Paul, Patricia and Jeffery Brantingham (Credit: Simon Fraser University)
Is there a reason why certain areas of town have reputations for being “sketchy,” “dangerous,” or full of crime? What impact does an urban area’s design and layout have on promoting criminal activity?
One Simon Fraser University husband and wife research team–Paul and Patricia Brantingham–have been working to analyze urban crime patterns and find solutions and recommendations for how to make things better. Specifically, they study the impact of factors such as the placement of certain buildings, transit systems and roads as well as hours of shopping centres on the frequency and severity of crime in an area.
The criminologists, who founded SFU’s Institute of Canadian Urban Research Studies (ICURS) in the early 1990s, have recently been given a monetary show of support for their work in the form of a RCMP supported $4-million, five-year renewal of their research chairs to . . . → Read More: SFU Researchers Fight Crime with Urban Design
Professor Tony Bailetti (Credit: Carleton University)
Carleton University Professor Tony Bailetti has been awarded the 2011 Ottawa Innovation Community award from the Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation (OCRI). Professor Bailetti, who is faculty in the Carleton University Department of Systems and Computer Engineering and the Sprott School of Business, received the award for his work related to the economic development of the Ottawa, Ontario region.
“Tony has been instrumental in developing very successful local ecosystems including Lead to Win and Coral CEA, and the LTW companies represent a significant portion of the successful start-ups in Ottawa over the past two years,” said Claude Haw, president and CEO of the OCRI.
Carleton Professor Tony Bailetti Honoured by OCRI [Carleton University]
Dr. Lotfollah Shafai (Credit: University of Manitoba)
University of Manitoba Professor Lotfallah Shafai has been selected to win the 2011 Killam Prize in Engineering in recognition of his contributions to the field of electromagnetic communications. Dr. Shafai’s work has contributed to a variety of technologies, including wireless and satellite communications, remote sensing, radar metrology, radio astronomy, medical diagnostics and electromagnetic mapping of Arctic sea ice. [University of Manitoba]
Dr. David Sinclair (Credit: Carleton University)
Carleton University‘s Dr. David Sinclair has been selected to receive the first ever Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) -TRIUMF Vogt medal—created in honour of fellow Canadian researcher Erich Vogt—in recognition of his work with neutrino physics in the Sudbury Neutrino Observation (SNO). Regarding the award, Sinclair said, “Canada has such a strong program in subatomic physics encompassing the whole spectrum of nuclear physics because there are so many very accomplished scientists working in this field. Working with Carleton’s SNOLAB group has enabled innovative research, helping us advance understanding in nuclear and particle physics.” [Carleton University]
Dr. Tony Bailetti (Credit: Carleton University)
Another Carleton achiever, Professor Dr. Tony Bailetti, will be honoured next month with the 2011 Ottawa Innovation Community award from the Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation (OCRI). “Tony has been instrumental in developing very successful local ecosystems including . . . → Read More: Recognizing Research: Carleton Professors Receive Awards
Carleton University Associate Professor Gabriel Wainer has been awarded the Outstanding Professional Contribution Award from the Society for Modeling and Simulation International (SCS). Wainer, who teaches in the Department of Systems and Computer Engineering, works with improving models and simulations and has had over 240 papers published in his career. “The whole idea of modelling and simulation is that you try to use a computer to mimic the real world,” said Wainer. “You want to know more about the specifics of a system or you want to build something new that doesn’t exist. You try to reproduce that behavior in something that’s called a model, and then you use that model to build a computer program called a simulation.” [Carleton University] The Wilfrid Laurier University Library has won the 2011 Canadian Library Association/3M Canada Award for Achievement in Technical Services in recognition for the Library’s work to automate . . . → Read More: Recognizing Research: Carleton Professor Wins SCS Outstanding Professional Contribution Award
Dr. Roger Mitchell, Professor Emeritus at Lakehead University, has been awarded with a truly organic honour—he has a newly-discovered mineral named after him.
Structural view of mineral "rogermitchellite." (Credit: Lakehead University)
“Rogermitchellite” is a transparent mineral species discovered at Mont Saint-Hilaire, Québec by Laurentian University Professor of Mineralogy Dr. Andrew McDonald. Dr. McDonald proposed Dr. Mitchell’s name for the mineral to the International Mineralogical Association (IMA) to honour Mitchell’s work in the field.
