Wilfrid Laurier University Undergraduate Academic Calendar - 2011/2012
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Undergraduate Academic Calendar 2011/2012

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Research Centres

Research activity at Laurier is expanding rapidly, with an increasing number of faculty earning national and international reputations in their areas of expertise. To facilitate and encourage research, the following research centres have been established. These centres create a focus for research by a group of scholars and provide a research environment to stimulate and nurture the research training of graduate students.

CA/WLU Centre for Accounting Research and Education

Director: Dr. Bruce McConomy, bmcconom@wlu.ca, ext. 2890
Website: www.wlu.ca/homepage.php?grp_id=1683

The CA/WLU Centre for Accounting Research and Education has been established to promote excellence in research and teaching, and to encourage knowledge development in accounting education and practice. Our vision is to enhance the scholarly activities of accounting related faculty and to foster the development of the highest quality accounting graduates.

The Centre’s mission is to support the scholarly activities and research efforts of WLU accounting related faculty and to build upon our record of producing highly successful graduates.  This will be achieved by facilitating access of WLU accounting related faculty to research opportunities and outlets, by encouraging students to assist faculty in knowledge development and by promoting the enhancement of WLU accounting programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The Centre will also support curriculum development projects to help ensure that the WLU accounting curriculum evolves to reflect the changing education requirements as set out in publications such as the CA Candidates’ Competency Map.

CMA Canada Centre of Excellence in Management Accounting for SMEs

Director: Dr. Laura MacDonald, Associate Professor (Accounting)
Office Location: Room P2052, Peter's Bldg.
Office Hours: by appointment
Website: www.wlu.ca/homepage.php?grp_id=1684&pv=1

In 2003, the Schlegel Centre for Entrepreneurship was designated as a CMA Canada Centre of Excellence in Management Accounting for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises.  It is the only facility of its kind in Canada. This initiative is part of a 10-year agreement between CMA Canada and the School of Business & Economics aimed at expanding the boundaries of management accounting and enhancing the competitiveness of Canadian small businesses.

Centre for the Advancement of Music in the Community (LcMc)

Director: Dr. Lee Willingham, Associate Professor, Faculty of Music, lwillingham@wlu.ca, ext. 3621

The mission of the Laurier Centre for the Advancement of Music in the Community (LcMc) is to provide a scholarly research environment that considers and explores the musical lives of people in the community, and the resulting applications of musical practice on people and institutions. The fundamental belief that music has many meanings and takes many forms is central to the philosophy of LcMc.

Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience

Director: Todd Ferretti, PhD, tferretti@wlu.ca,ext. 2986
Website: www.wlu.ca/homepage.php?grp_id=2233

In the 1960's Cognitive Psychology emerged as one of the dynamic and fruitful areas of research in the behavioural sciences. Important models of memory, language, and perception, to name a few, were developed over the next 30 years. Although this work provided many important insights about the behavioural and computational processes underlying perception and cognition no account was made about how these processes were actually instantiated in the brain. To gain a complete understanding of how "people think" one needs to understand the brain processes that are ultimately responsible for the various processes identified by Cognitive Psychology.

Centre for Community Research, Learning and Action

Director: Dr. Terry Mitchell, Associate Professor of Psychology, tmitchell@wlu.ca, ext. 3494
Office Location: K214, 232 King Street
Website: www.wlu.ca/homepage.php?grp_id=2615

Centre for Community Research, Learning and Action (CCRLA) is a Research Centre within Laurier's Community Psychology program, in the Faculty of Science. CCRLA partners with  organizations and communities to promote understanding and action on community issues. The mandate is to promote strong community-university collaborative research partnerships to advance community health and social justice.

Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies

Director: Professor Terry Copp, 519-884-0710, ext. 3309
Website: www.wlu.ca/~wwwmsds/

The Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies (LCMSDS) was founded in 1991 to foster research, teaching and public discussion of military and strategic issues of national and international significance. The research activities of the centre are multidisciplinary, with concentrations in military history and in the strategic analysis of defence operations, including peacekeeping and arms control. The strategy component emphasizes the use of formal methods to analyze strategic problems and find practical solutions. The history component focuses on the armed forces of Canada and the conflicts in which they have been engaged. The LCMSDS supports, as well, classroom teaching and other educational activities in several departments, including history, mathematics and political science.

Centre for Music Therapy Research

Director: Heidi Ahonen-Eerikainen, ext. 2431
Website: www.soundeffects.wlu.ca

The Laurier Centre for Music Therapy Research (LCMTR) is the first university-based centre in Canada and only the fourth in the world. The overall focus of the centre will be to strengthen and shape the status of professional music therapy and music therapy research in Canada. The LCMTR will create a synergy among the research team members' areas of expertise, combining approaches and theoretical models to further the study of music therapy and its impact throughout the world. The LCMTR will provide a context for a wide variety of research and educational initiatives, involving and ultimately benefiting undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate students, and music therapy professionals and researches in music therapy and allied disciplines.

Centre for Responsible Organizations

Director: Dr. Barry Colbert, Assistant Professor, Policy & Strategic Management (SBE), ext. 2654
Website: www.wlu.ca/homepage.php?grp_id=1685

The mission of the centre is to foster responsible organizations by establishing the School of Business & Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University as a preeminent research centre contributing to knowledge development and organizational capacity building in this field. The centre will develop and disseminate knowledge to our stakeholders on the roles and responsibilities of organizations in society and act as a catalyst in creating a new generation of managers who are committed to, and knowledgeable about, societal responsibility.

