News http://www.stfx.ca/rss/news/ StFX News en http://www.stfx.ca/sites/default/files/news/filip_on_wharf.jpg Understanding the antifouling properties of a silicone compound in relation to marine invasive species subject of StFX research <p>Understanding the properties behind an antifouling compound which may help with the unwanted attachment of marine organisms on submerged surfaces&mdash;a problem for many industries including shipping and aquaculture&mdash;is the subject of StFX research recently published in the journal Marine Environmental Research.</p> <div><span>Natalia Filip, who recently completed a master&rsquo;s degree in biology at StFX, together with Dr. Amanda Pustam, a postdoctoral researcher in chemistry, led the project, which brought in personnel and expertise from both the biology and chemistry departments.</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ms. Filip says a considerable amount of work was put into this project by faculty and undergraduate students from both departments. Her co-authors include Dr. Pustam; four undergraduate students, Veronica Ells, Kathleen Grosicki, Jin Yang and Ikenna Oguejiofor; as well as four faculty members, Dr. Truis Smith-Palmer, Dr. Russell Wyeth, Dr. Cory Bishop, and Dr. Edwin DeMont. Steven Macdonald, StFX&acute;s Senior Machinist and Design Technician, was also an important resource, contributing to the design and construction of some of their experimental hardware.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Our work focused on a silicone compound widely used in dentistry, which preliminary field-testing by the StFX Centre for Biofouling Research had revealed greatly reduced accumulation of <em>Ciona intestinalis</em>, an invasive tunicate species,&rdquo; says Ms. Filip.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;<em>C. intestinalis</em> is a poster child of marine invasive species awareness campaigns, and it is particularly problematic for aquaculture operations in the Maritimes.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>She says their goals were to explore the antifouling properties of this compound, and to understand the mechanisms behind these properties. This required extensive testing in the field and in the lab.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;We compared the effectiveness of this silicone compound relative to similar compounds that are sold as non-toxic antifouling coatings in the field. We also attempted to discern the chemical composition and mechanical properties of this compound, in addition to testing its toxicity towards larvae of <em>C. intestinalis</em>.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ms. Filip says the broad range of expertise of everyone involved allowed the team to test the physical, chemical and biological interactions between this silicone compound and tunicates.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>She says a great deal of testing went into this project because the mechanism behind the antifouling properties of this compound was more complex than originally thought, and additional experiments were required to describe it.<br /> <br /> <img src="https://www.stfx.ca/sites/default/files/news/filip_sample.jpg" alt="" /><br /> <strong>Invasive tunicate species <em>Ciona intestinalis</em> growing on the silicone compound and other antifouling coating treatments that team tested</strong></div> &ldquo;We hypothesized that the silicone compound tested would lower the accumulation of <em>C. intestinalis</em> due to its fouling-release properties,&rdquo; she says. Compounds with fouling release properties create surfaces that weaken the biological adhesives of aquatic organisms, she explains. Unable to attach strongly, organisms can be easily removed, potentially becoming dislodged under their own weight. Thus, several silicone-based coatings with fouling release properties have and are currently being developed as non-toxic alternatives to traditional antifouling paints based on heavy metals.&nbsp; <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Our results showed that the silicone compound was more effective at decreasing accumulation of <em>C. intestinalis</em> in the field than the other coatings tested, and that it indeed possessed fouling release properties. However, an unexpected finding was that the antifouling properties of this compound were primarily chemically-based, due to the release of a surfactant that is toxic to <em>C. intestinalis.&nbsp;</em></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Thus, the silicone compound we tested is not a candidate for an environmental-safe antifoulant in its current formulation. However, our findings contribute to ongoing efforts of producing silicone coatings with both fouling-release and chemical activity properties.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> --&gt; http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/20946/ Tue, 03 May 2016 06:14:00 http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/20946/ NO http://www.stfx.ca/sites/default/files/news/2016_1_convo.jpg Joy, pride and a challenge to think big highlight Spring Convocation, as StFX celebrates Class of 2016, awards honorary degrees to Ray Ivany and Dr. Alex Jadad <p><span>Joy and pride, and a challenge to think big, filled the Keating Centre on Sunday, May 1 as approximately 1,000 members of the Class of 2016 walked across the stage to receive their StFX degrees and diplomas.</span></p> <div>Family, friends, faculty and staff filled the Keating Centre to capacity during two ceremonies to congratulate the graduates for their hard work and achievement.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>During morning and afternoon ceremonies, StFX also bestowed the degree Doctors of Laws <em>honoris causa</em> upon Ray Ivany, Acadia University President, and Dr. Alex Jadad, a physician, educator, researcher and public advocate.</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;To the Class of 2016, what I want to speak about is you,&rdquo; said Dr. Ivany, a university and college administrator, public servant, and valued provincial and federal government advisor known for his contributions to post-secondary education in Nova Scotia and as an energetic champion for Nova Scotia growth.</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;It is a major accomplishment graduating from one of the best universities in this country. We&rsquo;re here to celebrate this impressive accomplishment, and we&rsquo;re putting more on you, and I&rsquo;m going to do it too. Here&rsquo;s my direct request, call it a challenge,&rdquo; he said.</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;Whatever your dreams and your aspirations, whatever your goals are&hellip;I&rsquo;m going to ask you to raise that, to make that something bigger.&rdquo;</div> <div><br /> LIFT YOUR EYES, LIFT YOUR TARGET</div> <div><br /> Lift your eyes, lift your target, do something bold and meaningful in this world, Mr. Ivany challenged graduates in an inspiring speech as he called on them to not settle for less, to live the life they&rsquo;re capable of.</div> <div><br /> Create prosperity for yourself and also for others, he told graduates as he urged them to have the willingness to engage, to develop solutions for problems of the world that continue to evade us today, and to rail against the voice of self-doubt. Don&rsquo;t fear failure, he said.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;Think about others, selflessness is probably the biggest gift you can give yourself,&rdquo; he advised. &ldquo;Make it part of your life, to find a way to build community.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;I&rsquo;m deeply, deeply touched,&rdquo; to receive this honour, Mr. Ivany said as he noted the occasion may make a bit of history as the first Nova Scotia university to extend the honour on the sitting president of another Nova Scotia university. &nbsp;</div> <div><br /> KNOW WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY</div> <div><br /> Dr. Jadad, Director of the Institute of Global Health Equity &amp; Innovation, and Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health and Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, had a similar message.</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;What makes you happiest? This is a very serious question,&rdquo; Dr. Jadad said as he advised graduates to pay particular attention to their inner soul and to make efforts to live a life that makes them happy, informs their outer persona, and helps make the world a better place.