Research update 2015

Classic SK scene: grain bins, old wooden grain elevator, and a train (which we had to wait for as our route crossed the tracks minutes after this photo was taken).
Classic SK scene: grain bins, old wooden grain elevator, and a train (which we had to wait for as our route crossed the tracks minutes after this photo was taken).

It has been quite some time since I posted a research update, but a lot has been happening. Perhaps research business has been getting in the way of blog posting? Things have definitely slowed down in the blogging department. It may also be that I have now lived in Saskatoon in the same apartment for longer than I lived in my last 5 places, and things seem a little less shiny and new and worthy of comment.
Anyway.

Last October we hired a new Ergonomics Research Associate, a newly-minted PhD who has increased productivity on all fronts: publication, grant writing, data collection, and most specifically setting up the Ergonomics Lab. We have purchased nearly $200,000 worth of new equipment and by this time next year can be collecting data in our fully-functional lab. What good fortune to work with great people – something I have been really lucky with so far in Saskatoon. Hooray!

The first months of 2015 saw us pilot testing protocols for a 1-year field study of the risk factors for back disorders in Saskatchewan Farmers. Since I got back from Florida, we have been recruiting, scheduling visits, and heading out to local farms to meet the farmers and learn more about the work that they do. While I won’t publish photos of the farms and farmers that we visit due to research ethics, our trips often have us covering 400km per day so we get a lot of opportunity to see rural Saskatchewan in all its grid-road glory. These photos are taken from the road along our travels. ┬áMore to come during the summer!

A high-clearance sprayer.  this is a new fangled self-propelled machine designed to deliver fertilizer and pesticides.  Usually span about 100ft, and fold up for travel on country roads
A high-clearance sprayer. this is a new fangled self-propelled machine designed to deliver fertilizer and pesticides. Usually span about 100ft, and fold up for travel on country roads
Sheep out in a field
Sheep out in a field
More sheep
More sheep
A line of a dozen-odd harvesting machines - maybe 70 years old or more?  This farm clearly had the best collection in teh neighbourhood, enough that they seem to be forming their own themed windbreak.
A line of a dozen-odd harvesting machines – maybe 70 years old or more? This farm clearly had the best collection in the neighbourhood, enough that they seem to be forming their own themed windbreak. They almost look like a line of elephants marching up the hill