The University of Windsor virtually launched its second Incubator art lab in downtown Windsor Wednesday.
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Sept. 20, 2021
Two documentaries by Communication, Media, and Film students have been selected for the Detroit FREEP Film Festival’s Real Fresh Student Showcase.
Sara Grabauskas’s Canvassing the Soul and Carolina Di Grado’s Lookin’ Good, Feelin’ Good will be screened at Cinema Detroit on Sept. 24, at 4 p.m., and online from Sept. 22 to 29.
The showcase spotlights the work of student documentary filmmakers from Michigan State University, Oakland University, University of Michigan, and Wayne State University, as well as University of Windsor. Faculty representatives from each of the five schools nominated a total of 26 student films. From that group, a jury chose 10 shorts as representing some of the best documentary work from the region’s schools.
“I’m very proud of Sara and Carolina,” says film professor Nick Hector. “It’s an honour to even be selected by the University for consideration as they faced very strong competition here in Windsor. To make it to the final 10 alongside films from the Michigan universities is quite an achievement.”
Trailer for "Lookin' Good, Feelin' Good"
Sept. 20, 2021
The Master of Social Work for Working Professionals program is kicking off its Fall 2022 admission cycle with an exciting announcement: the program will now be offered in an online format.
Students are still required to attend scheduled virtual classes, but this change means that making the commute to the classroom will no longer be a challenge for those with full-time employment.
Windsor Star: UWindsor opens street-front bioart studio/laboratory
Sept. 16, 2021
A storefront bioart studio and community engagement lab at 144 University Ave. E. has been delayed for months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The launch was broadcast live at 3 p.m. Wednesday on UWindsor’s YouTube channel.
The new studio is a hybrid space that includes an arts workshop and a biology laboratory.
Jennifer Willet is the founder and director of the Incubator Art Lab located at UWindsor’s nearby School of Creative Arts. In 2009, she opened Canada’s first biological art lab where art, science and ecology intersect.
Willet was named a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in art, science and ecology in 2017 and part of her proposal called for a street-level storefront space for community engagement.
Sept. 15, 2021
The most rewarding part of filming her short documentary Jenny’s Vision is the thought that its message of hope could change someone’s life, says Maria Belenkova-Buford.
A film student, she tells the story of an artist with a visual disability.
“Jenny has some challenges she had to overcome,” says Belenkova-Buford. “My film shows how you can still create while having a major impairment.”
It is one of three local films that will enjoy national broadcast Sept. 18 on CBC television as part of its Absolutely Canadian series showcasing unique stories from communities across Canada.
Entitled “Reel Shorts: Windsor,” the episode is curated and produced by filmmakers Theodore Bezaire and Michael Stasko, a faculty member in the Department of Communication, Media, and Film. In addition to Jenny’s Vision, it features Journey Back to Jackson Park by drama grad Audra Gray (BFA 2003) and Jackson Park Band Shell by Madeline Mazak (BA 2017). It will air at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
A full one-hour program which expands the playbill to include Understanding Differences by Lourdes Lasala (BA 2021), Big Little Show by Gemma Cunial (BA 2019, MFA 2021), and Lethe by Adam Dunn (BA 2017, MFA 2021), will be available for streaming on CBC Gem.
Sept. 13, 2021
A virtual event Sept. 15 will celebrate the opening of the Incubator Art Lab’s storefront studio facility.
The studio is a hybrid space combining a fine arts workshop with a biology laboratory. It will be used for research and creation as well as a place to hold special events, artist talks, and workshops for community or school groups. It will also serve as an exhibition space for student and faculty artworks.
This unique facility will benefit the local community while winning national and international recognition in the art and science worlds.
Wednesday’s opening will run 3 to 3:30 p.m. on the UWindsor YouTube page.
Sept. 8, 2021
A UWindsor professor who specializes in addictions research has been inducted as a member of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.
Social work professor Adrian Guta is one of 53 new members announced by the RSC Tuesday. They have been selected for their contributions in the arts, the humanities, and the sciences, as well as in Canadian public life.
“I am honoured to be amongst this year’s impressive list of inductees and part of a scholarly community dating back to 1882,” Dr. Guta said.
The college is Canada’s first national system of multidisciplinary recognition for the emerging generation of Canadian intellectual leadership. Its members are Canadians and permanent residents who, at an early stage in their career, have demonstrated a high level of achievement. The criterion for election is excellence, and membership is for seven years.
Guta is already part of an RSC interdisciplinary working group examining the harms of criminalization for people who use drugs.
