PPAHP Faculty Among NU Researchers Earning $1.3 Million in Grants

Researchers at Nipissing University have earned $1,352,011 in multiple grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Among the researchers were Psychology of Physical Activity and Health Promotion lab faculty Dr. Barbi Law and Dr. Brenda Bruner. 

Dr. Barbi Law received $186,387 over four years for her project, What is a picture worth? Exploring children’s modeling use in sport. Dr. Law, along with Dr. Brenda Bruner, earned $504,900 over four years for their project, Opportunities for Moving More and Sitting Less: Exploring a Whole School Approach to Improve Children’s 24-Hour Movement Patterns. Dr. Bruner also received $149,858 for one year with Patty Chabbert, Business and Indigenous Relations Manager at Canadore College, and Mary Wabano, Director of the First People’s Centre and Dean of the School of Indigenous Studies at Canadore College, for their project titled Cultural Continuity and Physical Health: Creating a Model of Resiliency Among Indigenous Post-Secondary Students and Their Families.

Other researchers earning grant funding include Dr. Katrina Srigley, Dr. David Zarifa, Dr. Kirsten Greer and Dr. Cindy Peltier. 

“My colleagues and I offer sincere gratitude to the Federal government, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research for this investment in our research,” said Dr. Katrina Srigley, Associate Professor of History. “These types of investments allow us to explore ideas and create knowledge that strengthens relationships across this country. We also offer thanks on behalf of our students, who benefit directly through their experiences as undergraduate and graduate student researchers. These opportunities train students to engage with diverse ways of developing, asking and answering research questions. They prepare them for success in whatever field they choose.”

Nipissing-Timiskaming Member of Parliament Anthony Rota was also at the media release, congratulating the researchers on their achievements. 



Shamrock Cup a HUGE Success

The inaugural Shamrock Cup Road Hockey Tournament was a smashing success, raising over $1000 for the Paul Nelson Memorial Scholarship. Six teams battled it out for the coveted Shamrock Cup, with the Dark Knights eventually taking home the glory. The event also featured a chuck-a-puck competition, as well as bbq lunch and t-shirt sales. 

Organizers would like to thank all those who participated and contributed to making the event a success. 

The Paul Nelson Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to a third-year Bachelor of Physical and Health Education (BPHE) student in Nipissing’s PHED 3016 Coaching course who exemplifies excellence in the development of their coaching philosophy.

Paul Nelson was a hard working and well-respected student in Nipissing’s BPHE program. Paul was actively involved in the community, specifically in volunteering his time with his local fire department. He died in 2011 in a tragic accident while responding to a fire call.

To honour his memory, Nelson’s friends and Nipissing BPHE faculty have created a scholarship in his name and raise funds through an annual Paul Nelson Memorial Ice Hockey Game. The Shamrock Cup Road Hockey Tournament in just one way to get involved and show support in memory of Paul Nelson. 

Physical Literacy Summit at NU


Nipissing University hosted the Active Body, Active Mind Physical Literacy Summit on August 30, 2017 from 8am – 4pm. 

“With the increased screen time and inactivity that we are seeing in children today, understanding physical literacy and ways to engage children in building physical literacy is vital to community health,” said Dr. Barbi Law, associate professor in the School of Physical and Health Education at Nipissing University. “The goal is to provide educators, recreation providers, and other professionals working with children information and tools to help them learn about physical literacy and incorporate activities that build physical literacy into their programming.”

The Physical Literacy Summit was provided in partnership with YMCA North Bay, Nipissing University, Canadore College, Near North District School Board, Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board, Conseil Scolaire Catholique Franco-Nord, Conseil Scolaire Public du Nord-Est de I’Ontario, Community Living North Bay, and the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit. Sessions focused on topics such as Integrating Physical Literacy Across the Curriculum; Fun, Fitness, and Fundamentals; Supporting Mental Health with Physical Literacy; and Outdoor Environmental Inquiry. Keynote speakers included Dr. Mark Tremblay and Sarah Gallsworthy. 

Research Participants Needed

Recruitment has started for Dr. Karvinen’s study “A knowledge translation strategy for enhancing physical activity counselling among nurses”. The study is open to all nurses residing in Canada who are currently seeing patients in a clinical capacity and would like to improve their physical activity counselling skills. Please contact Dr. Karvinen for more details: kristinak@nipissingu.ca.

Faculty Shares Physical Activity Research in Australia

Drs. Mark and Brenda Bruner will be presenting three posters at the International Congress of Behavioural Medicine in Melbourne, Australia December 7-10, 2016:
  • Impact of a school-based cycling education and encouragement initiative on active transportation to school. Authors:  Bruner, B., Confesor, V., Mayer, A.  
  • Exploring parental perceptions of a walking school bus in northern Ontario. Authors:  Atrooshi, D., Bruner, B., Parker, N., Lee, R.E., Lévesque, L. 
  • Understanding Aboriginal youth development through sport and physical activity:  Their voices, their stories, and their experiences. Authors:  Bruner, M., Lovelace, R., Hillier, S., Hare, K., Head, C., Bruner, B., Paibomsai, A., Lavallee, L., Auski, M., Lévesque, L.  
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