• A Genomic Analysis of the Plague of Justinian

    A Genomic Analysis of the Plague of Justinian

    Hendrik Poinar

    Yersinia pestis is responsible for at least three devastating human pandemics, but little is known about the first pandemic, the Plague of Justinian. DNA from individuals who died during the first plague indicates that a Y pestis lineage (extinct...

  • Indigenous Place-Thought and Agency Amongst Humans and Non-Humans

    Indigenous Place-Thought and Agency Amongst Humans and Non-Humans

    Vanessa Watts

    Euro-Western thought has made many important efforts to understand and embrace all components of Indigenous histories. However, these attempts are often still processed through very Western beliefs which view Indigenous histories as stories rather...

  • The Gospel of Mark and the Self-Sacrifice of Rulers

    The Gospel of Mark and the Self-Sacrifice of Rulers

    Matthew Thiessen

    Though the “many for one” political ideology was widespread in the first century CE, the Gospel of Mark, passage 10:45, rejects this ideology. Instead, this type of rule is contrasted with Jesus’s own as the servant king, sacrificing himself (the...

  • Social Worker Overload: Using Digital Media for Worker Advocacy

    Social Worker Overload: Using Digital Media for Worker Advocacy

    Tara La Rose

    By increasing the reach and impact of a message digital media storytelling can be an effective form of worker advocacy, as demonstrated by the union-made short video Social Worker Overload.

  • A New Wrinkle in Biosensors

    A New Wrinkle in Biosensors

    Leyla Soleymani

    Point-of-care biosensors that can diagnose both infectious and noninfectious diseases are crucial for the advancement of healthcare globally, especially if they can offer fast and affordable service. New technologies, like wrinkled electrodes, could...

  • Listening to the Brain When the Body Cannot Speak

    Listening to the Brain When the Body Cannot Speak

    John Connolly

    Researchers have combined brainwave-imaging technology with language-based tests to see conscious brain activity among people who are unable to communicate in typical ways, giving doctors the information needed to provide critical health care...

  • The Costs of Bankruptcy

    The Costs of Bankruptcy

    Jiaping Qiu

    When a corporation declares bankruptcy, employee’s wages decrease significantly. This potential loss in earnings is significant enough that firms with a high risk of bankruptcy must pay their employees a higher wage to compensate them for the risky...

  • Salvadoran Families Negotiate Adolescence in a Canadian Context

    Salvadoran Families Negotiate Adolescence in a Canadian Context

    Mirna Carranza

    Adolescence can be a challenging transition period for all parents and children, including immigrant families who must use resourcefulness and resilience to navigate between cultures and keep families together. Canadian immigrant Salvadoran mothers...

  • Using Technology to Manage Health

    Using Technology to Manage Health

    Norm Archer

    Mobile devices, such as laptops and phones, can be used effectively to manage chronic illnesses. Barriers to the adoption of health-related technologies can be overcome using several techniques in a combined fashion.

  • Indian Buddhist Monastic Law (Vinaya) Texts in the Gilgit Manuscripts: High-Resolution, Colour Images with Scholarly Appendices

    Indian Buddhist Monastic Law (Vinaya) Texts in the Gilgit Manuscripts: High-Resolution, Colour Images with Scholarly Appendices

    Shayne Clarke

    This is the first volume in a new series of books providing unparalleled access to the Buddhist Gilgit manuscripts in their correct order with detailed concordances and bibliographical surveys. The high-resolution, colour images of the Vinaya...

  • Revolutions in the Digital Age

    Revolutions in the Digital Age

    Deena Abul Fottouh

    Deena Abul Fottouh is a PhD student of Sociology at McMaster University. Her Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship and Sherman Centre for Digital Scholarship funded dissertation examines digital activism, computational sociology, social networks and...

  • Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities Critique and Take Control of their Media Images

    Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities Critique and Take Control of their Media Images

    Ann Fudge Schormans

    From the perspective of people with intellectual disabilities, the media inappropriately portrays them in public photographic imaging by conveying them as ‘other’, and as incompetent and lacking power. This project gave people with intellectual...

  • The threat of job loss affects worker health

    The threat of job loss affects worker health

    Paul Glavin

    Prolonged exposure to the threat of job loss is associated with the most adverse health consequences for middle-aged workers. Young workers, in contrast, report fewer health penalties in response to job insecurity. Short-term job insecurity has...

  • White weddings for straight and same-sex couples

    White weddings for straight and same-sex couples

    Tina Fetner

    Traditional weddings reinforce heterosexuality as the norm and act as a reference point when both straight and same-sex couples plan their marriage. Straight couples are more likely than same-sex couples to embrace a traditional wedding

  • What Determines Persistence and Academic Success in University?

    What Determines Persistence and Academic Success in University?

    Martin Dooley

    Students with similar high school GPAs, but who are from neighbourhoods and high schools of varying characteristics, have similar chances of success in university. Students’ high school GPAs are by far the best predictors of persistence and academic...

  • A Look at Bones of War

    A Look at Bones of War

    Megan Brickley

    Knowing the age-at-death of individuals who died in the past is critical for our understanding of past events and living conditions. Techniques such as Transition Analysis of the auricular surface and examination of epiphyseal development and fusion...