News http://www.stfx.ca/rss/news/ StFX News en http://www.stfx.ca/sites/default/files/news/3_cds.jpg StFX music faculty recognized with East Coast Music Award nominations <p>StFX music faculty are in the running for several East Coast Music Awards.&nbsp;</p> <div>Music faculty members Paul Tynan and Jake Hanlon are nominated in the Jazz Recording of the Year category for their album, <em>Autumn Song</em>. Prof. Tynan is also nominated in the same category with co-leader Aaron Lington, for the <em>BiCoastal Collective Chapter Four</em>, which also features the performances of StFX faculty Jake Hanlon, Tony Genge and Terry O&rsquo;Mahoney. Dr. Genge is also up for Classical Composition of the Year for his composition <em>Third Duo</em>, and for Classical Recording of the Year for the CD that has <em>Third Duo</em> on it, <em>Kitchen Party</em>, by Derek Charke and Mark Adam.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;This is a very exciting year to be nominated,&rdquo; says Prof. Tynan. &ldquo;The other recordings in the category are all fantastic. It&rsquo;s an honour for my recording to stand alongside those other fantastic projects.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It is very exciting to have been nominated for the ECMAs this year for Jazz Recording of the Year on two fronts,&rdquo; says Prof. Hanlon. &ldquo;My work with Paul Tynan has been going on since I was a junior at StFX in 2002 and ever since then we've been collaborating as educators, performers and composers. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Working on <em>Autumn Song</em> was very challenging, a musical format that requires a huge amount of trust and intuition. Paul and I have that sort of relationship musically and our friendship both on and off the bandstand allowed us to make <em>Autumn Song </em>as a project extremely rewarding as improvising musicians.&rdquo; &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Prof. Hanlon says when Prof. Tynan asked him to join him on the <em>BiCostal Collective</em>'s release &ldquo;there was no hesitation to agree on my part... an opportunity to record with my colleagues in the Music Department was something I was extremely excited to undertake. Dr. Genge and Professor O'Mahoney were instrumental in my musical upbringing and sharing the classroom and bandstand with them over the last seven years has been a dream come true in many ways. Working on this music together was incredibly rewarding, and the greatest thing about <em>Autumn Song</em> and <em>BiCostal Collective</em> is the huge difference in the albums, yet they still carry the fundamental aesthetics of jazz and represents our music program here at StFX at the highest artistic level.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m thrilled to be nominated for projects in three different categories, which are up for ECMA awards,&rdquo; Dr. Genge says. . &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It is great to have had the opportunities to collaborate with so many talented artists, both from the Music Department at StFX, and from elsewhere in the Maritimes as well. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It also underlines for me the fact that the East Coast has a wealth of talent, and many opportunities for innovative collaborations. A very healthy music scene!&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The 2015 East Coast Music Awards will take place this year in St. John&rsquo;s, NL from April 8-12. The event brings together internationally renowned musicians and industry professionals for five days of performances, conferences, and the gala award show.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/16201/ Thu, 29 Jan 2015 11:36:46 http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/16201/ NO StFX University closed until 12:00 pm (noon) today, Jan 28th <p><span>To the StFX Community,</span></p> <p class="p2">&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Due to the slippery conditions on campus caused by freezing rain, please be advised that StFX University will remain closed until 12:00 pm (noon) today, January 28th. If you are travelling to StFX this morning for meetings or other appointments, it is recommended you call ahead to confirm your visit.</span></p> <p class="p2">&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Essential services will remain open (Morrison Hall, security, cleaning, snow removal).</span></p> <p class="p2">&nbsp;</p> <p class="p2">&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/16181/ Wed, 28 Jan 2015 03:16:02 http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/16181/ YES University closed as of 6:30 this morning <p><span>To The StFX Community,</span></p> <p class="p2">&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">With the weather system projected to arrive early this morning, please be advised that the university will be closed as of 6:30 a.m. until 11:59 p.m today, Tuesday, January 27th. Essential services will be maintained (Morrison Hall, security, cleaning, and snow removal).