News StFX News en StFX music grad Breagh MacKinnon signs with Warner Music Canada <p><span>A StFX music grad has signed a deal with Warner Music Canada.&nbsp;</span></p> <div>Breagh Mackinnon, who graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor of Music with honours, is part of the band Port Cities, which just signed with the well-known label on June 16.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;We are all super excited about working with the team at Warner Music Canada,&rdquo; she says. &ldquo;They seem like an amazing group of people who are really passionate about helping us build our fanbase over the next few months as we get ready to release our album. As a new band, this is such a big step towards building our profile here in Canada,&rdquo; says Ms. Mackinnon who was well known during her student days at StFX as the singer-songwriter from Sydney, NS won several external musical awards during this time.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> She says the band came together about a year ago.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;Carleton Stone, Dylan Guthro and I have been playing music together since we met at the 2011 Gordie Sampson Songcamp. Although we each had own solo projects, over the past several years we found ourselves collaborating more often than not,&rdquo; she says. &ldquo;We were sharing stages at festivals and concerts, performing as side musicians in each other&rsquo;s band, and writing together for recording projects. A little over a year ago we joined forces, and decided to make it official by forming a band, that's when Port Cities got started.&rdquo;</div> <div><br /> This winter they finished their first full-length record, produced by Grammy winning songwriter Gordie Sampson. Ms. Mackinnon says manager Sheri Jones has been shopping it around to labels since then.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> Ms. Mackinnon says her time at StFX was a good experience. &ldquo;I had some amazing professors who really helped me hone my skills as a musician, composer and arranger. I feel so lucky to have spent four years studying something I truly loved and was really passionate about.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Fri, 17 Jun 2016 12:34:37 NO Nutrition professor Doris Gillis recognized nationally for outstanding contributions <p><span>StFX human nutrition professor Dr. Doris Gillis has received national honours for her contributions to evidence-based practice within the dietetic profession.&nbsp;</span></p> <div>During the Dietitians of Canada annual conference in Winnipeg, she was named one of two inaugural recipients of the 2016 Dietitians of Canada PEN&reg; Achiever (Canada) Awards.&nbsp;This PEN&reg; (Practice-based Evidence in Nutrition) award recognizes outstanding contributions to the evidence-based knowledge of the dietetic profession and demonstrated leadership in supporting international knowledge transfer.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Dr. Doris Gillis embodies professionalism with her commitment to grounding her practice in evidence and giving back to the profession by contributing to building our knowledge base,&rdquo; her award citation reads.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;Practitioners in Canada and internationally have benefited from her multiple contributions to the PEN&reg; System in areas such as health literacy, nutrition education resource development, food skills and cultural competence.</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;Doris is recognized with a PEN&reg; Achiever (Canada) Award for her commitment to evidence-based practice and for engaging students in developing critical thinking skills while highlighting the role and responsibilities of dietitians to advance knowledge and be leaders in the information society in which we practice.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Over my career, I have observed how the dietetic professional&rsquo;s capacity to effect positive change has developed, in large part, because of our ability to translate knowledge to action in a wide range of practice settings and situations,&rdquo; Dr. Gillis says. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;PEN&reg; &nbsp;has enabled access to the evidence base necessary for dietitians to be competent within the rapidly changing context of nutrition and dietetic practice in Canada and beyond. &nbsp;As an educator, I want my students to graduate with relevant knowledge and skills as well as the commitment to accessing evidence-based resources necessary to be effective health professionals.&rdquo; &nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Thu, 16 Jun 2016 13:29:53 NO StFX announces the appointment of Lawrence J. (Lou) Duggan as University Librarian <p><span>St. Francis Xavier University Academic Vice-President and Provost, Dr. Kevin Wamsley, is pleased to announce the appointment of Lawrence J. (Lou) Duggan as University Librarian.</span></p> <div><span>Mr. Duggan comes to StFX from Saint Mary&rsquo;s University where he is the Cataloguing and Metadata Librarian at Patrick Power Library, a position he&rsquo;s held since 2010. Mr. Duggan has been responsible for managing and leading the technical services team and establishing and managing policy for metadata for a variety of collections.</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Mr. Duggan brings to the position a deep understanding of library services, budget management, and relationship building over his more than 15 year career at Saint Mary&rsquo;s, Cape Breton University, Arcadia Entertainment and Cambrian Productions, and the National Library of Medicine.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>He has spent nearly a decade in significant university library positions and has much leadership experience in developing innovative programs, services, and software solutions, aligning very well with the job demands at StFX. He has played major roles in several initiatives in the Atlantic Canada university libraries, including Novanet, the Libraries Nova Scotia Research Support Group, Council of Atlantic University Libraries Digital Preservation Steering Committee, Atlantic Provinces Library Association, and the Partnership of regional and territorial library associations of Canada. &nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&quot;I am very pleased to announce Lou Duggan&rsquo;s appointment,&quot; Dr. Wamsley says. