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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

April 08 /2010 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.

UPCOMING EVENTS Inclusion and Diversity in Teaching and Research (A co-sponsored LTD/Research Office event) see our colourful last page! Also two Book Launches. (Read to the end to get the details). ************************************************************************************* CONGRATULATIONS! To Dr. Michael Houlihan (St. Thomas University) and Dr. Robert Stelmack (University of Ottawa) who received a $32,320.00 SSHRC award for their project entitled “Personality and mental ability: Psychophysiological analyses”. To Dr. Cecilia Francis (St. Thomas University) for winning an SSHRC grant worth $22,215 for her project “Trajectoires et dérives de la literature-monde. Poétiques de la relation et du divers dans les espaces francophones.” And to Dr. Gayle MacDonald (Professor of Sociology and AVP, Research at St. Thomas) who, with her coinvestigators, Dr. Barbara Paterson (Tier 1 CRC at UNB), Dr. Lois Jackson (Dalhousie), Ms. Julie Dingwell (AIDS Saint John), and Ms. Monique Fong (Healing Nations) won a CIHR grant worth $324,304.00. This project, entitled "Promising Practices in the Engagement of People Living With or At Risk for HIV/AIDS in Rural Canada" will involve mapping how rural communities deal with populations vulnerable to contracting HIV/AIDS, and how rurality may/may not affect delivery of these services. Cape Breton, Halifax, First Nations communities, Saint John, Fredericton and Moncton AIDS organizations will be involved in this study. *************************************************************************************

RESEARCH ETHICS BOARD: Our REB and others were disappointed to hear of the following budget cuts: THIS MESSAGE WAS SENT ON BEHALF OF DEBORAH POFF, PRESIDENT OF NCEHR (National Council on Ethics in Human Research) I am sorry to inform colleagues and friends that effective immediately NCEHR will be ceasing its educational activities on research ethics, research integrity and the promotion of voluntary peer-reviewed accreditation.

We hope this is a hiatus and will not dissolve the incorporated entity. For those who have worked closely with NCEHR you know that we have been under-resourced for many years. Your sustained volunteer leadership has helped us accomplish a great deal. We are currently not in a position to retain our staff and offices. NCEHR was invaluable in its role in educating and sharing best practices with REB’s across the country and will be missed, according to STU Chair of REB Dr. Michelle La France. ************************************************************************************** ANNOUNCEMENTS: Research Fellowships in Applied Ethics 2010-11 The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Public Affairs (CCEPA), a joint initiative of the Atlantic School of Theology and Saint Mary’s University, invites applications for Research Fellowships for the 2010-11 academic year. It is expected that up to two fellowships will be awarded this year. Purpose These research fellowships are directed to scholars with a completed doctorate who hold an academic appointment at a Canadian university and who are interested in pursuing research in Applied Ethics, in association with CCEPA. Fellows may have a virtual physical relationship with CCEPA or may be provided with office space if they wish to spend time in Halifax. Nature of the Fellowships The Fellowships provide a grant of up to $6,000 to support research in a field relevant to CCEPA’s mission. The funds are not a stipend for the scholar but may be used to cover direct research expenses including costs of data collection, research assistants, development of research materials, costs of publication and other approved expenses. The Fellowship may not be used to support research as part of the completion of a dissertation. Expectations Fellows are expected to acknowledge CCEPA’s support of their research wherever and whenever it is reported, for example in publications and at conferences, to present their research in person at a CCEPAorganized research symposium and to contribute to CCEPA’s programs in other ways. Adjudication Applications will be reviewed by CCEPA’s Research Committee and decisions made on the basis of the quality of the proposal, the track record of the applicant, the relevance of the research to CCEPA’s work and the judgment of referees. Research involving human subjects must have received the approval of the applicant’s home university Research Ethics Committee. CCEPA reserves the right not to make any awards or to make partial awards. Applications should include the following: 1. Name of the applicant and Curriculum Vitae. 2. Research proposal including title and an explanation of its relevance to CCEPA. 3. Proposed time frame and expected outcomes of the research. 4. Detailed budget for the research. 5. Letter of approval from the home university’s Research Ethics Committee for research involving human subjects. 6. The names and contact information of three referees familiar with the applicant’s work. 7. Up to five recent publications by the applicant. Applications should be submitted by May 29, 2010 (6 copies required) to Dr. S. A. Brown, Executive Director, CCEPA, 630 Franklyn Street, Halifax, NS, B3H 3B4

