News StFX News en ACCIDENT UPDATE: StFX students involved in traffic accident <p><em><span>The below is a message sent to the StFX campus community from Bob Hale, Interim Head, StFX Student Services:</span></em></p> <p><span>To the StFX Community,</span></p> <p class="p1">Early today&nbsp;StFX&rsquo;s Residence Life staff were informed of a single car accident in Truro that involved four current StFX international students and one StFX graduate. Four of the five injured were sent to the hospital in Truro&nbsp;for treatment, while one was airlifted to hospital in Halifax in serious condition.</p> <p class="p1">Upon learning of this event, appropriate steps were taken to notify parents, and representatives from our International Advisor Office and Residence Life travelled to Truro and Halifax to assist.</p> <p class="p1">We have since learned that the four being treated in Truro have serious, but non life-threatening injuries. It is our understanding that three of the four victims being treated in Truro will be released within 24 hours, the 4th within 48 hrs. The fifth victim remains in the Intensive Care Unit in Halifax. &nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">As members of the StFX family, our concerns are first and foremost for the well being of our students, their friends, and the families involved.&nbsp;We are committed to keeping the StFX campus community informed and will post updates as they become available.</p> <p class="p1">In the meantime, should students want to speak to someone, the Student Life staff have arranged for counselors to be available. The Alumni Lounge will also be available for students to gather this evening from 7 &ndash; 9 pm. For more information, please contact:</p> <p class="p1">Sheila Sears</p> <p class="p1">StFX Director of Health, Counseling, and Accessible Learning</p> <p class="p4"><span class="s1"></span></p> <p class="p1">902.870.4556</p> <p class="p1">&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">Thank you,</p> <p class="p1">Bob Hale</p> <p class="p1">Interim Head, StFX Student Services</p> <p class="p1">&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sat, 20 Sep 2014 12:07:09 YES Earth sciences professor recognized as scientific leader in Canada <p>Today, StFX earth sciences professor Dr. David Risk is named as one of The Royal Society of Canada inaugural members of The College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.&nbsp;</p> <div>The 91 scholars named to the College have been nominated by 51 Canadian universities and the National Research Council. They represent the emerging generation of scholarly, scientific and artistic leadership in Canada.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Together, the members of the College will address issues of particular concern to new scholars, artists and scientists, for the advancement of understanding and the benefit of society, taking advantage of the interdisciplinary approaches fostered by the establishment of the College.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;This is an important moment in the history of the Royal Society of Canada,&rdquo; said Royal Society of Canada President Graham Bell. &ldquo;The College is Canada&rsquo;s first national system of multidisciplinary recognition for the emerging generation of leaders.&nbsp;Together, the members of the College will be in a position to provide guidance on issues of importance to Canadians, and to promote Canadian achievements in the arts, humanities and sciences around the world.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. Risk is recognized for making significant contributions to the understanding of how greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide, are released from soils and how the sequestration of greenhouse gases can be monitored. Applications of his research have been used around the world and his research collaborations to date have involved individuals in four continents.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Students at all levels, bachelor, master&rsquo;s and doctoral, have benefitted from working with him.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:55:41 NO Students helping students: Healthy Living Week helps raise awareness around mental health <p>Upper-class StFX students are going into residence to talk with other students about mental health.&nbsp;</p> <div>It&rsquo;s all part of Healthy Living Week at StFX, and the goal is to raise awareness around mental health.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;The purpose is to increase mental health literacy among all students and to develop awareness of resources available to the community if issues of mental health arise,&rdquo; says Sherry Bowman, StFX nurse educator with the School of Nursing and one member of the interdisciplinary group behind the initiative.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Members of the StFX Students&rsquo; Union, faculty members from psychology, education, nursing and human nutrition, and staff from StFX Service Learning met in late August to plan out a service learning opportunity for StFX students to work as members of interdisciplinary teams to deliver basic mental health literacy sessions to first year students.</div> <div><br /> The teams include students in service learning, nursing community clinical practice, Bachelor o Education students, volunteers and student staff in residence, so that up to 11 teams of approximately three to four students each will deliver a short mental health education session at all StFX residences during Healthy Living Week.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s to help educate all students on campus about mental health,&rdquo; Ms. Bowman says.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> It&rsquo;s important to raise awareness, she says, because of the incidence of mental health issues that can arise, and the added stress of university life.</div> <div><br /> When people are more aware of what mental health is and how to recognize and manage it, it helps take the fear away. And knowing what resources are available, gives people the opportunity to reach out if they need help.