Faculty of Arts & Science

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Welcome to the Faculty of Arts & Science

We are the founding academic faculty at the University of Lethbridge with over 40 disciplines.

Oki, and welcome to the University of Lethbridge. Our University’s Blackfoot name is Iniskim, meaning Sacred Buffalo Stone. The University is located in traditional Blackfoot Confederacy territory. We honour the Blackfoot people and their traditional ways of knowing in caring for this land, as well as all Aboriginal peoples who have helped shape and continue to strengthen our University community.

The Faculty of Arts & Science offers three very diverse degree programs: Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc), and Bachelor of Science (BSc). As a liberal education based system, you must select courses from the humanities, social sciences, and sciences as part of your degree program requirements. As such, you have the opportunity to study from within your areas of interest even if these areas are not part of your major. You can make your uLethbridge degree exactly that - YOUR degree - individualized to what you want to study.

The Faculty of Arts & Science stands with all those who seek a world free from the racism and related violence that plagues our world and our community. Read the full statement from Matthew G. Letts, Incoming Dean, Faculty of Arts & Science.

Arts & Science Events

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Faculty News

RDAR funding award supporting U of L research into health of queen bees and their colonies

Queen bee might sound like a nice title to hold but when it comes to honey bees, the title carries the responsibility of being the sole reproductive female in the colony. With queen health so critically linked to the success or failure of a colony, it’s a lot of pressure.
 
A new study by University of Lethbridge biological sciences researcher Dr. Shelley Hoover is examining the linkages between queen health and colony success, and the factors that mediate these relationships. The project, The Royal Treatment: Improving honey bee queen health as the basis of integrated colony health, is supported by a four-year, $496,513 funding grant from Results Driven Agricultural Research (RDAR).
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U of L researchers net $1.8 million to help solve the mysteries of Alzheimer’s disease

University of Lethbridge researchers are looking at the potential for cannabis compounds to treat or even prevent Alzheimer’s disease, as well as to track and possibly stop abnormal proteins from spreading damage in the brain with $1.8 million in funding grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

Dr. Robert McDonald and his team at the U of L’s Canadian Centre for Behavioural Neuroscience (CCBN), will use preclinical animal models to investigate marijuana compounds as potential treatments for Alzheimer’s disease.

In the other project, Dr. Robert Sutherland and his team at the CCBN will use an animal model to look more closely at two misfolded proteins associated with Alzheimer’s disease — amyloid beta and tau.

Elder led research and creation project Mootookakio’ssin reactivates Indigenous objects

Mootookakio’ssin, at its simplest description, is a project to create detailed images of historical Blackfoot objects housed in British museums. At its most complex, it is creating a virtual home for Indigenous objects, a place to reactivate the Blackfoot relations within them and transfer that knowledge all the way from Britain back to their peoples in southern Alberta.

After two years of research, construction and creation, this collaborative project between University of Lethbridge and UK researchers, led by Blackfoot advisors and elders, is coming to fruition, culminating in presentations, exhibitions, workshops, and the launch of the digital object microsite in summer 2021, to be housed in the Blackfoot Digital Library.

Attached photo: Melissa Shouting leads a beading workshop in the U of L Art Gallery (pre COVID-19).

Study into the effects of medical cannabis cultivars on COVID-19 virus advances to clinical study stage

After receiving international attention, two University of Lethbridge studies that explored the potential for certain cannabis extracts to be used as additional therapies to combat COVID-19 have undergone peer review and have now been published in Aging, a top, open-access, bio-medical journal.

The studies by Drs. Igor and Olga Kovalchuk, both U of L biology professors, were conducted in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. They investigated the ways specific Cannabis sativa extracts could be used as adjunct treatments for COVID-19. With the need to get relevant research out as quickly as possible to help combat the pandemic, their findings were originally released as preprints. The studies, In search of preventive strategies and Fighting the storm  found that certain cannabis extracts, including those high in cannabidiol (CBD), help prevent the SARS-CoV-2 virus from entering cells and help ward off cytokine storms that can lead to acute respiratory distress syndrome. High-CBD cannabis extracts are not psychoactive.

