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Research News Bulletin

R E S EA R CH O F FICE GEORGE MARTIN HALL, SUITE 201 Dr. Gayle MacDonald, Asst. VP Research Dr. Michael Dawson, SRC - Internal Grants Danielle Connell, Administrative Assistant Sabastian Glass, Student Assistant

December 2009

Please visit the Research website for information on internal and external funding opportunities, upcoming book launches, the Research Ethics Board, and policies, guidelines and deadlines.

Recent Events The RO hosted a Research Workshop Day on December 8th. Excellent workshops on Professional poster presentations, SSHRC applications for Workshop/Conferences; SPSS made Intelligible and Time Management went ahead without a hitch. Many thanks to Suzanne Prior, John Coates, Claire Goggin and the RO team for doing such a professional job. As always, let us know if there's a particular workshop/training session that you'd like to receive. If you’ve missed one of these workshops and would like to see it repeated, please inform us. The RO hosted a great Holiday Party on December 7th. Many dropped in for a glass of something or Fair Trade Coffee/ Teas, and Danielle’s infamous shortbread cookies and her soon to be famous Fredericton Toffee. Much cheese, sweets and great conversation were had by all. The mostvaliant-effort-to-get-to-the-party-award is unofficially held by Michael Dawson, who dropped in for about 20 minutes, and then went home to be with his daughter Alexandra, to allow his illustrious partner and SSHRC winner from last year, Catherine Gidney, to attend. Thanks for dropping by! (As previously noted, Danielle went to cooking school and worked in some restaurants/pastry shops before doing her degree in English here at St. Thomas. You really shouldn’t miss our parties…otherwise known as the “fridge benefits” of the job!)

New Brunswick Social Policy Research Network meets with St. Thomas University Research Community th

On Tuesday, December 15 , Andy Scott and Kate Rogers from the New Brunswick Social Policy Research Network met with faculty and researchers from St. Thomas University. The Research Office coordinated the luncheon and informal presentation. Those in attendance had an opportunity to find out more about the New Brunswick Social Policy Research Network (NBSPRN) and to sign up to part of the Network’s database which will accessed by governments and organizations developing social policy. The role of the NBSPRN is to advance an evidence-based approach to social policy development. The NBSPRN assists politicians, non-governmental organizations, community leaders and citizens to connect with researchers and experts in areas of social policy issues. The Network provides the opportunity for independent, community- based, informed engagement initiatives to advance public discourse. Such initiatives are critical to the development of optimum public policy and critical to the execution of any ambitious, transformational public policy agenda. For those interested in finding out more about the New Brunswick Social Policy Research Network or to sign up to be part of the Network, please contact Kate Rogers at


Senate Research Committee (2009 Awards) Travel grants continue to operate on a ‘rolling’ deadline. Apply when you need the $$! Send your application to Internal Research Grants have been awarded to: Major Research Grant Dr. Karen Robert (History): $4000 for “Remembering El Falcon: The Ford Falcon as Icon of Argentina’s Recent Past.” General Research Grants Full-time Faculty • Dr. Brad Cross (History): $2000 for “Matters of Substance: A Material History of Aluminum Through Design, Consumer, Art and Military Objects.” • Dr. Robin Vose (History): $2000 for “Inquisition History: A Global Source Study” • Dr. Claire Goggin (Criminology and Criminal Justice) and Dr. Jean Sauvageau (Criminology and Criminal Justice): $2000 for “The Police Socialization Process.” • Dr. Michael Boudreau: (Criminology and Criminal Justice) $1672.20 for “‘the disgust of the community against hanging’: Executions and the Debate Over Capital Punishment in New Brunswick, 1869-1957.” • Dr. Peter Toner (Anthropology): $2000 for “Toward a Yolngu Musical Anthropology.” Part-Time Faculty • Dr. Janet Mullin (History): $2000 for “Homes and Hells: Shifting Spaces in middle-class gaming in nineteenth-century England, 1800-1840.” • Dr. Bonnie Huskins (History): $768.03 for “‘Searching for a ‘community of belonging’: sociability and community (re)formation amongst the Loyalists of Shelburne, Nova Scotia.” 4A Awards • Dr. Michael Houlihan (Psychology): $1800 to revise and resubmit a SSHRC Standard Research Grant application: “Personality and Mental ability: psychophysiological analyses.” • Dr. C. Proulx (Anthropology): US$687.40 to revise and resubmit a SSHRC Standard Research Grant application: “Aboriginal Fredericton: Interrogating Identity, Community, Tradition and Class.” • Dr. M. Molchanov (Political Science): $1500 to revise and resubmit a SSHRC Research Development Initiative application: “The energy factor in Russian foreign policy.” Conference Organizer’s Award • Dr. Cecilia Francis (Romance Languages): $500 for the “Trajectoires et dérives de la littératuremonde. Poétiques de la relations et du divers dans les espaces francophone” colloquium to be organized jointly by St. Thomas University and the University of New Brunswick in October 2010. ************************************************************************************** Masters SSHRC committee work is finalized. A committee chaired by Gayle MacDonald and volunteers Susan Machum, Julian Walker, Mike Fleming, Shaunda Wood, Derek Simon, and Karen Robert for their th adjudication this year. The deadline for submissions to SSHRC was December 14 . Letters have been sent to those on the four nominees (list A) one nominee for the alternate list and the remainder, the “B” list this week. We will announce the names of the nominees in early January. Thanks to the faculty volunteers and to all 13 applicants! The applications get stronger every year, and this year was no exception. We are very fortunate indeed to have such good student ambassadors for the university.