“There are only about 5,000 named minerals in existence,” says Mitchell. “The naming of new minerals is quite a complex process that involves several stages of approval by international committees. While there are several other Canadian mineralogists who have minerals named after them, names are not given on an ad hoc basis. They have to be approved and there are a lot of rules. I am honoured that my work in mineralogy and petrology has . . . → Read More: Recognizing Research: New Mineral Named After Lakehead Professor
Jamaica Cass (Credit: Queen's University)
Dr. Mulu Geletu (Credit: Queen's University)
Jamaica Cass and Mulu Geletu of Queen’s University have been selected to receive Minority Scholar Awards at the 2011 American Association of Cancer Research conference (AACR) in Florida. Cass, a PhD candidate, is working to find ways to analyze and classify cancers. She will present research on tissue microarrays at the conference. Geletu, a postdoctoral fellow, is researching proteins that promote cancerous cell division. [Queen's University] Cape Breton University professor Laurent Lavoie has been awarded the Ordre de la Pléiade by the Assemblée parlementaire de la Francophonie (Parliamentary Assembly of the Francophonie). The Ordre de la Pléiade is awarded on the basis of having distinguished oneself in serving Francophone ideals in the spead of French language and culture. “I was very surprised, honoured, and thankful to the “L’Ordre de la Pléiade” for this nomination,” Lovoie said . . . → Read More: Recognizing Research 2011 AACR Awards, Ordre de la Pléiade
Dr. Jean Hutchinson (Credit: Queen's University)
Dr. Jean Hutchinson has been named as a fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC) in recognition of her work in engineering. Dr. Hutchinson—who is the head of the Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering at Queen’s University—said of the honour, “The EIC is an incredible group to be a part of. The institute’s members are some of the top engineers in Canada, who’ve made huge contributions to education, to innovation and to the general advancement of engineering for society.” [Queen's University] Saint Paul University’s Dr. Sonia Mansour’s project entitled ”Fostering shared vision and care in paediatric chronic disease management using a web-based communication system” has been awarded a $199,030 grant from CIHR. Mansour is a co-researcher on the team, along with Philippe Robaey—whom the grant was awarded to. [Saint Paul University] The Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute (CASI) has . . . → Read More: Recognizing Research: EIC Fellow, 2011 McCurdy Award, CIHR Grant
Dr. Lisa Dickson (Credit: UNBC)
English professor Lisa Dickson, who specializes in Renaissance Literature, Shakespeare, and Literary Theory at the University of Northern British Columbia, has been awarded a 3M National Teaching Fellowships by 3M Canada and the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. [University of Northern British Columbia]
Dr. Ian Mauro (Credit: Mount Allison University) Dr. Ian Mauro has been chosen as a 2011 Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE) by the Apple Corporation. Dr. Mauro works as a professor of environment and geography at Mount Allison University; he is also Canada Research Chair in Human Dimensions of Environmental Change. Dr. Mauro also recently completed a film project called “Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change”. [Mount Allision . . . → Read More: Recognizing Research: UNBC 3M Fellowship, Apple Award
Geneviève Cadieux's public art piece "Lierre sur Pierre." (Credit: Concordia University)
Concordia University professor Geneviève Cadieux has been awarded the 2011 Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts for her career achievements in the visual arts. Cadieux’s work focuses on the transformation of images through the recording and production process. [Concordia University]
Dr. Catherine Mateer. (Credit: University of Victoria)
The BC Psychological Association has created a new award to recognize contributions to the advancement of psychology using the scientist-practitioner model of research. The inaugural recipient of this award is also its namesake—Dr. Catherine Mateer will be the first person awarded the Catherine Mateer Scientist-Practitioner Award in recognition of her work in cognitive rehabilitation for survivors of head trauma. Dr. Mateer currently serves as Associate Vice-President Academic Planning and Professor of Psychology at the University of Victoria. [University of Victoria]
Shirley Douglas receives her honorary degree. . . . → Read More: Recognizing Research: Catherine Mateer, Shirley Douglas, Geneviève Cadieux