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Lou has tremendous experience in university libraries and has a very comprehensive knowledge of library operations and the current issues they face. He is well positioned to lead our library at StFX as the university moves forward to implement its strategic plan. The library will play a central role in carrying out our academic mission and in serving our students, faculty, and staff.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The appointment follows an extensive national search. Dr. Wamsley says that members of the University Librarian Search Committee were very excited about Mr. Duggan&rsquo;s candidacy.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;I am excited about this opportunity,&rdquo; Mr. Duggan says. &ldquo;StFX has an outstanding academic reputation and I look forward to ensuring a continued culture of success. It is a challenging time for university libraries, as budgetary pressures, technological innovations and a rapidly evolving student body have forced libraries to progress from the reliable collectors and disseminators of scholarly information to being nimble, innovative, and active participants in the world of higher education. I look forward to putting my background in the strategic planning and development of library services, along with my energy and enthusiasm to work at StFX.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Mr. Duggan is a graduate of Dalhousie University, with both a Bachelor of Arts (English) and a Master of Library and Information Studies. He starts his position at StFX on August 1, 2016. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Library Thu, 16 Jun 2016 10:36:31 NO New book by StFX education professor helping map a better way forward in physical and health education <p><span>The physical education classroom can be a site of discomfort for young people who occupy marginalized identities, and a place where the normative beliefs and teaching practices of educators can act as a barrier to their inclusion.</span></p> <div>Now, a new edited collection <em>Social Justice in Physical Education, Critical Reflections and Pedagogies for Change</em>, co-edited by StFX education professor Dr. Dan Robinson and Dr. Lynn Randall, a professor at the University of New Brunswick, challenges pre-service and in-service teachers to examine the pedagogical practices and assumptions that work to exclude students with intersecting and diverse identities from full participation in physical and health education.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;For the last number of years, many of our peers in physical education pedagogy have been calling for increased attention and action towards critical pedagogy and social justice. Moreover, and despite that call, many have been unsure about how critical pedagogy and social justice within physical education might actually play out in practice. This project came about to address these issues,&rdquo; Dr. Robinson says.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Globally, this work has been positively received. This is likely largely due to the number of notable international scholars who contributed to the text,&rdquo; he says. &ldquo;This work will also be highlighted at the next SHAPE America Conference, where a panel of authors will deliver a session focused upon this work as it relates to diversity and inclusion.&rdquo;<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>The contributors to this volume&mdash;who consist of both experienced and emerging scholars from Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand&mdash;approach their topics from a range of social justice perspectives and interpretations. Covering a variety of areas including (dis)ability, gender, sexuality, race, social class, and religion, <em>Social Justice in Physical Education</em> promotes a broader understanding of the sociocultural, political, and institutional practices and assumptions that underlie current physical education teaching.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Each chapter encourages the creation of more culturally relevant and inclusive pedagogy, policy, and practice. Mapping a better way forward for physical and health education, this text will be an invaluable resource for courses on social justice, diversity, inclusive education, and physical education pedagogy.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>The book is published by Canadian Scholars&rsquo; Press.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Thu, 16 Jun 2016 08:19:58 NO Dr. Burton MacDonald publishes 11th book, continues archaeological contributions <p><span>Archaeologist Dr. Burton MacDonald, Senior Research Professor in StFX&rsquo;s Department of Religious Studies, continues to create new scholarship, most recently in the form of his 11th published book.&nbsp;</span></p> <div>The American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR), Boston, MA, has just announced the publication of Dr. MacDonald&rsquo;s latest book, &ldquo;<em>The Shammakh to Ayl Archaeological Survey, Southern Jordan </em>(2010-2012)&rdquo; (SAAS). &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. MacDonald says the objectives of the project were to discover, record, and interpret archaeological sites in an area between Shammakh in the north and Ayl in the south in the southern segment of the Transjordan/Edomite Plateau, as well as to determine the area's settlement patterns from the Lower Paleolithic to the end of the Late Islamic period (from around 1.4 million years ago until AD 1917). The project also investigated the Pleistocene sediments and lakes in the eastern segment of the survey territory, and documented the many farms, hamlets, and villages that provisioned the major international sites of the area.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The book is published in ASOR&rsquo;s &ldquo;Archaeological Reports Series&rdquo; (No. 24).</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The work is the final report on Dr. MacDonald&rsquo;s fifth archaeological survey project in southern Jordan. For the project, he was joined for field work, analyses, and writing by colleagues from Canada, Jordan, Switzerland, and the United States. Other authors on the book include Geoffrey A. Clark, Larry G. Herr, D. Scott Quaintance, Hani Hayajneh, and Jurg Eggler. Two StFX students participated in the infield aspect of the project, Hilary M. (Lock) Hatcher and Kelly Meagher. Ms. Hatcher also drew the lithics/stone artifacts for the project and was involved in the copy editing of the publication</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. MacDonald served as director of the SAAS project and is the sole author of three and co-author of two of the chapters of the book.