Category Research spotlights

Supporting the Development of Critical Thinking in Athletes Thanks to the RESEARCH SUPPORT FUND

Dr. Maxime TrempeThe Research Support Fund of the Government of Canada is a program that provides funds to cover a portion of the costs associated with managing the research funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). Research Support Fund grants are based on the funding received by researchers from the three federal agencies in the three most recent years for which data are available.

Dr. Maxime Trempe of the Department of Sports Studies, funded by the ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur du Québec (MEES) and the Institut national du sport du Québec (INSQ), has created and hosted a series of conferences and workshops aimed at all individuals with an interest in sports training (coaches, administrators, parents, etc.) on the development of CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS in athletes.

These workshops provide attendees with tips and tricks to avoid the pitfall of being sucked in by trends, rumors, false or weakly supported claims and the placebo effect. They warn participants of the dangers of fake news and subjective beliefs (as opposed to facts and plausible hypotheses). Finally, they propose a model decision-making tree that allows individuals to exercise critical judgment when considering a new innovation that claims to enhance athletic performance.

Support for the successful application for this research contract offered by the MEES and the INSQ has been made possible thanks to the Research Support Fund.

Dr. Jason Rowe – Habitable planets discovered

Dr. Jason RoweDr. Jason Rowe, Associate professor, Research Scientist Dr. Kelsey Hoffman and Undergraduate researcher Danielle Dineen of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Bishop’s University, played a key role in the recent discovery of an Earth-sized planet in the habitable-zone of a nearby star. The international team of researchers led by a NASA fellow used data obtained from NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) to identify 3 exoplanets orbiting a nearby cool star. One of these planets, now called TOI 700 d, has been characterised as a habitable-zone Earth-sized planet. The discovery was highlighted by NASA at the recent meeting of the American Astronomical Society held in Honolulu.

Dr. Rowe and the Bishop’s team performed what is known as “photodynamical” analysis for the paper released today in Astrophysics Journal. Photodynamics models gravitational interactions and photometric planet transtis to measure simultaneously both the mass and radius of a planet to constraint the bulk density of the planet. Although the energy received by the planet is important, the planet bulk density gives insights into the composition of the planet, a key component in determining if it is habitable. The research performed at Bishop’s University is fundamental towards understanding if these new planets are rocky and remind us of the Earth or gaseous and more like the planet Neptune.

Dr. Rowe’s research is supported by a Tier II Canada Research Chair in Extrasolar Planet Astrophysics and more information about his research is available online. Congratulations on this discovery Dr. Rowe, Bishop’s University is proud of your achievements!

An International Workshop Organized and Hosted by Dr. David Webster

Dr. David WebsterOn October 23rd, 2019, Bishop’s University hosted a workshop titled Challenges of Reconciliation: Lessons Learned from Timor-Leste, organized by Dr. David Webster, professor in the department of History and Global Studies, and Dr. Susanna Barnes of the University of Saskatchewan. This international workshop featured a wide variety of speakers from Timor-Leste, Australia, and Canada who fostered dialogue, exchange and mutual learning about the current reconciliation efforts in Timor-Leste. Panel discussions covered topics such as the gendered dimension of reconciliation, as well as the accountability and the role of international communities in the post-conflict Southeast Asian country.

This research is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, and it also benefitted from the support of Bishop’s University and the Centro Nacional Chega! in Timor-Leste.

See more information on the workshop and Dr. Webster’s publication Flowers in the Wall: Truth and Reconciliation in Timor-Leste, Indonesia, and Melanesia.

New Publication by Linda Morra: Moving Archives

Dr. Linda MorraDr. Linda Morra of the Department of English has recently edited a new monograph entitled Moving Archives, published by Wilfrid Laurier Press in November 2019. Following her previous case studies, Unarrested Archives: Case Studies in Twentieth-Century Canadian Women’s Authorship published in 2014 by UTP, Dr. Morra now places the focus on the affective nature of archives, involving both the texts and those intimately engaged with them. The authors of the texts presented in this collection offer insights on the process of archiving and approaching literary materials, a process that is charged and emotionally engaging, and central to creating and maintaining communities and to nourishing the fields of study that are drawn to them.

