Wapatah Centre Purchases Access to 3 Indigenous Databases for OCAD Students and Faculty

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Dr. Gerald McMaster and team are happy to announce that the Wapatah: Centre for Indigenous Visual Knowledge has funded a three year access to three Indigenous Database research collections for all OCAD’s students and faculty members:

With the support from Wapatah and Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), OCAD University’s community can now access an array of journals and publications focused on Indigenous perspectives, artworks, languages, storytelling, histories, and ways of knowing.

We would also like to thank Alex Homanchuk, Head of E-Resources and E-Learning, and Leila Talei, Research Project Officer, for their continued help in securing access to these resources.

Informit Indigenous Collection

This collection covers both topical and historical issues within Indigenous studies and encompasses multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research in anthropology, colonial and post-colonial studies, cultural studies, history, human geography, law and land rights, and visual and performing arts. This database includes more than 20,000 full-text articles, conference papers and reports from the United States, Canada, Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, and New Zealand, published between 1973 – present.

EBSCO Bibliography of Native Americas

This bibliographic database covers a variety of subjects pertaining to the culture and history of Indigenous communities in North America, and includes more than 140,000 citations from books, essays, journal articles, and government documents of the United States and Canada.

ABC-CLIO The American Indian Experience: The American Mosaic

This database includes over 2,000 primary and secondary sources, including treaties, biographical narratives, stories, speeches, maps, and images, that highlight the historical and contemporary cultural practices and perspectives of more than 150 Indigenous communities across North America.

We encourage all of OCAD University’s students and faculty to engage with the three Databases as research resources and teaching tools, as well as a way to extend knowledge building and sharing.

Dr. Gerald McMaster

Wapatah Team

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Message from the REB Regarding COVID-19

A message from David Griffin, PhD, Chair of the OCAD University Research Ethics Board (OCAD U REB)

RE: OCAD U REB guidance and business continuity plan amidst COVID-19 Outbreak

The OCAD U REB shall continue to accept applications for REB review online via the ROMEO Researcher Portal . The review of applications and provision of feedback shall proceed as usual with possible delays due to the current circumstances.

The OCAD U REB advises investigators to modify research activities to adapt to the current reality of human interactions. The REB will work on case-by-case basis with individual researchers to identify a best path forward that respects our obligations to each other as citizens, using both the TCSP2 and current national health communications. Please refer the Toronto Public Health website for up-to-date information.

In light of the current issue, modifications of research protocols approved by the REB (or in process) may be identified and developed, where necessary, including the limiting of personal and participant interactions, or the establishment of new communications strategies (e.g. online, teleconferencing). Researchers should also consider eliminating field visits, laboratory visits, or trips into populated locations such as malls, clinics, and hospitals. Again, follow the advice of Toronto Public Health.

Most importantly, researchers should attune themselves to new forms of risk that may arise from any changes, including risk that may arise by switching from in-person to virtual communication. Remember that in situations where participants or research staff report feeling unwell, care should be taken to isolate for prevention of viral transmission. If COVID-19 is known or suspected, Public Health Ontario protocols should be followed.

Modifications in new and ongoing applications may be necessary, where changes are being integrated into the research method/timeline as a response to health and civic recommendations. Revised consent forms or addenda may be required (e.g., to update privacy considerations with use of different communication channels). These changes must be reported within 5 days of their implementation through the ROMEO Researcher Portal. The REB will refer to the TCPS2 and current health advisement and respond to updated research applications within approximately 10 working days or fewer (depending on the nature of changes and their complexity).

A reminder that where the research involves assessments and use of equipment, disinfection according to manufacturer’s standards where applicable is paramount, and use of single use accessories is advisable. In the absence of manufacturers standards, thorough cleaning between participants is advised. Please consult OCAD University’s website for up-to-date information regarding University operations: https://www.ocadu.ca/about/coronavirus Please direct any questions or concerns to research@ocadu.ca.

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COVID-19 Anxiety: Location, Refuge and Loss

Daniel Payne,Vanitas painting: Homage to Clara Peeters. A librarian seated at a table with precious objects in the time of covid-19. 2020.

