Research & Innovation Mon, 09 Jul 2018 14:05:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Six York University professors receive SSHRC Connection grants Mon, 09 Jul 2018 12:40:34 +0000 The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) has awarded Connection Grants to York University Professors Jamie Cameron, Joseph DeSouza, Philip Girard, Susan McGrath, Richard Saunders and Marlis Schweitzer.

The grants, which are valued up to $25,000 each, support events and outreach activities geared toward short-term, targeted knowledge mobilization initiatives related to the professors’ research. The total funding for this year amounts to $143,554.

“York University is delighted with the success of our researchers,” said Robert Haché, vice-president research and innovation at York University. “I want to congratulate the Connection Grant recipients – Professors Cameron, DeSouza, Girard, McGrath, Saunders and Schweitzer – and wish them every success as they move forward with their research projects."

The following are the details for upcoming Connection Grant events. The summaries are presented in order of the dates for each event:

Susan McGrath, professor, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies – Connecting Emerging Scholars and Practitioners to Foster Critical Reflections and Innovation on Migration Research, ongoing to March 31, 2019

Susan McGrath

McGrath, a professor of social work and the resident scholar in the Centre for Refugee Studies at York University, is using her Connection Grant to support a series of outreach activities in refugee and migration studies. Her project involves the development of knowledge clusters, formed through in-person conference round tables and online working groups, to bring together a global network of emerging and established scholars and practitioners on forced migration. The clusters will produce new opportunities for emerging scholars and practitioners to interrogate current research methodologies, dissemination practices and policy, and will facilitate new connections.

The intent is to develop international communities of practice for researchers and practitioners to share literature and ideas, learn about migration issues in different contexts, cultivate connections for collaborations and support new and innovative ideas in migration research.

Leveraging two large migration conferences, the cluster leads will hold in-person round tables in Ottawa and Thessaloniki, Greece. (The Ottawa round tables took place in May at the Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies Conference. The round tables in Greece will take place in July.) Knowledge gained will be mobilized through round-table summaries and briefs, an online discussion article series and a mini podcast series. Papers on the cluster thematics will be submitted to the Refugee Review, an open access online e-journal for emerging scholars and other journals.

Richard Saunders, professor, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies – Resource Nationalism in Southern Africa: Emerging Challenges and New Opportunities, September 22 to 26

Richard Saunders

In recent years, demands for greater national control over and benefit from foreign-owned mining operations have escalated in mineral rich countries in Southern Africa. A resurgent “resource nationalism” has been at the heart of social and economic debates aimed at re-imagining development efforts by local governments. There has been little comparative assessment of objectives, mechanisms and outcomes. Most research has remained focused at the national level and the development consequences of different approaches have not received comprehensive analysis. Saunders, who is a professor of political science, received a Connection Grant to support two linked events that will begin to address this gap in knowledge.

The events will take place in Harare, Zimbabwe this September. The first is a research workshop running from Sept. 22 to 24 that will bring together leading mineral policy researchers from Canada and three Southern African countries (Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe) at the forefront of resource nationalist debates. The second is a policy forum taking place Sept. 25 and 26 at which evidence-based research on the current state of mining policy reform will be presented and serve as the basis for engagement with mining sector stakeholders. The resulting knowledge will be disseminated through the publication of workshop papers, policy briefs and summaries of findings aimed at mining stakeholders, policy makers and the public.

Marlis Schweitzer, professor, School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design – Playing with History: A Performance-Based Historiography Symposium, October 11 and 12

Marlis Schweitzer

Schweitzer, a professor of theatre, will use her Connection Grant to support a two-day event that will bring together 16 emerging and established scholars from across Canada for Playing with History: A Performance-Based Historiography Symposium.

The event will examine the socio-political, pedagogical and community outreach potential of an emerging research methodology known as performance-based historiography, which bridges theatre, performance studies, cultural history, dance studies and anthropology. Performance-based historiography uses living 21st-century people to embody aspects of past performances to reveal information and questions and to probe a past moment or practice differently than archival or text-based analysis allows.

There have been relatively few opportunities for Canadian scholars to share their projects and discuss the advantages and limitations of performance-based historiography. The symposium will present a needed opportunity for exchange and collaboration through presentations, a workshop and keynote lecture/performance. The knowledge will be shared through a publicly available website with materials generated from the symposium, a co-edited section of the journal Theatre Research in Canada, a video-recording of the keynote that will be posted to the website, podcast interviews with presenters, a co-authored chapter for the Cambridge Handbook for Material Culture Studies, and an annotated bibliography that will be posted to the website.