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Since 1970, Dr. MacDonald has carried out archaeological work in Cyprus, Egypt, Israel, and Jordan. He began his archaeological survey work in Jordan in 1979.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Tue, 14 Jun 2016 07:45:11 NO Child care research earns StFX professor three national awards at Canadian Historical Association Annual Meeting <p><span>StFX professor Dr. Lisa Pasolli has earned three national awards for her research examining the child care movement nationally, and regionally in British Columbia.</span></p> <div>Dr. Pasolli, who teaches in the Department of History/Women&rsquo;s and Gender Studies, was honoured three times during the Canadian Historical Association (CHA) Annual Meeting, held in Calgary, AB from May 29-June 1 as part of the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>She won the Political History Group Best Article in English Prize for &ldquo;&lsquo;I ask you, Mr. Mitchell, is the emergency over?&rsquo; Debating Day Nurseries in the Second World War&rdquo; <em>Canadian Historical Review </em>96, 1 (March 2015): 1-31.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The article was also the recipient of the Canadian Historical Review Prize.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. Pasolli was singled out for the third time when she won a Clio prize&mdash;annual awards given for meritorious publications or for exceptional contributions by individuals or organizations to regional history&mdash;when she was named the British Columbia winner, for <em>Working Mothers and the Child Care Dilemma: A History of British Columbia&rsquo;s Social Policy</em> (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2015).</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Her book was also short-listed for the 2016 Basil-Stuart Stubbs Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Book on British Columbia.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;I was just pleased, especially that different pieces were recognized,&rdquo; Dr. Pasolli says when asked her reaction. &ldquo;The book resulted from my dissertation, and the article was my first piece of post-doctoral research. It was nice to have both of these projects recognized.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In the article, Dr. Pasolli looks at the history of child care policy and politics in 20th century Canada, in particular the Dominion-Provincial Wartime Day Nurseries Agreement where the federal government proposed shared federal-provincial funding of child care services during the Second World War.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;There was a great debate in all the provinces as to whether they would implement it,&rdquo; she says. In the end, only Ontario and Quebec did.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In her research, Dr. Pasolli looks at all the actors in that debate, key historical moments, and the long term implications.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Similarly, her book looks at debates about child care policy and charts the growth of the child care movement in British Columbia.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. Pasolli says receiving these awards recognizes the significance of studying women&rsquo;s issues and social policy issues, and recognizes that these things are important.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It also shows that historical research really can inform our understanding of contemporary issues and help make our contemporary debates more meaningful.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Tue, 14 Jun 2016 06:46:59 NO StFX applauds President's Club members for making a difference <p>Thank you for making a difference in the lives of others.&nbsp;</p> <div>That was the message the university community extended to friends and supporters of StFX who came together on Saturday, June 11 for an evening of celebration and recognition of the university&rsquo;s generous supporters during the 2016 President&rsquo;s Gala Dinner.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The evening annually thanks members for their commitment and support, and recognizes those members reaching milestones, including new Lifetime Xaverian Patrons, new 20-Year Xaverian Patrons and new 10-Year Xaverian Patrons.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;A big thank you to all of you for being part of this evening, and for your ongoing support,&rdquo; Master of Ceremonies Murray Kyte, Vice President, Advancement, told the large crowd gathered in the Keating Centre.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;StFX&rsquo;s outstanding reputation is due in no small part to the support of our generous donors.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>He said on this night when StFX honours its donors, we&rsquo;re reminded of why people give and support StFX, and there are many reasons. &ldquo;But there&rsquo;s one constant. It&rsquo;s to assist students in accessing a quality learning environment.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>These donations have a considerable impact on the lives of students, and make StFX, and in turn, society stronger.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re truly well blessed to enjoy the generous support of our patrons,&rdquo; Wendy Langley, Director of Development, said as she led the recognition of patrons during the ceremony.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>SOMETHING SPECIAL HAPPENS HERE</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>StFX President Dr. Kent MacDonald added his thanks to all for helping provide students with leading academics and an experience that is life altering. He thanked all for giving gack to young people who they may never meet, for changing a life, for making a difference for others.&nbsp;</div> <div><img alt="" src="" /></div> <div><strong>Dr. Kent MacDonald</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;You are helping to continue to preserve the small, intimate learning environment,&rdquo; Dr. MacDonald said in his remarks as he shared plans on the horizon as well as highlights from the past year.