______________________________ The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Public Affairs (CCEPA) is coordinator and home of the Canadian Business Ethics Research Network (CBERN) – Atlantic Hub. CCEPA and CBERN invite you to become part of, or renew your interest in, this Atlantic Region initiative. CBERN is a seven-year, SSHRC-funded national project based at York University which crosses academic disciplines and economic sectors. It invites active dialogue between researchers and experienced practitioners in government, business, community and voluntary sectors. We have established an Atlantic Steering Committee and are currently in the process of updating our original list of people in Atlantic Canada who are working in the areas noted above. If your interests include any aspect of business ethics, broadly defined, we invite you to be a part of the CBERN Atlantic regional network. If you are already part of the network we would welcome an expression of your continued interest. If you are interested in being a part of the network, please forward your contact information to along with a brief description of your interests in business ethics. Your name will be retained on the CBERN Atlantic mailing list so we can keep you apprised of CBERN activities. We look forward to hearing from you. ______________________________ Canada Augments Global Effort to Unlock Cancer's Secrets [Ottawa, Ontario April 6, 2010] Doctors and researchers working to understand how cancer develops and grows have access to a new tool in their arsenal: by using the power of the CANARIE Network, they can now share their findings and access large, sophisticated data sets from other cancer research institutes around the world through the International Cancer Genome Consortium. The ability to quickly transmit these one terabyte data sets - equivalent to the contents of books made from 50,000 trees - enables Canadian cancer researchers to accelerate their research about a disease that will afflict 40% of women and 45% of men during their lifetimes. Scientists at the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) are creating a catalogue of genetic markers for pancreatic cancer, which, along with esophageal, lung and liver cancers, have the lowest survival ratios. By cataloguing these genetic markers, researchers are able to better classify tumours and develop new diagnostic tools and targeted treatments. The CANARIE Network provides both the bandwidth and the connectivity to share these massive data sets across the country and across international borders. With their data traveling across the CANARIE Network at speeds hundreds of times faster than the commercial Internet, OICR research teams can quickly share analyses with researchers around the world, enabling greater collaboration and cooperation, and opening the door to new hypotheses, approaches and treatment protocols. For more information, please contact: Kathryn Anthonisen Director of Communications CANARIE (613) 943-5374

______________________________ Nominations open for NSERC Innovation Challenge Awards – Student Award Do you have the best student entrepreneurs in Canada? Nominate them for an NSERC Innovation Challenge Award ... awarded for the best proposals for a potential product or service that could be developed as a result of their research. Submission deadline: May 17, 2010 Please follow the link to find out more about the Innovation Challenge Awards. ______________________________ INFORMATION OVERLOAD SOLVED Canadian Space Agency to use sophisticated computing platform, created under a CANARIE-funded program, to help scientists understand the impact of the upper atmosphere on our planet. The CSSDP will enable scientists to mine the vast amounts of data that will be generated by Canadian Space Agency (CSA) instruments when the CASSIOPE satellite is launched in 2011. The results will help shed light on space phenomena in the upper atmosphere which can be crucial here on earth, as space events can have an impact on radio communications, GPS navigation, and other space-based technologies. The CSSDP was a pan-Canadian effort by scientists and developers from several institutions including the University of Alberta, the University of Saskatchewan and the University of New Brunswick, with $1M in funding from CANARIE and $200K from Cybera, the organization that manages Alberta's high-speed, highbandwidth advanced network. With an easy-to-use interface, the CSSDP allows scientists to source, analyze and exchange data, collaborate on common research challenges and ultimately increase their understanding of the world around us. For additional information, please visit ______________________________ Free MedDRA medical terminology and training for academic researchers Patient safety monitoring of human medicinal products traverses the full spectrum of the lifecycle of the health product; from clinical research to drug discovery, development, clinical trials, regulatory approval, marketing, labeling and post market surveillance. Use of a common, multi-lingual standard medical terminology is a key element tin optimizing the documentation and communication of drug safety information both within and between countries across all stages of the regulatory lifecycle involving medical product use in humans. One such terminology is the Medical Dictionary for Regulatory Activities (MedDRA). MedDRA terminology is used to codify, analyze and communicate diseases, diagnoses, signs, symptoms, syndromes, therapeutic indications, investigations/test names including qualitative results, medical and surgical procedures, medical, social and family history in relation to adverse event reporting. We wish to draw the attention of academia to MedDRA’s existence in addition to the opportunities available at no cost which may facilitate MedDRA usage, especially in reporting clinical trial and postmarked surveillance suspected adverse reaction to federal regulatory authority. To learn more about MedDRA, please visit the MSSO website at

