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Brock LINC opening signals new era of community engagement for Brock University

Brock News - Fri, 2020-02-21 18:00

MEDIA RELEASE: 21 February 2020 – R0035

From brainstorming an idea to producing a prototype with a 3D printer to testing out consumer reaction in a virtual reality lab, the Brock LINC presents a world of opportunities.

Whether those ideas come from the minds of students, researchers or community members, the doors are now open — both literally and figuratively — to a transformational new innovation space at Brock University.

Brock students, faculty and staff joined officials from all levels of government on Friday, Feb. 21 to officially open the Brock LINC, which stands for Learn, Innovate, Network and Collaborate.

“Today, we celebrate the dawn of a new era of possibility for the Niagara region,” Brock University President Gervan Fearon said during the ceremony. “Our key priorities involve fostering a culture of inclusivity and accessibility, offering a transformational university experience, building Brock’s research capacity, and enhancing the vitality of communities in Niagara and beyond. The Brock LINC is a catalyst to help us achieve all of those goals and we have many of you here today to thank for that.”

The $19-million Brock LINC project, first announced in 2016, moved forward with funding from both the federal and provincial governments, as well as from the University itself and the generous donations of community partners such as Tom Rankin, for whom the Rankin Family Pavilion in which the Brock LINC is housed, is named.

“Modern learning spaces play a critical part in supporting skills development to prepare students for the jobs of today and tomorrow,” said Hon. Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry. “This important investment at Brock University will help students advance the next generation of leading-edge research and innovation in Canada.”

The construction project involved converting the former open-air pedestrian mall in front of Schmon Tower into a 41,000-square-foot research, innovation and commercialization centre. The two-storey building includes: open spaces for networking and collaboration; a new makerspace to design, build and prototype; cutting-edge labs for digital scholarship and virtual reality research; entrepreneurial space for early-stage business ideas and start-ups; and multi-purpose rooms and meeting spaces for learning and sharing.

To create those spaces, contractors faced the extremely complex challenge of marrying a modern glass and steel structure to the 52-year-old concrete tower and surrounding buildings.

It took some time, but it was worth the wait.

“Investing in the success of our students is an investment into all of our futures,” said Hon. Ross Romano, Minister of Colleges and Universities. “Projects like Brock LINC will ensure that students in Niagara have access to learning environments that will encourage collaboration, resourcefulness, and gives the skills and training they need to meet the labour market needs in the Niagara region.”

The new facilities will provide the Brock community with space to experience and experiment with entrepreneurship and will add a strategic asset within Niagara’s innovation ecosystem that supports a greater number of research and development partnerships between Brock and Niagara’s businesses and social organizations. Brock is known for its leadership in experiential and co-op education, and the Brock LINC will advance entrepreneurial teaching and learning at the University.

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Friday’s ceremony also served as a celebration to mark the completion of Brock’s District Energy Efficiency Project (DEEP).

Located in the Central Utilities Building along the edge of the Niagara Escarpment, Brock’s 25-year-old co-generation engines have been replaced with state-of-the-art energy efficient units, which provide a reliable source of electricity, cooling and heating on campus.

For the first phase of the project, the University received nearly $5.2 million in funding from the Government of Canada’s Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment. Brock also contributed $5.4 million, which included its annual allotment of deferred maintenance from the Government of Ontario. These funds allowed Brock to update the facility’s gas-powered engines and controls, as well as chillers and water lines, replacing them with newer, more efficient units and reducing Brock’s carbon output.

The second phase of the project was funded by the Government of Ontario, which provided $7.9 million through the Greenhouse Gas Campus Retrofits Program Innovation Grant Fund. This phase completed the modernization of the co-generation plant, including the replacement of the remaining four engines with two high-efficiency engines and a new energy efficient chiller.

“By conducting a massive overhaul to our on-site district energy system, the DEEP project significantly improves Brock’s energy efficiency, lowers our emissions and puts us on track to meeting our environmental sustainability goals,” said Scott Johnstone, Senior Associate Vice-President of Operations and Infrastructure Services at Brock. “It also creates a resilient energy system supplying reliable electricity, heat and cooling to our growing campus, which will support the Brock community for decades to come.”

