Knowledge is beautiful. Researchers at the U of S know it better than anyone.
The third annual University of Saskatchewan Images of Research competition was held in the spring of 2017. The competition is an avenue for U of S students, staff, faculty and alumni to showcase the groundbreaking research, scholarly and artistic work taking place at the U of S.
View all of the winning images April 11-13 and April 17-18, 9:30am-4pm on public display in the north concourse of Place Riel.
100 submissions were received. The competition was divided into four thematic categories, a "Viewers' choice" category, and a new "Best description" category:
- From the field: Images which demonstrate the researcher’s experience doing field work anywhere in the world
- More than meets the eye: Images which reveal the subject in greater detail than is possible with the human eye (eg. x-rays, creative expression, microscopic images, computer models, etc.)
- Community and impact: Images which represent the impact the researcher’s work has had or could have on people, the environment, health, the economy, etc.
- Research in action: Images which demonstrate what the researcher's work is all about
- Viewers' choice: Images which received the highest number of votes during a public voting period
- Best description: Images accompanied by the clearest, most informative and most vibrant descriptions and titles
And new this year, a 1-minute video research pitch category was added in celebration of Canada 150th anniversary of confederation, where researchers were asked to explain how their research was making a difference for Canada. Those research pitches are viewable here. The Office of the Vice-President Research would like to thank all of the expert judges and everyone who submitted their work to the competition. Following deliberation by a number of multidisciplinary judging panels, the following submissions were selected as the 2017 Images of Research.
Two pigs. Two Nations. One health. (Grand Prize)I had the incredible experience of being one of six Western College of Veterinary Medicine students participating in Global Vets Africa. Here we had the opportunity to give back to vibrant communities whose health, livelihood and welfare are very much intertwined with that of their livestock. We travelled with veterinarians from the Sokoine University of Agriculture, the only veterinary school in Tanzania, on ambulatory clinic visiting farms like this one, providing veterinary care to their animals. The Global Vets program allows WCVM students a novel perspective on their future profession, gaining insight on how veterinarians outside of Canada adapt to challenges unique to their environment and on the role of animals in international communities.
Bloom where you are planted (Winner - Viewer's Choice, More than Meets the Eye)
These are no ordinary flowers! They are actually a group of aggregating cells, namely a colony of gonocytes, germ cells in the newborn testis that after maturity give rise to sperm. When grown in culture, gonocytes will exhibit various types of cytoplasmic extensions appearing as leaf-like, finger-like or bulges that act as 'limbs' that assist their migration toward each other to form this flowery-like colony. These attributes are crucial in ensuring their survival. Failure to migrate will lead to their death. This research will provide valuable insight into how male germline cells develop and it has implications for preserving male fertility. The image was taken using scanning electron microscopy and was colorized to highlight the formation.