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How I spent my summer

Students empowered by community volunteer project

A commitment to helping the community and practicing their faith in a meaningful way gave a group of UWindsor students the impetus to devote two months this past summer to living and working as a group.

The Empower project, an initiative of Assumption University Campus Ministry, saw eight young people living rent and expense-free in a home paid for by Assumption University from mid-May to mid-July, in exchange for service to local community agencies and a willingness to develop a long-term strategy for community service in the west end of Windsor.

Amsterdam experience helps student researcher learn the value of relationships

Of the three Olympic values – excellence, respect and friendship – it’s the last that might matter the most to Samantha Pang.

A second year master’s student in Human Kinetics who specializes in sport management, Pang spent the entire summer working in the Netherlands researching how to build a marketing strategy to increase the number of visits sport enthusiasts and tourists make to the Olympic Experience, an attraction at the Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam.

Biology student braves hurricanes and sharks on remote Pacific island

Roberto Sosa has been to some remote corners of Mexico on his quest to learn more about the songs of the wren, but says nothing compared to the month he spent this summer tracking the birds on an isolated jungle island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

“In my personal experience, this was one of my best field seasons in terms of data collection,” said Sosa, a PhD student in associate professor Dan Mennill’s lab in biological sciences.

Psychology student discovers common ground with survivors of war in former Yugoslavia

For a very brief moment, Mia Sisic’s eyes well up ever so slightly when asked what she recalls about growing up in a small town in what was still Yugoslavia in the early 1990s during a bitter war that would eventually divide her home country along ethnic and religious lines.

“I remember a lot but I don’t want to talk about it,” she replies with a quick, smiling recovery. “My parents and I still talk about it, but we try to leave that in the past. I do remember being a very happy kid, playing with kids who were Serbian, Muslim and Croatian. It didn’t matter then.”

Workshop to help research funding applicants understand knowledge mobilization

Funding agencies seeking to maximize the impact of research are increasingly requiring applicants to submit plans for knowledge mobilization. A one-hour workshop on campus this week will present different approaches to organizing a knowledge mobilization plan.

The workshop, Effective Knowledge Mobilization Plans, is aimed at faculty members and graduate students applying for funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. It runs 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 29, in Vanier Hall’s Oak Room.

English student learns value of native oral traditions

Like most North American children, Sandra Stephens would have grown up with classic fables such as The Tortoise and the Hare and The Boy Who Cried Wolf.

How the Crow Became Black was a new one on her. A fourth-year English major with a minor in anthropology, Stephens came across two variations of the tale this summer while she was researching First Nations oral traditions on the Wasauksing Ojibwe reserve near Parry Sound, Ontario.

Kinesiology researcher studying how gripping device lowers blood pressure

While many students were enjoying a break from their studies, Mark Badrov was hard at work in the lab this summer, trying to better understand why a simple hand grip device helps lower blood pressure in some individuals.

“I really like research,” said Badrov, a human kinetics student who will enter the second year of his master’s program this fall. “It’s a lot of fun. It involves a lot of hands-on learning, and you feel like you’re making a difference.”