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Over the past 75 years, Canadian women have achieved significant gains toward parity with men. Yet among faith-based Christian organizations, this process was often slow. Even though women were the majority in most Baptist churches in the Atlantic region, it was not until 1954 that a woman was ordained as a minister. Little was known about the experiences of these pioneers, and it was their stories, their ideology, their churches, and the reactions they faced, that caught the attention of , Associate Professor of Christian History at Acadia Divinity College.

In 2022, Dr. Maxwell, who is also the Director of the was awarded a $55,240 SSHRC Insight Development Grant to explore 鈥淔aith and Feminism: Atlantic Baptist Women in Leadership, 1950-2020鈥 through an oral history project. The goal was to capture the rich experiences of Baptist women in leadership to further the understanding of religion, gender, and culture. Through in-depth interviews, transcribed and made available to the public, Maxwell is advancing the scholarship beyond stereotypes (or omission of) religious women into an understanding of the complex motivations, vocations, and reception of women in Canadian Christianity.

Over the past year, Dr. Maxwell and her team (Hannah Roberts and Taylor Adams, both of Acadia Divinity College) have completed 35 interviews with Baptist women with have served (or are serving) as ministers with the (with 80 more to go). They have also developed the website to raise awareness of the project and recruit further participants. The website also contains podcasts (14 episodes thus far) with ministers such as Kathy Neily who was ordained in 1986 before serving at Bedford Baptist Church and First Baptist Charlottetown.

During the length of the project, Maxwell will continue to analyze the interviews, use the information for both scholarly and popular presentations and papers, and will host panel discussions at various churches in the region. This is a significant project because, as Dr. Maxwell notes, 鈥渢he under-reported stories of evangelical women overcoming patriarchal challenges to serve in leadership will contribute new insights into Canadian history. We cannot fully understand the religious history of Atlantic Canada, or the story of feminism in Canada, without examining the experiences of women in the Atlantic Baptist churches.鈥

Research Nova Scotia announced this week that two Acadia researchers have received prestigious . and , both in the School of Kinesiology, received research grants of $100,000 for their work focusing on the health and well-being of Nova Scotians. The New Health Investigator Grant supports early-career health researchers who are engaged in work that aligns with the province鈥檚 health research priorities.  The funding not only supports the establishment of independent programs of research but supports and expands the research productivity necessary for obtaining long term funding from national and external agencies.

Dr. Emily Bremer, a Tier II Canada Research Chair in Healthy Inclusive Communities works with children and youth with disabilities to encourage physical activity and physical literacy. Her research demonstrates that young people with disabilities engage in less physical activity than their peers without disabilities, placing them at an increased risk of adverse physical, mental, and social health outcomes. Physical literacy includes the physical, psychological, cognitive, and social elements necessary for sustained participation in physical activity. Over the next two years, Dr. Bremer鈥檚 research will seek to increase physical literacy through Acadia鈥檚 Sensory Motor Instructional Leadership Experience program and measure the ensuing impact on physical, mental, and social health outcomes.

Dr. Carley O鈥橬eill鈥檚 work will begin to address the gender gap in pulmonary disease research and rehabilitation programs in the province of Nova Scotia. Across Canada, rates of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a leading cause of death, are the highest in Nova Scotia. Currently, COPD appears to affect men and women equally in Canada; however, research shows that women are under-diagnosed and under-represented or completely excluded from pulmonary rehabilitation research. Exercise-based pulmonary rehabilitation programs have been shown to be effective in reducing symptoms, improving disease management and quality of life but these programs lack sufficient representation of women.  Over the next two years, O鈥橬eill will determine the feasibility of women-specific virtual and in-person pulmonary rehabilitation programs.


The Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada's digital campaign, Real Insight. Real Impact. Real Purpose, focuses on topics of top priority and concern to Canadians, including economic vulnerability, climate change and environment, pandemic and wellness, Indigenous reconciliation and cybersecurity. Between the Autumn of 2022 and the Spring of 2023, SSHRC will profile the work of researchers whose work is leading to solutions and contributing to shaping a positive future for Canadians and the world.

