News StFX News en Elizabeth and Thomas Rankin School of Nursing officially opens at StFX <p>Amid cheers and applause, the StFX community gathered on Monday, September 26 to officially cut the ribbon on the Elizabeth and Thomas Rankin School of Nursing and to recognize and celebrate the profound, lasting impact the Rankins&rsquo; generous gift will have on education at StFX. &nbsp;<br /> <br /> The Rankin School of Nursing was named in honour of Tom and Elizabeth&rsquo;s long legacy of giving back, and in particular their support of health care. Mr. Rankin, CEO of Rankin Construction Inc., a 1960 StFX engineering graduate and native of Judique, NS now living in St. Catharines, ON, donated $2 million to his alma mater to support both the School of Nursing and the Xaverian Fund for Scholarships and Bursaries. &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Of the amount, $1.5 million supported renovations to Mount Saint Bernard, where the School of Nursing is housed, and specifically to create a state-of-the-art Nursing Simulation Learning Centre, an impressive lab built to resemble a clinical practice that provides valuable experiential learning opportunities for nursing students. <br /> <br /> As well, $500,000 supports the Xaverian Fund, established by StFX President Dr. Kent MacDonald with a goal of raising $50 million so that all academically focused and socially engaged students can attend StFX regardless of financial background. &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &ldquo;This is just an incredible gift back to your alma mater, Tom, and Beth, to a school you know well. I want to deeply thank you,&rdquo; Dr. MacDonald said as he recognized the Rankins, in attendance at the ceremony, and noted their gift not only changes the face of nursing at StFX, but provides a world class facility for faculty and nurse educators to teach and for students to learn. The School of Nursing has always produced excellent graduates, he said. Now they have a top-notch facility to further enhance the learning experience.&nbsp; <br /> <br /> Dr. MacDonald also took time to thank the couple for their generous gift to the Xaverian Fund. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;The Rankin School holds your name,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;Young people will come to this school that you may never meet, simply because of your generosity.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> &ldquo;This is a great honour for me and my wife,&rdquo; Mr. Rankin said as he thanked friends and family, including a group of his former StFX classmates, who travelled from Ontario, Halifax, Dartmouth and Judique to be in attendance at the ceremony. <br /> <br /> He told those gathered they should think of his wife Beth, and not him when they think of the school, as he recognized Beth, his wife of 52 years, and a nurse herself, as the cornerstone to his family and business success.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;My wife has done an incredible job. It is so nice to have it named after her.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> He also praised the StFX nursing program. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;You have a great reputation,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;We want to show we really appreciate what the nursing profession does in Nova Scotia.&rdquo; <br /> <br /> AMAZING DAY<br /> <br /> &ldquo;This is just an amazing day,&rdquo; echoed School of Nursing Interim Director Dr. Joanne Whitty-Rogers. &ldquo;To you, Elizabeth and Thomas Rankin, this is a really special day. Your generosity will live on forever. It will always be remembered.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s unbelievable we have these facilities today,&rdquo; she said as she noted the greatly improved learning environment, from student engagement areas to meeting and research rooms to the state-of-the-art Simulation Learning Centre, where students can learn in simulated situations, using mid and high fidelity manikins in hospital simulated situations that range from delivering babies to responding to a patient having a heart attack. <br /> <br /> Dr. Whitty-Rogers says the renovations come at an opportune time as the school introduces a new nursing curriculum, and says the enhanced learning facilities will ensure the School of Nursing continues to meet accreditation standards. <br /> <br /> SO IMPORTANT<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The events here today are so important for the academic mission of the university,&rdquo; StFX Academic Vice-President &amp; Provost Dr, Kevin Wamsley said in remarks on behalf of himself and Dean of Science Dr. Petra Hauf. During the ceremony, Dr. Hauf also unveiled a plaque recognizing the Rankins.<br /> <br /> This generous gift provides nursing at StFX with an enhanced academic environment not just to meet standards, but to exceed them, Dr. Wamsley said. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;This is an investment in the future of StFX and nursing at StFX that will serve our students for generations,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;We are proud to have the Rankin name embedded in our School of Nursing.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> The Nursing School has long produced great graduates. The facilities will help enhance that first class education even more, said the Hon. Randy Delorey MLA for Antigonish, Minister of Finance and Treasury Board and Minister of Gaelic Affairs, who gave a few words on behalf of the Province of Nova Scotia. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;What a fantastic day to be here for the grand, official opening of the Rankin School,&rdquo; he said. <br /> <br /> TRANSFORMATION OF LEARNING SPACE<br /> <br /> The transformation of the physical learning space for the Nursing Department into something so special will have a positive and lasting impact on both faculty and students, afternoon emcee, Dr. Charmaine McPherson, chair of the Department of Nursing, said. &ldquo;Tom and Beth, you are both champions of nursing and of StFX and we are honoured to bear your name on our Nursing School.&rdquo; <br /> <br /> Father Sid Miflen, acting on behalf of Bishop Brian Dunn, provided a special blessing for the Elizabeth and Thomas Rankin School of Nursing.<br /> <br /> Special guests at the ceremony included classmates of Mr. Rankin from his days at StFX who still maintain their friendship over 50 years later; the Rankins' grandson, Thomas, a 2015 StFX engineering graduate; and Sister Veronica Matthews, a classmate who along with Mr. Rankin received an honorary degree from StFX in 2015.<br /> <br /> The ceremony concluded with the official ribbon cutting, and a tour of the school<br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 13:34:06 NO Research fellowships, a new book, and journal articles mark busy sabbatical for women's and gender studies professor <p><span>Already, it&rsquo;s been a busy and successful sabbatical year for StFX women&rsquo;s and gender studies professor Dr. Rachel Hurst, who is at work on a new book, has had several articles published from her research, and has secured two visiting research fellowships.