The following are summaries of the Connection Grant events that have taken place:

Jamie Cameron, professor, Osgoode Hall Law School – Defamation Law and the Internet, May 3

Jamie Cameron

Cameron’s Connection Grant funded a one-day conference in partnership with the Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) titled, Defamation Law and the Internet. The conference took place on Thursday, May 3 at the Donald Lamont Learning Centre in Law Society of Ontario building in downtown Toronto.

The conference featured an international cohort of scholars and practitioners. Topics discussed at the conference were: defamation, online speech and reputation; the relationship between freedom of expression and privacy; whether or how Internet intermediaries (such as Facebook or Google) should be responsible for online defamation; Internet content moderation; dispute resolution; and access to justice.

The conference papers and proceedings will be published in a peer-reviewed special issue of the Osgoode Hall Law School Journal along with outreach and profile on the LCO website. The conference is part of the LCO’s Defamation Law in the Internet Age project.

Joseph DeSouza, professor, Faculty of Health – First International Symposium for Dance and Well-Being: Advancing Research, Policy and Practice, May 24 to 26

Joseph DeSouza

Joseph DeSouza

DeSouza is a professor of psychology in the Faculty of Health. His Connection Grant funded a three-day symposium co-presented with Les Grands Ballet Canadiens at the new Édifice Wilder Espace Danse in Montreal.

The symposium featured workshops and learning opportunities for researchers, students, performers and practitioners from dance and other fields. In addition to the workshops, attendees took part in poster presentations, experiential education activities and knowledge exchange sessions to gain insight into how to approach and understand the danced body differently.

The symposium provided a new platform where the dance for well-being practices were presented side by side with academic research. Dance scholars, kinesiologists, choreographers and practitioners shared knowledge and opportunities for future interdisciplinary collaboration.

Philip Girard, professor, Osgoode Hall Law School – Beyond Harvard; Transplanting Legal Education International Conference, June 5 and 6

Philip Girard

A professor of law at Osgoode, Girard’s Connection Grant supported a two-day conference at the Law Society of Ontario. The conference explored the role that U.S. legal education has played historically in the development of the law and law schools globally during the 20th century.

The U.S. has a well-established tradition of critical writing about legal education, including its history. This work has underscored the relationship between legal education, lawyering, law, legal consciousness and local and national politics. It has also challenged rationalizations of the present state of legal education and encouraged law professors to view their situation differently.

Beyond the U.S. it is rare to find a similarly large body of work that maps the origins, contours and changing state of the discipline of law within a particular region. An international cohort of legal scholars attended the event. The conference focused on creative and innovative thinking about legal education reform.

Proceedings from the symposium include a synthetic report, a video archive of presentations and the academic publication of conference proceedings.

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York researchers partner in $3.5-million refugee study Tue, 03 Jul 2018 13:01:28 +0000 Four executive committee members of York University’s Centre for Refugee Studies (CFR) are successful co-applicants and collaborators in the Social Science and Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Partnership Grant, titled “Civil society and the global refugee regime: Understanding and enhancing impact through the implementation of global refugee policy.”  The project’s total budget is $3.5 million, with SSHRC contributing almost $2.5 million.

The York researchers include: sociology Professor Christopher Kyriakides; geography and social science Professor Jennifer Hyndman; social science, and public policy and administration Professor Dagmar Soennecken; and, psychology Professor Michaela Hynie.

York’s Centre for Refugee Studies has a long history not only of partnership with higher education and civil society organizations in the global east and south, but also in promoting an intersectional approach in which our key partners bring their diverse social and cultural histories to bare on exclusionary refugee reception practices and protocols,” said Kyriakides. “In this partnership, the York team is strategically placed to provide leadership in the key domains of intersectionality and civic inclusion.”

Directed by James Milner at Carleton University, the seven-year partnership will foster collaboration with higher education institutions in seven countries and civil society organizations in Canada, Jordan, Lebanon, Kenya and Tanzania. The project team will study efforts to implement global refugee policy in diverse places, identify factors that impact implementation and identify how civil society can contribute to improved outcomes for refugees.

York students will benefit from opportunities generated by the grant since the project will train 96 graduate students over seven years to work with local academics, students, NGOs and refugees. To build research and practitioner capacity, the group will host annual summer institutes in concert with the Centre for Refugee Studies (CRS) Summer Course at York and Carleton – both partner institutions in the grant – as well as train refugees and NGO workers in citizen journalism in the affected countries.

