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Vol 39  No 1
Aug. 10, 2006



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Researchers awarded over $3 million in SSHRC funding

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council has awarded $385,505 million to Memorial University-led projects under its Standard Research Grants Program.

Grants were awarded to five Memorial researchers:

Dr. Kathryne Dupré, Faculty of Business Administration was awarded $122,031 for a project titled, Individual outcomes of vicarious exposure to aggression, sexual harassment, and injuries at work. The co-investigator for the project is Dr. Julian Barling from Queen’s University. (Photo by Jeff Green)

• Dr. Kathryne Dupré, Faculty of Business Administration with co-investigator Dr. Julian Barling, Queen’s University, was awarded $122,031 for a project titled Individual outcomes of vicarious exposure to aggression, sexual harassment, and injuries at work. Dr. Dupré said that workplace aggression, sexual harassment and failures in workplace safety are significant and problematic organizational issues. “Employees who endure aggression, sexual harassment and injuries at work often experience long-term detrimental health, personal and job-related outcomes. There has been research on the negative outcomes for those who are the direct victims of these behaviours but very little on those who are the indirect victims. Our research will investigate the individual outcomes of having seen or heard about workplace aggression, sexual harassment and injuries at work. Although research is scarce in this area, there is reason to believe that indirect victims will be negatively affected by their vicarious exposure to these events,” she explained. “Given that indirect exposure to these behaviours is much more common than direct exposure, awareness of the outcomes associated with vicarious exposure is not only important for our understanding of individual well-being, but will also help us to make more informed and effective organizational decisions.” Part of Dr. Dupre’s grant included a Research Time Stipend.

Dr. Peter Pope, back, with a team from the Waterfront Archaeology Project in Fermeuse in 2005, was awarded a SSHRC grant to study fishing stations on the Petit Nord.

• From about 1510, migratory fishing crews from Brittany and Normandy created seasonal shore stations on Newfoundland’s Great Northern Peninsula to salt and dry cod. Dr. Peter Pope, Anthropology, said that this was how Europe first made commercial use of North America and the stations of Petit Nord form the oldest persistent European landscape in Canada. Dr. Pope was awarded $134,862 for a project titled, Archaeology of the Petit Nord: the Maritime cultural landscape of the French, seasonal, shore-based, salt-cod fishery in Northern Newfoundland, 1510-1904. Dr. Pope and his team will recover archaeological remains of these fishing stations and put them in the context of documentary, cartographic and photographic evidence to create a record of an important maritime cultural landscape.

• While the influence of the French Revolution on the political scene of Great Britain has been extensively studied by historians, much remains to be investigated concerning its tremendous impact on the cultural landscape of the British Isles. Dr. Paul Rice, School of Music, has been awarded $32,993 from SSHRC for British musical reactions to the French revolution. “Not only did the events in France result in a protracted period of Tory conservatism in Britain, but the strong spirit of patriotism which swept the nation had a profound impact on the performing arts,” said Dr. Rice. His study will focus on a body of music which will demonstrate the close relationship that existed between the performing arts and politics.

• In 1885, Charles Riballier des Isles (1834-1913) was sent to St. John’s to assume the functions of French vice-consul. However the British government refused to recognize his appointment as long as the French refused to allow a British vice-consul to be installed at St. Pierre et Miquelon. Riballier des Isles remained in Newfoundland for 18 years during a period of intense diplomatic dispute over fishing rights, carrying out his duties unofficially. Dr. Ronald Rompkey, Department of English, was awarded $40,526 for an edition of dispatches from the French agent at St. John’s, Newfoundland, 1885-1903. Dr. Rompkey will edit documents sent by Riballier des Isles to the Ministere des Affaires Estrangeres at the Quai d’Orsay.

• Dr. Arthur Sullivan, Department of Philosophy, was awarded $55,093 for the project titled the externalism/ individualism debates. This research project is focused on concepts, and on the tensions between various different theoretical approaches to concepts, both within the philosophy of mind and language, and across the cognitive sciences. Most specifically, the project is to study the relations between externalist theories which treat concepts as community-wide, public property, and individualist theories which treat concepts as the private property of an individual mind.

Additional funds from SSHRC were awarded to Memorial co-investigators, including:

• Dr. Robert Sweeney, History. Project title: Social mobility in two Canadian cities, 1880-1914, lead investigator: Dr. J. Gillard, University of Western Ontario.

• Dr. Roberta Hammett, Faculty of Education. Project title: Preservice Teachers’ Perspectives on Canadian Identity and their Understandings of Ideology in Multicultural Picture Books, lead investigator: Dr. I. Johnston, University of Alberta.

• Dr. Gordon Cooke, Faculty of Business Administration. Project title: Flexible work schedules in Canada: Determinants and Outcomes, lead investigator: Dr. I. Zeytinoglu, McMaster University.

• Dr. Jeffery Pittman, Faculty of Business Administration. Project title: Cross-country evidence on audit quality, lead investigator: Dr. S. Fortin, McGill University.

• Dr. Omrane Guedhami, Faculty of Business Administration. Project title: Ultimate ownership structures: Causes and consequences for firm productive efficiency and investment behaviour, lead investigator: Dr. N. Attig, Saint Mary’s University.

For more information on the Standard Research Grants Program results, visit


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