Acadia University is a predominantly undergraduate university located in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada with some graduate programs at the master's level and one at the doctoral level. The enabling legislation consists of Acadia University Act and the Amended Acadia University Act 2000.The Wolfville Campus houses Acadia University Archives and the Acadia University Art Gallery. Acadia offers over 200 degree combinations in the Faculties of Arts, Pure and Applied Science, Professional Studies, and Theology. The student-faculty ratio is 15:1 and the average class size is 28. Open Acadia offers correspondence and distance education courses. Wikipedia.
News Article | March 1, 2017
Medavie Health Foundation supports 'Movies for Mental Health' youth event to create dialogue and action in Wolfville, Nova Scotia Art With Impact Canada is proud to partner with the Medavie Health Foundation to offer Movies for Mental Health at Acadia University on March 8, 2017. Movies for Mental Health will take place on campus the evening of March 8th from 6:00 – 8:00pm in the KC Irving Centre Auditorium. This two-hour workshop is one of ten taking place throughout Canadian postsecondary institutions this Winter 2017, and one of three in the Maritimes this semester. Movies for Mental Health is a free workshop and dinner will be provided for attendees. The workshop consists of a facilitated discussion, viewing of three short films from the OLIVE Film Collection on the topic of mental health, and a community and campus resource panel connecting attendees with accessible mental health resources in the Kings County region. This event is open to students, staff, and faculty of the university as well as to community members. “All too often, the stigma surrounding mental illness prevents people from seeking mental health services and support. Movies for Mental Health offers a creative approach to dispelling mental health myths, while encouraging young people to seek the help they need in leading healthy, productive lives. This program is an example of a different kind of health care – one that doesn’t start in a doctor’s office, but in our schools and communities. ” “Movies for Mental Health provides students with a safe and innovative way to talk about mental health on campuses. Students make emotional connections to the films, increasing their understanding and building compassion for themselves and their experiences. We are delighted to be a part of this collaboration between Art With Impact Canada, Urban Pardes and Medavie Health Foundation who, in funding this project, is clearly demonstrating their commitment to innovative approaches for mental health.” Art With Impact Canada is a charitable organization that promotes mental wellness by creating safe spaces for young people to learn and connect through film, reducing stigma and connecting students to accessible mental health resources. Medavie Health Foundation is funded by Medavie Blue Cross and Medavie EMS as part of a long-term commitment to make a lasting impact in the communities where our employees and customers live and work. The Foundation is focused on three core causes of particular concern to Canadians – child and youth mental health, post-traumatic stress disorder, and type 2 diabetes. It aims to bring organizations and communities together through collaborative multi-year partnerships and to support grassroots, community-based initiatives through an annual grants program.
Laland K.N.,University of St. Andrews |
Odling-Smee J.,University of Oxford |
Myles S.,Cornell University |
Myles S.,Acadia University
Nature Reviews Genetics | Year: 2010
Researchers from diverse backgrounds are converging on the view that human evolution has been shaped by gene-culture interactions. Theoretical biologists have used population genetic models to demonstrate that cultural processes can have a profound effect on human evolution, and anthropologists are investigating cultural practices that modify current selection. These findings are supported by recent analyses of human genetic variation, which reveal that hundreds of genes have been subject to recent positive selection, often in response to human activities. Here, we collate these data, highlighting the considerable potential for cross-disciplinary exchange to provide novel insights into how culture has shaped the human genome. © 2010 Macmillan Publishers Limited. All rights reserved.
Wang Y.,Acadia University |
Meister D.B.,University of Western Ontario |
Gray P.H.,University of Virginia
MIS Quarterly: Management Information Systems | Year: 2013
Theory suggests that coworkers may influence individuals' technology use behaviors, but there is limited research in the technology diffusion literature that explicates how such social influence processes operate after initial adoption. We investigate how two key social influence mechanisms (identification and internalization) may explain the growth over time in individuals' use of knowledge management systems (KMS)-a technology that because of its publicly visible use provides a rich context for investigating social influence. We test our hypotheses using longitudinal KMS usage data on over 80,000 employees of a management consulting firm. Our approach infers the presence of identification and internalization from associations between actual system use behaviors by a focal individual and prior system use by a range of reference groups. Evidence of these kinds of associations between system use behaviors helps construct a more complete picture of social influence mechanisms, and is to our knowledge novel to the technology diffusion literature. Our results confirm the utility of this approach for understanding social influence effects and reveal a fine-grained pattern of influence across different social groups: we found strong support for bottom-up social influence across hierarchical levels, limited support for peer-level influence within levels, and no support for top-down influence. Copyright © 2013 by the Management Information Systems Research Center (MISRC) of the University of Minnesota.
