Members in The News- Spring 2020

The events from these past few months have put a new focus on some of the projects, as researchers pivoted their efforts to aid in the fight against COVID-19. During this time, we’ve seen impressive and inspiring initiatives out of our institutions. We’ve pulled together a handful of articles that show off the efforts of our network, so keep reading and get caught up on where #TeamSB made the news so far in 2020. Acadia University Researchers at Acadia University are responding to COVID-19 in a number of ways. Members of the university’s psychologyy department are investigating predictors of intimate partner violence and staff from its Nutrition and Dietetics deprtment are assessing challenges within local systems during COVID. Click here to read more about those projects and others on Acadia’s website. Cape Breton University (CBU) Martin Mkandawire is a chemistry professor at CBU that’s using a technology that can help speed up the testing process for COVID-19. Using surface acoustic wave technology, Mkandawire hopes to rapidly diagnose COVID-19 from a patients oral and nasal fluids, completing the process in less than 10 minutes. You can read more about that project here. Mount Allison University (Mt.A) Matthew Betti is an assistant professor at Mount Allison University  is part of a national COVID-19 task force that is looking into a shortage of personal protective equipment, or PPE. His work on the COVID-19 task force includes crunching numbers to determine things like how much PPE Canada needs – province by province. Read more about this project here. Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU) Christine Lackner, a developmental psychologist at Mount Saint Vincent University  launched a national survey that will explore the family role in vaccine decision making. Lackner’s finding will zero in on demographic factors such as age, socio-economic status and family composition. You can click here to read more about this survey here. Saint Mary’s University (SMU) Dr. Maryanne Fisher, SMU’s “relationship professor” is studying the impact COVID-19 has had on dating and romantic relationships.She says online dating websites and appshave reported a surge in users during the pandemic. Read more about her research here. St. Francis Xaiver University (St.FX) Dr. James Hughes is an assistant professor in Saint Francis Xavier University’s Faculty of Computer Science. He’s currently leading a study that will use artificial intelligence (AI) to explore the best strategies for COVID-19 vaccination, testing, and treatment in Nova Scotian communities. Read more about Dr. Hughes’ project here.