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September 17, 2019

Posted by Communications and Marketing on September 17, 2019

Below you will find suggested Dalhousie University experts who can speak to current topics of regional, provincial, national and international interest for Tuesday September 17, 2019.

The negative health impacts of fat shaming 
The issue of fat shamming has been the topic of much debate lately after a public dispute broke out between late night talk show hosts Bill Maher and James Corden. Dr. Sara Kirk is available to discuss how weight bias impacts an individual’s health and the treatment they receive from health care professionals. She can also provide perspective on how weight bias often does more harm than good.

Dalhousie Expert: Dr. Sara Kirk, Professor, School of Health and Human Performance.
Research Specialties: Socio-ecological approaches, population health intervention research, chronic disease prevention, obesity prevention, healthy public policy, weight bias and weight-based teasing.
Contact: sara.kirk@dal.ca and 902-580-5432.

Bringing clean water to First Nations communities
After nearly 25-years, a boil advisory in Neskantaga First Nation is set to end next month. This week however, nearly 100 residents fled the community after pumps failed, cutting off their water supply.  Dr. Graham Gagnon is available to provide comment on what is involved in the process of bringing clean water to communities and why it has taken so long. Dr. Gagnon is the NSERC/Halifax Water Industrial Research Chair in Water Quality & Treatment and also serves as the Director for the Centre for Water Resources Studies at Dalhousie.

Dalhousie Expert: Dr. Graham Gagnon, PhD, P.Eng., Associate Vice President Research
University Research Professor, Department of Civil and Resource Engineering
Research Interests: Water quality and treatment
Contact: Pease contact Lindsay.Savelle@dal.ca to set up an interview with Dr. Gagnon

Food Security proving to be a key election issue
A new survey supported by Dalhousie University’s Agri-Food Analytics Lab, suggests Canadians consider food security to be one of the most important electoral issues. Dr. Sylvain Charlebois and Dr. Howard Ramos are available to provide comment on the study and how Canadians consider food affordability an important issue for this Federal election. They can also discuss how Canadians are divided on matters of global trade for the sector.

Dalhousie Expert: Dr. Sylvain Charlebois, Professor, Food Distribution and Policy, Faculties of Management and Agriculture.
Research Specialties: Food distribution, food policy, food safety, food security, traceability.
Contact: Sylvain.Charlebois@dal.ca and 902-222-4142.

Dalhousie Expert:Dr. Howard Ramos, Professor, Associate Dean Research, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology.
Research Specialties:Social justice and inequality, migration – immigration, social change, social movements, social statistics. 
Contact:howard.ramos@dal.ca and 902-494-3130/902-494-6595.

Election 2019
With the campaign period in full swing, Dalhousie has experts who can provide perspective on what the key campaign issues will be, the importance of the youth vote, what the polls are telling us, breaking down debates and more.

Dalhousie Experts: Lori Turnbull, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science; and Dr. Howard Ramos, Professor, Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology.
Research Specialties: Canadian parliamentary governance, political ethics, elections, electoral systems, public engagement, social change and social movements.
Contact: lturnbul@dal.ca or 902-494-6605; and howard.ramos@dal.ca or 902-402-9893.