Important News from the Research Ethics Board

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 2:15pm

REB application submission deadline for winter closure 

All REB applications submitted after December 6, 2019 will receive feedback from January 3, 2020 onwards. The REB does not review applications during the winter closure. 

 

Newly appointed REB Chair 

David Griffin (born Kingston, Jamaica) has been appointed the OCADU REB Chair from September 1, 2019 to August 31, 2021. Dr. Griffin has been a member of the OCADU REB since 2015. He is currently Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Art. Dr. Griffin holds a PhD from the Glasgow School of Art, an MFA from the Pratt Institute, and a BFA degree from Parsons School of Design.   

Dr. Griffin works with drawing and colour, seeking the right question. He has published his theoretical writing on diagrammatic drawing methods and music notation systems most recently in the MIT Press’ Leonardo Journal (2013), and the Intellect Press’ Drawing: research theory practice (2018), and has exhibited and presented his art and scholarship at the New School in New York, RMIT in Melbourne, Brighton University and Cambridge University in the UK, among other places. 

 

New REB members 

  • Dr. Lisa Goos has joined the OCADU as a community member. She is the Director of Clinical Research Services at The Hospital for Sick Children.  Dr. Goos received her Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from York University, and was a CIHR Postdoctoral Fellow in the Program in Neurosciences and Mental Health at The Hospital for Sick Children.  Her area of research specialization was the influence of epigenetic regulatory mechanisms on cognitive development and behaviour.  Dr. Goos has also worked and published extensively in the area of genetic communications, helping scientists and non-scientists engage in informed dialogue and decision-making on the basis of genetic information. An exceptional corporate change agent, Lisa has driven development in the strategic and functional capacity necessary to enable knowledge translation, and facilitated research integration with practice across healthcare, legal and academic settings.    

  • Huda Salha has joined the OCADU REB as a graduate student member. Salha is a candidate in Interdisciplinary Art Media and Design (MFA) at OCAD University. She holds a BFA Honors from York University, Toronto, a B.A. in English Literature, Gaza, in addition to two years in studio art at Athens School of Fine Arts. She is a Palestinian Canadian multidisciplinary artist. Her work explores the historical, cultural and psychological sense of place. She is interested in the way identity and memory are interwoven with place through political and cultural boundaries. Her artworks have been published in online galleries as well as several, magazines, newspapers, art books. Salha has received numerous awards, the most recent is a global award from Britain.  

 

Applications open for new REB members 

The OCADU REB seeks new members to address OCADU’s need for representation from various OCADU community groups. Membership is voluntary and requires time for doing reviews and attending meetings. We are conscious of the gap in Indigenous representation on our REB and are committed to addressing it. The following positions are open: 

  • Full member, Faculty of Art (multiple seats available) 

  • Full member, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences and School of Interdisciplinary (multiple seats available) 

  • Full or Ad Hoc member, Indigenous representative 

  • Undergraduate student member (1 seat available) 

More information about the membership criteria and position expectations are available here

 

New Procedures for OCADU Researchers and Instructors 

1. TCPS2 CORE certificate must be attached to all applications for research ethics approval 

  • All researchers acting under the auspices of OCAD University (OCAD U) who are applying for OCAD U Research Ethics Board approval must complete the Tri-Council Policy Statement:  Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Human Participants (TCPS2): Course on Research Ethics (CORE). Existing TCPS 2: CORE completion certificates must not be dated earlier than 2014. More information available here.  

2. New approach to course-based research ethics applications 

  • A layered approach to Course-based Research (CBR) Ethics Application requirements. More information available here

 

Policy Update: Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS 2) 

The Panel on Research Ethics has released the newly updated TCPS 2 (2018). The updated policy includes new guidance, topics moved from clinical trials (Chapter 11), clarifications, terminology changes, and corrections. The updated policy is accompanied by Highlights of changes: Summary of revisions in TCPS 2 (2018) and How to Address Material Incidental Findings

Some key updates include: 

  • new guidance on research involving communities; 

  • requiring ethics review for course-based research activities; 

  • clarification of institutional responsibilities in supporting researchers being legally compelled to disclose confidential participant information; 

  • clarification of ethics review requirement for pilot studies;  

  • clarification regarding exemption of research involving information that is publicly available through legislation or regulation or that is in the public domain; 

  • details on the management of material incidental findings in different circumstances; and 

  • distinguishing the role of the principal investigator in the context of multi-jurisdictional research. 

OCAD University researchers are encouraged to review the updated policy and accompanying documents. 

 

 

Update: Design Wo/ManifesT.O. 2020

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 1:15pm

Professor Saskia van Kampen (San Francisco State U) and Associate Professor Cheryl Giraudy (OCAD U) have received almost $25,000 under the Canada SSHRC Partner Engage Grant (PEG)
for their Toronto-based research project Design Wo/ManifesT.O. 2020.

“Design speaks to the potential for equitable spaces and attempts to visually and physically represent our collective aspirations for the future”-Colloqate Design

Design Wo/ManifesT.O. 2020, a 4+ phase 2-year research project employing Narrative Inquiry and Participatory Action Research (PAR) methods has been working with Toronto’s municipalities and community members through story-sharing and creative workshops to find unique, ad hoc and grassroots interventions for placemaking in the urban context. The project has now partnered with New Orleans-based, non-profit Colloqate Design for a “Creative Practice as Protest” (CPP) Workshop, and an exciting student/NextGen Ideas Competition that will be funded through the partnership grant. Working with Colloqate Design’s founder, architect Bryan C. Lee, Jr., professors van Kampen and Giraudy will organize two events aimed at youth in the city-an inclusive and respectful design workshop, and a borough-wide placemaking Ideas Competition that addresses pressing community issues. Colloqate states:

“Injustice and inequity manifest relative to their respective context. We see the opportunity to work with OCAD U on this project as a means to grow the base of knowledge around interventions in space outside of a U.S. context. We are attempting to grow the Design Justice field through organizing students, academic theory and community collaboration. This [project] would effectively allow for that  work to develop within the structure of a top-level university.” -Bryan C. Lee, AIA.

Design Wo/ManifesT.O. 2020 overall objectives seek to understand how innovative methods for placemaking emerge at the community level through creative practice, and what will be the longerterm social impact of their  implementation? Toronto has experienced massive growth with both positive and challenging outcomes that come with fast-paced urban sprawl including: racial and economic inequity across neighbourhoods, gentrification of established older neighbourhoods, a growing schism between left and right political perspectives among many other challenges and outcomes. From major infrastructure projects to modernist projects such as New City Hall, or a contentious amalgamation of diverse independent municipalities, there is a zeitgeist of Toronto as a collection of evolving neighbourhoods connected by a transit network that everyone loves to
complain about. The project is positioned to understand how each of Toronto’s six distinct boroughs with vastly different history, demographics, neighbourhood character, and other qualities generate ad
hoc placemaking with creative practice such as art and design as the catalyst. The research work has an inclusive design focus, which expands our thinking about accessible environments by considering cultural, ethnic,  racial and other areas of ‘difference’. Incorporating Inclusive Design (Altay & Demirkan), along with Experiential Learning (Kolb, Fry, et. al.) and Reflective Practice (Roland) the project relates success in placemaking to how people with lived-experiences of spaces drive the planning process to become active participants in co-design of communities.

Through the partnership grant, professors Giraudy and van Kampen aim to inspire NextGen creative thinkers in the city to continue to build and nurture a society that lives up to Toronto’s global reputation as one of the most livable, multicultural urban areas in the world. Following this phase of participatory research, the team hope to leverage it as a case study for similar activities at San Francisco State University over the coming years, where both theoretical and practice-based outcomes can be applied.

 

References:

  • Altay, B. & Demirkan, H. (2014). Inclusive Design: Developing Students’ Knowledge and Attitude Through Empathic Modelling. International Journal of Inclusive Education 18(2), 196–217 Eisinger, P. (2000). The Politics of Bread and Circuses: Building the City for the Visitor Class. Urban Affairs Review, 35(3), 316–333. 
  • Lee, Bryan, C. (2019). Colloqate Design.. Retrieved from colloqate.org/about
  • Project for Public Spaces. Home. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.pps.org/Toronto.ca. (1998–2019). Moving to Toronto. toronto.ca/community-people/moving-to-toronto/.
  • Roland, K. (2017). Experiential Learning: Learning through Reflective Practice International Journal for Cross-Disciplinary Subjects in Education (IJCDSE), Volume 8, Issue, 2983-2989. Retrieved from https://infonomics-society.org/ijcdse/published-papers/volume-8-2017/
  • Zitcer, A. (2018). Making Up Creative Placemaking. Journal of Planning Education and Research.
  • doi:10.1177/0739456x18773424
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SSHRC Insight Development Grant Infosession and Grant Writing Workshop #1

Poster for IDG infosessions
Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 11:30am to 1:30pm

An information session on the SSHRC Insight Development Grant will be held between 11:30am - 12:30pm.