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Something happens here. This is a place where leaders are developed. It&rsquo;s not just because of a class they&rsquo;ve taken. It&rsquo;s because of the broad, rich and deep experience they&rsquo;ve been given.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. MacDonald shared the news that the StFX Board of Governors has recently approved a new strategic plan. Included in this plan is a deeper recommitment to what distinguishes StFX from other universities &ndash; a renewed commitment to make a difference in the world, a recommitment to social justice and social responsibility both locally and globally.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>He spoke about the renewal taking place at Mount St. Bernard that includes newly renovated residence rooms on the building&rsquo;s top three floors and newer, brighter, more modern learning facilities for the School of Nursing on the bottom floors.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>He spoke of a plan to make the campus even more pedestrian friendly, on the commitment to academics, and to the internationalization of StFX.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;The one area that I am most proud of, the one area that has most resonated, is this notion of the Xaverian Fund. It has caught people&rsquo;s attention like I&rsquo;ve never seen.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. MacDonald says the Board of Governors has fully thrown its support behind the fund, which aims to help make a StFX education accessible to all talented students regardless of financial background. This board of volunteers is contributing $1.5 million to the Xaverian Fund, with a 100 per cent participation rate, he said.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. MacDonald mentioned several others who have contributed and the wonderful impact of their financial gifts.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>To date, StFX has raised over $15 million of the ambitious $50 million goal, and he says he feels confident that the university will be able to reach its target.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>LEAVE LEGACY</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;We will be able to leave a legacy for young individuals who otherwise would not be able to live this experience.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Investing in young people - that is a legacy that will never go away. Thank you all for your contributions to StFX.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div><img alt="" src="" /></div> <div><strong>Lauren Agnew</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><img alt="" src="" /></div> <div><strong>Members of the Class of 2016 provided musical accompaniment&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The evening included a number of special touches. Highlights included a student address from Lauren Agnew from the Class of 2016, who read her poignant Alumni Recognition Award essay, as well as musical performances from members of the music class of 2016 including featured performer Jess de Domenico. Works from the permanent collection of the StFX Art Gallery were on display, and guests were gifted to a box of local-made Syrian chocolates to end the evening.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><img width="700" height="413" alt="" src="" /></div> <div><strong>The Sisters of St. Martha of Antigonish were among those honoured as new Lifetime Xaverian Patrons</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>President&rsquo;s Club members reaching milestones in 2015-16 included:</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>New Lifetime Xaverian Patrons</strong> (recognizing $100,000 and above in lifetime giving):&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Archer Daniels Midland Company</div> <div>Jon and Susan Bekkers</div> <div>Sean and Peta Boyd</div> <div>Jeannine Deveau</div> <div>Howard and Michele Kessler - Kessler Family Charitable Fund</div> <div>Wayne and Allanah MacKinnon</div> <div>Magna International Inc.</div> <div>Hon. Michael A. Meighen - T.R. Meighen Family Foundation</div> <div>David A. Palmer</div> <div>Quebecor Inc.</div> <div>Tom and Beth Rankin</div> <div>The Rogers Family</div> <div>Wafic Said</div> <div>Bill and Laura (Ryan) Shea</div> <div>Sisters of St. Martha of Antigonish</div> <div>Town of Antigonish</div> <div>George and Helen Vari Foundation</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>New 20-Year Xaverian Patrons</strong> (recognizing 20 consecutive years of President&rsquo;s Club membership):</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Rita C. Campbell</div> <div>Anita M. Coady</div> <div>Kevin and Sharon Francis</div> <div>Harry and June Hodge</div> <div>Frank J. McGilly</div> <div>Valerie J. Millen</div> <div>Fraser and Joan Muir</div> <div>Thomas L. Quinlan</div> <div>Dr. Carolyn Rideout</div> <div>Roman Catholic Bishop of Saint John</div> <div>Leonard and Fran Sarsfield</div> <div>Rosemary Scanlon</div> <div>Carl and Betty Turner</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>New 10-Year Xaverian Patrons</strong> (recognizing 10 consecutive years of President&rsquo;s Club membership):&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Antigonish Diocesan Catholic&nbsp;Women's League of Canada</div> <div>Dorothy K. Boras</div> <div>Gordon and Karen Boyd</div> <div>Angus Brotherhood</div> <div>B. Catherine Carton, MD</div> <div>Leo B. Doyle</div> <div>Dennis and Madonna Flood</div> <div>Michael D. Forbes</div> <div>Alexander Gillis</div> <div>Fred D. Hazel</div> <div>Cathy Keating</div> <div>Rev. Daniel A. MacInnis</div> <div>John and Karen Mahoney</div> <div>Roderick J. Muise</div> <div>Susan Perreault</div> <div>Peter Poole and Gina Sampson</div> <div>Donald and Barbara St.Jean</div> <div>Ted and Ann Turcotte</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Sat, 11 Jun 2016 19:37:04 NO New book by StFX education professor provides insights into physics education initiatives <p><span>A new book by StFX education professor Dr. Katarin MacLeod provides important insights into physics education initiatives at the tertiary level.</span></p> <div>The peer-reviewed book, <em>The Physics Educator: </em><em>Tacit Praxes and Untold Stories</em>, is co-edited with Dr. Thomas Ryan from Nipissing University, and captures the narratives of 10 post-secondary professors who currently teach physics or engineering undergraduate courses or physics education courses.