************************************************************************ What’s new? We're piloting a new idea, a monthly "Funding" bulletin based on information we constantly receive about grants. We do get information in this office about many, many grants from different government departments (other than Tri-Council). It might be worth your while to just scan it and see if there's anything pertaining to your area of research. We'd like feedback on this...if it isn't useful to faculty, we won't continue it. Please email Sabastian with any comments. A proposal has come up from some faculty that we might think about a Faculty Research Day, not unlike the Student Research Fair, in which we present any work that has been recently done (or is worked on currently) by faculty. This could happen before classes start in January, in April when classes are over, in May or in September. It is intended to be a low stress (10 minutes presentations) and collegial. We would include a poster display, for example, any videos/art work etc. that faculty have worked on in the past academic year, as well as the 'usual' types of presentations. We'd like feedback on this. Would you be interested in attending this event? Presenting at this event? And when would you like to see it happen? Please email Gayle at with any ideas on this, please. BOOKS new to the RO to borrow for holiday reading! See end of this bulletin for details. **************************************************************************************

Planning Continues CRC-A committee is being formed to do intake on our next Canada Research Chair application. Keep your eyes peeled to your email for more details. Grants Writer position- has been agreed to by both UNB and STU. It looks as if we’ll be hiring by March, 2010. This person will work half –time for each university, but will be housed here at STU, as there are office space issues for the large Research Office at UNBF. Dwight Ball (CEO of the Office of Research Services down the hill) and Gayle MacD, Ass VP of Research at STU have jointly drafted a job description. **************************************************************************************

Upcoming Events Book Launch th

January 15 , 2010 at 3:30pm in HCH 101 Drs. Joseph Masciulli, Human Rights and Political Science Program, and Mikhail A. Molchanov, Department of Political Science. The Ashgate Research Companion to Political Leadership (with Dr. W. Andy Knight, University of Alberta).

Conferences The 4th International Conference on Knowledge Generation, Communication and Management: KGCM 2010 will be held in two independent parts at two different times: SPRING: April 6-9, 2010 and SUMMER: June 29-July 2, 2010; in Orlando, Florida, USA. 1.

The SPRING event ( will be held in the context of The International Multi-Conference on Complexity, Informatics and Cybernetics: IMCIC 2010 (

Deadlines: Submissions, January 6th; notifications, January 27th; camera-ready, March 3rd; 2010 2.

The SUMMER event ( will be held in the context of the The 14th World Multi-Conference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics: WMSCI 2010 (

Deadlines: Submissions, January 7th; notifications, February 16th; camera-ready, May 26th; 2010 **************************************************************************************

ArcticNet - Network of Centres of Excellence of Canada (NCE) In Canada, climate warming is being felt first and most severely in arctic regions and communities. Understanding the present transformation of the Arctic and forecasting its environmental, socioeconomic and strategic consequences are major challenges faced by the scientific community and arctic stakeholders. ArcticNet is a Network of Centres of Excellence of Canada (NCE) that brings together scientists and managers in the natural, human health and social sciences with their partners in Inuit organizations, northern communities, federal and provincial government agencies, and the private sector to study the impacts of environmental change and modernization in the coastal Canadian Arctic. The current call for proposals includes (but is not limited to) the following list of targeted research themes in social and human health sciences: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

State of northern education (K-12 education, postsecondary education, and science & technology training) and strategies to improve it; Traditional Knowledge in relation to research and policy; Social research in the development of adaptation strategies to climate change; Food and water security in the North; Engagement of communities in economic development (e.g. fisheries, mining, oil & gas, tourism, shipping, etc.); Human health impacts of environmental change and/or modernization; Synthesis of results from recent human health surveys leading to policy and strategy development; New and innovative research in the social and human health sciences that contributes to ArcticNet's science objectives and Integrated Regional Impact Studies.

Application Deadline: January 8, 2010 (please contact the RO for more information) Funding: Ranging from $30K to $150K / year Website: **************************************************************************************

New Editions to the Research Office Resource Library On writing/Publishing (The first three were used in a writing workshop held in September) •


Belcher, W.L. (2009). Writing Your Journal Article in 12 Weeks: A Guide to Academic Publishing Success. London: SAGE Publications Ltd. (our most popular borrow yet, we may have to get another copy) Johnson, W.B., & C.A. Mullen (2007). Write to the Top: How to Become a Prolific Academic. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Silvia, P.J. (2007). How to Write a Lot: A Practical Guide to Productive Academic Writing. Washington: American Psychological Association. (an additional copy because it’s so fun to read)

New to us! • Harman, E., & I. Montagnes, (et al), Eds. (2003). The Thesis and the Book. 2nd ed. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. • Germano, W. (2001). Getting It Published: A Guide for Scholars (and Anyone Else) Serious about nd Serious Books 2 Ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Time Management • • •

Limoncelli, T.A. (2006). Time Management for System Administrators. Sebastopol: O’Reilly Media, Inc. th Mackenzie, A. and P. Nickerson (2009). The Time Trap: The Classic Book on Time Management 4 Ed. New York: American Management Association. Zeller, D. (2009). Successful Time Management for Dummies. Hoboken: Wiley Publishing, Inc.

On the University • •

Clark, W. (2006). Academic Charisma and the Origins of the Research University. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Rhode, D.L. (2006). In Pursuit of Knowledge: Scholars, Status, and Academic Culture. Stanford: Stanford University Press.

You can borrow ‘em or even browse through them at your leisure in the RO. GM, Room 202 whilst sipping a cuppa of our Fair Trade coffee. Holiday Blend is our fav this week. If you have suggestions of books that you’d like to see the RO buy for the general use of all faculty, please let us know - We’d be happy to consider them. ************************************************************************************** We’d like to wish all and sundry a very peaceful, restful and joyous season of light. See you in the New Year! Sincerely, Gayle, Michael, Danielle and Sabastian. The RO team.

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