</span></p> <p class="p2">&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/16176/ Tue, 27 Jan 2015 01:39:41 http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/16176/ YES Storm Watch - Update 4:12 pm <p><span>To the StFX Community,</span></p> <p class="p1">At 11:00 am this morning, Environment Canada posted a heavy snowfall advisory/blizzard warning for Antigonish and the surrounding area. The safety of our students, faculty and staff is our priority.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p2">As conditions can change, please be aware that we are monitoring the situation, including recommendations from Environment Canada and the RCMP, and will be making an announcement regarding university operations on, or before, 6:00am tomorrow,&nbsp;Tuesday, January 27th. &nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">For the latest announcement from StFX, please check&nbsp;<span class="s1">StFX.ca</span>, StFXUniversity on Facebook, or @stfxuniversity on twitter.</p> <p class="p1">&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">Thank you,</p> <p class="p3">Andrew Beckett</p> <p class="p1">VP Finance and Administration</p> <p class="p1">StFX University</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/16171/ Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:17:56 http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/16171/ YES http://www.stfx.ca/sites/default/files/news/ricardo_photo_jan_2015.jpg Marine ecology graduate students' research accepted for publication in leading journals <div>Dr. Ricardo Scrosati&rsquo;s Marine Ecology Lab at StFX is celebrating the achievements of two graduate students whose research work has been accepted for publication in two major journals.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Research completed by PhD student Julius Ellrich has been accepted for publication in &quot;<em>Ecology,</em>&quot; the flagship journal of the Ecological Society of America. It has one of the highest impact factors (5.0) among all ecological journals in the world, Dr. Scrosati says.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In more good news, PhD student Ehab El-Belely&rsquo;s research has been accepted for publication in the &quot;<em>Journal of Ecology</em>,&rdquo; the main journal of the British Ecological Society. It is another top ecological journal, also with a high impact factor (5.7), which will guarantee a wide dissemination of the results.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>For his thesis work, Mr. Ellrich, originally from Germany, completed a detailed field study on the Nova Scotia coast over two years in which he experimentally demonstrated the widespread occurrence of nonconsumptive effects of predators on prey. &ldquo;This is important because predators are often assumed to only control prey populations through consumption, but the &lsquo;fear factor&rsquo; caused by nearby predators can significantly decrease the recruitment of prey populations from larvae,&rdquo; Dr. Scrosati says. For his labour-intensive work, he used a model system composed of barnacles as prey and carnivorous snails as predators from rocky intertidal habitats. He has benefited from funding from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and from Dr. Scrosati&rsquo;s NSERC Discovery Grant.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Mr. El-Belely, originally of Egypt, used a combination of lab experiments at StFX and field experiments on the Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia to reveal the tight linkage between environmental stress (wave exposure), the morphological plasticity in a seaweed resource, and the consequent plasticity in the feeding mode of herbivorous snails from rocky intertidal habitats. &ldquo;The chain of effects relating the environment with a model producer-consumer system has rarely been demonstrated so conclusively using field and lab approaches simultaneously, and it shows how species can adjust to changing conditions to optimize their functioning,&rdquo; Dr. Scrosati says. He says this knowledge will help to develop biological predictions for marine systems that result from oceanographic change. Mr. El-Belely has been funded by the Government of Egypt and from Dr. Scrosati&rsquo;s NSERC Discovery Grant.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Both studies were done in collaboration with Dr. Markus Molis from the Alfred Wegener Institute of Polar and Marine Research, Germany.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Overall, we are very excited because these publications will increase the international visibility of StFX's ecological research and will help to attract further funds and students seeking research experience aiming to publish in leading journals in our discipline,&rdquo; Dr. Scrosati says.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/16136/ Fri, 23 Jan 2015 05:48:03 http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/16136/ NO http://www.stfx.ca/sites/default/files/news/mental_health_2015.jpg Week-long events celebrate mental health awareness and literacy at StFX <p>To recognize and support the importance of mental health awareness, StFX will be hosting a week-long series of events, workshops and special guest lectures during Mental Health and Awareness Week, Jan. 26-31.