</span></p> <div>Dr. Hurst&rsquo;s main project this year is writing a new book manuscript, extending from her interests in embodiment and photography that she has explored in two previous books. Since 2010, she has been conducting research in Canadian and American archives for a book project tentatively titled <em>Settler Fantasies and Colonial &lsquo;Before and After&rsquo; Photography.</em>&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>Focusing on how colonial violence was legitimized as a part of nation-formation and the construction of citizenship in Canada from the mid-19th to the mid-20th centuries, this research looks at parallel processes within visual culture that uphold the legality of settler violence in order to &lsquo;unsettle&rsquo; settler lawfulness, she says. &nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;This research contributes to the much larger intellectual and political projects of understanding of post-colonialism and settler societies, particularly those that query the psychical dimensions of nationalism and colonialism, through an analysis of settler photography that documents Indigenous peoples through the lens of a fantasized &lsquo;before&rsquo; and &lsquo;after&rsquo; colonial contact,&rdquo; she says. &nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> Dr. Hurst focuses on four sites where photography was used to document transformations of Indigenous bodies from 1850-1950: residential school photography (Shubenacadie Residential School); business photography (Hudson&rsquo;s Bay Company and The Beaver magazine); commercial photography (Hannah and Richard Maynard, Frederick Dally, and Benjamin Leeson); and scientific and geographic exploration photography (First International Polar Year in 1882-1883). &nbsp;</div> <div><br /> RESEARCH RECOGNIZED</div> <div><br /> The first article she published in this newer area of research, &ldquo;<a href=" ">Colonial Encounters at the Turn of the Twentieth Century: &lsquo;Unsettling&rsquo; the Personal Photograph Albums of Andrew Onderdonk and Benjamin Leeson&rdquo;</a>&nbsp;was recognized by Dr. Andrea Eidinger&rsquo;s <em><a href="">Unwritten Histories </a></em>blog as a one of the &ldquo;Best New Articles&rdquo; for May 2016.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> As part of this project, she submitted a paper about photographer Lorene Squire&rsquo;s photographs of Indigenous women in the Canadian North and her 1938 self-portraits when on commission for the Hudson Bay Company&rsquo;s magazine <em>The Beaver </em>and Canadian Airways, titled &ldquo;Lorene Squire&rsquo;s 1938 Psychical Landscapes of Colonial/Modern Gender in the Canadian North.&rdquo; &nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;This paper is a significant contribution to Canadian photographic history and theory, because it offers biographical and historical information about Squire, a popular American wildlife photographer,&rdquo; she says. &ldquo;It contributes to historical and theoretical scholarship on the meaning of photographs of Indigenous people in Canada for projects of nation-building and northern economic development, as well as how the North functions as a reference point for Canadian identity; and finally, it adds to scholarship on understanding gender as a colonial concept through the concrete example of Squire&rsquo;s photographs.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> The first article of her sabbatical has already been accepted by the international journal <em>History of Photography</em>, and is scheduled to be published in November 2016.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>As well as these activities, Dr. Hurst travelled to New York City in August to work in the Barnard College Archives and Zine Library at Columbia University, thanks to a UCR grant, where she studied two sets of documents, one related to the formation of the Barnard Women&rsquo;s Center in 1971, which resulted in the founding of the Women&rsquo;s Studies Department in 1978, and the second, zines produced as assignments in women&rsquo;s studies classes, or in response to women&rsquo;s studies, in the late 1990s and beyond.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> This research is for an article in which she will write imagined dialogues between feminists who founded women&rsquo;s studies as an academic field and students of women&rsquo;s studies writing 20-30 years later. Dr. Hurst says her article foregrounds the contested nature of the field from its beginnings, and theorizes that the existence of these debates is a strength, emanating from the intellectual rigour and political commitments of the field. &nbsp;</div> <div><br /> In addition to writing this article, the research will also inform the design of a new course about how feminists have created new cultures, and intervened in existing cultural production.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> While away from the classroom on sabbatical, she is still finishing up supervising a directed reading course &ldquo;WMGS 394: Leadership Through an Intersectional Framework,&rdquo; with student Rebecca Mesay. Ms. Mesay will present her research to the Hive for Feminist Research this year, the first time a student has presented to this group.</div> <div><br /> Currently, Dr. Hurst is the Muriel Gold Visiting Professor at McGill&rsquo;s Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies, the top visiting professor award they give each year. This fall, she will participate in a symposium on decolonizing knowledge, and will present research related to her book manuscript during the Institute&rsquo;s annual <em>&ldquo;</em>Esquisses<em>&rdquo; </em>series, and at the National Women&rsquo;s Studies Association annual conference in Montr&eacute;al. &nbsp;</div> <div><br /> The fall will also be busy with archives trips, as the visiting professorship comes with a research budget. She will travel to both the Alaska &amp; Polar Regions Collections at the Rasmuson Library in Fairbanks, Alaska to consult materials related to the First International Polar Year; and will work in the Royal BC Archives in Victoria, researching British Columbia commercial photographers in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>From February to May, Dr. Hurst will be in Canberra, Australia, as she was awarded a competitive research fellowship at the Humanities Research Centre at the Australian National University. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 07:28:31 NO StFX Wallace Entrepreneurship interns take road trip to learn about startup businesses <p><span>Interns at StFX who spent the summer getting their businesses ready to launch had a chance recently to visit Darmouth-based Eosense Inc., to see how the StFX-based spinoff company got started, and how they&rsquo;ve navigated the perilous early days on the road to business health.</span></p> <div>The visit helped expose Carson Murray and Raphaele Tetreault-Bergeron &ndash; two of the interns working this summer under the newly-created Wallace Family Entrepreneurship Fund &ndash; to an operational startup, several years ahead of their own situation. