Internal Research Awards: recognizing research excellence
2011 University Research Professors
The title of University Research Professor is the most prestigious award the university gives for research, and goes to faculty who have demonstrated a consistently high level of scholarship and whose research is of truly international stature.
|The research interests of Dr. Jeffrey Parsons, Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Business Administration, include database management, object-oriented systems and design, and theoretical foundations of information systems. He works to assist businesses and organizations to employ systems to better handle the tide of information that sweeps through companies on a daily basis.|
|As a theoretical mathematician, Dr. Jie Xiao, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, uses geometrical techniques to study the structure of partial differential equations describing flows in space and time.|
2011 President's Award for Outstanding Research
The President's Awards for Outstanding Research recognizes researchers who have made outstanding contributions to their scholarly disciplines and who have received a graduate degree, or a disciplinary equivalent, within the last ten years.
|Dr. Kathryn Dupré’s, Faculty of Business Administration, research program focuses on workplace aggression and young people in the workplace. Her work indicates that the consequences associated with seeing or hearing about aggression at work are equal to, or more severe than, the consequences associated with being a direct victim.|
2011 Terra Nova Young Innovator Award
The Terra Nova Young Innovator Award recognizes and supports outstanding young faculty members whose research is particularly innovative and whose specific research proposal has real potential for a significant impact on society.
|Dr. Chris Kozak, an associate professor with the Department of Chemistry, uses carbon dioxide as a starting material for the synthesis of biodegradable polycarbonates in an effort to produce a plastic that does not use bisphenol A (BPA). Those polycarbonate-based plastics which are currently used are under scrutiny because they are made using BPA, which has been argued to be a hormone disruptor. Furthermore, BPA-based polycarbonates are synthesized using highly toxic substances. Dr. Kozak's compounds are made up of nontoxic materials and degrade into non-toxic materials as well.|