Category Research spotlights

INFO SESSION: Summer Research Internships for BU Undergraduates at the Université de Sherbrooke’s Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

Every year, Bishop’s University undergraduate students are hired on by researchers at the Université de Sherbrooke’s Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences to work as research assistants in the fields of health sciences, computer science, neuroscience, biochemistry, pharmacology and more. Several students go on to complete Honour’s research in these laboratories, participate in the Undergraduate Student Poster Competition held yearly at the Faculty of Medicine, and gain valuable research experience.

On Friday, February 10th at 12:00 p.m. (noon), Dr. Jean-Pierre Perreault, Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, will be present in Centennial Lobby to provide detailed information on these research internship opportunities, on eligibility criteria and on the application process. It should be noted that these opportunities are not only open to graduating students; students at all levels are welcome to attend.

For more information about this information session and about summer research internship opportunities at the FMSS, please contact Julie Frédette, Research Officer at Bishop’s University.

Dr. Patrick Bergeron Helps Bring Research Advancements to Medical Practice with Omnimed

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Dr. Patrick BergeronDr. Patrick Bergeron, Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences has engaged in a research contract with Omnimed, a Cookshire-based business that offers health care professionals electronic medical files. Omnimed is unique in this field in that it creates one electronic medical file per patient, and not per doctor, which facilitates collaboration among health care professionals. Omnimed currently holds two million active patient files. Dr. Bergeron collaborates with the company by working closely with research groups at McGill University and Université de Montréal, and with university hospitals (the McGill University Health Centre, the Centre hospitalier universitaire de Montréal and the Centre hospitalier universitaire de Sherbrooke) to ensure that critical research may be undertaken in collaboration with Omnimed users, thus accelerating the rate at which scientific discoveries are integrated into current medical practice in Quebec. The research contract is being carried out in Dr. Bergeron’s Bishop’s University laboratory, and not only provides revenue to finance his own research and to Bishop’s University to cover overhead costs, but will also be pivotal in establishing professional collaborations between researchers across Quebec and with industry partners working in the field of health services and products.

Supporting Reading Development in Bilingual Children: Dr. Corinne Haigh to Speak to Local Community

Dr. Corinne HaighOn Wednesday, December 7th, Dr. Corinne Haigh of the School of Education will be present at Lennoxville Elementary School to share her research expertise on the development of literacy skills in bilingual environments with local parents, education professionals, education students and other interested individuals. This event is part of Bishop’s University’s new Café Scientifique series of public talks.

This event is friendly, informal and free, and the information will be presented in a broadly accessible way (the talk will be in English, but questions in French will be welcome). Dr. Haigh’s talk will touch upon the following points:

  • How reading works, with a particular focus on bilingual readers;
  • How to identify students/children who may be at risk for reading difficulty and some general ways to support them;
  • How to promote literacy development in general;
  • Some factors to consider when deciding what educational model (e.g. monolingual, immersion, bilingual) works best for a given child or student.

Dr. Corinne Haigh holds a Ph.D. in Educational and Cognitive Psychology from the University of Waterloo, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at McGill University’s Centre for Research on Language, Mind and Brain, where she led a study on literacy development in elementary school students in French immersion programs, with a particular emphasis on children at risk for difficulty with decoding, reading comprehension, or a combination of these skills. This talk stems from her Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) funded extension of this project, which followed this same group of students from kindergarten to the end of Grade 6.

When: Wednesday, December 7th, 7 p.m.

Where: Lennoxville Elementary School

Supporting Reading Development in Bilingual Children

New Publications and Performances of BU Faculty Research and Creativity

Dr. Gerry Coulter (Sociology) and Dr. Calin Valsan (Williams School of Business) have recently published monographs in their respective fields of expertise.

Gerry Coulter’s From Achilles to Zarathustra: Jean Baudrillard on Theorists, Artists, Intellectuals and Others (Intertheory Press, 2016) provides an assessment of Baudrillard’s major and minor influences, of the numerous people who stimulated his thinking about a variety of his key concepts, as well as those that were kindred spirits or inspirational artists. This work illuminates some of the most significant, and often surprising, influences on Baudrillard’s thought.

