Two research projects at Nipissing University have received funding through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, and the Canada Research Chairs program.
A project titled, “Together Toward A Shared Sense of 'Us': Unlocking the Power of Groups in Youth Sport,” was awarded $292,000 and will be headed by Dr. Mark Bruner..
“Our area of interest is how the identities that youth form through sport team membership impacts their moral behaviors toward teammates, mental health, and continued sport participation," says Bruner. "The funding will permit the team of international scholars to evaluate the effects of a peer-led social identity intervention on study outcomes; and adapt, translate, and evaluate the effectiveness of the peer-led social identity intervention across international youth sport contexts.”
As well, $120,000 is awarded to a project titled, “Development of synthetic methodologies to access novel fused polycyclic frameworks,” and will be headed by Dr. Mukund Jha..
“The primary focus of my NSERC funded project is to develop innovative metal-catalyzed synthetic reaction methodologies to access new and complex organic compounds of biological importance," says Jha. "The funding will enable us to create molecules critical for the development of pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals and other materials for commercial applications, ultimately impacting the health of Canadians. To feed the demands of the current marketplace, training of highly qualified personnel will also be of utmost importance during the course of this project."
MP Anthony Rota, says, “The Covid-19 pandemic has shown that society cannot move forward without the strong contribution of researchers from across Canada and also right here in Nipissing-Timiskaming. Advancing this knowledge and insight within and across all disciplines is essential to tackling the challenges we face and finding the solutions we need to make Canada healthier, safer, more innovative, and more prosperous.”