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It is a global sample―including contributors from StFX―of physicists and physics educators who share with the reader their experiences of teaching physics, the challenges that they have faced, and how they have overcome these challenges in order to better engage students as they learn physics. Each chapter author has presented a unique situation that has elements of transferability to the reader&rsquo;s own classroom situation,&rdquo; Dr. MacLeod says. &nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>The Physics Educator</em> is not meant as a teaching manual, she says; rather, as noted by StFX physics professor emeritus Dr. Michael Steinitz, &ldquo;it instructs by storytelling and has an important set of messages&rdquo; for the reader to consider in terms of the pedagogical processes of teaching and learning physics and other courses in higher education.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. MacLeod&rsquo;s conceptualization of a text that detailed the teaching practices of physicists and physics educators began shortly after the completion of her dissertation in 2012. She says the need for such content was confirmed after working with physicists from StFX, Dublin City University, and the University of Queensland, and through their conversations, the idea and interest grew. Connecting with Dr. Ryan was fortuitous as Dr. MacLeod had taught with him at Nipissing University and contributed to <em>Teaching Online: Stories from Within</em>, a peer-reviewed book co-edited by StFX&rsquo;s Dr. David Young and Dr. Ryan in 2014.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>At StFX, Dr. MacLeod&rsquo;s research is focused on the broad topic of science education; more specifically STEM (Science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education and PER (Physics Education Research). Her work has appeared in a wide variety of publications including the <em>Canadian Journal of Physics</em>, the <em>European Journal of Physics Education</em>, the <em>Journal of Workplace Rights, </em>and <em>Physics Education</em>. Among the courses she has taught at StFX are &ldquo;Critical Research Literacy in Education&rdquo; and &ldquo;Assessment in Mathematics&rdquo; at the graduate level; and &ldquo;Curriculum and Instruction in Secondary Science Education,&rdquo; &ldquo;Teaching Mathematics in Middle School,&rdquo; and &ldquo;Assessment of Learning&rdquo; within the Bachelor of Education program. Dr. MacLeod also initiated and delivered &ldquo;Teaching and Learning in the Physical Sciences&rdquo; within the Bachelor of Science program, a course her students reported helped them to make important connections between scientific theory, STEM, and real world application.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Fri, 10 Jun 2016 06:31:00 NO StFX physics student publishes second paper in top tier journal <p><span>Not yet in his senior year, StFX physics student Warren Ferguson has just published his <a href="">second paper</a> in a top tier physics journal.</span></p> <div>The article, <em>Ordered phases in a bilayer system of dipolar fermions</em>, authored with StFX physics professor Dr. Brandon van Zyl appears in the highly respected Physical Review journal series, one of the highest impact journals for physics in the world.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It is rare for an undergraduate student to publish a paper in a world class, refereed journal, with two papers in consecutive years being truly exceptional,&rdquo; Dr. van Zyl says.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> Under Dr. van Zyl&rsquo;s supervision, Mr. Ferguson, a graduate of Colonel By Secondary School in Ottawa, ON, extended the <a href="">earlier paper</a>&nbsp;beyond a single layer of dipolar fermions. This paper, which is theoretical in nature, will have implications in the understanding of interacting particles at the quantum level.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s been tremendously informative and tremendously fun. It&rsquo;s fundamental science research and I&rsquo;m thrilled to have the opportunity to be part of this, and participate in such an undertaking,&rdquo; says Mr. Ferguson, who has worked as a research assistant in Dr. van Zyl&rsquo;s lab for the past three summers.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> For the last two, he has been funded through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada&rsquo;s Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA) program.</div> <div><br /> Mr. Ferguson plans to use his two papers as the core of his honours thesis.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;I truly enjoyed being a part of the process. Now I know what it takes to be a researcher and to contribute to knowledge,&rdquo; he says.</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;It hasn&rsquo;t been easy. It&rsquo;s very tough stuff, very challenging. It pushes students to their limits academically. It pushes the boundaries of their abilities and knowledge, and if nothing else, that&rsquo;s been a great experience.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> He says his undergraduate years at StFX have given him a significant advantage, making him competitive for whatever future he chooses to pursue.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;I know I&rsquo;ve had opportunities here I would not have had anywhere else,&rdquo; Mr. Ferguson says.</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;The experiences have been crucial for me to decide what I enjoy about physics and what I want to pursue in the future. It&rsquo;s been a fantastic experience.&rdquo;</div> <div><br /> He says it&rsquo;s been great too to work with outstanding people, including fellow StFX student researchers and professors who will do as much as they can to help you as a research assistant.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Both Mr. Ferguson and Prof. van Zyl would like to acknowledge the support of NSERC and the resources provided by the StFX Physics Department.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Thu, 09 Jun 2016 08:48:13 NO StFX launches new academically rigorous, immersive certificate program for students to develop leadership <p><span>StFX students have a new opportunity to deepen their understanding and practice of leadership.