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Studio 1 Labs tests intelligent bed sheets in York’s Nursing Simulation Centre Tue, 03 Jul 2018 12:59:13 +0000 A collaboration led by Innovation York has partnered start-up medical device company Studio 1 Labs with York’s School of Nursing, Faculty of Health, to test and analyze an intelligent bed sheet that can monitor health and vital signs.

In the summer of 2016, Innovation York’s industry engagement manager, Cheryl Giblon, introduced Laura Nicholson, director of York’s Nursing Simulation Centre (NSC), to Olivia Lin and Edward Shim, founders of Studio 1 Labs to work together to determine proof of concept for the health device.

Members of the intelligent bedsheets project team in the Nursing Simulation Centre located in the Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building on York University’s Keele Campus

The intelligent bed sheet is developed by Studio 1 Labs and aims to monitor the health of patients at home, in hospital or in long-term care. It uses unique fabric sensors which are embedded into the bed sheet and detect respiratory patterns that are wirelessly transmitted to a computer terminal.

In December 2016, phase one of a three-phase project began in the Nursing Simulation Centre, supported by York University Professors Eva Peisachovich and Celina Da Silva, and School of Nursing Simulation Manager Raya Gal.

Data collection was completed in January 2018 as the second phase of the project, with participants sleeping overnight in the NSC. The NSC is used to train York’s nursing students, and provided a unique opportunity for the start-up to collect data in a simulated hospital setting.

Studio 1 Labs’ goal is to commercialize the intelligent bed sheet, which has the capability to transform any bed into a patient vital signs monitoring system.

The collaboration and support provided by Innovation York and the School of Nursing has been an integral part of helping Studio 1 Labs achieve this goal, said Nicholson, the principal investigator on the project.

The project is funding by an Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) Voucher for Innovation and Productivity (VIP) 1 grant of $25,000.

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York-led Health Ecosphere project celebrates resulting healthcare innovation Tue, 26 Jun 2018 15:44:07 +0000

A recent “speed geeking” event gave 10 innovative healthcare projects just five minutes each to describe their groundbreaking work made possible by the Health Ecosphere Innovation Pipeline project, a multi-partner collaboration led by York University, Southlake Regional Health Centre and the University Health Network (UHN).

Rob Haché, vice-president Research and Innovation at York University and Health Ecosphere board member (second from left) learns more about Enlitic from Ben Brzezynski (far right)

Rob Haché, vice-president Research and Innovation at York University and Health Ecosphere board member (second from left) learns more about Enlitic from Ben Brzezynski (far right)

The event, held June 18, was hosted by Cisco Canada with more than 120 participants and partners in attendance.

York University’s Faculty of Health is the lead academic partner and administrative centre for the Health Ecosphere Innovation Pipeline project. Together, the project partners work with  businesses and other research institutes to develop health technologies and state-of-the-art enterprise solutions for customized health management and care.

Sara Ross-Howe, senior data scientist at Cloud DX demonstrates the Cloud DX Vitaliti(TM) device

Sara Ross-Sara Ross-Howe, senior data scientist at Cloud DX demonstrates the Cloud DX Vitaliti(TM) device, senior data scientist at Cloud DX demonstrates the Cloud DX Vitaliti™ device

Health Ecosphere brings together the private, public, and academic sectors in the spirit of innovation and collaboration, and aims to position Canada as a global leader in digital health by moving technologies rapidly from concept to commercialization.

Projects described at the event were funded with a $15-million contribution from Fed Dev Ontario which was matched and surpassed with $19.5 million in contributions from private sector partners.

Projects supported by York include:

• York University’s Professor Paul V. Ritvo presented an innovative smartphone-enabled health coaching intervention for youth diagnosed with major depressive disorder, developed through NexJ Health and Center for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). This eHealth intervention offers great potential for making evidence-based mental health services available to youth across Canada.

• Dr. Michelle Greiver and Conrad Pow explained how University of Toronto’s Department of Family and Community Medicine is leveraging existing partnerships in EMR data extraction to create the UTOPIAN Data Safe Haven (DSH): an unparalled repository of primary care patient information available for research and quality improvement.

• Dr. Stewart Aitchison demonstrated the ChipCare portable cell analyzer, a rapid, cost-effective diagnostic device for testing HIV/AIDS, which is highly relevant in developing countries. They are currently expanding the existing platform and increasing the testing capacity for hepatitis, malaria and syphilis.

