiology (C.S.E.P./S.C.P.E.) Award presented to a graduating student who has achieved the highest academic standing in the B.Sc. human kinetics program.</div> <div><br /> &bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span"> </span>Ainsley MacDougall, recipient of the H.K. Birks Award presented to a graduating student who has achieved the highest academic standing in the B.A. human kinetics program.</div> <div><br /> &bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span"> </span>Braelin Rowe, recipient of the Melissa Landry Memorial Award to a human kinetics graduating &nbsp;student who has displayed outstanding volunteer contributions throughout their undergraduate degree at StFX.</div> <div><br /> &bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span"> </span>Mark Donald, recipient of the Jeff Graham Memorial Award for friendship, presented to a member of the senior class.</div> <div><img src="" alt="" /></div> <div><strong>Mark Donald&nbsp;</strong></div> Fri, 10 Apr 2015 06:23:13 NO StFX human nutrition students receive prestigious scholarships and awards <p><span>StFX human nutrition students were recognized for their academic achievement with scholarships and awards at the department&lsquo;s annual end-of-year banquet held recently at the Keating Centre. The awards reflect the wide scope of student accomplishments in diverse aspects of the broad field of human nutrition.</span></p> <p>Awards and honours presented included:</p> <div><strong>Sir James Dunn Scholarships&nbsp;</strong></div> <div><br /> Sir James Dunn Scholarships were awarded to fourth year student Chelsea Fraser of Berwick, NS and third year student Morgan Riley of Windsor, NS.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>The Sir James Dunn Foundation of Saint John, NB generously provides awards each year to two students accepted in StFX&rsquo;s Integrated Dietetic Internship program.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The award recognizes students who demonstrate the potential for leadership and a keen interest in dietetics as it relates to healthy aging and the nutritional care of the elderly. This $500 scholarship is renewable for each of the three practicum courses.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><img src="" alt="" /></div> <div><br /> <strong>L-r, Morgan Riley and Chelsea Fraser<br /> <br /> Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation (NSHRF) Scotia Scholar Award</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong><img src="" alt="" /></strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Sara Watters</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Third year student Sara Watters has been awarded a prestigious Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation (NSHRF) Scotia Scholar Award. This award provides financial support to high caliber students engaged in health research in Nova Scotia universities. The goal of the Scotia Scholar Awards is to support the development of the next generation of highly qualified health researchers and leaders in the Nova Scotia health research enterprise at a very early stage of their career.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s an amazing opportunity and allows me to conduct research that I&rsquo;m passionate about,&rdquo; says Ms. Watters of Westville, NS. She will work with Dr. Jen Jamieson and Dr. Laura Gourgeon on a mixed methods project investigating the barriers to following a gluten-free diet in rural Maritime communities, as well as the availability and nutritional quality of these products. A lifelong gluten-free diet is required for people with celiac disease and gluten sensitivity.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Canadian Association of Food Service Professionals (CAFP) Gold Plate Award</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Canadian Association of Foodservice Professionals (CAFP) Gold Plate Award, sponsored by ARAMARK, was presented to fourth year student Kendall Lee for her outstanding commitment to the food service industry and community. Ms. Lee will compete with University CAFP branch winners from across Canada for the National Gold Plate Award.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>ARAMARK&rsquo;s commitment to the future leaders of the foodservice Industry includes providing support to ensure that award winners are able to participate in the annual CAFP National Conference , as well as a $400 cash award to be used by the student to further his/her education. &ldquo;I am thrilled to receive this award and look forward to networking with colleagues at the CAFP national conference this May in Fredericton, NB,&rdquo; says Ms. Lee of Richmond Hill, ON.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><img src="" alt="" /></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>L-r, Kendall Lee and Lara Buckley</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>National Association of College &amp; University Foodservice (NACUFS) paid summer internship award</strong></div> <div>Lara Buckley, a fourth year student from Ottawa ON will be spending this summer at the University of California, Berkeley.&nbsp;</div> <div>The National Association of College &amp; University Foodservice (NACUFS), an association for foodservice professionals at nearly 600 institutions of higher education in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and abroad, offers a unique paid, $1,600 with free room and board, eight-week foodservice management internship program every summer. Twenty-five colleges and universities in the U.S. volunteer to host internship applicants at their institutions. This year, out of 250 applicants, 49 students received an internship award. Ms. Buckley says she is expecting the internship to not only be educational and exciting, but also a great insight into a potential future career path. &ldquo;I am looking forward to this unique opportunity and can't wait to get started!