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SMRTS Webinar – The Early Career Researcher Journey

December 17, 2020 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm EST



The long and winding road to a tenure track position is hard to navigate. Is it the right path for you? How do you know? And how to you make sure you don’t get lost along the way? Join a panel of early career researchers as they share their journey and the lessons they have learned. Bring your questions about the academic job market, applications, and what it’s like to be on the tenure track.


WHEN: December 17, 2020 at 12:30pm to 1:30pm EST




Dr. Taylor Cleworth joined the School of Kinesiology and Health Science at York University as an Assistant Professor in 2019. He received his PhD in Kinesiology in 2018 from the University of British Columbia, then moved on to the University of Waterloo as a postdoctoral fellow where he worked with the UW-Schlegel Research Institute for Aging examining fall risk in older adults residing in long term care and retirement facilities. His research program is focused on understanding the relationship between neurological and biomechanical processes involved in balance control, with a specific interest in physiological, psychological, and aging-related mechanisms leading to balance and mobility deficits.


Dr. Nicole Dalmer (MLIS, PhD) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health, Aging and Society at McMaster University. With a background in Library and Information Science, Nicole’s SSHRC and AGE-WELL funded-work resides at the intersection of information and care, studying how aging in place contexts, assumptions surrounding digital literacies, and evolving family responsibilities shape who is able and who is expected to be informed in care relationships. Other ongoing projects include an international collaboration examining the impact of digital infrastructures on feelings of connectedness in later life as well as an investigation into the role of community infrastructures (including public libraries) in mitigating older adults’ experiences of social isolation. Follow Nicole on Twitter @ndalmer .


Dr. Shital Desai is Assistant Professor in Interaction Design and heads Social and Technological Systems (SaTS) lab at York University. Her research focus on adaptive assistive technologies for people with accessibility needs such as older adults, persons with impairments and children. She uses human centred design methods that are participatory in nature, focusing on the context of use and aspects representative of human behaviour such as emotions, culture, etc. She is interested in developing interaction modalities with emerging technologies for people with accessibility needs such that these interactions are engaging and generate positive experiences.


Dr. Vicki Komisar will begin as Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering at the University of British Columbia – Okanagan in January, 2021. She completed her PhD in Biomedical Engineering in 2018 at the University of Toronto and Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in Kinesiology at Simon Fraser University. Her research program uses the tools of biomechanics to understand physical, task and environmental factors that affect the risk for falls and fall-related injuries. She combines this evidence with community partner guidance to drive recommendations for building and product design standards, and the design of new technologies for injury prevention.


December 17, 2020
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm EST