Lassonde hosts interdisciplinary research workshop

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Want to learn about collaborative, interdisciplinary research opportunities and funding?

Lassonde is collaborating with other Faculties at York to host a panel discussion and a workshop on research opportunities that crosses the boundaries between science and engineering, social science, humanities, arts and education.


 June 6, 2018
 Noon - 1.30 pm
 Bergeron Centre 203


Lunch bites will be served.

All interested researchers are welcome to attend.

A panel of experienced researchers whose work spans different disciplines will share their experience in collaborative research and in obtaining SSHRC funding (Social Science and Humanities Research Council).

The Panel includes:

  • Professor Melanie Baljko from the Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science at  Lassonde and
  • Professor Ellen Bialystok, Distinguished Research Professor, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Health.
  • Professor Colin Coates, Glendon, Faculty Associate

The session will also include, experienced administrators who will share their knowledge on SSHRC funding: Janet Friskney, Research Officer, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies and Diana Frasca, Specialist, Strategic & Institutional Research Initiatives (SIRI).

Bios of the presenters:

Melanie Baljko is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at York University, a member of the graduate programs in Critical Disability Students and in Science and Technology Studies at York University, and an Affiliate Scientist at the University Health Network-Toronto Rehabilitation Institute.  Her program of research is focused on the improved design of assistive and rehabilitation technologies through the use of critical technical practice.  Her research projects have been funded by a variety of bodies, including NSERC and SSHRC.

 Ellen Bialystok is a Distinguished Research Professor of Psychology and Walter Gordon Research Chair of Lifespan Cognitive Development at York University, and Associate Scientist at the Rotman Research Institute of the Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care. She was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2016 and has been a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada since 2003. Her research uses behavioral and neuroimaging methods to examine the effect of bilingualism on cognitive processes across the lifespan. Her discoveries include the identification of differences in the development of essential cognitive and language abilities for bilingual children, the use of different brain networks by monolingual and bilingual young adults performing simple conflict tasks, and the postponement of symptoms of dementia in bilingual older adults. Her current studies are investigating the effects of bilingual education on children’s development and the cognitive and brain consequences of bilingualism in older adults. Among her many awards are the Killam Prize for the Social Sciences (2010), York University President’s Research Award (2009), and the Donald T. Stuss Award for Research Excellence at the Baycrest Geriatric Centre (2005). In 2017 she was granted an honorary doctorate from the University of Oslo for her contributions to research.

Colin Coates holds the Canada Research Chair in Canadian Cultural Landscapes at Glendon College, where he teaches in the Canadian Studies programme. He was director of the Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies from 2011-2015. He was also president of the newly formed Canadian Studies Network - Réseau d'études canadiennes, an association dedicated to the scholarly study of Canada. A specialist in the history of early French Canada and environmental history, he has been conducting research on Canadian utopias since coming to York University in 2003.



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