Research Coordinator
Uzma Jamil
Office: 4B.1-7
  Local: 1374
ujamil@dawsoncollege.qc.ca

Upcoming Deadlines

Please note: below are the Dawson internal deadlines for submitting applications (agency deadlines are a little bit later). If you submit after these internal deadlines, your proposal may not be forwarded to the agency. If you wish to submit a grant application for an opportunity not listed here, please get in touch with the Research Office.

FRQNT College Researchers Program – October 3

SSHRC Partnership Engage Grants – September 5

SSHRC Connection Grants – October 22

SSHRC Insight Grants – October 1

SSHRC Partnership Development Grant – November 1

New Books by Dawson Faculty

Mars Matters: Exploring the Red Planet by Richard Soare

Richard Soare (Geography) has been fascinated by Mars for many, many years. His fascination is shared by millions, but in his case, he has intimate familiarity with the planet through research and study, and is now an editor of Dynamic Mars: Recent Landscape Evolution on the Red Planet along with Susan J. Conway, Coleman J. Gallagher, Stephen M. Clifford. Dynamic Mars will serve as a state-of-the-art reference on the history and implications of the geology and geomorphology of Mars, with contributions from a wide variety of experts. It is included in Elsevier’s Earth and Planetary Science portfolio.

Interest in Mars has peaked in recent years, and as recently as a few weeks ago, everyone was talking about the Italian Space Agency’s purported finding of a lake of liquid water beneath the southern polar ice cap of Mars which had been detected by radar. Dynamic Mars: Recent Landscape Evolution on the Red Planet could not be more timely. The compilation presents the latest observations, interpretations and explanations of geological change at the surface of near-surface of Mars. As the book jacket describes, “these changes raise questions about a decades-old paradigm, formed largely in the aftermath of very coarse Mariner-mission imagery in the 1960s, suggesting that much of the interesting geological activity occurred deep in its past, eons ago.”

The book includes discussions of Mars’ ever-changing atmosphere and its impact on the planet’s surface, the possible presence of water and the identification of a broad suite of agents and processes that are actively revising surface, near-surface landscapes, landforms and features on a local, regional and hemispheric scale.

The book is available through https://www.elsevier.com/books/dynamic-mars/soare/978-0-12-813018-6

Against Nihilism: Nietzsche Meets Dostoevsky by Maia Johnson-Stepenberg

Humanities faculty member Maia Johnson-Stepenberg has written a book titled Against Nihilism: Nietzsche Meets Dostoevsky which has been published by Black Rose Books. She says it is a book inspired by and written for her students at the College.  It is an accessible new introduction to philosophers Nietzsche and Dostoevsky that compares their writings on key topics such as criminality, Christianity, and the figure of the “outsider” to reveal the urgency and contemporary resonance of their shared struggle against nihilism. More information about the book is available on the publisher’s website: http://blackrosebooks.net/products/view/Against+Nihilism:+Nietzsche+Meets+Dostoevsky/83464

 

Celebrate Research 2018

On May 24, 2018, faculty and staff came together for the annual celebration to recognize the achievements of Dawson researchers and to mark another great year of research and pedagogical innovation at Dawson College.

Elizabeth Charles was presented with the Annual Research Recognition Award, in recognition of her research accomplishments in pedagogical research and her contributions to the Dawson community over the past decades. She is a faculty researcher and founder/co-director of SALTISE (Supporting Active Learning and Technological Innovation in Studies in Education), an initiative involving over 15 colleges and universities across Montreal and the regions (English and French). For over a decade, she has been an influential researcher and leader in the field of pedagogical innovation and change in Quebec and internationally.

Read more about her work and the achievements of all Dawson faculty in the Annual Research Report 2017-2018.

New Grants for Dawson Researchers

Congratulations to Stewart Cooke, Stacey Zembrzycki and Nancy Rebelo, who were awarded grants from SSHRC this spring!

Stewart Cooke (English Literature) was awarded his third Insight Grant to continue his work on an annotated scholarly edition of the letters of Charles Burney, Vol 4. Burney was an 18th century English musician, composer and man of letters.