Calin Valsan’s The Nature of the Corporation: A Tale of Economic Complexity presents a bold vision of the modern corporation, one that some might find unsettling, for it calls into question the real implications of human agency, and the very notion of economic efficiency. It is a tale of self-organizing complexity, morality, efficiency, property rights, knowledge, and freedom. One of the most intriguing questions that never gets properly answered by modern economics is this: if blink market forces are able to overcome human fallibility, why do we need to prescribe so many efficiency-maximizing norms? Dr. Calin Valsan debunks the myths that underlie the modern corporation.

Finally, several important performances of Dr. Andrew MacDonald’s compositions recently took place:

Les Chats de Baudelaire, op. 89, four poems by Charles Baudelaire; world premiere by Jeremy Huw Williams, baritone and Paula Fan, piano, Dixon Recital Hall, Tulane University, New Orleans – October 10, 2016.

The Jam At Jerry’s Rock, op.27a, world premiere of new version for baritone, piano and tape performed by Jeremy Huw Williams, baritone and Paula Fan, piano, Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers, Florida – October 20, 2016.

The Orchid Garden: Concerto for Tenor Saxophone and Orchestra, op. 85, version for saxophone and piano, Jeremy Brown, tenor saxophone, University of Calgary – October 29, 2016.

Knowledge Mobilization Initiatives by Dr. Osire Glacier

Dr. Osire Glacier, who has taught in the Departments of History, Religion and Politics and International Studies, has undertaken numerous initiatives in sharing her research and expertise with a broad public. Dr. Glacier’s research focuses on women in Islam and on Human Rights, and she is a specialist of Moroccan history and politics.

On top of maintaining an impressive publication record that includes two book chapters and four monographs published between 2013 and 2015, Dr. Glacier has set up a blog with the aim of spreading academic knowledge about Moroccan issues within the general public. She has authored several encyclopedia entries pertaining to Moroccan women who have played pivotal roles in the country’s political, cultural and academic spheres, and has contributed 2 articles (“Le voile: quelques repères historiques” and “La fabrication de l’immobilisme culturel dans les pays arabo-musulmans: le cas du Maroc” to a website entitled Histoireengagé, that publishes short historical essays, based on rigorous research but presented in a broadly accessible manner, on Quebec, Canadian and international issues.

Finally, Dr. Glacier has contributed her knowledge and research to a documentary entitled Sayyida al-Horra (La gouverneur de Tétouan), one of 10 documentaries in a Moroccan series highlighting the important contributions of 10 Moroccan women (documentary is in Arab, sub-titled in French).

In so doing, Dr. Glacier puts her historical research to the service of the broader public and demonstrates how a sound knowledge of history can shed some light on some important contemporary social issues.

Dr. Anthony Di Mascio Wins the Canadian History of Education Association’s 2016 English-Language Book Award!

Book cover: The Idea of Popular Schooling in Upper CanadaDr. Anthony Di Mascio of the School of Education has been awarded the Canadian History of Education Association’s 2016 English-language Book Award for his monograph entitled The Idea of Popular Schooling in Upper Canada: Print Culture, Public Discourse, and the Demand for Education (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2012). The Founders’ Prizes of the Canadian History of Education Association acknowledge the excellence of contributions to Canadian educational history.

In The Idea of Popular Schooling in Upper Canada, Anthony Di Mascio analyzes debates about education in the burgeoning print culture of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. In it, he finds that a widespread movement for popular schooling in Upper Canada began in earnest from the time of the colony’s first Loyalist settlers. Reviving the voices of Upper Canada’s earliest school advocates, Di Mascio reveals the lively public discussion about the need for a common system of schooling for all the colony’s children. Despite different and often contentious opinions on the means and ends of schooling, there was widespread agreement about its need by the 1830s, when the debate was no longer about whether a popular system of schooling was desirable, but about what kinds of schools would be established. The making of educational legislation in Upper Canada was a process in which many inhabitants, both inside and outside of government, participated. The Idea of Popular Schooling in Upper Canada is the first full survey of schooling in Canada to focus on the pre-1840 period and how it framed policy debates that continue to the present day.

