Researcher Profiles Overview

Research today demands computing resources that are faster, more powerful and grid-enabled to facilitate collaboration across national and international borders. Day and night, WestGrid resources are performing calculations, as well as processing, visualizing and storing data in support of research from well over 50 university departments, involving hundreds of users and thousands of computational jobs. Access Grid, WestGrid's preferred collaboration tool, connects WestGrid researchers with colleagues across the country and around the world.

Within these Showcase pages, you will be given a glimpse of some of the research investigations WestGrid resources currently support.
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Brian Menounos

Glaciers are known to faithfully respond to changes in climate. They react to climate variability through adjustments in width, length, area, thickness, and volume, making them sensitive indicators of climatic change. For Brian Menounos, Associate Professor of Earth Sciences in the Geography Program at the University of Northern British Columbia, glaciers play a larger role than just indicators of climate change.

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Falk Herwig

A University of Victoria research program investigating the nature of mixing processes of stars could play a critical role in supporting present and future observational missions. Led by Professor Falk Herwig, and in collaboration with Paul Woodward at the University of Minnesota, the studies focus on the mixing processes in very metal-poor stars that formed in the first and second burst of star formation in the very early universe.

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Geoffrey Rockwell

An online text tool portal developed using WestGrid and Compute Canada - Calcul Canada resources is changing the way digital humanities researchers manipulate, analyze, and visualize electronic text.

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Hirohisa Tanaka

The July 2012 discovery of a Higgs boson-like particle put anti-matter on the front page of newspapers around the world and brought scientists closer to understanding and explaining the subatomic building blocks of the universe. Another international project, powered by WestGrid and Compute Canada - Calcul Canada computing systems, has similar potential for shedding light on the origin of the universe’s matter/anti-matter asymmetry.

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Mathieu Dumberry

Most of Mathieu Dumberry’s research is focused on furthering our understanding of the Earth’s interior. When he’s not studying fluid motion of our planet’s core, however, his interests expand to another environment – one just as dynamic but much further away.

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Scott Ormiston

Better designs of heat exchangers in the power system, refrigeration, and chemical processing industries are on the horizon, thanks to new modelling experiments developed by University of Manitoba Professor Scott Ormiston. Ormiston’s research is focused on developing new solution methods for modelling film condensation from gas-vapour mixtures for heat exchanger applications.

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Stacey Wetmore

It has been estimated that there are more than 20,000 damaged sites per typical human cell at any given time, which can lead to mutations and diseases such as cancer if left unrepaired.

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Susan Brown

Canada's literary heritage is at a critical juncture – materials are moving online, yet the management of information about Canadian cultural history still relies on tools derived from print models, which cannot accommodate the explosion of online materials. Literary studies must shift from the conventional model of solitary scholars working on small groups of texts, towards large-scale cross-disciplinary collaborative energies.

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Yuanming Pan

Trace defects in minerals exert profound impacts on material properties such as colour, density, rheology, stability, electrical and thermal conductivity, magnetism, seismic velocity, and many more.

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Sergei Noskov

Sergei Noskov: Using Computers to Find Solutions to Heart Problems

You could say that Sergei Noskov is in the movie business. With the help of his research team, the Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary’s Institute of Biocomplexity and Informatics and Department of Biological Sciences is creating movies, or computer simulations, of molecular models of proteins. These movies are used to study the ways proteins interact with various drugs on a molecular level.

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Canadian Light Source

Canadian Light Source: Shedding Light on Science

The Canadian Light Source (CLS) is a national synchrotron research facility based at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon. The multimillion-dollar synchrotron is not only one of the largest science projects in Canadian history, it is also one of the world’s most advanced generators of one of the brightest forms of light—synchrotron light.

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 Stanimir Bonev

Stanimir Bonev: Physics Under Pressure

Stanimir Bonev, an Assistant Professor of physics at Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS has always been the curious type. Growing up, he dreamed about one day working as a physicist and solving life’s basic problems.

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ATLAS Experiment: Unlocking the Mystery of Matter


How does nature work? What is the universe made of and what is its fate? These are questions being studied by researchers involved in ATLAS. ATLAS is a particle physics experiment at the LHC at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva, Switzerland with contributors from around the world, including Canada.

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