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Deans' Scholarly, Research and Creative Activity Award: 2013 recipients

Claus Rinner

Claus Rinner
Department of Geography, Faculty of Arts

Claus Rinner holds a 5-year grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council to support his research on geovisual analytics and decision support. Claus also participates in several research projects funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and he collaborates with government and community organizations such as the City of Toronto, Access Alliance community health centre, and Neptis Foundation.






Emily van der Meulen

Emily van der Meulen
Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, Faculty of Arts

Emily van der Meulen has one edited collection, six peer-reviewed journal articles, and two book chapters accepted for publication. She was the Principal Investigator on numerous research projects, including two SSHRC grants, and supervised fifteen Research Assistants. She presented aspects of her research at a number of academic conferences and community forums and chairs a community-based, policy-oriented research group.






Marusya Bociurkiw

Marusya Bociurkiw
RTA School of Media, Faculty of Communication & Design

Marusya Bociurkiw, as a scholar, media artist, blogger, and writer of fiction, poetry and non-fiction, brings a uniquely merged scholarly and creative practice to her field and to Ryerson. Her current research analyzes affective practices of social media amid the resurgence of feminist activism in Eastern Europe. Marusya's SRC crosses boundaries and builds bridges between genres, communities and disciplines, bringing a critical, gendered, racialized, social and political lens to the study and practice and research of digital and archival media.





Gerda Cammaer

Gerda Cammaer
School of Image Arts, Faculty of Communication & Design

Gerda Cammaer's work is breaking new grounds in the field of Film Studies as she studies overlooked histories and ephemeral films, thus helping to expand Film Studies and Film History beyond the canon of dramatic sound features and remaining focused as a filmmaker and a film scholar on documentary and experimental film.








Osmud Rahman

Osmud Rahman
School of Fashion, Faculty of Communication & Design

For Osmud Rahman understanding how consumers think and why they act and behave is fascinating. His projects include consumer's aspirations and perceptions of denim jeans, young consumers' shopping attitudes toward pyjamas, fashion subculture, and consumer behaviour in cross-cultural context. It is imperative to Osmud to provide a holistic view, comprehensive information and insightful recommendations to fashion practitioners.






Suzanne Fredericks

Suzanne Fredericks
Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing, Faculty of Community Services

Suzanne Fredericks made a conscious effort to integrate her research experiences and knowledge into the implementation of a graduate research course and the feedback she provides in her capacity as a reviewer and Associate Editor facilitates the continued development of researchers. Suzanne's dissemination activities have added new knowledge that will influence the conceptualization and integration of nursing interventions across various cardiovascular surgical settings.






Josephine Wong

Josephine Wong
Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing, Faculty of Community Services

Josephine Wong's research and scholarship focuses on social justice and health inequity, particularly in the areas of sexual health and mental health of vulnerable populations. Drawing on her extensive experience in community health her SRC achievements contribute to evidence informed practice, inclusive research methodology, and theoretical development on health equity.







Seth Dworkin

Seth Dworkin
Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science

Seth Dworkin's research program impacts the fields of clean air and renewable energy through new techniques in high-performance computer simulation. He has developed software for the inexpensive design of geothermal heating and cooling systems and working with Compute Canada, he uses computational infrastructure of over three-thousand CPUs for alternative energy and emissions research, making his one of the largest high-performance computing labs in the country.





Farrokh Janabi-Sharifi

Farrokh Janabi-Sharifi
Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science

Farrokh Janabi-Sharifi's research is on enhancing the intelligence and precision of electro-mechanical systems and robots through the integration of optical technology. He is internationally known for his work on the integration of vision to improve robots' intelligence and control, namely visual servoing and on robotics and automation, teleoperation, and estimation theory.






Mehrab Mehrvar

Mehrab Mehrvar
Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science

Mehrab Mehrvar philosophy is to answer "what is important?", "why is it important?", and "how is it done?" in relation to the integration of advanced oxidation technologies and biological processes for the treatment of water and wastewater and to show why these areas are important to the society and the environment we live in.







Pawel Pralat

Pawel Pralat
Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Science

Pawel Pralat's research focuses on the modelling and searching of complex networks, which arise in many diverse areas, ranging from the internet, on-line social networks, and biology. Using advanced mathematical and computing tools, he is contributing to the rapid development of this fast-breaking field.








Shadi Farshadfar

Shadi Farshadfar
Ted Rogers School of Business Management, Accounting, Ted Rogers School of Management

With research interests include financial reporting quality, earnings management, international accounting, disclosure regulation, and accounting education Shadi Farshadfar's projects examine the trend of earnings management in sin companies and the role of accrual based and real earnings management activities in enhancing earnings quality.






David Valliere

David Valliere
Ted Rogers School of Business Management, Entrepreneurship and Strategy, Ted Rogers School of Management

David Valliere looks at how entrepreneurs convert national investments in R&D into commercial realities and the effects of the cognitive psychology of individual entrepreneurs and their ability to see and to exploit emerging business opportunities. He has examined industry strategy from the combined perspectives of institutional theory and complexity science, to understand how radical entrepreneurs create entire new industries and sources of social and economic wealth.

Past recipients