&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>StFX human nutrition students have applied for and been awarded one or more of these coveted internship positions every year since 2009. In many instances, StFX students have been the only Canadian students accepted in this program.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Thu, 09 Apr 2015 08:15:18 NO Schwartz School business analytics students score big with J.D. Irving Ltd. <p>Business Analytics students in the Schwartz School of Business had the opportunity to solve real problems for a national company and walk away with money in their pocket. The Direct Exchange Case Competition presents students with real-life events that occur at J.D. Irving, Limited (JDI), who sponsored the competition with $2,500.&nbsp;</p> <div>Students were presented with a set of data and asked to analyse the data in order to make recommendations to better manage a significant spend. They were also asked to make recommendations regarding the tools required to complete the analysis.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;The students performed above expectations; to do so meant that the curriculum equipped them with the ability to do so,&rdquo; said Brian Lordon, Director of Enterprise Applications at J.D. Irving Ltd. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;As judges we were treated to a very mature approach to the analysis, a clear demonstration of business acumen, and professionalism as they reported back. I might add that the quality of work completed by the students is also a reflection of the level of partnership with (StFX faculty member) Dr. Neil Foshay and the faculty administration,&rdquo; stated Mr. Lordon. &ldquo;This program only succeeds with their commitment to the process.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Wed, 08 Apr 2015 13:26:34 NO Four graduating StFX students embarking on a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity thanks to OceanPath Fellowships <p><span>Four St. Francis Xavier University students are embarking on a once-in-a-lifetime experience. They will participate in important community development projects in Canada and overseas, thanks to a unique Canadian fellowship program.&nbsp;</span></p> <div>The StFX students and their projects are:</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>-<span class="Apple-tab-span"> </span>Aaron Thornell, BA Development Studies&rsquo;15 &ndash; facilitating citizen-driven campus development, Malawi.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>-<span class="Apple-tab-span"> </span>Amy Brierley, BA Development Studies&rsquo;15 &ndash; building connections in the local food movement, Antigonish.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>-<span class="Apple-tab-span"> </span>Asia van Buuren, BSc Chemistry (Hon.)&lsquo;15 &ndash; changing perceptions through art advocacy at L&rsquo;Arche Hearts &amp; Hands, Antigonish.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>-<span class="Apple-tab-span"> </span>Rachel Garbary, BA Development Studies&rsquo;15 (honours) &ndash; transforming gender relations through community radio, Radio Ada, Ghana.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>All four StFX students gained community experience serving local or international organizations through the university&rsquo;s Service Learning program. Three of the students also gained experience through Development Studies internships.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Service learning was a huge driving force behind my passion for community engagement,&rdquo; said Asia Van Buuren from Coquitlam, BC. &ldquo;I traveled to Guatemala in my third year, where I learned more about social justice and my role as a global citizen. I was also introduced to L&rsquo;Arche through a local service learning experience. The OceanPath Fellowship is a perfect fit, and I look forward to working with the Hearts &amp; Hands program at L&rsquo;Arche Antigonish to promote their vision of using art to build community.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Aaron Thornell, of Ottawa, ON, will draw on the skills he learned during Service Learning to apply to his Malawi project. &ldquo;I applied to the OceanPath Fellowship because I thought it would be a great opportunity to work in Chalanga, Malawi,&rdquo; he said. &nbsp;&ldquo;It&rsquo;s a community that I have a strong connection with, and this will help me further develop skills and knowledge around community development.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;We are so proud of our four OceanPath recipients. They are excellent students and community members,&rdquo; said Marla Gaudet, program manager, StFX Service Learning. &ldquo;Their proposals were compared to those of graduate students. Their success speaks to the strength of their submissions and the quality of their education at a small university.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The StFX students will join eight new graduates from three other Canadian universities as they take part in this program. The other universities eligible for the OceanPath Fellowships are McGill University in Montreal, the University of Ottawa, and Queen&rsquo;s University in Kingston, Ontario.