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Nevena Martinovic, PhD in English Language and Literature, supervised by Professor Leslie Ritchie.

Topic: 18th Century Theatre. Aging actress on the long 18th C London stage. Overview: Women were first allowed on stage in London in 1667 when the theatres reopened after the Interregnum. I’m interested in how these first female players navigated the negative reception to their aging bodies and how they represented themselves in the face of it

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Jill Price, PhD in Cultural Studies, supervised by Professor Matt Rogalsky.

Topic: ReCraftivism: Unmaking One’s Way Out of the Anthropocene. Overview: My research asks, how can reclaiming, and recrafting of textiles offer technologies of resistance and restorative narratives to counteract capitalist ideologies and the phenomena of consumptionism found in the shadows of Canada’s colonial history? See some of Jill’s work on her website at www.jillpricestudios.ca 

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Shikha Gupta, PhD in Rehabilitation Science, supervised by Professor MaryAnn McColl.

Shikha Gupta, PhD in Rehabilitation Science, supervised by Professor MaryAnn McColl.Topic: Extent, determinants, and consequences of cost-related non-adherence to prescription medications among people with spinal cord injuries in Canada. Overview: Many people in Canada have to forgo their medications due to cost; a phenomenon called “cost-related non-adherence.” Despite emerging evidence, there is little conceptualization or exploration of cost-related prescription non-adherence with respect to disability in Canada. Spinal cord injury (SCI) is one of the most catastrophic and devastating disability for patients, their families, the community, and the healthcare system. Although people with SCI are high users of medications, evidence is missing regarding implications of medication-related costs on their health and social outcomes. This research aims to address this.

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John David More, PhD in History of Pre-Confederation Canada, supervised by Professor Jane Errington.

John David More, PhD in History of Pre-Confederation Canada, supervised by Professor Jane Errington. Topic: French-Canadian Mariners on Canada’s Fourth Coast During the Early Post-Conquest era, 1760-1815. Overview: Thousands of Canadien mariners, including shipmasters, officers, sailors, boatmen and shipbuilders were essential to the successful defense of Quebec and Upper Canada during American invasions of 1775-6 and 1812-14. My research into their complex histories deepens our understanding of French-English relations during this crucially important period in Canadian History..

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Luissa Vahedi, MSc in Epidemiology, supervised by Dr Susan Bartels and Dr Heather Stuart.

Topic: ‘Even Peacekeepers Expect Something in Return’: An Exploratory Cross-Sectional Analysis of Sexual Interactions Between UN Peacekeepers and Haitian Citizens. Overview: In 2004, the United Nations (UN) Security Council established Resolution 1542: The United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). MINUSTAH officially began in June of 2004 and ended in October 2017, making it the longest UN peace operation in Haiti. During this time, allegations of sexual interactions between male UN peacekeepers and female Haitian civilians, including sexual abuse and exploitation, surfaced in the media. The UN frames civilian-peacekeeper sexual interactions as inherently exploitative and abusive, thereby supporting a zero-tolerance policy on sexual interactions with beneficiaries of assistance. However, during MINUSTAH civilian-peacekeeper sexual interactions were widespread and, in some cases, conceived children fathered by peacekeepers born to Haitian women- known as peace babies. The UN does not claim responsibility for children fathered by peace keepers, resulting in Haitian women bearing the burden of establishing the paternity of their children. My research will examine community-level narratives of sexual relationships between Haitians and United Nations (UN) peacekeepers during the MINUSTAH. Using qualitative and quantitative methods, this thesis will aim to: (1) Understand the lived experiences of Haitian women who are raising peace babies conceived Continue Reading

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Michael Wood, PhD in Neuroscience, supervised by Dr J. Gordon Boyd.

Topic: Low levels of brain tissue oxygenation during critical illness may be associated with the subsequent development of delirium and cognitive impairment. Overview: Survivors of life support often develop newly-acquired impairments that reduce their quality of life (e.g., ability to live independently). An early indicator of neurological dysfunction while on life support is the onset of delirium, which is characterized by inattention, altered levels of consciousness, or disorganized thinking. However, the underlying cause of delirium, as well as long-term cognitive dysfunction, remains poorly understood. Approximately 230,000 Canadians are cared for in ICUs annually, and the majority of these patients will experience delirium. As the mere presence of delirium has been associated with debilitating outcomes, delirium represents a major public health concern.

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Lee Airton

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education Microinteractions and how gender functions in a particular space Dr. Lee Airton is an Assistant Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies in Education with the Faculty of Education. Their research program explores the micropolitics of gender and sexual diversity accommodation in K-12 and teacher education, with particular emphasis on the issues facing transgender and/or non-binary people in those settings. They recently published a popular press book entitled Gender: Your Guide – A gender-friendly primer on what to say, what to know, and what to do in the new gender culture. As an advocate, Dr. Airton founded They is My Pronoun and the No Big Deal Campaign. In 2017, they received the Youth Role Model of the Year Award from the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity. In this episode, Dr. Airton discusses their book Gender: Your Guide as a resource for public education and advice for someone unfamiliar with the new gender culture. They also comment on the history of transgender activism and the issues facing non-binary people, such as advocacy for access. Dr. Airton also explains their research into the implementation of legal protections against gender discrimination in the policies governing schools at Continue Reading

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