COVID-19 Anxiety: Location, Refuge and Loss is a collaborative creation research project led by Dr. Pam Patterson, Assistant Professor, TIS, Faculty of Art, with Daniel Payne, OCAD U Library and Joanna Black, University of Manitoba. It is being funded by an OCAD U Seed Grant, a Canada Council Strategic Initiatives Digital Futures COVID-19 Grant, and a University of Manitoba Creative Works Grant. Researchers have been exploring the generative potential of working in joyful, vulnerable, and committed communities of practice. Accepting anxiety as a given, as inherent in creative making, and during this pandemic, they are exploring mutually supportive pedagogies among themselves, with Gallery 1313, Toronto, and with OCADU and University of Manitoba students. Creating a resource rich environment for learning, they are developing curricular resources and teaching and learning models that are being articulated as individually expressive research results.

To attend the Fall Speaker Series, please see here: https://www.ocadu.ca/news/covid-19-and-anthropocene-ocad-u-speakers-series ,
To view the website (in progress), please see: http://covid19anxiety.ca/

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How Dr. Jutta Treviranus and the Inclusive Design Research Centre are Responding to Curren

Dr. Jutta Treviranus, director of OCAD University's Inclusive Design Research Centre (IDRC), provided an interview on her recent essay (It’s time to drop “Darwinism” and listen to Darwin and his successors on human evolution), recent interview (‘Designing a Future Where Everyone Counts'; on The Laura Flanders Show), and the effect the current pandemic has had on the work of the IDRC.

To read about ways in which the IDRC is working to respond to current challenges, please read 'Defending the vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic.'

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THIS IS RESEARCH V4

Sarah Tranum, "CleanCube Project" Poster
Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 11:30am

The Office of Research & Innovation is excited to launch the fourth iteration of the "This is Research" campaign to raise awareness about research at OCAD University. This volume features work by Julius Manapul, Veronika Szudlarek, Sarah Tranum, Pam Patterson, Cindy Poremba, and Nithikul Nimkulrat.

OCAD University faculty are engaged in inclusive, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research that audaciously and responsibly pursues the questions of our time.

THIS IS RESEARCH features posters and media showcasing the many forms of research at the University. You can see the first set of these on the many screens across campus and our website.

In concert with provincial efforts being coordinated through the Council of Ontario Universities, “THIS IS RESEARCH” will help to raise the profile of research performed across faculties by the creative professionals, scholars, and strategic thinkers that make up our research community.

Please join us in celebrating research at OCADU!

If you would like your research to be profiled through “THIS IS RESEARCH” please contact our office at research@ocadu.ca.

Poster: 
Julius Manapul, "Erasing a Country: An On-Going Series of Research" Poster
Nithikul Nimkulrat, "Experiential Craft: Handmade and Gestural Knowledge in Analog-Digital Material Practice" Poster
Pam Patterson, "Land Liminality Loss" Poster
Cindy Poremba, "VVV: Volumetric Video in Videogames" Poster
Veronika Szudlarek, "Virtual Paint Jam" Poster

OCAD University to Participate in CRAM

Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 2:45pm

On April 5, 2019 OCAD University will be participating in CRAM.

CRAM is the very FIRST event of its kind - a research learning festival for the public that opens the doors to the transformative thinking of Toronto’s universities. University of Toronto, OCAD University, Ryerson University and York University will be participating. It’s about universities working together to bridge the gap between research and community by sharing the research that goes on in these institutions to promote public engagement with a changing world. The public is aware of only a small fraction of the research that goes on in Toronto’s universities. This event will create the opportunity to showcase creative and critical thinking across a multitude of disciplines to better inform the public of how knowledge generated from research will impact our lives. Come join us on April 5, 2019.

To view the CRAM splash page go to https://cramtoronto.com .

THIS IS RESEARCH

"This is Research" Poster: one and the same
"This is Research" Poster: Depth Clouds
Monday, January 28, 2019 - 2:00pm

The Office of Research & Innovation is excited to announce the launch of a new campaign to raise awareness about research at OCAD University: “THIS IS RESEARCH.”

OCAD University faculty are engaged in inclusive, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research that audaciously and responsibly pursues the questions of our time.

THIS IS RESEARCH features posters and media showcasing the many forms of research at the University. You can see the first set of these on the many screens across campus and our website.

In concert with provincial efforts being coordinated through the Council of Ontario Universities, “THIS IS RESEARCH” will help to raise the profile of research performed across faculties by the creative professionals, scholars, and strategic thinkers that make up our research community.

Please join us in celebrating research at OCADU!

If you would like your research to be profiled through “THIS IS RESEARCH” please contact our office at research@ocadu.ca.

Poster: 
"This is Research" Poster: Quipucamayoc
"This is Research" Poster: Monarch
"This is Research" Poster: INHABITAT
"This is Research" Poster: One Hundred Thousand Lousy Cats