Deans' Scholarly, Research and Creative Activity Award: 2015 recipients
Department of Psychology
Martin Antony is Professor and Chair in the Department of Psychology. His research is on the nature and treatment of anxiety and related disorders (e.g., obsessive-compulsive disorder, social anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder) as well as perfectionism. During the 2013-2014 academic year, he held more than $1 million in research funding from CIHR, either as co-principal investigator or co-investigator. He also applied for an additional CIHR grant that was subsequently funded. Last year, he published 16 peer-reviewed journal articles and 5 book chapters. In addition, he had 1 authored book and 17 articles and chapters accepted for publication. During the reporting period, he also had 12 additional research articles under review. In recognition of his contributions to research, Dr. Antony was elected in November 2013 as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the highest honour that a Canadian scholar can receive in the Arts, Humanities, or Sciences.
Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Habiba Bougherara is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at Ryerson University. Her research focuses on the development of a new family of bone mimicking implants that are closer to real bone than current metal implants. Dr. Bougherara has strong national and international collaborations. Her team is among the first in Canada to explore the use of green material for biomedical implants. Her research is supported by several Canadian granting agencies and industrials. She is the recipient of the prestigious early research award from the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation. She is two times recipient the Ryerson scholarly, research and creative activity award and also winner of the collaborative research award. Since joining Ryerson in 2007, Dr. Bougherara has published more than 60 journal papers, 45 conference proceedings, 6 book chapters and issued two patents. She trained more than 45 HQP.
School of Hospitality and Tourism Management
Rachel Dodds' research interests lie in sustainable tourism/development, corporate social responsibility, climate change, tourism marketing and island development. In 2013/14 she published four journal articles, five book chapters, made five academic and industry conference presentations and received a grant from the from the Ministry of the Environment for "Improving conditions for sustainable recreation and tourism in the Lake Simcoe Watershed." Rachel combines research activities with a commitment to excellence in teaching as well as ensuring a practical, relevant approach to both.
Department of Physics
Alexandre Douplik works as a tenure-track faculty at Ryerson University since August 2011 teaching optic & photonic devices, radiation therapy devices, biomedical photonics and medical physics courses. At Ryerson, Alexandre concentrates on Biomedical Optics and Medical Photonics applications in his research. Currently, Alexandre is a supervisor of 1 Postdoc, 4 PhD students, including one student within the framework of double graduate program (Cotutelle) with Erlangen University, Germany and 2 Master students. 11 of 4th- year undergraduate students selected Alexandre Douplik in 2013-2014 as their supervisor for undergrad thesis. He also supervises 3 Research Assistants as cross appointees with Novadaq Technologies and St. Michael's Hospital. During his work at Ryerson, Alexandre Douplik has published 18 peer-reviewed papers including Nature Scientific Report in co-authorship with one of his Ryerson students, 5 book chapters, 9 proceeding abstracts including 6 peer-reviewed publications, 2 book chapters and 2 abstracts in co-authorship with his Ryerson students.
Department of Mathematics
Marcos Escobar-Anel's research interests lie in financial mathematics. He is interested in first passage time for multidimensional stochastic processes and pricing of multivariate exotic financial derivatives. Marcos is already a recognized researcher with an international reputation. He authored or co-authored a large number of papers, and has been one of the major contributors to the research output at the Department of Mathematics. Dr. Escobar has supervised 38 students and postdoctoral fellows, both at Ryerson and Technical University of Munich and has established many institutional and industrial collaborations which have benefitted the department and the university. Through his academic leadership, Dr. Escobar has also been instrumental in the development and the great success of the undergraduate program in Financial Mathematics, currently in its second year.
Department of Law and Business
Sari Graben's innovative research promotes the use of a regulatory lens to analyze the legal institutions that promote economic development in Indigenous communities. Moving away from a singular focus on the constitutional construction of rights, her research identifies how rights recognition has led to regulatory frameworks that have the potential to promote Indigenous control over development but which can also render Indigenous populations vulnerable to increased administration aimed at economic development. She draws on legal and philosophical theories to develop analytical tools that can be used to empirically study the use of property systems and land governance and navigate differences. Graben had a successful 2013-2014 with 5 publications in leading and peer reviewed law journals in Canada, the United States, and Britain, as well as presentations in various scholarly forums, workshops, and conferences.
Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing
Within Sepali Guruge's larger program of research on the complex intersections of gender, violence and health throughout the pre-migration, border-crossing, and post-migration contexts, her work involves a wide range of collaborations with diverse stakeholder groups across Canada. Dr. Guruge's research has significantly advanced knowledge in the area of violence against women and elder abuse in Canadian immigrant communities. She has gained national and international recognition for this work, and has been invited to submit manuscripts, make presentations, and act as a consultant, on the topic. Her research findings have been published in Tamil, Spanish, Portuguese, and Farsi, making her work accessible beyond the English-speaking audience. In her capacity as PI/Co-PI, Dr. Guruge has received approx. $5 million in external funding. In 2014, she was selected to be part of inaugural cohort of the College of the New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada.
Department of Sociology
Amina Jamal is a well-respected and influential scholar with a proven expertise in examining issues related to gender, Islam and modernity. Her recent book publication entitled, Jamaat-e-Islami Women in Pakistan Vanguard of a New Modernity? draws scholarly attention towards the feminization of the Jamaat-e-Islami, a major movement for Islamic renewal and reform in South Asia. It makes a significant contribution to feminist theory and politics in emphasizing the entangled nature of feminism, Islamism and modernities rather than approaching Muslim women's religious and secular activism in exclusionary terms. Amina is also the author of numerous peer-reviewed scholarly papers. In 2015, her paper entitled "Muslim women: Transnationalizing the victim- subject of honour-related violence," will be published in the prestigious and top-ranked feminist and gender studies publication Signs.
Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing
Jennifer Lapum is a leading-edge arts-informed researcher in the health sciences, with the ultimate aim to advance humanistic approaches to person-centred care. Dr. Lapum led the design of a large scale art installation titled "The 7,024th Patient" which was funded by CIHR and currently, the Associated Medical Services. This installation was created to disseminate research through arts media about patients' experiences of open-heart surgery. Most recently, Dr. Lapum displayed the installation at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and is conducting a longitudinal study about the knowledge translation capacity of the arts as a dissemination method. In addition to publishing a series of articles related to arts in research and health care, she has worked to reach out to the community by developing a website and blog focused on bringing arts to the health sciences so that the 7,024th patient can enter and exit the system without feeling like the 7,024th patient.
School of Urban and Regional Planning
Raktim Mitra's research focuses on walking and cycling in cities, more particularly, on the links between the neighbourhood environment, active transportation and urban health. Raktim's work on children's travel behaviour has received considerable attention in current literature and practice. Some of his more recent scholarly publications have focused on cycling infrastructure and cycling behaviour in Ontario municipalities. Raktim has published in major journals and is currently co-editing a special issue of the Journal of Transport and Land Use. Raktim has translated his expertise and experiences into a new graduate course on Active and Healthy Communities, and continues to build collaborations with community-based organizations in the Toronto area.
Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Sharareh Taghipour is an Assistant Professor and the Director of the Reliability, Risk and Maintenance Research Laboratory (RRMR Lab) at the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. The focus of her research has been on reliability engineering and maintenance optimization as well as on cancer progression modelling and screening optimization. She has already published 1 book, 2 book chapters, and 15 journal articles, all in high-impact journals. 5 of her papers received international awards, and one of her papers is now listed as one of the most read articles at the journal of IIE Transaction. She has secured $145,000 external research fund from NSERC Discovery and Engage programs. She has supervised/is supervising 6 graduate students, 2 practicum students, 1 postdoctoral fellow, 3 research associates, and 6 undergraduate research students.
Department of Aerospace Engineering
Bo Tan has been working in laser material processing, especially ultrashort laser micro nano machining for around 15 years. In the last six years she mainly focused on laser synthesis of novel nano-materials as well as nano-materials for photovoltaic energy conversion and biomedical applications. She has H-index of 17, published over 110 papers in high impact factor journals and over 850 citations. Bo has supervised and co-supervised 28 graduate scholars at PDF, Ph.D and M.A.Sci. (during the last six years) levels and served as Examiner on the Examining Committees , external examiner for over 50 Graduate students examinations at PhD and MASc levels. She has twice received Ryerson research excellence awards, is the recipient of the Early Research Award (ERA) from the Ministry of Research and Innovation and the recipient of NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplement (DAS).
Eric de Noronha Vaz
Department of Geography & Environmental Studies
Eric Vaz's research focuses on developing novel spatial analytical methods for the advances of regional sciences, by means of Geographic Information Systems, predictive modelling and spatial-economic models. With over one hundred scholarly contributions in the field, Dr. Vaz has published over thirty scientific contributions in leading international journals in the last two years. In 2014, he founded the Laboratory for Geocomputation, a laboratory focusing on spatial analysis, GIS and geocomputational methods. Presently with a total number of forty members, it counts with an advisory board of world leaders in the fields of geography, spatial analysis and regional science. Dr. Vaz is an international and multidisciplinary researcher, looking for the convergence of science through geography and attempting to understand the future of regions, based on its past.