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Winter 2023 Graduate Booster I: The Enlightened Self Interest Edition

What can UNB Libraries do to advance your research agenda and academic outputs to the benefit of the world...and you?

Find out more about:

  • Open Access for the greater good and career advancement (Mike Nason)
  • Omeka media collection management for promoting research (Erik Moore)
  • Knowledge Mobilization (video, podcasts, etc.) support from UNB Libraries (Marc Bragdon)

Promotional YouTube Video (featuring UNB MBA student Mabel George!):

Lay a firm foundation for your research and publishing activities with this action-packed 45 minute introduction to useful practices, technologies, and people.

This session will be held both online and in person in the Harriet Irving Library Research Commons Innovation Hub (Room 316), 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM on Friday, January 27, 2023

To register (though walk-ins are welcome):

Questions can be directed to Marc Bragdon (

Models of Research 2023 Challenge - Information Session

The School of Graduate Studies and the Harriet Irving Library Research Commons invite you to an information session on the Models of Research Challenge, taking place January 20th, 2023 at 1pm both online and in the Harriet Irving Library Research Commons Fabrication Lab, Room 310:

Teams link:

The window for submissions opens January 30th, 2023 and closes March 1st 2023.  Learn more about Models of Research and the Images of Research Challenge here:

Graduate Student Speaker Series

Graduate Students Speakeasy Challenge

Graduate students practicing communication skills and sharing knowledge across faculties and departments with 15 minute "big picture" presentations of research in progress.

Happening online and in person in the Innovation Hub, Room 316, Harriet Irving Library Research Commons

Thursday November 17, 1-2pm

Teams link


Fernanda Díaz

MSc Kin Candidate

Faculty of Kinesiology, Cardiometabolic Exercise and Lifestyle Laboratory

Zoomers on the go Program.

Zoomers on the go is a peer-led 12-week program for older adults offered online and in-person across New Brunswick. This program aims to reduce the incidence and risk of falls by improving balance and functional health. The COVID-19 pandemic forced us to switch to online delivery and we examined the feasibility of this delivery mode, as well as if this modality generates the same functional and mental health-related benefits for older adults as in-person delivery.

Ala Kasaei

MScE Candidate

Institute of Biomedical Engineering

Stepscan and biometrics

Stepscan is one of the world's first and only modular pressure-sensitive flooring system that is large enough to capture many footsteps of a natural gait. Using this device and deep learning algorithms, we aim to design and develop this novel biometric system to address emerging challenges in critical infrastructure security that have been confounded by obscured vision. Our theory is that sensor-based gait recognition is more reliable than existing biometric recognition methods because it eliminates concerns about image reuse and avoids the adverse effects of illumination, visibility, appearance changes, and occlusion. In this presentation, different biometrics are described, applications of foot-pressure-based gait recognition are explained, and the methods we use for user verification and identification are presented.

Amy MacQuarrie

MA/PhD Student in Experimental Psychology

Cannabis cessation: how individuals stop using cannabis.

In my study, different profiles of cannabis users emerged based on years participants had used cannabis, frequency of cannabis use, age they first used cannabis, substance use, and mental health and quality of life scores. I compared these profiles on how many times they attempted to decrease or quit cannabis, as well as the kinds of methods (e.g., physical activity, counselling) they used to quit or decrease their cannabis use.

Graduate Booster II!

Lay a frightfully firm foundation for your research and publishing activities with this action-packed, possibly costumed 45 minute introduction to useful practices, technologies, and people. Find out more about:

Copyright matters for graduate students (Josh Dickison); Data Visualization and Geography (Siobhan Hanratty); Academic Podcasting (Marc Bragdon). This session will be held both online and in person in the Harriet Irving Library Research Commons' Innovation Hub (Room 316), 1:00 - 2:00 pm on Friday, October 28, 2022.

Walk-ins and costumes are welcome!

Register here:

Promo video:

iD & Me: ORCID & Humanities and Social Sciences

Join ORCID on November 1st from 3 - 4 pm ADT to hear from Humanities and Social Science researchers about their experiences using ORCID. They will also share best practices and tips for maintaining an ORCID record specific to the Humanities and Social Sciences.  

Featured Speakers:

  • Michael Ullyot, Associate Professor of English, University of Calgary
  • Bridget Alams, Director of Data Innovation Strategy, State University of New York Albany
  • Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Director of MESH Research, Michigan State University

iD & Me is a webinar series that aims to answer the question, “Who should have an ORCID iD and why?” ORCID strives to enable transparent and trustworthy connections for all researchers and their works. Each session focuses on a specific scholarly discipline or common circumstances, such as name disambiguation, and demonstrates the benefits of utilizing an ORCID record.  Registration is free from ORCID's site.

For more info on ORCID at UNB, please contact Mike Nason.


Zotero Workshops

Join instructors Richelle Witherspoon and Aggie Sliwka for either an in-person or online hands-on session to get you up and running with Zotero, a free, easy-to-use citation management tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share research.

Upcoming Zotero Workshops:

October 24 @1:30pm in the Digital Scholarship Hub, Harriet Irving Library Research Commons Room 320A. Personal laptops are recommended but desktop PCs will be available.

Register here:

Friday October 28 @ 1:30pm online

Register here: