Faculty of Design instructors to share research presented at UK conference

Monday, March 16, 2015 - 4:00am

On Thursday, March 19, 2015, OCAD University Faculty of Design members Nancy Snow and Saskia van Kampen will share their experiences with and insights into the integration of writing in the design process. This talk will be based on a paper Nancy and Saskia presented at the Designing Critical Messages Symposium, recently held at Plymouth University in the United Kingdom.

Titled Learning through and from Process: Studying the Benefits of Reflective Studio Practice, Nancy and Sakia’s paper described a framework developed for a study underway at OCAD U in Communication Design 2. This research project – a collaboration among Nancy, Saskia and Emilie Brancato (ELL Specialist, Writing and Learning Centre) – examines whether a more holistic inclusion of writing in the design process can help students engage more critically with their making and help them to conduct more purposeful critiquing of their peers’ work. Nancy, Saskia and Emilie are documenting students’ perceptions of themselves as writers and makers as they embark upon theoretical and empirical research, peer-to-peer criticism and self-reflection. The project is part of OCAD U’s Writing Across the Curriculum initiative.

When: Thursday, March 19, 2015 (12 p.m. to 1 p.m.)

Where: Sharp Centre for Design, Room 530, 100 McCaul St.

Research Rendezvous

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

 This is a monthly lunchtime series for faculty to share and learn about research at OCAD U. This month we have two presenters, Richard Garvin and Nabil Harfoush. 

Presenter 1: Richard Garvin, Faculty of Design

Project Title: City VTOL Concept: Commercial Application in Urban Settings

Abstract: Ever been stuck in traffic? We all have and Toronto’s infrastructure pales in comparison to other large metropolitan cities across North America and the world. Not to mention cities that are growing with larger populations. In developing nations the growth of the middle class shows individuals and families aspire to own a car. Our collective growth is outstepping our ability or space for new roads or public transportation networks.  Commercial commerce is also as dependent on our road network; this includes delivery and transport trucks, first responders, anything essentially on wheels.  This project is inspired by Google’s concept to utilize small programmed drones to deliver books or carry size light objects.  Much the way society has benefited from innovations developed by NASA for the space program, we can do the same with selected military aviation.  The objective of this study is to utilize innovation currently in use and repurpose it to serve high density urban settings. This new craft has multiple role applications; it is what Chrysler did with the Mini-Van redefining a whole new category of transportation.  Presently, nothing like it exists. This innovative idea applies to scenarios on a global scale.

Presenter 2: Nabil Harfoush, Faculty of Design/MDEs in Strategic Foresight & Innovation (sLab)

Project Title: Strongly Sustainable Business Model Group

Abstract: How can organizations become sustainable in economic, social and environmental dimensions, and contribute to a new sustainable economy? Sustainability can be approached in many ways and from numerous perspectives. At Strategic Innovation Lab (sLab), the multi-disciplinary Strongly Sustainable Business Model Group (SSBMG) has chosen to explore sustainability from the perspective of business models. The SSBMG was founded with the objective of accelerating the transition of Small & Medium Enterprises (SME) to sustainability and providing a focal point for collaboration in applied research on this topic. SMEs form the largest majority of companies in all North American geographies.  The presentation will provide an overview of the various research streams of research within the group, results achieved and future plans.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 100 McCaul St. Lambert Lounge, Room 187

3MT 2015: Three Minute Thesis Competition

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Monday, March 9, 2015 - 5:00pm to 9:00pm

The challenge:

In three minutes or less, using a single “slide”, convey the essence and importance of your Thesis or MRP research
The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is an academic competition that fosters effective presentation and communication skills among graduate students. Participants have just three minutes to explain the breadth and significance of their research project to a non-specialist audience. This year the regional competition will be held at the University of Western Ontario (http://grad.uwo.ca/3mt/).

3MT was developed by The University of Queensland in 2008, and is now held at twelve countries around the world. The Office of Graduate Studies is hosting OCAD University’s competition on March 9th, 2015.

The best presentation will go on to represent OCAD University at the provincial finals to be hosted at Western University, in London, Ontario, on April 23, 2015. The top presenter, runner up will receive cash prizes and travel support to attend the provincial event. The audience will also have a chance to vote their favorite presentation for the “People’s Choice” award.

Want to know more about 3MT? Check out their website here: http://threeminutethesis.org/

Eligibility: OCAD U Master's students who have an approved thesis or Major Research Project (MRP) proposal on file with the Office of Graduate Studies.

• A single, static PowerPoint slide is permitted
o no animation or movement
o No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files)
o No additional props (e.g. costumes or instruments)
• Must present in-person
• Must relate directly to student’s thesis/dissertation research
• Presentations limited to 3 minutes
• Adjudicating panel decisions are final


• 1st Place - $750 with travel support to attend the regional competition at the University of Western Ontario
• 2nd Place -$500
• People’s Choice - $100 Gift Card

If you’d like to participate in this great opportunity, please contact the Graduate Studies office to have an application form sent to you. You must submit a completed 3MT application to the Office of Graduate Studies (digitally) no later than Friday, February 27th, 2015.

