Trent University looks to expand research project
|By Mark Arike - Staff Writer | March 8, 2018
With the support of the U-Links Centre for Community-Based Research, more than 100 university students have undertaken 20 research projects in Haliburton County this year. And in the near future, this number could grow. Trent University, one of U-Links’ partners, is looking at scaling up its projects in the county in the next three years.
Program director Sonja Addison said these one to three-day projects would benefit community service organizations and municipalities. Some examples are data collection on pedestrian and vehicular traffic at intersections, and amphibian call recognition and data collection.
“Think about what might be a benefit to your respective municipalities and to the county,” Addison told councillors on Feb. 28. One of the unique projects currently on the go examines the history of Indigenous habitation in the county. A First Nations student is working with the Haliburton Highlands Museum to complete it. “It’s an interesting topic in the country, let alone the county,” she said. “We don’t have a lot of knowledge about where they were and how they were a part of the county.” Another project, dubbed “Green Cemeteries,” looks at how human remains can be “disposed of in an environmentallyfriendly way in Highlands East.”
Two students are doing the research. The public will have the opportunity to learn all about their work during the annual Celebration of Research on March 24 at the Minden hospital auditorium. It goes from 1-4 p.m. and is free to attend. It will feature two guest speakers.
MARK ARIKE is a reporter for The Highlander.