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Dr. Joe Cox (Faculty of Business) has been named Canada Research Chair in Digital Disruption and Organizational Transformation by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Dr. Cox’s research focuses on the digital economy and will investigate a range of disruptive technologies, including crowdfunding, video games and digital piracy, with a view to examining their impact upon organizations. The outcomes of this research will have significant commercial and policy relevance for digital consumers, platforms and regulators. Read more ...

Dr. Jeff Vallance's (Faculty of Health Disciplines) term as Canada Research Chair in Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Management has been renewed. Over the next five years, Dr. Vallance will continue to explore the role that physical activity programs can play in improving the health of cancer survivors and the negative impact of sedentary behaviour, with a goal of developing practical and sustainable health promotion programs that will facilitate physical activity, reduce sedentary behavior and improve physical and psychosocial health outcomes for cancer survivors. Vallance’s research will help develop a physically active population of cancer survivors that translates into fewer cancer recurrences, longer and healthier lives and reduced burdens on the health-care system. Read more ...

Dr, Scott Ketcheson, Canada Research Chair in Hydrological Sustainability (Faculty of Science and Technology) has been awarded funding ($24,943) from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), Engage Program, for his project entitled: Innovative technologies for field measurements: high-tech 'Low Power Wide Area Sensor Networks' for distributed environmental data collection across scales. This research will test and improve a new and innovative wireless sensor technology designed for measuring environmental variables under different conditions and seasons, with a goal of allowing monitoring across large areas simultaneously, including locations that are remote and/or difficult to access. The outcomes of this project will improve environmental measurement and monitoring capabilities for environmental science researchers and practitioners across academia, government and private industry.

Dr. M. Peuramaki-Brown (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences) has been awarded funding ($285,859) from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Insight Grant program for her research project entitled, Becoming an ancient Maya boomtown: people, spaces, and things in East-Central Belize. By focusing on the origins of boomtown development and the question of its sustainability, as it existed in the past, this study will provide an example from a deep historical narrative to bolster larger, modern-day geo-economic and political discussions.

Dr. Shawn Lewenza (Faculty of Science and Technology) has received funding ($10,000) from a Calgary based company for his project entitled, Discovery of novel promoters for commercial biosensor development. This research will examine the use of bacterial biosensors for possible detection of toxic compounds that are environmentally released by the mining or oil and gas industry.

Dr. Scott Ketcheson (Faculty of Science and Technology) has been named Canada Research Chair in Hydrological Sustainability by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. Dr. Ketcheson’s dynamic field-based research aims to help Canadians better understand water availability for wetlands and streams in Alberta, helping to advance their understanding of the function, sensitivity, and vulnerability of ecosystems — particularly, as it relates to human-and climate-induced environmental change. Read more...

Dr. Jennifer Knopp-Sihota (Faculty of Health Disciplines), and her research team, were awarded funds from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Project Grant program for their project entitled Improving Pain Assessment in Nursing Home Residents with Dementia - one out of eight projects funded of a total of 58 submissions from across Canada.

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) announced its results of the 2017 Discovery Grants, Discovery Development Grants, scholarships and fellowships competitions. Read more...

Updated November 16 2018 by Research

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