Virtual conference an opportunity to discuss issues of race, anti-racism and research at the university and beyond
Sept. 7, 2021
Numerous high-profile incidents of anti-Black, anti-Indigenous and other forms of racism in both the university and in the larger Windsor Essex community led a group of students and faculty across disciplines to come together to work towards a consolidated and grounded critical race scholarship that can inform coordinated antiracist and decolonial practice.
The result was the creation of RAACES: Racialized Academics and Advocates Centering Equity in Solidarity. The group is hosting a free virtual conference on Thursday, Sept. 9 and Friday, Sept. 10. The conference is titled: Embodied Collaborations: Reflections on Race, Anti-Racism and Interdisciplinary Scholarship.
This conference is organized by an interdisciplinary group of academics including: Jane Ku, and Natalie Delia Deckard, Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology; Richard Douglass-Chin, English Literature and Creative Writing; Sujith Xavier, Law; and Camisha Sibblis, a professor of Social Work.
Sept. 3, 2021
Dr. Soucie is heading a UWindsor campus survey that will gather perceptions regarding COVID screening and vaccination.
“Our pilot phase included a questionnaire that assessed attitudes toward COVID-19 and the testing procedures, fears, and concerns,” Soucie said. “Expanding this survey will help us gather insights to make health messaging and on-site screening procedures more effective, particularly as our students, staff, and faculty head back to campus.”
Sept. 2, 2021
Making the transition from high school to university is an exciting and often stressful transition. This summer the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and, Social Sciences (FAHSS) launched a pilot program called Transform First Year for incoming first year FAHSS students to ease the transition and give them a jump on their first semester.
“We wanted to give students the tools that they’ll need to be successful during their first year studies,” said Tony Vo, student experience coordinator in FAHSS. “By offering the Transform program, we are working to ensure students will have the necessary skills for a great first year experience.”
During the six-week program, incoming students were assigned an upper year student mentor who worked with them throughout the program. The first year students completed weekly interactive videos addressing common first year concerns. These videos included understanding the administrative structure of the University and FAHSS, academic policies, student services, student health and wellness, and learning about academic integrity. The videos were created with the help from the Office of Open Learning.
Sept. 1, 2021
Aug. 31, 2021
A $5,000 scholarship from Crohn’s and Colitis Canada will enable UWindsor student Jasmine Kobrosli further her work examining the psychological effects of inflammatory bowel disease.
Kobrosli, entering her fourth year of undergraduate study, has lived experience with IBD: she was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in 2013 and Crohn’s disease in 2018.
“I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis during my final year of high school,” she says. “Since my illness was so severe at the time, my university career was delayed.”
After regaining her health, she enrolled at the University in 2018.
“I had always planned to study psychology, but since being diagnosed with both ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, I have been inspired to conduct research that will have a meaningful impact on the inflammatory bowel disease community by tying my love of psychology into the experiences that I and others have had,” says Kobrosli.
Her honours thesis project on the subject will qualitatively examine the lived experiences, struggles, and quality of life in individuals with IBD.
Communications instructor Victoria Abboud won an award for her account of learning to play the qanun, a traditional Arabic string instrument.
Her efforts to connect with her Arabic heritage has won acclaim for UWindsor faculty member Victoria Abboud. The Eden Mills Writers’ Festival selected her entry for top honours in the creative non-fiction category of its Fringe Literary Contest.
A lecturer in the Department of Communications, Media and Film, Dr. Abboud teaches courses in technical writing and emerging technologies to international engineering and computer science students.
UWindsor faculty, staff, and students are eligible for half-price admission to the outdoor theatre event C-O-N-T-A-C-T.
The University of Windsor and the Downtown Windsor Business Improvement Association are presenting C-O-N-T-A-C-T, a revolutionary, socially-distanced outdoor theatre event, over the next four weeks — and now faculty, staff, and students can attend this ground-breaking show at a steep discount.
Aug. 24, 2021
Aug. 19, 2021
A host of faculty, alumni, students, and staff are among the cast and crew of a unique theatre experience coming to downtown Windsor.
The University of Windsor is the lead sponsor of Contact, an immersive “musidrama” originally created by Parisian musical director Samuel Sené and his team. The local show is produced by Contact Show Canada and the Downtown Windsor Business Improvement Association, with Aria Entertainment and WEF Productions.
Born out of the COVID period, Contact is an innovative piece that marries mobile technology with live theatre. Audiences listen to a beautifully orchestrated track that shares the thoughts of the characters, played by live actors, as they walk the streets of downtown Windsor.
Drama professor Meaghen Quinn (BFA 2001) is one of the lead actors. She calls herself privileged to perform in this professional production of “a show that was able to bring light to multiple countries during these dark days.”