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The interns, generously supported through the Wallace Family Entrepreneurship Fund, the result of a $1 million gift to the Xaverian Fund by StFX Board of Governors Chair Mark Wallace, are based in the new StFX Innovation and Enterprise Centre, where they develop their business ideas and products over an intensive summer with campus advisors.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ms. Tetreault-Bergeron is a recent graduate of StFX&rsquo;s Human Nutrition Department, and is developing a pulse-based food business model. Mr. Murray is an engineering student and is developing a new system for recycling disposable coffee containers.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Along with the students, the StFX delegation to Dartmouth included faculty members Dr. Neil Maltby (business) and Dr. Marcia English (human nutrition), Sue McNeil of the Innovation and Enterprise Centre, and Andrew Kendall of the Industry Liaison and Knowledge Transfer Office.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The group enjoyed wide-ranging discussions over several hours including conversations about what it takes to prepares students for starting businesses.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Eosense develops and sells scientific instruments for detecting greenhouse gas emissions from soils. The company sells globally to scientists and industry, and is run by StFX alumni Dr. Nick Nickerson, and Gordon McArthur, who developed the business idea while students, along with their supervisor, earth sciences professor Dr. Dave Risk. StFX graduate Chance Creelman has also been instrumental in getting the company off the ground.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Wed, 21 Sep 2016 12:20:38 NO Mitacs grant enables research partnership on soil respiration <p><span>Thanks to a Mitacs Accelate grant, PhD student Carrie-Ellen Gabriel has been able to conduct research work that measures soil respiration to improve carbon balance while at the same time gaining valuable experience working with industry.</span></p> <div>Ms. Gabriel, a StFX master&rsquo;s graduate who is completing her PhD at Dalhousie University under the supervision of StFX earth sciences professor Dr. Lisa Kellman, and Dr. Susan Ziegler at Memorial University as part of the NSERC CREATE Program in Climate Sciences, received a $15,000 grant from the Accelerate Mitacs internship program.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>Its aim is to fund a research project that links companies with talented graduate students in the final stages of their studies, giving students a competitive advantage.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>Ms. Gabriel&rsquo;s research is in partnership with Eosense, a Dartmouth, NS, company founded by StFX graduates Dr. Nick Nickerson and Gordon McArthur and earth sciences professor Dr. Dave Risk that develops technology including sensors and chambers that measure greenhouse gases from soils and water bodies.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> In this research, they are looking to find reliable measurements of carbon cycling.</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;Measurement of carbon uptake and release is being carried out across the world at networks of sites,&rdquo; she explains. &ldquo;The North American contingent is called Fluxnet, where carbon flux above a forest is measured at eddy covariance towers, but these measurements are subject to errors and data gaps.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;However, the accuracy of these measurements is currently critical so we obtain reliable estimates of carbon cycling. The goal of this research is to determine how measurement of soil respiration in the &quot;footprint&quot; below an eddy covariance tower can assist the eddy covariance community in improving carbon balance estimates,&rdquo; she says.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> INVALUABLE EXTENSION OF RESEARCH</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;This experience has provided me with an invaluable extension of my research into soil carbon cycling, soil respiration, and a view of how my research can be integrated into a wider community of international research,&rdquo; Ms. Gabriel says. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Beyond this, my experience working with this company has provided insight into a new avenue, applied research.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ms. Gabriel was already familiar with the work of Dr. Nickerson and Mr. McArthur, who she first met while completing her Master's in Earth Sciences at StFX.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;At the time we were all working on soil respiration. Several years have passed, and now as I am finishing my PhD in Earth Sciences at Dalhousie, I was seeking out ways to expand my set of research experiences. My first thought was to find an opportunity to work on an industry project with these talented researchers. It is a nice fit with my master's research into soil respiration, but is a chance to extend my knowledge beyond what I have considered before.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>As part of this project, Ms. Gabriel installed a set of soil respiration chambers at the famous Howland Forest in central Maine, an old growth forest that has been the site of much research over the past 20 years, and is one of the original eddy covariance sites in Fluxnet.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;We are collaborating with researchers to determine how our measurements compare to theirs at the ground level and how this scales up to the forest level measured by eddy covariance towers,&rdquo; she says.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ms. Gabriel also traveled to Florida in August to present their preliminary research at the Ecological Society of America conference. She says there will be further opportunities to present this work and publish the findings.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Mon, 19 Sep 2016 06:27:59 NO Mitacs grant helps StFX, IORE look at career perceptions of Nova Scotia middle school students <p><span>A new research study from the Institute for Ocean Research Enterprise (IORE) and the StFX Faculty of Education is looking to shed light on the career perceptions and intentions of Nova Scotia junior high school students, including perceptions on several emerging regional sectors.</span></p> <div>Dr. Sherry Scully, IORE&rsquo;s Director of Learning and Organizational Development, and StFX education professor Dr. Katarin MacLeod received a $15,000 Mitacs Accelerate grant to employ StFX education PhD student Laura Stiles-Clarke to analyze and recap results from a survey conducted with Grades 6-9 students across Nova Scotia.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The grant comes under the Mitacs Accelerate Program, which connects graduate students and postdoctoral fellows with companies through short-term research projects. Mitacs is a national not-for-profit organization that facilitates collaboration between academia and industry, government and other organizations. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s been a wonderful partnership, and in some ways a model, in that academia and industry can work together to accomplish something for the good of the entire province,&rdquo; Dr. MacLeod says.