</p> <div>Some of the highlights of &lsquo;X Mental Health Awareness Week&rsquo; include the Mental Health Rally/Vigil on Monday, January 26th at 6 p.m. in the Students&rsquo; Union Building; and the special guest lecture on ADHD led by Margaret McKinnon, Director of Health, Counseling and Accessible Learning, on Wednesday, January 28th, Bell Let's Talk Day, from 12-1 p.m. in the Council Chambers of the SUB.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The week&rsquo;s activities include:</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span"> </span>On Monday, January 26th, watch for students handing out candy bags around campus. The bags will also contain a schedule of the week&rsquo;s events and workshops. That evening at 6 p.m., students, staff, and Antigonish community members are invited to gather at the upper entrance to the Students&rsquo; Union Building for a rally/vigil in support of those living with mental illness. The rally will be led in song by a local community choir. There will be a gathering in Dennis Hall Coady Building after the rally for live music and coffee, tea, and baked goods.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>&bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span"> </span>On Tuesday, January 27th, community health resource groups will have booths set up from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the SUB. That evening, the annual X Talks event will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the Schwartz Auditorium. This will include talks from mental health professionals as well as students sharing their own experience with mental illness.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span"> </span>The Dog Den will take place Wednesday, January 28th from 1-2 p.m. and 6-7 p.m. in the Gilmora Gym. X Yoga &amp; Zumba will also be taking place in Dennis Hall from 6-8 p.m. that evening.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>&bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span"> </span>In addition, there will be workshops taking place each day of the week over lunch hour from 12-1 p.m. Monday&rsquo;s workshop will be a Mindfulness Meditation Session from Sr. Phyllis O&rsquo;Donnell. This will take place in Council Chambers on the 4th floor SUB. Tuesday will see a yoga class in the dance studio in the KMC. Wednesday, the new Director of Health, Counselling, and Accessible Learning, Margaret McKinnon will present a talk on ADHD for all students and staff in Council Chambers. Thursday, Dr. John Graham-Pole, a pediatric oncologist, will be doing a laughter workshop in the dance studio in the KMC. Finally, there will be a free skate on Friday, and everyone is encouraged to wear green to support mental health awareness!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>For more information, please visit the X Mental Health Connection Society Facebook page to find the &ldquo;X Mental Health Awareness Week&rdquo; event details.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/16131/ Thu, 22 Jan 2015 10:53:44 http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/16131/ NO http://www.stfx.ca/sites/default/files/news/engineering_presentation.jpg Presentation gives students chance to learn about real-life engineering projects <p>StFX students, from engineering to environmental sciences to chemistry, packed the Scotiabank Lecture Hall in the Physical Sciences Centre on Jan. 22 to hear Dan MacDonald, senior project manager with CBCL Limited in Sydney, NS, speak about the Sydney Tar Ponds project, as well as the Nova Scotia Power Inc. Point Tupper Marine Coal Terminal.</p> <div>For the students, it was a valuable chance to have discussion and learn firsthand about two major real-life engineering projects.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Mr. MacDonald, a StFX alumnus and a past president of Engineers Nova Scotia, was at StFX to make a presentation on the Transformation of the Sydney Tar Ponds, considered by many as Canada&rsquo;s biggest toxic mess, into a public park.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>As well, in a second presentation, he discussed the planning, environmental considerations, design, construction and commissioning of the $35 million Nova Scotia Power Inc. Point Tupper Marine Coal Terminal.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>For each of these massive projects, Mr. MacDonald detailed the challenges, the problems, solutions, and the process to completion, before opening the floor to questions.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/16126/ Thu, 22 Jan 2015 09:08:01 http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/16126/ NO http://www.stfx.ca/sites/default/files/news/allan_j_invite_photo.jpg The Hon. Donald Johnston to deliver Allan J. MacEachen Lecture in Politics at StFX <p>The Hon. Dr. Donald J. Johnston, former federal cabinet minister under Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and former secretary-general of the OECD, will be at StFX on Monday, Feb. 2 to deliver the Allan J. MacEachen Annual Lecture in Politics.</p> <div>Dr. Johnston will deliver keynote remarks entitled &ldquo;<em>Climate Change and Energy: Time for a Reality Check</em>&rdquo; in the Schwartz School of Business Auditorium. The event starts at 7:30 p.m.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>Interested people are asked to RSVP by January 28 to ckelly@stfx.ca.