</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;Continue to listen carefully to your inner (thoughts), and share your inner dialogue,&rdquo; said Dr. Jadad, who was the holder of the Canada Research Chair in eHealth Innovation at the University Health Network for two consecutive terms ending in 2015, and is the founder of the Centre for Global eHealth Innovation at the University Health Network.</div> <div><br /> DARE TO KNOW&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;Think less of it as a degree, but more of a decree, to remain committed to the pursuit of excellence,&rdquo; StFX President Dr. Kent MacDonald told graduates on their last day as StFX students. He encouraged them to continue their contributions to making the world a better place.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;Over these past few years at StFX, it was you who dared to know,&rdquo; he said.</div> <div><br /> You dared to know more in the classroom and in labs, and you dared to know more on serious social issues ranging from equity and inclusion to sexualized violence to mental health to the Syrian refugee crisis, he said.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;In daring to know more, you honour the heritage of St. Francis Xavier University.</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;I am very proud of this class, the Class of 2016.&rdquo;</div> <div><br /> He encouraged graduates to continue to live the StFX motto &ldquo;Whatsoever things are true,&rdquo; as they enter this next stage of their lives.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> StFX&rsquo;s continued commitment to the traditions of a liberal education has prepared students to be great citizens of the world, he said. &nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;StFX prepares you, graduates, not so much for a job, but for a life when you leave here,&rdquo; he said.</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;You join a worldwide community collectively committed to doing good.&rdquo;</div> <div><br /> Chancellor Dr. Susan Crocker also offered her congratulations to the Class of 2016 as she officially conferred the degrees and diplomas.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> FACULTY HONOURED&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> Six StFX faculty members received major honours during the ceremony.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> Longtime StFX physics professor Dr. Michael Steinitz was named professor emeritus for his outstanding contributions.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> Dr. Lori Graham (biology), Dr. Joseph Khoury (English), and Dr. Xu (Sunny) Wang (statistics) were all honoured as recipients of StFX&rsquo;s Outstanding Teaching Award.</div> <div><br /> The University Research Award went to Dr. Lisa Kellman (earth sciences) and Dr. Peter Clancy (political science) in recognition of their impressive research programs.</div> <div><br /> IMPRESSIVE ACCOMPLISHMENTS</div> <div><img alt="" src="http://www.stfx.ca/sites/default/files/news/2016_2_spring_convo.jpg" /></div> <div><strong>Mikaela Henderson </strong><br /> <br /> Delivering the morning address on behalf of the graduating class, honours human nutrition graduate Mikaela Henderson of Kingston, ON told classmates to take the lessons they learned at StFX into the future.</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world,&rdquo; she said.</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;I look forward to seeing all the incredible accomplishments that come out of this outstanding group of people.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> Ellen Austin, a Schwartz School of Business graduate from Oshawa, ON, delivered senior class remarks in the afternoon ceremony. She encouraged classmates to &ldquo;bring the passion and kindness we show here every day&rdquo; and apply it wherever they go.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> Alumni Association president Glenn Horne congratulated the graduates on their academic achievement, and he encouraged each of them to stay in touch. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re here to support you.&rdquo;</div> <div><br /> He also asked graduates to continue to strive for social justice and for excellence in all that they do. &ldquo;Take your knowledge, put it to work, lead and inspire change.&rdquo; &nbsp;</div> <div><br /> The Vicar of the Founder, Most Rev. Brian Dunn, Bishop of Antigonish, delivered the benediction.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>HONORARY DEGREE BIOS</div> <div><br /> RAY IVANY</div> <div>Ray Ivany is a university and college administrator, public servant, and valued advisor to provincial and federal governments. He is known for his contributions to both post-secondary education in Nova Scotia and towards the province&rsquo;s future. A Sydney, NS native, Mr. Ivany has served as Acadia University President since 2009. Prior to this, he has been President of Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC), where he led a period of major transformation; Chair of the Workers' Compensation Board of Nova Scotia; and Executive Vice-President at the University College of Cape Breton. He is past Chair of the Council of Nova Scotia University Presidents, Nova Scotia Research and Innovation Trust, and Atlantic University Sport; a past member of Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and a past Director of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada. He currently serves as Vice-Chair of Nova Scotia Business Inc. and is a Director of Nova Scotia Power Inc. In 2012, Mr. Ivany was named Chair of the Nova Scotia Commission on Building our New Economy, which resulted in a comprehensive report entitled Now or Never: An Urgent Call to Action for Nova Scotians. Mr. Ivany has also advised various levels of government through appointments to the National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy, Ontario Investing in Students Taskforce, the Nova Scotia Premier's Fiscal Management Taskforce, and the Canadian Council on Learning. His achievements have earned awards of distinction including the Maclean's Honour Roll of Top Ten Canadians Who Made a Difference; Halifax Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year; an honorary degree from St. Thomas University; and induction into the Atlantic Business Magazine Top 50 CEO Hall of Fame. In March 2016, he was recognized by Canada&rsquo;s Public Policy Forum for inspirational work in improving government, business and civil society.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>DR. ALEX JADAD&nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. Alex Jadad is a physician, educator, researcher and public advocate, who works to help improve health and wellness, through information and communication technologies. Dr. Jadad is the Director of the Institute of Global Health Equity &amp; Innovation, and Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health and Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. He was the holder of the Canada Research Chair in eHealth Innovation at the University Health Network for two consecutive terms ending in 2015. He is also the Founder of the Centre for Global eHealth Innovation at the University Health Network. Born and educated in Colombia, he obtained his medical degree in 1986, specializing in anesthesiology. In 1990 he went to Oxford University, where he became one of the first physicians in the world to obtain a doctorate in health knowledge synthesis. He developed new methods to distill high-quality health-related information and to build specialized databases to support health-related decisions. He led the development of one of the most widely used tools to assess the quality of clinical trials, the Jadad scale. In 1995, he moved to Canada and joined McMaster University, where he held various positions including Chief of the Health Information Research Unit; Associate Medical Director of the Program in Evidence-based Care for Cancer Care Ontario; and professor in the Department of Clinical Epidemiology &amp; Biostatistics. In 2000, he moved to Toronto, where he led the creation of the Centre for Global eHealth Innovation. Dr. Jadad has received numerous awards, including a National Health Research Scholars Award from Health Canada; one of Canada&rsquo;s Top 40 Under 40 awards; a Premier&rsquo;s Research Excellence Award; and the New Pioneers Award in Science and Technology. Twice, he was featured by Time (Canada) Magazine as one of the new Canadians who will shape the country in the 21st century. In 2008, he received the Order of the Congress and the Jose Maria Cordoba Medal in his native Colombia. In 2012, he was honoured with the Pioneers for Change Award, recognizing Canadians born abroad who have made extraordinary contributions to the country.