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Each Fellowship, valued at up to $25,000, is a gift of the Pathy Family Foundation, a Montreal-based foundation that has invited StFX&rsquo;s Coady Institute to deliver the program over the next five years.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Adam Baden-Clay, youth programs manager at Coady Institute, says StFX students will join students from McGill, UOttawa and Queen&rsquo;s here in Antigonish beginning June 8th. &nbsp;&ldquo;They&rsquo;ll be here for a three-week introduction to Coady Institute&rsquo;s approach to community-led development,&rdquo; said Baden-Clay. &ldquo;From September until June next year, they will spend nine months living and working in the communities where their projects are based. In the 2015/16 cohort, five of the 12 Fellowship projects are in Canada.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>For more information on the OceanPath Fellowship, visit</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Wed, 08 Apr 2015 11:09:29 NO Schwartz School students compete in Sobeys case competition <p><span>In a close matched competition, the team of Emma Ball, Liam Kane, Channing Colley, and Patrick Brouwer, students in StFX&rsquo;s Gerald Schwartz School of Business, took home top prize of $2,500 in a case competition sponsored by Sobeys held on campus April 7.</span></p> <div>The competition was part of the BSAD 381 Operations Management class taught by David Mattie and saw 12, four-person teams compete. The top three teams advanced to the final round, judged by two senior Sobeys executives, Bob Mattie, Senior Director Finance, Sobeys Inc. and Brian Pitts, Director of Category Management, Sobeys Atlantic.</div> <div><br /> Teams were challenged with understanding the background of Barilla and the Italian pasta industry, and the company&rsquo;s impetus for a just-in-time distribution proposal, says Prof. Mattie. &nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;The company faced strong resistance internally as a company and externally with suppliers, and was a good exercise in understating broad spectrum issues around change management, customer value, and supply chain.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><img src="" alt="" /></div> <div><br /> <strong>Winning team members, l-r, Channing Colley, Patrick Brouwer, Emma Ball, and Liam Kane.</strong></div> <p class="MsoNormal">The teams were closely matched, and it was difficult to decide the winner in the end, he says.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &ldquo;Sobeys was delighted to participate in the exercise. Sobeys has over 120,000 employees, is widely recognized for their willingness to invest in their employees, and is one of only two national grocers that claim coast to coast distribution, with its corporate head office in Stellarton, NS.&rdquo;</p> <div>&nbsp;</div> Business Wed, 08 Apr 2015 08:43:16 NO Excellence in undergraduate research shines through at Annual Student Research Day <p>Excellence in undergraduate research at StFX was certainly evident during the very successful 13th Annual Student Research Day held March 26 where students from across campus ably demonstrated their research work.</p> <div>&ldquo;I was thoroughly impressed with the quality of students&rsquo; presentations. In fact the adjudicators said their task was very difficult as they thought all the presenters were exceptional,&rdquo; says organizer human kinetics professor Dr. Angie Kolen.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;Congratulations to the following students, and their supervisors, for fantastic presentations at the 13th Annual Student Research Day.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> Prize recipients from the day included:</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Outstanding Community Based Research Project, Sponsored by StFX Service Learning Program &ndash; Alyson Woods, Victoria Bernard, Natalie Rosedale, and Kelsie Moore, Human Kinetics.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>SafetyNet-RX Awards, sponsored by the SafetyNet-RX Research Lab and Dr. Todd Boyle, Canada Research Chair:</div> <div>Gold: Val&eacute;rie Lemay, Psychology</div> <div>Silver: Laura Sandre, Human Kinetics</div> <div>Bronze: Hannah Mahwhinney, Human Nutrition</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Recognizing determinants of health and health equity, sponsored by the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health/ Centre de collaboration nationale des d&eacute;terminants de la sant&eacute;</div> <div>Gold: Janelle Boudreau, Nursing</div> <div>Silver: Holly Amos, Human Nutrition</div> <div>Silver: Melissa Gottschall, Business Administration</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>StFX Bookstore Student Research Day Award - posters:</div> <div>Gold: Matthew Del Bel Belluz, Economics,&nbsp;</div> <div>Gold: Graham Haynes, Business Administration</div> <div>Gold: Mitch George, Human Kinetics</div> <div>Silver: Jessica Barrington, Psychology</div> <div>Silver: Keirsten Wilson, Human Kinetics</div> <div>Silver: Rob Slaney, Human Kinetics</div> <div>Bronze: Rachel Lynch, Economics</div> <div>Bronze: Andrea Celeen, Human Kinetics</div> <div>Bronze: Dan Boucher, Human Kinetics</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>StFX Bookstore Student Research Day Awards &ndash; oral presentations:</div> <div>Gold: Laryssa Halat, Biology</div> <div>Silver: Sara Gitto, Biology</div> <div>Bronze: Sarah Van de Reep, Biology</div> <div><br /> Dr. Kolen thanked StFX President Dr. Kent MacDonald, AVP Dr. Leslie MacLaren, Dean of Arts Dr. Richard Nemesvari, and VP Research Dr. Richard Isnor for providing words of welcome and support at the event.