uOttawa researchers take top SSHRC awards

Posted on Friday, September 15, 2017

Professors Katherine Lippel and Lori Beaman

Professors Katherine Lippel and Lori Beaman

University of Ottawa researchers have started the academic year on a high note, earning two of the top five awards given by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).

Katherine Lippel, a professor in the Civil Law Section of the Faculty of Law, has been awarded the Gold Medal, the council’s highest research honour, which recognizes “sustained leadership, dedication and originality of thought.” She is known worldwide for her pioneering work on occupational health and safety law.

Lori Beaman, a professor in the Department of Classics and Religious Studies, has received the Insight Award for outstanding achievement stemming from a research project funded partially or completely by SSHRC. Her Religion and Diversity Project — a sweeping international study on issues relating to religious diversity — was launched in 2010 with $2.5 million in funding from SSHRC.

“Katherine Lippel and Lori Beaman are at the forefront of research on critical questions of equality in today’s society,” said Sylvain Charbonneau, interim vice-president, research. “The University community applauds their stellar scholarship and leadership in key areas of public policy.”

Katherine Lippel is the third University of Ottawa professor to win the Gold Medal since its inception in 2003, following Shana Poplack in 2012 and Constance Backhouse in 2011.

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