European Conference on Game Based Learning

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A big congratulations goes out to Andrea Gauthier, who won top honors at the European Conference on Game Based Learning for her PhD paper titled Serious Game Facilitates Conceptual Change about Molecular Emergence Through Productive Negativity. Andrea is currently in her 4th year of PhD studies. Her research examines the potential of gameplay in remediating misconceptions relating to the study of complex emergent processes in undergraduate biology. Read Andrea’s paper here.

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Andrea Gauthier wins Vanier Award

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Congratulations to Andrea Gauthier who is a 2015 recipient of a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship. Each year the Canadian Government awards up to 167 scholarships to doctoral students across Canada who demonstrate leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement. This prestigious award is valued at 50,000 dollars each year for three years. Andrea, who is completing a PhD in the Institute of Medical Science, is one of 22 recipients at the University of Toronto. Her research examines the potential of game design in transforming and assessing undergraduates’ understanding of molecular emergence.

Screenshot of Level 2 gameplay in progress. The player has successfully encapsulated himself in a clathrin-coated vesicle to be transported across a membrane into Level 3.

Screenshot of Level 2 gameplay in progress. The player has successfully encapsulated himself in a clathrin-coated vesicle to be transported across a membrane into Level 3.

 

Vijay Shahani wins Freisen Award

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Vijay Shahani took home the Freisen Award, first place, for his oral paper presentation at the 98th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition (Ottawa, ON, June 2015). Vijay presented his master research project Chemversity, an interactive web platform to engage undergraduate students in learning chemistry, in a talk entitled: “Exploring Visual Analogies and their Impact on Student Understanding when Teaching Unfamiliar Chemical Concepts”.

Congratulations, Vijay!

Naveen Devasagayam named finalist in SSHRC Storytellers competition

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Congratulations to BMC student Naveen Devasagayam who has been selected as one of 25 finalists in the SSHRC National Storytellers competition for his animated entry highlighting research in BMC’s Science Visualization Lab. This annual contest challenges postsecondary students to show Canadians how social sciences and humanities research is affecting our lives, our world and our future for the better. Naveen has been invited to present at the 2015 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Ottawa and will receive a cash award of $3000. ‪#‎SSHRCStorytellers‬

Visualizing Biological Data from Naveen Devasagayam on Vimeo.