Harvey Skinner, Faculty of Health professor and Health Ecosphere Project principal investigator (middle) chats with Ian Gallagher, chief technology officer and assistant vice-president, Digital Strategy, Canada Public Sector, Cisco (right)

Harvey Skinner, Faculty of Health professor and Health Ecosphere Project principal investigator (middle) chats with Ian Gallagher, chief technology officer and assistant vice-president, Digital Strategy, Canada Public Sector, Cisco (right)

“We hear a lot of talk about innovation and that Canada is not achieving its potential – especially in the health technology field,” said Faculty of Health Professor and Health Ecosphere project Principal Investigator Harvey Skinner. “Well, the display of projects at our showcase event from the Health Ecosphere is a compelling example of innovation in action. This is what can happen when a diverse network of partners innovates together across the private/public/academic sectors. The Health Ecosphere is addressing today’s challenges for economic development, sustainable healthcare and improving health for all.”

For more about these and more than 45 other healthcare innovation projects supported by Health Ecosphere, visit

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Twenty-six York U researchers receive more than $4.2 million in SSHRC funding Mon, 11 Jun 2018 13:41:36 +0000 Researchers at York University have been awarded more than $4.2 million in funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). The grants, part of over $158 million in funding and awards recently announced in the Insight Development Grants and Insight Grants Competition, will support York research that improves the quality of life of Canadians, while advancing knowledge and building understanding of complex sociocultural and economic issues.

Robert Haché

“This vital funding from SSHRC will enable the success of important research programs,” said Robert Haché, York’s vice-president research and innovation. “We are very pleased with SSHRC’s investment to support the work of York’s researchers in the social sciences and humanities.”

Twenty-six York researchers received more than $4.2 million to fund their research projects through SSHRC’s Insight Grants and Insight Development Grants programs. Insight Development Grants support initial stages of research over one to two years, while Insight Grants are for longer-term projects of three to five years.

The funding was granted for research covering a wide range of topics, some of the project titles are:

  • Building a new environmentalism: Changing opportunities, frames and tactics in the Canadian environmental movement;
  • Indigenous social entrepreneurship: A co-generated approach;
  • New country, new parenthood: Syrian refugees in the context of resettlement;
  • Reshaping entrepreneurship as a tool for poverty alleviation; and
  • Skilled immigrant integration: The role of local employers and skilled immigrants in enabling successful integration.

For a complete list of recipients, visit the SSHRC website.

Three history research projects receive SSHRC Partnership Development Grants Mon, 11 Jun 2018 13:39:01 +0000 Three history research projects led by York University researchers have received close to $200,000 each in funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

Projects led by Professors Jonathan Edmondson, Paul Lovejoy and Carolyn Podruchny have been awarded the research grants through SSHRC’s Partnership Development Grants program.

“York University is delighted with the success of our researchers. I want to congratulate Professors Edmondson, Lovejoy and Podruchny,” said Robert Haché, vice-president research & innovation at York University. “These SSHRC grants provide support for team-based partnerships and collaborations to develop research and related activities in the social sciences and humanities. York U, No. 1 in Ontario for collaborative research publications, values collaboration.”

Analyzing the value of personal names in the Roman Empire

Jonathan Edmondson

Edmondson is a Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of History in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies (LA&PS) at York University. His research interests are in Roman History, in particular in the society, economy and culture of Roman Spain (especially Lusitania) from the late Iron Age to the late Roman Empire; Roman epigraphy, especially of the Roman Empire; gladiators in Roman society; the Roman family; and Greco-Roman historiography, especially Cassius Dio.

Edmondson’s international project is titled, “Names and identity in Roman Spain: The ADOPIA project.” Using the provinces of Lusitania and Baetica as test cases, the project team consisting of 23 scholars from four institutions will develop the digital mapping web-portal Atlas Digital Onomastique de la Péninsule Ibérique (ADOPIA). The four partner organizations involved in this three-year project are York University, the Institut Ausonius in France, the Centro CIL II and the Archivo Epigráfico de Hispania, both based in Spain.

Scholars from all four institutions will collect and analyze more than 15,000 inscriptions of varied types from a variety of sources including tombstones, public and private documents, building inscriptions and votive dedications to divinities. The findings will be used to deepen scholarly understanding of the significance of personal names as evidence for personal identity and cultural change in the Roman Empire from 200 BCE to 250 CE.