For more information please contact the Office of Graduate Studies:

Telephone: 416 977 6000 x423 - Please clearly state your interest in 3MT at the beginning of your message and leave a return phone number or email address.
Email: gradstudies@ocadu.ca - Please include "3MT" in the subject of your email
Twitter: @OCADUgrad
Facebook www.facebook.com/OCADUniversity

Venue & Address: 
Lambert Lounge: Room 187 100 McCaul Street Toronto Ontario M5T 1W1
http://Local Competition: grad.uwo.ca/3mt/ International 3MT: threeminutethesis.org/
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Causing An Effect

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 5:00am to Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 5:00am

Exhibition of Changemakers, Uncertainty, and Images of the Future. Strategic Foresight and Innovation (SFI) student research project by Kelly Kornet. 

Causing An Effect explores how people transform into changemakers, overcoming uncertainty to lead active lives towards a preferred future for themselves and their communities. 

Opening Night

​​Wednesday January 28, 6 to 9 p.m.

Exhibition Dates

Thursday January 29, ​10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

​Friday January 30, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

​Saturday January 31, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University Graduate Gallery 105 Richmond St.
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Research Seed Grants and industry partnership news

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 8:30pm

OCAD University Office of Research is pleased to announce the following grant and award recipients: 

SSHRC Institutional Grants, Fall 2014

  • Robert Diaz, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Unsettling the Canadian Global City: Queer Filipino/as and Diasporic Imaginaries
  • Lynne Milgram, Professor, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences, From Market to Market: Filipino-Toronto Entrepreneurs Refashion a Transnational Business Landscape
  • Gabrielle Moser, Lecturer, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Developing Historical Negatives: Picturing Race and Citizenship in the Canadian Photographic Archive

OCAD U Research Seed Grants, Fall 2014

  • Greg Sims, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Design, Products Design for Sustainable 3D Printed Matter
  • Alia Weston, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Activate Enterprise: Business Innovation, and Entrepreneurship Development in a Post-Crisis Economy

CORUS Seed Grants, Fall 2014

  • Kate Hartman, Associate Professor, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Concentration-Activated Wearables
  • Barbara Rauch, Associate Professor, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Making Process: A Temporal Aesthetics Surface Investigation

The above grants have a value of $2500.


Prof. Judith Doyle’s installation PointCloud is being hosted by Telus Corporation. Prof. Doyle’s project will be installed in the Telus Innovation Centre.

CineFocus, a resident of the Imagination Catalyst (ICAT), was awarded a $10,000 investment by the Imagination Fund.

Twenty One Toys, another ICAT participant, was included in the roundup of Best Kid’s Design of 2014 by FastCoDesign.

How to Avoid Written Plagiarism Workshop

Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

This workshop will answer your questions about what plagiarism is and clarify the process of citing your sources in written work. It will also introduce you to some practical strategies for reading, note-taking and writing research papers, so you can learn to put your unique voice in a kind of “conversation” with your research sources. This helps avoid written plagiarism but also helps you compose a better piece of writing.

Venue & Address: 
Room 1512, Level 5, 113 McCaul Street
416-6000, ext. 229

REB Workshop for Graduate Students

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 8:00pm


Whether the research is unfunded or funded, whether the funding is internal or external, or whether the research will or will not be submitted for publication, Research Ethics Board approval is required.

This workshop will provide graduate student focused insight into the REB process.

Any OCAD U research that involves living human participants or human biological materials (whether from living or deceased individuals) must be reviewed and approved by the Research Ethics Board (REB) of the university. Research projects or pilots (including student projects/training, feasibility studies, etc.) conducted under the auspices of OCAD U and using human participants require ethics approval before the research may begin.

- See more at: http://www.ocadu.ca/research/research-ethics-board.htm#sthash.GmTcasUo.dpuf

Venue & Address: 
Room 7301 3rd Floor, 205 Richmond Street West Toronto, Ontario
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Curiosity Shop

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Monday, March 24, 2014 - 4:00am

Organized by the Council of Ontario Universities Research Matters

Research Matters is traveling across the province to ask Ontarians to tell us the questions you’ve always wanted to have answered. Get your photo snapped at the Curiosity Shop or share your question on our Post-it wall, and your question might be selected to be answered by an Ontario researcher.

