U of R researchers receive more than $3 million in federal funding

News Release Release Date: June 15, 2021 10:00 a.m.

More than $3 million in federal grants have been awarded to 24 University of Regina researchers for projects spanning multiple disciplines.

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) funding will support projects ranging from the examination of racialized hiring practices, to determining if climate change is turning forests from carbon sinks to carbon sources.

Dr. Andrew Stevens, associate professor in the Hill and Levene Schools of Business, received a $95,527 SSHRC Insight Grant to examine whether one’s immigration status, race, and Indigenous identity affects the job search success of applicants in Saskatchewan and Ontario.

“Our research will try to determine if hiring managers prefer white applicants over Indigenous, immigrant, and racialized applicants and if there are differences between hiring managers in Regina and Hamilton, Ontario,” explains Stevens. “Our research will focus on the context of the re-opening of the economy during COVID and the attitudes and perceptions held by managers and employers, given the important role they have in shaping the experiences of workers and job applicants.”

Biologist Dr. Mark Vanderwel received a $200,000 NSERC Discovery Grant for his project on forest carbon dynamics.

Vanderwel says Canada’s western boreal forests store vast amounts of carbon, and that his project will help to determine how that may change in the coming years.

“The managed portion of the western boreal forest – which stretches from Manitoba to the Yukon – contains the equivalent of about 130 years’ worth of national greenhouse gas emissions and represents a globally significant carbon pool. However, reduced moisture in recent decades has caused forests to start losing carbon,” says Vanderwel.

He says that dry conditions have slowed tree growth, increased tree death, exacerbated the risk of fire, predisposed trees to attack by insects, reduced timber supplies, and is increasing damaging climate change impacts with more carbon being released back into the atmosphere.

“The model projections based on the new data we will collect could reveal their potential to become a carbon source if moisture stress increases as we expect it to over the coming decades,” says Vanderwel.

Understanding the sensitivity of the western boreal forest to climate change will help resolve important questions regarding Canada’s national greenhouse gas emissions and the global carbon/climate system.

Dr. Kathleen McNutt, Vice-President (Research), says this substantial support of University of Regina researchers from the federal government sends a clear message that University scholars are conducting crucial work, and that their research will positively impact the lives of people around the globe. 

“The diversity of projects supported by this funding shows that University of Regina researchers are immensely curious and compassionate, and have a strong desire to make our world a better place, now and into the future,” says McNutt.

For a full list of NSERC grant recipients please visit: https://www.canada.ca/en/innovation-science-economic-development/news/2021/06/government-of-canada-makes-major-investment-in-canadian-science-research-and-engineering.html

For a full list of SSHRC grant recipients please visit: https://www.sshrc-crsh.gc.ca/news_room-salle_de_presse/latest_news-nouvelles_recentes/2021/ssh_investment_june-investissement_sh_juin-eng.aspx 


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The University of Regina—with campuses located on Treaty 4 and Treaty 6 territories, the ancestral lands of the Cree, Saulteaux, Dakota, Lakota and Nakoda nations and the homeland of the Métis—is a comprehensive, mid-sized university that traces its roots back to the creation of Regina College in 1911. Today, more than 16,600 students study within the University's 10 faculties, 25 academic departments/schools, 18 research centres and institutes, and three federated colleges (Campion College, First Nations University of Canada, and Luther College). The University of Regina has an established reputation for excellence and innovative programs that lead to undergraduate, master, and doctoral degrees. The University of Regina was named the Research University of the Year in 2020 (undergraduate category) by Research Infosource.


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