Aug. 16, 2021
Meet singer, songwriter and performer Madeline Doornaert. She's completing her 5th and final year of the Concurrent Bachelor of Music/ Bachelor of Education program at UWindsor. Madeline also recently released her first album "Muddy Water" in February 2021. Produced with grant funding from the City of Windsor's Arts, Culture, and Heritage Fund, and presented in partnership with Soul City Music Co-op, Muddy Water is available now on all streaming platforms and at madelinedoornaert.com.
How smart are companion animals? UWindsor anthrozoology professor Beth Daly joined the CBC Radio program Ontario Today to discuss people’s pet tricks Friday.
Irritability, anxiety, and depression are among the symptoms reported by children in a new study that documents the pervasive impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on children’s mental health. Led by UWindsor psychology professor Lance Rappaport, a team of researchers surveyed children aged 8 to 13 from 190 families in the Windsor-Essex region and their parents or guardians.
“The first goal was to establish a baseline to measure the acute effect of the pandemic,” said Dr. Rappaport, director of the Development and Etiology of Anxiety and Related conditions (DEAR) Lab.
Aug. 9, 2021
When a popular streaming service added his favourite television show to its line-up last summer, Allesandro Rotondi was inspired.
A 2020 graduate of the music program, he set out to produce a few “lo-fi” instrumental works, but the project he launched Friday grew into something bigger — a full album entitled Tunes of Ba Sing Se.
“The songs are inspired by Avatar: The Last Airbender, and I attempted to create instrumental landscapes that suit the atmosphere of the show’s universe,” in which some characters have the ability to manipulate the elements, says Rotondi.
“I combined sounds commonly heard in the show such as kalimba, erhu, glockenspiel, with my own assortment of pop, rock, and jazz influence — like back-masked electric guitar, Hammond organ, electric bass, and traditional and electric drum kit.”
What really excited him, though, was the opportunity to collaborate with his girlfriend Ashley Spina (BA English and visual arts, 2019), a graphic artist who operates under the business name “Werks By Ashley.” She created illustrations used for the album cover and prints included in a deluxe edition of the album, which will be sold as a physical compact disc.
Aug. 4, 2021
Nurses are exhausted.
Follow-up interviews that were part of a University of Windsor study into the pandemic’s effect on local nurses has found many of them have left the profession in the past year, while others said they were counting down the days to retirement.
“Most nurses we spoke to were tired, depressed, angry, and looking to get out, if they hadn't left already,” said UWindsor researcher Dana Ménard, one of four UWindsor faculty members conducting the study.
“They are burnt out and beaten down.”
The research project began in 2020 with interviews of 36 registered nurses working in Windsor or Michigan. The research team of psychology professors Dr. Ménard and Kendall Soucie and nursing professors Jody Ralph and Laurie Freeman re-interviewed 19 of the nurses in recent weeks. In some cases, the interviews were precisely one year apart.
“These interviews were grimmer,” Ménard said.
Nurses said they felt “disposable, replaceable, and expendable.” They themselves or their colleagues had taken early retirement, stress leaves, or had switched jobs.
July 26, 2021
Alex-Andrei Ungurenasu, also known as Alexei, is the City of Windsor's Youth Poet Laureate through 2023. Alexei, a fifth-year student in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences who uses they/them pronouns, succeeds University of Windsor alumna Samantha Badaoa (BA 2018), appointed the inaugural holder of the post in 2019. A double major in English literature and philosophy, Alexei has found that both disciplines have influenced their writing.
July 23, 2021
Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder is an invisible disability, says drama student Nadia Gill. Her three-pronged approach to destigmatize ADHD earned her an award in the Innovative Designs for Accessibility (IDeA) competition.
Sponsored by Universities Canada, the competition encourages university students to develop innovative, practical, and cost-effective solutions to address barriers and challenges for people with disabilities.
Gill’s project took third place in the category “Attitudinal/Systemic Barriers.” She proposed to drive dialogue on the issue by means of:
- a social media campaign to spread awareness about ADHD;
- a seminar series for students, educators, and staff to enhance their knowledge; and
- a permanent resource hosted by a university on a web platform to act as an information hub for anyone looking to learn more.
July 23, 2021
A film documenting the local history of the Underground Railroad is on the program of the Windsor International Film Festival’s “WIFF Under the Stars” event this weekend.
The North Was Our Canaan was named Best Canadian Documentary Short at the International Black and Diversity Film Festival. The film focuses on those who crossed the Detroit River into Sandwich seeking freedom from slavery. Stories about the abolitionists who made Sandwich the base of their anti-slavery activism are told by descendants of those who undertook this daring quest to forge a new life in Canada.