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>Along with information and awareness, the committee hopes people realize no one is immune to mental health issues.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;We are excited by the interdisciplinary nature of this work and how it can add to the existing and newly formed work happening around campus regarding mental health education,&rdquo; says Dr. Chris Gilham of the Faculty of Education, one of the organizing team members.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:53:33 NO International collaborations continue in Marine Ecology Lab <p>An internationally renowned marine ecologist was at StFX this week, collaborating in research projects with Dr. Ricardo Scrosati's Marine Ecology Lab.</p> <div>Dr. Scrosati&rsquo;s lab hosted Dr. Bruce Menge, a professor and researcher at Oregon State University, regarded as one of the field&rsquo;s top experts.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;He and his group regularly publish research articles in the most influential ecological journals, shaping the development of ecology as a scientific discipline. During the last 40 years, he has considerably advanced the understanding of species interactions, the role of environmental stress in biodiversity patterns, and the links between oceanography and community dynamics on marine shores,&rdquo; Dr. Scrosati says.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>With his NSERC Discovery Grant funds, Dr. Scrosati invited Dr. Menge to assist his lab with its long-term goal of understanding the ecological drivers of species distribution and abundance along the Nova Scotia coast. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;The idea is also to make comparisons between the Atlantic and Pacific aiming to develop broader models of coastal ecological dynamics,&rdquo; he says.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>During Dr. Menge's stay in Nova Scotia, they visited several sites along the Atlantic coast between Halifax and Canso. &nbsp;Dr. Scrosati&rsquo;s current students participated actively in these field trips.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;We are very excited with the possibilities that we've identified through Dr. Menge's visit, and hopefully this will also constitute exciting news for our StFX colleagues and students.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:35:46 NO Contextualizing Ferguson: StFX students, community invited to share their voices on an important issue <p>It&rsquo;s a chance to talk about what&rsquo;s happening in Ferguson, Missouri. And organizers are hoping many students, faculty, staff, and community members will lend their voice to the issue.&nbsp;</p> <div>On Thursday, Sept. 11, StFX&rsquo;s Department of History, the Department of Political Science, and the Equity Office, will host the discussion, &ldquo;<em>Contextualizing Ferguson: Policing, Race and Culture in Canada and America</em>.&rdquo;<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>The discussion starts at 7 p.m. in Physical Sciences 4001 and will be led by Augy Jones, M.Ed., community leader and X-Women basketball head coach, StFX political science professor Dr. Claudia Schaler, an expert in political theory and U.S. politics, and StFX history professor Dr. Robert Zecker, specialist in race and immigration in the U.S. &nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;To truly understand what is happening in the United States, and yes, Canada too, in terms of race, racism, protest and policing, we need to examine those larger issues and this panel will, I hope, allow for some of that investigation,&rdquo; says StFX history professor Dr. Donna Trembinski, who helped organize the event.</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;It is frustrating to me that every time an unarmed young black man is shot, by a person claiming he felt threatened as in the case of Trayvon Martin in Florida, or by the police themselves, as in the case of Michael Brown, much the media treat the incident as an unfortunate single occurrence. However, there is a very clear pattern present: young black men are far more likely to be in life-threatening danger from the police than anyone else&hellip;And there are structural (economic, political, social, cultural) reasons for that.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> Organizers want to get students and faculty talking in a non-lecture hall setting about important issues that are occurring now, says Dr. Zecker, who grew up in the U.S., and does work on immigration and ethnicity in the U.S., including a book called &ldquo;Race and America&rsquo;s Immigrant Press.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;We're hoping to provide a little context on urban disturbances, ongoing issues of inequality and sometimes problems with police brutality and institutional racism&hellip;And how the roots causes of these events have so far &ndash; for over 50 years &ndash; not been seriously addressed,&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> Dr. Zecker says he is hoping students and community members will become more critical readers of &ldquo;the news accounts that spoke of &lsquo;riots&rsquo; of demonstrators at times, giving very little context for what happened to Michael Brown, but also maybe more importantly, giving little background for a long history fraught race relations.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;It'd be wonderful, too, if students and others begin thinking of ways they can get involved actively to address or solve some of these problems.&rdquo;</div> <div><br /> The event is open to all and organizers are hoping it is more of a free-floating dialogue after brief comments from the panelists so that everyone is learning from each other and talking about these issues even after the evening concludes, Dr. Zecker says.