</div> <div><br /> She also thanked adjudicators Charlene Weaving, Charmaine MacPherson, Dan Kane, Doris Gillis, Lori Graham, Erika Koch, Evelise Bourlon, Jacques Boucher, JeanGuy Lalande, Jen Jamieson, Karen Brebner, Jane MacMillan, Marcia English, Matt Palmer, Mel Lam, Moira Galway, Norine Verberg, Peter Clancy, Petra Hauf, Richard Isnor, Santo Dodaro, Sasho MacKenzie, Shah Gulam Razul, &nbsp;Steve Baldner, Sunny Wang, Tara Taylor, and Wendy Kraglund-Gauthier.</div> <div><br /> Dr. Kolen also recognized and thanked the generous support of sponsors Angus L. Macdonald Library, Dr. Richard Isnor, Associate Vice-President Research, John Blackwell, Director Research Grants Office, Andrew Kendall, Industry Liaison Office, SafetyNET-Rx, Dr. Todd Boyle, Canada Research Chair, Schwartz School of Business, National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health/ Centre de collaboration nationale des d&eacute;terminants de la sant&eacute;, St. Francis Xavier University Bookstore, and St. Francis Xavier University Service Learning.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Thu, 02 Apr 2015 10:18:38 NO StFX senior research professor Dr. David Pink honoured with international distinguished achievement award <p><span>Innovative research with computer simulations and ultra-small angle X-ray diffraction to probe fat structures has helped earn Dr. David Pink, StFX senior research professor in physics, the 2015 Edible Applications Technology (EAT) division of the American Oil Chemists Society (AOCS) Distinguished Service/Outstanding Achievement Award.</span></p> <div>The award recognizes a scientist, technologist, or leader making contributions to the advancement of edible oils and/or the division.</div> <div><br /> Dr. Pink will receive the award on May 5, 2015 during the EAT dinner as the part of the AOCS annual meeting held May 3-6 in Orlando, Fl.</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;I am honoured that this prestigious organization has selected my work, the work of a theoretical physicist, to be recognized as having made a contribution to the field of studying edible oils,&rdquo; says Dr. Pink, who is also an adjunct professor in food sciences at the University of Guelph. &nbsp;</div> <div><br /> The award recognizes his work in mathematical modelling and computer simulations of edible oils</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;Edible oils such as canola, milk fat, and coconut oil, appear to be composed of little &lsquo;nanoplatelets,&rsquo; rectangular flat objects composed of fats molecules arranged neatly in rows and layers,&rdquo; Dr. Pink says. &ldquo;These nanoplatelets are about 100-1000 nanometers (0.00001-0.0001 centimeters) on a side, and one-tenth of that in thickness.&rdquo;</div> <div><br /> They were characterized five years ago by Dr. Nuria Acevedo, now at Iowa State University, and Dr. Alejandro Marangoni at the University of Guelph.</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;I set myself the problem of asking, a) how do these little nanoplatelets aggregate to form larger structures and, b) how do the resulting aggregates, called 'TAGwoods, and super-aggregates of the TAGwoods &nbsp;contribute to the oil binding capacity of edible oils, the ability of these nanoplatelet aggregates to &lsquo;hold/retain&rsquo; liquid oils?&rdquo; he says. &ldquo;This retention is essential in being able to use these oils for cooking.</div> <div><br /> &quot;This award,&quot; he added, &quot;is also a triumph for my closest collaborator, Alejandro Marangoni, who foresaw that theoretical physics could make a contribution to this field.&quot;</div> <div><br /> Dr. Pink says he also wanted to find a project for his and Dr. Marangoni's PhD student Fernanda Peyronel. He says he chose ultra small angle X-ray scattering (USAXS) because only this technique might measure the structures that his models say had to exist, and the world&rsquo;s top USAXS facility is the Advanced Photon Source, located not far away, outside Chicago.</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;In the end, with StFX senior physics research associate Bonnie Quinn writing the beautiful computer code necessary, I predicted what Fernanda should observe. Her measurements were all in accord with the predictions.&rdquo;</div> <div><br /> Along the way, he says they needed to do some atomic scale molecular dynamics simulation and StFX adjunct professor Dr. Shah Razul, then-undergraduate student Colin MacGillivray, and Dr. Charles Hanna at Boise State University, carried that out.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> The research work was funded through Dr. Pink&rsquo;s NSERC Discovery Grant.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> Dr. Pink says through the very successful collaboration, they published 16 papers or chapters in two and a half years. Dr. Peyronel received her PhD in December 2014 and she will also receive a graduate student award from AOCS at their meeting in May 2015.</div> <div><br /> What&rsquo;s next?&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> Dr. Pink is making models to understand how oils behave under shear. With Professor Marangoni, he has a MSc student, Beth Townsend, modelling them and doing computer simulation, and a PhD student, Braulio Rodriguez, who is measuring what shear does to big aggregates called spherulites. Dr. Pink and Dr. Peyronel are continuing to use USAXS to study sheared oils. He and Ms. Quinn are modelling cheese; and through an NSERC Engage Grant, Dr. Pink and Adam Papp are modelling dough.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Thu, 02 Apr 2015 10:14:10 NO