Cohen A.,Acadia University |
Bakker K.,University of British Columbia
Environment and Planning D: Society and Space | Year: 2014
This paper engages with recent work in political ecology that explores the ways in which scale is imbricated in environmental governance. Specifically, we analyze the deployment of specific ecological scales as putatively 'natural' governance units in rescaling processes. To undertake this analysis, the paper brings two sets of literature into dialogue: (1) political ecology of scale and (2) political economy of rescaling, drawing on theories of uneven development. Building on this literature, we develop the concept of an ecoscalar fix and explore its analytical potential through a case study of the rescaling of water governance in Alberta, Canada. We argue that although the 'eco-scalar fix' is usually framed as an apolitical governance change-particularly through the framing of particular scales (ie, the watershed) as 'natural'-it is often, in fact, a deeply political move that reconfigures power structures and prioritizes some resource uses over others in ways that can entrench, rather than resolve, the crises it was designed to address. Moreover, we suggest that, although watershed governance is often discursively depicted as an environmental strategy (eg, internalizing environmental externalities by aligning decision making with ecological boundaries), it is often articulated with-and undertaken to address challenges that arise through-processes of uneven development. © 2014 Pion and its Licensors.
Pufahl P.K.,Acadia University |
Hiatt E.E.,University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh
Marine and Petroleum Geology | Year: 2012
The Great Oxidation Event (GOE) is one of the most significant changes in seawater and atmospheric chemistry in Earth history. This rise in oxygen occurred between ca. 2.4 and 2.3Ga and set the stage for oxidative chemical weathering, wholesale changes in ocean chemistry, and the evolution of multicelluar life. Most of what is known about this important event and the subsequent oxygenation history of the Precambrian Earth is based on either geochemistry or " data mining" published literature to understand the temporal abundance of bioelemental sediments. Bioelemental sediments include iron formation, chert, and phosphorite, which are precipitates of the nutrient elements Fe, Si, and P, respectively. Because biological processes leading to their accumulation often produce organic-rich sediment, black shale can also be included in the bioelemental spectrum. Thus, chemistry of bioelemental sediments potentially holds clues to the oxygenation of the Earth because they are not simply recorders of geologic processes, but intimately involved in Earth system evolution.Chemical proxies such as redox-sensitive trace elements (Cu, Cr, V, Cd, Mo, U, Y, Zn, and REE's) and the ratio of stable isotopes (δ 56Fe, δ 53Cr, δ 97/95Mo, δ 98/95Mo, δ 34S, Δ 33S) in bioelemental sediments are now routinely used to infer the oxygenation history of paleo-seawater. The most robust of these is the mass-independent fractionation of sulfur isotopes (MIF), which is thought to have persisted under essentially anoxic conditions until the onset of the GOE at ca. 2.4Ga. Since most of these proxies are derived from authigenic minerals reflecting pore water composition, extrapolating the chemistry of seawater from synsedimentary precipitates must be done cautiously.Paleoenvironmental context is critical to understanding whether geochemical trends during Earth's oxygenation represent truly global, or merely local environmental conditions. To make this determination it is important to appreciate chemical data are primarily from authigenic minerals that are diagenetically altered and often metamorphosed. Because relatively few studies consider alteration in detail, our ability to measure geochemical anomalies through the GOE now surpasses our capacity to adequately understand them.In this review we highlight the need for careful consideration of the role sedimentology, stratigraphy, alteration, and basin geology play in controlling the geochemistry of bioelemental sediments. Such an approach will fine-tune what is known about the GOE because it permits the systematic evaluation of basin type and oceanography on geochemistry. This technique also provides information on how basin hydrology and post-depositional fluid movement alters bioelemental sediments. Thus, a primary aim of any investigation focused on prominent intervals of Earth history should be the integration of geochemistry with sedimentology and basin evolution to provide a more robust explanation of geochemical proxies and ocean-atmosphere evolution. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd.
