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Research Excellence Speaker Series Past Winners

Each year, the Research Excellence Award (REA) recognizes excellence in research achieved by UOIT faculty members. Each award winner is expected to give a public presentation to the university and the broader community to make the public aware of the groundbreaking research being done every day at the university across various disciplines.

2015 winners

Below is a listing of all previous winners of this prestigious award. Where possible, videos of the event or the PowerPoint presentations of the talks are included.

Past Research Excellence Award winnners

  • 2014 Senior Researcher: Dr. Bernadette Murphy

    Understanding How to Shape Technology so it Doesn't Shape Us

    Dr. Bernadette Murphy, Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, is the winner of the 2014 Research Excellence Award. A full audience listened as Dr. Murphy gave a public presentation entitled Understanding How to Shape Technology so It Doesn’t Shape Us.

    If you were unable to join us in person, watch the video replay of the event.

    The presentation provided an overview of current research at UOIT, including:

    • How researchers study neural plasticity in humans.
    • The importance of the neck in controlling arm movement.
    • How researchers are starting to use technology to help prevent musculoskeletal injuries, rather than cause them.

    "We now know that abnormal postures and muscle fatigue can lead to changes in the way the brain processes incoming sensory information and formulates outgoing commands to muscles - a process called neural plasticity," says Dr. Murphy. "If we are going to harness the power of technology to improve society and increase our efficiency, we need to better understand the human brain and how it responds, so we can ensure that technology use does not lead to maladaptive plasticity."

  • 2013 Senior Researcher: Dr. Ed Waller

    Is it safe? Marathon Man to man at marathon: How safe and secure are we?

    On March 31, 2014, UOIT hosted another successful Research Excellence Speaker Series. The 2013 Research Excellence Award winners were:

    Both researchers gave public presentations at the 2014 event:

    • Dr. Ed Waller: Is it safe? Marathon Man to man at marathon: How safe and secure are we?
    • Dr. Bradley Easton: Electrochemical materials for clean energy and safe roads

    Their informative talks highlighted their work and explained how their research has the potential to positively impact society.

    Dr. Michael Owen introduces Dr. Waller at the 35:29 mark.

  • 2013 Early Career Researcher: Dr. Bradley Easton

    Electrochemical Materials for Clean Energy and Safe Roads

    On March 31, 2014, UOIT hosted another successful Research Excellence Speaker Series. The 2013 Research Excellence Award winners were:

    Both researchers gave public presentations at the 2014 event:

    • Dr. Ed Waller: Is it safe? Marathon Man to man at marathon: How safe and secure are we?
    • Dr. Bradley Easton: Electrochemical materials for clean energy and safe roads

    Their informative talks highlighted their work and explained how their research has the potential to positively impact society.

  • 2012 Senior Researcher: Dr. Douglas Holdway

    Aquatic Toxicology Research at UOIT

    Dr. Douglas Holdway, Full Professor and Tier I Canada Research Chair in Aquatic Toxicology, discussed his lab's work over the past eight years.

    Dr. Michael Owen introduces Dr. Holdway at the 35:20 mark.

  • 2012 Early Career Researcher: Dr. Janette Hughes

    From Texts to Social Media… and How Our Kids Are Smarter Than We Think

    Dr. Janette Hughes, who has since been named Canada Research Chair in Technology and Pedagogy, discussed the disconnect between what adolescents do outside and inside class with respect to technology.

  • 2011 Senior Researcher: Dr. Igor Pioro

    Nuclear Power Reactors: Current Status and Future Advancements

    Dr. Igor Pioro, Professor and Associate Dean, Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science, begins discussing his work involving nuclear power reactors at the 28:24 mark.

  • 2011 Early Career Researcher: Dr. Shahram ShahbazPanahi

    New Paradigms in Wireless Communications

    Dr. Shahram ShahbazPanahi, Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, discusses his work in wireless communications.

