ANNOUNCING THE 2019/2020 AWARDS FOR DISTINGUISHED AND EARLY STAGE RESEARCH

Congratulations to Dr. Martha Ladly, for receiving the 2019/2020 Award for Distinguished Research, Scholarship & Creative Activity.

Dr. Martha Ladly is an interdisciplinary artist and designer. Her practice-based research takes a feminist approach, employing new technologies with a critical view towards their impacts on human bodies, cultures, and societies. She employs creative practices, narrative methodologies, and sensitive user design principles to approach diverse subject matters. Martha has co-designed mobile applications to investigate community histories (Park Walk); tablet applications to support elders with memory loss (Postcard Memories); and created gesture-based installations to enable video search and display of an historic CBC News corpus (The CBC Newsworld Holodeck). ​

Her current SSHRC funded project, Decoding Origins, has been co-developed with co-Principal Investigator Dr. Katrina Keefer and researcher Kartikay Chadha with an international, multicultural team of researchers. Their work employs art, design, archival research and collection, digitization and data visualization, to uncover and restore African identities and life stories which the slave trade sought to erase. A cautious hope is that the research may soon assist ancestors of enslaved individuals in tracing their origins back to African homelands.

Congratualtions to  Dr. Alia Weston for receiving the 2019/2020 Award for Excellence in Early Research.

Dr. Alia Weston is an Associate Professor of Creative and Business Enterprise. Through her research and practice Alia explores the intersection of business, creativity and social change. She takes a critical theory perspective to question dominant research paradigms and redefine how we understand knowledge; exploring themes such as critical business practice, creative work practices in resource constraints, social innovation in education, and experiential food methodology. Some examples of Alia’s research include the Impact Collective social innovation project (co-directed with Zev Farber, CEAD), Good w/ Food research project (with Zev Farber and Alexandra Hong, CEAD), and Culture Creates Bonds (with Sara Diamond, Marcus Gordon, Rachna Kumar and Zoe Dion-Van Royen). Alia’s work as an educator and researcher is supported by her practice as a designer-entrepreneur. She uses her design practice, the Alia Weston jewelry brand, as a living research project and utilizes insights to teach OCAD U students about the how-to aspects of running a creative business. ​

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Congratulations to Dr. Martha Ladly, for receiving the 2019/2020 Award for Distinguished Research, Scholarship & Creative Activity.

Dr. Martha Ladly is an interdisciplinary artist and designer. Her practice-based research takes a feminist approach, employing new technologies with a critical view towards their impacts on human bodies, cultures, and societies. She employs creative practices, narrative methodologies, and sensitive user design principles to approach diverse subject matters. Martha has co-designed mobile applications to investigate community histories (Park Walk); tablet applications to support elders with memory loss (Postcard Memories); and created gesture-based installations to enable video search and display of an historic CBC News corpus (The CBC Newsworld Holodeck). ​

Her current SSHRC funded project, Decoding Origins, has been co-developed with co-Principal Investigator Dr. Katrina Keefer and researcher Kartikay Chadha with an international, multicultural team of researchers. Their work employs art, design, archival research and collection, digitization and data visualization, to uncover and restore African identities and life stories which the slave trade sought to erase. A cautious hope is that the research may soon assist ancestors of enslaved individuals in tracing their origins back to African homelands.

Congratualtions to  Dr. Alia Weston for receiving the 2019/2020 Award for Excellence in Early Research.

Dr. Alia Weston is an Associate Professor of Creative and Business Enterprise. Through her research and practice Alia explores the intersection of business, creativity and social change. She takes a critical theory perspective to question dominant research paradigms and redefine how we understand knowledge; exploring themes such as critical business practice, creative work practices in resource constraints, social innovation in education, and experiential food methodology. Some examples of Alia’s research include the Impact Collective social innovation project (co-directed with Zev Farber, CEAD), Good w/ Food research project (with Zev Farber and Alexandra Hong, CEAD), and Culture Creates Bonds (with Sara Diamond, Marcus Gordon, Rachna Kumar and Zoe Dion-Van Royen). Alia’s work as an educator and researcher is supported by her practice as a designer-entrepreneur. She uses her design practice, the Alia Weston jewelry brand, as a living research project and utilizes insights to teach OCAD U students about the how-to aspects of running a creative business. ​

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