Shutler D.,Acadia University
Biology Letters | Year: 2011
Empirical evidence is mixed for interspecific trade-offs in investment among sexually selected traits. One important reason may be the way resources are allocated among species. Consider a set of species that obtains the same fitness pay-off for investment in song or plumage. Simulations where resources were normally distributed among species revealed significant trade-offs between song and plumage (x̄ ± s.d. of r5 20.54 ± 0.06). However, simulations where resources were distributed in a negative binomial fashion usually produced positive correlations (r 5 0.11 ± 0.09). Repeating simulations on three published studies that concomitantly quantified elaboration of song and plumage indicated that trade-offs are likely, although these analyses make assumptions that require further evaluation. Moreover, there are currently too few empirical distributions to make generalizations about the likelihood of interspecific trade-offs in sexually selected traits. This journal is © 2010 The Royal Society.
Roscoe J.M.,Acadia University
Canadian Journal of Chemistry | Year: 2015
The reactions of O( P) with 2-propanone, 2-butanone, and 3-pentanone have been studied kinetically as a function of temperature and substrate concentration. The absolute rate constants for these reactions in the gas phase, in the units M-1 s-1, obey the following relations.
McWilliams L.A.,Acadia University |
Bailey S.J.,Acadia University
Health Psychology | Year: 2010
Objective: Attachment insecurity has been hypothesized to be a risk factor for the development of disease and chronic illness. This study was the first to investigate associations between adult attachment ratings and a wide range of health conditions. Design: Cross-sectional data from the National Comorbidity Survey Replication (N = 5645) were used. Measures: Participants completed Hazan and Shaver's (1987) measure of adult attachment and provided reports regarding 15 health conditions. Results: Logistic regression analyses that adjusted for demographic variables indicated that avoidant attachment ratings were positively associated with conditions defined primarily by pain (e.g., frequent or severe headaches). Anxious attachment ratings were positively associated with a wider range of health conditions, including several involving the cardiovascular system (i.e., stroke, heart attack, high blood pressure). Secure attachment ratings were unrelated to the health conditions. Additional analyses investigated whether the attachment ratings accounted for unique variance in the health conditions beyond that accounted for by lifetime histories of depressive, anxiety, and alcohol- or substance-related disorders. In these analyses, anxious attachment ratings continued to have significant positive associations with chronic pain, stroke, heart attack, high blood pressure, and ulcers. Conclusion: The findings were generally supportive of the theory that insecure attachment is a risk factor for the development of disease and chronic illness, particularly conditions involving the cardiovascular system. Further research regarding the role of attachment in the development of specific health conditions is warranted. © 2010 American Psychological Association.
Bakshi M.S.,Acadia University
Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology | Year: 2010
This study presents a simple and systematic growth of Ag nanoparticles (NPs) to nanoribbons by changing the hydrophobicity parameter of a series of cationic Gemini surfactants by using seed-mediated approach in aqueous phase at room temperature. At lowest hydrophobicity of a Gemini surfactant (i.e., dimethylene bis(decyldimethyl-ammonium bromide), 10-2-10), Ostwald ripening process was observed which caused fusion among growing Ag NPs. This process was quite prominent when 0.5 ml of Ag seed solution was used for the growth process but weakened as the amount of seed decreased to 0.125 ml. Similar behavior was demonstrated by Au NPs studied for comparison. The nanostructures were characterized by TEM, XRD, and UV-visible measurements. Further increase in the hydrophobicity of a Gemini surfactant from 10-2-10 to dimethylene bis(tetradecyldimethylammonium bromide) (14-2-14) through dimethylene bis(dodecyldimethylammonium bromide) (12-2-12), resulted in the participation of threads like micelles and liquid crystalline phase as soft-templates towards the nanoribbon formation. Fine polycrystalline Ag nanoribbons were obtained in the presence 14-2-14 and were characterized by the HRTEM and EDX analysis. Copyright © 2010 American Scientific Publishers All rights reserved.
Dogra S.,Acadia University
Journal of Aging and Physical Activity | Year: 2011
Poor self-perceived health (SPH) is associated with lower levels of physical activity (PA) and the presence of chronic disease in older adults. The purpose of this study was to determine whether SPH is associated with PA levels in older adults with existing chronic disease and whether this differs by disease. Using logistic regressions on data from the Canadian Community Health Survey (N = 33,168) it was found that adjusted logistic regressions revealed that odds of physical inactivity were similar in those with good SPH who reported having respiratory, musculoskeletal, or other chronic disease compared with those with good SPH without these diseases. Those with good SPH who reported having cardiometabolic disease were at significantly greater risk of physical inactivity than those with good SPH without cardiometabolic disease. It is apparent from the current analysis that SPH plays an important role in PA levels of older adults with chronic disease and should be targeted in future interventions. © 2011 Human Kinetics, Inc.