2009 Achievement Award Winners

Carleton University’s research, teaching and professional achievement awards are intended to enhance the research productivity and quality of instruction at the university. A group of 19 members of the Carleton community are receiving this prestigious honour in 2009.


Research Achievement

The Research Achievement Awards were established in 1989 to enhance the quality of research conducted at Carleton. Ten awards, valued at $15,000 each, are given each year to faculty members. Winners are selected by a committee chaired by the vice-president (research and international) and comprised of previous recipients.

Robert Coplan
Professor, Psychology Department
An Early Intervention Program for Parents of Extremely Shy/Anxious Young Children
About 15 per cent of children are considered extremely shy to the point that it hinders their abilities to interact with other children. There has been only limited research into early intervention in this area. Prof. Coplan has developed an early intervention program that teaches young, shy children social skills and helps reduce social anxiety. The goal of this research is to expand this intervention by developing and evaluating an accompanying education/training program for parents of shy children.

Xiao Huang
Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Repair of Single Crystal Gas Turbine Blades
Single crystal (SX) superalloys offer better creep and thermal-mechanical fatigue resistance than their counterpart polycrystalline (PC) superalloys. During gas turbine operation, the blades are subject to a variety of damages, which reduce engine operating efficiency and cause damage to other components. Repair, instead of replacement, of these sophisticated components reduces the life cycle cost of gas turbines and conserves scarce metals used in superalloys. Prof. Huang will develop a method for repairing the costly SX superalloy blades.

Hugh Armstrong
Professor, Department of Social Work and Political Economy
Global Reach Mapping of Multinational Firms in Long-term Care
Prof. Armstrong’s research will examine the global reach of multinational firms engaged in the long-term care and home care sectors of specific high-income countries. It will map the participation of leading firms in the ownership and control of the public-private partnerships that are involved, and in the out-sourcing of specific services often deemed to be ‘ancillary.’ This project is part of a larger program of research being undertaken in several countries.

Louise Heslop
Professor, Sprott School of Business
Intra-structural Attitudes Affecting Consumer Reactions to Novel and Alternate Food and Agri-Food Sources and Uses
New uses for technologies to produce foods, applications and uses of crops and animals traditionally used for food and food-related organisms is the focus of this research. Uses of foods; the role of farmers, corporations and government regulation; consumer freedoms; animal and environment welfare will also be examined during this project. The goal is to establish whether consumers and citizens will accept the new meanings, adaptations and uses for alternate food and agri-food sources.

William Walters
Associate Professor, Departments of Political Science and Sociology/Anthropology
Humanitarian Agencies and the Governance of Irregular Migrants in Europe
The activities of humanitarian organizations are so broad-based that this area deserves to be treated as a domain of politics and social action in its own right. Studies of migration control have been largely confined to the activities of governments. This project will explore how new forms of civil-society-based actors are becoming implicated­—not without certain ethical and political tensions—in the management of irregular border-crossing.

Pat Morin
Associate Professor, School of Computer Science
Biased Geometric Data Structures
Applications of Prof. Morin’s research involve any software, such as mapping or GPS software, that makes heavy use of queries of geometric (or geographic) data. For example, online map software such as Google Maps will receive far more queries about densely populated urban areas than about sparsely populated areas. This project will design data structures that offer good worst-case performance but that also take advantage of any non-uniformity in the query distribution.

Frank Elgar
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
Exploring Links Between Social Capital and Child Health
There is great interest in the contributions of community life to health. Research has found that living in areas that are characterised by high interpersonal trust and participation in civic events promotes physical and mental health. To date, most of this research has been about adults. Prof. Elgar’s research explores whether the availability of social capital in schools and neighbourhoods can also promote the health of children who are at risk.

Jacques Albert
Professor, Department of Electronics
Optical Fibre Sensors and Laser Devices
Our research focuses on using high-intensity ultraviolet laser light to modify optical fibres and waveguides in order to make sophisticated optical processing devices. The goal is to develop novel optical fibre sensors and fibre lasers that are accurate and cost effective. The research will focus on a new class of multiparameter sensing systems that will find applications in structural heat monitoring of vehicles, aircraft and other man-made structures.

Tom Sherratt
Professor, Biology Departrment
The Evolution of Imperfect Mimicry
Batesian mimicry is a form of protective mimicry in which a harmless species resembles a harmful species and thereby gains protection from predators. Hoverflies provide some of the finest examples of Batesian mimicry, but we do not know why some species have evolved a close similarity to their noxious models while other species have evolved only a passing resemblance. My research will test three contemporary theories that have been proposed to explain variation in the perfection of mimicry.

Halim Yanikomeroglu
Associate Professor, Department of Systems and Computer Engineering
Cellular Multihop Relay Networks – Towards Gigabit Wireless Internet
In the last 10 years, augmenting cellular wireless networks with multihop capability, through fixed and or terminal wireless relays, has been explored. This proposal investigates the components of future cellular multihop relay networks towards facilitating the provision of very high data rates with virtually ubiquitous coverage. The focus will be on enabling advance radio resource management (RRM) schemes and algorithms.