The completed DEEP project has resulted in an 85 per cent decrease in Brock’s NOx emissions and a 25 per cent reduction in carbon emissions. The new co-generation engines also consume 26 per cent less fuel and result in hundreds of thousands of dollars in utility cost savings each year.

Additional Quotes:

Hon. Karina Gould, Minister of International Development

“The Brock LINC and the upgrades to the co-generation facility are two direct success stories of the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund. As a result of our government’s investment, students, teachers and researchers will now work in state-of-the-art facilities that advance our country’s best research and continue to allow Canada to be a world leader in turning ideas into solutions.”

Vance Badawey, Member of Parliament, Niagara Centre

“It’s always a pleasure to partner with Brock University to enhance the educational experience for our students. Investment in education is one of the keys to ensuring the longstanding success and prosperity of the Niagara region.”

Chris Bittle, Member of Parliament, St. Catharines

“Brock LINC is an entrepreneurial space that will challenge the next generation of innovators to create solutions to real-world problems. This space provides an incredible opportunity for students to turn ideas into inventions, turn solutions into action and apply research in a new way that will not only benefit their studies, it will benefit the Niagara community, our country and our world.”

Hon. Prabmeet Sarkaria, Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction

“Innovation will be a key driver of Ontario’s economic growth and development in the years ahead, and Brock University’s LINC initiative is helping build the Ontario of tomorrow, today. By creating a dedicated space that supports innovation, entrepreneurship and collaboration, Brock is creating fertile ground for the ideas that will help shape Ontario’s future.”

David Piccini, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Colleges and Universities
“I am thrilled to be here at Brock University to highlight the important investment our government is making to upgrade equipment and fund innovative research. The opening of Brock LINC is an exciting time for Brock and the Niagara region and will broaden horizons for our next generation and better prepare them for the jobs of today and tomorrow.”

Tim Kenyon, Vice-President, Research, Brock University

“Brock LINC is about making connections that would otherwise have been unlikely. Its facilities and programs will link creativity with application and researcher expertise with entrepreneurial opportunity. Partnerships with our researchers enable solutions to problems and development of ideas in new and sometimes unexpected directions.”

Farzana Crocco, Brock LINC Executive Director

“The Brock LINC is where innovation, research and entrepreneurship converge at the University,” she said. “While the resources in each of these areas are numerous at Brock, there has never been a central place to access them or explore how they can work together. The Brock LINC provides that central point of access to navigate what’s available, but will also build programs to connect different parts of the University in new and interesting ways.”

Nvidia's GeForce Now hits 1 million users after two weeks, pledges day-one Cyberpunk 2077 support

PC World - Fri, 2020-02-21 12:25

Nvidia’s cloud gaming service may have spent years incubating in beta, but it seems the wait was worth it. Mere weeks after GeForce Now’s formal launch, the company announced that over one million gamers have signed up to play their PC games anywhere, in stark contrast to Google Stadia’s disappointing user numbers. Nvidia also teased plans to bring even more games to the service, including Cyberpunk 2077, one of the hottest games of 2020.

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Galaxy S20: 10 tips and tidbits you need to know before you preorder

PC World - Fri, 2020-02-21 09:52

Update 2/21: The Galaxy S20 is now available for preorder. Check out the best deals here.

Samsung's new series of S20 phones go up for preorder this week, and if you plan on buying one, you already know all about the giant screens, eye-popping cameras, and gorgeous design. But with preorders set to begin tomorrow, there are a few features deep down on the list that you might not have noticed:

The S20 doesn't support mmWave 5G yet

Samsung is touting all of its S20 phones as 5G capable, and that’s true, with one exception. The smallest model only supports the sub-6GHz spectrum while the S20+ and S20 Ultra can switch between sub-6GHz and mmWave. That might not be an issue for T-Mobile subscribers, but Verizon buyers will basically have a 4G phone, as the carrier hasn’t yet switched on its sub-6 GHz network. Verizon says a mmWave version of the S20 will be launching in the second quarter, but we don’t know whether it will carry a higher price tag.

