Three Carleton University early career researchers received support today from the federal government’s New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF) to pursue multidisciplinary projects in the diverse fields of language and computer programming, telling stories about endangered species, and energy-efficient buildings.

Each project is receiving up to $250,000 over the next two years from the new fund, which enables leading-edge research not traditionally supported in the past. Science Minister Kirsty Duncan made the announcement today.

Prof. Zoe Todd in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and Prof. Ozayr Saloojeeat the Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism are joining forces with two colleagues from Athabasca University to develop an adaptable digital toolkit for storytelling about pressing environmental issues in Alberta’s Bighorn Country.

Starting with a case study of the decline of the bull trout, researchers will work with artists, computer programmers, scientists, Indigenous knowledge keepers, journalists and other community stakeholders to study and communicate rapidly evolving environmental and species concerns, increase public appreciation for those species, and foster meaningful change to policy processes.

Congratulations, Zoe!