</div> <div><br /> The Allan J. MacEachen Lecture Series has been established through the generous support of friends and associates of the Hon. Allan J. MacEachen to commemorate Mr. MacEachen&rsquo;s distinguished career in political life. Senator Jerahmiel S. Grafstein announced the establishment of the lecture series on June 11, 1996 at a dinner held at the Parliament Buildings marking Mr. MacEachen&rsquo;s retirement from Parliament. The theme of the annual series is political parties and governance in Canada.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> Past MacEachen Lecture Series speakers have included three former Canadian prime ministers, the Rt. Hon. Joe Clark, the Rt. Hon. John Turner, and the Rt. Hon. Jean Chretien, as well as Preston Manning, the Hon. Bob Rae, the Hon. Frank McKenna, Dalton Camp, Senator Jerry Grafstein, the Hon. Roy Romanow, Dr. Margaret MacMillan, Dr. Jennifer Welsh, the Hon. Flora MacDonald, and Senator Lowell Murray.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><img src="https://www.stfx.ca/sites/default/files/news/dr_-donald-johnston_2.jpg" alt="" /></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong><span>THE HONOURABLE DONALD JOHNSTON, PC, OC, QC, LLDs, DCL&nbsp;</span></strong></div> <div>Donald Johnston has had a long career as a lawyer and politician, spending 10 years in Canadian Parliament, and serving as a cabinet minister in a number of senior portfolios. He was a Member of Parliament from 1978-88. He served in the cabinet, first as president of the Treasury Board, and then as Minister of State for Economic and Regional Development, Minister of Science and Technology, Minister of Justice, and Attorney General of Canada. With the 1984 defeat of the Liberal government, he became Opposition Critic for Finance and, later, for External Affairs. Mr. Johnston did not stand for re-election in 1988. In 1990, he was elected President of the Liberal Party of Canada. Re-elected in 1992, he held the post through the election in 1993 that returned the Liberal Party to power. He was elected in 1994 as Secretary-General of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) based in Paris and served two terms from 1996 to 2006. He was the first non-European to head the OECD. While in this position, he introduced sustainable development (SD) to the OECD in 1999 and created the OECD Ministerial Round Table on SD which continues to be active. After stepping down from the OECD, he resumed his legal career as Counsel to the then national law firm of Heenan Blaikie, (formerly Johnston Heenan Blaikie), of which he was a founder in 1973. He also continues as a senior advisor and is currently Chair of the McCall MacBain Foundation in Geneva, Switzerland. From 2006-09, as Chairman of the International Risk Governance Council, also based in Geneva, where he laid emphasis on climate change issues and such areas as Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS) and Solar Radiation Management (geo engineering). During the four years following his mandate at the OECD he was also a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea. More recently, he served as a Commissioner of the Euro-Atlantic Security Initiative (EASI) of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, which delivered its report to the Munich Security Conference in February 2012. Mr. Johnston studied arts and law at McGill University, graduating from law in 1958 as the Gold Medalist. He holds honorary doctorates from McGill University, King&rsquo;s College, Bishop&rsquo;s University, McMaster University and the Economics University of Bratislava. He taught fiscal law at McGill University from 1963-76, has written many articles on taxation, law and public affairs and is the author of several books, including a best-selling political memoir. In 2008, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. He is also an Officer of the L&eacute;gion d&rsquo;Honneur bestowed by the President of France. He has received the highest honours given to non-citizens from the Governments of Slovakia, Hungary and Belgium and is a recipient from the Emperor of Japan of the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/16101/ Wed, 21 Jan 2015 09:25:22 http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/16101/ NO http://www.stfx.ca/sites/default/files/news/mlk_2015.jpg It is always the right time to do right, guest speaker says at StFX's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration <p>&ldquo;The time is always ripe to do right.&rdquo;</p> <div>That was the message guest speaker, multi-award winning Nova Scotia filmmaker, writer, and artist Sylvia Hamilton, delivered to nearly 150 people who packed Dennis Hall January 19th for StFX&rsquo;s annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The famous quote, from which she shaped her address, is from a letter written by Dr. King, the civil rights leader and Nobel Prize winner who advocated for social justice, human dignity and human rights for all people.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Each year, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, an American federal holiday marking Dr. King&rsquo;s birthday, is observed on the third Monday of January, which is around the time of his January 15h birthday.