&nbsp;</span></p> <div><span>This September, the university launches the StFX Certificate in Organizational Leadership program, an academically rigorous, immersive, and unique opportunity for students interested in deepening their leadership knowledge and practice.&nbsp;</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The innovative two-year co-curricular non-credit program is the brainchild of StFX Schwartz School of Business professor Dr. Brad Long, who has been involved with leadership teaching for a decade. He has also led the authentic leadership workshop at the annual student Leaders at X Summit since its inception.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. Long says the idea for the certificate program started when he began thinking about what StFX offers students to develop leadership. &ldquo;I saw this as a complement to other leadership avenues available to students, but more of a curricular base they do concurrent with their studies.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Learning leadership skills is increasingly important for graduates, he says.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The ability for our graduates to make a difference in the world, to inspire others to work towards a shared goal, and in part to envision a better way forward and to be able to execute on those ideas is greatly enhanced by leadership, he says.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. Long took the idea for the certificate program, consulted with others on campus, put together a business plan, and through the Academic Ideas Fund worked to get the program created and off the ground. The program, approved by Senate, is administered by the StFX Department of Continuing Education. Dr. Long is the coordinator.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Within a cohort of about 16-20 participants, students will progress through four modules, one per term in each of the fall and winter terms of the students' third and fourth years of study.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>These modules are non-credit while remaining explicitly connected to academic learning, making the Certificate in Organizational Leadership a co-curricular approach to leadership development for StFX students. Modules will include the theoretical foundation of leadership, analytical and experiential components, and the capstone, the final reflective module where participants will reflect on what they&rsquo;ve learned and project it forward after graduation.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Students' academic records will note the completion of this certificate program.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The inaugural two-year program will start in September. It is open to incoming third year students in any discipline. Space is limited and interested students must apply by July 1. Application forms and more information can be found on the S<a href=" ">tFX Department of Continuing Education website</a>.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. Long says he&rsquo;s looking forward to the program launch.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;To be able to conceive of an academic program and to have the length of rope provided to me by the academic administrators to try this out is exciting,&rdquo; he says. He says it shows faculty can be a bit entrepreneurial and be given the confidence of the academic administration to try out an idea.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>For students, it&rsquo;s an immersive two-year period where they grow and develop in the process. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s about better equipping them as graduates, but they&rsquo;ll also be part of a uniquely diverse cohort that spans disciplines.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>For program information, interested people can contact Dr. Long at <a href=""></a>, or follow the program on twitter at @xorglead</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Thu, 02 Jun 2016 11:49:01 NO New StFX research laboratory works to understand molecules of atmospheric interest <p><span>A new research laboratory led by StFX experimental physicist Dr. Karine Le Bris is making an important contribution to international efforts to understand molecules of atmospheric interest and the role they play in climate change.&nbsp;</span></p> <div>Dr. Le Bris&rsquo;s state-of-the-art facility, the Laser Spectroscopy Laboratory, has been built to undertake her research program, dedicated to the study of trace molecules by laser spectroscopy. The laboratory was mostly funded by the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI) &ndash; Leader Opportunity Funds (now renamed John R. Evans Leaders Fund), the Nova Scotia Research and Innovation Trust (NSRIT) matching funds, and a NSERC Discovery Grant. In total, she has received over $422,000 in funding.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Climate change and its consequences are one of the most important issues humanity will have to face in the coming decades. Reliable modeling of climate change can only come from an accurate knowledge of the composition of the atmosphere,&rdquo; she explains. &ldquo;Over the last 20 years, an unprecedented number of satellite, balloon and ground-based measurement programs have been developed to sound the atmosphere using optical spectroscopy.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;However, the current missions face two main issues: the lack of sensitive portable instruments for in-situ spectral acquisitions and the imperfect knowledge we have regarding the spectroscopic signature of molecules present in the atmosphere.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. Le Bris says the main goals of her research are to develop portable spectroscopic tools for in-situ detection of atmospheric trace gases, and to fingerprint larger molecules of atmospheric importance so they can be detected and their impacts on climate taken into account.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. Le Bris&rsquo; team is currently composed of an experienced post-doctoral fellow, Dr. Mourad Roudjane who is working on the creation of a new mid-infrared laser trace gas sensor, and a second year physics student, Matthew Martell, who is the recipient of a 2016 NSERC USRA. The research team&rsquo;s current targets are larger molecules containing chlorine and fluorine which have high global warming potential.