• Benchmarking business database holdings in Canada: Results of a gap analysis

      Lowry, Linda Darlene (2015-04-14)
      This lightning talk presents the results of an exploratory study of the database holdings of an aspirant group of ten AACSB/Equis accredited Canadian business schools with doctoral programs. Who had the most databases? What were the most widely held titles? What does a gap analysis reveal about how Brock University fares against this aspirant group?
    • Beyond CRAAP: Critical Thinking in the Age of Fake News

      Thiessen, Jennifer; MacKinnon, Colleen; Pemberton, Amanda (2019-01-30)
      In this age of fake news, clickbait, and alternative facts, how can we equip students to find the truth? While fake news is not a new concept, its ubiquity has made it increasingly difficult to distinguish between what is real and what is fabricated. Library professionals have long been in the business of teaching critical thinking and source evaluation. How can we leverage this knowledge to teach students to be confident information consumers and creators? This session will review online learning content created by librarians at Brock University, including a media literacy tutorial for students in the Teacher Education program, and an online workshop on identifying fake news and critically evaluating news information. We will explore the importance of teaching media literacy and critical thinking skills, outline strategies for moving beyond the checklist approach to evaluating information, and share successes, challenges and next steps.
    • Beyond Physical: Impacts of Water Regulations in First Nations Communities

      Bharadwaj, Lalita (2015)
      In Standing Buffalo Dakota First Nation, there is increasing pressure on water resources by increased cottage development, sewage disposal to the river system, management of the Qu’Appelle and Gardiner Dams, impacting water flows and levels and increased flooding events. At the time this project was initiated, the community had serious concerns about the impacts of a proposal from a multinational potash mining company to withdraw water from Katepwa Lake for use in mining operations. The community was concerned with the impact on water quality, water level, and traditional and cultural activities pertaining to water. Initial meetings with Chief and Council also revealed that seasonal flooding threatens human safety, homes, and critical infrastructure, and the implementation of emergency measures puts considerable strain on the Band’s resources. Shortly after this research project began, the mining company withdrew their proposal to withdraw water. However, Standing Buffalo remained interested in exploring the significance of water to the community and the ways in which water (and the surrounding natural environment) is important and valuable to the community’s culture and traditions. Given the geographic location of the reserve, there are ongoing and potentially increasing impacts related to water that could arise from both anthropogenic and natural changes in the environment
    • Bien-être, services écosystémiques et gestion de l’aménagement des bassins versants dans la vallée de la rivière Credit : mécanismes et indicateurs diffusés par le Web aux fins de communication et de sensibilisation

      Bunch, Martin (2015)
      La santé et le bien-être humains dépendent fondamentalement des services fournis par les écosystèmes. Toutefois, l’importance des services écosystémiques pour le bien-être, et de la gestion des ressources de l’écosystème et du bassin versant pour maintenir ces services, n’est généralement pas comprise par le public ni suffisamment articulée par les organismes de gestion et de gouvernance de l’environnement. Les bénéficiaires de ces services n’ont souvent pas conscience de la nature de leur dépendance envers les écosystèmes de soutien. Cela est particulièrement vrai dans les bassins versants urbanisés. Les organismes de bassins versants sont conscients des avantages dont profitent leurs résidents, mais ils ne suivent et ne rapportent pas assez souvent les mesures du bien-être humain pour pouvoir démontrer l’efficacité de leur travail. Les relations entre les déterminants environnementaux de la santé et du bien-être sont multiples et diffuses, et elles interagissent d’une manière non linéaire, complexe et difficile à analyser et à isoler. Cela pose un défi à la science normale, qui tente de comprendre les problèmes en les réduisant en plus petites composantes. Sans moyen de démontrer et de communiquer ces relations, les services écosystémiques qui sous-tendent notre santé et notre bien-être continueront d’être ignorés et discrédités.
    • Bill Ralph's Last Lecture