Venue & Address: 
Main Lobby 100 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario

3 Minute Thesis (3MT)

3 Minute Thesis Competition
Friday, February 7, 2014 - 2:00pm to 9:00pm

An opportunity to present your thesis or MRP topic to the community, gain feedback, and network

Three Minute Thesis (3MT™) is a research communication competition which challenges graduate students to present a compelling oration on their thesis (or major research project) and its significance in just three minutes in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. 3MT is an exercise in consolidating and clarifying research discoveries in a clear and compact manner.

OCAD University’s 3MT competition is an excellent opportunity for the OCAD U community to hear about the dynamic work of graduate students at OCAD U. Students will present concise summations of the research they are conducting for their thesis or MRP and how they are pushing the limits of traditional art, design and academia.
The competition will start at 10 a.m. on Friday, February 7, 2014 in the Auditorium (Room 190) at 100 McCaul Street. The top two presenters will also represent OCAD University at the second annual, province-wide 3MT™ competition in April at McMaster University.

We hope to see you then!

Office of Graduate Studies
205 Richmond Street West, Level 5

3MT History
The first 3MT was held at UQ in 2008 with 160 RHD students competing. In 2009 and 2010 the 3MT competition was promoted to other Australian and New Zealand universities and enthusiasm for the concept grew. Due to its adoption in numerous universities, a multi-national event was developed, and the Inaugural Trans-Tasman 3MT competition was held at UQ in 2010.

During 2011 and 2012 the 3MT competition became even more widely known throughout the world and is now held in twelve countries.

See some of the past 3MT presentations from around the world here: http://threeminutethesis.org/3mt-showcase

Venue & Address: 
Auditorium Room 190 100 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario
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Dot Tuer receives OCAD U Award for Distinguished Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity

Dot Tuer. Photo by Christina Gapic.
Friday, June 7, 2013 - 3:00pm

OCAD University recognized Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences and School of Interdisciplinary Studies Professor Dr. Dot Tuer with its 2013 Award for Distinguished Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity at the university’s convocation ceremony on Thursday, June 6.

The Award is conferred on the basis of a strong portfolio of research, scholarship and creative activity, and the impact that activity has had on the broad spectrum of art and design research and practice internationally. The award also recognizes contributions toward undergraduate and graduate research and scholarly training.

Dr. Tuer’s contribution of a critical voice to contemporary Canadian art that embraces historical and cultural breadth distinguishes her accomplishments as a scholar and teacher. As exemplified by her collection of essays, Mining the Media Archive (2005), her writings explore the artistic practices of new media, photography and performance in the larger context of the Americas, and the relationship of cultural expression to issues of colonialism, technology and social memory. In the past year, her curation of the highly regarded Art Gallery of Ontario exhibition Frida and Diego: Passion, Politics, and Painting represents a significant milestone of creative and scholarly achievement. This laudable exhibition followed the completion of her PhD in Latin American history.

Dr. Tuer’s colleagues regard her as a leader in her fields of study at both national and international levels. “Dot maintains both a tremendous diversity and a tremendous depth in her scholarly practice,” wrote Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences associate deans Dr. Robin Kingsburgh and Eric Nay in their nomination letter. “Her scholarly work has created value within the OCAD U community, the artistic and cultural communities of Toronto and, globally, for a number of years.”

The importance of Dr. Tuer’s scholarship in addressing Canadian and Latin American post-colonial perspectives is recognized through numerous Canada Council and Ontario Arts Council awards and SSHRC research grants. As a member of the Toronto Photography Seminar, which has been funded by SSHRC since 2007, she has pursued her research interest in photography and new media art as socially engaged practices. As co-applicant on the Canadian Consortium of Performance and Politics in the Americas — a SSHRC Partnership Grant led by Peter Kulchyski at the University of Manitoba and affiliated with the Hemispheric Institute in New York City that has just been awarded $2.5-million in funding over seven years — Dr. Tuer will play a significant role as chair of the curatorial committee and board member.

This SSHRC Partnership Grant includes OCAD U as an institutional collaborator and will offer substantial research and travel opportunities for the university’s students. This summer two OCAD U graduate students are funded through the grant to attend a course hosted by the Hemispheric Institute in Chiapas, Mexico and Dr. Tuer will join them for a capstone celebration of performance and activism. In addition, the grant will support Dr. Tuer’s participation in the Hemispheric Institute’s Encuentro hosted by Concordia University in Montreal in 2014, as well as her individual research initiatives.

For more than two decades, Dr. Tuer’s commitment to a research practice that is academically rigorous and community-based has resulted in a lengthy publication list of books, chapters in books, and essays in contemporary art magazines and refereed journals; service on public gallery boards, juries, and editorial boards; participation in research groups, public conferences, symposia, panels, and workshops; and the realization of diverse curatorial projects.  With the completion of the AGO exhibition Frida and Diego marking a watershed moment in a long and distinguished career, Dr. Tuer is at work on two new book projects, the first exploring the thematic of historical memory in Canadian art and the second the relationship of witnessing to testimony in Latin American photography.