News Release

REF NO.: 103

SUBJECT: $1.8 million awarded to support social sciences and humanities research at Memorial

DATE: January 13, 2015

Twelve researchers from Memorial University will receive a combined total of $1.8 million in support of research that will enhance Canadians’ understanding of the world and seek solutions to the social, economic and cultural issues important to Canadians.

Ten researchers from the Faculty of Arts, one from the School of Music and one from the Faculty of Business Administration were named as recipients under the Insight Grant program. The program is offered by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

“Memorial is tremendously proud of the talent and dedication of our researchers in addressing issues that will have lasting social and cultural impacts,” said Dr. Gary Kachanoski, president and vice-chancellor, Memorial University. “This investment by the federal government will further research and innovation in the province, and provide key opportunities for both our researchers and the economy to grow.”

The research that will be supported through SSHRC’s Insight Grant program includes Dr. Amanda Bittner’s research, titled Rethinking Gender and Survey Research, and Dr. Vaughan Grimes’, Biomolecular Archaeology Research on Prehistoric North Americans from Newfoundland and Labrador.

“Memorial’s researchers, both established and emerging, continue to enhance our understanding of the world by providing invaluable insight into ideas, influences and behaviours of individuals, cultures and communities,” said Dr. Ray Gosine, vice-president (research), pro tempore. “Their findings will impact our everyday lives and help us to grow into a dynamic, vibrant and prosperous province.”

SSHRC is the federal research funding agency that promotes and supports post-secondary based research and training in the humanities and social sciences. The Insight program aims to support and foster excellence in social sciences and humanities research intended to deepen society’s collective understanding of individuals and societies. Through the Insight program, SSHRC announced it is investing more than $115 million in 779 new grants, including 494 new Insight Grants and 285 new Insight Development Grants.

Insight Grants support research excellence in the social sciences and humanities, to both emerging and established scholars for long-term research initiatives. The maximum value of an Insight Grant is $500,000 over 3-5 years, ranging from $7,000-$200,000 in a single year.

Insight Development Grants support research is in its initial stages. The grants enable the development of new research questions, as well as experimentation with new methods and theoretic experimentation with new methods, theoretical approaches and/or ideas. Grants are valued between $7,000-$75,000 over 1-2 years.

See below for a list of Memorial University recipients. For a complete list, please visit www.today.mun.ca.  


Insight Grants: October 2013 Competition Awards Faculty of Arts

  • Dr. Amanda Bittner, Department of Political Science, Rethinking Gender and Survey Research, $213,985 over five years
  • Dr. Marcia C. Cassis, Department of History, Çadir Höyük: A Rural Byzantine Community on the Anatolian Plateau, $370,062 over five years
  • Dr. Vaughan Grimes, Department of Archaeology, $198,930 over three years, A Biomolecular Archaeology Study of Prehistoric North Americans from Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Dr. Arn M. Keeling, Department of Geography, $499,888 over five years, Northern Exposures: Science, Indigenous Peoples, and Northern Contaminants
  • Dr. Jennifer A. Selby, Department of Religious Studies, $89,572 over four years, Authenticating Islam: Algerian Transnational Marriage Migration To and From France and Québec


Faculty of Business

  • Dr. Jeffrey A. Pittman, Corporate Tax Enforcement, Tax Avoidance Activities and Agency Costs, $116,118 over three years


Total: $1,488,555 over the next five years


Insight Development Grants: February 2014 Competition Awards

Faculty of Arts

  • Dr. Agnes Juhasz-Ormsby, Department of English, The Literary Culture of Early Modern Schoolmasters Rethinking Early Modern Poetry within Educational, Historical, and Political Contexts, $49,130
  • Dr. Sean McGrath, Department of Philosophy, A Critical Analysis of the Concept of the Death of Nature in Recent Environmental Philosophy, $28,664
  • Dr. Seamus O’Neill, Department of Philosophy, Reconstructing the Demonology of St. Augustine, $49,626
  • Dr. Nancy Pedri, Department of English, Photography in Graphic Novels: A Study in Multimodality, $40,305
  • Dr. Rosemary Ricciardelli, Department of Sociology, The Role of Personal Factors, Penal Experiences, Community Support and Positive Case Management in Former Federal Prisoners Pathway to Desistance or Recidivism: The Decision to "Make Good" or Remain Criminally Active, $74,850


School of Music

  • Dr. Kate Galloway, School of Music, Sounding Environments: Ecomusicological

Thought and Practice in Canadian Contemporary Composition, $74,910                                                                                                                      

Total: $317,485                                                                                                       

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