 

 

 

Stacey Zembrzycki and Nancy Rebelo (History) were awarded a Partnership Engage Grant for a multimedia project titled “Survivors on the Main: Witnessing the Holocaust, remaking home in Montreal.” They will partner with the Montreal Holocaust Museum to do oral history interviews with Holocaust survivors who settled in and around St. Laurent Boulevard to create a downloadable one-hour historical audio walk, an accompanying booklet and a five-minute video for the Museum’s permanent exhibition.

 

Dawson Neuroscience Research Group

Hélène Nadeau’s Neuroscience Research Group, including two of its former Dawson students, Andreaa Angelescu and William Asselin, are featured in an article in Quebec Science.

Formed in 2015, the summer research group offers Dawson students from all disciplines an opportunity to develop their interest in scientific research through practical experience, working with Hélène and other researchers at Dawson and local universities. It highlights the value of research as a form of training for college students, outside the classroom.

Read the full article: Cégépiens et apprentis chercheurs

World First: 56 Feet of Digital Teaching Space at Dawson

Calgary-based Nureva Inc., an award-winning collaboration-solutions company, has partnered with Dawson to create the world’s largest installation of its visual collaboration systems in a single classroom.

The unique configuration is located in an active-learning classroom at Dawson (3H.10) and includes eight Nureva Walls that have created 56 feet or just over 17 metres of digital workspace. This enhances active learning by providing students with more powerful tools for collaboration and expanded interactive space where they can create, visualize and manipulate learning objects while building knowledge together.

It’s been more than a decade since a small group of professors at Dawson started to experiment with active learning. Today, those early initiatives have evolved into a movement that’s transforming the way teachers teach and students learn.

Read the rest of this article: https://www.dawsoncollege.qc.ca/news/accomplishment/world-first-56-feet-of-digital-teaching-space-at-dawson/

New Partnership Engage Grant Awarded

Congratulations to Catherine Fichten and her Adaptech team who received a Partnership Engage Grant from SSHRC this fall. The team will partner with l’Association québécoise pour l’équité et l’inclusion au postsecondaire (AQEIPS) to create a bilingual online survey tool to evaluate successful employment search and job maintenance strategies for students with disabilities in postsecondary education. The survey will meet international standards for web accessibility and can be used for policy development, advocacy, student employment counselling, as well as future research.

Partnership Engage Grants are a new type of grant offered by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council this year through quarterly competitions. The first competition was in September, with subsequent ones in December, March and June. The grants provide short-term and timely support for partnered research activities that will inform decision-making at a single partner organization from the public, private or not-for-profit sector. These partnerships let non-academic organizations and postsecondary researchers access each other’s unique knowledge, expertise and capabilities on topics of mutual interest.

Dawson College one of Canada’s Top 50 Research Colleges for the 6th year in a row

Research Infosource collects data on research income, partnerships, and faculty research activity each year; in November, they publish their list of the top 50 colleges and research universities in Canada. In data collected from 2015-16, Dawson College placed 39th on the list, with research funding of $1,725,000 and 32 active research faculty.

Dawson’s key research strengths include: studies on the inclusion of students with disabilities, the scholarship of teaching and learning, sustainability, and a number of high-impact researchers working on discipline-specific projects in math, history, psychology, physics, chemistry, and biology.

New Grants Awarded to Dawson Researchers

Congratulations! Dawson researchers were successful in their grant applications submitted this past year, with three new grants awarded for 2017-2018.

Liz Charles, Chris Whittaker, Yann Brouillette and team (Pedagogy, Sciences): Liz and the team will continue their research on active learning classrooms through their new grant project funded by PAREA titled, « Gestion et régulation du flux d’information en apprentissage actif. »

 

 

Elizabeth Kirkland (History): Continuing her historical research on women’s political roles in Montreal, Elizabeth is part of a team research grant from FRQSC titled, “Modernité et savoir à Montréal, 1815-1985.”

 

 

 

Ben Seamone (Math): Continuing his work in fundamental mathematics, Ben received funding for his research project from FRQNT, titled “Nouvelles directions dans le modèle “policiers-voleur” de fouilles des graphes.”

Celebrate Research 2017

On May 25, 2017, faculty and staff came together for the annual celebration to recognize the achievements of Dawson researchers and to mark another great year of research and pedagogical innovation at Dawson College.