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U of L master’s student helps develop a better way to measure drug loading, enhance vaccine efficacy

In a recently published article in ACS Nano, a high-impact nanoscience and nanotechnology journal, University of...

Submissions now being accepted for 2022 Bridge Prize literary competition

Canada’s richest post-secondary writing prize is accepting submissions for its 2022 competition. The Bridge...

McCain Foundation investment paves the way for U of L studentships in sustainable agriculture

Thanks to a $280,000 investment by the McCain Foundation, University of Lethbridge graduate students will further...

U of L iGEM team wins big in two provincial competitions

The University of Lethbridge iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machine) team continues to excel,...

U of L researchers net $1.8 million to help solve the mysteries of Alzheimer’s disease

University of Lethbridge researchers are looking at the potential for cannabis compounds to treat or even prevent...

Dr. Athan Zovoilis receives prestigious Cozzarelli Prize

Dr. Athan Zovoilis is among the recipients of the 2020 Cozzarelli Prize for his 2020 work published in the...

Lethbridge Regional Science Fair stays virtual for 2021

The Southern Alberta Technology Council (SATC), which has organized the Lethbridge Regional Science Fair and...

U of L scientists add to knowledge of RNA-based mechanisms underlying Alzheimer’s disease

University of Lethbridge researchers who found a new molecular mechanism involved in Alzheimer’s disease (AD...

Study into the effects of medical cannabis cultivars on COVID-19 virus advances to clinical study stage

After receiving international attention, two University of Lethbridge studies that explored the potential for...

From Lethbridge to Zurich

Drs. Dylan Johnson (BA ’10) and Matthew Pawlak (BA ’14) never met when they were undergraduates...

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Faculty Stories

Allison Farfus (BSc '17) is a Rural Resident Doctor with a Passion for Patients’ Stories

Dr. Allison Farfus (BSc '17) completed her U of L biological sciences degree in 2017 as the Faculty of Arts and Science Gold Medal Recipient. Now, as a resident doctor in rural family medicine through …

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With Empathy, Diligence & Drive, Three Alumni Follow their Passion to Medical School

Leah Brummelhuis (BSc '17), Darren Van Essen (BSc '20) and Chad Beck (BSc '20) are three alumni with an inspiring story. While these medical students are very different, they share a sense of …

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Research Internship Concentration - Darren Van Essen (BSc '20)

"I'm currently in med school at the University of Calgary. The RIC definitely contributed to my application to med school by fostering strong independent learning skills and founding a definite interest in research …

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For Katrina Taylor, every problem in the world is an opportunity to create change

"My independent studies in health sciences have opened many doors, taught me so much and connected me to so many people. Outside of the university, I met physicians and learned things that I would …

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Research Internship Concentration - first-year biological sciences student Alyssa Groves

"Definitely apply to be in the RIC! It has helped me so much not only with research but in my other classes as well!" ~ Alyssa Groves

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Research Internship Concentration - first-year biological sciences student Brianna Constable

"Once I graduate, I plan on going into animal rehabilitation and animal education. The RIC has provided me with the skills to eventually work on animal research, further educate myself and others, and potentially …

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Research Internship Concentration - fourth-year biological sciences student Nadia Hand

"I was drawn to the RIC program for the opportunities to conduct biological research in my undergrad, to meet like-minded individuals and connect with professionals at various levels." ~ Nadia Hand

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Cassady Campos Catches a Glimpse Behind the Scenes of the Software Development Cycle During his Co-op Work Terms

Cassady completed two co-op work terms in the summers of his second and third year, working as a software developer for the Calgary-based tech company Arcurve. What he didn’t expect was the chance …

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Research Internship Concentration - fourth-year biological sciences student Karen Shamash

"The RIC is an outstanding program if you're pursuing any career in the scientific community! In the RIC, you can gain excellent hands-on experience and develop your skills before graduating." ~ Karen Shamash

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