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Steacie fellows receive infrastructure awards


Ottawa, ON November 26, 2003 – The Canada Foundation for Innovation says it is providing $966,309 in infrastructure funding to the five Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada 2003 Steacie Fellows.

“These awards recognize the achievements and exceptional contributions of accomplished individuals,” says Dr Strangway, president and CEO of the CFI. “The CFI is proud to work in partnership with NSERC on these important initiatives.”

For the second year in a row the CFI, in partnership with the federal granting councils, is supporting outstanding researchers by providing institutions with the infrastructure that is essential to carry out their research.

Under the career awards program, the CFI board of directors approved infrastructure for:

– Michel Gingras (University of Waterloo), computing serial cluster for theoretical research on quantum materials, ($150,347 CFI contribution).

– Zonchao Jia (Queen’s University), X-ray detector and fermenter for protein crystallography research, (CFI contribution: $200,000).

Victoria Kaspi (McGill University), pulsar searches with the Arecibo L-band feed array (CFI contribution: $182,300).

– Molly Shoichet (University of Toronto), engineering neural tissue (CFI contribution: $319,191).

– Gary Saunders (University of New Brunswick), developing novel gene systems to test molecular phylogenetic hypotheses for red algae (CFI contribution: $114,471).