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Having both academia and industry work together on the research lends an added layer to the results, adds Dr. Scully, who brought the idea of a partnership to StFX.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. Scully says the idea for the project was born out of earlier research she had completed, and a desire to look further into career literacy, to explore what young people are thinking about in terms of general career interests, and specifically about careers in the region and in the marine industry and skilled trades.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The researchers wanted to survey younger students still enrolled in general science courses to gain insight into when and how career perceptions are formed, she says.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Drs. Scully and MacLeod worked together to launch the pilot study, and working with the StFX Research Grants Office, put together the proposal for Mitacs.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;StFX has been endeavouring to expand its working relationship with Mitacs. This Accelerate Award is an excellent opportunity for one of our doctoral students in education to gain valuable applied experience in the industry and government sectors. We are also delighted to partner with the Institute for Ocean Research Enterprise on this cutting-edge study of young science students&rsquo; perceptions of career opportunities in Nova Scotia,&rdquo; says John Blackwell, Director of StFX&rsquo;s Research Grants Office.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In January, in partnership with the Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood, the researchers launched the Student Intentions and Perceptions survey in all English, French, and Mi&rsquo;kmaq school boards across the province. The survey received almost 14,500 responses, nearly a 40 per cent response rate.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. Scully says results could provide insights into the perceptions of careers in trades and technology, engineering, ocean sciences and marine careers, and the factors that influence these perceptions as well as key times for career counselling and awareness and exposure programs.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ms. Stiles-Clarke says it&rsquo;s been a wonderful opportunity for her to work on this research.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s brought a whole other dimension to my learning,&rdquo; she says, noting the networking and learning opportunities created.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s been hugely valuable for me to develop my research skills. It also opened up new knowledge that wouldn&rsquo;t have happened without the grant,&rdquo; she says.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The project has produced several reports, including an industry report that has been presented to the Nova Scotia Department of Education. Dr. MacLeod says they believe the project has the potential for multiple journal articles as well as conference presentations and a later follow-up study.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Mon, 19 Sep 2016 06:22:49 NO StFX to lead Centre for Innovation <p>The Nova Scotia government is partnering with St. Francis Xavier University to create a new Centre for Employment Innovation.</p> <div><span>The centre is a key part of the province's redesigned employment services system, Nova Scotia Works, which was launched last week.</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&quot;The employment services transformation is about providing consistent, quality employment services across the province to all Nova Scotians,&quot; said Labour and Advanced Education Minister Kelly Regan, who was on the StFX campus Sept. 16 to make the announcemnet. &quot;This centre is the cornerstone of the redesign, and will help build on our existing knowledge and expertise.&quot;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>St. Francis Xavier University's Centre for Employment Innovation will act as the provincial hub for research and innovation in employment services delivery. Since the new system has more front-line workers to support Nova Scotia's workforce, it will be important that the centre work with them, as well as with communities, to develop and test new approaches for inclusive, best-in-class employment services to help people get jobs.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&quot;StFX is pleased to house the new Centre for Employment Innovation,&quot; said StFX President Dr. Kent MacDonald. &quot;Our campus is a great place to bring people and knowledge together to strengthen people's skill sets and enhance our region's workforce. StFX has a deep commitment to enhancing the economic prosperity of this region and we are pleased to have such a willing partner in the Nova Scotia government.&quot;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The StFX Extension Department will be working with the new centre in enhancing opportunities for students and the surrounding community.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Centre for Employment Innovation will receive $2.1 million dollars over three years through the Canada-Nova Scotia Labour Market Development Agreement. It is expected to open this fall.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&quot;To grow the middle class and strengthen our economy, we need to help Canadians get the right skills to get good quality jobs,&quot; said MaryAnn Mihychuk, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour. &quot;Through our partnership with Nova Scotia, the Centre for Employment Innovation will allow Nova Scotians to benefit from the best research and training to develop the skills that employers need.&quot;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Government began working with service providers in November to redesign the $23-million employment services system. The redesign includes hiring more front-line workers, adopting an inclusive and consistent suite of services for youth, businesses and workers, and promoting service excellence.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>For more information, and a list of Nova Scotia Works employment centres, visit&nbsp;<a href=""></a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Fri, 16 Sep 2016 13:54:59 NO NS government ministers on campus as impressive state-of-the-art Nursing Simulation Learning Centre opens at StFX <p><span>Visitors had a chance to tour the impressive new state-of-the-art Nursing Simulation Learning Centre in StFX&rsquo;s Elizabeth and Thomas Rankin School of Nursing as StFX President Dr. Kent MacDonald joined with Nova Scotia Minister of Labour and Advanced Education Kelly Regan and Antigonish MLA and Minister of Finance Randy Delorey to officially open the centre on Sept. 16.</span></p> <p>The Province of Nova Scotia provided funds in support of the learning centre.</p> <div>&ldquo;This is terrific,&rdquo; Minister Regan said on the new simulation learning centre, which provides experiential learning opportunity for StFX nursing students.