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Edward Wang

Professor Emeritus, Mathematics

Areas of Expertise: Math problem solving; Math competition; Math education

Biography: Research Interests: Combinatorics; Number Theory; Linear Algebra; Matrix Theory;  Math Problem Solving and Competitions;

Colleen Loomis

Associate Dean: Student Services
Associate Professor, Psychology

Areas of Expertise: education, early childhood education and care; immigration, multiculturalism; psychological sense of community, belonging, and attachment, alienation; research design and methods

Biography: My research concerns the topic of community and education. Currently I am conducting studies on early childhood care and education in Canada, Madagascar, and Lao People's Democratic Republic, school- and community-based programs for girls in Canada, and?

519-884-0710 ext.2425 (Dean's Office)

Stephen MacNeil

Associate Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Undergraduate Advisor, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Areas of Expertise: Organic chemistry; Aromatic compounds; chemical education; Admission requirements/ statistics/ job prospects for students in chemistry and biochemistry programs

Biography: 1991 was the year I decided to become an organic chemist. It took one course- Dr. David Sneddon's "Introduction to Organic Chemistry" at the University College of Cape Breton- to convince me. Following completion of undergraduate studies in?

519.884.0710 ext.2271

Steve Farlow

Executive Director: Schlegel Centre for Entrepreneurship (Policy) CAS

Areas of Expertise: Business Idea/Opportunity Evaluation Business Planning Entrepreneurship Education Venture Capital Venture Financing

Biography: In 2002, Steve Farlow joined the School of Business & Economics as its first Executive Director of the Schlegel Centre for Entrepreneurship. Prior to this, Steve owned and operated his own business, Superior Safety, for 12 years. Based in?

519.884.0710 ext.2615

Alistair Edgar

Executive Director, Academic Council on the UN System (ACUNS); Associate Professor

Areas of Expertise: The United Nations (UN); Transitional justice - Afghanistan, Cambodia, Kosovo and Uganda; Foreign and security policies, U.S., Canadian and Japanese; Defence industries, U.S., Canadian and Japanese; International conflict resolution; NATO; Russian foreign policy and defence industry policies; Value of graduate education

Biography: Current research work includes transitional justice and conflict-to-peace processes in Afghanistan, Cambodia, Uganda and Kosovo; the political, legal, economic and social dimensions of post-conflict peace and reconstruction programs; sovereignty and?


Cynthia Comacchio

Canadian Gender, Family, and Class; Health and Healthcare in Post-Confederation Canada

Areas of Expertise: Gender, class and family, especially parenting roles, infant care and childrearing; Social welfare and social policy regarding children and families; Health policy, education and care, especially regarding maternity, infants, children and adolescents; The culture of childhood and adolescence in Canada; Adolescents and popular culture in 20th century Canada; The modernization of Canadian families; Canadian families during the Great Depression; The development of industrial hygiene/occupational health programs in Canada during the 20th century.

Biography: Academic Interests ?

519 884 0710 ext.3422

Christine Neill

Associate Professor (Economics)

Areas of Expertise: Economics of education; Canadian higher education policy; Public economics; Labour economics; Australian economic policy

Biography: Christine Neill graduated from the University of Queensland (Australia) with a B. Economics (Hons) in 1992, and went to work as an economist in the Australian Treasury and later the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. She returned to her studies in?

519.884.0710 ext.2469

Donna Kotsopoulos

Associate Vice-President: Research (acting)

Areas of Expertise: Mathematics education; Mathematics teacher education; Mathematical cognition; Early childhood education; Early mathematical learning; Post-secondary mathematics success.

Biography: Dr. Kotsopoulos is the Associate Vice-President: Research. She is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education, cross appointed to the Department of Mathematics in the Faculty of Science. She is a former Graduate Coordinator and Associate Dean. Dr.?

(519) 884- 0710 ext.3689

David Johnson

Professor (Economics)

Areas of Expertise: Economics of education; School testing and quality; access to postsecndary education; Federal and international fiscal policy; Monetary policy and inflation.

Biography: David Johnson is Professor of Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University. Professor Johnson's areas of specialty are macroeconomics, international finance and the economics of education. His published work includes the studies of Canada's international?

519.884.0710 ext.2540

Douglas McCready

Professor Emeritus (Economics) CAS

Areas of Expertise: Government budgets; Economics of federal/provincial relations; Taxation; Government spending; Privatization; Health-service economics; Demographics; Not-for-profits; Economics of education; Economy

Biography: Douglas Jackson McCready is a recently retired Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics, School of Business and Economics, Wilfrid Laurier University, having been employed by that institution and its predecessor, Waterloo Lutheran?


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