Centre for the Study of Nascent Entrepreneurship and the Exploitation of Technology (NEXT)

Director: Dr. Barbara Carmichael, Professor, Department of Geography, ext. 2609
Associate Director: Dr. Sofy Carayannopoulos, Assistant Professor of Policy (SBE), ext. 2730
Website: www.wlu.ca/sbe/next

The Centre fosters research in the areas of high technology incubation and the promotion and support of nascent entrepreneurship. The mission is to develop and sponsor research linkages and activities with scholars throughout Laurier, and share and discuss the implications of this research with industry and governmental actors and representatives. Thus, the Centre establishes research linkages and seminars encouraging involvement with all Laurier faculties including Science, Arts, Social Work and Music. Activities conducted under this mandate include sponsoring research, assisting with the development of research proposals, conducting seminars, organizing and conducting conferences, and linking members of the business community and governmental actors with academic scholars and scholarship. The Centre utilizes a broad and heterogeneous group of academics and regional technology experts, business people, entrepreneurs and researchers.

Centre for Supply Chain Management

Director: Dr. Kevin Hendricks, Professor of Operations Management (SBE), ext. 3970
Website: www.wlu.ca/sbe/scm

The Centre for Supply Chain Management (SMC), located within the School of Business & Economics (SBE), has the primary function of facilitating and coordinating research in supply chain management. The Centre ensures regular and useful communication between researchers and practitioners including strategic decision makers in supply chain management. The purpose of each communication (seminars/conferences/roundtable) is to ensure that relevant topics are well researched and the researched findings are disseminated in timely fashion to those who can use them. Related activities of the Centre include assisting in the development of educations materials (BBA/MBA/PhD levels) and training initiatives with the Laurier community.

Cold Regions Research Centre

Cold Regions Research Centre

Director: Dr. Richard Petrone, ext. 3744, rpetrone@wlu.ca
Website: info.wlu.ca/~wwwgeog/ColdRegions4/index.htm

The mandate of the Cold Regions Research Centre is to facilitate research and teaching about cold regions. Where possible, interdisciplinary research is encouraged. Membership in the centre extends to professors in several departments at Laurier and the University of Waterloo, and government research institutions in other provinces and the Northwest Territories. Current research by graduate students, professors and research scientists associated with the centre focus on cold regions hydrology, glaciology, geomorphology and resource management in diverse cold regions environments including Pakistan, the Canadian Arctic and subarctic, Alaska and the Yukon, the Rocky Mountains and the northern temperate region of Ontario's Canadian Shield.

Financial Services Research Centre

Director: Dr. Madhu Kalimipalli,  Associate Professor (Finance - SBE), ext. 2187
Website: http://www.wlu.ca/homepage.php?grp_id=896

The School of Business & Economics formed the Financial Services Research Centre to promote research on Canadian Capital Markets and Financial Institutions, and to develop stronger links between finance academics and practitioners in the financial sector.

Laurier Institute for the Study of Public Opinion and Policy (LISPOP)

Director, LISPOP: Steven Brown, PhD, sdbrown@wlu.ca, ext. 3895
Website: www.wlu.ca/LISPOP/

The Laurier Institute for the Study of Public Opinion and Policy studies issues pertaining to the creation, use and representation of public opinion in the policy process. The institute serves as a catalyst to promote individual and collaborative research on these issues. In addition, the institute monitors the practices and claims of the public opinion and interest group industries, and serves as an educational resource to the university and the larger community on questions and issues pertaining to those claims and practices.

Laurier Centre for Economic Research and Policy Analysis (LCERPA)

Director: Dr. William Morrison, Associate Professor of Economics (SBE), ext. 2570
Website: www.lcerpa.org

Laurier Centre for Economic Research and Policy Analysis (LCERPA) is based in the School of Business & Economics to serve as a focal point for research into economic policy at Laurier. The mission of the Centre is to develop and sponsor research in the area of economic policy. The centre will undertake three types of activities: 1) support of research through grants that primarily release faculty from teaching time; 2) sponsoring two conferences per year each investigating a different area of economic policy; and 3) sponsoring a working paper series. The Centre may become a focal point for visiting scholars and post-doctoral students

Movement Disorders Research and Rehabilitation Centre

Director: Quincy Almeida, PhD, qalmeida@wlu, ext. 2840

The Movement Disorders Research & Rehabilitation Centre (MDRC) will conduct research into movement disorders, predominately those found in individuals with Parkinson's disease. The centre conducts research that has immediate and direct impact on individuals in our community. Research foci include investigation of brain function, evaluation of internationally developed treatment strategies and devices, and the development of exercise rehabiliation for the alleviation of disease symptoms.

Viessman Research Centre on Modern Europe

Director: Dr. Pierre Siklos, ext. 2559
Associate Director: Dr. Alfred Hecht, ext. 2608
Website: info.wlu.ca/~wwwgeog/special/viessman/index.htm

The centre fosters multidisciplinary research on new and dynamic issues facing Europe in the 21st century. Relevant topics of research include European integration, regional development, external linkages, trade and political expansion as well as other overarching socio-economic problems. The centre also focuses on the so-called accession countries, that is, the countries that recently joined the European Community and how they relate to the older established countries.

Over time, there has been a substantial interest in Europe by Laurier faculty and students. The initial start for this centre occurred in 1992 when a number of Laurier professors formed an informal research interest group on Europe, which has worked with a similar interest group at the Phillipps University in Marburg, Germany, a partner institution of Laurier. The group has held a number of symposia over time, hosted guest lectures, and published a discussion paper series on Europe, lately as papers on the Internet.