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/20926/ Sun, 01 May 2016 14:40:23 http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/20926/ NO http://www.stfx.ca/sites/default/files/news/aa_april.jpg NCCDH participates in Ottawa conferences <p><span>Population health researchers from around the world gathered in Ottawa this week at the invitation of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research&rsquo;s Institute of Population and Public Health. <em><a href="http://sparkingsolutions.ca/">Sparking Population Health Solutions: Research for a Healthier Future,</a></em> April 25 - 28, brought together researchers, trainees, policy makers, and knowledge translators, including those from <a href="http://www.nccdh.ca/">StFX&rsquo;s National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health (NCCDH)</a>. NCCDH knowledge translation specialist Dianne Oickle and scientific director Connie Clement each presented posters at the event.&nbsp;</span></p> <div>One poster highlighted a <a href="http://nccdh.ca/resources/entry/learning-to-work-differently-implementing-ontarios-sdoh-public-health-nurse">case study</a>, undertaken with Dr. Charmaine MacPherson (StFX Faculty of Nursing), of Ontario&rsquo;s experiment to assign public health nurses as specialists to address social determinants of health. The second was about a <a href="http://nccdh.ca/resources/entry/economic-arguments-for-shifting-health-dollars-upstream">new NCCDH resource</a> discussing economic arguments in support of rethinking how we distribute healthcare dollars.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>The conference aimed to trigger researchers&rsquo; role to spark solutions, not just study problems. It ended with participants influencing selection of catalytic questions to inform the Institute&rsquo;s next priorities.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>Prior to <em>Sparking Population Health Solutions</em>, Ms. Clement represented the NCCDH at an invitational meeting of Canada&rsquo;s 14 applied public health research chairs. Hosted in Ottawa, April 21-22, the meeting facilitated discussion surrounding consideration of current science, policy and public agendas related to population and public health intervention research.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>Funded jointly by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Public Health Agency of Canada, the research focus of the chairs varies. Studies, for example, aim to generate knowledge about involving Indigenous peoples in planning and implementation of initiatives to redress deficiencies in health data related to Indigenous Canadians; to improve understanding of patterns and influences related to unintended pregnancy to encourage governments to fund high quality contraceptive; to influence development of a population health record to complement individually-focused e-health records; and to analyze the inequitable increase in cavities that occurs when public water systems are not fluoridated. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/20921/ Fri, 29 Apr 2016 12:03:29 http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/20921/ NO Spring 2016 Graduates Lists <p><span>Below are links to the 2016 Spring Graduates Lists. &nbsp;Congratulations to our newest Xaverians!!</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.stfx.ca/sites/default/files/pages/spring-2016-convocation-morning.pdf">Morning Ceremony Graduates &gt;&gt;</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.stfx.ca/sites/default/files/pages/spring-2016-convocation-afternoon.pdf">Afternoon Ceremony Graduates &gt;&gt;</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.stfx.ca/sites/default/files/pages/2016_prize_list.pdf">2016 Medal and Prize Winners List &gt;&gt;<span>&nbsp;</span></a></p> http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/20916/ Thu, 28 Apr 2016 18:41:56 http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/20916/ YES StFX to bestow honorary degrees on Acadia University President and one of Canada’s top leaders in health technologies <p>St. Francis Xavier University will welcome approximately 1,000 graduates into its alumni ranks on Sunday, May 1 when it hosts 2016 Spring Convocation.</p> <p>During morning and afternoon ceremonies, StFX will also bestow Doctors of Laws <em>honoris causa</em> upon Ray Ivany, President and Vice Chancellor of Acadia University, and upon Dr. Alex Jadad, a physician, educator, researcher and public advocate who works to help improve health and wellness, through information and communication technologies. The morning convocation starts at 9:30 a.m., while the afternoon ceremony gets underway at 3 p.m.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="https://www.stfx.ca/sites/default/files/news/ivany_mystfx.jpg" /></p> <div>RAY IVANY<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>Ray Ivany is a university and college administrator, public servant, and valued advisor to provincial and federal governments. He is known for his contributions to both post-secondary education in Nova Scotia and towards the province&rsquo;s future. A Sydney, NS native, Mr. Ivany has served as Acadia University President since 2009. Prior to this, he has been President of Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC), where he led a period of major transformation; Chair of the Workers' Compensation Board of Nova Scotia; and Executive Vice-President at the University College of Cape Breton. He is past Chair of the Council of Nova Scotia University Presidents, Nova Scotia Research and Innovation Trust, and Atlantic University Sport; a past member of Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and a past Director of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada. He currently serves as Vice-Chair of Nova Scotia Business Inc. and is a Director of Nova Scotia Power Inc. In 2012, Mr. Ivany was named Chair of the Nova Scotia Commission on Building our New Economy, which resulted in a comprehensive report entitled <em>Now or Never: An Urgent Call to Action for Nova Scotians</em>. Mr. Ivany has also advised various levels of government through appointments to the National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy, Ontario Investing in Students Taskforce, the Nova Scotia Premier's Fiscal Management Taskforce, and the Canadian Council on Learning. His achievements have earned awards of distinction including the Maclean's Honour Roll of Top Ten Canadians Who Made a Difference; Halifax Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year; an honorary degree from St. Thomas University; and induction into the Atlantic Business Magazine Top 50 CEO Hall of Fame. In March 2016, he was recognized by Canada&rsquo;s Public Policy Forum for inspirational work in improving government, business and civil society.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><img alt="" src="https://www.stfx.ca/sites/default/files/news/jadad_mystfx.jpg" /></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>DR. ALEX JADAD&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. Alex Jadad is a physician, educator, researcher and public advocate, who works to help improve health and wellness, through information and communication technologies. Dr. Jadad is the Director of the Institute of Global Health Equity &amp; Innovation, and Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health and Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. He was the holder of the Canada Research Chair in eHealth Innovation at the University Health Network for two consecutive terms ending in 2015. He is also the Founder of the Centre for Global eHealth Innovation at the University Health Network. Born and educated in Colombia, he obtained his medical degree in 1986, specializing in anesthesiology. In 1990 he went to Oxford University, where he became one of the first physicians in the world to obtain a doctorate in health knowledge synthesis. He developed new methods to distill high-quality health-related information and to build specialized databases to support health-related decisions.