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The second aspect of the program is to create a new trace gas sensor to detect these molecules in the atmosphere, to measure their impacts on the environment. They have also plan to expand this technique to the medical field.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Right now we&rsquo;re working to verify the sensibility of the technique,&rdquo; she says.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;We really want to create a device that is useful in the community.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The lab centrepiece is a tunable mid-infrared laser, the MIRcatTM from Daylight Solutions. This powerful laser has one of the largest broadband currently available in the mid-infrared and covers a spectral area corresponding to an important atmospheric spectral window.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Other very specialized equipment in the lab includes a Bristol mid-infrared wavelength meter, a cooling system, a vacuum system and a MCT mid-infrared detector.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Thu, 02 Jun 2016 08:32:19 NO StFX shines at International Union of Heath Promotion and Education conference <p><span>Connie Clement, scientific director of the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health (NCCDH) at StFX and StFX nursing professor Dr. Charmaine McPherson presented at the <a href="">22nd International Union of Heath Promotion and Education world conference</a> held in Curitiba, Brazil.&nbsp;</span></p> <div>The International Union is a worldwide, independent and professional association of individuals and organizations committed to improving the health and wellbeing of all peoples through education, community action and the development of healthy public policy. The theme of this year&rsquo;s conference was &lsquo;promoting health and equity.&rsquo;&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> Dr. McPherson presented as part of a conversation circle about pre-licensure education as a promising interdisciplinary educational innovation. She presented on behalf of herself and StFX human nutrition professor Dr. Doris Gillis who was unable to attend. Dr. McPherson also delivered an oral presentation reporting the findings of a case study regarding Ontario&rsquo;s deployment of specialist social determinants of health public health nurses. The case study, for which she was principle investigator, was undertaken in partnership with the NCCDH. &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>Ms. Clement chaired a symposium, during which she also was one of four speakers, about advocacy as a strategy to advance health equity. The symposium explained and provided practice examples regarding four advocacy roles promoted by the NCCDH. She also delivered an oral presentation focusing on an NCCDH analysis of how well Canadian public health competencies integrate equity, and chaired a session about policies and programs to promote equity.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;This is my third opportunity to attend an international health promotion conference and it&rsquo;s always a high point. I meet people with whom I&rsquo;ve collaborated from a distance on international or Canadian projects, am exposed to new ideas and am challenged in my thinking,&rdquo; enthused Ms. Clement. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;This year&rsquo;s conference was infused with tensions on the part of many Brazilian health promoters in the face of Brazil&rsquo;s democracy challenges and growing worry about the future of the country&rsquo;s universal, integrated health system. Talking with Brazilians helped me learn about the differences and similarities in how our social contexts influence equity opportunities for good health.&rdquo; &nbsp;</div> <div><br /> Canadians were the second most well represented country at the conference, being out numbered only by the host country Brazil. <br /> As a member of the Canadian Council on Social Determinants of Health, the NCCDH co-hosted a Canada Night dinner with the Public Health Agency of Canada. The dinner was attended by 70 Canadians and was co-organized by NCCDH administrative assistant Shim Pang.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Tue, 31 May 2016 10:38:21 NO StFX Mental Health Library Guide provides great resource for educators <p><span>As mental health education and awareness continues to grow, StFX educators and their colleagues now have a very convenient one-stop source for online information in the <a href="//;p=933010">StFX Mental Health Library Guide</a>.&nbsp;</span></p> <div>The freely accessible guide, began as a one-page Faculty of Education Angus L. Macdonald Library subject guide on mental health education, has turned into a large, impressive online resource thanks largely to the efforts of education faculty member Dr. Chris Gilham and public services and education liaison librarian Suzanne van den Hoogen.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>It all started when Dr. Gilham, who leads a Master of Education cohort focused on mental health and wellness, asked Ms. van den Hoogen what resources the library offered and suggested they look at creating a guide for mental health education.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;What started out as one page has now morphed into this giant guide,&rdquo; says Ms. van den Hoogen, who notes the site offers a wide range of information from Aboriginal perspectives to the social determinants of health.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>The relevancy, importance, and demand for the information were part of the reasons the site continued to grow, she says.</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;Educators are hungry for good resources to support the work they do with students, especially in the field of mental health,&rdquo; Dr. Gilham says. &ldquo;As a school based consultant, I often pointed them to these resources. I wondered if a library guide might be a great focal point for these resource links.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;Turns out it was. It&rsquo;s well accessed because our graduate students are almost all full time educators putting this content to use, often immediately. They then share the library guide link with their colleagues. Word gets around quickly.