Boko Haram, Islamic protest and national security

Paul Lovejoy

Lovejoy is a Distinguished Research Professor, Department of History (LA&PS). He holds the Canada Research Chair in African Diaspora History and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, director of the Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on the Global Migrations of African Peoples, and formerly a member of the UNESCO “Slave Route” Project (Section du dialogue interculturel). He is editor of the Harriet Tubman Series on the African Diaspora for Africa World Press.

Lovejoy will lead a two-year partnership project titled “Boko Haram, Islamic Protest and National Security” that will investigate the historical configuration of the Islamic insurgency in the Lake Chad region of West Africa. Boko Haram is perceived as a terrorist movement with strong similarities, albeit with tenuous links, to similar expressions of Islamist protest and jihad elsewhere in Africa, the Middle East, Europe and North America. Although the global and trans-national impact is clear, the research team hypothesizes that Boko Haram is different because it operates locally in Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger and is tied to the lack of resources resulting from governments perpetuating regional underdevelopment. The project will analyze recent geographical and ideological developments, examine representation of Boko Haram in the media, study why local and national governance has motivated armed rebellion, and recommend policy indicators to counter insurgency.

The researchers seek to understand how the experience of Boko Haram can initiate political, social and economic policies of change in the affected countries. They plan to make accessible new knowledge related to Boko Haram’s historical and political context, its religious and ideological underpinnings, and the resulting economic and social impact that affects contemporary Nigeria, Cameroon and neighbouring countries.

Transforming Anishinaabe ways of knowing in the university

Carolyn Podruchny

Carolyn Podruchny

Podruchny is a professor of history and teaches courses in historical methodology, and early Canadian and Aboriginal history. An historian of Métis history in Early North America, Aboriginal and French relations, she studies systems of communication, the fur trade and the formation of identity. Her first book explored the world of French Canadian voyageurs in the fur trade based in early Montreal. Her current projects explores the mixing of French Canadian, Ojibwe and Cree chronicles under the semblance of fur trade stories and the French-Saulteaux dictionary compiled by Georges-Antione Belcourt, a Roman Catholic missionary in the mid-19th century.

Podruchny’s project is titled, “Aandse: Anishinaabe Ways of Knowing and the Transformation of University-based Knowledge Creation and Transfer.” Aandse is the Anishinaabe word for transformation. The project will create spaces at York University where Anishinaabe intellectual leadership can reach Canadian citizens through education and knowledge transformation. York is situated on Anishinaabe land and so promoting Anishinaabe ways of knowing is a meaningful way of indigenizing this academy.

The partnership behind this project comprises an interdisciplinary team of five scholars, two of whom are Anishinaabe, and four partner organizations: the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation (OCF), the Wikwemikong Heritage Organization (WHO), and York (primarily through the History of Indigenous People’s Network [HIP] based in the Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies). OCF and WHO will lead in teaching university-based scholars and students about Anishinaabe ways of knowing through stories and learning by doing in Anishinaabe spaces. Co-applicants and the HIP Network will adopt and disseminate a specific methodology of Anishinaabe ways of knowing (based on storytelling and learning by doing), transform knowledge materials using this methodology, publish on this methodology, and use it in classrooms, while will disseminate to the general public.

Answering the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s call to increase Indigenous presence and knowledge on Canadian university campuses, this project centres on Indigenous priorities and incorporates Indigenous methodologies. The core of this project is creating opportunities for Anishinaabe Elders and Knowledge-carriers to teach university faculty and students (which will happen at four gatherings a year for three years), and for faculty and students to then employ Anishinaabe ways of knowing in their research and teaching (which will include applicants creating new courses at York).

For more information, visit the SSHRC Partnership Development Grants program website.

Two York University researchers earn major SSHRC Partnership Grants Mon, 11 Jun 2018 13:35:50 +0000 Professors Tamara Daly, Faculty of Health, and Janine Marchessault, School of Art, Media, Performance & Design, have been successful in their applications for Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Partnership Grants. Both projects are groundbreaking and highly collaborative with partners spanning across the globe.

“York University is delighted to see Professors Daly and Marchessault receive Partnership Grants. Their projects will advance knowledge and understanding on critical issues of intellectual, social, economic and cultural significance,” said Vice-President Research & Innovation Robert Haché.

“Winning these two grants signal York University’s strong research leadership in this area,” he added.