More information about this new monograph is available on Wilfrid Laurier University Press.

Book cover of Moving Archives by Linda Morra

Postdoctoral Fellow in Physics Wins Prestigious Prize

Dr. Andrea GiustiDr. Andrea Giusti, postdoctoral fellow in the Physics & Astronomy Department working under the supervision of Dr. Valerio Faraoni, has been awarded the Votruba Prize from the Doppler Institute in Prague for the best PhD thesis in theoretical physics (a thesis he defended in December 2018 at Ludwig-Maximilians Universiteit in Munich, Germany/en cotutelle with U. Bologna, Italy). This prize, established to honour the author of the best doctoral thesis in theoretical physics, was named after renowned scientist Václav Votruba, founder of modern Czech theoretical physics.

In their citation for the 2019 prize, the members of the Votruba committee note that the prize was awarded “for the thesis On the corpuscular theory of gravity, representing an important contribution to the theory of black holes and cosmology in the corpuscular version of gravity theory.”

This is not the first time Dr. Giusti’s scholarship has been acknowledged by the academic community: he was also awarded the Augusto Righi Prize by the Italian Physical Society in September 2017, which honours young physicists who have distinguished themselves in their studies and research activities.

Supporting Graduate Studies at BU Thanks to the RESEARCH SUPPORT FUND

The Research Support Fund of the Government of Canada is a program that provides funds to cover a portion of the costs associated with managing the research funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). Research Support Fund grants are based on the funding received by researchers from the three federal agencies in the three most recent years for which data are available.

Bishop’s University’s Research Office has been transformed and expanded to become the Office of Research and Graduate Studies. What will this change involve?

  • The Research Officer will continue and further her support and mentorship of students applying for graduate-level scholarships from federal and provincial granting agencies. She will lead information sessions on the application process, meet students individually to provide personalized advice and feedback, and represent the University at annual meetings between the granting agencies and Quebec universities’ Scholarship Liaison Officers. She will also support and report on students who hold external graduate funding at Bishop’s University;
  • The Office of Research and Graduate Studies will also support faculty members who wish to supervise or co-supervise graduate students at Bishop’s and in other institutions;
  • Finally, the Office of Research and Graduate Studies will contribute to the development of new graduate programs that are relevant, that provide rich research training opportunities for our students, and that contribute to enhancing our institution’s academic reputation. The creation of the new Graduate Certificate in Knowledge Mobilization is but one example of initiatives that have been made possible thanks to this support!

This expansion of the Research Office’s mandate and its related activities are supported by the Research Support Fund.

Undergraduate Students of Sociology Publish Their Research on Canadian Criminal Justice

Students of the Honours: Special Topics (SOC 402) course, led by Dr. Vicki Chartrand of the Department of Sociology, published or co-published research papers in the Canadian Criminal Justice Association’s Justice Report. The CCJA is an independent national voluntary organization working for an improved criminal justice system and Canada, aims to promote rational, informed and responsible debate in order to develop a more humane, equitable, and effective justice system.

Student Jennifer Moore’s article, entitled “Solitary Confinement as a Function of the State’s Power Over Life,” examines the excesses of state power over the lives of its citizens, particularly through the criminal justice system. Recalling past abuses of state power in relation to corporal punishment, such as public hangings, whippings, etc. Moore sets the stage for a lively and well-informed discussion of current abuses of state power in prisons within a context of solitary confinement and Lisa Guenther’s notion of social death.

Student-author Aliosha Hurry penned an article entitled “Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women: Police Negligence Rooted in Colonial Sentiment,” in which she police negligence regarding cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women throughout Canada as a barrier to justice for Indigenous families and communities and as a factor in the perceived slow response time by the Canadian government. Pointing out that this pervasive, longstanding, and systemic police neglect is increasingly viewed as driven by the historical force of colonialism, Hurry looks to colonial past and for answers and illustrates that colonial sentiment in Canada lingers in present day.

