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Indigeneity and Dementia Roundtable Forum
On July 4 and 5, researchers and First Nations Elders will gather at TRU to talk about issues of indigeneity and dementia. The roundtable forum, which will include a series of presentations and open discussion, is attracting researchers from BC, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Michigan, and Oklahoma, as well as First Nations Elders from Alaska and the Kamloops and Williams Lake areas. Read more…

International Research Institute: Language, Culture and Community

From July 5 to 8, TRU will play host to researchers from around the world who are exploring the themes of language, culture, community and research methodology. Read more…

BC Forest Innovation Investment proposal session: July 9
Steven Kuan of BC Forest Innovation Investment will visit TRU on July 9 to listen to potential research proposals related to wood and forest products. If you are interested in participating, please contact Dr. Jianzhong (James) Gu.  

NSERC Discovery Grant information session: Gillian Binsted on campus July 10
Gillian Binsted provides assistance to the scientific community in the preparation of research grant applications, journal manuscripts, and other academic publications. She will be at TRU on July 10 to provide an overview of the Discovery Grant application process. Join us from 9 a.m. to noon in the Lecture Hall in the Campus Activity Centre. Refreshments will be provided. Read more...

Leading Edge Endowment Fund (LEEF) Chair announcement July 12
Join us for an announcement about TRU's new LEEF Chair in Aboriginal Maternal and Child Health, scheduled for 10 a.m. in the Irving K. Barber Centre. Reception to follow. 

Genome BC information session: on campus July 18
Representatives of Genome BC will be on campus July 18 to talk about the new Genomics Applications Partnership Program and User Partnership Program and existing programs such as the Strategic Opportunities Fund. The information session will be held in HL 402. It will start at 12:30 and will be approximately one hour long, with an opportunity for questions. A light lunch will be served. Short individual meetings may be arranged following the session. Please contact Caroline Whitelaw for further information. 

Welcome, Troy Fuller

Troy came to TRU as Research Services Manager in March, after working in a variety of roles with the federal government. Most recently, Troy was Senior Business Officer with Western Economic Diversification’s Edmonton office, where he conducted research and advised on the development of performance measurement frameworks and wrote core strategic planning and reporting documents for Parliament. Troy has experience working with federal granting agencies and encourages researchers to contact the research office for assistance in developing their funding proposals. Troy can be contacted at 250-371-5569 or

Tri-Council Funding 

Upcoming Deadlines:
NSERC Discovery Grant Notification of Intent to Apply: August 1. 
SSHRC Insight Grant Notice of Intent to Apply: August 15. 
CIHR Catalyst Grant Registration Deadline: August 30. 
SSHRC Partnership Grant Letter of Intent: November 1
Please contact the Research office for support in developing applications for funding, including feedback on proposals and advice on budgets. 


SSHRC’s Connection Grant funding opportunity has been re-launched. Intake is now continuous. 

TRU has an institutional allocation from CFI’s Leaders Opportunity Fund to support research infrastructure. Watch for more information and a call for proposals in July.

Call for papers: Interrogating Access: Current and Future Directions for Scholarly Research and Communications in Canada.

Mitacs Globalink opportunity open to all disciplines. Apply by July 31. 

Call for papers: CBIE PhD Research Series. Apply by July 8. 

Get in touch

Key contacts for research services

Will Garrett-Petts
AVP Research and Graduate Studies | 250.828.5410

Caroline Whitelaw, Administrative Assistant | 250-371-5586

Troy Fuller, Research Manager | 250.371.5569

Debbie Krebs, Ethics Compliance Officer | 250.852.7122

Linda Komori, Communications Officer | 250.371.5676
Twitter: @TRUResearch

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Talk to us about research priorities

TRU is nearing the end of a Strategic Research Plan that has guided research activities for the last five years, and is now developing a plan for 2014-2018. The plan will guide the university in its research priorities for the next five years, and we are seeking input from all our stakeholders. Thank you to all faculty, graduate students and fourth-year students who participated in a recent survey on research priorities. We will be sharing findings from the survey and inviting discussion at town hall events in September and October; dates and times will be announced closer to the events.

