31 October 2008

New Ministry of Research and Innovation Website Launched

Ontario's Ministry of Research and Innovation has just launched a new and improved website. Here is the press release:

The Ministry of Research of Innovation is proud to announce the launch of its new ministry website.

Whether you're a business, researcher or have an interest in Ontario's Innovation Agenda and successes, you'll spend less time searching for the information you need.

Quick navigation links now include Programs and Funding tailored to Researchers and Companies, and "Popular Searches" for programs that have received the most views over the past 30 days.

We added Podcasts from Minister John Wilkinson and prominent innovators and researchers, innovation-related RSS or syndicated news feeds and Success Stories showcasing some of the best innovators and researchers in the province.

And, a new "For the Media" section that includes print-quality images and broadcast-ready B-roll to help journalists tell the story about Ontario's innovation successes.

Check out the new website: https://owa.georgebrown.ca/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=http://www.ontario.ca/innovation

23 October 2008

The Innovation Economy

A Globe and Mail report from the annual meeting of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada quotes an address by Finance Minister Jim Flaherty as saying that research is crucial to Canada weathering the weakening economy. While the AUCC is concerned only with university research, Flaherty broadens this to include colleges: "This is a critical time in Canada in terms of making sure that in our public-policy decisions that we support universities and colleges. . . . Colleges and universities are very important to the future of our country." As the federal Science and Technology Strategy makes clear, leveraging all aspects of the R&D continuum is crucial for Canada's competitiveness.

20 October 2008

First Issue of GBC Research Newsletter

Hot off the virtual press is the first research@georgebrown.ca newsletter. A permanent URI for it is available on our research archive: http://hdl.handle.net/10299/148.

This first issue features stories on Ontario Centres of Excellence-funded faculty projects in composition and computation, a story on student research, and a feature article on Professor Taras Gula, whose $7500 seed funding project has generated $75000 in external money through Inukshuk.

From the front page: The applied nature of the GBC Research Labs fills an important gap in the innovation-to-market cycle in the GTA region: we offer a platform for assessing the value of (technology and service) designs emerging from research and for suggesting appropriate modifications that increase potential for market success. GBC facilitates maximizing the return on investment in research, as well as the return on innovation in development activities.

15 October 2008

First Annual GBC Research Ethics Board Meet and Greet Breakfast

Please join GBC’s Research Ethics Board for the first annual meet and greet breakfast on October 24th from 9 am to 11 am. At this informal event you will learn about research ethics, the board’s activities and functions over the past year. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss research ethics with our board experts.

Date: October 24th
Time: 9 am to 11 am
Location: School of Design
230 Richmond St
Photography Studio (Room 108)

Please RSVP to blewis@georgebrown.ca

08 October 2008

Sweet taste of success: GBC Research in the news

This Toronto Star article features Pure Fun Confections, an industry partner working with the GBC Research Labs. Food scientist Winnie Chiu in GBC's Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts has been working with Research Chef James Smith and a host of students on candy prototypes for the past year. Chiu and Smith have received funding for the project from the Ontario Centres of Excellence and the GBC Seed Funding program. Read more about the project in this article from our newsletter: Student Spotlight: The Shape of Eye Candy to Come.

07 October 2008

GBCresearch.tv now online

The GBC Research Labs now has its own media channel at GBCresearch.tv. Our Research and Innovation Rounds will be broadcast tomorrow starting at 11AM.

GBCresearch.tv uses the ePresence webcasting system. Check out an example.