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How to preorder the Samsung Galaxy S20 without spending an arm and a leg

PC World - Fri, 2020-02-21 09:48

For those of you who have been counting the days until you could preorder a Galaxy S20, the wait is finally over. Starting today, you can get in line to own Samsung’s newest high-priced premium phone when they hit shelves on Friday, March 6.

But before we get into the new hotness, a quick PSA: Don’t sleep on 2019’s Galaxy S10. Samsung has slashed the price of all three models by $150 in its storeRemove non-product link, making it one of the best premium values you can find. It might not be the shiny new thing, but it’s an excellent phone with a great camera and a fantastic screen.

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Dropbox and iCloud Drive: How each service approaches cloud storage

Mac World - Fri, 2020-02-21 07:30

Cloud storage is a wonderful way to extend limited hard disk or SSD space on your computer to an accessible internet-reachable location. Many services combine synchronization and storage offloading. Synchronization ensures that files on every linked device are stored in a central repository and copied and get up to date on every attached device. Storage offloading lets you opt to keep the file in central storage but not on every end point after the file is first uploaded.

Dropbox and iCloud Drive are two popular options for macOS, iOS, and iPadOS cloud storage, and they differ substantially in this approach. Dropbox changed its approach last summer for personal accounts, so it might be a little different than you recall if you haven't used it for a while.

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What we could see in iOS 14

Mac World - Fri, 2020-02-21 06:15

February might be the cold doldrums of winter, where important tech news is sparser than sun and green grass, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing of note going on. With just over three months to go before the fireworks of Apple’s annual Worldwide Developer Conference, the dribs and drabs of the company’s plans for this year’s big announcements are shaping up inside of Cupertino, and inevitably, word of one or two of those make their way out into the public—albeit, filtered through the tea leaves of speculation.

Most recently, there have been some indications of things that Apple might be working on for this year’s release of iOS which—assuming the long-running pattern continues on course—will be iOS 14. While there’s sure to be plenty to talk about when the software is officially announced, let’s take a look at the latest hints about what might be in store for the next version of Apple’s mobile platform.

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Miracle-Gro Twelve Indoor Growing System review: A nearly foolproof means to fresh herbs and lettuce year 'round

Mac World - Fri, 2020-02-21 06:00
This high-tech set up lets you grow delicious herbs and leafy greens indoors all year 'round.

Miracle-Gro Twelve Indoor Growing System review: A nearly foolproof means to fresh herbs and lettuce year 'round

PC World - Fri, 2020-02-21 06:00
This high-tech set up lets you grow delicious herbs and leafy greens indoors all year 'round.

Corsair K95 Platinum XT review: A lot of keyboard for a lot of money

PC World - Fri, 2020-02-21 06:00

In 2017 Corsair put out the most ostentatious keyboard I’d ever seen, the K95 RGB Platinum. I dubbed it “the luxury sedan of keyboards,” a nod to its desk-dominating size and captivating lighting—and its eye-watering $200 price tag. Three years later, it’s still the bar by which I measure other premium keyboards.

And yet Corsair’s raising the bar anyway. At CES 2020 we got our first glimpse of the K95 RGB Platinum XT, Corsair’s attempt to better its own best-in-class keyboard. Now after spending time with one at home I can say they succeeded, even if only slightly. It’s hard to build on near-perfection.

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Cooler Master's newest ARGB case is straightforward and affordable

PC World - Fri, 2020-02-21 06:00

Among the cases we saw at CES, Cooler Master’s MB311L was one of several that particularly caught our attention. The compact micro-ATX tower sports an airflow-oriented design, a tempered glass panel, and two 120mm ARGB fans for a surprising price of $60.