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Dr. King believed if we witnessed injustice, we have a duty to act,&rdquo; Ms. Hamilton told the large crowd, which included StFX students, staff and faculty, community members, and a group of students from St. Andrew Junior School.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;He believed people had to make it happen, that we must help time,&rdquo; she said as she shared thoughts and conversation, and also reflected on the contributions and legacy of some of Dr. King&rsquo;s Nova Scotia contemporaries.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>His message is still true today, she said.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We have to assist time, not sit back and wait and wait for things to change, she said. Now is the time to make it real, to correct injustice.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>IMPORTANT TO CELEBRATE LEGACY</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s quite relevant and important to celebrate this day on campus,&rdquo; said Marie Brunelle, StFX&rsquo;s Human Rights and Equity Advisor, whose office sponsored the event in conjunction with the Advisor, Students of African Descent</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;The past struggle is the present struggle for so many in the world,&rdquo; agreed Michael Fisher, StFX&rsquo;s Advisor for Students of African Descent, who spoke at the event about the day and about how one becomes a person like Dr. King.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>He encouraged all to give more of themselves to better humanity, and to commit to using their education and opportunities to make the world a better place.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Sylvia D. Hamilton is a multi awarding Nova Scotian filmmaker and writer who is known for her documentary films as well as her publications, public presentations and extensive volunteer work with artistic, social and cultural organizations on the local and national levels. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Her films include <em>Black Mother Black Daughter, Portia White: Think on Me</em>, and <em>The Little Black School House</em>. Her poetry collection, <em>And I Alone Escaped to Tell You</em> was published Gaspereau Press in 2014. She has a BA, an MA and has been awarded three honorary degrees in recognition of her work. She held a Distinguished &nbsp;Chair in Women&rsquo;s Studies at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax and has taught and given lectures at universities in Canada, and at Middlebury College in Vermont, and at the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica. She currently teaches in the School of Journalism at the University of King&rsquo;s College in Halifax, NS.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/16096/ Mon, 19 Jan 2015 12:08:21 http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/16096/ NO http://www.stfx.ca/sites/default/files/news/con_group_photo_3.jpg StFX student group promoting healthy active lifestyle profiled on national network <p>The nation's largest professional obesity association for health professionals, researchers and policy makers has shined the spotlight on several StFX students' innovative approach to addressing obesity through engagement with the local community.&nbsp;</p> <div>The Canadian Obesity Network (CON)&mdash;one of the fastest growing professional networks in Canada, comprised of over 7,500 members and 150 partners dedicated to reducing the mental, physical and economic burden of obesity on Canadians&mdash;has profiled on its website two events held last year by the newly established StFX Chapter of CON.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The events included &ldquo;Coffee with CON,&rdquo; held last March, which sought to build multidisciplinary networks within the Antigonish community and featured involvement from community members, students, faculty and new professionals with diverse academic/professional backgrounds and interests.; and &ldquo;Superhero Saturday,&rdquo; held on the campus turf in September as an inclusive event encouraging people of all ages and abilities to enjoy superhero activities and creative &ldquo;pop-up&rdquo; play and healthy nutrition.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Both events were supported by programs across campus including the Departments of Human Kinetics and Human Nutrition, StFX Recreation as well as students from the Human Kinetics, Human Nutrition and Engineering Societies, says faculty advisor StFX human kinetics professor Dr. Amanda Casey. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>She says the StFX chapter was initiated last year largely by human kinetics and human nutrition students including co-chairs Amelia Fletcher and Emma Gibbons (human kinetics), communications director Hannah Mawhinney (human nutrition), treasurer Marlee Coldwell (human nutrition) and administrator Kelly MacDonald (human kinetics). &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;The chapter&rsquo;s goal remains to take a multidisciplinary approach to fostering awareness of obesity management and prevention while supporting evidence-based practice on and off campus,&rdquo; she says.