Daly’s project will transform fears about an aging population

Tamara Daly

Daly is an associate professor in the School of Health Policy and Management and director of the York University Centre for Aging Research and Education (YU-CARE), which promotes innovative research, education and advocacy on aging issues, and contributes to improving health outcomes for seniors in Canada and around the world. She is a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Research Chair in Gender, Care Work and Health.

Daly’s winning project, “Imagining Age-Friendly ‘Communities within Communities:’ International Promising Practices,” was awarded $2.5 million dollars over seven years. It will unfold over this time in urban communities in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, Norway and Taiwan.

A very large and highly collaborative project, it draws together international scholars and partners from a variety of disciplinary and sectoral perspectives to address the complexities of aging practices and policies to support it. It has 28 co-applicants and collaborators, including four from York. It also has 16 partner organizations from across Canada and globally. Canadian academic partners include the York University Centre for Aging Research and Education, Carleton University; Trent University; the Trent Centre for Aging and Society; the University of Lethbridge, the University of Montreal International Centre for Comparative Criminology, and St. Paul’s University.

This project is built around a central question: How can age-friendliness support conditions in which all senior citizens not only maintain healthy active lives, but can participate and create meaning in later life? It will transform fears about an aging population into conversations and practices that address both the complexities and possibilities inherent in a world that welcomes the meaning that old age brings to life.

The team will pay special attention to gender as it looks at how inequalities and differences between and among women, men and non-binary people play out in seniors’ lives and policy assumptions.

Furthermore, the researchers will investigate what makes age-friendly communities promising places with “promising practices” for women, men and non-binary people; those living in poverty; LGBTIQ2S, ethno-racial, indigenous, disability and Dementia communities; families who require specific supports and services; and those who support seniors, especially migrants and domestic careers, who are aging on the job.

The partnership is committed to advancing the World Health Organization’s call for new research and understanding about age-friendly cities. This focus aligns with two of York’s compelling areas for strategic research development: Healthy Individuals, Healthy Communities and Global Health and Scholarship of Socially Engaged Research (Strategic Research Plan, 2013-2018).

Marchessault’s project promises to redress the unevenness of Canadian preservation efforts

Janine Marchessault

Marchessault was the co-founder of the Future Cinema Lab and the inaugural director of Sensorium: Centre for Digital Arts and Technology Research at York.

Marchessault’s winning project, “Archive/Counter-Archive: Activating Canada’s Moving Image Heritage,” was awarded $2.499 million over six years. It involved 43 co-applicants and collaborators from across Canada and globally, nine from York across a wide variety of Faculties. It also involved 24 partner organizations from across Canada.

This partnership will focus on the new theoretical questions, and the methodological challenges, that attend the changing nature and political realities of visual media archives. It seeks to redress the unevenness of Canadian preservation efforts thus far by emphasizing Canada’s most vulnerable moving image heritage – women’s media; Indigenous media arts; films and media from the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, two-spirited and queer (LGBT2Q) community; and archives from Canada’s immigrant communities.

Working collaboratively, four universities (York, Ryerson, Queen’s, Concordia), numerous archival organizations and policy advocates will advance counter-archival approaches to achieve four objectives:

  1. Create new, practice-based knowledge and methodologies through seven case studies of community and/or independent archives in Canada;
  2. Train and mentor the next generation of curators, archivists, cultural activists, scholars, digital humanists, artists, highly qualified personnel, cultural policy and intellectual property (IP) specialists to advance Canadian moving image heritage preservation, accessibility, and presentation;
  3. Build a sustainable multilingual digital archive, an open access, 3D digital platform, where visitors can encounter, interact with and travel through different archival case studies; and
  4. Foster an audiovisual archive network in Canada, linking community archives to citizens, researchers and policy-makers.

Importantly, this partnership project will be buoyed by its affiliation with Sensorium: the Centre for Digital Arts & Technology. It will also draw from the expertise of IP Osgoode, which is the law school’s IP and technology clinic, as well as the library, which has extensive experience in the areas of digital platform development, digital asset management and related IP policy issues.

The partnership advances York’s historical strengths in Analyzing Cultures and Mobilizing Creativity and contributes to the expansion of Digital Cultures research (Strategic Research Plan, 2013-2018).

To learn more, visit the SSHRC Partnership Grant website.

