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    Capturing the Art of Research

    With a reimagined focus on the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the annual Queen's Art of Research photo contest reveals seven winning images.

    From photos depicting the nanoscale to the freezing landscape of the Artic, the annual Art of Research photo contest takes us behind the scenes of the everyday research experience at Queen’s. With engagement this year from faculty, staff, students, and alumni, the contest aims to represent the diversity and creativity of research across disciplines and from all contributors to the research ecosystem.

    The 2022 contest introduced five new categories inspired by the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Guided by the mission and vision of the new Queen’s Strategy and the universal call to action of the SDGs, this year’s contest placed a spotlight on the intrinsic connection between research and social impact. Discover this year’s winners below and to view more contest winners and top submissions from the past six years, explore The Art of Research Photo Gallery.

    2022 Art of Research Adjudication Committee

    • Nancy Ross, Vice-Principal (Research)
    • Kanonhsyonne - Janice Hill, Associate Vice-Principal (Indigenous Initiatives and Reconciliation)
    • Nicholas Mosey, Associate Dean (Research), Faculty of Arts and Science
    • Heidi Ploeg, QFEAS Chair for Women in Engineering, Mechanical and Materials Engineering
    • Ruth Dunley, Associate Director, Editorial Strategy, Office of Advancement
    • Jung-Ah Kim, PhD Student, Screen Cultures and Curatorial Studies
    • Melinda Knox, Director, Thought Leadership and Strategic Initiatives, University Relations
    • Véronique St-Antoine, Communications Advisor, NSERC

    [Photo of the SNO+ detector at SNOLAB by Dr. Alex Wright]

    Category: Innovation for Global Impact

    The SNO+ Detector

    Submitted by: Dr. Alex Wright for the SNO+ Collaboration
    Faculty, Physics, Engineering Physics, and Astronomy
    Location: SNOLAB, Sudbury, Ontario

    The SNO+ experiment studies the fundamental properties of neutrinos. The detector consists of an active volume of 780 tonnes of liquid scintillator housed within a 12-metre diameter acrylic vessel that is held in place by ropes and viewed by an array of about 10,000 photomultiplier light detectors. In this image, taken by a camera embedded in the photomultiplier array, the detector is illuminated only by light from the clean room at the top of the vessel neck, producing a beam effect. The SNO+ experiment is currently collecting data, carrying on the work of the Nobel-prize winning Sudbury Neutrino Observatory.

    [Photo of 3D vascular trees in animal models]

    Category: Good Health and Well-Being

    The Tiniest Tree of Life

    Submitted byDr. Elahe Alizadeh
    Staff, Queen's CardioPulmonary Unit (QCPU), Department of Medicine 
    Location: Queen's CardioPulmonary Unit

    COVID-19, the second pandemic of the current century, is still an ongoing global health emergency. Its complications and mortality are associated with pneumonia and alterations in the pulmonary vasculature. Acquiring 3D images of vascular trees in animal models provide a useful tool to evaluate the effects of COVID-19 in humans. In our research aimed at finding new drugs for COVID-19 under the supervision of Dr. Stephen Archer, vascular trees of a mouse were pressure perfused to maximal dilation with a radio-opaque material (barium). The heart and lungs were fixed and scanned using VECTor4CT scanner. VECTor4CT is the first tri-modality imaging system equipped with an ultra-high-resolution micro-computed tomography (µCT) scanner at Queen’s University.

    [Photo of George Konana collecting ice by Saskia de Wildt]

    Category: Creative and Sustainable Communities

    George Konana Collecting Ice

    Submitted bySaskia de Wildt
    PhD Student, School of Environmental Studies
    Location: Gjoa Haven, Nunavut

    The Inuit practice an ongoing relationship with the land through camping, hunting, and fishing. As part of the BearWatch project, I explore how such knowledge, accumulated over many generations, and Inuit values can be ethically engaged in a community-based polar bear monitoring program. This picture is taken on one of our trips out on the land around Gjoa Haven during spring 2022. It captures George Konana collecting ice from the lake for tea. He traces ice with the right quality to give his tea a nice ‘reddish, brown’ color. At this exact moment, he cracks out a huge piece, enough for a month of tea.

    [Photo of a gastropod mummy laying eggs by Ruqaiya Yousif]

    Category: Climate Action

    Gastropod Mummy

    Submitted byRuqaiya Yousif
    PhD Student, Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering
    Location: Qatar

    This is a picture of a gastropod mummy laying down her egg cases. My research assesses the stable isotope (C and O), clumped isotope (∆47), and trace element compositions of living and quaternary shells from the Arabian/Persian Gulf. The aim is to link these analyses with modern oceanographic data to develop a robust proxy for understanding oceanographic change in the rock record. In other words, I am trying to link the shell chemistry with its surrounding environment and then use this link to assess oceanographic changes over the past 125,000 years. At the time of this picture, we were growing gastropods under laboratory conditions and performing invitro fertilization of oysters.

    [Photo of a researcher collecting environmental DNA in a maternal polar bear den by Scott Arlidge]

    Category: Partnerships for Inclusivity (Tied)

    Polar Bear Denning

    Submitted byScott Arlidge
    Graduate Student, School of Environmental Studies
    Location: Coral Harbour, Nunavut

    This photo demonstrates the collection of snow from inside a maternal polar bear den to collect environmental DNA. When the mother digs out the den, skin cells from her paws are abraded and stuck to the snow. Some preliminary research shows that we may be able to identify individual bears by analyzing these snow samples, information which can inform polar bear population management. My research is a pilot of ground-based non-invasive polar bear monitoring techniques, with a focus on Inuit inclusivity. Inuit Elders and polar bear hunters are key knowledge holders and collaborators throughout this research.

    [Photo of a mural of the Oasis logo by Riley Malvern]

    Category: Partnerships for Inclusivity (Tied)

    Aging with Oasis

    Submitted byRiley Malvern
    Staff, Health Services and Policy Research Institute
    Location Kingston, Ontario

    Oasis is a program co-developed by older adults to strengthen and sustain their communities to support aging in place. The Oasis Evaluation and Expansion research team has been working with Oasis communities since 2018 to expand the program across Canada and to evaluate a number of health and well-being outcomes. This photo depicts a mural that represents the power of communities coming together. Each square of this mural was designed by an Oasis member from communities across Kingston and Belleville. Together, these squares form the Oasis logo, which was designed by members of the original Oasis community.

    [Photo of a crystallized decanoic acid by Dan Reddy]

    Category: People's Choice

    Crystalline Acid

    Submitted byDan Reddy
    PhD Student, Chemistry
    Location: Chernoff Hall, Queen's University

    This photo taken with scanning electron microscopy depicts an extremely small yet precise volume (i.e., nanolitre-sized) of crystallized decanoic acid. We are using these spots of crystalline acid to extract and preconcentrate, or soak-up, chemicals of concern like opioids from wastewater samples. This preconcentration step improves our ability to monitor these chemicals. By doing so, we can improve how we detect these harmful compounds and protect local watersheds.

    To learn more about this year’s winners and explore past winners and top submissions, visit The Art of Research Photo Gallery on the Research@Queen’s website.