NU 360 Speaker Night celebrates research and community

The NU360 Speaker Night will soon open Research Month on Thursday, March 2 at 5:30 p.m. at the Nipissing University Student Union (NUSU) Student Centre. This long-standing tradition samples the diverse research happening at Nipissing through a series of six-minute talks, all linked to the theme of “Research and Community”.

Members of the community are invited to attend this free event and discover the important research being conducted by Nipissing University’s talented and knowledgeable faculty.  

Dr. Mary Pat Sullivan, Professor in the School of Social Work, registered social worker, and social gerontologist, will present her research titled “Virtual communities for people affected by rarer dementias: Characterizing spaces for connection and repose”. In this talk, Dr. Sullivan will discuss the new Rare Dementia Support Canada virtual support for people affected by rare and young onset dementia.

Dr. Kristina Karvinen, Associate Professor in the Schulich School of Education, will present her research titled “Equine Assisted Learning: Can it Help Adult Survivors of Sexual trauma?” where she will share how her research team examined the effect of an Equine Assisted Learning program on psychosocial outcomes such as attachment style, self-esteem, trust, and hope in adult survivors of sexual trauma.

Dr. Jeff Dech, Professor and Program Chair in the Faculty of Arts and Science, Biology and Chemistry, will present his research titled “The big picture: patterns of disturbance and dynamics across forest landscapes”. Dr. Dech will discuss various approaches, including the analysis of remote sensing data (e.g., airborne laser scanning), stable isotope chemistry, dendrochronology to gain novel insights into the disturbances and dynamics of forests in northern and central Ontario.

Dr. Cindy Peltier, Professor in the Faculty of Arts and Science and the Schulich School of Education, will present her research titled “Lessons from the North: Creating a Micro-Credential with the Nbisiing Nishanaabeg”. This presentation will highlight a Nipissing University-Nipissing First Nation partnership to create the micro-credential, Wiidooktaadyang: Promoting Indigenous Health and Wellness in Anishinaabe Communities.

Dr. Amir Erfani, Professor in the Faculty of arts and Science, Sociology, will present his research titled “Reasons of high prevalence of contraceptive withdrawal (coitus interruptus)” and will discuss how this study that aims to uncover the reasons behind withdrawal use in selected regions of Iran and informs policy makers and stakeholders in reproductive health and women empowerment.

Dr. Kristen Ferguson, Professor in the Schulich School of Education, and Dr. Melissa Corrente, Instructor in the Schulich School of Education’s Bachelor of Physical and Health Education program, will present their research titled “Teachers Making a Difference in the Community” and share the results of how teachers are making a difference through giving their time and volunteering.

Dr. Colin McCarter, Assistant Professor cross-appointed in the Department of Biology and Chemistry, and Canada Research Chair in Climate and Environmental Change, will present his research titled “A Changing North: Untangling how humans and climate change alter northern Ontario water quality”. In this talk, Dr. McCarter will discuss the ways pollutants are degrading northern Ontario’s clean water and explore how the northern pollutant mercury, and other legacy emerging pollutants, respond to multiple and interaction pressures.

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