Research and Sustainability at Dawson

Dawson students and staff at a rooftop garden workshop
Dawson students and staff at a rooftop garden workshop

Sustainability has a strong presence at Dawson College, reflected in the many projects and initiatives undertaken in the past 10 years. Most recently, it has been noted as one of the foundational goals in the Dawson College Strategic Plan 2016-2021.

Building on its achievements, Dawson aims to become a leader in the field of sustainability in higher education institutions, guided by internal and external markers, such as its sustainability policy, and the AASHE Gold Standard of sustainability certification for institutes of higher education. Dawson researchers and faculty members have played an integral role in conceptualizing and implementing the core value of well-being for all, sustainably, at Dawson through their research on the related topics of sustainability, communities and education.

One of these is Living Campus, a concept that views the entire campus as a learning lab and integrates educational approaches under the vision of sustainable well-being. Chris Adam from Community Recreation and Leadership Training (CRLT), collaborated with Catherine O’Brien from Cape Breton University on an article published in the International Journal of Innovation, Creativity and Change last year which discussed Living Campus as part of the transformation of education and pedagogical practices towards a global vision of sustainable well-being. It is also the subject of a chapter in O’Brien’s book, Sustainable Happiness and Well Being (2016).

Dawson also has two ongoing research projects led by faculty members and funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. One is Sustainable Campuses: A North South Research and Action Community, led by Gisela Frias and her colleagues at university partners in Mexico, facilitating student exchanges between Dawson and Mexico. The second is on Food Justice and Sustainability, led by Anna-Liisa Aunio and colleagues, focusing on connecting communities, research and policy for just sustainable food systems.

There are also several institutional grants on biodiversity at Dawson, funded by Entente-Canada-Quebec (ECQ). These ECQ grants include: The Honey Bee project, which uses social media to reinforce collective action on environmental challenges; Monarch Butterfly Tagging project, which is focused on biodiversity, experiential learning and environmental stewardship, and the Dawson Peace Centre, which includes Urban Habitat Restoration, Indigenous Art Boutique, and Tools for Peace in its Projects for Peace.

Dawson College one of Canada’s Top 50 Research Colleges for the 5th year in a row

Canada top 50Research Infosource collects data on research income, partnerships, and faculty research activity each year; in October, they publish their list of the top 50 colleges and research universities. In data collected from 2014-15, Dawson College placed 37th on the list, with research funding of $1,655,500 and 35 active research faculty.

Dawson’s key research strengths include: studies on the inclusion of students with disabilities, the scholarship of teaching and learning, sustainability, and a number of high-impact researchers working on discipline-specific projects in math, history, physics, chemistry, and biology.

Catherine Fichten awarded the Prix Acfas Denise-Barbeau pour la recherche au collégial

Catherine FichtenOn October 18, 2016, the Association francophone pour la savoir (Acfas) announced during its annual gala in Montreal that Catherine Fichten from Dawson College is this year’s recipient of the Prix Acfas Denise-Barbeau pour la recherche au collegial. Dr. Fichten is the Co-Director of the Adaptech Research Network, which conducts research by, for, and with students with disabilities.

Dr. Fichten has two main areas of research. One is concerned with factors which help or hinder the inclusion of individuals with various disabilities in community life. She is interested in the role that higher education and information and communication technologies (ICTs) can play in allowing individuals with a variety of disabilities to participate fully in the Canadian mainstream. The second theme of Catherine’s research concerns sleep, insomnia, and sleep related aspects of behavioural medicine and health psychology. Her work has focused on the determinants and treatments of insomnia and other primary sleep disorders, and on sleep and daytime functioning in chronic fatigue syndrome. This research has had a profound impact on Dawson College, the college network and the field of psychology over the past 40 years.

The Prix Acfas Denise-Barbeau was created in 2014 in honour of Denise Barbeau, a pioneering pedagogue and college researcher. It is awarded each year to a college researcher in recognition of the excellence of their research and the visibility their work receives, both at home and internationally.

Two Dawson students awarded $5,000 summer research internship bursary from FRQNT

Congratulations to Alexander Hassler and Camille Valentin, Dawson College students and winners of FRQNT summer Cégep student research internship bursaries! Alexander and Camille will be awarded $5,000 each to support their work on scientific research projects in collaboration with researchers from Dawson and the Université de Montréal.

alex&benAlexander will take part in a research team studying pursuit-evasion games in networks at the Université de Montréal, under the supervision of Dr. Ben Seamone and Dr. Gena Hahn. An evader (the “robber”) moves from node to node in a network, while a set of pursuers (“cops”) attempt to capture the robber by occupying its current position. The team propose to further our understanding of the Cops and Robbers model, by studying how the game changes when a final target node is specified. This work has applications in the fields of robotics and network security. In Fall 2016, Alexander will start his second year in the First Choice Health Science program at Dawson.