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Wed, 10 Sep 2014 06:15:43 NO StFX music professor's recording up for Music Nova Scotia's Jazz Recording of the Year <p>The start of the StFX academic school year began with some very good news for StFX music professor Paul Tynan, who learned his newest recording was nominated for a prestigious award.</p> <div>&ldquo;I am thrilled that my latest recording, BiCoastal Collective: Chapter Four, has been nominated for Music Nova Scotia's Jazz Recording of the Year award. It was especially exciting because I did not know it was submitted for the awards,&rdquo; Prof. Tynan says.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;In talking with the Music Nova Scotia office today, I was informed that the recording was added by one of the members of the adjudication panel; a big surprise indeed.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>What&rsquo;s cool about the recording, Prof. Tynan says, is that it is a collaboration with StFX music faculty members, Terry O'Mahoney (drums), Tony Genge (Hammond B3 organ), Jake Hanlon (guitar), &nbsp;and himself (trumpet, project co-leader), and a visiting artist, Grammy-winning saxophonist and composer Aaron Lington (also a co-leader).&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;We recorded the project in the iconic CBC Studio H in Halifax. In fact, it was one of the last recordings to be made at Studio H.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It's really fantastic, and has made the start to my teaching year very exciting.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>To hear the opening track for BiCoastal Collective: Chapter Four, please see here, <a href=""></a>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Wed, 03 Sep 2014 07:49:22 NO Welcome to StFX! Energetic, friendly welcome greets Class of 2018 <p>&ldquo;Welcome home! Welcome home!&rdquo;</p> <div><span>Those were the first words that greeted students&mdash;exuberant cheers from members of StFX&rsquo;s O-Crew that rang through the StFX campus and beyond on Sunday, August 31&mdash;as StFX gave its legendary warm welcome to nearly 1,200 first year students and their families starting their journey at StFX.</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s so energetic and friendly. I like it,&rdquo; says Julia Wilson, a first year human kinetics student from Saint John, NB as she watched arriving members of the Class of 2018 run through the welcome tunnel formed by members of the O-Crew, StFX&rsquo;s student society, and into the Keating Centre.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Inside, StFX President Dr. Kent MacDonald personally shook hands with every new student and their family as they proceeded through the registration process and into a student showcase with over 35 booths set up to welcome, provide information, and help ease the transition to university for the Class of 2018.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;I didn&rsquo;t really look anywhere else for university,&rdquo; says Ms. Wilson. &ldquo;Some of my family have come here, and it has the course I want.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s very welcoming,&rdquo; echoed her mom Cathy Simon. &ldquo;I went here, and my dad. It&rsquo;s exciting to see her go through. Knowing I&rsquo;m leaving her in good hands makes you feel comfortable, plus the educational aspect, which is what she&rsquo;s here for.&rdquo; &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>First year engineering student Yann Simboro, an international student from Burkina Faso in West Africa, also had reasons for choosing StFX.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;I wanted to be part of something,&rdquo; he says. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s been really fun, getting to know people.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;We could hear the O-Crew from our rooms this morning,&rdquo; added Abena Danquah, a first year business student from Ghana.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;I wanted to see what X was all about,&rdquo; says the international student who also plans to play rugby. &ldquo;I had heard the business school was very good. I came for a tour, and I met the dean, and it seemed like the right choice.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;They talk about the X family, and I want to experience that.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>First year nursing student Lexi MacDonald of Fredericton, NB says she&rsquo;s excited to start at StFX, and says the welcome has been great with lots of people available to ask questions.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s easy to get through when you have a question,&rdquo; says mom Joanne MacDonald. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s quite helpful.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>All day, you could feel the excitement and optimism in the air as students registered and moved into residence.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>THIS IS YOUR DAY</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;This is your day,&rdquo; Dr. MacDonald said during the President&rsquo;s Welcome in an inspiring speech full of advice for first year students to make the most of the year ahead.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;How thrilled we are to see you have arrived into our academic community.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>StFX is an academic community unlike any other, he told the first year students, one that proudly offers small class sizes, the opportunity for students to engage in research with full-time scholars, the chance to every day explore new intellectual frontiers, to participate in service learning &nbsp;and campus opportunities, and to enhance leadership skills.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;At StFX, you don&rsquo;t study leadership, you do leadership.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>It&rsquo;s a chance to embrace academic knowledge and personal growth.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;I can guarantee when you leave here in four years, you will be different people,&rdquo; Dr. MacDonald said.