Month: October 2019

Brock collaborating with Bangkok university

Delegates from a prominent Bangkok university arrived at Brock University Monday to continue talks of collaboration between the two institutions.The associate dean and faculty members from the Faculty of Science and Technology at Thammasat University visited Brock’s Faculty of Mathematics and Science to discuss details of a new memorandum of understanding.The agreement will facilitate the movement of doctoral students and faculty for research collaboration and internships, initially in the area of mathematics and statistics.Brock faculty are already involved in hosting and co-supervising PhD students from Thammasat.Other areas of focus for the partnership are expected to be developed in the next few years.All visiting students will be able to participate under the formal University Mentorship program administered by Brock International Services. That participation is subject to the availability of a suitable host faculty member at Brock.Students from both universities may also participate in undergraduate student exchange through ISEP, a consortia student exchange program through which both institutions are members. That exchange is subject to availability of suitable courses. read more

Cukier wins 2016 Harry Jerome Diversity Award

Wendy Cukier, who in September will become Brock University’s next president, has been announced as winner of the 2016 Harry Jerome Diversity Award, one of Canada’s foremost human rights accolades.Named after the Canadian Olympic athlete, scholar and social advocate, the Harry Jerome Diversity Award is presented annually by the Black Business and Professional Association (BBPA). It recognizes an individual, community group or organization that has been instrumental in championing diversity in ways that have produced tangible results. Previous winners include Toronto Mayor John Tory and TD Bank vice-president Scott Mullen.Cukier, currently Vice President of Research and Innovation at Ryerson University, has been prominently involved in diversity and social justice issues both as a scholar and as a volunteer. Her research initiatives include DiversityCounts, which studies the underrepresentation of racialized minorities in leadership roles, while her personal advocacy has ranged from co-founding Lifeline Syria to creating the Coalition for Gun Control. She also founded the Diversity Institute at Ryerson’s Ted Rogers School of Management.Barriers may exist, but Wendy has helped us see how we can find ways around them, over them or through them.BBPA President Pauline Christian said Cukier is receiving the award because of her longstanding community service.“Her work has had an impact, shining a light on where we are and where we need to go,” said Christian. “Barriers may exist, but Wendy has helped us see how we can find ways around them, over them or through them.”Cukier said she accepts the award on behalf of her colleagues at the Diversity Institute.“During the course of our work we have met many remarkable people … who have achieved greatness in spite of facing challenges,” she said. “They are really an inspiration to us all.”The Diversity award is one of 15 categories of Harry Jerome Awards. Other categories include arts, health sciences, young entrepreneurs and business.The awards will be presented at a formal event April 23 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. read more

Visual Arts professor releases new book on photography

Professor Linda Steer has been fascinated with photography since she was a little girl looking at her grandmother’s photo albums. Her interest in photography and surrealism has now led to the recent publication of her book, Appropriated Photographs in French Surrealist Periodicals, 1924-1939.Steer says understanding the appropriation and recirculation of images is an important part of our media-rich culture.“Research on photography is becoming increasingly important as we live more and more of our lives through visual images,” she says.Memes are one modern example of how the meaning of an image changes.“They are typically photographic images that have been appropriated and altered through the addition of text or juxtaposition with other images. They circulate on social media. That process of adding text and re-circulating changes their meanings,” Steer says.The surrealists of the 1920s and 1930s were doing a similar thing in their magazines: taking existing images and juxtaposing them with other images or text. In this process, surrealists turned established images, such as medical images or crime-scene photographs, into works of art with very different meanings from the original photographs.It’s important to our image-laden lives to understand this process and what it means, says Steer.Her book is structured around four case studies and is the first of its kind on this topic.Since art history is an interdisciplinary field, Steer’s analysis engages with histories of psychiatry, psychoanalysis, ethnography, anthropology, literature and poetry, criminology, forensics, politics, religion, and popular culture in late 19th and early 20th century France and beyond.While the book is for an academic audience, Steer hopes those interested in photography and art will also find it appealing.“I hope that my book gives readers a new way of thinking about the complex relationships between surrealism and photography, and that it allows readers to understand, in a more general way, how photographs work and how they come to have meaning,” Steer concludes. read more

