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News Release

June 03, 2005

Arts, Social Sciences Get Federal Support

Research in the arts, humanities and social sciences at the University of Guelph received a $1.4-million boost today.

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) announced it's investing nearly $82 million in research projects at 77 universities and colleges. U of G's share is for 18 projects involving 20 professors. These projects range from trust and confidence in the court system to Shakespeare to socialization during adolescence.

“I’m delighted and humbled to have received such substantial support from SSHRC,” said English professor Daniel Fischlin. “The extensive peer-review process and the general high quality of applications make this award an especially valued recognition by peers.”

He received $163,039 to support his Canadian Adaptations of Shakespeare Project, which explores and documents how Shakespeare’s work has been adapted into national, multicultural theatrical practice. The award will allow Fischlin to further disseminate rare archival materials to an international audience “and to continue telling an important part of the story of Canadian identity and Canadian cultural production across multiple disciplines in the humanities,” he said.

Applied nutrition professor Heather Keller received $158,918 to investigate changes in the meaning and perception of “eating together” for families who experience dementia. “The SSHRC funding will allow me to explore in depth the social context of mealtime and eating behaviours for these seniors," she said.

Keller will work with researchers from McMaster University and the University of Waterloo. “This is a new collaboration for me and brings together nutrition, nursing and recreation therapy researchers who are interested in dementia.”

Psychology professor Barbara Morrongiello is “thrilled” with her $108,192 award to advance understanding of unintentional home injuries in young children. “This funding is critical because it will allow me to complete some longitudinal studies that will contribute substantially to our knowledge of how child, parent and environmental factors interact and lead to childhood injuries.”

Other professors who received SSHRC funding are:

• Scott Colwell, Marketing and Consumer Studies, $64,764 to study key supplier continual quality improvement

• Mary Cyr, Fine Art and Music, $26,523 for research on Elisabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre’s contribution to the sonata in France

• Donald Dedrick, Philosophy, $59,759 to study colour naming research and its multidisciplinary context

• Benjamin Gottlieb, Psychology, and Scott Maitland, Family Relations and Applied Nutrition, $44,604 for a prospective study of older adult volunteers

• Alice Hovorka, Geography, $89,701 to research gendered urbanization in Botswana

• Douglas Killam, University Professor emeritus, English and Theatre Studies, $43,532 for an encyclopedia of African literature in English

• Leon Kuczynski, Family Relations and Applied Nutrition, $110,391 to study socialization in middle childhood and adolescence

• Stuart McCook, History, $49,750 for a global history of coffee rust

• Ian Newby-Clark, Psychology, $97,600 to study the role of psychological defence

• Karen Racine, History, $69,000 for research on patriotic civic culture and Spanish-American identity

• University Professors emeritae Mary Rubio and Elizabeth Waterston, English and Theatre Studies, $44,549 for a critical edition of Anne of Green Gables

• Frans Schryer, Sociology and Anthropology, $40,324 to study the impact of globalization on the Nahuas of the Alto Balsas in Mexico

• Jane Sprott, Sociology and Anthropology, $41,240 to research young offenders and trust and confidence in the courts

• Thanasis Stengos, Economics, $51,500 to develop information-theoretic distribution methods

• René Véron, Geography, $121,959 to research globalization, reform and livelihoods in India

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