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Nursing professor honoured as inspirational immigrant

Nursing professor honoured as inspirational immigrant Nursing professor Edward Cruz received a Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award for his work with internationally educated nurses. A journey strewn with disappointment, riddled with roadblocks and daunting administrative mountains to climb is that much more gratifying when you reach the peak. Such is the case with nursing professor Edward Cruz, who recently received a Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award for his work with internationally educated nurses. Presented by Western Union, the Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award is a people’s choice program that recognizes inspirational immigrants who have made a positive impact on their communities since arriving in Canada. Given annually, the awards are based on an extensive nomination, judging, shortlisting and public online voting process; this year’s list boasts a film star and veganism advocate, a Juno-nominated songwriter, a Canadian football MVP, and other diverse community champions. Upon his arrival in Canada in 2003, Dr. Cruz’s found that his…

Student reflects on immense value of her work at St. Clair College

Student reflects on immense value of her work at St. Clair College Caitlyn Massad As a recent graduate of St. Clair College’s Bachelor of Applied Arts in Social Justice and Legal Studies degree program, Caitlyn Massad was one of the first students to participate in an NSERC funded College and Community Social Innovation Fund, awarded to St. Clair College. This unique opportunity improved her reading and writing skills, gave her experience in community engagement, while receiving valuable hands-on and practical work knowledge. She is planning to attend Law School at the University of Windsor in the fall, and is confident that her experience with St. Clair College’s Research and Innovation Department is what took her application to the next level.  Caitlyn was a student researcher on a project focused on childhood literacy with a primary focus on addressing literacy concerns in Windsor-Essex, especially amongst low-income families. The project worked in collaboration with ProsperUs, and saw the team conduct focus groups and pre- and post-test surveys,…

August networking event to bring together health research community

August networking event to bring together health research community WE-SPARK Health Institute hosts monthly networking events for members of the Windsor-Essex health research community to get to know one another through fun and casual conversations. There is no formal agenda, and all are welcome.  This is an opportunity for anyone interested in health research to make connections in an informal and enjoyable atmosphere.   The next event will be held Thursday August 3rd from 5-8pm at the Bourbon Tap & Grill, 1199 Ottawa St, Windsor. No RSVP is required. WE-SPARK Health Institute is supported by an innovative partnership between the University of Windsor and Erie Shores HealthCare, Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare, St. Clair College, and Windsor Regional Hospital that brings together health research strengths, expertise, and infrastructure from across the WindsorEssex region.

Social media study garnering international media attention

Social media study garnering international media attention Panellists on the U.S. morning talk show “The View” discuss a study by researchers from the Community Health, Environment and Wellness lab in the Faculty of Human Kinetics. A study “Sex or social media? The sacrifices we’re willing to make to stay online” published July 10 in The Conversation is gaining international media attention for the UWindsor researchers involved. Researchers Paige Coyne, Bailey Csabai, and Sarah Woodruff from the Community Health, Environment and Wellness lab in the Faculty of Human Kinetics found some young adults would rather give up sex or cut 10 years off their life expectancies than give up social media. It proved a hot topic of discussion on the July 13 episode of the U.S. panel show The View. The program has been the most-watched daytime talk show across both network and syndication for the past two years, netting an average of 2.411 million total viewers. The story has also been picked up in the Toronto Star and will be on CBC National. Courtesy: https://www.uwindsor.ca/dailynews/2023-07-17/social-media-study-garnering-international-media-attention

Research impact and employment success propel University of Windsor to top ranks

Research impact and employment success propel University of Windsor to top ranks The 2024 QS World University Rankings placed Windsor seventh among non-medical Canadian universities. The University of Windsor has been ranked among the top universities in Canada for its continued commitment to academic excellence and research impact. Nationally, the University of Windsor ranked 20th overall, seventh among non-medical Canadian universities and fourth among non-medical Ontario universities in the 2024 edition of the Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings. “We are proud to be recognized in the top 44 per cent of the world’s universities in the QS World University Rankings,” said president Robert Gordon. “This achievement is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our faculty, staff, and students who continuously strive for excellence in teaching, learning, research, and creative activity.” The annual QS World University Rankings, introduced in 2004, has emerged as one of the most influential and widely respected global rankings of world universities.…

Young adults willing to go to scary lengths to stay online, researchers find

Young adults willing to go to scary lengths to stay online, researchers find A team of researchers from the Faculty of Human Kinetics has found young adults would make lifestyle sacrifices or even die younger rather than lose their social media presence. Photo by fauxels. Some young adults would rather give up sex or cut 10 years off their life expectancies than give up social media, a team of researchers from UWindsor’s Faculty of Human Kinetics has found. Paige Coyne, Bailey Csabai, and Sarah Woodruff surveyed 750 Canadians aged 16 to 30 about the sacrifices they’d be willing to make to stay online. The results, they say, are “quite honestly, scary.” Nearly 10 per cent of respondents said they would accept being unable to have children, they’d give up sex, or they’d forfeit one year of their life to maintain their social media connections. Five per cent said they’d forfeit five years of life expectancy and three per cent said they’d gladly die a decade earlier. Five per cent also said they’d be willing to contract a sexually transmitted infection…

Report highlights 4th quarter accomplishments of health institute

Report highlights 4th quarter accomplishments of health institute WE-SPARK Health Institute has released its Year 4 final quarter report highlighting key accomplishments from February 2023 – April 2023:  first cohort of students graduated with their Master of Science in Translational Health Science (MSTHS) degrees in the University of Windsor Biomedical Sciences Department; hosted eight events and workshops focused on researcher networking, grant writing and health research innovation; facilitated six Adjunct Appointments in the Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Windsor; local physicians and healthcare providers need academic appointments to build their research programs;  now has 104 active accounts on the WE-SPARK app – a central hub for research processes and system navigation; hosted an annual fundraiser “Cheers to Hope”, raising $275,000 to support the WE-SPARK Grants Program; and launched its next 5 year strategic planning process with requests out to stakeholders in the research community. Read the Report here. WE-SPARK…

July networking event to bring together health research community

July networking event to bring together health research community WE-SPARK Health Institute hosts monthly networking events for members of the Windsor-Essex health research community to get to know one another through fun and casual conversations. There is no formal agenda, and all are welcome.  This is an opportunity for anyone interested in health research to make connections in an informal and enjoyable atmosphere.   The next event will be held Thursday July 6th from 5-8pm at the Bourbon Tap & Grill, 1199 Ottawa St, Windsor. No RSVP is required. WE-SPARK Health Institute is supported by an innovative partnership between the University of Windsor and Erie Shores HealthCare, Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare, St. Clair College, and Windsor Regional Hospital that brings together health research strengths, expertise, and infrastructure from across the WindsorEssex region.

June 23 online session to spark health research collaborations

June 23 online session to spark health research collaborations A virtual think tank on June 23 will discuss three local health research projects. Researchers and students in all disciplines interested in discussing new ideas, solving problems, and making new connections are invited to WE-SPARK Think Tanks. A session on Zoom scheduled for 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, June 23, will hear three presentations: Finding solutions together that take into account the real experiences of providing care to those living with Borderline Personality Disorder in Ontario Aman Ahluwalia-Cameron (she/her), M.SW., R.SW., School of Social Work, University of Windsor Stigma manifests in many ways between providers and patients, and at the organizational and policy level. The goal is to discuss with healthcare providers their experiences with supporting those with BPD in our communities, and public health level suggestions on how to disseminate this knowledge about provider based and structural stigma towards those living with BPD. Readiness of healthcare professionals to care…

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