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July 09, 2012 - In the News

Business professor Jamie Gruman was featured on radio stations across the country this morning. He was interviewed live by numerous CBC-affiliate radio stations as part of CBC Radio syndication. He discussed his role in creating the Canadian Positive Psychology Association, which aims to improve the psychological health of Canadians by sharing knowledge and fostering collaborative studies of how humans flourish. Read more

Gruman was also featured on CBC’s Ontario Morning July 3 and was interviewed by Post Media news. He researches and teaches organizational behaviour. His current research focuses on well-being in the workplace, including the emerging field of positive organizational behaviour, which explores the effect of hope, optimism, confidence, and resilience among employees.

History professor Matthew Hayday was featured on the CTV News Channel program Afternoon Express July 6. He discussed the continued relevance of bilingualism and the official languages policy of the federal government. Hayday, who studies official languages in education, was a contributor to the book Life After Forty: Official Languages Policy in Canada. It examines the country’s Official Languages Act and discusses why, despite the act, bilingualism in English Canada is only slightly higher than it is in the United States.

Hayday is currently researching the history of bilingualism in English-speaking Canada. He is also the author of Bilingual Today, United Tomorrow, which was a finalist for the Harold Adams Innis Prize, awarded to the best Canadian book in English in the social sciences. The award is administered by the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. read more

Integrative biology professor Ryan Norris was on the popular CBC Radio program The Current July 6 about monarch butterflies, migration and climate change. The segment focused on the large number of butterflies seen this spring, including monarch butterflies that have been spotted as far north as Edmonton. The implications of these sightings were discussed in relation to climate change and conservation efforts. Norris talked about monarch migration patterns and the challenges associated with conserving migratory animals.

Norris has conducted numerous studies on the migration routes of butterflies, including how monarch butterflies complete their spectacular journey home (including flying over the Appalachians) and how they manage to reach the northern part of their breeding range in spring.

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