McCalla Abstracts 2015-2016

The McCalla Professorships, named after the first Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, provide faculty members with an opportunity to explore and implement strategies integrating their research and teaching. Recipients, nominated by their Faculty, are outstanding academics who have made significant contributions to their field of research, teaching and learning. The 2015-16 awards provide funding for research and teaching initiatives. These awards are tenable at the University of Alberta.

The following is a brief description of the work being conducted by the 2015-16 McCalla Professors.

Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences

DONNA VINE (Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science)

Dr. Vine is a world leader in the area of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), Nutrition and Cardiometabolic risk and has received international and national recognition through collaborative research projects and continuing-education seminars in the field. In teaching, Dr. Vine has a proven track record for building and successfully delivering courses that advance student knowledge and integrate research within the learning environment. In her proposed McCalla Professorship, Dr Vine's priority will be to undertake a research nutrition intervention, develop teaching materials, and to lead a national PCOS research-education group to improve the knowledge and communication of best practice clinical approaches to improve nutrition and cardiometabolic risk in adolescents and women with PCOS.

Faculty of Arts

CATHERINE KELLOGG (Political Science)

Dr. Kellogg's teaching and research has always been at the intersection of law, human rights and the humanities. In the last five years this has been focused on the power of the state to protect human rights. She is now looking at the other side of state power: punishment. This brings her to critical prison studies and more precisely, to the links between colonialism and incarceration in Canada. Dr. Kellogg plans to develop a curriculum about incarceration, complete a book about the limits to legal punishment, and build a research network on critical prison studies that centrally involves graduate students.

Augustana Campus

NEIL HAAVE (Biology)

Neil Haave is an Associate Professor of Biology at Augustana where he has served as Department Chair, Core Curriculum Review Committee Chair, and Associate Dean. He has also co-Chaired the University's Festival of Teaching. Dr Haave's scholarship of teaching and learning focuses on curriculum design, teaching and learning philosophies, and active learning strategies. He is a CTL Faculty Affiliate, co-editor of Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, and a recipient of Augustana's awards for Teaching Leadership and Support of Information Literacy. This McCalla Professorship will develop students' metacognition through construction of their learning philosophy and determine its impact on student learning outcomes.

Faculty of Business

GERALD HÄUBL (Marketing, Business Economics and Law)

Throughout Dr. Häubl's career, he has sought to tightly integrate his teaching and research activities. His research focuses on the psychology of consumer decision making. He incorporates recent insights gained from his research, along with important findings by colleagues from around the world, into every edition of his undergraduate course on Consumer Behavior. Moreover, Dr. Häubl draws on his many years of experience in conducting laboratory experiments when teaching the Ph.D. course on Experimental Design for Behavioral Science. He will use the McCalla Professorship to redesign his Consumer Behavior course to be entirely research focused, completely supplanting the textbook he has been using with a custom package of readings consisting primarily of recent journal articles.

Faculty of Engineering

ROGER ZEMP (Electrical and Computer Engineering)

Dr. Zemp is developing new optical and ultrasound-based molecular imaging technologies for biomedicine. He aims to further develop a technique called photoacoustic imaging to enable fast imaging of oxygenation at a micro-scale, to develop pump-probe techniques to image tissues with chemical bond specificity, and to develop genetically encoded photoacoustic reporter genes for visualizing gene expression in deep tissues in vivo. He also aims to integrate his biomedical engineering expertise into his teaching by developing a laboratory component to a biomedical instrumentation course as well as introducing Lego Mindstorms robots into a first-year engineering programming course.

Faculty of Law


The primary goal of this project is to design a unique course in which one (multifaceted) legal dispute is used as a foundation for the coverage of the major topics in that course. The course will be Property Law, a first-year required offering. The focal case study will be the legal dispute that arose in relation to the Great Onyx Cave in Kentucky (circa 1920s and 1930s). Dr. Ziff is the author of a student textbook and the general editor of a student casebook in Canada. Much of his research deals with core property law issues and is routinely integrated into his courses.

Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry

EDAN FOLEY (Medical Microbiology and Immunology)

Developments in engineering and robotics have transformed the biological research landscape in the last twenty years. Researchers now explore the functions of thousands of novel drugs or genes at an unimaginably fine degree of resolution. These breakthroughs transformed our understanding of the natural world and have a tremendous potential for the development of revolutionary biomedical tools. The University of Alberta is globally recognized for their contributions to such studies. This research program will provide undergraduate and graduate students a comprehensive training in the skills necessary for the identification of novel drugs, live cell imaging and next-generation DNA sequencing.

Faculty of Science


A new course in Chemistry on the topic of "Pharmaceutical Chemistry" will be developed. This course will attract students at the advanced undergraduate/beginning graduate level who are interested in the synergistic relationship between chemistry and drug discovery/development. Students will be exposed to guest speakers from industry, and will have the opportunity to carry out a short rotation in a University of Alberta research lab. Funds will support a full-time TA who will assist in the development of course materials. This course will enhance the learning options of our students, and expose them to exciting research opportunities on campus, while building stronger ties among diverse academic pursuing pharmaceutically relevant research.