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> Through working with mid and high fidelity manikins, on standardized patients, nursing students will be able to proceed through patient scenarios in a safe controlled environment. A facilitated debriefing following the simulation provides guided reflection of the experience to enhance and deepen student learning.</div> <div><img src="" alt="" /></div> <div><br /> &ldquo;I often talk about the importance of hands-on learning. To me that is so key to getting our young people prepared. I&rsquo;m blown away that you have a manikin that can have a heart attack,&rdquo; Minister Regan said on the centre which simulates a hospital setting right down to the &lsquo;patients&rsquo; in hospital rooms.</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a great opportunity for our students to learn, and to make mistakes because we all make mistakes, in a safe environment.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> Minister Delorey noted that service and education in StFX&rsquo;s School of Nursing is second to none, with top-notch students taught by top-notch faculty and nurse educators. &nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;What I&rsquo;m so excited about is&hellip;they have a top-notch facility now to continue that learning experience under the guidance of faculty and nursing educators.&rdquo;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;This is truly state-of-the-art. We&rsquo;re so pleased we&rsquo;re opening it here today,&rdquo; Dr. MacDonald said as he noted the greatest thing about this facility is that it is helping unleash highly-trained, talented, compassionate nursing health professionals out to serve our communities better. &ldquo;That makes us particularly proud.&rdquo;</div> <div><br /> This high quality education doesn&rsquo;t happen just because of a great facility, he noted. It takes outstanding students and talented and dedicated faculty, nurse educators and staff, something StFX Nursing has long been recognized for, he said. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s wonderful now we can put in place the pedagogical practices that have to go along with that.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;This is just an amazing day for me,&rdquo; School of Nursing Director Dr. Joanne Whitty-Rogers said, as she thanked all those involved in bringing the centre to reality.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;What does this mean to our nursing students? It does help to build confidence, and to better prepare them for clinical practice. It gives them a sense of what to expect.&rdquo;</div> <div><br /> It also helps faculty better prepare students, and it helps the school continue to meet accreditation standards, she said.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;This is really futuristic thinking. We can&rsquo;t wait to see what will happen in the future.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> StFX Academic Vice-President and Provost Dr. Kevin Wamsley emceed the event.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Fri, 16 Sep 2016 11:37:22 NO StFX sociology honours student's undergraduate thesis research accepted for journal publication <p><span>A StFX sociology honours student who designed and carried out independent and unique research from the ground up for her undergraduate thesis has had her research published in the journal, <em>Gender &amp; Education</em>.</span></p> <div>Melissa Horsman of Battleford, SK, who graduated in 2014 with an honours sociology degree and subsidiary in religious studies, is co-author with her supervisor and sociology professor Dr. Patricia Cormack on &ldquo;A meaningful meaninglessness: Canadian university culture as gender and class-based privilege,&rdquo; a study of student culture in Atlantic Canada.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ms. Horsman who has since completed her Master&rsquo;s of Theological Studies at the University of St. Michael&rsquo;s College through the Toronto School of Theology at the University of Toronto, as well as a Certificate in Theology and Ecology through the Elliott Allen Institute for Theology and Ecology at the University of St. Michael&rsquo;s College, says it was a wonderful feeling to learn her undergraduate research had been published.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;I remember smiling. There is a chance that a tear or two fell from my eyes as well. Describing the feeling is difficult because there are not really words to properly capture it. I know that I was very humbled. Having my research published was never something that I expected for myself; it was never an endeavor I had planned.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Though hard to describe the feeling, she says she wants the publication to say &lsquo;thank you.&rsquo; &ldquo;Thank you to everyone who ever had a hand in molding me into the kind of student I am, the kind of person I am, the kind of researcher and academic that I am. When I found out that my research would be published I felt joy, and I want the people who made me into the sort of scholar capable of producing publishable research to take part in that joy, too,&rdquo; she says.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It meant a lot to me that Dr. Cormack was co-author of the piece. To be able to collaborate with my most influential mentor, and to be published with someone that I admire and look up to so much was the aspect of the publication that is most precious to me.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>MUCH OPPORTUNITY</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ms. Horsman says the sociology honours program at StFX is amazing for how well rounded it is and the opportunity it provides to gain an extensive knowledge base. She says the required theory and research methods courses were most valuable in supporting her when she designed and conducted her research.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;I was taught how to propose a sociological project and learned how to put together a study. I was educated about research ethics, and was shown how to navigate and submit an application for research to the university&rsquo;s Research Ethics Board. I got to study numerous methods and examples of going about the practical application of sociology. Most importantly, after I had spent the time learning about all of these theories and methods, I was given the opportunity to conduct my own research that was of importance and interest to me. I was given the chance to demonstrate all that I had learned, I got to invest my heart and soul into a project that was unique and independent, and I was totally supported in the process by my supervisors but also by the entire sociology department,&rdquo; she says.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;One of the values of an honours degree here at StFX is that you get to pursue your own research topic that comes out of your own interest in consultation with your supervisor,&rdquo; agrees Dr. Cormack.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In carrying out research from beginning to end, under the close supervision of faculty members, students learn valuable skills that are also very applicable to private industry and the public sphere, she says.