Grant Writing Workshop 1: The Core Proposal, will be held from 12:30pm-1:30pm.

Please RSVP to research@ocadu.ca if you would like to attend. 

Venue & Address: 
RHA 701K, 205 Richmond St. West
Website: 
https://www2.ocadu.ca/news/research-office-hosts-grant-writing-workshops-and-information-sessions
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research@ocadu.ca
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Free
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Research Office Hosts Grant Writing Workshops and Information Sessions

Poster for IDG infosessions
Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - 12:00pm

The Office of Research & Innovation is hosting information sessions and grant writing workshops in advance of the Social Sciences and Humanities (SSHRC) Insight Development Grant submission deadline in February 2020. The SSHRC IDG provides up to $75,000 over two years to support research in its initial stages. 

This funding is especially applicable to emerging scholars and supports the development of new research questions and/or approaches.

Three identical sessions will be held for the SSHRC IDG. More sessions may be available, depending on demand.

  • IDG Information Session 1 (in-person): October 17, 11:30am - 12:30pm
  • IDG Information Session 2 (in-person): October 22, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
  • IDG Information Session 3 (online): October 30, 11:00am - 12:00pm
    • Registration is required for the online session. The meeting ID is 315-174-308

Four interactive workshops will be held, each covering a different component of a standard research grant application. While the sessions will be applicable to any research grant application, they will be modeled closest to typical SSHRC grants. If you are unable to attend all the workshops, select the ones that are most applicable to you. Please reach out if you have further questions about the focus of any of the workshops.

  • Workshop 1: The Core Proposal: October 17, 12:30pm-1:30pm
  • Workshop 2: Online Forms and Additional Information: October 22, 3:00pm-4:00pm
  • Workshop 3: Budget: October 30, 12:00pm-1:00pm
  • Workshop 4: Summary and Pulling it All Together: November 6, 1:00pm-2:00pm

All infosessions and workshops will take place in Rm. RHA 701K, 205 Richmond St. West. 

Please RSVP to research@ocadu.ca if you would like to attend. 

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THIS IS RESEARCH, V3

James Miller's research poster
Gabrielle Moser's research poster
Alia Weston's research poster
Lynne Milgram's research poster
Wednesday, August 28, 2019 - 12:45pm

OCAD University faculty are engaged in inclusive, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research that audaciously and responsibly pursues the questions of our time.“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. The third iteration features the work of Dr. Gabrielle Moser, Dr. James Miller, Dr. Lynne Milgram, and Dr. Alia Weston.The first and and second versions of this campaign are available at https://www2.ocadu.ca/news/this-is-research and https://www2.ocadu.ca/news/this-is-research-v2.

Stay tuned for more releases coming soon!

PDF versions are available for download below. If you would like your research to be profiled through “THIS IS RESEARCH,” please contact our office at research@ocadu.ca.

SSHRC Representative Campus Visit

Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:30am

The presentation will focus on Insight and Insight Development Grants and may be of interest to researchers working in the fields of architecture, design, creative writing, visual arts (e.g., painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, textiles), performing arts (e.g., dance, music, theatre), film, video, performance art, interdisciplinary arts, media and electronic arts, and new artistic practices.

The presentation will be open to researchers and research administrators affiliated with post-secondary institutions in the Toronto area.

A question and answer period will follow the presentation and SSHRC representatives will be available between 1:00-3:00 pm for informal drop-in sessions with the possibility of smaller group discussions and face-to-face meetings in the afternoon. The location for these informal sessions will be confirmed closer to the date.

Please RSVP to Melissa Golberg, mgolberg@ocadu.ca, by Tuesday, September 3rd.  

Venue & Address: 
MCA 190, 100 McCaul Street,Toronto M5T 1W1
Email: 
research@ocadu.ca
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Free

DAVID GRIFFIN PARTICIPATES IN A VISUAL-LITERACY RESEARCH PROJECT

Assistant Professor David Griffin (Faculty of Art) is participating in a visual literacy research project led by The Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s Innovation Lab in collaboration with Vanderbilt University, the Ontario College of Art and Design University, and the State University of New York at Buffalo.The project, a scientific study testing whether visual art training can enhance visual perception and visual cognition skills, was one of fifteen supported by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Research: Art Works program.

