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Giving Voice to Untold Stories

It’s no secret that much of history is written by and about men. This is especially true for the Mennonites of Mexico and Belize. Dr. Doreen Helen Klassen, a professor of social/cultural studies, hopes that her research will give voice to a group of women who are rarely, if ever, represented in scholarly literature. [READ MORE...]                     

On Stable Ground

If you were planning to build a million-dollar home, you’d want to know that the ground you were building on was stable. You’d be even more concerned if what you were building was a multi-million dollar oil rig in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. [READ MORE...]                     

The Call of Bats

Bats are an important part of a healthy ecosystem. In Canada, many species of these long-lived animals hibernate in caves and mines during the winter and consume large amounts of insects during the summer. [READ MORE...]                     

Troubled Waters

While popular images of Newfoundland and Labrador are replete with pristine lakes and rivers, rural communities across the province face ongoing challenges surrounding their public drinking water systems. [READ MORE...]                     

The Buzz About Cranberries

Most plants carry their pollen in exposed, easy to reach places, so insects simply have to land on the blossom to pick up the pollen and carry it away. But cranberries are part of the 10% of plants that carry their pollen in tubes. [READ MORE...]                     

Religious Coexistence

By studying the small details of the past, we can gain a better understanding of the historical big picture and maybe even find relevance to current times. This is the approach Dr. Edwin Bezzina is taking as he researches Protestant-Catholic relations in Loudun, France, from 1560-1640. [READ MORE...]                     

Artistic Value & Control

Digital media are creating new possibilities that raise questions for artists. Conventionally, unique objects made by the hand of the artist are most highly valued, but the contemporary cultural mainstream equates mass consumption with success and desirability. So where does that leave visual artists in the digital age? [READ MORE...]                     

To Costa Rica and Back

Sometimes you have to go from Newfoundland and Labrador to Costa Rica and back to find answers to your questions. That’s exactly what Dr. Jose Lam and Dr. Greg Wood have done over the past two years [READ MORE...]                     

Exploring the Man Behind the Legend

Legendary ship Captain Bob Bartlett had a lifelong love affair with the Arctic; Dr. Maura Hanrahan's lifelong fascination with Bartlett began when, as a child, she spent two weeks in his home town of Brigus, Newfoundland and Labrador [READ MORE...]                     

Playing Games with Great Apes

Like humans, great apes seem to want to be entertained, and if they’re bored they just don’t pay attention. This is one of the things that Dr. Carla Krachun has learned during her 10 years researching great apes. [READ MORE...]                     

Being Present in Health Care

Be here now. Do what you are doing when you’re doing it. Be where you are when you’re there. The idea of staying present as a tool for self-management in stressful situations is one that Dr. Michael Newton has been teaching students and community groups for years. [READ MORE...]                     

The Boreal Ecosystem Research Initiative

What’s in the soil, water and air around us can tell a story about the ecosystem we depend upon. Scientific research can help write those stories, but it can’t happen without a laboratory. And the more advanced the laboratory, the more insightful the research results will be. [READ MORE...]                       

Recognizing Mi'kmaq Soldiers

Over the years, Dr. Maura Hanrahan has heard members of the Newfoundland Mi’kmaq community lament the fact that their grandfathers and great-grandfathers served in World War I, but were not recognized as Mi’kmaq soldiers. But how many Newfoundland Mi'kmaq participated in World War I? [READ MORE...]                     

The Depth of Water Insecurity

Piped water is something many of us take for granted. Simply turn on the tap and a seemingly endless supply of clean drinking water flows out. The people of Black Tickle, Labrador don’t enjoy this luxury and Dr. Maura Hanrahan has seen first-hand the negative effects this has on the community. [READ MORE...]                      

Girl Power in the Chemistry Lab

While some girls in turn-of-the century British independent schools were learning to be good wives and mothers, others were eagerly conducting experiments in state-of-the art chemistry labs. [READ MORE...]                     

Marking Loss with Ink

Loss is universal. At some point we will all lose someone important to us; it is often a painful and transformative part of being human. It may seem curious to willfully add physical pain to the pain of grief, but that’s exactly what a growing number of people are doing when they get memorial tattoos. [READ MORE...]                     

Reclaiming Game Culture

Imagine if someone confiscated your favourite board game as a way of suppressing a piece of your culture. This was the fate of the game of Waltes throughout Nova Scotia. Dr. Angela Robinson is learning the game with the goal of passing on key aspects of Mi’kmaw cultural practices to Newfoundland Mi’kmaq. [READ MORE...]                     

More Than a Drop

For some people, a favourite pastime is to imagine all of the things they’d do if they won a large amount of money. Thanks to a prestigious award, Dr. Harunur Rashid got a chance to bring his imagination into reality and boost the research capacity at Grenfell Campus. [READ MORE...]