______________________________ A Scholarly Exchange Opportunity Ireland - Canada University Foundation: The Ireland Fund of Canada in partnership with Dobbin Scholarships 2010 - 2011 The Ireland Canada University Foundation offers an annual programme of scholarly exchange awards between the universities of Canada and Ireland. Founded in 1994 by Dr. Craig Dobbin of Newfoundland and Dr. Patrick Hillery, former President of Ireland, the Foundation is recognized also in a Memorandum of Understanding that was signed in 2004 by the then Taoiseach, Mr. Bertie Ahern T.D. and then Canadian Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Paul Martin M.P. These scholarships are open to scholars of all academic disciplines, and are tenable for travel from Canadian to Irish universities, in order to support the scholars’ research on a topic relating to both countries. The scholarships fund short periods of exchange, usually one month, are valued at CDN $ 7,000, and are targeted at scholars in the early stages of their research career. In addition to generous support from the Dobbin family, the scholarships are sponsored by: The Sprott Foundation. Closing date for applications is April 30. Further information and application forms are available at ______________________________ Remember! St. Thomas is now a member of the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute!

************************************************************************************* CONFERENCES AND CALL FOR PAPERS/PROPOSALS: Call for Papers: International Bilingual Conference in English and French 6th & 7th January 2011, Mumbai, India “Fostering Learner and Teacher Autonomy in Educational Practices: Languages and Beyond” Deadline for submissions: 1st June 2010 Call in English: Appel en français: website/site de la conférence: Contact: Henry Tyne, Université Nancy 2, BP 33-97, 54015 Nancy Cedex, France, ______________________________ Call for Papers: Sustainability Conference Ecuador, 5-7 January 2010 and New Zealand 5-7 January 2011 The International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability aims to develop a holistic view of sustainability, in which environmental, cultural and economic issues are inseparably interlinked. It works in a multidisciplinary way, across diverse fields and taking varied perspectives in order to address the fundamentals of sustainability. We invite you to respond to the Conference Call-for-Papers. Presenters submit their written papers for publication in the refereed

International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability. If you are unable to attend the Conference in person, virtual registrations are also available which allow you to submit a paper for refereeing and possible publication in the Journal. The deadline for the final round in the call for papers (a title and short abstract) is 15 December 2010. Proposals are reviewed within two weeks of submission. Full details of the Conference, including an online proposal submission form, may be found at the Conference website: In 2011, the Sustainability Conference will be held 5-7 January at the University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand. Located on New Zealand's north Island, the city of Hamilton is an important center for manufacturing, research and education. The University of Waikato includes the internationally recognized School of Maori and Pacific Development, which plays an important role in sustaining Maori culture. For more details on the 2011 Conference, please visit the Conference website: ______________________________ CALL FOR ACADEMIC PAPERS AND PARTICIPATION Intellectbase International Consortium Academic Conferences • • •

Nashville, TN - USA May 27-29, 2010: Submission Deadline: May 7, 2010 Atlanta, GA - USA October 14-16, 2010: Submission Deadline: September 26, 2010 Las Vegas, NV - USA December 16-18, 2010: Submission Deadline: November 26, 2010

Researchers are invited to exchange ideas, share experiences on research challenges, research findings and state-of-the-art solutions. All submitted papers are peer reviewed by the Reviewers Task Panel (RTP) and accepted papers are published in a refereed conference proceeding. Outstanding articles that are recommended to the Executive Editorial Board (EEB) have a higher chance of being published in one of the double-blind reviewed Journals listed in Cabell's, ProQuest, Ulrich's Directory and JournalSeek. Additional information is available via the Intellectbase International Consortium website: All submitted papers must be in English and be accompanied by a cover page identifying the date, location of the conference, each author(s) name, title, preferred phone, e-mail, full affiliation, a 200 - 500 word Abstract and keywords. Please attach and email your submission in Microsoft Word format to For any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Conference Chair at Attach and Email All Papers to ______________________________ th