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Through collaboration, the StFX chapter aims to create, disseminate and mobilize knowledge, build positive relationships and reduce social and health disparities associated with obesity in the Antigonish community. The chapter, she says, also aims to support research in this area with co-chair Emma Gibbons&rsquo; honours thesis on bariatric surgery and intellectual disability recently being accepted for presentation at CON&rsquo;S biannual national conference in Toronto in April featuring leading researchers, physicians and health care practitioners in the field.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The StFX Chapter of CON is set to hold more events in 2015 including at the Keppoch Fun Day on February 15th. The executive is looking for eager students from various disciplines who want to promote healthy living to become involved. To do so, please contact <a href="http://stfx.consnp@gmail.com">stfx.consnp@gmail.com</a>. &nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Here is the link to the full CON blog: <a href="http://www.obesitynetwork.ca/snpblog ">www.obesitynetwork.ca/snpblog&nbsp;</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/16036/ Wed, 14 Jan 2015 09:05:00 http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/16036/ NO http://www.stfx.ca/sites/default/files/news/john_phyne_web.jpg Sociology professor awarded SSHRC funding to study urban social change <p>Dr. John Phyne, a professor in StFX&rsquo;s Department of Sociology, is the recipient of a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Development Grant (IDG) valued at $64,752 for a two-year period.</p> <div>The SSHRC IDG is for researchers making a transition in their research focus.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>For much of the past 20 years, Dr. Phyne&rsquo;s research has dealt with the socioeconomic and regulatory dimensions of the global salmon aquaculture industry, with a specific focus on Ireland, Chile and Norway.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. Phyne&rsquo;s SSHRC IDG project is entitled: &ldquo;<em>Contesting Urban Space: Social Change in the Centre of St. John&rsquo;s, Newfoundland and Labrador, 1950 to 1966</em>.&rdquo;&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>The research will be a sociological profile of the last inhabitants of a working class neighbourhood cleared from 1950 to 1966. According to Dr. Phyne, while the ostensible goal in the clearance was removal to better housing, the last stages of the clearance dovetailed with attempts by St. John&rsquo;s City Council to commercialize the city centre.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Commercialization proved to be a protracted process that did not materialize until the late 1980s. In the meantime, the former inhabitants, many of whom owned their homes, either assumed new mortgages or relocated to social housing projects.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. Phyne says the research will use oral histories to reconstruct the social relations that existed in the city centre on the eve of the clearance in mid-1960s. The clearance and commercialization of the city-centre ushered in modern urban planning in St. John&rsquo;s, a dimension that Dr. Phyne also plans to research in the next five to seven years.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The SSHRC IDG is a very competitive process. Less than 25 per cent of all 366 applicants were successful in receiving an award in 2014. Dr. Phyne acknowledges the seed funding provided by the University Council for Research and the Centre for Regional Studies from 2010 to 2013 assisted his successful application. &ldquo;John Blackwell of the StFX Research Office was instrumental to my success,&rdquo; Dr. Phyne says. &ldquo;I first approached him about applying for a SSHRC IDG in June of 2013. He guided me throughout the process.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/15951/ Thu, 08 Jan 2015 07:47:47 http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/15951/ NO http://www.stfx.ca/sites/default/files/news/business_germany_web_photo.jpg Schwartz School professor organizes international workshop on career management <p>Dr. Stefan Litz, an associate professor in StFX&rsquo;s Schwartz School of Business, recently organized with colleague Dr. Hermann Lassleben of the European School of Business (ESB), an international workshop on career management.&nbsp;</p> <div>The workshop took place December 11-12, 2014 at the European School of Business in Reutlingen, Germany, and attracted a group of 15 renowned as well as early career scholars from universities from Canada, the United Kingdom, Norway, South Korea, the United States, Austria, and Germany.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> Dr. Litz says the two day workshop was filled with presentations of research and the intensive discussion of the presented papers by assigned discussants and participants.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> The program also included a dinner, a visit of a traditional German Christmas Market, and a guided tour of the nearby historical Tuebingen and its old university.