Directed by UWindsor alumnus Anushray Singh (MFA 2020) and produced by Heidi Jacobs and Irene Moore Davis with the aid of a mostly undergraduate student crew, the project is part of a partnership between the Essex County Black Historical Research Society, Leddy Library, and the Centre for Digital Scholarship.
July 19, 2021
Accolades continue to stream in for architect and UWindsor professor Jason Grossi for his work on the John Muir Public Library.
The newest branch of the Windsor Public Library is one of three recipients of the Ontario Library Association’s 2021 Library Architectural and Design Transformation Award. The award was presented at a virtual ceremony July 14.
The Mill Street building in Windsor’s historic Sandwich district opened in 2019. It is housed in a former firehall built in 1921 and a stable dating back to the 1850s. The reimagining of the heritage buildings was entrusted to Grossi, principal at Studio g+G Inc. Architect, and co-ordinator of UWindsor’s Visual Arts in the Built Environment program.
July 15, 2021
An article published in the Spring 2021 issue of Disability Studies Quarterly and an interview on the Disability History Association’s podcast explore the research interests of UWindsor professor Nicholas Hrynyk, which include queer history, disability studies, feminist and gender studies, critical race studies, and visual culture.
There’s an association between anxiety disorders and a child’s ability to read facial expressions, UWindsor psychology professor Lance Rappaport and undergraduate student Nicole Di Nardo write in an article in the latest edition of the Journal of Anxiety Disorders.
Di Nardo and Dr. Rappaport co-authored the article with researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University and the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, Md. It is based on a study involving more than 600 children aged nine to 14. The children were asked to look at images of faces and identify the feelings each expressed.
July 13, 2021
Nicole Di Nardo is in her 5th year of the Honours Psychology with Thesis program. She started working in Dr. Lance Rappaport's lab during her second year.
July 14, 2021
After months of planning, an innovative new internship program in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science will provide students with a unique learning experience while supporting a community partnership to unlock the potential of local youth.
The course will be led by professor Geri Salinitri, and co-taught by staff from the ProsperUs backbone at United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County. In this two-semester program, students will learn the theoretical foundations of community-based program evaluation, receive practical experience by engaging with community services, participate in human-centred design processes, and experience a program evaluation simulation.
July 12, 2021
Condominiums are ubiquitous, but research into their inner workings is not.
UWindsor criminology professor Randy Lippert has made it is his mission to change that. He has just published his 11th book — his second on condo governance — and has landed a three-year grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada to delve into topics like how condo boards use smart technologies to monitor residents, and bylaws and other legislation to control them.
“The condo craze continues,” said Dr. Lippert. “Yet, what people don’t realize is that once you move into a condo, you are subjecting yourself to another level of governance… It can be a great thing, but in atmospheres that are more toxic, it can be awful.”
July 12, 2021
UWindsor professor Jennifer Willet graces the current issue of Visual Arts News, a magazine exploring contemporary art practices.
Its Summer 2021 edition, with a theme of solitude, includes a profile of Dr. Willet in an article by Jane Walker entitled “Life in silos: Art, Work and Motherhood.” The cover features a photo by UWindsor alumnus Justin Elliott (BFA 2014, MFA 2017) of Willet in her COVID suit.
July 6, 2021
Katrina Bahnam, BA (Honours), Law and Politics with Thesis 2021. President's Medal recipient
University of Windsor President’s Medal recipient Katrina Bahnam, BA (Honours), Law and Politics with Thesis 2021, says winning this award was a shock and a great honour. Katrina says for her, the President’s Medal is a gift for her parents in recognition of all the work and sacrifices they made so she and her brothers could achieve their goals. Hear what’s next for this dynamic student.
June 16, 2021
Stephanie Gonçalves, Honours Political Science with Thesis and Modern Languages with Spanish Option
Stephanie Gonçalves is a June 2021 Faculty of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences graduate with distinction, earning an Honours Political Science with Thesis and Modern Languages with Spanish Option. She also earned a LEAD Scholars' Gold Medal.
June 19, 2021
Calum Hotchkiss, Master of Fine Arts, Film & Media Arts , 2021
Calum Hotchkiss, who graduated in June 2021 with a Master of Fine Arts, Film & Media Arts degree, is one of five university students across Canada awarded the Canadian Cinema Editors’ Student Award of Merit for his thesis film Continuum.
Canadian Cinema Editors is the national honours association for practitioners; its awards are adjudicated by the top film artists in the country.
“There is no greater prize for a Canadian film editor,” says Nick Hector, assistant professor of film production in the School of Creative Arts (SoCA) and an award-winning producer and editor. “The CCE Student Award of Merit is an entrée into the highest echelons of the industry. Calum’s work will be seen by potential employers and open doors across Canada.”