Cooler Master sent us a MB311L for a more thorough look, and as you’ll see in the video above, the company neatly balances the RGB aesthetics and affordable price with a practical layout. This case has a straightforward design that provides easy access to the back of the motherboard; plentiful mounting spots for drives, fans, and radiators; and flexibility for where you can install those parts. It even comes with a 3-way ARGB fan splitter and a controller—an unexpected bonus for a budget case.

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Macworld's March Digital Magazine: The future of the iPhone

Mac World - Thu, 2020-02-20 17:52

Every day, Macworld brings you the essential daily news and other info about all things Apple. But staying on top of that torrent of information can be a constant challenge. One solution: the Macworld digital magazine. 

In the March issue

In the March issue of Macworld we look at Apple’s forthcoming A14 chip and the future of the iPhone. See our iOS 14 wishlist: 10 ways that Apple can take the iPhone to the next level.

Also in this month’s issue:

• MacUser: It’s time for new hardware at the center of Apple’s home strategy

• MacUser Reviews: Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020, Samsung CJ791 QLED display

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Brock launches Canada-Caribbean Institute with University of the West Indies

Brock News - Thu, 2020-02-20 16:17

MEDIA RELEASE: 20 February 2020 – R0034

This week in Jamaica, officials from Brock University and the University of the West Indies (UWI) capped off a year of collaborative planning and formally launched the Canada-Caribbean Institute (CCI).

The CCI, which will support studies and research into specific Canada/Caribbean issues, became a reality on Monday, Feb. 17 with its inaugural Canada-Caribbean Research Symposium, held at the UWI’s regional headquarters campus in Kingston, Jamaica.

Remarks were made by Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, Jamaica’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade; by Canada’s High Commissioner to Jamaica, Laurie Peters; and by UWI’s Vice-Chancellor Sir Hilary Beckles, and its Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Global Affairs, R. Richard Bernal, who is Jamaica’s former ambassador to the United States.

Brock President Gervan Fearon, a leading advocate behind the new international body, attended the symposium with a contingent of Brock researchers and officials.

Fearon has helped directly energize the new Institute by personally contributing to funding the new Dr. Gervan Fearon Scholarships. Starting in September 2020, these will be awarded annually to graduate students studying Canadian Caribbean issues at Brock. The scholarships will be awarded to a student or students from Canada one year, and a student from the Caribbean in the alternating year.

“I have had many discussions with my Brock colleagues, and we know this partnership is a wonderful opportunity for many people to collaborate and make a positive difference that creates very real future benefits both in Canada and across the Caribbean,” said Fearon.

The goal of the CCI is to facilitate collaborative academic and research initiatives; faculty, student and staff exchange programs; and institutional capacity building in areas of shared interest between Canada and the Caribbean such as socio-economic development, environmental and health promotion, gender studies, and trade and economic policy.

The Institute provides a framework for scholars in the Caribbean and Canada to conduct research and scholarly activities, and generate needed knowledge and analysis to inform innovative policy and initiatives for enhancing Canada-Caribbean relations.

Camille Rutherford, Brock’s Vice-Provost for Strategic Partnerships and International, said establishing the CCI reflects Brock’s increasingly energized internationalization strategy.

“Throughout the symposium this week, Brock faculty members were actively engaged in discussions that have already resulted in new research, collaboration and exchange opportunities,” she said.

The Canadian High Commission celebrated the milestone on Facebook saying “The new Institute, which is a collaboration with Brock University in Canada, will provide multi-disciplinary research and teaching to deepen and improve the relations between Canada and the Caribbean, and serve to examine issues affecting the Caribbean diaspora communities in Canada.”

During the symposium, significant economic and cultural linkages between Canada and the Caribbean were discussed by participants from both regions. Like Canada, the Caribbean is a diverse region in terms of geography, culture and language, with much to learn from and to contribute to each other.

In an earlier interview with the Jamaica Gleaner newspaper, UWI Vice-Chancellor Beckles said Canada has been “a most reliable supporter of Caribbean nation building.”