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>They think about the best research style to apply to their topic, they learn how to get data, how to report data, how to be ethical, and how to disseminate the knowledge.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;The outstanding thing about Melissa is her capacity to develop rapport with the people she was interviewing,&rdquo; says Dr. Cormack who noted how impressed she was with Ms. Horsman&rsquo;s research design and execution.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;That&rsquo;s why it&rsquo;s published, the richness of the data, the richness of her findings.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ms. Horsman says the research skills she developed at StFX have been more than helpful in her life.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;I do historical research for a local community museum project, I have drafted formal programming proposals and composed educational manuals with my employment, and I have successfully excelled at and completed graduate studies,&rdquo; she says.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Thu, 15 Sep 2016 10:59:45 NO International award for book co-edited by StFX anthropology professor <div>Beyond Imported Magic, a book co-edited by StFX anthropology faculty member Dr. Christina Holmes that challenges the idea of science and technology moving from the global North to the global South, from an alleged centre to an allege periphery, has won a major international award.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>The collection of essays was named the recipient of the Amsterdamska Award for a significant creative collaboration in an edited book in the broad field of science and technology studies by the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST). The award was presented earlier this month in Barcelona.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>Award selection is based on an anthology that through its publication process and due to the quality of the volume makes a substantive contribution to the field in terms of originality or impact; and the quality of the editing, as reflected in the quality of the volume as a whole.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> In Beyond Imported Magic, Essays on Science, Technology, and Society in Latin America, contributors study the creation, adaptation, and use of science and technology in Latin America.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;They challenge the view that scientific ideas and technology travel unchanged from the global North to the global South&mdash;the view of technology as &ldquo;imported magic.&rdquo; They describe not only alternate pathways for innovation, invention, and discovery but also how ideas and technologies circulate in Latin American contexts and transnationally,&rdquo; an overview of the book reads.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;The importance of this project is we were trying to forge stronger ties across communities that would normally be working in different languages, so that we could use each other&rsquo;s work,&rdquo; says Dr. Holmes who will be teaching a special topics class, Anth 492, on the Anthropology of Technology, at StFX during the winter term. &nbsp;</div> <div><br /> She says at the award presentation, the president of EASST, Fred Steward, talked about the importance of the collaborative process for the book and how it helped to build communities among and between South American colleagues and their counterparts in Europe. &ldquo;And I would add North America,&rdquo; she says.</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;I think this kind of project is very much in keeping with StFX's and the Coady Institute's tradition of fostering international ties and collaborative efforts.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Thu, 15 Sep 2016 10:43:10 NO StFX improves access to student academic supports <p>St. Francis Xavier University has made it easier for students to access academic services and supports with the launch of a revamped and enhanced Student Success Centre.&nbsp;</p> <div>Located in the Angus L. Macdonald Library, the Student Success Centre is a single and central on-campus home for important supports like academic skills workshops and tutoring. The centre offers a broad range of workshops and programs, and expands on services previously offered by the StFX Writing Centre.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;This is a great day to better serve our students,&rdquo; said StFX President Dr. Kent MacDonald. &ldquo;We can&rsquo;t ignore what we know in education: resources may be scarce, but talent is high. We leverage both by bringing people together in a more centralized way and make it easier for them to get the supports they need to be successful. This is what our new centre is doing.&rdquo;<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>StFX students are able to access programs such as StFX 101, a series of seven workshops with topics that range from surviving the transition to university, exam preparation and writing for specific fields of study. Students can opt to participate in the full program or select individual workshops. &nbsp;</div> <div><br /> The centre is a campus hub for academic support, with access to tutors from across the range of programs offered at the university. It also offers individual appointments to help students prepare for assignments and hone their writing skills.</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;This is the single-stop shop for academic supports here at StFX University,&rdquo; said Mark Leeming, Learning Skills Coordinator at the Student Success Centre. &ldquo;I think it will function brilliantly.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> It&rsquo;s a campus asset that&rsquo;s also being welcomed by students.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s amazing to see this space come together and know there are services all students can access, no matter their background or learning style,&rdquo; said Taylor Chase, president of the StFX Students&rsquo; Union. &ldquo;If we continue to innovate and put our students first, I&rsquo;m excited to see what we can accomplish next at StFX.&rdquo;</div> <div><br /> To learn more about the StFX Student Success Centre or to make an appointment, visit&nbsp;<a href=""></a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Thu, 15 Sep 2016 10:37:48 NO StFX celebrates grand opening of first-ever X-Ring Store <p><span>The StFX community celebrated the grand opening of its first ever X-Ring Store on Thursday, September 8, 2016. Located on the university campus in the Campus Store in Bloomfield Centre, the store is a new and convenient one-stop location for students and alumni to purchase the iconic X-Ring.</span></p> <div>&ldquo;This is a very, very special day,&rdquo; said Bob Hale, Head of Student Services at StFX. &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve been working towards this project for a couple of years, and today marks an important milestone in how we as a university give back to the Xaverian community.