Barnes 24 helps Indiana State hold off Wright State 6963

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Jordan Barnes knocked down five 3-pointers and put up 24 points as Indiana State held off Wright State in the closing minutes to take a 69-63 win and pick up its fifth win in six games Saturday.Indiana State took a 31-27 advantage at intermission, but the Raiders came back to take the lead early in the second half when Billy Wampler drew a foul in the backcourt and hit all three attempts from the line to tie the game at 34-34, then hit from deep for a 37-34 advantage.The Sycamores retook the lead on a Barnes trey with just under 14 minutes left, but Wright State remained close, cutting its deficit to just two points, 63-61 with 1:21 remaining on Wampler’s 3-pointer, but Clayton Hughes answered with a jumper and Barnes added two free throws and the Sycamores allowed only a Cole Gentry layup in the closing seconds to put the game away.Wampler finished with 22 points and Loudon Love grabbed 11 rebounds for Wright State (4-4).The Associated Press read more

Ohio State womens soccer set to take on Pittsburgh

Shelby Lum / Photo editorSenior midfilder Kristen Niederhaus looks for an open teammate during a game against Eastern Michigan on Aug. 25, at Jesse Owen’s Memorial Stadium. OSU won, 2-1.After starting the season with two victories over the weekend, the Ohio State women’s soccer team is home to take on Pittsburgh, Wednesday at the Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. With a 2-1 overtime victory over Eastern Michigan Sunday, the No. 24 Buckeyes have tied a program record at 13 straight unbeaten regular season matches, starting in September 2012.Pittsburgh comes to Wednesday’s contest with a win in its only regular season match so far, defeating Duquesne 1-0 Sunday. Sophomore forward Roosa Arvas scored the only goal of the game for the Panthers.The two wins over Morehead State and Eastern Michigan for the Buckeyes Friday and Sunday both came in comeback fashion. Lindsey Agnew’s goal in 84th minute Friday defeated Morehead State and Ellyn Gruber’s overtime winner completed the weekend sweep for OSU.Freshman forward Nichelle Prince has been a spark this season as well, adding a goal and two assists in her first two games as a Buckeye.“Nichelle is a very experienced player, she has (played) with her full national team in Canada,” coach Lori Walker said after Friday’s win. “She is a seasoned player, even as a freshman…It’s a great experience that we have to be able to lean on.”Walker also spoke of the importance of getting scoring from another freshman in forward Lindsey Agnew. The Buckeyes lost their top two goal scorers from a year ago to graduation.“I think that those two are gonna have an amazing career together, and people like Michela Paradiso finding them and getting (passes) into them is gonna really fun to watch this year,” Walker said.With the 3-2 win over Morehead State Friday, Walker reached the 200 career win plateau, becoming the first in school history to achieve the mark. She has spent 17 years as head coach of the Buckeyes, amassing a 188-124-28 record over that time.These two teams last met in August 2010, as Ohio State traveled to Pittsburgh, shutting out the Panthers 2-0. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. read more

