Speaker Research Award

The Speaker Medal for Distinguished Research, Scholarship or Performance (Speaker Research Award) recognizes of the central importance of research, scholarship and performance to the philosophy and goals of the University of Lethbridge.
 

Nomination information | Past recipients

2021 Recipient- Dr. Stacey Wetmore

Dr. Stacey Wetmore is one of the world’s leading computational chemists and has pushed the boundaries of modeling nucleic acids and proteins to become one of the most cited and studied researchers in her field. The University of Lethbridge has named Wetmore the 2021 winner of the Speaker Research Award.

“Dr. Wetmore has demonstrated exceptional scholarly distinction and has had considerable impact on her field of study,” says Dr. Robert Wood, interim vice-president (research). “She is also a tireless advocate for training and supporting the next generation of aspiring scientists as well as educating the public at large through her knowledge mobilization and translation activities.”

Wetmore, born and raised in St. John, New Brunswick, came to the U of L in 2006 as a Canada Research Chair and quickly established the University’s own computer cluster within the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry. She will be presented with the Speaker Research Award at the uLethbridge Awards Night on Thursday, May 27.

Dr. Stacey Wetmore

Stacey Wetmore learned early that her understanding of advanced chemistry principles were not best applied in a lab setting but rather in front of a computer, where she could also utilize her mathematical aptitude. So began an outstanding career in computational chemistry.

Wetmore completed her undergraduate degree at Mount Allison University before earning her doctorate in computational chemistry at Dalhousie University. Her research is primarily focused on using computer calculations to understand how the structure and function of DNA changes upon damage from external factors in our environment, how naturally occurring modifications impact the many critical roles of RNA, and the function of enzymes that interact with nucleic acids.

Her work has broad and far-reaching implications, including directly impacting the health of the general population. For example, by providing fundamental information about the structure of modified DNA/RNA and how enzymes that interact with nucleic acids work, her research permits the design of cancer treatments that minimize drug resistances or therapy-derived secondary tumors.

Wetmore’s contributions to the field have earned her numerous accolades, including a Tier II NSERC Canada Research Chair and a Tier I Board of Governors Research Chair. In 2021 she earned election as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. 

Learn more about Dr. Stacey Wetmore's research.

Past recipients

Year

Recipient

Department/Faculty

2020 Bryson Brown Philosophy

2019

Olga Kovalchuk

Biological Sciences

2018

Gerlinde Metz

Neuroscience

2017

Leroy Little Bear

President's Office

2016

Susan McDaniel

Sociology/Prentice Institute

2015

Igor Kovalchuk

Biological Sciences

2014

Sergio Pellis

Neuroscience

2013

Cynthia Chambers

Education

2012

Joseph Rasmussen

Biological Sciences

2011

Jennifer Mather

Psychology

2010

Dave Morris

Math & Computer Science

2009

Brian Titley

Education

2008

Robert Sutherland

Neuroscience

2007

Stewart Rood

Biological Sciences

2006

Hadi Kharaghani

Math & Computer Science

2005

Kurt Klein

Economics

2004

Gail Michener

Biological Sciences

2003

Maggie Winzer

Education

2002

David Naylor

Physics

2001

Keramit Ali

Physics

2000

Raymond Huel

History

1999

Bryan Kolb

Psychology & Neuroscience

1998

Reginald Bibby

Sociology

1997

John Woods

Philosophy

1996

Ian Whishaw

Psychology

1995

Menno Boldt

Sociology