The 9 Annual Canadian Rural Health Research Society is to be held in Fredericton on September 23-25, 2010. This conference entitled, Rural Health: Connecting Research and Policy is presented by the Canadian Rural Health Research Society and the New Brunswick Department of Health. More information will be available on the Canadian Rural Health Research Society (CRHRS) conference website in the upcoming weeks: For any information, you may contact Michelle Anne Duguay at (506) 453-8159 or by e-mail

************************************************************************************* SENATE RESEARCH C OMMITTEE Travel grants continue to operate on a ‘rolling’ deadline. Apply when you need the $$! Send your application to the Research Office or email it to ************************************************************************************* UPCOMING EVENTS Deborah K. van den Hoonaard BOOK LAUNCH April 15 James Dunn Lower Concourse, 3-4pm This Book Launch features Dr. van den Hoonaard’s “By Himself: The Older Man’s Experience of Widowhood”.

Dr. Tony Tremblay BOOK LAUNCH May 15 Holy Cross Conference room, 3-5pm This Book Launch features Dr. Tremblay’s “David Adams Richards of the Miramichi”.

Please come and celebrate these great accomplishments. ______________________________

Inclusion and Diversity in Teaching and Research (A co-sponsored LTD/Research Office event) th

Monday, April 19 Evening Public Lecture – Registration not required Ted Daigle Auditorium – 4 to 7pm

Tuesday, April 20th Workshops – Registration required Brian Mulroney Hall room 202 Lunch provided

Workshop Registration: for full day of events (closes April 16) $15.00 fee Payment by cash or cheque (made out to “Research Office”) accepted in person, or by inter-office mail. Please direct any comments, suggestions or questions to the Research Office,

************************************************************************ Response from the St. Thomas University Research Office sent to SSHRC on April 8, 2010. Re: SSHRC New Programme Architecture As a small, primarily liberal arts university here in New Brunswick, St. Thomas is quite proud of the achievements of our SSHRC Canada Research Chairs (we have three, we are currently applying for the fourth) and we have many SSRHC winners amongst our full and part-time faculty. We have always enjoyed the services that SSHRC has provided us, the clarification on grants applications when we need it and the overall guidance, direction and dedication y that SSHRC has shown towards Social Science and Humanities research in Canada. Further, we welcome change that is more streamlined, efficient and less cumbersome in programme management. That said: We are very concerned with some of the proposed changes within the SSHRC New Programme Architecture document.

1) What will be the effect of weighting a scholar’s track record at significantly less for established scholars (20% v. 60%) in the Standard Research Grant, to 10% in the RDI competitions and to 30% in other programmes? This is far less than other granting councils for their key programmes. This signals a diminished value for academic record as a basis for adjudication for academic work. What possible rationale is there for this change?

2) Will all new adjudicators have PhD’s/be academics? The proposal indicates that adjudicators will be “scholars from the research community and experts from other sectors”. What “other sectors” will be included here? 3) The current interdisciplinary committee has increased in size, scope and frequency of applications recently. Given this, what will adjudication now compromise, given the large number of proposed interdisciplinary committees? 4) What is the projected envelope/number of grants given per competition? At first blush, $500,000 sounds like a great amount to have as a cap for a programme. However, does this then mean that only a few grants (rather large ones) would be given out? Our concern is that large grant applications do not normally come from smaller institutions, or from single scholars. 5) The distinction between new and established scholars appears to be eliminated in this programme. What effect will this have on junior scholars’ abilities to get grants? On established scholars’ ability to get grants? 6) Given the substantial grants now given to partnered research, what type of partnerships will SSHRC endorse? At St. Thomas, we often research partner with community groups, NGOs, even faith organizations. Will SSHRC recognize these as research partnerships? 7) There are five thematic areas prioritized at SSHRC recently, which include Aboriginal research, business/innovation, creative/fine arts, and environment. Does all scholarly work now need to fit these parameters? (At a recent IOF competition, for example, all of the winners were either in education or environment as a topic of study, although these parameters were not given as criteria for application.)

************************************************************************ As always, we invite faculty members to visit and borrow from our Research Library collection held in George Martin room 202. Suggestions for new books are encouraged! Please feel free to drop in during office hours (8am-4pm) to enjoy a fresh (free) cup of our Fair Trade coffee. All the best during exam time, The Research Office staff Gayle, Michael, Danielle and Sabastian

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