Finally, Dr. Vicki Chartrand and student Emily Lampron published an overview of the Centre for Justice Exchange’s activities. The Centre for Justice Exchange was created in 2012 and is currently running in the Bishop’s University Sociology Department. The group is comprised of academic, student, and individual volunteers who respond to information requests from people in prisons across Canada. This outreach aims to advance more consultative and inclusive forms of justice and accountability and is predicated on the belief that without access and resources, people in prison are isolated from much needed supports and information. The Centre recently held its first prison art exhibit at which Reuben Robertson, a Mi’gmaq/Acadian, speaking on his own incarceration experience, highlighted the inherent power dynamics at play within the Canadian criminal justice system.

Dr. Vicki Chartrand
Dr. Vicki Chartrand, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology

New Publication by Dr. Courtney Plante

Dr. Courtney Plante, recently hired Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology, has co-authored a new monograph: Meet the Bronies: The Psychology of the Adult My Little Pony Fandom (McFarland Books, 2019).

In 2010, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic premiered on television. A large, avid fandom soon emerged—not the pre-teen female demographic earlier versions of the franchise had been created for, but a roughly 80 percent male audience, most of them age 14–24. With this came questions about the nature of the audience who would come to call themselves “bronies.” A new field, “Brony Studies,” was born. Approaching the fandom from a perspective of clinical, social and experimental psychology, this study presents eight years of research, written for academics and fans alike. An understanding of the brony fan culture has broader application for other fan communities as well.

Read more about the book and its authors on McFarland.

Meet the Bronies: The Psychology of the Adult My Little Pony Fandom

Féminin et masculin : Photos d’affiches publicitaires – New Publication by Dr. Osire Glacier

Dr. Osire GlacierDr. Osire Glacier of the Departments of History, Religion, and Politics and International Studies has recently published Féminin et masculin : Photos d’affiches publicitaires (M Éditeur, 2019).

In preparation for writing this book, which is both a creative process and a further reflection on one of her areas of academic interest, that is, the representation of gender across cultures, Dr. Glacier walked through the streets of Montreal and photographed advertisements featuring male and female bodies. She then reflected on the persistent gender stereotypes that still invade the public space today. In the book, Dr. Glacier asks the following questions: can the female body be used as merchandise serving to sell other types of merchandise without threatening gender equality? Is women’s dignity at risk when the public sphere contains degrading images of women’s bodies? Why do images representing male bodies tend to represent an “ideal” form of manliness? What impact do these images have on our collective imagination?

More information on this new book can be found on M Éditeur.

Féminin et masculin : Photos d’affiches publicitaires

New Publication by Dr. David Webster

A Samaritan State Revisited: Historical Perspectives on Canadian Foreign Aid, co-edited by Dr. David Webster of the Department of History, has recently been published by University of Calgary Press. The book sheds light on Canada’s 70-year history of foreign aid to all regions of the Global South. Bringing together governmental and non-governmental perspectives, this book allows readers to discover the historic forces that have shaped Canada’s aid policy. Contributors to this volume provide valuable insight to the little-known history of Canada’s overseas development aid initiatives. More information about his publication is available on University of Calgary Press.

Dr. Webster is keenly aware of the unequal access to information by citizens and scholars from around the world, and has aimed to ensure publications and projects be made available in open access. For this reason, his latest publication as well as his earlier volume, Flowers in the Wall: Truth and Reconciliation in Timor-Leste, Indonesia and Melanesia are freely available in open access on the University of Calgary Press website. This same concern underlies another project, entitled “Timor International Solidarity Archive”, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and the Canada Foundation for Innovation. This new website shares digitized documents from the global solidarity movement which operated from 1975 to 1999 in diverse countries, including Australia, Brazil, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Portugal and Timor-Leste itself. The project aims to share new documentary evidence from multiple archives and make this evidence available to researchers and the general public.

A Samaritan State Revisited: Historical Perspectives on Canadian Foreign Aid