Nipissing University Celebrates Outstanding Research

North Bay, Ont. - Nipissing University celebrated the research contributions of seven of its faculty members who received funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) last year during a Research Showcase held on January 22. 

The event highlighted eight different research studies that collectively earned $837,535 in funding in 2019:

  • Dr. Steven Arnocky, professor, psychology

    • The good genes sexual selection controversy: Does the Handicap Principal apply to modern humans?

      • NSERC Discovery Grant recipient
  • Dr. Brenda Bruner, professor, physical and health education
    • Exploring food rewards and the role it plays on children's motivation to participate in sport

      • SSHRC Insight Development Grant recipient
  • Dr. Hilary Earl, professor, history
    • Murder on the Beach: A Case Study of a single Einsatzgruppen execution at Liepaja, Latvia in photographs, on film, and in testimony, 1941

      • SSHRC – Insight Development Grant recipient
  • Dr. Amir Erfani, professor, sociology
    • Transformed intimate relationships and low fertility: Examining the fertility influence of spousal intimate relationships

      • SSHRC – Insight Grant recipient
  • Dr. Kirsten Greer, associate professor, geography and history
    • Place-based reparative environmental histories: Symposium 2.0

      • SSHRC – Connection Grant recipient
    • Reassembling Ontario's "Near North": Reparation through university-museum-Indigenous research partnerships
      • SSHRC – Partnership Development Grant recipient
  • Dr. Logan Hoehn, associate professor, mathematics
    • Classical forms of homogeneity in continuum theory

      • NSERC Discovery Grant & NSERC Discovery Accelerator Grant recipient
  • Dr. Vesko Valov, professor, mathematics
    • Dimension Theory and Continuous Selections

      • NSERC Discovery Grant recipient


“Research endeavours not only broaden the boundaries of knowledge and understanding, but drive improvement and innovation. Congratulations to all the funding recipients whose work is being celebrated today and to Nipissing University for continuing to expand its research capacity and culture. The federal government, though its granting councils, is proud to support your efforts.”

— The Honourable Anthony Rota, Member of Parliament for Nipissing–Timiskaming

“Nipissing University is proud of the outstanding contributions of its researchers and the impact of their work in our community and beyond. The support our researchers receive from NSERC and SSHRC speaks to the quality and diversity of research being conducted here."

Dr. Arja Vainio-Mattila, Provost and Vice-President, Academic and Research, Nipissing University

“NSERC’s Discovery Grants provide thousands of exceptional researchers with the support they need to explore bold, high-impact ideas and the freedom to change course as their research leads them in new, exciting, and unexpected directions.”

— Dr. Alejandro Adem, President, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)

"Research in the social sciences and humanities explores relationships between individuals, groups and their social worlds. Through creative research methods, collaborations and partnerships, it helps build the foundations of vibrant, healthy and prosperous societies."

— Dr. Ted Hewitt, President, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)


Meghan Venasse
Manager, Communications
Nipissing University
705-474-3450 ext. 4615