  • 2010 Senior Researcher: Dr. Marc Rosen

    Energy Sustainability: A Critical Quest

    In his presentation, Dr. Marc Rosen, Professor, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, discussed how sustainability is a critically important goal for human activity and development. Energy sustainability is a fundamental link with overall sustainability given the breadth, scope and frequency of energy use; its importance in economic development and living standards; and the significant impacts energy systems have on the environment. His presentation addressed a variety of factors related to energy sustainability from an engineering perspective including:

    • Appropriate selection of energy resources and carriers.
    • Efficiency enhancement.
    • Holistic approach to environmental stewardship.

    A special focus was placed on climate change, which poses one of the greatest challenges facing humanity and is greatly affected by energy utilization. The presentation was based on research conducted by Dr. Rosen's team, which tackles the broad objectives of sustainability and aims to identify sustainable energy solutions and their applications for developed and developing countries.

  • 2010 Early Career Researcher: Dr. Carolyn McGregor

    Can and Will Clinical Judgment be Replaced by Technology?

    Critical-care units across the globe boast state-of-the art medical equipment that constantly monitors vital organs. However, these units have arrived at a critical crossroad because the ability of the equipment to gather information has outpaced the ability to aggregate and interpret the data in a clinically meaningful way.

    Dr. Carolyn McGregor, Canada Research Chair in Health Informatics, discussed how new computing approaches may address this growing gap and potentially replace clinical judgment made with technology. With one out of every 14 Canadian mothers giving birth prematurely, many happening in the seventh and eighth month of pregnancy, these early births are responsible for three-quarters of all infant deaths in Canada. If the infant survives, he or she may develop lifelong problems in the crucial days and weeks after birth. Neonatal intensive-care units have state-of-the-art medical devices to monitor and support premature babies. However, neonatologists are increasingly weighed down by vast quantities of manually charted data. In addition, 86 per cent of the information is from false alarms from medical devices. Recent research shows the conditions these babies can develop tell the same subtle story through their progression, which is not detectable through the human eye until the impact is severe enough for manual detection. Early detection may result in reduced mortality, mobility, shorter recovery time and hospital stays. Dr. McGregor presented new research directions to detect earlier the onset of devastating events. In addition, there is a potential to provide rural and remote communities with greater options for advanced critical care within their own community health-care facilities.

  • 2009 Senior Researcher: Dr. Barbara Perry

    The Community Impacts of Hate Crime: Challenging Canadian Ideals

    Dr. Perry, Professor, Faculty of Social Science and Humanities, discusses her research surrounding hate crime.

  • 2009 Early Career Researcher: Dr. Dan Zhang

    Research Activities in Robotics and Automation Laboratory

    No information is currently available.

  • 2008 Senior Researcher: Dr. Ibrahim Dincer

    Research Dimensions and Main Pillars in Sustainable Energy

    In his presentation, Dr. Ibrahim Dincer, Professor, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, discusses global warming, energy and sustainability.

    Dr. Ibrahim Dincer accepting his Research Excellence Award
  • 2008 Early Career Researcher: Dr. Shari Forbes (co-winner)

    Global Forensic Chemistry Perspectives

    Dr. Shari Forbes, founder of the university's Forensice Science program, discussed her work in decomposition chemistry.

    Dr. Shari Forbes accepting her Research Excellence Award
  • 2008 Early Career Researcher: Dr. Scott Nokleby (co-winner)

    Research Activities of the Mechatronic and Robotic Systems Laboratory

    Dr. Scott Nokleby, Associate Cameco Research Chair and Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, discussed his research in mechatronics and robotics.

    Dr. Scott Nokleby accepting his Research Excellence Award
  • 2007 Senior Researcher: Dr. Greg Naterer (co-winner)

    Dr. Naterer's talk was titled Delivering on the Hydrogen Promise: UOIT and the Ontario Advantage.

    No other information is currently available.

  • 2007 Senior Researcher: Dr. Walter DeKeseredy ( co-winner)

    Dr. DeKeseredy's talk was titlted The Challenges of Studying Women Abuse.

    No other information is currently available.


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