On the heels of World Children鈥檚 Day (20 November), SSHRC is featuring the work of , 澳门六合彩资料鈥檚 Tier II Canada Research Chair in Food, Health and Social Justice, which addresses early childhood food insecurity. The inability of families to provide adequate food for their children is an 鈥渋nexcusable鈥 problem with global implications. 鈥淭he solutions lie in creating the economic and social conditions necessary for optimal infant feeding, notes, Frank, 鈥渟uch as ensuring families have access to adequate parental leave and other income supports.鈥

Dr. Frank's profile can be found on the . You can also watch the for her first book , which was recently published by the University of British Columbia Press.

The Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI) has announced that chemistry professor, Dr. Nicoletta Faraone, has been awarded $251,030 through the John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF) toward a $696,240 project to create a Tick Chemosensory System Station at 澳门六合彩资料. This critical infrastructure funding has been matched by Research Nova Scotia ($251,030) to support innovative research into repellent products that protect Canadians from tick bites and tick-borne diseases.

Ticks vector the widest array of disease-causing organisms of all hematophagous arthropods and can transmit disease agents of importance to human and veterinary health. The spread of blacklegged ticks (I. scapularis), and high incidence of Lyme disease cases reported in the past 5 years, has dramatically raised public awareness. This is a particular problem in Atlantic Canada, as provinces such as Nova Scotia have the highest ratio of ticks to people in the country.

The Tick Chemosensory System Station supports Dr. Faraone鈥檚 goal of exposing the dynamics behind human/animal-tick interactions by linking the neurophysiological response elicited by chemical cues with the corresponding induced and observed behaviour in ticks. The equipment will also optimize and channel information about mechanisms of chemical cue perception in ticks into the development of innovative technologies and formulations to prevent tick bites and thus infections in humans and animals.

Dr Faraone鈥檚 award is part of a $64 million investment by Ottawa to support research infrastructure projects at 40 universities across the country. The JELF program helps universities such as Acadia recruit and retain outstanding researchers, and provides the state-of-the-art labs, equipment and facilities that are needed to educate students, train HQP, and make discoveries that will have an impact on Canadians.

Canada鈥檚 Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry Fran莽ois-Philippe Champagne notes that the JELF Fund strengthens the country鈥檚 鈥渓eadership and competitive advantage,鈥 and that is certainly true for Acadia. 鈥淭he university is grateful for this program of equipment and infrastructure support,鈥 notes Acadia鈥檚 Associate Vice-President of Research Dr. Anna Redden, 鈥渢he JELF Fund has been critical for research innovation and training, and for Acadia鈥檚 research impact at regional, national and international levels.鈥



Professor Jonathon Fowles of has been honoured with the 2022 Global Leadership Award. This prestigious award is given to a American College of Sports Medicine Member with a proven history of advancing the EIM initiative through their professional endeavors.

Dr. Fowles has 鈥渄emonstrated tremendous leadership in transforming EIM Canada into one of the most prominent programs in the EIM Global Network, building a flourishing EIM On Campus program with 27 institutions,鈥 notes Robyn M Stuhr, EIM鈥檚 vice-president, and 鈥渉e has received numerous rounds of funding to support the development and evaluation of physical activity training programs for physicians, nurses, and allied health professionals and published multiple papers on those efforts.鈥

The vision of EIM is to make physical activity assessment and promotion a standard in clinical care, connecting health care with evidence-based physical activity resources for people everywhere of all abilities. The scientifically proven benefits of physical activity remain indisputable, and they can be as powerful as any pharmaceutical agent in preventing and treating a range of chronic diseases and medical conditions. Dr. Fowles was the Scientific Lead for a provincial Exercise is Medicine pilot in Nova Scotia, which has resulted in several initiatives to improve medical education, physical activity counseling,  and exercise programming and referral in the province.

Dr. Fowles, who is finishing his term as National Chair with EIM Canada after 6 years at the helm, will be formally recognized at the EIM World Congress in San Diego California in June 2022.


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