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Dr. Lisa J. Starr is a former secondary school teacher with a doctoral degree in Social, Cultural and Foundation studies from the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Victoria. She received a Master of Arts degree in administration and supervision while working overseas in international schools delivering Canadian and American based education to national and multinational students from around the world. Her teaching career led her from Canada to Pakistan, Kuwait and Mongolia and created a passion for the study of the relationship between identity and culture, particularly in relation to educational effectiveness and school leadership. 

Dr. Mindy R. Carter joined the Department of Integrated Studies in Education as an Assistant Professor in September 2013. She has taught a range of education courses specializing in arts education and curriculum theory. Her research focuses on a/r/tography, teacher identity, teacher education, arts based educational research and curriculum. Her publications have addressed knowledge mobilization, democracy and arts education, the impact of autobiographical and a/r/tographical dispositions on teacher candidates and the impact of creating art on teacher’s pedagogical development and identity. She is actively involved in local and international arts education organizations.

Dr. Lindsay Duncan joined the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education as an Assistant Professor in August of 2013. Her research draws from both social- and health-psychological perspectives and is focused on developing and testing interventions that will increase the initiation and maintenance of physical activity and other health behaviors in the general population as well as among medically-underserved individuals and cancer survivors.

Dr. Shane Sweet joined the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education as an Assistant Professor in August of 2013.  His research aims at understanding, changing and promoting physical activity adoption and maintenance in adults with a focus on special populations (i.e., adults with type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and spinal cord injury).

Dr. M. Max Evans joined SIS as an Assistant Professor in September 2013. Dr. Evans holds a PhD in Information Studies (Knowledge Management), Collaborative Program (PhD) in Knowledge Media Design, and a MISt (Information Systems), Collaborative Program (MISt) in Knowledge Media Design, both from the University of Toronto, and a BS in Marketing (International Business) with a Minor in Philosophy from Northern Illinois University. His research area is related to the strategic management of information and knowledge, with a specific focus on human and social factors influencing knowledge sharing. Dr. Evans’ academic experience includes designing and teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in strategic management, innovation, business process reengineering, technology management, information system analysis and design, information architecture, and decision-making. His professional experience includes working in investor relations, marketing, project management, operations analysis, system design, and technology deployment. 

Dr. Evans is an associated researcher at the Knowledge Media Design Institute (KMDI), where he is involved in a global research study focusing on human and social factors in knowledge management. He is also presently working with the !dea Gallery at the Ontario Science Centre (along with other researchers, students, artists, and designers) to build a visual display (exhibit) of his doctoral research findings. As part of designing the exhibit, he is exploring how the concept of knowledge is understood and represented through visual and textual abstraction. 

Dr. Ilja Frissen joined SIS as an Assistant Professor in August 2013. Dr. Frissen holds a PhD in Experimental Psychology from Tilburg University in the Netherlands, and an MA in Cognitive Psychology from Maastricht University, also in the Netherlands. He has also completed postdoctoral research at Ecole Centrale de Nantes, Institut de Recherche en Communications et Cybernétique de Nantes (IRCCyN) in Nantes (France), McGill University School of Information Studies, and at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Multisensory Perception and Action Group in Tübingen, Germany. Other research activities include “CyberWalk: Enabling Omni-directional Walking in Virtual Worlds”, an international project funded by the European Commission. Dr. Frissen’s research focuses on multisensory perception, multimodal cognition, human-computer interaction, auditory perception and cognition, and spatial information interaction.

Dr. Benjamin Fung joined SIS as an Associate Professor in September 2013. Dr. Fung holds a PhD, an MSc, and a BSc in Computing Science from Simon Fraser University and is a licensed professional engineer in software engineering. As well, Dr. Fung is an Affiliate Associate Professor of Information Systems Engineering (CIISE) at Concordia University, and a Research Scientist of the National Cyber-Forensics and Training Alliance Canada (NCFTA Canada). He is currently leading the Data Mining and Security Lab at the McGill School of Information Studies.

Dr. Fung’s research interests include data mining and databases, information security and privacy, information sharing and integration, and cloud computing. His research has been supported in part by the Discovery Grants and Strategic Project Grants from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC), and Le Fonds québécois de la recherche sur la nature et les technologies (FQRNT), and National Cyber-Forensics and Training Alliance (NCFTA)Canada. Dr. Fung’s data mining works in crime data mining and authorship analysis have been reported by media worldwide.

Dr. Caroline Paquette joined the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education as an Assistant Professor in August 2012. Dr. Paquette holds a PhD in Rehabilitation Science from McGill University, MSc and BSc in Kinesiology from Laval University. She completed a first post-doctoral fellowship in Neuroscience at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Oregon and a second post-doctoral fellowship in Neurology at the Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research – Jewish General Hospital in Montreal.

 Dr. Paquette’s research focuses on the brain control of human locomotion. She uses the latest technology in brain imaging and brain stimulation to investigate neuronal structures involved in real-life large scale movements such as locomotion. In addition, she has developed an expertise in the study of patient populations (e.g., stroke, Parkinson’s disease) that will allow her to develop preventive programs to improve or maintain walking abilities in healthy and pathological aging.

Dr. Charles-Antoine Julien joined the School of Information Studies as an Assistant Professor in January 2012.  Dr. Julien holds a PhD in Information Studies from McGill University, a Masters of Applied Science and a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering from the École Polytechnique of Montreal.  He completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the School of Information Studies, University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.

Dr. Julien’s research interests are focused on how information organization affects the efficiency of humans using novel information retrieval (IR) tools.  He is concerned with increasing our understanding of how information is organized in order to create, develop and test efficient human-information interaction tools that people enjoy using.   Dr. Julien has designed and tested human-information interfaces, based on metadata and ontologies, to facilitate information exploration and searching. His current work addresses highly interactive and immersive information visualization tools for existing organized collections.