“Creative, courageous, and confident people build bridges and not walls, and the Canada-Caribbean bridge has been one of the most productive and mutually beneficial relation constructed in the last hundred years.”

Bernal, UWI’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor and one of the architects behind the new Institute, echoed that theme.

“Canada has been an emphatic partner for the small island states of the English-speaking Caribbean dating back to the colonial era,” he told The Voice newspaper in Saint Lucia. “This relationship has been reflected in trade, capital for development, tourism, migration and remittances, as well as in diplomatic solidarity.”

With its headquarters in Jamaica, the University of the West Indies also has physical campuses in Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago and Antigua & Barbuda, as well as a virtual Open Campus that provides academic programming in 17 nations across the Caribbean.

For more information or for assistance arranging interviews:

* Dan Dakin, Manager Communications and Media Relations, Brock University, 905-688-5550 x5353 or 905-347-1970

 Brock University Marketing and Communications has a full-service studio where we can provide high definition video and broadcast-quality audio.

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Microsoft tasks its Defender antimalware with securing corporate Android and iOS phones

PC World - Thu, 2020-02-20 13:33

While malware writers have attacked PCs because of their popularity and large attack surfaces, Android and iOS phones aren’t immune—and Microsoft, recognizing this, plans to offer Microsoft Defender for both platforms.

Though Microsoft apparently plans to release more details at the RSA Security conference next week, company executives revealed their plans to CNBC last week in an interview published today. Microsoft also announced Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection for Linux on Thursday, in a public preview announced via a blog post.

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How to use (and steady) 100X Space Zoom on Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra

PC World - Thu, 2020-02-20 11:00

You don't need to look too far to see the Galaxy S20 Ultra's most incredible new feature. It's literally printed on the back: 100X Space Zoom.

If you've decided to buy one for $1,400, you already know the drill. The Galaxy S20 Ultra can zoom up to 100 times (digitally, obviously) what you're seeing, which is 20 times further than the iPhone 11 Pro and more than twice as much as the S20+. It's quite a claim, so naturally, it's the first thing I wanted to try.

Using it is as easy as using the zoom feature on any other phone: Just pinch out. If you do it quickly enough, you'll get to 100X in about a half-second. Controlling it at that distance isn't so easy, so you'll want to pinch slowly to keep your target in range. Keeping your eye on the mini viewfinder helps immensely, but it's still tricky to keep something so far away centered in the window.

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Apple might finally let you pick Chrome over Safari in iOS 14

Mac World - Thu, 2020-02-20 10:27

If there’s one Android feature iPhone users have universally longed to have, it’s the ability to pick new default apps. On iOS, it’s Apple’s way or the highway when it comes to apps like Safari and Mail, but a new report from Bloomberg offers hope that Apple might be softening its stance.

According to well-connected leakster Mark Gurman, Apple is “considering” whether to let users change the default apps on iOS devices. That’s hardly a sure thing, but even the possibility is a huge change of heart. Since the earliest days of the iPhone, links and email addresses have opened in Safari and the default Mail app, respectively. Even if you delete Mail, it merely asks you to redownload it when you tap an email address, without providing an option to use another app like Gmail or Outlook.

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Apple might finally let you pick Chrome over Safari in iOS 14

PC World - Thu, 2020-02-20 10:27
A new report from Bloomberg suggests that Apple may allow users to use third-party apps as defaults on iOS devices.

Brock researchers examine how stereotypes of older adults impact jury duty

Brock News - Thu, 2020-02-20 09:54

MEDIA RELEASE: 20 February 2020 – R0033

Although some may try to avoid jury duty, it’s still regarded as a valuable contribution to society.

Despite the number of people who strive to wriggle out of that obligation, there’s a group of citizens that, in about three-quarters of Canadian jurisdictions, can be exempt from jury duty without much effort.

They only need to be 65 years of age or over.

At first glance, it seems to be a reasonable measure to alleviate stress in an older person’s life. But for Brock University Psychology PhD student Alison O’Connor, such a law is a potential red flag for a larger problem.