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Today we welcome you to a place where diversity and diversity of thought is not only possible, but it&rsquo;s welcome.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The faculty and staff also set StFX apart, Dr. MacDonald said. They are dedicated to student success.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;By coming to StFX, you&rsquo;ve just been embraced by a new, larger family.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. MacDonald encouraged students to reach out and ask for help at any time if they are having difficulty or concern.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Take advantage of the opportunities that come your way, get involved in campus activity, take the hard classes, consider an international exchange, or take on service learning opportunities, reiterated Dean of Science Dr. Robert van den Hoogen.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;We will give you every opportunity to succeed in your studies.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;The university is here to provide you with an incredible learning environment.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Let me guarantee you, you have made the right choice to come to this university,&rdquo; Students&rsquo; Union president Brandon Hamilton said to loud cheers.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;The atmosphere is one of community, and of friendship. &hellip;you are now part of a community, a community that watches over each other.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Welcome to your new world of opportunities,&rdquo; Bob Hale, StFX&rsquo;s Director of Ancillary Services told the students. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s all here for you. Take advantage of it, and welcome home.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 12:00:43 NO StFX set to welcome over 1,000 first year students on Sunday, Aug. 31 <p>Welcome! That&rsquo;s the message the StFX community is set to deliver to over 1,000 freshmen students who arrive on campus for the first time on Sunday, Aug. 31.</p> <div>Members of the Class of 2018 arrive on campus on Sunday to start their student careers at StFX and they will be greeted with a full slate of Welcome Day activities designed to welcome new students to campus.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>StFX President Dr. Kent MacDonald will be on hand to personally welcome all new students and their families, the O-Crew--StFX&rsquo;s legendary, exuberant student society&mdash;will be out in full force, and a Student Showcase with over 35 booths will be set up in the Keating Centre where StFX staff and faculty will be available to speak about services at StFX. Sodexo will provide great food options as part of the showcase, and entertainment is by StFX jazz students.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The day also includes an official President&rsquo;s Welcome, moving into residence, in-house residence meetings, a cheer-off and Giant X on the Memorial Field turf, and a BBQ dinner.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Returning students arrive the next day, Monday, Sept. 1. Life &lsquo;Round Here is the theme for this year&rsquo;s First Week activities, a mix of social, academic and sporting events designed to welcome all students to StFX.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Classes begin Wednesday, Sept. 3.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:05:56 NO StFX student gets chance to travel the world connecting with global water leaders <p><span>A St. Francis Xavier University student is on his way to join the top minds in water and energy in Sweden this weekend at the World Water Week Conference.</span></p> <div>Alex Miller, a third year political science student with a subsidiary in aquatic resources, will be in Stockholm this Sunday as a student participant with World Water Week hosted by the Stockholm International Water Institute. As a participant, he will be able to attend workshop seminars.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;I am tremendously excited to meet with and listen to some of the most prominent figures in the global water sector, from academics, to industry leaders, to governmental and non-governmental officials,&rdquo; says Mr. Miller. &ldquo;The thematic scope of the conference is 'Water and Energy,' and will explore the interdependence of water and energy issues. One aspect of this focus that I am particularly interested in is the issue of shale gas development and its impact on the environment. Shale gas is a very hot topic issue in my home province of New Brunswick, and here in Nova Scotia.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Mr. Miller, of Riverview, NB is looking to expand his understanding of environmental issues around the world, and see the shared challenges people are facing globally, such as climate change. He also hopes to network and connect with professionals in the water sector. &ldquo;I have already been able to expand my personal network through my involvement in an organization called the World Youth Parliament for Water, and while I am in Stockholm I will be meeting with the Parliament's president, who is from Belgium,&rdquo; he added.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Mr. Miller says his goal is to finish his education at StFX, and go onto a graduate degree in political ecology, integrated water resource management, or environmental law.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Earlier this year, Mr. Miller was among 35 delegates from across North America at the North American Youth for Water Gathering in Quebec City. Organizers there selected the delegation.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>He will also be travelling to South Korean World Youth Parliament for Water in April 2015.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Mr. Miller is one of StFX&rsquo;s inaugural MacBain/Riley Global Engagement Award recipients, which will help offset his travel costs.