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> Keynote speaker for the international workshop collecting papers focusing on &ldquo;<em>Organizational Promotion Systems: Rules &ndash; Experiences- Preferences - Attitudes</em>&rdquo; was Dr. Hugh Gunz, a distinguished scholar in the field of career studies and professor at the University of Toronto.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;I think the workshop can be declared as an unqualified success,&rdquo; says Dr. Gunz who gave a talk on &ldquo;<em>Promotion Systems and the Systems they Promote</em>.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> Dr. Wolfgang Mayrhofer from the Vienna University of Economics and Business, also well known in the field of career studies, welcomed the idea of the workshop and expressed his support for such scholarly meetings.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> Dr. Litz, who recently published a book on &ldquo;Career Management&rdquo; with Springer-Gabler served as a convener. He was similarly happy with how the workshop turned out. The meeting &ldquo;was a great opportunity for all participants to learn of some of the most recent and ongoing research in the field and to receive valuable feedback for one&rsquo;s own research,&rdquo; he says. &ldquo;The enthusiasm demonstrated by all participants encourages us to think of organizing at one point a follow-up workshop enabling scholars to discuss their work in the field in an informal and constructive atmosphere which conferences often do not permit.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/15946/ Thu, 08 Jan 2015 06:49:55 http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/15946/ NO http://www.stfx.ca/sites/default/files/news/economics_professors.jpg StFX economics professors receive over $130,000 to study the economic impact of climate change on coastal areas <p>StFX&rsquo;s Economics Department continues to build upon a strong record of research excellence this year, as researchers in the department have attracted two national grants and contracts totaling more than $130,000.</p> <div><span>The projects focus on the economics of climate change induced sea-level rise.</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. Patrick Withey and Dr. Jonathan Rosborough are the principal investigators leading a $595,000 research project funded by Natural Resources Canada. This collaborative project includes members from the University of Prince Edward Island, the University of New Brunswick, and each provincial government in Atlantic Canada.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>More than $89,000 will come to StFX from this project for activities including the hiring of summer research students.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The project will focus on case studies in each of the four Atlantic provinces, and evaluate the economic cost of climate change induced sea-level rise and storm surge on communities in Atlantic Canada, as well as the net benefits of adaptation options aimed at mitigating these impacts. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. Withey also received a $42,000 SSHRC Insight Development Grant for the project entitled &ldquo;<em>Estimating the market and non-market economic impacts of climate change induced sea-level rise in Canada.</em>&rdquo; This study will take a broader view of the impacts of sea-level rise and storm surge, and use mathematical programming and survey methods to evaluate the aggregate (regional and national) costs of sea-level rise in Canada.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <img src="https://www.stfx.ca/sites/default/files/news/coastal_erosion_web_economics.jpg" alt="" /></div> <div><strong>StFX researchers and student research assistants on a site visit.</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Atlantic Canada is particularly sensitive to erosion and flooding due to storms and sea-level rise in the coming century. &nbsp;The research questions addressed here are thus increasingly important and topical. Results will be of interest to the academic community, but also members of society and policy makers as they attempt to deal with the implications of climate change moving forward.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The work will also allow the economics department to continue to support summer research assistants in the next three years.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Interest in economics at StFX is growing, department members say, and the ability to attract student researchers and provide them with real world research opportunities bodes well for their future prospects.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>These grants cap off an impressive year for these professors, who have had several papers published in peer-reviewed journals and attended national conferences to present their work. At one conference in Vancouver this summer, Dr. Withey received an outstanding thesis award from the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society for his doctoral work on wetlands management in a changing climate. Dr. Withey has also been invited to join the editorial board of <em>Forestry: An International Journal of Forest Research</em>, which has been published by Oxford Press since 1927.