&nbsp;He led the development of one of the most widely used tools to assess the quality of clinical trials, the Jadad scale. In 1995, he moved to Canada and joined McMaster University, where he held various positions including Chief of the Health Information Research Unit; Associate Medical Director of the Program in Evidence-based Care for Cancer Care Ontario; and professor in the Department of Clinical Epidemiology &amp; Biostatistics. In 2000, he moved to Toronto, where he led the creation of the Centre for Global eHealth Innovation.&nbsp;Dr. Jadad has received numerous awards, including a National Health Research Scholars Award from Health Canada; one of Canada&rsquo;s Top 40 Under 40 awards; a Premier&rsquo;s Research Excellence Award; and the New Pioneers Award in Science and Technology. Twice, he was featured by Time (Canada) Magazine as one of the new Canadians who will shape the country in the 21st century. In 2008, he received the Order of the Congress and the Jose Maria Cordoba Medal in his native Colombia. In 2012, he was honoured with the Pioneers for Change Award, recognizing Canadians born abroad who have made extraordinary contributions to the country.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/20911/ Tue, 26 Apr 2016 13:43:53 http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/20911/ NO Modern languages professor invited to speak at symposium celebrating Voltaire <div>StFX Modern Languages professor Dr. Edward Langille, a renowned expert on the work of Voltaire, was an invited speaker and part of a group of international scholars who gathered at McGill University in Montreal last month for a one-day symposium <a href="https://www.mcgill.ca/library/channels/event/symposium-celebrating-voltaire">&ldquo;Celebrating Voltaire.&rdquo;</a></div> <div><br /> McGill sponsored the symposium to celebrate its recent acquisition of J. Patrick Lee&rsquo;s Voltaire Collection. Pat Lee, as he was known to friends and colleagues, was a pre-eminent American Voltaire scholar, an inspiring teacher and a gifted university administrator. He was also a discriminating bibliophile. At his death in 2006, his library held some 11,000 volumes and many manuscripts. Of these, McGill purchased 1,994 rare and important items, including 35 manuscripts in the hand of Voltaire, Madame du Ch&acirc;telet, and others in Voltaire&rsquo;s circle; there are 245 stand-alone editions of <em>Candide,</em> 39 of <em>Zadig</em>, 54 of the <em>Dictionnaire philosophique</em>, and 21 of La Henriade, as well as American imprints of Voltaire&rsquo;s works, and volumes with notable American provenance.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The one-day event included a series of lectures presenting an overview of Voltaire&rsquo;s life and career as well as a round table discussion on &ldquo;Why does Voltaire matter in the 21st century?&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. Langille was recently appointed <span>a director of the Voltaire Society of America, based in New York.</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>He was also recently named the Jules L&eacute;ger Research Chair in Humanities and Social Sciences at StFX.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/20906/ Thu, 21 Apr 2016 10:50:48 http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/20906/ NO http://www.stfx.ca/sites/default/files/news/egu_mystfx.jpg StFX climate researchers presenting at European Geosciences Union meeting in Vienna <p><span>Dr. Hugo Beltrami, Canada Research Chair in Climate Dynamics at StFX, and several graduate students are currently presenting their research at the European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly, a large, important international meeting taking place in Vienna from April 17-22.</span></p> <div>Three graduate students present at the conference are Etor Lucio-Eceiza (PhD - U. Complutense de Madrid), Almudena Garcia-Garcia (MSc -StFX), and Francisco Cuesta-Valero (MSc - StFX). Also involved in the research are Fernando Jaume-Santero and Carolyne Pickler.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;This is very good exposure for our work and a very good experience for the graduate students to meet the world's top climate scientists,&rdquo; Dr. Beltrami says. The team will make eight presentations at the event this week.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;This is important to get to know as much as possible the latest developments in climate research,&rdquo; he says.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>Two of his masters students will be continuing on with Dr. Beltrami for a PhD in climate sciences in conjunction with Memorial University of Newfoundland.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Their presentations at the EGU this week include:&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>Statiscal Downscaling of a surface wind field over northeastern North America: annual to centennial variability.</em></div> <div>Etor E. Lucio-Eceiza, J. Fidel Gonz&aacute;lez-Rouco, Jorge Navarro, Elena Garc&iacute;a-Bustamante, and Hugo Beltrami.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>Thermal Coupling between Air and Ground Temperatures in the CMIP5 Historical and Future Simulations</em></div> <div>Almudena Garc&iacute;a-Garc&iacute;a, Francisco Jos&eacute; Cuesta-Valero, Hugo Beltrami, and Jason Smerdon</div> <div><em><br /> </em></div> <div><em>Estimating Continental Energy Storage from CMIP5 Simulations</em></div> <div>Francisco Jos&eacute; Cuesta-Valero, Almudena Garc&iacute;a-Garc&iacute;a, Hugo Beltrami, and Jason Smerdon</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>Quality Control Methodology Of A Surface Wind Observational Database In North Eastern North America</em></div> <div>Etor E. Lucio-Eceiza, J. Fidel Gonz&aacute;lez-Rouco, Jorge Navarro, Jorge Conte, and Hugo Beltrami</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>Laurentide Ice Sheet basal temperatures at the Last Glacial Cycle as inferred from borehole data</em></div> <div>Jean-Claude Mareschal, Carolyne Pickler, and Hugo Beltrami</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>Simulation of Air and Ground Temperatures in PMIP3/CMIP5 Last Millennium Simulations: Implications for Climate Reconstructions from Borehole Temperature Profiles</em></div> <div>Hugo Beltrami, Almudena Garc&iacute;a-Garc&iacute;a, Francisco Jos&eacute; Cuesta-Valero, and Jason Smerdon</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>North American regional climate reconstruction from underground temperatures.</em></div> <div>Fernando Jaume-Santero, Hugo Beltrami, and Jean-Claude Mareschal</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>Ground surface temperature histories in northern Ontario and Qu&eacute;bec for the past 500 years</em></div> <div>Carolyne Pickler, Hugo Beltrami, and Jean-Claude Mareschal</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/20896/ Tue, 19 Apr 2016 12:38:27 http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/20896/ NO http://www.stfx.ca/sites/default/files/news/hartigan_crawley_mystfx.jpg StFX Co-operative Education presents Students' Choice supervisor award <p><span>StFX&rsquo;s Co-operative Education team recently honoured one of its partners, presenting the Students&rsquo; Choice &ndash; Outstanding Co-op Supervisor Award to Don Crawley, manager, SAP Business Support Center, Nova Scotia Department of Education &amp; Early Childhood Development.</span></p> <div>The award is designed to allow co-op students the opportunity to recognize a supervisor who has been an exceptional mentor and went above and beyond normal expectations to ensure that the student had a quality work term.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Mr. Crawley was nominated by two StFX BIS co-op students, Kyle Hartigan and Clare Blake.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The nomination process required students to write a 750-1,000 word essay explaining how their supervisor went above and beyond normal work expectations. Both students wrote shining essays about Mr. Crawley.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The two students both worked in a 12-month co-op position as a SAP systems analyst. Mr. Hartigan will finish his position at the end April, and Ms. Blake worked in the same role in 2014-2015.