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:53:15 NO StFX PhD student demonstrates greatest promise for health research in province <p><span>A StFX PhD student, Lawrence Nyika, has been honoured with the prestigious The Quest award.&nbsp;<br /> </span><br /> The Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation&rsquo;s The Quest award honours a graduate student who demonstrates the greatest promise for health research in the province. This is the first time a student from a university outside of Halifax Regional Municipality has been selected as a winner.</p> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Mr. Nyika is taking his PhD in educational studies. He was a teacher and medical laboratory technologist in Zimbabwe before coming to StFX.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;I aspire to become a scholar in the field of health education research. My doctoral research will be studying the multiple perspectives of various stakeholders in health promoting schools including students, parents, support staff, and health and education professionals,&rdquo; says Mr. Nyika. &ldquo;In particular, I will explore health beliefs and practices of different ethnic groups in health promoting schools in Nova Scotia. As well, I hope to broaden my research agenda to include research sites in other areas of Atlantic Canada, Zimbabwe and other African countries.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Mr. Nyika is no stranger to awards. He has won the Scotia Scholars Award at both the master and doctoral levels. He received his Master of Education at StFX in 2012.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;These moments will be with me for a long time, I am so humbled that Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation continues to show such great faith in me and my work. Thank you,&rdquo; added Mr. Nyika.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&quot;While I am at it, thank you to the St. Francis Xavier University community particularly the Dean of Education Jeff Orr, my doctoral supervisors Anne Murray Orr and Charmaine McPherson as well as my committee members Lisa Lunney Borden and Maureen Coady. To my doctoral instructors and colleagues from St. Francis Xavier, Acadia and Mount Saint Vincent universities, I say thank you for the enriching interactions.&quot;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:47:05 NO StFX research presentations well received in Scotland at International Congress on the Biology of Fish <p><span>StFX was well represented at the 11th International Congress on the Biology of Fish held recently in Edinburgh, Scotland.&nbsp;</span></p> <div>Biology professor Dr. Bill Marshall spoke about the physiological changes that enable the hardy little mummichog (a local killifish, <em>Fundulus heteroclitus</em>) to survive the extreme variations in temperature and salinity found in our shallow coastal waters. Rapid regulation of chloride secretion is essential, and mummichogs use a fish version of the same chloride channel that causes cystic fibrosis in humans when it malfunctions.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Over the last few years, contributors to this project have included undergraduate and graduate students, as well as postdoctoral fellow Fumi Katoh and several technicians.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Senior Research Professor Dr. John Buckland-Nicks presented new discoveries about a tiny fin (the &ldquo;adipose&rdquo; fin) found on the back of salmonids such as salmon and trout, just before the tail fin. This project, co-authored with Dalhousie University professor Dr. Roger Croll, was inspired by former James Chair professor and collaborator Tom Reimchen whose concern about the common practice of marking hatchery-raised fish by removing their adipose fins led him to find that fin-clipping made swimming harder.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Now, a previously unsuspected network of nerves has been uncovered, suggesting that fin-clipping is neither painless nor trivial. This network helps explain how salmonids swim more efficiently, by using the fin to detect and respond to water flow.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <img src="" alt="" /></div> <div><em>A complex branching network of nerves (red staining) is seen in this adipose fin from a young trout.&nbsp;</em></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Both Dr. Marshall and Dr. Buckland-Nicks remarked that each other&rsquo;s presentations were well attended and excellently received by the audience.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Both research projects relied on transmission electron microscopy services provided by research technician Dr. George Robertson and the university&rsquo;s Microscopy Facility, in their studies to examine the subcellular features of chloride channel distribution (Dr. Marshall) and nerve cell connections (Dr. Buckland-Nicks).&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 07:01:05 NO Pay It Forward: Nearly 300 student leaders enhance skills in annual StFX Leaders Forum <p>Around 280 student leaders came together in StFX&rsquo;s Gerald Schwartz School of Business and the Frank McKenna Centre for Leadership on Aug. 27 to talk leadership and prepare for the academic year ahead.&nbsp;</p> <div>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s what you wish every university student would have. It&rsquo;s just a fantastic experience,&rdquo; says second year education student Jean-Marc Rioux of Prince Edward Island, who has taken on leadership roles within the StFX community with X Patrol and as vice-president of the Education Society.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;We get to interact with multiple leader groups across campus, which opens up doors, to other perspectives, or if you need help. Also the advice from the presenters is fantastic.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It pushes the boundaries beyond academics and fosters a community.