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Drs. Martin Connors and Vive Kumar (Faculty of Science and Technology) supervised two students who were awarded Undergraduate Student Research Awards by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council for this past winter term. Each student was awarded $4,500 from NSERC, along with matching funds from AU, to support their engagement in a 16-week, full-time research-focused work experience that complements their academic studies.

Dr. M. Peuramaki-Brown (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences) has been awarded funding ($285,859) from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Insight Grant program for her research project entitled, Becoming an ancient Maya boomtown: people, spaces, and things in East-Central Belize. By focusing on the origins of boomtown development and the question of its sustainability, as it existed in the past, this study will provide an example from a deep historical narrative to bolster larger, modern-day geo-economic and political discussions.

Dr. Shawn Lewenza (Faculty of Science and Technology) has received funding ($10,000) from a Calgary based company for his project entitled, Discovery of novel promoters for commercial biosensor development. This research will examine the use of bacterial biosensors for possible detection of toxic compounds that are environmentally released by the mining or oil and gas industry.

Dr. Scott Ketcheson (Faculty of Science and Technology) has been named Canada Research Chair in Hydrological Sustainability by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. Dr. Ketcheson’s dynamic field-based research aims to help Canadians better understand water availability for wetlands and streams in Alberta, helping to advance their understanding of the function, sensitivity, and vulnerability of ecosystems — particularly, as it relates to human-and climate-induced environmental change. Read more...

Dr. Jennifer Knopp-Sihota (Faculty of Health Disciplines), and her research team, were awarded funds from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Project Grant program for their project entitled Improving Pain Assessment in Nursing Home Residents with Dementia - one out of eight projects funded of a total of 58 submissions from across Canada.

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) announced its results of the 2017 Discovery Grants, Discovery Development Grants, scholarships and fellowships competitions. Read more...



Updated June 26 2018 by Research

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