Feature Stories

DSW students document first voyage into research on YouTube

Students from Fanshawe’s Development Services Worker (DSW) program have created a YouTube video reflecting on their first experience with research. The six students – under the supervision of principal investigator Prof. Karen Klee – participated in a 15-week project entitled Evaluating an Abuse Prevention Education Curriculum. The project involved 74 participants with an intellectual disability and was a partnership between Community Living London, Community Living Elgin, Wilfrid Laurier University and Fanshawe. The work was presented at the recent Ontario Association for Developmental Disabilities (OADD) conference, where it was well received by the audience of DSW professionals, educators and students. Presenters were Prof. Klee and students Grace Merrifield, Holly Morris, John Paul Thomas, Fredy Rodriquez, Brittany May and Samantha Germaniuk. Ms. Merrifield produced, edited and scored the video.


Significant rise in funding, partnerships for colleges in 2013/14, says CICan

Canada’s public colleges and institutes received 19% more in Government of Canada research funding in 2013/14, says College and Institutes Canada (CICan). Federal research funding programs contributed $85,124,512 to colleges and institutes last fiscal year, according to Accelerating Business and Community Innovation, CICan's seventh annual environment scan. This represents a 19% increase over 2012/13. Research grants from provincial and territorial governments also rose by 9% and 10% respectively. This brings the total 2013/14 funding from all levels of government to colleges to $207 million, a 12% increase over the previous year. In addition, colleges saw a 3% increase in the number of companies turning to them for R&D help, with a 9% rise in private sector contributions. In 2013/14, 5,633 companies engaged in research with colleges, contributing $78,275,674 to college-industry projects. Seventy-seven percent (77%) of those companies were small and medium-sized enterprises and most were in business and industry. Other statistics of interest:

  • 2,491 college and institute faculty and staff participated in applied research in 2013/14, a 8% increase
  • 32,093 students engaged in applied research, up 9% from the previous year
  • Canadian colleges reported 1,083 areas of specialization in energy, environmental, health, information/communications technologies, manufacturing, natural resources and social innovation research


Congratulations to the first graduates of Demystifying Research and Innovation!

first graduating class research workshop

Congratulations to the participants of Fanshawe’s inaugural Demystifying Research and Innovation in Your College Program workshop. The workshop was a collaborative effort by Organization Development & Learning (OD&L), the Centre for Academic Excellence (CAE) and the Centre for Research and Innovation (CRI). The workshop will be offered again in the Spring 2015, Fall 2015 and Winter 2016 terms. If you are interested, you can register onFanshaweLearns. Pictured from left to right (first row): Amy Mitchell; Donna Sevenpifer; Megan Anderson; Shannon Webb; and Adam Casey. Back row: Brian Hillier; Michael Jennings; James Mallory; William Pol; and Mary Harrison. Photo by John Sing.


Combined Research and Innovation Day shows innovation thrives at Fanshawe

Fanshawe recently hosted its annual Research and Innovation Day, a celebration that brought faculty, staff, students and industry partners together to highlight ongoing and completed research and social innovation projects carried out over the past year. The March 18 event combined the previously separate faculty and student research days into one.

Dan Douglas, Dean of the Centre for Research and Innovation, says this year’s event took on added significance because 2015 marks the 10th anniversary of the College’s formal entry into research activities. “Fanshawe strives to be a leader in research and innovation by making it a priority component of the exceptional student experience at the College,” he says. “The energy and enthusiasm I’ve seen from our students, faculty and industry partners today tells me that we’re on the right track. Innovation does indeed thrive here.”

The day began at 10 a.m. with a series of faculty presentations in the T Building mezzanine before moving to the Scotiabank Lecture theatre for a keynote address by the Honourable Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology). Holder set the stage, talking about the importance of fostering an interest in science and technology among Ontario’s youth. His remarks were followed by an engaging panel discussion on the future of research and innovation in London with London Deputy Mayor Paul Hubert, Kapil Lakhotia, president and CEO of the London Economic Development Corporation, and Glen Burston, technical operations manager with Hudson Boat Works, one of Fanshawe’s industry partners.

The remainder of the event centered on the James A. Colvin Atrium, where 22 groups of students presented their research findings to about 300 visitors who filed into the space over the course of the event. The students also presented their findings to a panel of judges – comprised of Fanshawe leadership and leading members of London’s business and manufacturing sectors – who worked their way through the atrium.

After the judging wrapped up, Douglas presented the top three prizes and the People’s Choice award for each category, as well as a presenting a new award to the project that best demonstrated entrepreneurial spirit and potential. Winning students were recognized for their projects thanks to generous donations from the Fanshawe College Alumni Association, Partners in Research, Audienceview and LEAP Junction.

The 2015 winners are:

Applied Research
1st Place: Jasmine Therrien  for Natural Prevention of Worldwide Loss of Corn using Pseudomonas aeruginosa

2nd Place: Walter Gramajo, David Krent, Samuel Garcia and Ryan McHale for RezGuide

3rd Place: Sarah Broadfoot and Cassandra Marks for Gasoline-Eating Microbugs

People’s Choice: Johanna Garzon and Linnea Smith for Protecting Ontario’s Ginseng Crop

Social Innovation and Scholarship
1st Place: Tanya Naha for Stress and Burnout Prevention for Emerging Educators

2nd Place: Sydnie Nauss for Aboriginal Content within the Early Childhood Educator Programs in Ontario

3rd Place: Hatty Verberne for Angry Children

People’s Choice: Ronak Zareardalan for Medical Marijuana, Beneficial or Detrimental?

Deion Farrington and Ryan Figueriedo for GamerLink: Connecting gamers based on similar playing styles, skill level, location and a host of other factors in order to improve multiplayer gaming experiences

Story by Kyle Rooks, Corporate Communications Officer, Reputation and Brand Management