2016 winning entries

We asked faculty, staff, and postdoctoral fellows to send us their "Best Shots" of their research.  The entries showcased the diverse scholarly and artistic work of our faculty and staff.  Below are our favorite shots.

Creativity & Performance

Submitted by: Lisa Doolittle (Theatre & Drama), Callista Chasse (graduate student, Master of Social Work), and Corey Makolowksi (graduate student, Master of Arts in Education)

Can making and presenting a dance-theatre production with a mixture of performers with and without disabilities spark changes in the perception of adults with developmental disabilities? Can it influence social policies, breaking down barriers for people with disabilities in education and employment? The Unlimited show blurred differences between disabled and non-disabled.  Audience surveys and qualitative data show that this arts-based process of inclusion built capacities in all participants, brought policy-makers to the theatre, and changed many minds and hearts. 

Earth & Environment

Submitted by: Hester Jiskoot (Geography)

A student takes precise compass measurements of crevasse orientation and inclination angle. These structural glaciology measurements are used together with ice velocity and melt measurements to model how complex glacier systems respond to climate change and how this impacts fresh water resources and sea level change. Rock material scattered over the ice surface slows melt in some places but accelerates it in others. The large icefall in the background depicts the merger of two glaciers, which impacts alpine landscape development and glacier retreat rates. 

Healthy Futures

Submitted by: Jocken Bocksnick (Kinesiology & Physical Education)

The objective of the Fitball Exercise Program for older adults, which is currently in its 18th season, has been to facilitate individuals' postural balance. People lift weights when they desire to become stronger; they run, walk, swim or bike when they want to increase their cardiovascular fitness; they stretch when they see a need to improve their range of motion.  In this program, I try to get participants off balance to focus on their responsiveness for regaining balance.  I have been in blessed in studying the delivery of exercise activities and their effect on a group of “Living Dinosaurs,” who have been extremely kind and patient in their program participation and in their sharing of wisdom with students and me.

Organizations, Culture, & Society

Submitted by Kristine Alexander (History)

150 years ago, London, England was the capital city of the biggest empire in the world. It was also home to thousands of impoverished children. This photo depicts a reconstruction of a classroom in the Copperfield Road Ragged School in east London. Ragged schools, so named because of the physical appearance of some of their students, were institutions initially established in the mid-nineteenth century to educate (and often feed and clothe) destitute British children. The Copperfield Road school, which educated thousands of young people, was founded by Dr. Thomas Barnardo, a social reformer who was also responsible for a migration scheme that sent tens of thousands of impoverished “home children” to Canada between the late nineteenth century and the 1920s. The youngsters who occupied these desks had to contend with poverty, pollution, overcrowding, and uncertain futures – yet they also demonstrated curiosity, resilience, and the ability to learn. 

Origins & Explorations

Submitted by Rob Laird (Biological Sciences)

The photo is a depiction of Lemna minor, also known as duckweed, a tiny aquatic plant native to Alberta but found throughout the world. Duckweed is used in my lab to study ecology and evolution with a focus on aging, competition, and population dynamics.

People's Choice (as determined by the most online votes)

Submitted by Roy Golsteyn (Biological Sciences)

The Blanket flower (Gaillardia aristata) is bright, showy native prairie plant that is well known to gardeners and hikers.  But it has captured the attention of my laboratory (Cancer Cell Laboratory) at the University of Lethbridge as well.  Gaillardia contains potent chemicals that affect cancer cells, suggesting that this plant, like several other prairie plants, has anti-cancer potential.  The investigation of Gaillardia is part the Prairie of Pharmacy Research Program, which brings together cancer biology, botany, chemistry, traditional knowledge and the pharmaceutical industry.  Sometimes healthy futures have a surprising start: a beautiful flower, a bit of science, and a motivated team of students and faculty who want to find the next cancer drug.