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Federal Grants For Lakehead University Researchers Awarded

I am very pleased to see the great academic work being performed at Lakehead University in Orillia being recognized and supported.  I am re-posting the following article which appeared in OrilliaMatters.com yesterday, announcing the well deserved Insight and Insight Development funding by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).  In total, over $750,000 in research funding was allocated across a number of Lakehead University research projects. – Bruce

Local Lakehead researchers receive $757,000 for 16 research projects

Topics include the use of body-worn cameras in policing and medical assistance in dying in Ontario

OrilliaMatters.com – Lakehead Research Grants, July 22, 2019

Lakehead University researchers are receiving more than $757,000 in Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Insight and Insight Development grants and student awards for 16 research projects.

Some of this research will explore the use of body-worn cameras in policing and examine medical assistance in dying in Ontario.

Dr. Alana Saulnier, assistant professor in Interdisciplinary Studies at Lakehead Orillia, is receiving $62,866 to explore the use of body-worn cameras in policing through interviews with police officers as well as analysis of existing Canadian police body-worn camera policies in comparison to international frameworks over the next two years.

A team of experts in policing, criminology, science and technology studies, the sociology of work and technological change is involved in this project.

“This research is one of the first major empirical investigations exploring the use and impacts of body-worn cameras in Canada,” Dr. Saulnier wrote in her research proposal.

Dr. Katherine Kortes-Miller, assistant professor in Lakehead’s School of Social Work and the Palliative Care Lead at the Centre for Education and Research on Aging and Health, is receiving $65,826 to spend two years examining medical assistance in dying in Ontario (MAiD).

“The purpose of this project is to contribute to our understanding of the experience of family and friends who accompany a loved one throughout their dying process involving medical assistance in dying in the province of Ontario,” Dr. Kortes-Miller wrote in her research proposal.

 “Thank you to SSHRC for recognizing this important research and to our researchers for their dedication,” said Dr. Andrew P. Dean, Lakehead’s Vice-President, Research and Innovation.

Funding from SSHRC also generates support from the federal Research Support Fund to offset the indirect costs of research incurred by universities.

In 2018/19, Lakehead University will receive nearly $2 million in assistance from the Research Support Fund to support the indirect costs of research, which includes costs for supporting the management of intellectual property, research and administration, ethics and regulatory compliance, research resources, and research facilities.