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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