Carleton Library, the Graduate Student Association (GSA), and the Office of the Vice President (Research & International) (OVPRI) are pleased to announce the winners of the 2011-2012 Graduate Student Open Access Award.  This monetary award of $1000.00 was established to support Carleton University graduate students in publishing research in open access journals.

Award recipients are listed below. Click on the arrows for a bio, and on the title for the winning article.

Jennifer R. Whitson, PhD candidate, Sociology:

Jennifer R. Whitson is a sociology Ph.D. candidate at Carleton University, and a researcher with the Hypertext and Hypermedia Lab. Her current research interests include social influences on game development processes, digital identity management, and governance in online domains. Some of her recent work includes a 2011 article on Social Change and Facebook Games in the First Monday Journal (16:10), a chapter on surveillance in virtual worlds in the 2010 edited collection, Surveillance and Democracy, a feature article in the March/April 2009 issue of ACM’s Interactions magazine, and an article on identity theft, co–authored with Kevin Haggerty, in the November 2008 issue of Economy & Society. She is a recipient of a 2012-2013 SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship.

Rule making and rule breaking: Game development and the governance of emergent behaviour” from Fibreculture Journal (2010) Issue 16, Special Issue on Counterplay.

Philip Martin, Masters candidate, International Affairs:

Philip Martin is finishing the second year of a Master's degree in International Affairs at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, specializing in Conflict Analysis and Conflict Resolution. His main interests include conflict management and peacebuilding, international intervention, democratization and post-conflict statebuilding. He is currently completing a major research essay evaluating the use of power-sharing institutions in negotiated civil war settlements. Philip has worked as a Junior Policy Officer at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade and as an intern at the humanitarian response NGO, CANADEM. He is also currently a Research Assistant at the North-South Institute in the Governance of Natural Resources in Africa program. He received a BA in Political Science from the University of Guelph.

Intervening for Peace? Dilemmas of Liberal Internationalism and Democratic Reconstruction in Afghanistan” from Journal of Military and Strategic Studies (Spring 2011) 13(3)

Lisa Neville, PhD candidate, Earth Science:

Lisa Neville is a Ph.D. candidate attending Carleton University, Ottawa. Her research, which is co-supervised by Dr. T. Patterson and Dr. P. Gammon of the Geological Survey Canada, focuses on characterizing the paleoenvironmental changes in lakes surrounding the Alberta Oil Sands operations. This government-funded study will identify whether or not byproducts of the oil sands operation are contaminating natural environments. Lisa also specializes in climate change and identifying climate patterns. Lisa’s current work will also allow her to reconstruct climate patterns that have influenced northern Canada and use them to predict future patterns. Lisa has a B.Sc. in Earth Science and Biology and recently completed her M.Sc., which investigated the response of microorganisms to the byproducts of oil sands extraction. Lisa was the first person to identify a bioindicator capable of responding to different levels of contamination in oil sands tailings ponds, wetlands and lakes. The oil companies operating in Alberta now use this bioindicator to gauge aquatic remediation success. In the future Lisa would like to redevelop this method of bioindication for use as an indicator of contamination in any industrially impacted area.

Seasonal environmental and chemical impact on the amoebian community composition in an oil sands reclamation wetland in Northern Alberta” from Palaeontologia Electronica (2010) 14(2)

Wayne Knee, PhD candidate, Biology:

Wayne completed his BSc specializing in animal biology at the University of Alberta (2005), exploring the biodiversity and ecology of mites and invertebrates. He completed his MSc (2007) where he studied blood and tissue-feeding mites associated with birds in Canada. He conducted the largest survey of parasitic bird mites in Canada, describing six new species of mites, and creating an interactive html-based dichotomous key to nasal mite species in Canada. Throughout his PhD at Carleton he studied host specificity and species boundaries of beetle-associated mites using molecular and morphological analyses. Specifically, he worked on mites associated with two groups of beetles, bark beetles (Scolytinae) and burying beetles (Silphidae). His PhD research focused on challenging our understanding and interpretation of where species boundaries exist and how the associations with their host beetles may have evolved. He successfully defended his PhD late in November 2011 and is presently working as a mite systematist at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, in the Canadian National Collection of Insects, Arachnids, and Nematodes, in Ottawa.

Interactive HTML-based dichotomous key to female Rhinonyssidae (Mesotigmata) from birds in Canada” from Canadian Journal of Arthropod Identification (2010) Issue 9.

Nikolai Chepelev, PhD candidate, Biology:

Nikolai Chepelev joined Carleton in 2002. For his undergraduate research project, he studied protein oxidation caused by reactive oxygen species (ROS), widespread and reactive chemical entities that may contribute to diseases and aging. He then joined the lab of Dr. William Willmore and investigated the involvement of ROS in hypoxia for his Ph. D. project. Hypoxia, or oxygen deprivation, is experienced by humans in many pathological conditions, including cardiac arrest and ischemia. Nikolai was able to show that hypoxia activates Nrf1, an important protein in mounting antioxidant defences against ROS. For presenting these findings at the 16th annual meeting of the Society for Free Radical Biology and Medicine (SFRBM) in San Francisco, Nikolai won a prestigious Young Investigator Award in 2009. These findings were further expanded and published in “Public Library of Science One” (PLoS ONE) in 2011 (article e29167). While investigating Nrf1, Nikolai wrote a research proposal and won an SFRBM Research Mini-Fellowship ($2,500). This allowed him to work with the world’s top experts in the area of aging and antioxidant research at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, while still being a student at Carleton. Nikolai’s findings provided an important insight into how Nrf1 functions at the cellular level. This will pave the road for future studies on Nrf1 and its relation to aging and human health. Soon after his Nrf1 manuscript was accepted for publication in PLoS ONE, Nikolai was awarded Ph. D. degree at the Fall 2011 convocation. Currently, Dr. Chepelev is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Genomics Laboratory at Health Canada. Under the guidance of the Genomics Lab principal investigator and an adjunct professor at the Department of Biology at Carleton, Dr. Carole Yauk, Nikolai is developing a framework to apply toxicogenomics (a new technology measuring the gene expression of animals exposed to a chemical toxicant) to human health risk assessment (the next generation risk assessment). His current research will advance the identification of adverse health effects associated with human exposure to chemical toxicants.

The NrF1 CNC-bZIP protein is regulated by the proteasome and activated by hypoxia” from PLoS ONE (2011) 6(12)

These papers will be submitted into Carleton’s new institutional repository (CURVE) which collects, preserves and makes accessible Carleton’s digital research materials.  With over 30 applications, the Scholarly Communications selection committee was impressed with so many graduate students making their works more widely available in open access journals, thereby increasing the visibility and impact of their research in advancing knowledge and improving the global community.