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First-year Political Science student representative election 2017/18: Nominations open and election date

Fri, 2017-09-08 10:05

First-year students: You can make a difference – become the first-year student representative. You’ll learn a lot and it will look great on your résumé!


You can nominate yourself. To do so, send your name and student ID number from your email address to You’ll get a confirmation email that you’re in.


Nominations open Monday, September 18, and close on Friday, September 22 at 4 pm.


Voting will take place on September 26-29 from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm in Plaza 328 (the Political Science Administrative Assistant’s office; closed for lunch from 12-1 pm).


Results will be announced on Monday, October 25 on


Brock Political Science student receives best Master’s Research Paper award

Tue, 2017-09-05 12:21

Congratulations to Political Science Masters graduate Kailtlin Gibson, who has received the Faculty of Social Sciences Best Major Research Paper award. Her paper, “The Effect of Social Capital on the Voting Behaviour of Immigrant Youth,” was supervised by Associate Professor Livianna Tossutti, with Associate Professor Charles Conteh serving as second reader.

Ms. Gibson received her award at the "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"">Faculty of Social Sciences' Celebration of Excellence on January 25. Her win marks the second time in the past three years that a political science student has been recognized as having produced the best Master’s Research paper, with Hugo Chesshire earning this distinction in 2014.


Experiential MLLC course aims to inspire social consciousness

Thu, 2017-08-24 16:41

Cassey French is passionate about social advocacy.

The recent Hispanic and Latin American Studies graduate is turning her desire to help others into both summer employment and a full-time career.... [Read the full story in the Brock News]

Congratulations to Connor Dingle on the successful completion of his MA in Geography Major Research Paper

Wed, 2017-08-23 16:16

The Department of Geography and Tourism Studies would like to extend our congratulations to Connor Dingle on the successful completion of his MRP titled ‘Mobile Technology and Place at the Matheson Learning Commons’. Connor’s MRP was supervised by Dr. Catherine Nash, Committee Member Dr. David Butz.

We wish Connor all the best.

Researchers tackling allergies and climate change receive CFI funding

Tue, 2017-08-15 15:17

Understanding immune cells and their link to allergies, and mapping the impacts of climate change in Canada’s north are two Brock University research projects that received funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation, Minister of Science Kirsty Duncan announced today (Aug. 15).

Researchers Adam MacNeil and Kevin Turner received a total of $311,821 from the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF), which enables leading researchers to purchase equipment for their work.

MacNeil, Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Sciences, studies how mast cells, which evolve from bone marrow stem cells, cause inflammation associated with allergies.

“We’re looking at the molecular and genetic changes that happen to bone marrow-derived stem cells to allow them to become mast cells,” explained MacNeil. “We’re interested in how those mast cells function, and whether or not we can find innovative strategies to target mast cells and block their ability to create allergic inflammation.”

With his JELF funding, MacNeil will purchase a cell sorting and analysis suite — a group of instruments that will allow him to suck out and isolate stem cells developing into mast cells for intense examination.

Turner, Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Tourism Studies, researches how climate change impacts are transforming the landscape of a lake-rich area of the Yukon called Old Crow Flats. He is mapping how carbon moves through the complex lake and river system as permafrost thaws.

With his JELF funding, Turner will obtain drones and GPS systems that he will use to create three-dimensional maps twice each season over several years. These maps will be used with sampled sediment, vegetation and water to document rates of landscape changes and associated influences on the carbon balance, as well as river and lake environments.

“It is important for us to continue development of innovative and integrated approaches to monitor landscape changes and impacts across vast northern regions,” Turner said. “Findings will improve predictions of how these important landscapes will respond to future climate change.”

The John R. Evans Leaders Fund is used by the CFI to help Canadian institutions attract and retain top researchers, by providing the infrastructure they need to remain or become leaders in their field.

Brock’s Interim Vice-President Research Joffre Mercier said it is gratifying for the University to receive funding that is earmarked for the country’s most significant research projects.

“This will enable two of our researchers to make significant contributions to Canada’s health care and environmental conservation efforts,” he said. “We’re all very proud of the exceptional research performed at Brock, and I look forward to seeing the results.”

New course for fall term 2017 - Moors, New Christians and Renegades

Wed, 2017-07-26 11:38

 Fall term 2017

* MARS 3Q92
Moors, New Christians, and Renegades

(also offered as SPAN 3Q92 and HIST 3Q92)
Contesting identity categories resulting from exchanges and interactions of Christians and Muslims in the early modern Mediterranean world, through the study of historical and fictional primary sources.


Benjamin Kwao successfully defends his MA in Geography thesis

Tue, 2017-07-11 11:30


The Department of Geography and Tourism Studies would like to congratulate Benjamin Kwao on the successful defence of his thesis “Sustainable Food Systems in Northern Ghana: Assessing the Influence of International Development” yesterday.

Benjamins’s Examining Committee included: Dr. David Butz (supervisor), Dr. Anthony Shaw (committee member), Dr. Chris Fullerton (committee member), and Dr. Mustafa Koc (external examiner from Ryerson University).

We wish Benjamin all the best for his future endeavours.

Two latest members of the Department of Economics

Mon, 2017-07-03 13:29

The Department of Economics would like to welcome Cornelius Christian and Andrew Dickens as Assistant Professors! Andrew's research interests are in Development Economics, Political Economy, Applied Microeconomics and Economic History while the interests of Cornelius are in Economic History, Development Economics and the Economics of Conflicts.