Issue 25: January/February 2017
Image: The Ryerson Urban Water team stand along the Lake Ontario shoreline. They are an interdisciplinary team of researchers providing sustainable solutions to urban water issues. Photo credit: Mark Blinch
Water is the source of all life. When Ryerson recently hosted Barbara Sherwood Lollar for her Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada (NSERC) Foundation Lecture, she demonstrated how water that is over one billion years old continues to support life kilometres under the earth's surface, far from the sun and other life-giving sources.
Despite its resilience, water and the many ecosystems that exist within it can be disrupted or damaged. Our actions as human beings threaten the steady supply of clean water and, by extension, our survival.
In a county rich in water, it is difficult for Canadians to envision a time when we might not have enough water, but climate change is upon us and our researchers are ringing alarm bells.
Now is the time to act to preserve this precious resource and ensure its continuity, not only for us as humans but for the rest of the planet. We have the power to preserve the source and availability of clean water for future generations.
In this issue of Innovation, we feature projects by researchers at Ryerson Urban Water that highlight our role as stewards of this precious resource. We feature Claire Oswald’s work in addressing road salt and its inevitable run-off into streams and rivers; Lynda McCarthy’s project that is trying to find a viable crop to repopulate Toronto’s wetlands and serve as a filter to stem the production of algae along the shores of Lake Ontario; Kernaghan Webb and his students, who are taking a close look at the municipal management of wastewater and how some municipalities are challenging the status quo; and John Shiga’s work on how humans are impacting ocean life through audible interference like sonar. We also meet a team of researchers who have created a water bottle capable of filtering out impurities, rendering non-potable water drinkable.
Additionally, we look at a unique partnership with Ryerson and the National Ballet School of Canada to help promote dance interventions for Parkinson’s patients. As always, we hope you enjoy this issue, where we bring together and showcase some of the exciting work being undertaken at Ryerson University.
Vice-President, Research and Innovation (Interim)
Congratulations to the Ryerson faculty who have recently received grants in support of their research programs.
The list below includes a selection of recent grants awarded, where Ryerson is the principal grant holder and publication of the award is approved by the corresponding granting agencies.
|Kathryn Underwood (Early Childhood Studies)||SSHRC Knowledge Synthesis Grant|
|Shelagh McCartney (Urban and Regional studies)||SSHRC Knowledge Synthesis Grant|
|Lesley Campbell (Chemistry and Biology)||NSERC Collaborative Research and Development Grant|
|Atefeh Mashatan (Information Technology Management)||OCE VIP I|
|Wey Leong (Mechanical and Industrial Engineering)||OCE VIP I
|Kaamran Raahemifar (Electrical and Computer Engineering)||OCE VIP I|
|Kaamran Raahemifar (Electrical and Computer Engineering)||OCE TalentEdge|
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Ryerson's Oakham Lounge (2nd floor), Oakham House, 63 Gould St, Toronto
Industry representatives and Ryerson faculty across various disciplines undertaking research in the fields of medical technologies for screening, diagnosis, and therapy are invited to network with other R&D professionals who share similar research fields. The interactive session will include: brief introductions from academics with expertise in biomedical optics and photonics; biomedical signals and systems; ultrasound, microbubble-mediated therapeutic applications; synthesis and testing of nanomaterials for biotechnology and biomedical applications; and tissue engineering. Industry professionals will be given the opportunity to provide a description of their organization and highlight R&D opportunities they are interested in exploring.