Year in Review: 2016’s Takeover Tuesdays!

Western University, dentistry, Dr. Les Kalman, Schulich School of Medicine and DentistryFor Research Matters, 2016 was filled with cool research news and stories from Ontario’s universities. We had the chance to showcase some pretty ground-breaking stuff on our website, blog, and social media channels.

We even let the researchers take the reins…once a week, that is. Every Tuesday, researchers participated in our Researcher Takeover Tuesday series on Instagram, taking over our feed for the day and sharing their important research with our followers.

Take a look at our 11 takeovers from 2016!

Studying Pink Snow Mold (University of Guelph)

The series began in July with the University of Guelph’s Masters of Science candidate, Sara Stricker. Stricker studies environmental science, particularly a plant disease called Microdochium Patch, aka Pink Snow Mold, that occurs on golf courses. With her research, Stricker hopes to generate predictions on how future climate change conditions will affect this disease and to examine a new, more environmentally-friendly, control product.

Science time (Ryerson University)

Dr. Imogen Coe is the Dean of Science at Ryerson University and is a professor with research interests in the structure, function, and regulation of transporters and other membrane proteins. Dr. Coe is also a member of the Scientific Advisory Board at the Ontario Science Centre.

DNA barcoding (University of Guelph)

The Centre for Biodiversity Genomics (CBG) is best known for its role in leading the development of DNA barcoding as a tool for specimen identification and species discovery. Its unique research capacity reflects the coupling of one of Canada’s largest genomics platforms with a workforce that includes world-class expertise in biodiversity science, DNA sequencing, and informatics. The Collections Unit is primarily responsible for the sourcing, digitization, and archiving of samples at the CBG.

Studying those pearly whites (Western University)

Dr. Les Kalman is an assistant professor and Chair of the DOCS program at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at Western University. His research includes medical technology relevant to the clinical industry.

Dawn Bazely, York University, arctic, biology, botany, Adventure CanadaWine time (Brock University)

Kimberley Cathline is a Masters of Science candidate at Brock University in Biological Sciences, and also works at Vineland Research & Innovation Centre. Her thesis is investigating changes in gene expression in Vitis vinifera cv. Cabernet franc berries during post-harvest withering. The berries undergo metabolic changes that allow for the ability to craft premium Appassimento-style wines, which are bold and unique, a highly beneficial wine-making tool in cool climate regions such as Ontario.

The (un)making of the teacher (UOIT)

Diana Petrarca is an associate professor at UOIT in the faculty of education. Her current project, The (Un)Making of the Teacher, incorporates visual methods to document how the conceptions of a small group of teacher candidates evolve as they progress through a Bachelor of Education program. One of the final outcomes of this project will be a documentary film.

Intrepid arctic exploring (York University)

Dawn Bazely is an ecology professor at York University who has studied the effects of snow geese grazing on Hudson Bay saltmarshes and has done research all over the arctic. Earlier this year, she was invited to be the resident botanist on three Adventure Canada cruises. Her takeover documented her experiences on her latest cruise from Greenland to Nunavut in August.

The heart of the matter (University of Guelph)

Glen Pyle is a professor of cardiology at the University of Guelph’s Centre for Cardiovascular Investigations. His lab investigates the molecular basis of heart failure, including the development of novel treatments. His research interests range from sex-dependent differences in the heart to the genetics of canine dilated cardiomyopathy to drug design for heart failure.

Examining the neuroscience behind addictions (McMaster University)

The Cognitive Neuroscience of Addictions Lab (CNALab) at McMaster University is directed by Dr. Michael Amlung. The team uses neuroimaging and experimental psychology techniques to study the neural and behavioural factors that contribute to addictive disorders, with the goal of improving diagnosis and treatment.

Brock University, wine, grapes, Kimberley Cathline, Vineland Research & Innovation Centre, Biological SciencesBees, butterflies, and global change (University of Ottawa)

The Canadian Facility for Ecoinformatics Research at the University of Ottawa works at the intersection of macroecology, global change, and conservation biology. The lab uses cutting edge research tools and datasets generated by citizen science and remote sensing, answering questions about what drives patterns in global biodiversity, and how species are responding to global change pressures.

Teaching mindfulness (Laurentian University)

Diana Coholic is a social work professor at Laurentian University. Her research team has developed a 12-week arts-based mindfulness group program, Holistic Arts-Based Program (HAP). The application of arts-based activities is especially relevant for marginalized young people as these processes are highly engaging and enjoyable.

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