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Co-operative Education manager Jane MacDonald says Mr. Crawley has been a strong supporter of the program and already has big plans for the next co-op student.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/20891/ Tue, 19 Apr 2016 11:15:08 http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/20891/ NO http://www.stfx.ca/sites/default/files/news/sobey_web_2016.jpg David and Donald Sobey give $2 million for StFX's Mulroney Institute of Government <p><span>StFX President Dr. Kent MacDonald is pleased to announce that two of Canada&rsquo;s outstanding entrepreneurs and business leaders, David F. Sobey and Donald R. Sobey, have donated $2 million to StFX&rsquo;s planned Mulroney Institute of Government.&nbsp;</span></p> <div><span>The Sobey Scholarships have been established to support full-time undergraduate students who are academically focused and socially engaged, and enrolled in courses that will be associated with StFX&rsquo;s Mulroney Institute of Government. The endowment will support two annual scholarships of $10,000 each, renewable for three additional years, and is part of the Xaverian Fund for Scholarships and Bursaries, established by Dr. MacDonald with a goal of raising $50 million for scholarships and bursaries.</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;We are extremely grateful for this investment in the Mulroney Institute at StFX,&rdquo; Dr. MacDonald says. &ldquo;David and Donald Sobey are true champions of education. Theirs is a long history of support for higher education, including some of the great work being done on our campus. This gift will provide tremendous financial support to the Mulroney Institute, providing pathways and opportunities for outstanding and deserving young men and women who wish to attend StFX.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Both David and Donald Sobey have a long friendship with StFX. In 2010, they were awarded honorary degrees from StFX in recognition of their outstanding contribution as Canadian corporate leaders and philanthropists. This latest gift is a continuation of the support that they have been providing over the years to educational excellence at StFX.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;We are pleased to recognize, support, and share in Dr. Kent MacDonald&rsquo;s important vision for the Xaverian Fund and the Mulroney Institute at StFX. With this gift, we are proud to support the initiative to ensure a high quality post-secondary education is accessible to all deserving students, regardless of their financial background,&rdquo; says David Sobey and Donald Sobey. &ldquo;Canada needs future leaders with the skills and knowledge required for good government, the Mulroney Institute will further StFX&rsquo;s leadership in this field of study,&rdquo; they added.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Recipients of The Sobey Scholarships must be graduates from a high school in Canada, have a high school leaving average of at least 85 per cent, be enrolled in a full-time undergraduate program at StFX and taking courses associated with the Mulroney Institute of Government. Further, they must demonstrate financial need, leadership, and community involvement in a program or area that makes a difference in their community.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/20876/ Mon, 18 Apr 2016 07:00:12 http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/20876/ NO http://www.stfx.ca/sites/default/files/news/mckenna_haiti_web_group.jpg StFX students looking forward to broadening social understanding of leadership in Haiti during McKenna Haiti Youth Leaders Exchange <p><span>A group of four StFX students will have a tremendous opportunity to learn from international counterparts and hone their leadership skills when they travel to Haiti from April 21-28 as part of the McKenna Haiti Youth Leaders Exchange.</span></p> <div>The exchange is supported by the McKenna Foundation, and the students, Rebecca Mesay, Alex Miller, Colin Thompson, and Lauren Agnew, will be accompanied by Mary Coyle, executive director of StFX&rsquo;s Frank McKenna Centre for Leadership.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;We were so fortunate to have Robillard Louino and Djerhy Jean Baptiste, two dynamic young Haitian leaders, with us for the StFX Youth Leaders Summit in October,&rdquo; Ms. Coyle says.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;The Coady Institute&rsquo;s long standing partner, the Haitian Centre for Leadership and Excellence, will be hosting the StFX delegation. Our StFX students will be meeting with groups of their youth leader peers in Port au Prince, Fort Jacques, Kenscoff and Terrier Rouge.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ms. Coyle says they will also participate in a social forestry project in San Raphael and visit the country&rsquo;s historic Citadel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;For three of the four StFX students, this will be the final element of their StFX education. They will be back on campus to graduate on May 1st. What a meaningful way to wrap up such a high quality educational experience.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The students are keen for the experience. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>BROADER UNDERSTANDING</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;I hope to walk away with a broader social understanding of leadership. I believe that strong leaders have universal qualities, and I am so excited to see the Haitian embodiments of these qualities,&rdquo; says Ms. Agnew, a fourth year human kinetics student from Ottawa, ON.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;These opportunities are so important because it is so easy to get lost within your own four years of university, and to forget to step outside yourself and look at the bigger picture. We are so lucky to have had an experience like StFX, but our experience is pretty unique. To be able to travel and gain different perspectives while all working towards the common goal of uniting youth in leadership movements is empowering for all parties, and an invaluable learning experience.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>She says the opportunity also appealed because of the rich culture associated with Haiti. &ldquo;Its history is so interesting and the people of Haiti are so resilient that I feel that we have so much to learn from the youth leaders there.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Rebecca Mesay, a first year arts student and Social Justice Colloquium student from Calgary, AB, says the opportunity captured her attention because its intention is to teach about sustainable development and efficient leadership must come from a country&rsquo;s own people in order to be successful.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;This opportunity challenges the assumption that the only way for a country to improve the quality of life of its people is through Western intervention,&rdquo; she says.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;I hope this exchange will change the way we view leadership and allow us to understand what a good leader looks like in Haiti compared to Canada and then why those differences exist.&rdquo; &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>She says it is important to have these opportunities for students to give them a chance to think critically about a different part of the world.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>EMPOWERING YOUTH</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Alex Miller, a fourth year honours political science student with a subsidiary in aquatic resources, says he was initially interested in this opportunity because of its emphasis on empowering youth and enabling youth leadership.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;I have been involved with the World Youth Parliament for Water, an international civil society organization, for the past several years. My work with this organization has helped to show what amazing potential youth have when it comes to driving social change. I was also interested because of the opportunity to visit Haiti. Haiti is considered to be the most water-insecure country in the world, due to low quality and quantities of water,&rdquo; he says.