Teaching Achievement

The Teaching Achievement Awards were established in 1991 to enhance the teaching of the recipients and the quality of instruction at Carleton. Selection for the awards is based on demonstrated excellence in teaching and on the quality of the teaching development projects proposed. These awards are valued at $15,000 each.

Peter Andrée
Department of Political Science
Development of New Community-Service Learning Opportunities for Students at Carleton University
Already a practitioner of community-service learning (CSL), Dr. Andrée will broaden these opportunities for his students in his courses. Designing a course to include these elements is intensive—both in the time it takes to build relationships with community organizations, and in designing assessments that would meet the organization’s needs and learning objectives of the course.

Adrian Chan
Systems and Computer Engineering
Biomedical Engineering Design Labratories
Dr. Chan has been developing the biomedical engineering program for the last few years. This incredibly challenging and fast-paced field demands that the content be always up to date. This requires Dr. Chan to create new labs for his students in such a way as to remain relevant beyond a short period of time and be dynamic enough to allow for new information to be introduced into the labs. He is highly active in recruitment and also serves as the Program Director of the Shad Valley program at Carleton.

Adelle Forth
Department of Psychology
Psychology Honours Seminars: A Learner-Centred Handbook and WebCT Resource for Enhancing Knowledge and Skills
Dr. Forth is a renowned forensic psychologist, researcher and teacher. She guides and mentors numerous undergraduate and graduate students and strives to give them professional opportunities that would open academic doors for them. To augment the undergraduate experience for students in psychology, she will work collaboratively with other faculty to develop materials to enhance learning options for these students.

Robert Riordan
Sprott School of Business
A Service Orientation for petGRO
Robert Riordan has a genuine interest in seeing his students succeed, both in his courses and professionally. To that end, he has transformed a typically mundane, but compulsory, course into a highly interactive and multimedia-rich experience that mimics real world experiences. To take this course to a new level, Robert will be revamping it to meet the real world needs of online suppliers and consumers.

Michael Runtz
Department of Biology
Natural History Virtual Reality Field Trips
While teaching his natural history courses at Carleton for over 20 years, Michael has gone out of his way to continually enrich this experience for his students. Using high-quality photographs and videos, as well as collecting and sharing a variety of specimens in class, he turns his classes into virtual field trips. He will be enhancing these courses by using high-quality audio equipment to record sounds and use them in his courses.


Professional Achievement

The Professional Achievement Awards were established in 1989. Valued at $1,500, they are awarded to professional librarians on the basis of a peer evaluation committee and up to five instructors on the basis of outstanding performance in meeting their responsibilities.

Emma Cross (Library)
Librarian III, University Library
Emma Cross has worked tirelessly over the past year to raise the profile of the Library. She was co-organizer of the United Way Live Auction, involved in the newly-formed Social Commitment Committee, and has been outstandingly effective as the chair of the Public Relations Committee. At the same time, Emma has, in the words of her peers, displayed “steady stewardship” of the Cataloguing sub-unit. Emma’s nomination recognizes her contributions to not only the Library, but also the greater university community.

Darrell Herauf (Instructor)
Sprott School of Business
Darrell Herauf has won several teaching awards and routinely receives exceptionally high teaching scores. An early adopter of clickers in his classroom, he ensures they aren’t gimmicks by connecting their use to determining his students’ level of understanding of any given topic. This allows him to teach his course at his students’ pace. He has co-authored two editions of an advanced accounting textbook and actively supports Sprott students competing in business competitions.

Steve Prashker (Instructor)
Department of Geography and Environmental Studies
Steve Prashker has been the field course co-ordinator and practicum co-ordinator for about 15 years. These highly successful programs give students the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in a real working environment. He is also active in recruitment and promotional activities for the department, and as such, meets with many students throughout their academic careers at Carleton.

Michael Runtz (Instructor)
Department of Biology
Michael Runtz has been teaching his natural history courses at Carleton for over 20 years. Highly visual, these courses are not only a staple of nearly every undergrad’s academic experience; they are arguably some of Carleton’s signature courses. Typically seeing enrolments of 500 students each term, he has crafted a virtual field course, bringing alive the wonder of nature to the tens of thousands of students who have taken his courses.


Contract Instructor

The Contract Instructor Award was established in 2006 and is valued at $1,500. It is awarded to one contract instructor on the basis of outstanding performance in meeting his/her responsibilities.

Hugh Reid
Department of English
One student describes Dr. Reid as a born teacher. Caring about the success of his students, he ensures that each and every one of his classes is dynamic, hands-on and energetic. His enthusiasm for the subject is infectious and he is well-respected among his peers, often offering exciting and cutting edge courses — no mean feat for teaching 18th-century literature. Hugh is also editorial advisor to New Perspectives on the Eighteenth Century and has published essays on the Wartons, Reynolds, Grainger, Hogarth, and 18th-century bibliography.

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