Images of Research Competition 2016

University of Alberta graduate students made 114 submissions to the Images of Research Competition 2016. The submissions highlighted that graduate student research at UAlberta takes place in studios and science labs, in the field and on the ice. From steel joints to self-determination; forest fire sensors to fossil record research; from drag kings to disease-resistant peas, UAlberta graduate student research is diverse and global. A multi-disciplinary 5 person adjudication committee reviewed all submissions and selected winners. The University of Alberta community voted for the People's Choice Award and the winning image garnered 122 votes out of 765 votes. The winning and semifinalist images are available in ERA (the University of Alberta’s digital repository) after the Images of Research exhibition.

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  • 2016

    McKnight, Ellorie

    Climate change is amplified in northern latitudes and has significant impacts on permafrost, glaciers, and vegetation dynamics. Rising air temperatures and more variable precipitation patterns will also have effects on the hydrological cycle. However, some of these effects are not well...

  • 2016

    Rice, Faun

    The tipi reflected in the waters of Sahtu (Great Bear Lake) in Déline, NT, is positioned by the prophet house on the edge of the community. The site celebrates the four Dene prophets and Déline, NT's spiritual power and permanence – a strength contained not only by the community, but also by the...

  • 2016

    Abeysundara, Namal

    My research in the Hughes lab focuses on investigating the role of Moesin during nervous system development. Moesin is involved in maintaining cell integrity by linking membrane-associated proteins to the underlying actin cytoskeleton. We use fruit flies to study Moesin function as only one...

  • 2016

    Herrera, Hansy

    The image provides a generalized idealization of narco-(bio)-literature and the focuses of my doctoral research. Narco-media is an important phenomenon that is part of a nation's national and international “identity”. This particular image explores the objectification of an exotic/plastic woman's...

  • 2016

    Traynor, Jane

    Kata, or fixed patterns, are an element of performance seemingly unique to the Japanese theatre tradition. To further investigate this phenomenon, I am tracing it back to what I believe is its genesis in medieval noh theatre. This is represented here by a ko-omote mask, of which both the inside...

  • 2016

    Jean, Francesca

    We have been studying a gene in zebrafish (called unc119b) that is required for many developmental processes, including eye formation. On the left, is a cross-section of a normal zebrafish eye at 3 days old that has been stained with fluorescent antibodies. The lens is surrounded by green (a lens...

  • 2016

    Molinaro, Darrin

    Current estimates suggest that one in every three species today is either threatened by, or considered at risk of, extinction. Despite such alarming statistics, and mounting evidence of a major biodiversity crisis currently taking place, our understanding of the factors that prevent species'...

  • 2016

    Bao, Tan

    This image is a composite image of two photos of the same sunflower (Helianthus annuus) plant. The aboveground green shoot was taken with a Nikon D90 SLR, and on the same day the belowground root was scanned using an Epson 550 Scanner after removing the soil by excavation. By stitching together...

  • 2016

    Schofield, Jonathon

    Advances in robotic medical technologies have enabled an emerging generation of upper limb prostheses capable of moving with the same complexity and fluidity as a human arm. Yet even the most advanced commercially available systems are unable to communicate sensations of touch and movement to the...

  • 2016

    Stanfield, Ryan

    Plants have evolved a number of interesting features to help facilitate the passage of water and sugar around their tissues. One such molecular structure highlighted here in this balsam poplar leaf blade are aquaporins. As the name implies, aquaporins are small pores that carry water- but have...

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