Monday, August 30 – Thunder Bay, Ont.
by Jacklyn Bucik
Dr. Pauline Sameshima, Lakehead University’s Canada Research Chair in Arts Integrated Studies, is part of an international team of researchers recently awarded a five year, $26.5-million (USD) grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to try a new strategy for curing HIV.
Known as the HIV Obstruction by Programmed Epigenetics (HOPE) Collaboratory, the multi-institution collaboratory will be led by researchers at Gladstone Institutes, Scripps Research Florida, and Weill Cornell Medicine. Their approach, which aims to both silence and permanently remove HIV from the body, takes advantage of knowledge about how other viruses have become naturally inactivated over time.
“This is a fundamentally different approach to targeting HIV than what everyone else has been trying,” said Dr. Melanie Ott, Director of the Gladstone Institute of Virology, and the program director and a principal investigator of the HOPE Collaboratory. “I think it’s extremely important for us to explore a broad range of scientific approaches to find the best cure for people living with HIV, as quickly as we can.”
A world-leading expert in education and curriculum development using the arts, Sameshima will be a co-investigator working alongside Dr. Patricia Defechereux, the community engagement coordinator at HOPE, to develop the Community Arts Integrated Research (CAIR) plan.
“It is so exciting to be part of this multi-disciplinary team of researchers that is taking this new approach to curing HIV,” said Sameshima. “My role on this team demonstrates the importance of educators on research teams and the necessity for collaborative interdisciplinary, diverse, and inclusive perspectives being valued in high-level research.”
Utilizing the award-winning Parallaxic Praxis research model, which invites multiple perspectives and recognizes different forms of learning through artful and creative ways, Sameshima and Defechereux will work with community members to create innovative CAIR approaches that will not only enable the development of an HIV cure curriculum that resonates at local levels in different countries, and among historically under-represented groups in HIV research and educational effort (women, Black, Indigenous, and transgender individuals and people who use substances), but also allow for the scientists and medical field to learn about the needs of the populations they serve. The end goal is for learning and understanding to travel in multiple ways.
The CAIR approach will see insights from communities disproportionately affected by HIV shared with scientists and others to develop new, culturally relevant community-generated curricula based on the HOPE scientific plan. The curricula will include stories, plays, documentaries, paintings, poetry, and other modes to stimulate conversation, provoke thinking, and provide feedback.
Ultimately, these creative works will provide knowledge to communities and scientists on how to communicate HIV cure research to the broader public in multiple forms people may understand. Cure research can be shared through events such as public art displays, exhibitions and community gatherings. Imaginative lay-language for HIV cure will aid community understanding, satisfaction, and acceptance of research and ultimately HIV cure(s).
“As we have seen with COVID-19 vaccine rollout, misinformation and unclear messaging are often the reasons why we see vaccine hesitancy,” explained Sameshima. “The arts are a unique and powerful vehicle for knowledge dissemination, one that will help to increase HIV cure literacy.”
Sameshima will play a lead role in creating the HIV cure education curriculum (in collaboration with Defechereux, the HOPE scientific team, community partners and community members) to be used in the arts activities. She will design study cohorts; host CAIR training for HOPE staff who will conduct research; and co-lead the focus group cohorts with participants in the United States and other international sites. She will also conduct data analyses (in collaboration with artists and students) and art-making collectives.
“The fact that arts integrated research is such a significant component of this ground-breaking research is extraordinary,” said Sameshima. “I am so grateful to Lakehead University for supporting my work in arts integration. I am honoured to be part of this high-calibre scientific team at the forefront of epigenetic research.”
“Congratulations to this international team on securing this significant research grant,” said Dr. Andrew P. Dean, Vice-President, Research and Innovation at Lakehead University. “More and more we are seeing that big questions in research require multiple interdisciplinary views to tackle those questions. This is an excellent example of how research in arts and education can add a whole new dimension to research in the health sciences area.”
More information about the HOPE Collaborative and the new approach to curing HIV can be found at https://gladstone.org/news/new-approach-curing-hiv.
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About the HOPE Collaboratory
The executive committee for the HOPE Collaboratory is led by Program Director Melanie Ott from Gladstone Institutes, and includes Principal Investigators Susana Valente from Scripps Research and Lishomwa Ndhlovu from Weill Cornell Medicine, as well as Co-Investigator Douglas Nixon from Weill Cornell Medicine. Operations will be overseen by Danielle Lyons from Gladstone, the collaboratory’s program manager.