David's contribution includes designing and scripting a set of visual training modules, to be delivered in the form of half-hour videos. The script exploits the perceptual-analytics of Rudolf Arnheim to take participants through a set of concepts familiar to artists and designers -- concepts like symmetry, shape, pattern, light and dark, and composition. Participants will do entry and exit reflections, which Vanderbilt vision researchers will analyse, looking for changes, and a sense that increased visual skills in an art context increases visual acuity and skills acquisition in broader areas such as mathematics, spatial perception etc. Since little is known about individual differences in visual perception, the findings from this project will garner attention from practitioners and researchers in a variety of fields. If the findings are positive, the team plans to use this information to develop a curriculum for enhancing high-level visual skills for the general population. To learn more about the project, please see https://www2.ocadu.ca/news/david-griffin-participating-in-a-visual-literacy-research-project.

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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR CANADIAN ART TEACHER JOURNAL, GUEST EDITED BY PAM PATTERSON

Assistant Professor Pam Patterson (Faculty of Art) is the guest editor of the spring 2020 issue of The Canadian Art Teacher (CAT), a peer-reviewed journal published semi-annually by the Canadian Society for Education through Art and edited by April Mandrona. The goal of the journal is to enable the exchange of exciting teaching ideas, to disseminate novel art education research, and to discuss pertinent issues in the field. Readers and contributors include artists, educators, and researchers interested in teaching and learning in the visual arts.

The theme of this issue is art education, trauma, and difficult knowledges. Submissions from art and design educators are welcome! CAT invites teachers and scholars to explore within themselves and with their students artistic and pedagogical responses to complex and potentially “difficult knowledges” and trauma.

Contributions may be theoretical or practical in nature, and submissions may include: scholarly research papers; reports; creative content such as photo essays; reviews of books (academic, children’s, or art), exhibitions, or resources; and lesson/project ideas. For more information, see the call for proposals (attached here).

An expression of interest (approx. 200 words) is requested September 15, 2019 and a full, final submission is due November 15, 2019.  Inquiries and submissions may be directed to Pam Patterson at ppatterson@faculty.ocadu.ca.

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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR CANADIAN ART TEACHER JOURNAL, GUEST EDITED BY PAM PATTERSON

Monday, July 22, 2019 - 1:30pm

Assistant Professor Pam Patterson (Faculty of Art) is the guest editor of the spring 2020 issue of The Canadian Art Teacher (CAT), a peer-reviewed journal published semi-annually by the Canadian Society for Education through Art, edited by April Mandrona. The goal of the journal is to enable the exchange of exciting teaching ideas, to disseminate novel art education research, and to discuss pertinent issues in the field. Readers and contributors include artists, educators, and researchers interested in teaching and learning in the visual arts.

The theme of this issue is art education, trauma, and difficult knowledges. Submissions from art and design educators are welcome! CAT invites teachers and scholars to explore within themselves and with their students artistic and pedagogical responses to complex and potentially “difficult knowledges” and trauma.

Contributions may be theoretical or practical in nature, and submissions may include: scholarly research papers; reports; creative content such as photo essays; reviews of books (academic, children’s, or art), exhibitions, or resources; and lesson/project ideas. For more information, see the call for proposals (attached below).

An expression of interest (approx. 200 words) is requested September 15, 2019 and a full, final submission is due November 15, 2019.  Inquiries and submissions may be directed to Pam Patterson at ppatterson@faculty.ocadu.ca.

INAUGURAL EVENT OF ASIA-GLOBAL-CULTURAL-STUDIES-FORUM (AGCSF)

Photograph of Dr. Park and speaker conversing with audience at the AGCSF event.

The inaugural event of the Asia-Global-Cultural-Studies-Forum (AGCSF) facilitated by Dr. Soyang Park (LASSIS) was successfully held on May 17, 1-6 pm in room 115 at 205 Richmond St. West. 11 speakers presented their research, creations, community activities/entrepreneurship on and dealing with diverse topics concerning the issues in Asia and the Asia-Global. The presenters and discussants consisted of OCAD U student-researchers from both undergrad and graduate programs, OCAD U faculty members, graduate researchers from other institutions (UofT), and a professional (the founder of Tea Base).

Topics dealt with at this event included: the art, creation, media, and strategies concerning, multiculturalism, cosmopolitanism, (techno-)orientalism, memory/trauma, multi-directionality, race and gender, the matriarchic history of Vietnam, the colonial history of Philippines, K-pop and Korean pop cultural industry, the intersection of racial and sexual oppression in Canada, and the visual strategies of the artists working in-between cultures. 

Congratulations to Dr. Park and coordinators Yilong Liu and Richard Luong on such a lively and inclusive event!

To learn more about the AGCSF, please visit https://www2.ocadu.ca/research/spark/project/asia-global-cultural-studies-forum and https://asiaglobalculturalstudiesforum.wordpress.com/

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