Mapping the Halifax Explosion, a win for food security and 3 other stories that made news at King’s this fall

Mapping the Halifax Explosion, a win for food security and 3 other stories that made news at King’s this fall

Here’s a look back at five of our biggest stories from a busy and exciting semester at King’s.

1. Journalism students create multi-media retelling of the Halifax Explosion

To mark the 100th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion, King’s Journalism professor Fred Vallance-Jones and his undergraduate and graduate students produced an innovative package of stories. Using original archival research and data-driven reporting, 9:04:35 explores the disaster and its aftermath, the lost Mi’kmaq community of Turtle Cove, and the rebuilding of Halifax. Perhaps most impressively, ground-breaking digital maps trace the pattern of devastation from the epicentre out across the two-kilometre debris field.

2. King’s student part of winning international team on food security

Cassie Hayward grew up in Dartmouth, a long way from a farm. But today, her passion for sustainable agriculture and food security found her representing Canada on the winning team at the 2017 Youth Ag-Summit, held in Brussels, Belgium. Their project proposal—an online information portal for young Kenyan women seeking opportunities in agriculture—will come to fruition over the coming year, thanks to a €10,000 grant from life sciences giant, Bayer.

3. King’s professor awarded SSHRC Insight Grant

Dr. Gordon McOuat, professor in Sciences Studies in the Contemporary Studies Program and the History of Science and Technology Program, has been awarded an Insight Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). The funding is part of a $5.69 million package of federal research support to four Halifax universities, designed to encourage innovation in social sciences and humanities projects.

4. King’s welcomes Loran Award winners

Most scholarships only recognize past academic achievement. The national Loran Award, by contrast, focusses on the future, investing in young leaders committed to making an impact through service to society. And King’s is delighted to welcome two of the 33 Loran Scholars for this year: Katie Clarke of Ottawa and Adri Vanos from Guelph, who were selected from more than 4,000 applicants from across Canada.

5. King’s soccer player sets scoring record, earns Player of the Week

UKC Blue Devils soccer player Jack Creaser set a record on Oct. 5 when he scored six goals—the most goals scored in one game in the school’s history—and was named ACAA player of the week.

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