Dr. Di Mascio has now moved on to new projects, including his SSHRC-funded research on American influences on education in the Eastern Townships of Quebec during the 1784-1875 period.

The Shattered Mosaic: New Book by Mary Ellen Donnan

The Shattered Mosaic: New Book by Mary Ellen DonnanDr. Mary Ellen Donnan of the Sociology Department has recently published a new book, The Shattered Mosaic: How Canadian Social Structures Cause Homelessness (J. Charlton Publishing, 2016). This monograph sheds light on the ways that policies, forces and institutions contribute to the phenomenon of homelessness in our country. Dr. Donnan makes homelessness a public issue by positing that the structural causes of homelessness are a form of economic and social exclusion. She provides a historical context for the decline of social housing and examines the particular cases of women, indigenous peoples and immigrants, along with other populations impacted by public policies that make major segments of Canadian society vulnerable in terms of shelter.

More information about this exciting new publication can be found online.

Dr. Adrianna Mendrek Receives the Mérite Estrien!

Dr. Adrianna MendrekDr. Adrianna Mendrek, professor of Psychology, has been honoured by the Mérite Estrien, awarded jointly by La Tribune and Radio-Canada, in recognition of her contributions to health, education and the local community through her research, teaching and various outreach activities. The Mérite Estrien is awarded to individuals, groups or organizations who have provided exceptional services to the community and who have significantly contributed to the advancement of knowledge. Dr. Mendrek’s research on sex and gender differences in schizophrenic patients and in individuals suffering from addiction, as well as her research and interests in yoga, mindfulness, meditation and their effects on the human brain, are acknowledged and celebrated in this week’s Mérite Estrien capsule.

Dr. Mendrek’s research has received funding from the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture, the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.


The New England – St. Lawrence Valley Geographical Society (NESTVAL), a regional division of the American Association of Geographers, will be holding its annual conference at Bishop’s University on October 14-15, 2016. Some 200 scholars and students are expected to attend this event, which will include a Geography Bowl, field trips, paper sessions and a poster competition. Faculty members and students are invited to submit proposals for presentations on any topic broadly related to environment and geography. Dr. Konrad Gajewski, Professor of Geography at the University of Ottawa, will be delivering the keynote address. His talk, entitled “Evolution of the North American Ecosystem from the Full Glacier to the Anthropocene,” will address the different changes that regional climate has undergone from the glacial period to the present and the ways in which human activity have affected vegetation over the past 15 000 years.

The complete conference program is now available on the NESTVAL conference website.

Bishop’s University Research Funded by SSHRC

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada has recently announced the winners of its 2015-2016 grant competitions. The following Bishop’s University researchers have received research grants:

Dr. Svetlana Davis (Williams School of Business), “Looking in the mirror: I am the brand. But when am I entitled to more?” SSHRC Insight Development Grant ($27,823)

Dr. Svetlana Davis and Dr. Joanna Pitek (Williams School of Business), “Rearview mirror or side mirror focused? The role of temporal and social comparisons in coworker perceptions of flexible work arrangements” SSHRC Insight Development Grant ($54,467)

Dr. Anthony Di Mascio, SSHRC Insight Grant, “American influences on education in the Eastern Townships of Quebec, 1784-1875” ($51,669)

Dr. Gilbert Gagné, SSHRC Insight Grant, “The trade and culture debate in preferential trade agreements” ($121,900)

Dr. Heather McKeen-Edwards (Politics and International Studies), co-applicant. “Politics in the Era of Globalized Finance — Reassessing the Role of Domestic Institutions, Networks and Ideas in Financial Regulation” SSHRC Insight Grant ($122,616)

Dr. Matthew Peros (ESG), co-applicant. “Understanding cultural diversity among the early inhabitants of Cuba” SSHRC Insight Grant ($250,800)