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Posted on Thursday, 1 November 2012

“I think the HST is a good thing for PEI, in terms of the Island economy and the direction that public finances are going,” says Dr. Jim Sentance. Stacks of papers and tomes on economic theory fill his office in UPEI’s Main Building.

“I think the negative reaction we’re hearing is more in response to how it has been rolled out. It’s politically unpalatable, and could lead to a backlash such as we saw in British Columbia. Which is a shame.”

Posted on Wednesday, 3 October 2012

A research project examining the ecology and behaviour of urban red foxes on Prince Edward Island is seeking the help of the public through a new website. The public can report sightings of red foxes at, which will track the distribution, abundance, movement, and habitat of the animals.

Posted on Friday, 28 September 2012

“The polls don’t matter," explains Dr. Bruce Craig. "The conventions don’t matter. The debates don’t matter. All that matters is performance.”

Dr. Craig is a specialist in American presidential history, espionage, and Cold War history. He is leading UPEI's first Research on Tap of the season. His topic: “Why history tells us Obama will win.”

Posted on Tuesday, 25 September 2012

This is the first in a series of blog posts about the Student as Scholar initiative at UPEI.

It’s a new kind of class for UPEI. Chemistry 483 has no lecture. No classroom. Just a laboratory, a series of problems to solve, and an opportunity for students to put their skills to the test.

“When you work in a lab, things don’t always turn out the way you expect,” explains Dr. Nola Etkin, Chair and Associate Professor of Chemistry at UPEI. “But that has real learning value. I wanted to design a course where students were learning through their own research.”

Posted on Friday, 7 September 2012

UPEI is piloting a new formal system of ensuring that sudents engaged in research know and understand their rights and responsibilities. The rights and responsibilities of each student are determined by the type of research in which the student is engaged.

Posted on Thursday, 19 July 2012

“I look at how exercise and positive lifestyle can improve health, reduce costs to the health-care system, and create prosperous developments in society,” explains Dr. William Montelpare, UPEI’s newly appointed Margaret and Wallace McCain Chair in Human Development and Health.

Posted on Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Dr. Jason Pearson is clearly excited. “I think this has a shot of being a legacy project. We want to inspire creative thinkers. This may sound cliché, but if we can teach students to learn through exploration, we empower them to change the world.”

Posted on Thursday, 14 June 2012

 “Because Prince Edward Island is relatively small, we’re lucky to have an excellent aerial photographic record of the entire Island,” says Dr. Josh MacFadyen, Research Associate of UPEI’s Institute for Island Studies. “We’re able to look at these photos and see how the land has changed because of both human use and natural occurrences. Nowhere are these changes more apparent than in PEI National Park.”

Posted on Thursday, 10 May 2012

Members of UPEI’s Centre for Veterinary Epidemiological Research, or CVER, recently gave brief presentations about their research projects around the world. The UPEI Research Blog will profile each presentation over the next several weeks. Today, a presentation by Dr. Sophie St-Hilaire, Associate Professor of Health Management at the AVC, and Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Aquaculture.

Posted on Thursday, 26 April 2012

“I was walking around a school playground and came across a group of girls doing complex handclapping patterns to various rhymes,” says June Countryman, Assistant Professor of Music at UPEI. “And I thought: jackpot!”

Countryman is researching the songs and rhymes kids use in their play, in order to better understand the current state of children’s oral culture, and to see what parents and educators might learn from it.