January 18th, 2020

U of L research projects get new funding

By Mabell, Dave on August 6, 2019.

Dave Mabell

Lethbridge Herald


The cultural and social history of Japanese Canadians across southern Alberta is one of many University of Lethbridge research projects receiving new federal funding.

Studies involving immigrant teenagers and how sedentary seniors can become more active are also included in a list of recent research grants announced by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

“The U of L’s success rate with Insight Development Grants was very positive, higher than the national average and continues our momentum,” says U of L vice-president (research) Erasmus Okine.

“Our social scientists and humanities researchers are conducting leading-edge research and I heartily commend them for their efforts.”

A new “Insight Grant” from the federal agency will allow kinesiology and physical education professor Carly Adams – a Board of Governors Research Chair – to continue her oral history project, Transforming Canadian Nikkei. She’s working with Darren Aoki, a U of L graduate who’s now a professor in world history at the University of Plymouth and an adjunct professor in history at the U of L.

They’re exploring the cultural and social history of Canadian Nikkei (people of Japanese descent) in southern Alberta from 1950 to the 21st century. Their partners in the project are the Galt Museum and Archives, the Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden and the Nikkei Cultural Society of Lethbridge and Area.

Lethbridge researchers also received several “Insight Development” grants. Education professor Robert LeBlanc will examine how immigrant teens in an Alberta meat-packing town (Brooks) learn the forms and meanings of stylized speech.

Glenda Bonifacio (women and gender studies) will study how the election of Rodrigo Duterte in the Philippines has affected foreign disaster aid and gender equality following Haiyan, the 2013 “super typhoon.”

And Paige Pope (kinesiology and physical education) will compare the effectiveness of various messages designed to reduce sedentary behaviour in older Canadian adults.

Along with the faculty members who received awards, several U of L graduate students also received SSHRC funding – including master’s students Jennifer Chernishenko, Margaret Ingram, Quinn Johnsson, Mary Siever, Michelle Sylvestre and Jaisie Walker and doctoral student Serena Visser.

Chernishenko will examine how girls’ mindsets affect their sense of belonging and participation in sports. Siever is studying the reasons why parenting and mothering receive minimal support in post-secondary study.

Sylvestre will examine how social issues and context get transferred into the medical world and how that’s connected to today’s consumption of pharmaceuticals. And Visser will explore the impact institutional norms and practices within the mental health system have for trans and gender-diverse people.

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