My research examines library anxiety and race in Nova Scotia. My photo displays how many students feel when they're trying to locate a book in an academic library...confused, anxious, or it's just a blur.
Kevin McKague and Jill McPherson interviewing a farmer in Kiambu County, Kenya, served by Farm Shop a local social franchise. Our research looked at the opportunities and challenges to scale a social franchising business model to improve income, food and nutrition security for smallholder farmers, especially women.
A long and winding road in NE Iceland.
The D'Cunha research group carries out research in the field of protein and enzyme biochemistry.
The photo captures a sense of renewal, of rooting and grounding. The fundamental question of the purpose of education, or for what do we educate, is virtually absent in most discussions of 21st century learning. I offer an alternative curricular vision to the techno-optimistic belief in progress prevalent in the discourse of 21st century learning. In the call for radical reform, I propose another understanding of the word “radical,” one that includes an ecocentric, life affirming understanding that roots education in a life code of value and in a living community of relations large enough to embrace the multidimensionality, the responsiveness, and responsibility at the heart of the pedagogical relation.
This informal social media research project sought to determine how much people like a photo of a very big rock that I collected with a normal-sized backpack. Preliminary results indicate that the answer is "a lot".
2019 MacQuarrie group! The MacQuarrie group converts biomass to biochar and bio-oil for applications ranging from cosmetics to catalysis. Students are hired to work on industry led projects as well as fundamental research. Most work part-time during the term and full time all summer. To sum it all up - We Burn Stuff! Everything from forestry residues to crab bodies!
BU Undergraduate Biology Students Mapping Habitat Characteristics for Mirabai Alexander Masters Thesis on Black and White Warbler, Cape Breton Highlands National Park, August 2017.
Dr. Dana Mount’s project “10 Beaches in 10 Days: A Garbage Survey” looked at the state of marine and beach debris in the CBRM. Dana and her team collected over 1400 individual items in their 30-minute surveys. Overwhelmingly, they found that debris from the fishing industry was the greatest category of beach debris locally. This differs from the findings of nation-wide beach surveys, which often identified consumer products as the dominant type. Such a difference points to our robust fisheries, but also to problem of waste and garbage that’s difficult to manage within that industry. Bachelor of Arts and Science in Environment (BASE) student Kassidy Harris built her own light-box and photographed the items. Her vivid photographs ask us to look at the debris as objects in their own right.
My current research in the realm of material culture focuses on the shared, repurposed, and DIY tools of fibre artists in Cape Breton. This project is part of a larger research initiative undertaken with Kathy Snow and Annamarie Hatcher. Spinners use a tool called a niddy noddy to wind a skein of yarn. This DIY niddy noddy was constructed from electrical conduit by Kara Thompson, a member of a local group of fibre artists who call themselves the Unspun Heroes.
Transforming schoolyards into naturalized areas enhances play and nature connection (Dyment, 2005), increases repertoires of outdoor activities, and promotes resilience (Chawla, Keena, Pevec & Stanley, 2014). Employing photovoice and conversational interviews, this study examines children’s perceptions pre- and post- playground naturalization at an elementary school in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada. Themes from data analysis include: engagement with nature, and desire for more nature; physicality and movement; built and natural play features; and risk, rules, and well-being. Drawing on existing literature in the fields of schoolyard greening and naturalization, the study discusses benefits and complexities for future consideration in similar contexts.