In addition to the survey and town hall events, we have developed an interactive site as another avenue to share your thoughts on the Strategic Research Plan. We’ve posted sections of the existing 2009-2013 plan, along with questions developed in response to themes that emerged from the survey. Please visit the site and comment on any sections of the plan that are of interest to you:

Good news

Drs. Sharon Brewer and Bruno Cinel welcomed Dr. Kemi Jona of Northwestern University to TRU for a day on July 3. Through funding provided by a 2013 HP Catalyst Leadership grant, Jona, Brewer and Cinel are developing a water quality lab instrument that users will be able to operate through a mobile interface. Once the instrument is fully operational it will be connected to the iLab network so that students around the globe can access high quality lab instruments. Pictured above, clockwise from top left: Computing Science student Richard Msiska, who is participating in developing the instrument's mobile interface, Dr. Kemi Jona, Environmental Chemistry student Hayley Candow, who is developing teaching resources for the instrument, Dr. Sharon Brewer, and Dr. Bruno Cinel. 
Dr. Robert J. Higgins, Department of Biological Sciences, Williams Lake, is an expert on the European fire ant and related species. Higgins will visit Harvard University in July to contribute specimens to the collection of Canadian ant species at Harvard’s Museum of Comparative Zoology.
Bachelor of Science student Tamara Bandet has been awarded a Canadian Society of Microbiologists’ Undergraduate Award, one of only six across Canada, on the strength of a research poster she presented at the annual meeting of the Society.
The Kamloops Antiques, Collectibles and Heritage Society presented TRU student Kayla Holstag with a $500 scholarship for her research into Japanese internment camps. Holstag’s essay, Japanese-Canadians’ Perseverance during World War II: Turning Internment Camps into Internment Communities, was printed in entirety in Kamloops This Week.

Crew from Global's 16x9 program will be on campus on July 10 to talk with Dr. Ann Cheeptham about her research and her recent collaboration with Nick Vieira, a Canadian caver who is retrieving cave samples for Cheeptham. The crew will film activities in the lab and interview Cheeptham and students who are participating in the research. 
Iron Born by Kristina Senger


June's CBA/ABC Annual Meeting and Conference not only attracted researchers from across Canada but also brought renowned author Diana Beresford-Kroeger, whose keynote address "The Botanical Bucket List" underlined the cultural and scientific imperative to preserve plant species. The conference also brought Adolf and Oluna Ceska, who presented the Weresub Lecture, “Mycofloristics is an uphill battle,” about their experiences surveying macrofungi at Observatory Hill in Saanich, BC. The meeting and conference dovetailed with the Art & Science: Drawing & Botany show, which highlighted the connections between art and scientific observation. Kudos to Cynthia Ross Friedman, Christine Petersen, Lyn Baldwin, Ila Crawford, and the many others who were involved in hosting the conference and art show. NSERC provided funding for the conference. Pictured above: Iron Born by Kristina Senger, which was included in Art & Science: Drawing & Botany.  
Internal Research Fund for Scholarship and Scholarly Teaching: A joint initiative of the Research and Graduate Studies office, the Centre for Student Engagement and Learning Innovation, and the Office of the Provost and Vice-President Academic, this fund provided $150,000 to support research (for tripartite faculty) and innovative teaching projects (for bipartite faculty). Congratulations to Lyn Baldwin, Laurie Baugh, Wilson Bell, Sharon Brewer, Douglas Buis, Kim Calder Stegemann, Naowarat Cheeptham, Tracy Christianson, Billy Collins, Avninder Gill, Louis Gosselin, Jianzhong Gu, David Hill, Heidi Huttunen-Hennelly, John Hull, Terrance Kading, Darlene Kalynka, Laura Lamb, Anne Lavack, Donald Lawrence, Robin Nichol, Andrew Park, Lois Peters, Carol Rees, Matthew Reudink, Camilla Sears, Jackie Stokes, Iain Stewart-Patterson, Peter Tsigaris, Christopher Walmsley, and Elaine Waddington Lamont for receiving awards for 2013. 

Dr. Roger Yu has received news that his application for an NSERC Engage Grant has been approved. Dr. Yu will work collaboratively with Teck to look at Key Performance Indicators for energy conservation in the mining industry. 
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