The Hope Collaboratory also includes three co-directors for different research programs (Warner Greene and Nadia Roan from Gladstone, and Priti Kumar from Yale School of Medicine), a community engagement coordinator (Patricia Defechereux from Gladstone), 10 members (Cedric Feschotte from Cornell University, Joachim Hauber from Heinrich-Pette-Institut in Germany, Julie Ake and Denise Hsu from the US Military HIV Research Program, Esper Kallas from the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil, Niren Murthy from UC Berkeley, Eric Verdin from Buck Institute for Research on Aging, Betty Mwesigwa and Hannah Kibuuka from the Makerere University Walter Reed Project in Uganda, and Pauline Sameshima from Lakehead University), and four consultants (Jennifer Doudna from UC Berkeley, Gladstone, and the Innovative Genomics Institute; Peter Glazer from Yale School of Medicine; Avi Nath from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke; and Mauricio Martins from Scripps Research).
In addition, the HOPE Collaboratory will work in partnership with the Last Gift Study led by Sara Gianella and Davey Smith at UC San Diego and the African Cohort Study (AFRICOS) led by Julie Ake at the US Military HIV Research Program, as well as with the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and industry partners Amgen, Constellation Pharmaceuticals, and Sangamo Therapeutics. The HOPE Collaboratory is supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of the National Institutes of Health under award number UM1AI164559.
Pauline Sameshima, HIV, Education, Arts Integrated Studies, Gladstone Institutes, HOPE Collaboratory
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The Royal Society of Canada (RSC) and its members have included Lakehead University’s Dr. Pauline Sameshima among the incoming class of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.
Dr. Sameshima, Canada Research Chair in Arts Integrated Studies and Professor in the Faculty of Education, is one of 50 new Members of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists, which includes top mid-career leaders in Canada.
The College provides the RSC with a multi-generational capacity to help Canada and the world address major challenges and seize new opportunities including those identified in emerging fields.
Dr. Sameshima is the second Lakehead professor to be included in the incoming class of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. The RSC inducted Dr. Chris Mushquash, from Psychology, into the class in 2017. Recognition by the RSC is the highest honour an individual can achieve in the Arts, Social Sciences and Sciences.
The RSC selected Dr. Sameshima based on her innovative work in curriculum theory, poetic inquiry, teaching, research dissemination, and civic engagement development.
“I am humbled that President McPherson nominated me,” she said, “and I’m honoured that the work on community engagement, collaboration, researching, teaching, and learning through the arts is being recognized.
“The arts nurture imagination, decision-making, and flexibility of thought – critical skills needed to re-invent new curricula for our lives as we navigate the pressing breakdowns in our earth, health, and social systems.”
Dr. Sameshima joined Lakehead University in 2012. She is a curriculum theorist who works on interdisciplinary teams across science and humanities fields to mobilize research to broad audiences and provide innovation to collaborations.
She is the Director of the Arts Integrated Research (AIR) Lab, Curator of the Lakehead Research Education Galleries, and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies.
“Congratulations to Pauline and thank you to the RSC for recognizing her important work,” said Dr. Moira McPherson, Lakehead’s President and Vice-Chancellor. “She is a highly innovative researcher and artist who brings her unique vision to every project she partakes in.”
Founded in 1882, the Royal Society of Canada advises the government and the larger society, recognizes excellence, and promotes a culture of knowledge and innovation in Canada and with other national academies around the world.
“The Royal Society of Canada is delighted to recognise this year’s exceptional cohort of inductees, as the contributions of these outstanding artists, scholars and scientists have significantly impacted their respective disciplines at both national and international levels,” said RSC President Jeremy McNeil.
The 2020 roster of truly remarkable individuals will be invited to accept membership to the RSC on Friday, Nov. 27 in Toronto.
This induction builds on the achievements of Dr. Roger Mitchell, Professor Emeritus of Geology at Lakehead University, who was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1994, one of the highest honours bestowed upon a scientist in Canada.
2020 Society of Professors of Education Outstanding Book Award for Parallaxic Praxis and Honourable Mention for Ma: Materiality in Teaching and Learning! News story by Jan Oakley.
by Jan Oakley
Dr. Pauline Sameshima’s award recognizes her work over the past years in transforming the University space—quite literally—through the establishment of six art gallery spaces on campus, as well as one virtual gallery. Known as GALLERIES@LAKEHEADU, the Galleries promote University wellness by enhancing the physical environment through aesthetic and intellectual enrichment.
Showcasing creative works of Lakehead researchers, students, and community artists, the galleries promote interdisciplinary research and social responsibility. Past exhibits have included projects relating to climate change, food sustainability, Indigenous knowledge, methamphetamine addiction, and dementia. The exhibitions are juried, engaging both community artists and academics and including international jurors and researchers.
“Current research attests to how innovating working spaces improve happiness, productivity and wellbeing,” Pauline explains. “The galleries are intentional means to mobilize research, develop partnerships across disciplines, share research across campus, invite mingling across communities, create university community engagement, and promote and celebrate Lakehead research.”
