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Research Matters Curiosity Shop coming to Laurier
Jun 9/14| For Immediate Release
Abby Goodrum, Vice-President, Research
Lori Chalmers Morrison, Acting Director
WATERLOO – What could cause a zombie apocalypse? Is world peace really possible? Do plants really have feelings? Believe it or not, these are all questions that can be answered by university researchers.
On June 11, Research Matters, an initiative of the Council of Ontario Universities (COU), will bring the Curiosity Shop to Laurier’s Waterloo campus, looking for curious people to pose questions — simple or complex, specific or broad — which will then be answered by Ontario researchers.
"The Curiosity Shop is a wonderful way for people to experience how research can provide insight into questions we think about every day," said Max Blouw, COU chair and Laurier president and vice-chancellor. "Universities play an important role in the broader community, and the Curiosity Shop does an excellent job of making the connection."
The Curiosity Shop travels the province, setting up on university campuses and at festivals and public events, collecting queries from the public. The questions are then answered online by a researcher from an Ontario university. Several Laurier researchers have answered previous questions from the Curiosity Shop, including:
- Penelope Ironstone, associate interdisciplinary professor: “What is the most likely cause of the zombie apocalypse?”
- Lee Willingham, associate professor of music: “Why does every generation think the next generation’s music sounds like noise?”
- Rhoda Howard-Hassman, Canada Research Chair in International Human Rights and Alex Latta, associate professor of global studies: “Should access to water be considered a human right?”
- Tim Donais, associate professor and chair of global studies: “Could there really be world peace?”
- Tristan Long, assistant professor of biology: “Are we still evolving as a species?”
- Colin Robertson, assistant professor of geography and environmental studies: “How can digital technology benefit Canada in the future?”
- Ginette Lafreniere, associate professor in the Faculty of Social Work, who answered: “Why are women so obsessed with being youthful?”
“At Laurier, we are proud of our strong reputation for research excellence and we foster a deep commitment to the community in everything that we do,” said Abby Goodrum, vice-president: Research at Laurier. “The Curiosity Shop initiative provides an opportunity for our local community to engage with Laurier’s world-class researchers as well as researchers across Ontario.”
The Curiosity Shop will be in the Upper Concourse in the Arts Building’s “E” Wing on Laurier’s Waterloo campus Wednesday, June 11 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The shop will also be at the St. Jacob’s Farmer’s Market June 12 from 7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. and the Kitchener Market June 14 from 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.