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REF NO.: 338

SUBJECT: Memorial University receives over $800,000 to fund social sciences and humanities research

DATE: June 6

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) recently recognized the achievements of Memorial University researchers with over $800,000 in grants. The total grant amount from SSHRC is $803,595 for nine research projects at Memorial.

“The research funded today truly demonstrates the wealth of creativity, innovation and expertise that exists in this country,” said Marc Renaud, president of SSHRC. “Canadians from all walks of life will draw on this knowledge to better understand our most pressing economic, political, social and cultural issues.”

“These awards reflect the outstanding calibre of research being conducted at Memorial in the humanities and social sciences,” said Dr. Christopher Loomis, vice-president (research). “They are also the result of Memorial’s recent efforts to increase the number and competitiveness of our applications to SSHRC. Congratulations to all recipients in what was clearly a rigorous competition.”

The following faculty members received funding from SSHRC:

  • Dr. Jean Briggs, Department of Anthropology, received $140,095 in funding for Utkuhiksalingmiutut Inuktitut dictionary construction. The dictionary is intended for English-speakers who wish to learn Inuktitut or use it for scholarly purposes.

  • Dr. Travor Brown, Faculty of Business Administration, received $64,477 for Social cognitive and goal setting training interventions. Dr. Brown’s research program will consist of three studies that examine training interventions designed to improve transfer of knowledge from the classroom training program to the workplace.

  • Dr. Vit Bubenik, Department of Linguistics, received $46,953 for Tense/aspect and diathesis in Central Afrasianlanguages: diachrony and typology. Dr. Bubenik will analyze the internal structural dynamics of the verb systems in the Central Afrasianlanguages.

  • Dr. Beverley Diamond, Schoolof Music, was awarded $148,078 in funding for On record: interpreting audio recording practices in Newfoundlandand Labrador. Dr. Diamond will investigate the sites, systems of circulation and social meanings of audio recordings of Newfoundlandand Labradorin the late 20th and early 21st century in which music has always been central to the social life of a large proportion of the population and in a period of rapid technological change.

  • Dr. Omrane Guedhami, Faculty of Business Administration, received $96,839 for The political economy of government divestiture. Dr. Guedhami will examine privatization, the deliberate sale of state-owned enterprises by a government to private agents and the link between political institutions and the decision to privatize.

  • Dr. Elizabeth Murphy, Faculty of Education, was awarded $96,794 for Understanding the practice of the online teacher in the virtual high-school classroom. The purpose of this proposed research is to gain insight into and better understand the practice of the online teacher in the virtual high-school classroom.

  • Dr. Jeffrey Pittman, Faculty of Business Adminstration, received $87,125 for Empirical evidence on the role of auditor choice in debt pricing. Recent prominent financial reporting failures have stimulated regulatory interest in the importance of external monitoring by auditors to the capital markets. Dr. Pittman will focus on the link between auditing and the debt contracting process.

  • Dr. PeterSinclair, Department of Sociology, received $101,199 for In Oil, power and dependency: global and local realities of the offshore oil industry in Newfoundlandand Labrador. Dr. Sinclair and Dr. Sean Cadigan, Department of History will examine the emergence of the oil and gas industry in Newfoundlandand Labradorfrom the 1960s to the present.

  • Dr. Frederick White, Department of German and Russian, was awarded $22,035 for Leonid Andreev's narratives of illness. In this research project, Dr. White will reintroduce the issue of mental illness to the scholarly discussion about the Russian writer Leonid Andreev.

SSHRC is Canada's federal funding agency for university-based research and student training in the social sciences and humanities, supporting a wide range of basic and targeted research as well as the dissemination of research results.

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