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>And that&rsquo;s powerful, he says, of the annual Leaders Forum, organized by StFX&rsquo;s Student Life Office, which brings student leaders from all corners of campus together to receive training and develop skills in several core competencies.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>With a theme this year of Pay It Forward at X, the forum brought together students from Residence Life staff, house presidents and vice-presidents, Students&rsquo; Union and Orientation Crew executive, academic leaders, student athletes, the student security team, and international welcome week volunteers to take part in daylong sessions that included a services showcase, afternoon break-out sessions on different aspects of leadership, and an evening keynote delivered by Sunjay Nath, a motivational speaker from Toronto, ON,&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>StFX President Dr. Kent MacDonald, who welcomed the students to the event, shared an overview of what he thinks make a good leader, and encouraged the students to think about the leadership attribute of awareness.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>If you are aware, you can determine if others feel welcome or included, and that is a remarkable responsibility and a remarkable opportunity, to be able to make a difference or an impact in someone&rsquo;s life, he says.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>FORUM INSPIRING</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;I find (at the forum) there&rsquo;s something new to learn about leadership or someone new to meet who can show you a different side of leadership,&rdquo; says Katrine Chiasson, who will serve as a house director at MacKinnon Hall this year.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s so helpful,&rdquo; she says. &ldquo;I find inspiration and a big drive to keep going in leadership roles, and to strive further.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Leadership is such a useful skill. You can use it all aspects of your life,&rdquo; says Kyle McPhee of Reserve Mines, NS, a senior nutrition student and O-Crew executive member. &ldquo;By analyzing it and focusing on it, you can really build your own leadership, and it&rsquo;s cool to see how many different viewpoints there are.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Mr. McPhee says he chose to take on a leadership role with O-Crew after receiving such a warm welcome from the exuberant student society when he first came to StFX. &ldquo;I remember thinking I want to be a part of that so I can help create that welcoming environment for someone else.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Likewise, second year science student Semira Abdu of Ethiopia and Yunchen Li, a third year chemistry student from China, says the forum has been a great experience. As international students, they are looking forward to using the information they&rsquo;ve learned to help make new international students feel even more welcome and to participate more.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s such a great opportunity for student leaders to come and to build their leadership skills,&rdquo; says Meghan MacDonald, a third year business student and the Student Transition Coordinator who helped plan the day.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>StFX has a strong leadership character, she says, and &ldquo;having these kinds of forums are really important to carry on that tradition of leadership.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;With everything going on in your life, you&rsquo;ve stepped up,&rdquo; Dr. MacDonald told the student leaders. &ldquo;StFX thanks you for that, and the students and individuals you are going to meet thank you for that.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 13:21:32 NO StFX English professor's scholarly work draws favorable reviews from leading publication <p>A prominent publication with a worldwide readership has given quite a favorable review to the work of StFX English professor Dr. Joseph Khoury.</p> <div>The Times Literary Supplement in an article entitled <em>Prodigal Prose</em> in its July 25, 2014 issue reviews Dr. Khoury&rsquo;s &ldquo;delightful edition&rdquo; of Barnabe Riche&rsquo;s <em>The Adventure of Brusanus, Prince of Hungaria</em>, remarking on his &ldquo;excellent introductory discussion of plot.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Khoury&rsquo;s decision to edit Brusanus was prompted by a sense of the work&rsquo;s lying behind Shakespeare&rsquo;s <em>Measure for Measure</em>,&rdquo; writes reviewer Lorna Hutson, who is very prominent in Renaissance Studies, and an authority in the field. &ldquo;His introduction, however, does ample credit to the complexity of the text itself, judiciously canvassing recent scholarly work on prose fiction&rsquo;s genres, rhetoric, readership, and &lsquo;euphuism.&rsquo;&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. Khoury, a Shakespearean scholar who through extensive research has written a critical edition of T<em>he Adventures of Brusanus, Prince of Hungaria</em> (1592) by Barnabe Riche, a romance he says Shakespeare used as a source for <em>Measure for Measure</em> along with some of his other plays, says it is quite flattering to receive such a positive review for his scholarship.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;&lrm;Equally important is that our students see us doing research, and see the value of our research because it makes its way into our classrooms,&rdquo; Dr. Khoury says.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It's just as rewarding on this front because students come up and ask questions about the book, and we engage in informal conversations that extend our learning beyond the formal syllabus of any course. Most important of all, students see that learning never stops.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The book is published by the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, Victoria University in the University of Toronto.