Camille will spend this summer working under the supervision of Dr. Latifa Lazzoumi in the laboratory of Dr. Franco Leporé, neuropsychologist at the Université de Montréal, and with the Brain Imaging Group of Dr. HélèneCamille-Helene-1 Nadeau, at Dawson College. Dr. Leporé studies how the brain adapts to sensory deprivation. Camille’s role in the project is to analyze structural, diffusion and functional magnetic resonance images to investigate how the connections in a brain that has been deprived of hearing for many years compare to those of a control group. Camille will continue her studies in the Health Science program at Dawson College in Fall 2016.

Congratulations to you both, and we look forward to hearing the results of these exciting projects!

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Celebrate Research 2016

On Thursday May 19th, 60 members of the Dawson research community gathered in the College’s newest space, the CoLab, to recognize the accomplishments of our researchers and pedagogical innovators. Attendees included many outside guests, including research partners and members of the organizations who support college research. Thank you to all who attended, for your support of research at Dawson!

Adaptech’s Dr. Catherine Fichten awarded the Fred Strache Leadership Award from the Center on Disabilities at California State University

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The Center on Disabilities at California State University, Northridge awarded Dr. Catherine Fichten its Fred Strache Leadership Award at the Annual International Technology & Persons with Disabilities Conference in March 2016. This conference, commonly known as the CSUN Conference, is the largest, oldest and only university-sponsored conference of its kind. It is now in its 31st year of providing an inclusive setting for researchers, practitioners, exhibitors, end users, speakers and participants to share knowledge and best practices in the field of assistive technology.

Each year, the Center selects a qualified candidate to receive the Fred Strache Leadership Award which is presented during the Keynote Address on Tuesday evening at our event. The Strache Award recognizes the leadership of the recipient in the fields of disability and technology. Specifically, the award acknowledges that the recipient continues to work with students as an educator and a mentor, while remaining a leader in their respective field through publications, presentations and research.

Catherine was recognized for her outstanding contributions to the field of disability research, education and technology as co-director (with Jennison Asuncion) of the Adaptech Research Network at Dawson College. The Adaptech Research Network is a team of academics, students and consumers who conduct research involving college and university students with a variety of disabilities in Canada since 1996.

Congratulations Catherine!

Dawson College one of Canada’s Top 50 Research Colleges for the 4th year in a row

Research Infosource collects data on research income, partnerships, and faculty research activity each year; in October, they publish their list of the top 50 colleges and research universities. In data collected from 2013-14, Dawson College placed 46th on the list, with research funding of $912,000 and 22 active research faculty.

Dawson’s key research strengths include: studies on the inclusion of students with disabilities, the scholarship of teaching and learning, sustainability, and a number of high-impact researchers working on discipline-specific projects in math, history, physics, chemistry, and biology.

Strategic Research Plan 2015-2018

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John William Dawson (1820-1899) was a passionate Canadian researcher and educator who excelled both at his disciplinary research (geology) and educational reform; he published extensively on Palaeozoic fossils, in addition to revolutionizing the architectural design of schools and reforming teacher education. Today, Dawson College carries on in these traditions of its namesake, producing high-impact research in the natural and social sciences, and compelling research on the scholarship of teaching and learning. The Director General mandated the creation of the Strategic Research Plan in August 2014 to develop a vision for the future of research at Dawson and articulate ambitious and measurable performance indicators. The Strategic Research Plan was developed in consultation with the Dawson community, led by the Research Coordinator and a focus group composed of faculty and professionals. Please click here to read Strategic Research Plan 2015-18.

Annual Research Reports

We are proud to share the accomplishments of our researchers and their collaborators from many other institutions over the past years. They have made significant contributions to their disciplines and to their fields through their publications, presentations and involving students in their projects.

2016-2017 Annual Research Report

2015-2015 Annual Research Report

2014-2015 Annual Research Report



Last Modified: August 21, 2018