York University announces 2018 Distinguished Research Professorships Mon, 04 Jun 2018 12:43:20 +0000 York University will honour three faculty members for their outstanding research contributions to the University with 2018 Distinguished Research Professorships. The title will be given to: Professor Nantel Bergeron, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Faculty of Science; Professor Bernard Lightman, Department of Humanities, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies (LA&PS); and Professor Anne Russon, Department of Psychology, Glendon Campus.

The title is given to active members of the academy in recognition of their scholarly achievements in research.

Nantel Bergeron, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Faculty of Science

Nantel Bergeron

Nantel Bergeron

Bergeron works in algebraic combinatorics and its applications. He has made substantial contributions in Schubert calculus, combinatorial Hopf algebras and in Coxeter-related combinatorics (descent algebras, peak algebras, polytopes etc). He studies the structure of algebra, combining algebraic objects and breaking them in various ways to understand how different operations relate to each other.

“I feel overwhelmed and happy by this distinction,” said Bergeron.

Bergeron holds a York Research Chair in applied algebra, and has been the recipient of several honours and awards such as Fields Institute Fellow (2012), Canada Research Chair in mathematics (2001-11), Premier’s Research Excellence Awards (2000-05) and more. He has also been involved with several professional and government organizations, including as a member of the Strategic Projects Opportunity Review Team (advisory committee to the VPRI York University), a panellist for the National Science Foundation and several positions with the Canadian Mathematical Society.

Bergeron has published more than 80 papers, and 2,000 Google Scholar citations with a h-index of 27. He has supervised 19 PhD students and 23 postdoctoral fellows.

Bernard Lightman, Department of Humanities, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies 

Bernard Lightman

Bernard Lightman

Lightman is professor of humanities and has been a faculty member at York University since 1987. He was founding director of two graduate programs: humanities, and science and technology studies. He previously taught at Queen’s University and the University of Oregon.

“I am grateful to the University for this honour and to my colleague, Professor Katharine Anderson, for nominating me,” he said.

Lightman’s research interests include cultural history of science; 19th century British science; and religion, gender, visual and print culture. He has published widely in the field of the cultural history of Victorian science. Among his books are The Origins of Agnosticism (1987), Victorian Popularizers of Science (2007) and Science Museums in Transition (2017, co-edited with Carin Berkowitz).

He has been active in professional leadership involvement and community contributions, including: Advisory Board, Victorian Review: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Victorian Studies; Society editor, Isis editor and member of the executive committee, History of Science Society; council, History of Science Society; Green Paper Working Group on Strategic Expansion of Research Activity; Joint Committee on the Administration of the Agreement and more.

Lightman is co-general editor of the Correspondence of John Tyndall, published by the University of Pittsburgh Press. He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2011 and is currently president of the History of Science Society.

Anne Russon, Department of Psychology, Glendon Campus

Anne Russon

Anne Russon

Russon has been a York faculty member in Glendon’s Psychology Department for 37 years, having started as a part-time course director and later gaining a tenure-track faculty position. In 1988, she embarked on the study of orangutans in Borneo in 1988 and has continued research in that field.

“I am greatly honoured, and astonished, at being selected as a York Distinguished Professor this year,” said Russon. “York played a major role in the scholarly success I have achieved. I hope my work has enriched my teaching and my contributions to university life. I am very thankful for this honour, and express my deep thanks to York.”

Russon was a 2017 recipient of the York University President’s Research Excellence Award, and has earned international recognition for her work as a behavioural primatologist and research on orangutans. She has received many awards over her career, including: the Glendon College Principal’s Research Excellence Award (twice); the York University Research Development Fellowship; and the York University Research Development Fellowship, to list a few.

In addition to her role as executive director of the Borneo Orangutan Society of Canada, Russon has served as scientific advisor for several orangutan documentaries and orangutan support organizations, including: Alchemy Films, New Zealand Natural History Unit; Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation, Indonesia; and the Orangutan Conservancy, USA. Since 2009, she has been studying the behaviour of wild orangutans in Kutai National Park in East Kalimantan, Borneo.

Russon is the author of several popular books dealing with great apes, including Orangutans: Wizards of the Rainforest, Reaching into Thought: The Minds of the Great Apes and The Evolution of Thought: Evolution of Great Ape Intelligence. In 2014, Russon was in a feature article in The New Yorker magazine.

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York University’s Senate approves new Strategic Research Plan Thu, 31 May 2018 13:25:11 +0000 After eight months of consultation with the community, and internal and external research partners, the York University Senate has unanimously approved the University’s new Strategic Research Plan (SRP), “Towards New Heights.”

