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Our Research

Research programs in the Faculty of Science include those that are discipline based and those that are interdisciplinary. An example of the former is topology, which involves mathematics; an example of the latter is environmental research, which can involve chemistry, geology, and biology.

Canada Research Chairs in Science

Dr. Peter Leavitt
Tier I CRC: Environmental Change and Society
Dr. Chris Somers
A Tier II CRC: Wildlife and Environmental Mutagenesis
Dr. Chris Yost
A Tier II CRC: Microbes, The Environment, and Food Safety

Dr. Sandra Zilles
Tier II CRC: Computational Learning


Departmental Research Programs

CIHR- and NSERC-Funded Research Programs

Approximately 60 members in the Faculty of Science maintain research programs that receive funding support from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council.

  • 3 CIHR researchers in Science (2009 to 2013)
  • 56 NSERC researchers in Science (2009 to 2013)

A Selection of Recent Research Advances Achieved in Regina

  • A 15-year effort to measure the structure of the pion, a short-lived quark-antiquark particle was completed by physicists. This experiment was first proposed to in 1993, with data obtained in 1997, and the final archival paper of the results was published in 2008. (Journal Article)
  • Chemists have shown that cationic phosphinidenes reversibly coordinate phosphines, demonstrating that in this regard they differ significantly from the well studied neutral electrophilic phosphinidenes. (Journal Article)
  • A classification of semigroups of endomorphisms in the theory of noncommutative dynamics has demonstrated explicitly that any E(0)-semigroup admits uncountably many non-conjugate cocycle perturbations. (Journal Article)
  • Biochemists have initiated the study of the functions of Eph receptors in lymphoid cells, with a future goal of understanding the role of the EphB6 receptor in the regulation of cancer T cells. (Journal Article)
  • Computer scientists have created HotMap software*, a visualisation technology for Web searching. Researchers have applied for four patents in Canada and US respectively, and an incubation project to commercialise this technology is under way with SpringBoard West Innovations. (Principal Investigator)
  • New insights on the relationship between shoot and root phenology, which is needed to understand the overall response of vegetation to global warming, have recently been uncovered by biologists. (Journal Article)
  • Using high-pressure, high-temperature experiments, geoligists have shown that gold solubilities can be very high in CO2-dominated fluids, which is an outcome that runs contrary to current gold mineralisation theories. (Journal Article)
  • A bird called the Common Poorwill has been found under natural circumstances to allow its body temperature to fall to less than 5 degrees C as a strategy to conserve energy when food supply is low, making it the only bird in the world capable of hibernation. (Journal Article)
  • A mathematical proof of theoretical predictions about certain non-local observables for the two-dimensional Ising model at criticality has been established. (Journal Article)
  • A new algorithm, called Multi-Tree Cubing, has been developed by computer scientists for computing an iceberg cube, which is one of the most expensive operations in on-line analytical processing. (Journal Article)
  • A compositional study of the Gao-Guenie (H5) meteorite was made by geologists and astronomers. (Journal Article)

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