      Ralph, Bill; Gordon, Ian D.; Bellisaro, Heather; Brigantino, Catherine; Steepe, Justin (2020-02-05)
      Brock University Associate Professor of Mathematics Bill Ralph upon his pending retirement was challenged to share his passion for mathematics, research, teaching, calculus, music, art, and learning. This "Last Lecture" was captured by streaming video together with an accompanying transcript and Brock News promotional release. Bill presented before a full house of colleagues, friends, mentors, current and former students at Brock University's Pond Inlet on February 5, 2020. Bill's lecture was introduced by colleague and friend Dorothy Levay, Instructor and Manager of Academic Support in Brock University’s Department of Mathematics and Statistics. Using animated video, quotes, pictures, images, and stories - Bill shared his lifelong love of learning, discovery, teaching, and mathematics. Bill summarized his perspective on teaching as kindness mixed with high standards. Bill commented that "Teaching to me is high standards. I think I’ve had pretty high standards and a great deal of kindness. Kindness mixed with high standards. We have to be kind when we teach students. It's not easy being a student and we have to remember that and be aware of that. We also of course have to keep our standards." YouTube version available @ https://youtu.be/ZPcuFSa20jo
    • Book Review: Pirate Cinema

      Ribaric, Tim (2600 Enterprises, Inc., 2013)
      Book Review of 'Pirate Cinema' written by Cory Doctorow.
    • Book Review: Rabbits

      Ribaric, Tim (2600 Enterprises, Inc., 2021)
      Book Review of 'Rabbits' written by Terry Miles.
    • Bottled Water Use On the Land: Economic, Social and Policy Implications of Water Consumption Choices While Pursuing Livelihoods and Undertaking Recreational Activities

      Dupont, Diane; Adamowicz, Vic; Spetch, Marcia; Parlee, Brenda (2015)
      Defensive expenditures on bottled water for home use are related to: incomes, aesthetics (taste, convenience) and health risk perceptions (Dupont and Jahan, 2010; Lloyd-Smith et al., 2014). The previous literature is silent on two issues of relevance to WEPGN’s mandate of improving understanding of water’s role in Canadian society and economy. The first issue is identifying what are the determinants of water consumption choices on the land (particularly, water used in pursuit of livelihoods and/or recreational activities that require travel from home, including trapping, hunting and fishing practices). The second is an investigation of water choices and health risk perceptions of individuals in Canada’s Northern communities. Nickels et al., (2006) notes the use of bottled water by Aboriginal peoples as a substitute for streams/rivers due to perceptions of poor water quality. Project partners are interested in learning whether this is an increasing phenomenon in the Northwest Territories (NWT). This is of concern for two reasons: such expenditures may be wasteful for individuals and also result in potential pollution. The research team will design and implement a survey to elicit perceptions and relate them to defensive expenditures. Researchers will also examine methods for communicating and eliciting risk perceptions to provide the project partners with knowledge to improve communications about water quality. This research will inform decisions around programming, specifically, source water protection planning.
    • Bridging the business data divide: insights into primary and secondary data use by business researchers

      Lowry, Linda Darlene (International Association for Social Science Information Services & Technology, 2015-09)
      Academic librarians and data specialists use a variety of approaches to gain insight into how researcher data needs and practices vary by discipline, including surveys, focus groups, and interviews. Some published studies included small numbers of business school faculty and graduate students in their samples, but provided little, if any, insight into variations within the business discipline. Business researchers employ a variety of research designs and data collection methods and engage in quantitative and qualitative data analysis. The purpose of this paper is to provide deeper insight into primary and secondary data use by business graduate students at one Canadian university based on a content analysis of a corpus of 32 Master of Science in Management theses. This paper explores variations in research designs and data collection methods between and within business subfields (e.g., accounting, finance, operations and information systems, marketing, or organization studies) in order to better understand the extent to which these researchers collect and analyze primary data or secondary data sources, including commercial or open data sources. The results of this analysis will inform the work of data specialists and liaison librarians who provide research data management services for business school researchers.
    • Bridging the Gap: Exploring the Potential for Community-based Watershed Monitoring to Enhance Ecosystem Health and Watershed Governance in Canada