&rdquo;</div> <div><br /> Dr. Gilham says there&rsquo;s a lot of information out there, with many different approaches, and it&rsquo;s easy to get overwhelmed. The library guide is an evolving resource, he says.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> Its value is in the demand to keep it updated, current, and therefore a place to visit often, get immersed in, think about, apply and then come back again.</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;The graduate students &ndash; fellow educators &ndash; love it and find it immensely helpful. They often send me additional links to content. I have an assignment where the students use the library guide. Students then often share the strategies they use in their classrooms from the links on the resource. That&rsquo;s a direct to practice response. Just the kind of impact we want to have,&rdquo; he says.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> Ms. van den Hoogen says the guide is a great benefit to students, including distance students, who can easily access information they need from the online resource.</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s facilitating access to research and knowledge and sharing that,&rdquo; she says.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div> <div>It&rsquo;s a great way too for faculty members to collaborate with their librarians. Ms. van den Hoogen says library staff do these guides for every subject taught on campus. <br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>Dr. Gilham noted the library guide requires a lot of work. &ldquo;Suzanne does most of that. I send her content and she organizes, uploads, checks in our library, orders resources. We&rsquo;ve both really enjoyed this process.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> </div> Mon, 30 May 2016 11:59:48 NO CBC interview with 2015 Coady Chair in Social Justice at StFX now online <p><span>On Friday, May 27, CBC Radio Ideas broadcast a one-hour show with acclaimed journalist Palagummi Sainath, the 2015 Coady Chair in Social Justice at the Coady International Institute at StFX. The show featured a conversation with Palagummi Sainath, along with excerpts from his lecture, &quot;Imprisoned by Profit: Media and Democracy.&quot;</span></p> <div>The interview is now up on the web, and can be accessed here <a href=""></a>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Mon, 30 May 2016 06:41:12 NO StFX human nutrition students qualify nationally to showcase business idea, compete for $50,000 in cash and prizes at Hong Kong-Canada Business Association national conference <p><span>Fourth year StFX human nutrition students Phil T&rsquo;ien of Dartmouth, NS, and Raphaele Tetreault-Bergeron of Canmore, AB, have been chosen as one of six qualifying teams to showcase their business idea at the Hong Kong-Canada Business Association (HKCBA) national conference in Calgary, AB on June 2-4, 2016.</span></p> <div>The StFX team will compete in the National Investment Pitch Competition for their shot at $50,000 in cash and prizes including seed money to put towards their business idea, consulting services to help get the business from concept to market, and a trip for two to Hong Kong to attend the 2016 Hong Kong Forum.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>HKCBA is a non-government, non-profit bilateral trade association. Its national conference highlights Canada's entrepreneurial spirit with the flagship pitch competition, providing students in post-secondary business programs across Canada the opportunity to showcase their business idea. Qualifying student teams win flights, accommodation and registration for two to attend the 2016 HKCBA National Conference and present their business idea, leveraging the &quot;Canada - Hong Kong Advantage&quot; to conduct business between Canada and Asia, in front of a panel of seasoned judges and live audience.</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;We&rsquo;re beyond excited about this opportunity to showcase our idea and to create meaningful networking opportunities in Calgary, with the hope of commercializing our product. Sometimes we just have to stop ourselves and have a reality check to realize how we actually got to this point, and how thrilled we are to be here,&quot; says Ms. Tetreault-Bergeron.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>The human nutrition team, with additional members Brittany Sampson, a second year student from St. Peter's, NS and Sarah Ngunangwa of Tanzania, has already achieved success with their &ldquo;Pulsica&rdquo; frozen dessert product using pulses &ndash; beans, peas, chickpeas and lentils &ndash; when they took home second prize in this year&rsquo;s provincial round of Pulse Canada&rsquo;s &lsquo;Mission: imPULSEible&rsquo; student product development competition held January 15, 2016 at Mount Saint Vincent University.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> The students&rsquo; mission was to create a delicious, healthy and innovative food product using pulses to celebrate the 2016 International Year of the Pulse, declared by the United Nations to celebrate pulses contribution to nutrition, health and environmental sustainability. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Pulse Canada was so impressed with the team&rsquo;s individual portion red bean frozen dessert product, packaging and marketing, and its potential appeal to the Asian market, that they invited the students to showcase their product in the Pulse booth at the LovePulses Product Showcase at the Institute of Food Technologists Annual Meeting and Expo in Chicago, Illinois, June 16-19, 2016.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>This human nutrition team also participated in a product innovation event organized by the Gerald Schwartz School of Business and the StFX Innovation and Enterprise Centre, held on February 26, 2016. The purpose of this interdisciplinary approach to supporting innovation is to provide students with support in developing the product concept, target market, marketing options, and short-term direction.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>StFX further supports student entrepreneurship and enterprise through summer internships funded from the Wallace Family Entrepreneurship Fund. Two team members, Raphaele Tetreault-Bergeron and Phil T&rsquo;ien have been awarded this $10,000 internship for the summer of 2016.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Wed, 25 May 2016 10:46:48 NO