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Recent StFX Faculty Research in the News

Enhancing children's development through motor activity.   What is behind children’s learning and growth? While motor skills have long been thought critical for the development of a child, scientists face a big challenge in developmental science: how can active exploration of the world with one’s moving body affect the brain and growth of non-motor skills such as social behaviour, perception and cognition?  Challenging some established theories on child development, a collection of research articles—a Frontiers Research Topic—shows how as a child learns to master motor skills, other areas of development can improve over time.  

Tracking ticks: New study forecasts spread of Lyme disease in Eastern Canada  An interdisciplinary group of researchers with backgrounds ranging from nursing and biology to climate sciences and entomology has recently concluded a study, which may help to inform and stimulate adaptation planning associated with the increasing incidence of Lyme disease. StFX M.Sc. students Michelle McPherson, Almudena García-García and Francisco José Cuesta-Valero (supported by the NSERC CREATE Training program in Climate Sciences) in collaboration with Drs. Hugo Beltrami (Canada Research Chair in Climate Dynamics), Patti Hansen-Ketchum, Donna MacDougall (both professors in the StFX School of Nursing) and Nicholas Hume Ogden (National Microbiology Laboratory, Public Health Agency of Canada) worked collaboratively to estimate the future potential impacts of climate change on the presence, abundance and propagation of the Lyme disease carrying tick, using the most up-to-date climate models.

Mike Myers’ nostalgia for Golden Age of nationalism highlights a Canadian identity crisis: professor  StFX Sociology Professor, Dr. Patricia Cormack explores the issue of Canadian identify in her new book, Desiring Canada, co-written with James F. Cosgrave, Professor of Sociology at Trent University Durham. 

Methane pollution from B.C.’s oil, gas industry higher than provincial estimates  Methane pollution from B.C.’s oil and gas industry is 2.5 times higher than provincial estimates state, according to research conducted by a team led by Dr. David Risk at StFX and partners at the David Suzuki Foundation.  The research tested 1,600 facilities including well sites in northeastern B.C.  


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