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> All net proceeds from rings purchased at the X-Ring Store support the Xaverian Scholarship and Bursary Fund, a transformative $50 million endowment that will open the door to a StFX education for students whose financial circumstances may otherwise not make it possible. The fund was created by StFX President Dr. Kent MacDonald upon his arrival in 2014. Dr. MacDonald was also on hand to participate in the X-Ring Store&rsquo;s grand opening.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;I have made it as my overwhelming priority to increase accessibility to this great university for students, regardless of their financial needs,&rdquo; said Dr. MacDonald. &ldquo;Our community is known for serving others, and I don&rsquo;t know a better way for new graduates to pay it forward to young people who otherwise couldn&rsquo;t attend StFX than buying their ring here at the X-Ring Store.&rdquo;</div> <div><br /> &quot;The X-Ring already has such extraordinary value to StFX students,&rdquo; says Students&rsquo; Union president Taylor Chase. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s great to see this commitment to ensuring accessible education for future Xaverians who may not have otherwise been able to attend.&quot;</div> <div><br /> Students and alumni who purchase their ring from the X-Ring Store will also enjoy a personalized level of service. All will receive a StFX University frame for their X-Ring eligibility certificate, as well as a commemorative box with special information on the storied heritage behind the ring. Students can also reserve a private, afterhours fitting for a small group of people, allowing them to share the X-Ring experience with the friends they&rsquo;ve made on their StFX journey.</div> <div><br /> For more information about the X-Ring Store, email <a href=""></a>, visit <a href=" "> </a>&nbsp;or call 902-867-2450.</div> <div><br /> To learn more about the Xaverian Scholarship and Bursary Fund, visit&nbsp;<a href=""></a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Wed, 14 Sep 2016 12:56:39 NO First StFX students enroll in PhD agreement program at Memorial University <p><span>A new agreement between StFX and Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN) that allows StFX master&rsquo;s graduates to enroll in doctoral programs at MUN while staying resident at StFX, has its first two students.</span></p> <div>Almudena Garcia-Garcia and Francisco Jos&eacute; Cuesta Valero, both 2016 StFX Master of Science (earth sciences) graduates, supervised by Dr. Hugo Beltrami, a professor and Canada Research Chair in Climate Dynamics, have started their PhD studies at MUN.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>Under the new agreement, students are co-supervised by faculty at Memorial and StFX. The agreement is not specific to any discipline.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;This gives our graduate students a pathway and opportunity to continue on to PhD studies, but still have strong links to StFX,&rdquo; Dr. Richard Isnor, StFX Associate Vice-President, Research and Graduate Studies, says on the five-year renewable agreement between StFX&rsquo;s Office of the Associate Vice President Research and Graduate Studies and Memorial&rsquo;s School of Graduate Studies.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It gives students greater flexibility and an option to stay in the area they&rsquo;re working in, and keep working with StFX faculty,&rdquo; he says. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a good step towards helping students be able to access PhD degree options, but continue their relationship with their StFX supervisor while getting their PhD from an Atlantic university.&rdquo;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;We consider this MUN-StFX doctoral initiative as one of the most important developments in the academic history of StFX as this agreement is available to all qualified faculty members at StFX, thus it opens opportunities for our faculty members to develop more intense research programs, have a better chance of incorporating graduate students into the research projects and increasing our chances to compete at the national and international level for research grants and opportunities,&rdquo; Dr. Beltrami says. &ldquo;Such enhanced research environment will certainly help improve the overall academic experience of our undergraduate students, and above all help providing additional participation of undergraduate students in research early in their careers.&rdquo;</div> <div><br /> REALLY IMPORTANT</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;The new agreement between StFX and MUN is really important for me. It allows me to continue my research, my work of the last two years,&rdquo; says Ms. Garcia-Garcia.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;Without this new agreement, I would have had to continue my PhD studies at another university, starting my research from scratch. This agreement means a huge opportunity for all StFX students, who would like to continue their graduate studies in a new place but also have the choice to finish them in Antigonish with their families and friends.&rdquo; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;With this agreement I can continue working with Dr. Beltrami in the same field as in my master degree. At the same time, I can meet new researchers at MUN, which should be an interesting experience for me. I think that the opportunity to continue my research in the PhD program at both universities can benefit my work,&rdquo; says Mr. Cuesta Valero who will study the effect of extra energy resulting from climate change on the evolution of climate and some physical phenomena that have a direct or indirect effect on society.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> To do this, he will use a large set of the most up-to-date climate simulations, the same that were part of the scientific basis of the last Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the Paris Agreement of December, 2015 (COP21).&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;Using this global climate simulations I attempt to identify possible biases on the simulated Earth's energy distribution to correct them and improve their ability to project future changes in the climate evolution.&rdquo;</div> <div><br /> Ms. Garcia-Garcia plans to work on the evaluation of climate models&rsquo; performances, using air-ground coupling as metric and a large set of climate models.</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;I will use a set of model simulations used in the fifth assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC-AR5). Because the resolution of the climate models is coarse, I would like to expand my research, evaluating air-ground coupling as represented in simulations over North America from regional climate models. Moreover, I would like to run my own North America regional simulations using the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model in order to analyze air-ground coupling as simulated by the same model with different configurations. In this way, I could attempt to understand the physics behind the model discrepancies, arising from different parameterizations of vegetation, snow cover, subsurface hydrology etc.