      Castleden, Heather (2015)
      Watershed monitoring is an essential component of watershed management; however, widespread federal and provincial decentralization efforts have resulted in reduced government funding for such monitoring. In response, communities are mobilizing to address this deficit in Canada by undertaking a practice called community-based watershed monitoring (CBWM). Although CBWM is being employed to address this gap, monitoring data collected by CBWM organizations remains underutilized by decision-makers in watershed governance. Moreover, CBWM organizations face significant challenges with knowledge exchange due to a lack of rigorous scientific protocols and high organizational turnover. At the same time, decision-makers are experiencing minimal capacity to utilize CBWM data due to restricted mandates and resources. Nonetheless, research suggests that communities significantly benefit from CBWM, but less evidence exists to confirm effects of CBWM activities on ecosystem health and there is scant literature about successful CBWM data integration. Anecdotal evidence regarding ecosystem benefits provided by CBWM exists in grey literature and on websites; however, more peer-reviewed literature must be established to support these claims. Uncertainty still remains regarding how to track the success of CBWM and watershed restoration efforts.
    • Broad-scale lake expansion and flooding inundates essential wood bison habitat

      Korosi, Jennifer; Thienpont, Joshua; Pisaric, Michael; deMontigny, Peter; Perreault, Joelle; McDonald, Jamylynn; Simpson, Myrna; Armstrong, Terry; Kokelj, Steven; Smol, John; et al. (Nature, 2017-02-23)
      Understanding the interaction between the response of a complex ecosystem to climate change and the protection of vulnerable wildlife species is essential for conservation efforts. In the Northwest Territories (Canada), the recent movement of the Mackenzie wood bison herd (Bison bison athabascae) out of their designated territory has been postulated as a response to the loss of essential habitat following regional lake expansion. We show that the proportion of this landscape occupied by water doubled since 1986 and the timing of lake expansion corresponds to bison movements out of the Mackenzie Bison Sanctuary. Historical reconstructions using proxy data in dated sediment cores show that the scale of recent lake expansion is unmatched over at least the last several hundred years. We conclude that recent lake expansion represents a fundamental alteration of the structure and function of this ecosystem and its use by Mackenzie wood bison, in response to climate change.
    • Brock Health - Issue 17

      Issue 17 of Brock Health Magazine
    • Brock Health - Issue 18

      Albright, Jessica; Boase, Rachel; Ghosh, Mona; Guzman, Anne; Kahlon, Aryan; McKee, Katherine; Sabbatini, Sean; Silenzi, Alyssia; Wexler, Aaron
      Issue 18 features articles such as Exercising Your Bones, Free Physiotherapy on Campus, Planning for Game Day Success and many more!
    • Brock Health Magazine. Issue 19.

      Glassco, Aidan; Hettwer, Hillary; Johnson, Ben; Kahlon, Aryan; Laidlaw-Allan, Aqui; Mohamed Farook, Hana; Moore, Marcus; Odunuga, Temi; Pagnotta, Valerie; Quinton, Jamie; et al.
      Issue 19. Brock Health Magazine features articles that cover all aspects of health to ensure the coverage of all interests, such as mental, spiritual, physical, and emotional health. The magazine is completely run and written by students from all faculties, for all of the Brock Community. Publishing Issue 19 was a challenge as we all share the struggles of the COVID-19 pandemic. Regardless, Brock Health Magazine has not compromised on the quality and has brought to you topics that fellow students would like to share and write passionately about.
    • Brock Science Mentorship Program 2020 Symposium

      Bellisario, Heather; Brigantino, Catherine; Gordon, Ian D.; Steepe, Justin (Brock University Faculty of Mathematics and Science, 2020-02)
    • Brock’s New Digital Scholarship Lab: Partnering and Collaborating for Success

