Creating mechanical parts and experimenting with complex materials was once the realm of industrial-scale business. But methods for the production of parts and the modification of materials are now cheaper and easier to use, at both benchtop and prototyping scales. Inventions like 3D printers and laser cutters mean that even small-scale businesses and academic centres now have the ability to fabricate intricate and durable objects.
Most studies of the marijuana industry prior to legalization examined the consumer side of the sector. Dr. John Bodner, a Professor of Folklore at Grenfell Campus, was interested in learning more about the labour, lives, and livelihoods of those who illegally produce it. To do so he travelled to rural British Columbia (BC) where the production of illegal marijuana serves as a major part of the underground economies of many small communities.
The Newfoundland Gray-cheeked Thrush is a songbird found breeding across the island, part of the broader breeding range of the Gray-cheeked Thrush which extends across North America along the northern fringes of the boreal forest, and even into Siberia. These island birds have a story which stretches from Gros Morne National Park all the way to Sierra de Perijá National Park in Venezuela, where some spend the winter near the border with Columbia. But their story has not been so happy since the 1980’s, when thrush numbers began to decline on the island – unlike their mainland cousins who seem to be doing okay. Dr. Ian Warkentin, a Grenfell Campus environmental scientist, is working with collaborators, such as Gros Morne National Park’s Dr. Darroch Whitaker, to try and find out why their numbers have dropped.
In this special holidays podcast we talk with Dr. Kelly Vodden and Ken Carter, of the Grenfell Office of Research and Graduate Studies and Office of Engagement, about the various roles the offices play both on, and off, campus. We discuss some of the research projects which are being coordinated by these offices; from work with Indigenous organizations, and work to build links with industry and government agencies like the CFS, to the new Aging Research Centre and partnerships that help local regions thrive. We also chat about the exciting new MFA program at Grenfell and how graduate studies is growing on campus.
Drs. Veronica Hutchings (Director of ARC) and Karen Doody tell us about the new Aging Research Centre, or ARC, that has just launched at Grenfell Campus and the role the centre will play in the future of Newfoundland and Labrador. We also hear a few words from the Honourable Lisa Dempster, Minister of Children, Seniors and Social Development with the Government of NL.
In this INSIGHT-BLOG podcast we hear from Dr. Stephanie McKenzie of Grenfell Campus’ English program. Stephanie tells us about her research on the gusle, a musical instrument that commonly accompanies epic poetry in Southeastern Europe. We also discuss Stephanie’s recent book, Bow’s Haunt: The Gusle’s Lessons, and hear a poem featured in its pages.
This edition of the INSIGHT-FELL Newsletter was originally published in March 2018. The most recent edition of the Newsletter (November 2018) can be found here. You can also subscribe to get email updates by emailing us at email@example.com and stating you would like to subscribe.
Welcome to the first issue of INSIGHT-FELL (March 2018), which highlights the exciting, dynamic, multi-disciplinary research of Grenfell Campus’s students and faculty. An initiative of the Associate Vice President of Research and Graduate Studies’ office, the newsletter will focus on our individual and group research projects, and will provide opportunities to share information and connect with each other. This INSIGHT-FELL issue below, which covers research from summer and fall 2017.
Research Reports are submissions to our blog from Grenfell Campus researchers (faculty, staff, or student). Any views expressed are those of the author. You can check out our guidelines and submit your story here.
Submitted by Robert Bailey
Being a research mathematician is, in some respects, the ultimate “ivory tower” profession: essentially, it involves being paid to sit in a room and think. But it’s not always that way: it’s a very international business, with researchers in one field being scattered in many countries across the world. So it is not all that surprising that, for a week in September, I got to travel to the Casa Matemática Oaxaca in Oaxaca, Mexico.
Three students get 40 seconds each to summarize their exciting research in a – literal – series of elevator pitches.
In this INSIGHT-BLOG podcast Professor Julie Pitcher-Giles talks to us about how small businesses in NL provide a special set of socially responsible services to their communities, like extending lines of credit, or even supporting competitors in times of need. We discuss research on this topic and how strategic planning can potentially assist in the ability of small businesses to provide these services. We also discuss approaches to conducting research interviews that help break down barriers between researchers and business owners.