Professor Nicole LaViolette, whose name graces our award at the University of Ottawa, has left Lambda a generous gift of $9,750, bringing the current total of the endowment to over $31,000. Nicole passed away in May after a very brave and determined struggle with cancer. She accomplished a great deal in the area of international human rights even after her illness was first diagnosed four years ago. She was truly an inspiration. Donations to the Nicole LaViolette Friends of Lambda Prize can be made through Lambda and we will forward them to the University of Ottawa.
Two PhD students are sharing our newly named Gary Sealey Friends of Lambda Award for their innovative and bold research. They are Melanie Rickert in Anthropology and Charlotte Hoelke in Canadian Studies. It is the first time the Lambda award at Carleton has been presented under its new name. Melanie won the Lambda Award at Carleton a couple of years ago for her MA research.
The first recipient of the Grant Halle Lambda Foundation Award at Laurentian is Kirby Johnson, a second year Masters student in the Human Kinetics program who focuses on sports, including media coverage. He was particularly interested in the impact of Russia’s antigay law on all the LGBT people who performed at, or attended, the Sochi Olympics. Kirby writes: “My research focuses on Canadian media representations of Article 6.21 of the Russian Federation Code of Administrative Offences (Russia's anti-gay law).
Congratulations to Katelyn Dykstra Dykerman, a second-year PhD student in the Department of English, Film, and Theatre at The University of Manitoba and the current winner of Lambda’s Les McAfee Memorial Award. She tells us: “My current research engages questions regarding the eugenic treatment of LGBTI+ peoples but instead of focusing on historical eugenics, as I have done in my previous research, I discuss current debates regarding LGBTI+ people in the realm of genetics.