The Beyond Research Podcast brings research to you. In each episode, we will bring you the story, beyond the research and introduce you to Canada-based researchers and community leaders whose work are intersecting in unexpected ways. Beyond Research is brought to you by Research Nova Scotia, an independent, not-for-profit corporation with the mandate to support, organize and co-ordinate the funding of research in Nova Scotia.
We begin the new season by learning about the connection between world-leading technology development and an urgent - and often hidden - social crisis: energy poverty. In this episode, you'll hear from the Mayor of Bridgewater, a small, rural town that is leading the charge on energy poverty, and two Nova Scotia researchers who are at the forefront of a global revolution in energy storage. You'll learn how their works is intersecting to help meet our climate goals and help some of the more vulnerable members of our community.
Beyond Research Season 2 Trailer
Join us for season 2 of Beyond Research, where we will explore the ripple effect that research is having on our society at large. In each episode, we will bring you the story, beyond the research and introduce you to Canada-based researchers and community leaders whose work are intersecting in unexpected ways.
Post-Industrial Communities: Researching Our Past to Better Our Future
Cape Breton Island, now recognized for its natural landscapes and golf resorts, was once the industrial Heartland of Atlantic Canada. By 2000, its coal and steel industries shut down resulting in a host of social and economic difficulties for the region.
Listen as Dr. Lachlan MacKinnon, Assistant Professor of History and Tier II Canada Research Chair in Post-Industrial Communities at Cape Breton University, explains why preserving the history of Cape Breton's economic decline could help create a better future for postindustrial communities in Nova Scotia, Canada and beyond.
Aquatic Animal Tracking: The North Atlantic Right Whale
Coastal communities are increasingly having to better understand the marine environment, including balancing prosperous fisheries and endangered aquatic species. It's estimated that more than 90% of large oceanic fish have disappeared since the 1950s due to over exploitation, habitat destruction, and a changing climate.
Listen as Dr. Sara Iverson, Scientific Director of the Ocean Tracking Network (OTN) headquartered at Dalhousie University, explains how the Nova Scotia based network has become the world's aquatic animal tracking network, deploying state-of-the-art ocean monitoring equipment around the world to inform conservation initiatives, including the protection of the North Atlantic Right Whale.
Retraining the Brain: Neuroscience & Stroke Rehabilitation
More than 50,000 Canadians suffer a stroke each year. Of those who survive, more than half will require ongoing assistance with daily activities due to cognitive deficits.
Listen as Dr. Anne Sophie Champod, an assistant professor of psychology at Acadia University, explains how her research team is working to develop more effective cognitive rehabilitation interventions, including a game called Peg-the-Mole, to improve recovery, independence, and quality of life for stroke patients.
Coding COVID-19: Computer Scientists Create Vaccination Strategies Using A.I.
Throughout the pandemic, front-line healthcare workers and public health officials have been taxed with making difficult decisions about where to expend their finite resources, like beds, test-kits, and eventually, vaccines. Dr. James Hughes is an assistant professor in St. Francis Xavier University’s department of computer science. Listen as he explains how his research team is using artificial intelligence help public health officials answer the question “Who should we vaccinate first?”