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Highlighting Research at Cape Breton University during March

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Ensuring that Cape Breton University (CBU) does justice to all the great research going on in its schools and due to its popularity, CBU is holding its 3rd annual research month.

During March, Research Month will offer:

• Featured events each day of the month

• Events will include presentations, panels, roundtable discussions, guest lectures, workshops

• Keynote address will take place March 22 by Imogen Coe, founding dean of the faculty of science at Ryerson University

Have a loo to see what is going on during Research Month.

Richard MacKinnon, interim vice-president academic and provost, said research is one of the fundamental reasons universities exist and it explores “culture, society, science, technology, the intersection with the community, the intersection with industry.” He noted this week’s federal budget set aside an additional $925 million for researchers across Canada, with additional support for research offices.

Tanya Brann-Barrett, dean of research, teaching and graduate studies said: “Our whole intention is to ensure that everybody on Cape Breton Island knows that they are part of CBU’s community and are more than welcome at any time to come and hear about the research that’s happening, and it’s also for our own faculty, staff, students to have an opportunity to step back from their incredibly hectic days and hear what each other are doing.

Research work taking place at CBU isn’t just being done by faculty but also by students, recent graduates, post-doctoral fellows and others, Brann-Barrett said. A key element of our mandate as a university is to engage in both fundamental and applied research that has an impact on citizens and communities locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. Fundamental research leads to the creation of new knowledge and theories that help us better understand ourselves and our world, and all that encompasses. Applied research seeks to address issues, problems, challenges and opportunities that impact lives and quite frequently builds on —sometime many, many years later—the discoveries unearthed by fundamental researchers.

Research Month is an important opportunity for CBU to share and discuss with one another, and all of Cape Breton Island, the nature of the research taking place at CBU, the impact and significance it has and the new questions that emerge from our work.

To read the full articles in the Cape Breton Post, click here and here.