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;This is a way of trying to understand Shakespeare and his plays, through his reading habits,&rdquo; says Dr. Khoury. &ldquo;This is important because it sheds light on how Shakespeare thought and how he came to his ideas.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;When you discover or can confirm a source, it helps us to better understand the play in question, but we then discover all kinds of interesting things and these help us to interpret and understand some of the areas we&rsquo;re still not sure about. We better understand how (dramatists) read, why they read certain books, and their publishing habits.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Scholars are always looking to explain certain lines, ideas, and sources about Shakespeare and his plays, he says. Now this book, intended for upper year undergraduate students and scholars, confirms certain ideas.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s really quite intriguing,&rdquo; he says. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m glad to be able to share it with others.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 10:17:44 NO LEAP program helps international students gain confidence, navigate a new world <p>Twenty students from China are now on campus getting a head-start on StFX&rsquo;s upcoming academic year.</p> <div><span>The students are all participants in StFX&rsquo;s Learning English for Academic Purposes (LEAP) program, offered annually by StFX&rsquo;s Writing Centre.</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;The purpose of the program is for the students to gain confidence in their language skills, but also in their ability to navigate in higher education in Canada in English,&rdquo; says Writing Centre instructor Sherry Neville-MacLean.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>For a new student from another country, studying at a foreign university in a second language can be daunting. The English-intensive program helps students enhance their language skills for academic purposes, and helps them feel prepared for the school year. &nbsp;</div> <div><br /> LEAP is not an ESL course. Students are expected to be able to read, write and speak in English.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> During the four-week program, students take part in classes and a number of activities designed to set them up for success. For example, a recent debate helped participants focus on the skills of argumentation, critical thinking, the ability to communicate their viewpoint, and to back up and justify their answers.</div> <div><br /> As a culminating project, the students will research a topic, orally present their findings, and write a draft of an essay.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> LEAP helps expose the new StFX students to language and academic skills, but another important aspect is acculturation, which helps the students adjust to cultural change and understanding the academic rules, standards, and expectations of a Canadian university.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> Classes began July 29 and will run until August 27.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 06:54:34 NO StFX earth sciences research extends into Alaska <p>A research project to look at thawing permafrost has taken StFX earth sciences professor Dr. Dave Risk to Alaska.&nbsp;</p> <div>He has just returned from the Toolik Long-Term Ecological Research Field Station in Toolik Lake, on the north slope of Alaska, between the Brooks Range of mountains, and south of the Arctic Ocean, on a collaborative continuous soil flux monitoring project with Dr. Sue Natali from the Woods Hole Research Centre in the U.S.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;We installed StFX built and designed automated equipment to take various soil measurements for an experiment at a renowned research site named Imnaviat that will last one to two years,&rdquo; Dr. Risk says.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Over three days, they conducted installations at two of three co-located eddy covariance towers. They will measure soil CO2 emission from these permafrost landscapes, in the footprint of the towers, so they can understand the soil contribution and drivers on soil CO2 flux. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;We used two arrays of Forced Diffusion flux sensors, one at the Tussock tower, and the other at the Ridge tower. We additionally hope that some of our measurements will continue over winter, measuring CO2 movement from the soil into the snowpack,&rdquo; he says.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Though the sensors are capable of doing so, our success will depend on the snowpack. If there are significant thaw events during the winter, we&rsquo;ll be out of luck as the gas diffusion properties become unsuitable for the measurement, but we could add extra equipment next year to deal with that. Minimally, we should get a few months of data before the typical January thaw.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. Risk and Dr. Natali have worked together for several years. &nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. Natali&rsquo;s research interests are in CO2 emission from thawing permafrost. She is particularly interested as a warming world melts permafrost that in turn releases additional CO2, and that extra CO2 could accelerate climate warming. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>About three years ago, she instrumented another site in Alaska with StFX sensors which Dr. Risk&rsquo;s lab loaned her, which kicked off the collaboration. &nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m glad I finally had the opportunity to visit one of these Alaskan sites, and to initiate a new deployment,&rdquo; Dr. Risk says.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>They&rsquo;re hoping the project may grow into a larger study that may involve StFX graduate students travelling to Alaska for a few weeks next summer.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 06:49:35 NO