5 things to watch for Ohio State football spring practice

2. Carlos Hyde is gone, but he’s not the only Buckeye who can run the ballAlthough Miller is set to play another season for OSU, there is no such thing for running back Carlos Hyde. One of OSU’s all-time most prolific running backs — sixth in career rushing yards in program history (3,198), seventh best single season total (1,521) and tied for third in most yards in a single game (246 against Illinois Nov. 16) — Hyde will be difficult to replace. The Buckeyes do return numerous backs from last season, perhaps none more poised to take over for Hyde than rising sophomore Ezekiel Elliott. Although rising senior Rod Smith and rising sophomore Warren Ball came into 2013 with more hype, it was Elliott who impressed the most during the season. Finishing the year fifth on the team in yards and second on the team in average yards per carry, Elliott likely has the inside track to the first team carries in 2014. But don’t count out the electric rising sophomore Dontre Wilson, who is likely to get more touches with a full offseason of workouts and time to bulk up under his belt. Then-redshirt-freshman quarterback Cardale Jones (12) avoids a defender during a game against Florida A&M Sept. 21 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 76-0.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editor1. Braxton’s back, all right. But who will be his backup?The mood of Ohio State fans across the country changed Jan. 9 when rising senior quarterback Braxton Miller announced his decision to return to school after days of speculation. Although it remains unclear how close he was to actually leaving, his return still leaves some questions unanswered. Despite being the starting quarterback for each of the last three seasons, Miller has yet to get through a whole season without injury. If this trend continues — Miller is likely not going take a snap during spring practice — a young inexperienced quarterback will have to take the helm for OSU. Kenny Guiton is gone, and the only quarterback who has thrown a pass in college other than Miller is rising redshirt-sophomore Cardale Jones. Jones might have some competition for the No. 2 spot though with incoming freshman Stephen Collier and rising redshirt-freshman J.T. Barrett. An insight into the battle will likely be given when the team announces the starters for the Spring Game, although it likely won’t be until the start of the season that coach Urban Meyer makes his decision. 3. A new brand of bulk to protect Braxton MillerIt cannot be overstated how important the Buckeye offensive line has been to OSU’s success. The experience of Jack Mewhort, Corey Linsley, Marcus Hall and Andrew Norwell was vital for OSU in Meyer’s first two seasons at the helm. But now all four of those players have finished their careers in Columbus, and the Buckeyes are looking to young players to fill, and create, the gaps. Rising junior Taylor Decker is the only returning starter from last season, although it is likely that rising redshirt-sophomore Pat Elflein, who in place of a suspended Marcus Hall, did enough to earn himself a spot in the starting lineup. That still leaves three open spots on the line with Decker moving to left tackle. Rising junior Jacoby Boren played a significant amount of the season opener when Linsley had to sit because of an injured foot. Rising senior Darryl Baldwin, rising junior Tommy Brown and rising sophomore Kyle Dodson were listed as backups last season and the 2014 class has five incoming freshmen who will all be battling it out for the remaining starting positions. 4. Without Ryan Shazier, what will the linebackers do?Meyer said Feb. 5 on National Signing Day the linebacker position is undergoing “an overhaul right now,” and is surely one to be under a microscope for the entirety of spring practice. Everyone knows who is gone — first-team All-American and Big Ten performer Ryan Shazier and his league-leading 143 tackles — but who is set to return? Rising senior Curtis Grant and rising junior Joshua Perry are the main two players who will have some experience from last season, but their experience is likely to be tested with the addition of four true freshmen. Led by the crown jewel of Meyer’s recruiting class Raekwon McMillan — who enrolled in January — the young blood will push for playing time. McMillan is the lone linebacker who enrolled early, but Meyer has said he has no plans to redshirt either McMillan or the other three — Kyle Berger, Dante Booker and Sam Hubbard — players who are looking to fill Shazier’s shoes. Surely to be a storyline throughout the season, spring ball will go a long way to determining who is next in line at the position. 5. New faces, new philosophies on defensive side of the ballIt’s no secret the OSU defense was not what fans were accustomed to seeing, particularly at defending the pass — a ghastly 112th in the country while giving up 268 yards per game. Meyer certainly addressed the defensive issues on the recruiting trail, bringing in 11 defensive players. But he also did the same on the coaching staff, adding Larry Johnson as the defensive line coach in place of the departed Mike Vrabel and Chris Ash to coach the secondary after Everett Withers took a head coaching job at James Madison. Johnson and Ash have excellent track records at Penn State and Arkansas/Wisconsin, respectively, and it will be interesting to see how quickly their presence will be evident. Both are big-time recruiters, which Meyer loves, but both also bring to the table the intensity that was missing late last season in the losses to Michigan State and Clemson in the Big Ten Championship game and Orange Bowl. read more