“Given that we have negative aging attitudes embedded within our society already,” says O’Connor, “is this law just perpetuating these stereotypes and making older adults feel like they aren’t able to contribute to the jury?”

She notes that there has been no research on how people perceive this law and that “there is no justification provided for why older adults can opt out, and there’s no reason to explain why some areas uphold this law and others do not.”

To address these and other questions, O’Connor and her supervisor, Associate Professor of Psychology Angela Evans, set out to explore perceptions of older adults’ involvement in jury duty and how this may be shaped by the opt-out law.

The researchers constructed a questionnaire for younger and older adult participants to assess their willingness and capability to serve on jury duty, their perceptions of older adults’ capability to serve, and what participants thought of the so-called ‘opt-out’ law.

Prior to completing the questionnaire, the researchers informed half of the older adult group about the law. The other half of older adults were not told about the law until the end of the questionnaire.

The results, published last month in the journal Psychology, Crime and Law, confirmed some of O’Connor’s and Evans’ theories.

“One of the important messages of the study is that, overwhelmingly, both older and younger participants said they thought this law was in place because of older adults’ declining capabilities,” says O’Connor.

She notes that only 10 per cent of older adult participants thought the law was in place because it benefitted older adults.

Interestingly, knowing about the law in advance didn’t alter older adults’ perceptions of themselves as being effective jurors, but it did bring about more negative attitudes towards older adult jurors as a whole.

Other findings of the study “Perceptions of older adult jurors: the influence of aging stereotypes and jury laws” include:

  • 67 per cent of older adults indicated they would want to serve on a jury within the next year — a rate significantly higher than younger adults
  • Both age groups rated themselves as fairly capable to serve
  • Only 37 per cent of older adults agreed there should be a maximum age threshold for jurors, as compared to 70 per cent of younger adults who agreed with the threshold
  • Younger adults provided significantly lower capability ratings for older adult jurors compared to older adults, mainly based on beliefs that older adults suffered from poor health and hold ‘biased’ beliefs

Evans says the results suggest the potential for intergenerational conflict among jurors if younger adults perceive older adults to be less capable.

“Aging stereotypes can have real consequences for older adults, so it is possible that these negative attitudes may prevent older adult jurors from feeling confident and valued during jury deliberations,” says Evans.

Regarding the opt-out law, the researchers suggest it may be beneficial for jurisdictions to explain the reasons behind allowing older adults to be excused from jury duty so as “to prevent citizens from assuming the law is in place because of older adults’ limited capacity to serve as jurors,” says the study. This can be an interesting next step in this line of research.

O’Connor says she hopes the research results will challenge stereotypes of older adult jurors, motivate the court system “to foster more positive relationships between different age groups” and be the start of a wider inquiry into reform of the opt-out law.

“Older adults are a very important and valuable group of citizens within our population,” she says. “It’s a shame if either this law or negative aging attitudes are impeding their ability to contribute to a jury, which can be a very important civic responsibility.”

For more information or for assistance arranging interviews:

* Dan Dakin, Manager Communications and Media Relations, Brock University, 905-688-5550 x5353 or 905-347-1970 

Brock University Marketing and Communications has a full-service studio where we can provide high definition video and broadcast-quality audio. 

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Draft executive order for U.S. federal architecture alarms Brock experts

Brock News - Thu, 2020-02-20 09:52

MEDIA RELEASE: 14 February 2020 – R0032

Architecture is more than just appealing buildings — it’s a form of communication and a manifestation of cultural aspirations, say two Brock University experts.

Under a draft executive order published by the Chicago Sun Times, U.S. President Donald Trump could mandate that new or renovated American federal buildings be built in his preferred neoclassical style.

“My immediate reaction is one of alarm,” says Katharine von Stackelberg, Associate Professor with the Department of Classics. “Mandating an official architectural style is a hallmark of totalitarian regimes. Architecture is a living process that must be responsive and adaptive to its historical context if it’s to have any meaning to us now or any value in the future.”