      Nolan, Nicole; Robertson, Mark; Ribaric, Tim (2019-02-01)
      Brock University will open a new SIF-funded facility in the spring of 2019 dedicated to transdisciplinary research, commercialization and entrepreneurship. The new Rankin Family Pavilion at the front door of the campus is home to Brock LINC, a collaborative approach to innovation. Brock Library's Digital Scholarship Lab and Makerspace will join other units in the facility, such as BioLINC (incubator), the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute’s Virtual Reality Consumer Lab, the Goodman School of Business Consulting Group, and the Centre for Innovation, Management and Enterprise Education (CIMEE). This session will focus on the role of the Digital Scholarship Lab (DSL) within the context of this new innovation ecosystem. Digital scholarship is by its nature collaborative, multi-disciplinary and draws upon a broad range of expertise in areas such as data science, research data management, high performance computing (HPC), data visualization, virtual objects and simulations, geospatial technologies, and computational textual analysis. The Digital Scholarship Lab in the new facility will be a hub to explore, discover, create, and play with data and visual tools, methods, and objects. Programming, is offered by the Library in partnership with central IT, Brock's Compute Canada/SharcNet representative, and the Centre for Digital Humanities. We also collaborate with the other Brock LINC units. Drawing on technical expertise from both inside and outside of our own domain enables us to offer a more robust suite of services for our users. Attendees of this session will: 1) learn about models of digital scholarship, 2) learn about the role of collaboration and partnering in an innovation ecosystem, and 3) learn about some of the challenges of developing a digital program in a collaborative context. Presentation Material from Ontario Library Association (OLA) Superconference 2019.
    • Business data: issues and challenges from the Canadian perspective

      Lowry, Linda; Hong, Eun-ha (IASSIST, 2008-08-15)
      This paper explores the issues and challenges that we have faced as Canadian academic business librarians when working with business data. As this is an exploratory study, we hope only to start a discussion among data librarians about some key challenges facing the academic community related to supporting the teaching and research use of business data. Our paper begins with a brief discussion of general data trends, followed by a detailed exploration of business data trends and trends in Canadian business education. We discuss challenges and issues related to working with business data from both the collections and reference service perspectives, including the pros and cons of providing business data services and support within the library environment. We conclude by suggesting some measures that both academic business librarians and data librarians can take to address some of these challenges.
    • C

      Ribaric, Tim (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016-06)
      This is chapter 8 of "The Librarian's Introduction to Programming Languages" entitled C. It introduces the C language in a context suitable for Librarians and information professionals.
    • Calmodulin-Binding Proteins in Muscle: A Minireview on Nuclear Receptor Interacting Protein, Neurogranin, and Growth-Associated Protein 43

      Moradi, Fereshteh; Copeland, Emily N; Baranowski, Ryan W; Scholey, Aiden E; Stuart, Jeffrey A; Fajardo, Val A (MDPI, 2020)
      Calmodulin (CaM) is an important Ca2+-sensing protein with numerous downstream targets that are either CaM-dependant or CaM-regulated. In muscle, CaM-dependent proteins, which are critical regulators of dynamic Ca2+ handling and contractility, include calcineurin (CaN), CaM-dependant kinase II (CaMKII), ryanodine receptor (RyR), and dihydropyridine receptor (DHPR).CaM-regulated targets include genes associated with oxidative metabolism, muscle plasticity, and repair. Despite its importance in muscle, the regulation of CaM—particularly its availability to bind to and activate downstream targets—is an emerging area of research. In this minireview, we discuss recent studies revealing the importance of small IQ motif proteins that bind to CaM to either facilitate (nuclear receptor interacting protein; NRIP) its activation of downstream targets, or sequester (neurogranin, Ng; and growth-associated protein 43, GAP43) CaM away from their downstream targets. Specifically, we discuss recent studies that have begun uncovering the physiological roles of NRIP, Ng, and GAP43 in skeletal and cardiac muscle, thereby highlighting the importance of endogenously expressed CaM-binding proteins and their regulation of CaM in muscle.