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> Both PhD students will be using the new computational facilities dedicated to the CRC in Climate Dynamics administered by AceNet and supported financially by the CRC program and the Canadian Foundation for Innovation.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Mon, 12 Sep 2016 06:33:32 NO StFX participates in youth mental health conference <p><span>Dianne Oickle, knowledge translation specialist at the StFX-hosted National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health (NCCDH), and StFX education faculty Dr. Chris Gilham recently took part in the 2016 Atlantic Summer Institute on Healthy and Safe Communities (ASI) held in Charlottetown, PEI.</span></p> <div>This year&rsquo;s event theme was <em>Promoting Child and Youth Mental Health</em>. It brought together educators, practitioners, researchers, community groups, government representatives, and youth from across Atlantic Canada interested in influencing public policy on mental health to improve the future for Canadian youth.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>Ms. Oickle helped to facilitate a workshop called &ldquo;Building and using evidence for collective impact on child and youth mental health,&rdquo; which aimed to develop skill in finding and using evidence to build a case for investing in the promotion of child and youth mental health and access to care. Her session described a population mental health promotion project that NCCDH is part of, including resources being developed collectively by the National Collaborating Centres for Public Health. &nbsp;</div> <div><br /> Dr. Gilham presented at the event alongside Stephanie Ruckstahl of New Brunswick Community College (NBCC), St. Andrew&rsquo;s Campus. They shared information about their three year Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) sponsored research project on adolescent girl&rsquo;s pro-social skills and self-esteem.</div> <div><br /> Their presentation focused on the data collected so far after one year of research into a pro-social role modeling and peer mentoring intervention program. Early data discussed included a key theme of the importance of creating safe and caring spaces for girls to connect with one another and discuss topics that concern them.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Mon, 12 Sep 2016 06:22:47 NO Ensuring highest quality craft beers through chemistry research - Big Spruce Brewing and StFX partner for hops research <p><span>A key factor to growing the Nova Scotian craft beer industry is to develop Nova Scotia hops of the highest quality and unique character. That&rsquo;s where a partnership between Jeremy White, founder and alesmith of Big Spruce Brewing in Nyanza, Cape Breton, and StFX University with chemistry professor Dr. Shah Razul comes into play.&nbsp;</span></p> <div><span>Mr. White wants to be free of having to import expensive hops, the beer ingredient responsible for the bitter taste and for the zesty, or citric flavours so much in demand by craft beer drinkers. So he grows his own.&nbsp;</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;I will not compromise in quality, so I really need to know my hops,&rdquo; Mr. White says. &ldquo;I want to ensure that my beers are at their highest, consistent levels of quality, so I&rsquo;m partnering with world-class chemistry professors at St. Francis Xavier University to help me.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. Razul is intrigued by the interplay and role of the thousands of organic, natural chemicals that are found in plants.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Hops have a complex chemistry that must be well understood by a top brewmaster,&rdquo; Dr. Razul says.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;How do all of the important natural flavour and aroma oils in hops change over time? &nbsp;What I&rsquo;m going to do is look in-depth at the actual chemistry of the Big Spruce hops and see if these compounds alter with storage, and if these chemistry changes can be managed for continuous hop quality improvement. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;These chemistry changes may be well known in the big hops producing areas in the U.S., but our craft beer industry here is just getting underway. Jeremy is a brewmaster &ndash; he is an artist. If I let him know exactly how his hops compare to the imports, then he can better explore and experiment with new brews, knowing how to keep the favour profiles of his hop varieties consistent over time.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. Razul&rsquo;s research into the hops at Big Spruce Brewing is supported by a Productivity and Innovation Voucher, from the Nova Scotia provincial crown corporation, Innovacorp. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Andrew Kendall of the StFX Industry Liaison Office worked with Big Spruce to obtain this funding. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;This funding from Innovacorp is important in supporting our small, rural, but high-growth industries,&rdquo; Mr. Kendall says. &ldquo;This will get students working with Dr. Razul on real-world problems. With better, bitter beers as a great end point, I think they better hop right to it!&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Thu, 08 Sep 2016 08:18:58 NO PhD student from Chile to complete six-month internship in StFX Marine Ecology Lab <p><span>A PhD student from the Universidad Austral de Chile, located in Valdivia, Chile, has joined StFX for the fall term for a six-month internship in biology professor Dr. Ricardo Scrosati&rsquo;s Marine Ecology Lab.&nbsp;</span></p> <div>Alexis Catalan-Segovia will join Dr. Scrosati&rsquo;s lab thanks to a grant from Canada's Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP). His thesis will investigate ecological factors that drive biodiversity patterns on marine rocky shores on the Pacific coast of Chile.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>During his time at StFX, Mr. Catalan-Segovia will learn field research techniques that he'll use once he's back in Chile, and he'll do field experiments to compare ecological responses between the Canadian Atlantic coast and the Pacific Chilean coast. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Taking advantage of these last few weeks of summer, he has already started a large-scale field experiment that will evaluate how intertidal predators and habitat complexity determine the biodiversity of different functional groups in biological communities,&rdquo; says Dr. Scrosati, who will co-supervise Mr. Catalan-Segovia&rsquo;s project with Dr. Nelson Valdivia, his supervisor in Chile, and with whom Dr. Scrosati has started a multiannual collaboration.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;The kind of research that Alexis will do here is rather novel in marine ecology, and builds on results obtained by other students during the last few years in my lab,&rdquo; Dr. Scrosati says.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Mr. Catalan-Segovia will also be joined in the lab this fall by five other students doing research, from undergraduate to the postdoctoral level.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Thu, 08 Sep 2016 08:07:19 NO