Dean's Scholarly, Research and Creative Activity Award: 2018 recipients
Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, Faculty of Arts
Dr. Harald Bauder is a leader in expanding the scholarly reputation of Ryerson's Faculty of Arts. His scholarship in Migration Studies within Human Geography and the broader Social Sciences is characterized by its extraordinary academic and social impact. Dr. Bauder's SRC output in the 2016-2017 assessment period exemplifies this impact in the areas of major publications and participation as a leading expert in the development of migration policy guidelines for the International Organization for Migration. He also continues to make significant contributions to student training and university service.
Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Science
Anthony Bonato is a world-leading expert in the fields of Graph Theory and Network Science, pursuing groundbreaking research in the areas of complex networks and graph searching. Since his last Dean's Scholarly, Research and Creativity Activity Award in 2012, he has published 44 papers in top discrete mathematics journals and proceedings, edited six proceedings volumes and authored the book Graph Searching Games and the Probabilistic Method, published in late 2017 by CRC Press. Bonato has given 25 talks at international conferences and has been a keynote speaker at conferences at Oxford University and in China, India and Greece.
Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts
Dr. Eric Hehman's research tackles difficult and timely questions around how individuals evaluate one another across group boundaries, including race, gender and sexual orientation. This past year, Dr. Hehman was named a Rising Star by the Association for Psychological Science for his early career contributions to influential research in the field. He has published seven new articles and made several conference presentations this year alone, and was successful in obtaining both internal and external research funding. This outstanding blend of substantive science on socially relevant-topics, multimodal methodology and cross-cutting integration of diverse literatures makes him an excellent candidate for this award.
School of Occupational and Public Health, Faculty of Community Services
Dr. Chun-Yip Hon is most deserving of the Dean's SRC Award because, as a probationary faculty member, the number of deliverables with respect to publications, conference abstracts and grants are impressive and they all demonstrate a meaningful contribution to improving the health and wellbeing of workers in various industries. For the 2016-2017 academic year, Dr. Hon had eight peer-reviewed publications (four as lead author), seven conference presentations (four as lead presenter) and two awarded grants (both as PI). In addition, he supervised a student who defended her master's thesis and also directed six undergraduate students in a Research Project course.
Seung Hwan (Mark) Lee
School of Retail Management, Ted Rogers School of Management
Dr. Lee conducts research examining virtual reality in consumer behaviour contexts, marketing education, social networks and sensory marketing. Since May 2016, he has published in eight academic journals, including a Financial Times Top 50, and been involved in over 10 conference presentations, including a best paper division award. Highly collaborative, he publishes with TRSM faculty, graduate students and academic staff! His paper with MScM student Ksenia Sergueeva, "Chewing Increases Consumers' Thought-Engagement in Retail Shopping," was published in the Journal of Consumer and Retailing Services, and received national media attention including the Toronto Star and CBC plus 50 other media outlets.
School of Image Arts, Faculty of Communication and Design
Dr. Lessard published The Art of Subtraction: Digital Media and the Object Image with the University of Toronto Press in 2017. The book is the first full-length study of the CD-ROM as a creative platform and its impact on 1990s media artists interested in adapting literary works. His creative work includes the photographic series "Borderlands," exhibited during the 2017 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival and his "China by Night" series – an important contribution to the genre of night photography. Dr. Lessard’s contribution to SRC exemplifies in unique ways FCAD's mandate of both scholarly and creative activities pursued at the highest standard.
Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science
Dr. Mehrab Mehrvar has been a constant proponent of research in areas of integration of photochemical and biological processes for the treatment of industrial wastewaters, photochemical reaction engineering and the effects of climate change on water quality and quantity. His SRC activities have had significant contributions to the environmental health (social) and engineering (economics) through his publications with high citations. He has published more than 93 journal papers, and 190 conference proceedings and presentations. He supervised 9 Ph.D. and 32 MASc students. In early 2017, Dr. Mehrvar was awarded $515,000 to work on the effects of climate change on water quality and quantity.
Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Faculty of Arts
During the past year, Dr. Jamin Pelkey published three books, three articles and three chapters in international peer-reviewed venues across an array of disciplines. His research monograph The Semiotics of X (Bloomsbury Academic, 2017) has garnered critical acclaim by senior scholars in linguistics, anthropology and semiotics. The book draws attention to the cognitive and cultural importance of a neglected rhetorical figure known as "chiasmus" (X), exploring the figure's relationships with language evolution and embodiment. Principal founder of the new Language, Culture and Cognition Lab, Dr. Pelkey holds two external SSHRC grants, six editorial positions and received a promotion to early tenure.
Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing, Faculty of Community Services
Dr. Janet Yamada is an outstanding early-career implementation scientist, who has made exceptional contributions that inform best practices in interdisciplinary clinical care. Her research and scholarship focus on addressing pain in hospitalized infants, asthma management in children, and methodological innovation in knowledge translation and systematic reviews. Her ability to identify and synthesize existing evidence into integrated knowledge to guide future research designs and practice development is unparalleled. Her commitment to research ethics and teamwork makes her a sought-after researcher and collaborator. She has published widely and currently is co-principal and co-investigator in nine funded projects that total over $6.6 million.
Global Management Studies, Ted Rogers School of Management
Dr. Hossein Zolfagharinia conducts research examining collaboration in Supply Chain Management with a specific interest in transportation. He had four articles recently accepted in top ranked journals such as European Journal of Operations Research and Transportation Research. He secured a five-year NSERC Discovery grant and funding through Ontario Centres of Excellence. Dr. Zolfagharinia is supervising three MScM students and collaborating with colleagues in TRSM and Engineering. His research results in tangible impacts such as those reported by one industry partner which included estimated growth in revenue of $1 million, market expansion and five new jobs.