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;A lack of appropriate water and sanitation infrastructure is one of the factors which enabled the terrible cholera outbreak which occurred shortly after the 2010 earthquake. As an aquatic resources student, I am very interested in the ways in which water issues affect development, environmental quality, and human health. I believe Haiti will be an eye-opening experience, to say the least.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Mr. Miller says he hopes this program helps to show the importance of action and leadership when it comes to addressing complex social, economic, and political challenges. &ldquo;I also hope that we are able to learn from the Haitian people we will meet. I am excited to meet with Haitian youth who are active in their communities, and learn about their experiences working to enact social change.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>It is important to understand the different lived experiences of people from around the world, he says.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;My experience growing up in the Maritimes has only exposed me to a certain type of lifestyle, and if it wasn&rsquo;t for these opportunities to visit other countries and learn from people with different backgrounds, my worldview would be much narrower than it is today.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;In regards to leadership, I believe that it is crucial for our generation of leaders to be internationally-minded, as many of the world&rsquo;s challenges, such as climate change, require international action and cooperation. Opportunities such as the McKenna Haiti Youth Leaders Exchange are significant because they allow for international and cross-cultural dialogues which will help the next generation of leaders in both Canada and Haiti to succeed.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/20871/ Fri, 15 Apr 2016 06:28:00 http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/20871/ NO StFX Women of X-cellence launch innovative fundraiser with platform that is Canadian first <p><span>StFX&rsquo;s &ldquo;Women of X-cellence&rdquo; &ndash; a new program supporting the university&rsquo;s female varsity athletes - will launch a three-week fundraiser to help level the playing field. The innovative online campaign will celebrate almost 50 years of women in sports at StFX and feature a limited edition commemorative &ldquo;StFX&rdquo; branded $20 t-shirt. The funds raised will be used to support StFX&rsquo;s women&rsquo;s varsity teams.&nbsp;</span></p> <div><a href="http://teesforthepeople.com/products/women-of-x-cellence">teesforthepeople.com/products/women-of-x-cellence</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The mission of &ldquo;Women of X-cellence&rdquo; is to enhance the experience of current female student-athletes both on and off the playing field. Their goal is to raise awareness for women&rsquo;s athletics by recruiting and retaining StFX Women of X-cellence members and to help provide financial support for women&rsquo;s athletics.&nbsp;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNgZUhtbRmY">www.youtube.com/watch</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>For more information:</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Wendy Langley</div> <div>Director of Development&nbsp;</div> <div>T &nbsp;902.867.5182&nbsp;</div> <div>wlangley@stfx.ca</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Alexa Zarins</div> <div>Sponsorship &amp; Fund Development Coordinator &nbsp;</div> <div>T &nbsp;902.867.3914&nbsp;</div> <div>E &nbsp;azarins@stfx.ca</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/20866/ Thu, 14 Apr 2016 11:11:51 http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/20866/ NO http://www.stfx.ca/sites/default/files/news/math_outreach_05_mystfx.jpg Connecting Math to our Lives and Communities: StFX implements pilot program for Grades 7-12 students <p>The 2015-2016 academic year saw the implementation of a pilot project entitled &ldquo;Connecting Math to Our Lives and Communities&rdquo; through St. Francis Xavier University&rsquo;s Faculty of Education and Mathematics Department. &nbsp;</p> <div><span>The program was designed for students in Grades 7 through 12 as a means to encourage youth to examine and investigate the value of mathematics in their lives and develop an appreciation for how mathematics can have power to shape their futures. &nbsp;</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Our goal is to inspire students to see that math is all around them so that they will see the value in learning more math. Through programs like this, students are supported and encouraged to participate in further studies in mathematics and science. They have fun while developing more confidence in their mathematical abilities. It also provides opportunities for students to see that mathematics can be a powerful tool for helping the world,&rdquo; says StFX education professor Dr. Lisa Lunney Borden.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Connecting Math to Our Lives and Communities was run in four Mi&rsquo;kmaw and two African Nova Scotian communities in eastern Nova Scotia. The program brought StFX Bachelor of Education students and undergraduate science and math students into the communities biweekly to explore topics of interest to the youth. &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <img src="https://www.stfx.ca/sites/default/files/news/math_outreach_03_mystfx.jpg" alt="" /></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Project work focused on reading and writing the world with mathematics through the explorations of social justice issues such as water security and the environment, to patterns and logical reasoning, including technology and coding.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In all, 29 sessions were held, with attendance reaching over 180 participants. While the program was designed for students in Grades 7-12, interest from students in the communities caused organizers to expand the grade levels to include Grades 5 and 6.<br /> <br /> <img src="https://www.stfx.ca/sites/default/files/news/math_outreach_04_mystfx.jpg" alt="" /></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Feedback from participants was overwhelmingly positive, offering descriptions of the program as fun, interesting, and a good learning experience, the StFX faculty organizers say. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>As one student said, &ldquo;It is an interesting program. Every kid or teen would enjoy this. It makes you learn and it is fun.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>A final celebration day was held on campus Saturday, April 2, which brought 50 students together with community leaders, Elders, and university faculty to share traditional knowledge and make mathematical connections. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Students participated in morning workshops in basket making, beading, quillwork, storytelling, games, Waltes, and physics where links to math were explored. In the afternoon, an Amazing Math Race allowed students to explore campus while learning new math concepts and consolidating what was learned throughout the program.<br /> <br /> <img src="https://www.stfx.ca/sites/default/files/news/math_outreach_01_mystfx.jpg" alt="" /><br /> &nbsp;</div> <div><span>Planning is now underway for the continuation and expansion of the program. Anyone with questions about or interest in the program may wish to contact Lisa Lunney Borden (<a href="mailto:lborden@stfx.ca">lborden@stfx.ca</a>)</span><span>, Tara Taylor (<a href="mailto:ttaylor@stfx.ca">ttaylor@stfx.ca</a>)&nbsp;</span><span>or Robert van den Hoogen (<a href="mailto:rvandenh@stfx.ca">rvandenh@stfx.ca</a>).</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/20861/ Thu, 14 Apr 2016 08:18:54 http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/20861/ NO http://www.stfx.ca/sites/default/files/news/holly_bartlett_web_2016.jpg StFX student Jessie Doyle receives Holly E. Bartlett Memorial Bursary <p><span>StFX student Jessie Doyle of Antigonish, NS is the 2016 recipient of the Holly E. Bartlett Memorial Bursary at StFX.</span></p> <div>Family, friends and members of the StFX community gathered for a ceremony held in the Annex on April 13 to celebrate the memory of StFX graduate Holly Bartlett and present the annual $500 award. Holly&rsquo;s mother, Marion Bartlett, and sister, Amanda Jenkins, were in attendance to present the bursary.