Glendon announces the recipients of the 2019 Principal’s Research Excellence Awards

Three recipients of the 2019 Principal’s Research Excellence Awards were announced at the annual Glendon Research Festival. Assistant professor Laura MacKinnon was the recipient of the Emerging Scholar Award, while Associate professors Marie-Hélène Larochelle and Jean Michel Montsion were recipients of the Established Scholars Awards. The awards are given annually to honour full-time Glendon faculty members who have made an outstanding contribution to research in the last five years.

Pictured above (from left to right: Jean Michel Montsion (Established Scholars Award), Marie-Hélène Larochelle (Established Scholars Award), Dominique Scheffel-Dunand (Co-Interim Principal), Ian Roberge (Co-Interim Principal), Laura McKinnon (Emerging Scholar Award) and Spencer Mukai (Laboratory Technician).

Laura McKinnon, a specialist in avian ecology and global change research, teaches in Glendon’s biology program. Her research examines the ecology and evolution of migratory birds. More specifically, McKinnon explores the interactions between migration strategies and life history traits in arctic-nesting birds – and how their lives may be threatened by predicted changes in climate. Not only is McKinnon dedicated to research, but she is also a great mentor for students undertaking research at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Marie-Hélène Larochelle is an associate professor in the Department of French Studies. Her research and fiction focus on figures of violence and monstrosity. She is a widely published author and literary scholar having published a novel and three short stories, as well as authoring two monographs and editing numerous collected works on the subject. She has also organized international symposia on violence in literature. Larochelle is a recent recipient of an Ontario Arts Council grant for the creation of a second novel set in Toronto.

Jean Michel Montsion is an associate professor and coordinator of Glendon’s Canadian Studies Program and Deputy Director of the Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies. Montsion’s research focuses on ethnic, urban and mobility questions as they arise in Canada’s relations with various Asian societies and communities. He is a Distinguished Fellow with the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada for 2018-2020 and was awarded two Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) grants to examine the role of Canadian gateway cities and universities in establishing closer links to various Asian countries.

The Research and Innovation Office would like to congratulate all the recipients of this year’s award!