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2012: The year in research

Read some of the stories from the UPEI Research Blog in 2012
Posted on Friday, 21 December 2012
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In January, we profiled UPEI’s newest Canada Research Chair. Dr. Sophie St-Hilaire is UPEI’s CRC in Integrated Health Research for Sustainable Aquaculture. Read about her in our post Sustainable Aquaculture.

Dr. Michael van den Heuvel, UPEI’s Canada Research Chair in Watershed Ecological Integrity, launched a three year project to build a monitoring network in the waters of the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence. Read about it in our post Keeping an eye on the Northumberland Strait.

UPEI Business student Haley Beer wrote an award-winning paper about applying business practices to not-for-profit organizations. Read about it in “We can help them help more people.”

In early February, UPEI’s Office of Research Development changed its name to Research Services. Find out why at ORD becomes Research Services.

Along with the name change, Research Services shook things up by launching its new web-fillable forms. Read about them in Save a tree. Use our fillable PDF forms.

Dr. Trina Bailey at the Atlantic Veterinary College knows about knee injuries. She had her ACL damaged while hopping between rocks at Nova Scotia’s Peggy’s Cove. She’s investigating new treatments for the equivalent injury in dogs. Read about it “There has to be a better way.”

Dr. Robert Hurta was awarded funding for his research by the TELUS Motorcycle Ride for Dad. The group funds prostate cancer research. Learn more about the project at our post Watch: Bikers, and blueberries, and cancer.

Dr. Leigh O’Brien was a Fulbright Visiting Specialist at the University of Prince Edward Island. Her research into the challenges of students with special needs is both professional and personal. Learn about it in Professional expertise, personal passion.

Dr. Don Desserud, UPEI’s Dean of Arts and a professor of political science led a Research on Tap event entitled “Is it time we elected the Governor General.” Read his central arguments here.

The international media is following closely the progress of an exciting new drug that could be a useful tool in the fight against stroke. Did you know about its roots at UPEI? Read about it at Promising new stroke drug’s UPEI connection.

Dr. Richard Raiswell, assistant professor of history, wants his students to have first-hand knowledge of the ancient books he discusses in his classes. That’s why he set up a video link to the University of Toronto’s archives. Read about it at Old books, new technology.

Dr. Malcolm Murray, professor of philosophy, moonlights as an accomplished playwright. Read about a staging of his latest play, appropriately named, The Philosopher.

The UPEI Research Blog ran a series of videos featuring the research of the Centre for Veterinary Epidemiological Research (CVER). Watch: Maritime Quality Milk around the world, CVER in Southeast Asia, and AVC Research in Chile.

Dr. Ian Dowbiggin, professor of history, writes a blog for Psychology Today. Read one of his posts, hosted on the UPEI Research Blog, here.

June Countryman, assistant professor of music, is conducting research on some of the more playful ways children develop languages. Read about them at Playground songs, chants, and rhymes are forms of literacy.

Dr. Joshua MacFadyen, a research associate of the Institute of Island Studies, co-curated an exhibit at the Confederation Centre for the Arts. Read about it in PEI National Park: a story told in photos.

The UPEI Research Blog began a series of articles on the Student as Scholar initiative. Read about them in “We want to inspire creative thinkers”, Research as Learning, and Learning outside the book. Look for more of these articles in 2013.

In July, we introduced you to the new Margaret and Wallace McCain Chair in Human Development and Health. Learn more about Dr. William Montelpare’s research here.

Dr. Bruce Craig, of the history department, led a Research on Tap about the US election and boldly predicted Barack Obama to be the winner using indicators from history. Read about it here.

Dr. Marina Silva, associate professor of biology, launched a project in the fall where PEI residents can help track the movements and population of red foxes through a new website. Read about it at Spot a red fox? Report it at upei.ca/redfox.

Dr. Jim Sentance, professor of economics at UPEI, weighed into the hot topic of the proposed Harmonized Sales Tax on PEI. Read about it at Hate the politics, not the tax.

Dr. Adam Fenech, director of UPEI’s new Climate Lab, led a Research on Tap with his weather predictions for the winter of 2013. Watch his overview here and read a roundup of the discussion here.

Dr. Dan Hurnik is UPEI’s Industry Chair in Swine Research. He’s working to help detect infectious diseases with a new social media for pig vets. Read about it here.

Dr. Ian Dohoo has been at the Atlantic Veterinary College since it was literally a hole in the ground. Read about his incredible career in The godfather of epidemiology.

Dr. Phillip Smith, professor of psychology, is leading the PEI collection efforts for the International Parenting Survey. Find out how 15 minutes of your time can help influence policy on the Island here.