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The award, started by the Bartlett family and friends, is available to a full-time undergraduate female student. The recipient must be from Atlantic Canada and have a minimum average of 75. The student must also demonstrate financial need and a commitment to community service and student activities.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ms. Doyle is a second year Bachelor of Arts student. She was named to the Dean&rsquo;s List last year and is on track to achieve the same this year. She says she is passionate about advocating for mental health issues. Ms. Doyle has been involved in the L'Arche community for quite some time, and has recently taken a more active approach towards mental health advocacy through Peer Counselling and the X-Mental Health Organization.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ms. Bartlett was born in Halifax, NS, with an eye condition called Microphtalmia characterized by small underdeveloped eyes. By the time she was 13 she rapidly lost what little sight she had. She graduated from Prince Andrew High in June 1997 with several awards and scholarships including The Walter &amp; Wayne Gretzky Scholarship. She and her guide dog Willow started classes at StFX that fall.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In 2002, she graduated from StFX with an honours arts degree in psychology, earning a spot on the dean&rsquo;s list. She also attended Carleton University, received her human resources certificate from the Nova Scotia Community College, and at the time of her death in 2010, was working for the Department of Community Services and enrolled at Dalhousie University where she was working toward her master&rsquo;s in public administration. Her degree was awarded posthumously May 2011.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ms. Bartlett is remembered as an independent young woman, with a great sense of humour, who never wanted her disability to define who she was. She was always looking for her next adventure and experienced sky diving, rock climbing and swing dancing.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/20856/ Thu, 14 Apr 2016 06:36:20 http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/20856/ NO http://www.stfx.ca/sites/default/files/news/2016_macbain_riley_aweards_web.jpg StFX students to expand learning horizons in Ghana, Peru, Malawi, Mexico and U.S. as 2016 recipients of MacBain/Riley Global Engagement Awards <p><span>New perspectives. International experience. Global thinking.<br /> <br /> </span><span>That&rsquo;s what 10 StFX students say they are looking forward to this spring and summer as 2016 recipients of the MacBain/Riley Global Engagement Awards.&nbsp;</span></p> <div><span>The awards&mdash;which provide early encouragement to students to develop leadership at the international level, and supports students who have designed their own entrepreneurial plan for global engagement&mdash;are available through the MacBain/Riley International Fund, offered within StFX&rsquo;s Frank McKenna Centre for Leadership.&nbsp;</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Cassia Tremblay, John Dobson, Joelle French, Jolene Humble, Amanda Clarke, Jack Bowness, Corrina Degen, Meagan MacDonald, Lyndsay Scovil and Katrine Chiasson are this year&rsquo;s recipients.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;The 10 students selected for the MacBain/Riley Global Engagement Awards are going to have a wonderful opportunity to expand their learning horizons in Ghana, Peru, Malawi, Mexico and the U.S. this summer,&rdquo; says McKenna Centre executive director Mary Coyle.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>She says the MacBain/Riley International Fund, within the Frank McKenna Centre for Leadership, was established by the McCall MacBain Foundation and former StFX President, Dr. Sean Riley.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Both John MacBain and Dr. Sean Riley share the belief that international experience and opportunities are essential to the next generation of leaders in government, business and academe. I know from past award recipients that these experiences can be life changing and can help students decide on their future career and educational pathways.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>INVALUABLE OPPORTUNITY</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;This trip is an invaluable opportunity to develop not only my research skills but also to learn about a different culture,&rdquo; says third year biology student Cassia Tremblay of Calgary, AB who will join Transformative Praxis Malawi professors and student researchers for six weeks this summer in the Kasungu region of Malawi.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>There, she will work with the health team to investigate sanitation and communicate illness in the local community</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m really looking forward to contributing to this international team focused on collaborative learning,&rdquo; she says.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>HANDS-ON LEARNING</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Third year Schwartz School of Business student Jolene Humble of St. Albert, AB will spend seven weeks in Peru, learning about its history and culture with Operation Groundswell, a small organization that focuses on building a community of &ldquo;backpacktivists&rdquo;&mdash;travellers who are socially, environmentally and politically aware of their impact in communities.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>She says she looks forward to learning in such a hands-on and applicable way, and the perspectives it will bring.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;I am extremely grateful to have this opportunity, especially while studying for my undergrad degree. This enables me to bring back what I will learn and experience while in Peru and allows me to apply it to my last year of study at StFX.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Several recipients will use the award to participate in a new six-credit interdisciplinary studies course through an eight-week Immersion Service Learning spring session in Ghana.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;This award gives me the opportunity to take part in an Immersion Service Learning trip to Northern Ghana, with seven other StFX students,&rdquo; says Lyndsay Scovil, a third year honours political science and development studies student from Halifax, NS.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;This experience combines class work in Ghana, along with a four week placement in a Ghanaian organization, focused on community development and social justice. Through this program, we will earn six credits toward our degree at StFX, as well as gain experience working with organizations abroad.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;I am so fortunate to have the opportunity to go on the Ghana Service Learning trip, and I am very grateful for the support provided by the MacBain/Riley Fund,&rdquo; she says.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;This experience will allow me to gain hands-on experience in areas of social justice and community development, which are topics I am passionate about and would like to pursue in the long-term. This type of experiential learning will allow me to critically analyze and reflect upon the role I can play in contributing to international, as well as local, initiatives that reduce global inequalities and promote sustainable community development.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Third year psychology student Meagan MacDonald of Stittsville, ON will also travel to Ghana for StFX&rsquo;s Immersion Service Learning spring session.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Aside from the various positive outcomes that are a result from this opportunity, there is a cost associated with it. The total cost of this experience is $5,880. This includes the airfare cost, accommodation, course fee and a portion of food expenses. Though the experience itself and all the positives that come with it are priceless, it is still an overwhelming fee for any student,&rdquo; she says.