April 2013 - News!


AIRS Updates:

  • AIRS Spring Newsletter

The AIRS Spring Newsletter is now available!

  • 5th Annual Meeting Update:

The forms for the submission of Abstracts, Student travel funding and Performance for the AIRS 5th Annual Meeting in Toronto, are now available for submission via the 5th Annual Meeting page.

Please note that all submissions must be recieved by Friday May 3rd, 2013.

  • Year 5 Student Funding:

The Student Funding Commitee met recently to discuss the submitted proposals and thank all those who submitted some detailed reports on their upcoming projects. An update on your proposal will be sent to you in the next two weeks.

  • Congratulations:

Congratulations to former UPEI Psychology Honours Student Denise Beaton who has been accepted for graduate work in the Gerontology Program at Simon Fraser University. 

Her thesis supervisor will be Dr. Andrew Sixsmith (who has an interest in applications of music for dementia care). He is encouraging Denise to investigate potential projects around singing, capitalizing on Denise's background with the AIRS project.

Denise had conducted her thesis on the role of a musical theatre performance on quality of life in residents of homes for seniors, working with Young at Heart Musical Theatre Company (Director, Catherine O'Brien). 

The thesis focussed on effects of listening, versus, singing during the performance, and was supervised by Annabel Cohen. Denise presented a summary of her thesis at the Official Opening of AIRS 4th Annual Meeting last year, and with fellow honours student, Rhaeling Henderson (who had collaborated on a different aspect of the project), participated in a symposium at the Canadian Psychological Association. 

The Young at Heart Musical Theatre Company was highlighted on the CBC and included a brief interview with Denise and Rhaeling. In addition to her honours research, Denise assisted AIRS with conference co-ordination and also liaised with the choir of Veteran's Affairs Canada. 

Congratulations Denise!


  • Quarterly Report: Individual Researcher Report for period of Dec 1, 2012 to March 31, 2013

Please note that the next Quaterly Report for Individual Researchers, for the period of December 1, 2012 to March 31, 2013, is due by the end of this month.

These reports are an essential recource for the AIRS team to be able to keep track of the progress of projects and research and appreciate your input in this area.

The report form is available online now for submission.

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