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Faculty of Science researchers’ breakthroughs 2023

December 7, 2023 — 

In the ever-evolving landscape of scientific breakthroughs, the Faculty of Science at the University of Manitoba has once again proven to be a center of pioneering research and innovation. As we wrap up the year 2023, it is both a privilege and excitement to look back at some of the researchers’ breakthroughs made by brilliant minds in the Faculty of Science.

1. How to ensure 5G network security with AI – An interview with rising talent Azadeh Tabiban, assistant professor, department of computer science.

2. The dinosaur in the coal mine – Will Bugg received a 2023 University of Manitoba Distinguished Dissertation award for his PhD research in Biological Sciences.

3. CBC Sudbury: ‘Hunting highways’: How human infrastructure changed the relationship between wolves and deer – Wolves Voyageurs Project led by Sean Johnson-Bice, PhD candidate at the department of biological sciences.

4. As you lichen: UM research receives NSERC Alliance International Collaboration Grant – (Watch the exclusive interview with John Sorenson, professor, associate head undergraduate at the department of chemistry).

5. On being appointed as a Distinguished Professor – Can-Ming Hu’s journey in science, professor at the department of physics and astronomy.

6. Discovery of two potential polar ring galaxies – New research suggests these stunning rare clusters might be more common than previously believed. Learn more about Jayanne English’s prominent role in this collaboration who is an associate professor at the department of physics and astronomy, an expert in astronomy image-making and has recently been appointed as a member of the Order of Canada.

7. Microbes, not chemicals: Reducing GHGs through sustainable fertilizer alternatives (Watch the exclusive interview with Ivan Oresnik, professor at the department of microbiology, co-leading the $6 million crop production research project).

8. Four new Royal Society of Canada scholars named at UM (Watch the exclusive interview with David Herbert, professor at the department of chemistry, Faculty of Science Research Chair in Fundamental Sciences (Physical Sciences), elected to the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars).

9. Preventing the evolutionary escape of viruses – Fabian Rohden, PhD student in the Faculty of Science, was named as Vanier Scholar for his microbiology research at UM.

10. Can we improve antibiotics against superbugs? Exploring New Strategies for Burkholderia cepacia Complex Infections – An interview with Silvia Cardona, professor and associate head graduate at the department of microbiology.

11. Cancer treatment – One big step closer – Jörg Stetefeld, professor, (Tier 1) Canada Research Chair in Structural Biology and Biophysics, and his team at the Faculty of Science are pushing the boundaries of knowledge when it comes to cancer treatment.

12. UM scientists recognized by Canadian Bioscience Award for promoting inclusion – Ute Kothe, professor and department head at the department of chemistry.

13. Nature News and Views article: on the visualization of a magnetic field using X-rays in a stellar graveyard (or pulsar wind nebula) authored by Samar Safi-Harb, professor at the department of physics and astronomy and Canada Research Chair in Extreme Astrophysics, Tier 1, Indigenous Initiative Committee Chair.

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