On the Edge

On the Edge is a speaker series featuring cutting edge research presented by scholars and researchers from Edmonton's academic community. The following presentations are presented with the University of Alberta's Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research.

Qimmit and Qamutiks: Tracing the Origins of Dog Sledding in the North American Arctic with Katherine Lathamopens a new window
Tuesday, February 19
Strathcona Branch

The dog sled is one of the most iconic images in Canadian and Arctic history, yet its origins and evolution in North America are not well understood. Dog sleds have been an essential part of life for the Inuit peoples of the Arctic for hundreds of years and were instrumental in the exploration and early settlement of the Canadian interior and Arctic regions. University of Alberta PhD student Katherine Latham will discuss the history of dog sledding and how she is using archaeological evidence to investigate its origins and evolution in North America.

Katherine Latham is an archaeologist who specializes in the study of human-animal relationships with a focus on human-dog interactions. Her current research explores the emergence of dogsledding in the North American Arctic.

On the Edge is a speaker series featuring cutting edge research presented by scholars and researchers from Edmonton's academic community. This presentation is presented with the University of Alberta's Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research.

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Intellectual Edens: Gardens and Society with Dr. Lee Footeopens a new window

Gardens have a 4000 year recorded history and almost certainly a longer relationship with humanity.  Why might this be?  What values are actually being “farmed”?  What is the relationship between gardens and a developing society? 

Dr. Lee Foote is a Louisiana native where he worked for the US Geological Survey for 8 years before moving to Canada as a faculty member in the Department of Renewable Resources.  In 2011 he split his time between being the Director of the University of Alberta’s Devonian Botanic Garden and as a professor of Conservation Biology in the Faculty of Agriculture, Life and Environmental Sciences.  He oversees 70 employees in summer to help produce Alberta’s premier botanic garden and to deliver educational and outreach experiences to the public.

His research portfolio is diverse with ecological studies published on wetlands, oil sands reclamation, African community forestry, wetland policy, wildlife biology projects on threatened species such as Trumpeter Swans, polar bears and lake sturgeon, and many others.  He has supervised 22 graduate students to graduation and published over 60 peer reviewed articles including publishing one book and co-editing two others.

Lee has been active in international conservation organizations such as the IUCN, the Society of Wetland Scientists, the Alberta Wetland Policy Advisory Group, and the Alberta Conservation Association.  He is a frequent speaker at ecological forums, for government and social events. He joined the University of Alberta Speakers’ Bureau in July 2015.

On the Edge is a speaker series featuring cutting edge research presented by scholars and researchers from Edmonton's academic community. This presentation is presented with the University of Alberta's Speakers' Bureau.

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Nutrition in Space with Samantha McCaigopens a new window

Monday, March 4, 2019 - 7:00PM
Idylwylde Branch

Samantha McCaig is a fourth year student at the University of Alberta studying Nutrition and Food Science. She recently completed a 4-month internship at the Canadian Space Agency in Saint-Hubert, Quebec. Samantha will share with the community her experience in working at the CSA. She and her team worked on nutritional considerations ramping up to Canada’s astronaut, David St. Jacques’ space adventure.

Samantha will be speaking about space food and its importance to an astronaut's health, her experience as an intern at the Canadian Space Agency, and some of the preparations involved in an astronaut's launch. 

On the Edge is a speaker series featuring cutting edge research presented by scholars and researchers from Edmonton's academic community. This presentation is presented in partnership with the University of Alberta's Speakers' Bureau.

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