From everyone at UPEI’s Office of Research Development, have a great holiday season. And while you sip eggnog and cut another chunk off the cheese ball, why not read some of these highlights from the ORD Blog…
In July, we told you about Dr. Steven Casper, UPEI’s 2009 Fulbright Chair in Biomedical Sciences. Casper mapped the social networks within PEI’s emerging bioscience cluster, and compared it to other clusters around the world. Read a bit about his research in this post, and watch his entire lecture here.
In August, the ORD Blog wrote about the research of Dr. Greg Keefe at AVC. Keefe is the director of Maritime Quality Milk, and one of UPEI’s two Innovation PEI Industry Research Chairs. Keefe’s lab has developed a low-cost, easy-to-use kit for dairy farmers to help them decide whether to treat infections with antibiotics. Read more here, and here.
Also in August, we told you about the work of Dr. Michael van den Heuvel, Canada Research Chair in Watershed Ecological Integrity, and Dr. Natacha Hogan, assistant professor of Biology, in northern Alberta. They’re studying fish living in artificial lakes created to remediate waste from major oil sands projects. Read about their research here.
When Hogan isn’t working on her fish project in Alberta, she’s studying frogs on PEI. Her lab recently acquired a stock of Nigerian frogs. Read about how she’s using this exotic species to understand an Island problem. She also worked this summer with Dr. Maria Forzan, a wildlife pathologist with the Canadian Cooperative Wildlife Health Centre, Atlantic Region (CCWHC), to find evidence of a frog-killing fungus on the Island. Read about that work here.
In September, we brought you the story of Dr. Kat e Tilleczek, Canada Research Chair in Child/Youth Cultures and Transitions. She’s finishing a three-year study for the Ontario Ministry of Education about the often difficult jump students experience between elementary and high school. Read about her research in this post.
Dr. Ed MacDonald, acting Chair of the Department of History, told us a bit about the history of tourism on the Island in this post. MacDonald will lead the discussion in the January edition of Research on Tap. See you at Mavor’s on Tuesday, January 12, at 7 p.m. Come back for more details as we get closer to the day.
In October, we learned more about Dr. Russell Kerr’s research. Kerr is Canada Research Chair in Marine Natural Products and Innovation PEI Industry Research Chair. His lab has developed a technique to extract and produce a compound useful in cosemeceuticals and pharmaceuticals. Read about his work, with and without scuba gear, here.
We learned more of Dr. Laurie McDuffee’s research in October, too. McDuffee is an equine surgeon, associate professor, and researcher at the Atlantic Veterinary College. Her most recent work is on the regeneration of bone tissue in horses. Read more here.
Dr. Fiona Walton told us in November about a research symposium in Iqaluit, Nunavut. It was a chance for the 21 graduates of the first ever master’s-level program offered in Nunavut to share their knowledge. Read more here.
Also in November, we told you about Dr. Crawford Revie’s research. He’s Canada Research Chair in Population Health: Epi-informatics. Revie has been compiling massive amounts of data about the health of salmon in aquaculture settings around the world, and is mining it for evidence and trends of emerging disease. Read more here.
These are just some of the highlights from the past six months of the ORD Blog. Come back in the New Year and we’ll have a fresh batch prepared.