Research: passion and partnerships

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Cartier’s research poised for grape success

Dr. Lee Cartier recently undertook a study whose findings may help B.C. claim the mid-range portion of the wine-consumption market. Using Cartier’s research, and by finding the production recipe to address that market could add millions in revenue to the province’s grape-growers and winemakers, and could mean hundreds more jobs in Canada’s expanding wine-growing regions. Cartier’s research received significant funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council – $25,000 in 2015 for his work with Dirty Laundry Vineyard Ltd. and $25,000 in 2016 for a project with BC Tree Fruits Cooperative.

Jalava and Griffiths explore intersections of psychopathy and criminality

Okanagan College professors Dr. Jarkko Jalava (Criminology, Interdisciplinary Studies) and Dr. Stephanie Griffiths (Psychology) co-authored the book The Myth of The Born Criminal: Psychopathy, Neurobiology, and the Creation of the Modern Degenerate. The work is a comprehensive critique of the concept of psychopathy, from its eighteenth-century theoretical origins to the latest neuroimaging, behavioural genetics, and statistical studies.

research cr banner 2Khmelevsky’s gaming networks research project receives major funding

An applied research project led by Okanagan College Computer Science department Chair Dr. Youry Khmelevsky received $225,000 from Kelowna’s WTFast (a private gaming network provider) and $225,000 from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). The project will also give five Computer Information Systems (bachelor and diploma) and Network and Telecommunications Engineering Technology diploma students an opportunity to work with WTFast on the research, giving them relevant and valuable experience with a local industry leader.

Calder publishes second novel

Okanagan College English professor Hannah Calder has recently published her second novel, Piranesi’s Figures. Both this novel and her first novel, More House (2009), were published by New Star Books in Vancouver.

Dietze’s project on outdoor play awarded

Ensuring that Early Childhood Educators’ (ECE) training curricula includes beneficial outdoor play for children is no child’s play for Okanagan College Director of Learning and Teaching Dr. Beverlie Dietze. It’s serious work that received $195,000 in funding from the Lawson Foundation, one of only 14 projects across Canada to be selected. Dietze’s collaborative research will benefit more than 400 current ECEs working in childcare centres in Alberta, British Columbia, and Ontario, as well as ECE faculty at Canadian postsecondary institutions.

Gilbert’s second book of poetry takes readers up onto the Tight Wire

Okanagan College Creative Writing and English Professor Kerry Gilbert published her second book of poetry called Tight Wire, through Mother Tongue Publishing.

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