The draft order, titled “Making Federal Buildings Beautiful Again,” received condemnation from groups such as the American Institute of Architects for abandoning the 1962 Guiding Principles for Architecture and banning Brutalist or Deconstructivist styles.

Neoclassical architecture was popular in Europe and North America in the 18th and 19th centuries. It is easily recognized by its use of features found in ancient Greek and Roman architecture, such as columns, arches, friezes, symmetry and geometrical forms. The style was used for stately homes, monuments, and public and commercial buildings.

“The notion that architecture can imprint or bestow an ideology has served any number of regimes, the most notorious being the Nazi era, and its preference for a form of a severe classicism and the authoritarianism that follows,” says Derek Knight, Associate Professor in the Department of Visual Art.

“Such ideas have also permeated the European colonial powers in Africa, Asia and, indeed, North America, where traits of exploitation, power and hegemony are manifest in the buildings they have left behind.”

The United States’ Founding Fathers consciously used neo-classical architecture to distance themselves from British control and focus on the legacy of Athenian democracy and Roman republicanism, says von Stackelberg.

“By proposing a return to neoclassical style, the Trump administration is positioning Trump as a new Founding Father,” says von Stackelberg. “What’s really interesting though is that in the unlikely event that this proposal is adopted, he may find that neoclassicism no longer means what he thinks it does.”

The neoclassical style developed new meanings in the late 19th and early 20th centuries as a result of education reforms, journalism and mass-produced art, says von Stackleberg, whose edited volume, Housing the New Romans: Architectural Reception and Classical Style in the Roman World (Oxford, 2017; co-edited with E. Macaulay-Lewis) traces this shift in the meaning.

“Neoclassical style came to represent femininity, domestic leisure and hybrid ‘foreignness’ when access to classics became available to previously marginalized groups such as women, working-class families and immigrants.”

While the idea for the executive order takes its lead from the Capitol Building and the perception that republican virtue is manifested in neoclassical facades, it does have broader meanings.

“The notion of a national architecture is fraught with undertones of manifest destiny, misconstrued ideas around lost utopias, and an idealism that is retrograde,” says Knight.

Katharine von Stackelberg, Associate Professor with the Department of Classics and Derek Knight, Associate Professor in the Department of Visual Art, are available for media interviews on the topic.

For more information or for assistance arranging interviews: 

Michelle Pressé, Brock University Communications,, 905-688-5550 x4420 or 905-246-1963

Dan Dakin, Manager Communications and Media Relations, Brock, 905-688-5550 x5353 or 905-347-1970

Brock University Marketing and Communications has a full-service studio where we can provide high definition video and broadcast-quality audio.

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Apple and the coronavirus, our iPadOS 14 wishlist, and more

Mac World - Thu, 2020-02-20 08:00

The coronavirus hits Apple, but rumor has it that it won’t stop the iPhone SE 2 from appearing. Plus, an iPadOS 14 wish list, your hot takes, and more on this episode of the Macworld Podcast.

This is episode 686 with Leif Johnson, Roman Loyola, and Michael Simon.

Listen to episode 686

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CarPlay FAQ: Everything you need to know about Apple’s automotive dashboard software

Mac World - Thu, 2020-02-20 07:15

With very few exceptions, the navigation and entertainment software running on the dashboard touchscreens for modern cars is awful. Dated interface design, confusing layouts, and rarely-if-ever updated software and data.

Fortunately, Apple has a fix for that: CarPlay. It’s a built-in feature that turns your iPhone into the brains and interface for your car’s infotainment display, and it’s a huge step up from what you get in most cars.

Originally launched in 2014, CarPlay is now supported on a wide variety of vehicles. Here’s what you need to know about CarPlay, its supported devices and vehicles, and supported apps.

How does CarPlay work?

Using CarPlay on a supported car is easy. Just use your Lightning cable to plug your iPhone into the car’s USB port and select the CarPlay function on your car’s screen. The exact method of selecting CarPlay differs from one car to the next, but it’s usually fairly obvious.

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