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. Rosborough was the recipient of the 2014 StFX Outstanding Teaching Award, presented at the May convocation. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/15941/ Wed, 07 Jan 2015 10:34:53 http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/15941/ NO http://www.stfx.ca/sites/default/files/news/sylviahamiltonweb.jpg Nova Scotia filmmaker and writer to address Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day event at StFX <p>On Monday, January 19, from 12:15-1:30 p.m., StFX will celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a speaking engagement featuring Sylvia Hamilton, a multi-award winning Nova Scotian filmmaker, writer, and artist.</p> <div>Ms. Hamilton&rsquo;s work explores the lives and experiences of people of African descent. Her special focus is on African Nova Scotians, and especially women.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The event will take place in Dennis Hall (West Coady building) and is sponsored by the Human Rights and Equity Advisor and the Advisor, Students of African Descent.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>A light lunch and refreshments will follow.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Martin Luther King Jr. Day is an American federal holiday marking the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. It is observed on the third Monday of January each year, which is around the time of Dr. King's birthday, January 15.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Sylvia D. Hamilton is a multi awarding Nova Scotian filmmaker and writer who is known for her documentary films as well as her publications, public presentations and extensive volunteer work with artistic, social and cultural organizations on the local and national levels. &nbsp;<br /> <br /> Her films include <em>Black Mother Black Daughter, Portia White: Think on Me, and The Little Black School House</em>. Her poetry collection, <em>And I Alone Escaped to Tell You</em> was published Gaspereau Press in 2014. She has a BA, an MA and has been awarded three honorary degrees in recognition of her work. She held a Distinguished &nbsp;Chair in Women&rsquo;s Studies at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax and has taught and given lectures at universities in Canada, and at Middlebury College in Vermont, and at the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica. She currently teaches in the School of Journalism at the University of King&rsquo;s College in Halifax, NS.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/15936/ Wed, 07 Jan 2015 06:21:07 http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/15936/ NO http://www.stfx.ca/sites/default/files/news/burton_book_cover.jpg Colleagues pay tribute to StFX professor Dr. Burton MacDonald’s archaeological contributions in new book, as he publishes his 10th book <p>The archaeological contributions of Dr. Burton MacDonald, Senior Research Professor in StFX&rsquo;s Department of Religious Studies, are being honoured in a new book.</p> <div>At the Annual Meetings of the American Schools of Oriental Research held November 19-22, 2014 in San Diego, CA, a session was dedicated to Dr. MacDonald&rsquo;s archaeological survey work in the southern part of Jordan. At the session&rsquo;s end, the chair announced that a Festschrift - a volume of writings by different authors presented as a tribute &ndash; is being prepared in Dr. MacDonald&rsquo;s honour. <br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. Michael Neeley, Montana State University, will edit the volume which has 17 contributors. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In 1986, when Dr. Neeley was a graduate student at Arizona State University, he worked with Dr. MacDonald on one of his survey projects, and later while at Montana State, was the lithic specialist on another of Dr. MacDonald&rsquo;s projects. &nbsp;</div> <div><br /> The chair along with the other presenters at the session noted the comprehensiveness of Dr. MacDonald&rsquo;s work in southern Jordan, which has dealt with archaeological materials from around one million years ago, the time when the first evidence of humans is documented in Jordan, until AD 1917, the end of Ottoman domination in Jordan. &nbsp;</div> <div><br /> Moreover, they noted how Dr. MacDonald involved both undergraduate and graduate students in his infield work, the follow-up analyses of the materials recorded, and their publication. In addition, they noted the promptness with which he and his colleagues published the results of the work and his generosity in sharing his work and his expertise.</div> <div><br /> As well, Oxbow Books, Oxford, UK, has just published Dr. MacDonald&rsquo;s 10th book, <em>The Southern Transjordan/Edomite Plateau and the Dead Sea Rift Valley: The Bronze Age to the Islamic Period (3800/3700 BC-AD 1917)</em>. The volume presents an in-depth study of the archaeology and history of human presence over the past five-six thousand years in the area of Jordan in which Dr. MacDonald has carried out his infield research.</div> <div>. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/15926/ Mon, 05 Jan 2015 09:48:30 http://www.stfx.ca/news/view/15926/ NO