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ms. MacDonald fundraised to help defray the cost by organizing events and activities in the community, such as a Santa family swim.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;After much research about the MacBain/Riley International Fund, I know that with the funding I am among many previous recipients who have gone out into the world with the same hope as I have, and that is to make a difference. I believe in the philosophy of both Mr. MacBain and Dr. Riley when they stated that &lsquo;international experience and opportunities are essential to the next generation of Canadian leaders in government, business and academe.&rsquo;&rdquo; &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>She says after her two-month term in Ghana, she will return to Nova Scotia with a different perspective in which she views the world. &ldquo;I also believe that this experience will give me confidence to embark on more opportunities that are presented to me at the local and international level while at the same time I continue to get involved in matters I feel passionate about.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>John Dobson, a third year joint major development studies and political science student from Antigonish, NS, will use the award to help a cooperative of small-scale jewelry producers in Taxco, Mexico connect directly with customers in the global market. His contribution to this effort will be to further develop a digital catalogue of jewelry. He says this opportunity will help him advance his Spanish speaking ability along with increasing his cross cultural literacy.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/20846/ Wed, 13 Apr 2016 11:35:21 http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/20846/ NO http://www.stfx.ca/sites/default/files/news/2016_student_research_ucr_web.jpg Student Research, UCR Awards will provide invaluable experience, students say <p><span>Ten StFX students will have the opportunity to extend their learning, from researching the symbiotic relationship that exists between the yellow spotted salamander and a species of algae to compiling a literature review on literacy use in high school content courses, as recipients of StFX Student Research Awards and University Council for Research (UCR) Awards.</span></p> <div>Each student is awarded $4,500 and the opportunity to conduct hands-on research under the supervision of a StFX faculty member.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Recipients include Christina Minions, Pierre-Michel Jalbert, Rowan Murphy, Patrick O&rsquo;Brien, Nukhalu Callaghan-Patrachar, Noah Ritchey, Mackenzie Pazos, Emily Drain, Carolyn Taylor and Megan Allain.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;This is my first opportunity to spend an entire summer engaging in research in my field, and I think it will provide me with invaluable experience that will benefit me as I begin my master's degree right after the summer,&rdquo; says Carolyn Taylor, a senior psychology student from Richmond, BC.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Having just finished a thesis in psychology it's awesome to be able to jump straight into a research position after graduation to help me further my career in this field.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>She will help build on past research conducted in psychology professor Dr. Ann Bigelow's lab, looking at the effect of maternal responsiveness in facilitating a shift in infants&rsquo; preference at around two to three months of age from perfect contingencies, such as looking in a mirror, to high, but imperfect contingencies such as face-to-face interactions.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>EXPANDING SKILLS</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;This is an amazing opportunity to expand on research skills and writing in the sciences,&rdquo; says third year environmental science student Christina Minions of Calgary, AB, whose research will be part of a long-term monitoring study on the soil carbon dynamics in high Arctic environments in Svalbard with the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research (BCCR) in Norway.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Part of what makes this project particularly interesting is collaboration with other researchers from different institutions within the scientific community,&rdquo; she says. &ldquo;It will be a great opportunity to further my knowledge in an area that excites me, and to delve into the world of scientific research.&rdquo; &nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>BE AN ASSET</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>First year education student Megan Allain of New Glasgow, NS will be helping compile an annotated bibliography and literature review on literacy use in high school content courses, particularly with high populations of Aboriginal students, African-Canadian students, or students living in poverty.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;I am extremely excited for this opportunity,&rdquo; she says. &ldquo;As a future teacher, learning about the educational research process will certainly be an asset. Students come from all different walks of life, and being able to locate and critically analyze bodies of research will help me better understand and accommodate those who may be very different from myself. I consider myself to be very lucky to be working with such wonderful mentors, and I am looking forward to deepening my understanding of the topic in question.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Noah Ritcey, a third year computer science student from Woodstock, NB, will be working with computer science professor Dr. Iker Gondra creating and refining algorithms for computer vision. Computer vision, he says, has numerous applications in fields such as medical imaging and is currently a huge problem in the development of functioning artificial intelligence systems.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It's a great opportunity. It feels good to be doing relevant research in my field and furthering the development of computer science. I also want to continue my education specializing in the field of artificial intelligence so this is kind of perfect for me. I'm very grateful to have received the award.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>EARLY START</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>First year science student Patrick O'Brien of Fort McMurray, AB will focus his research on studying the navigational mechanisms of the nudibranch mollusc Tritonia Diomedea, which is a large sea slug found in the Pacific Ocean.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;As a person who would like to pursue a career in academia, doing research at such an early stage in my post-secondary career will be greatly advantageous for my future endeavors. It will teach important skills that can't be taught in the classroom, and allow me to become involved within the scientific community,&rdquo; he says.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Emily Drain, a third year honours marketing student from Vancouver, BC, says the opportunity to work as a research assistant during her undergraduate degree is a much appreciated and valuable experience, especially when looking towards her future studies.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Under the guidance of business professor Bobbi Morrison, she will conduct research on the expanded scope of practice in Nova Scotia&rsquo;s community pharmacists. Specifically, she will look at the impact these expanded pharmacy services have upon patient attitudes and loyalty.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Rowan Murphy, a third year honours biology student from Halifax, NS, will be studying a symbiotic relationship that exists between the yellow spotted salamander and a species of algae. She will test the capacity of the algae to invade egg masses of the salamander.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;I am grateful to have been given this opportunity and I look forward to learning about the research process this summer. I know that the knowledge I gain from this experience will benefit me in my future endeavours.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/20841/ Wed, 13 Apr 2016 06:36:20 http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/20841/ NO