By Jan Oakley, Lakehead Education News:
Robin Faye, a visual artist and Master of Education student with a focus on Environmental and Sustainability Education, has created an art piece (see below) currently on display at the “Breaking Ground” exhibition at the Baggage Building Arts Centre in Thunder Bay.
The artwork is an interactive piece about pedagogical learning spaces. Robin created it as part of an arts-integrated research project conducted by Dr. Pauline Sameshima, her thesis supervisor. The artwork invites viewers to gently move inside it and sit on a meditation cushion to contemplate.
Robin explains that Dr. Sameshima worked with yoga teachers in her research, inviting the participants to write about their training process and respond to art she had created. Robin then read what the participants had written, and responded with the creation of her own piece, which deliberately remains untitled.
“My artwork is my impression of the yoga teachers’ experiences,” she explains. “Viewers will have their own interpretations of it, but some themes include contemplation, personal growth, and internal experiences. It references a snake skin, as one of the participants described her experience of growing as a yoga teacher to be like shedding her skin, like a snake.”
Robin adds that arts-integrated research is a dialogic process between artist and participant, with a goal of authentic expression. It’s a fluid process that can change according to context – much like one’s impressions of art.
Robin’s artwork was selected as the cover art for the show, which is a spring exhibition of multidisciplinary works by 20 artists. It is on view until June 29th at the Baggage Building Arts Centre in Thunder Bay.
Her work is also exhibited online at Lakehead University's Arts Integrated Studies Virtual Gallery, which is curated by a jury coordinated by Dr. Sameshima.
By Jan Oakley, Lakehead Education News.
Dr. Pauline Sameshima (Professor and Canada Research Chair in Arts Integrated Studies), has won a SSHRC “Aid to Scholarly Journals” grant, for the open-access Journal of the Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies (JCACS). Dr. Sameshima is Editor-in-Chief of JCACS. Lakehead Doctoral student, Holly Tsun Haggarty, is the Associate and Managing Editor of JCACS.
The three-year award, valued over $100,000, will support this Canadian journal in continuing to publish the most innovative and provocative curriculum work in Canada — experimenting in various modes of knowledge mobilization, and increasing dissemination, discoverability and readership of original research results.
JCACS publishes articles semi-annually in both French and English that address curriculum issues of interest to Canada and Canadians and an international readership such as curriculum pedagogies in elementary and secondary schools, undergraduate and graduate courses, and informal or community-based settings. The journal aims to reflect the diverse scholarship of the members of the Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies, which includes the special interest groups: Science Education Research Group, Language and Literacy Researchers of Canada, Regroupement pour l’étude de l’éducation francophone en milieu minoritaire, Canadian Critical Pedagogy Association, and the Arts Researchers and Teachers Society.
"The funding is critical to developing a sustainable, accessible, and inclusive journal. We will be able to operationalize our goals of including bilingual abstracts, publish more French articles, support social media dissemination, develop mentorship/community dialogues, and update and secure our current platform, Dr. Sameshima says. "We are so grateful for the support of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council."
By Jan Oakley, Lakehead Education News:
Congratulations to Dr. Pauline Sameshima (Professor and Canada Research Chair in Arts Integrated Studies), who has won a 2018 Contribution to Research Award for her relevant research activities over the past three years.
The award recognizes Dr. Sameshima’s productivity in quantity and quality, her interdisciplinary range, and her scholarly outputs such as peer-reviewed journals and books while she creates, disseminates, and curates research through the arts. It also recognizes her mentorship of graduate students, her attainment of funding, and her research collaboration with scholars across disciplines.
“The arts offer loving ways to engage communities in collaborative research, and through the arts, we can share research with different communities. I am honoured to have received this award and am grateful to co-researchers, community partners, graduate students, and Lakehead for making my work possible,” she says.
One of Dr. Sameshima's endeavors includes the addition of two new research art galleries that opened at Lakehead this year. She curates the Galleries@LakeheadU spaces, which are made up of five different locations for displaying research done at the University.
Below: Pauline Sameshima with Anne Klymenko (Director of the Office of Research Services) in front of artworks created by Pauline Sameshima and Patricia Morchel (PhD student at Columbia University, NY).
Page 8 of Lakehead 2019 Showcase Report
Distinguished Researcher Panel: Valorizing Process and Progress in Interdisciplinary Research: Reflections from the Equity in Birthing Care Program
This panel discussion explored the strengths and challenges of interdisciplinary health research and how using an interdisciplinary framework has shaped our individual thinking as researchers, and the evolution of the the Equity in Birthing Care research program over time.
Health Technology Forum: Technologies Engagig Communities Exhibition: Innovations in Research Dissemination and Knowledge Mobilization
by Jan Oakley is in the Education Exchange Newsletter, January 2019, p. 9.