Robert Haché

“York’s new SRP builds on our strengths and provides a strong aspirational vision for the development and recognition of York’s research over the next five years,” said Robert Haché, vice-president research & innovation. “I would like to thank the entire York community for their positive response to the consultation process and earnest engagement that made such an important contribution to the development of the plan. We will continue to invest in the growth and development of research at York. This will, in turn, enrich our academic reputation as a recognized, leading and research-intensive university.”

The SRP advances York’s commitment to research excellence and to the development and application of new knowledge to the benefit of society, as described in six intersecting themes that define our broad strengths:

  • Advancing Fundamental Inquiry and Critical Knowledge;
  • Analyzing Cultures and Mobilizing Creativity;
  • Building Healthy Lives, Communities and Environments;
  • Exploring and Interrogating the Frontiers of Science and Technology;
  • Forging a Just and Equitable World; and
  • Integrating Entrepreneurial Innovation and the Public Good.

The SRP also articulates five areas of opportunities where we see potential to further accelerate research growth and success. These five areas of opportunity are timely and they address some of the most important challenges that we currently face. These will propel York ahead of the curve in rising to meet newly emerging challenges. They include:

  • Digital Cultures;
  • Healthy Individuals, Health Communities and Global Health;
  • Indigenous Futurities;
  • Integration of Artificial Intelligence into Society; and
  • Public Engagement for a Just and Sustainable World.

Research at York University makes a significant impact on the social, economic, cultural and other well-being of the communities the University serves

An operational plan to support research development

Through the new SRP, the University is implementing the objectives set out for research in the University Academic Plan, which identifies research intensification as a key University goal and recognizes research as a core endeavor that broadly enriches the institution.

In 2016, as part of the York’s Integrated Institutional Resource Planning Process (IIRP), the office of the Vice-President of Research and Innovation led the collegial development of PIER (Plan for the Intensification and Enhancement of Research). PIER provides an operational framework for research across the University that is meant to enable the success of the SRP in achieving the aspirations of the University’s Academic Plan.

Through a strategic combination of broadly based and focused investments over the course of the next five years, York will continue its development as a leading Canadian research university. “York’s scholarship enhances our culture and works toward the betterment of society, making a significant impact on the social, economic, cultural and other well-being of the communities we serve,” said Haché.

To view the full plan, click here.

Research Impact Canada welcomes three new member institutions in 2018 Mon, 28 May 2018 13:35:32 +0000 Research Impact Canada (RIC), Canada’s leading knowledge mobilization network, welcomes three new member institutions in 2018: the University of Winnipeg, University of Alberta and Dalhousie University. This brings the total to 17 member institutions from coast-to-coast – and an additional partner in the University of Brighton, in the United Kingdom. In all, the network is now composed of more than 50 professionals dedicated to turning research into action.

The network was officially established in 2006 as a recognized Canadian knowledge mobilization network. It seeks to build Canada’s capacity to be a leader in knowledge mobilization by developing and sharing best practices, services and tools, and by demonstrating to relevant stakeholders and the public the positive impacts of mobilizing knowledge.

RIC seeks to maximize the impact of university research for the social, cultural, economic, environmental, and health benefits of local and global communities. It thrives on university research enterprises that encompass scholarship and creative activity by faculty, students and staff across all disciplines, valuing community, industry and government partners as active participants in conducting research. It also strives to promote the idea that knowledge mobilization services reflect the capacity and opportunities of institutional members.

David Phipps

“RIC continues to build capacity for knowledge mobilization in both Canada and the United States. RIC strives to sustain its legacy by providing access to the best minds in the country supporting knowledge mobilization,” says Executive Director of Research & Innovation Services for York University and Network Director David Phipps.

RIC’s Canadian members:

  • Carleton University;
  • Dalhousie University;
  • Kwantlen Polytechnic University;
  • McMaster University;
  • Memorial University;
  • Université de Montréal;
  • Université du Québec à Montréal;
  • University of Alberta;
  • University of Brighton;
  • University of British Columbia;
  • University of Guelph;
  • University of New Brunswick;
  • University of Saskatchewan;
  • University of Victoria;
  • University of Winnipeg;
  • Western University; and
  • York University.

RIC has also officially launched its new, revamped website with new tools and resources to support knowledge mobilization efforts.

For more information, visit the Research Impact Canada website or contact David Phipps at Follow the group on Twitter @researchimpact.