U of S Research projects awarded more than $2.2 million through Canada Foundation for Innovation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 5, 2013

Twelve University of Saskatchewan researchers have been awarded more than $2.2 million from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) for projects that will examine substitutes for trans and saturated fats in foods, nanoparticles for medical uses and study the health of water ecosystems, to name a few.

"This major federal investment will provide essential tools for our faculty and students to make discoveries that will benefit our health and nutrition, the environment, and the economy through innovative science and technologies that will help keep Canada globally competitive, " said U of S Vice-President Research Karen Chad.

"The investments being announced today will further enhance our country’s reputation as a destination of choice for outstanding researchers," said CFI President and CEO Gilles Patry. "They will make our universities even more competitive when it comes to attracting the best and brightest researchers from around the world."

The successful research team leaders are:

Sven Achenbach (electrical and computer engineering, College of Engineering and SyLMAND, Canadian Light Source) was awarded $215,000 for his project Direct Write UV Lithography System for Mask Fabrication and MEMS Applications.

Helen Baulch was awarded $106,436 for her project - Environmental change and aquatic ecosystems facility (ECAEF)

Li Chen (electrical and computer engineering, College of Engineering) was awarded $103,000 for his project, entitled A Laboratory for Studying Single-Event Effects in Microelectronics.

Grant Ferguson (civil and geological engineering, College of Engineering) was awarded $29,000 for his project, entitled Infrared Imaging to Support Hydrogeological Modeling and Characterization.

Supratim Ghosh (food and bioproduct sciences, College of Agriculture and Bioresources) was awarded $91,000 for his project, entitled Food Nanotechnology Laboratory: Developing Foods with Novel Structure for Replacement of Saturated/Trans Fats and Controlled Release and Targeted Delivery of Functionality.

Timothy Jardine (Toxicology Centre) was awarded $62,000 for his project, entitled: Infrastructure to Investigate the Sensitivity of Aquatic Ecosystems to Trace Element Bioaccumulation.

Marcia McKenzie (educational foundations, College of Education) was awarded $101,000 for her project, the Sustainability Education Research Institute (SER Institute).

Ha Nguyen (electrical and computer engineering, College of Engineering) was awarded $71,000 for his project, entitled Research Laboratory for Developing Communications Systems.

Baljit Singh (veterinary biomedical sciences, Western College of Veterinary Medicine) was awarded $400,000 for his project, Transmission Electron Microscope for the Nanomedicine Research Team at the University of Saskatchewan: Creating and Characterizing Nanoparticles for Biomedical and Therapeutic Applications.

Suraj Unniappan (veterinary biomedical sciences, Western College of Veterinary Medicine) was awarded $174,000 for his project, entitled Metabolism and Endocrinology Laboratory.

Howard Wheater (Global Institute for Water Security, Canada Excellence Research Chair in Water Security) was awarded $800,000 for his project, entitled Saskatchewan River Basin: a large-scale observatory for new interdisciplinary water science.

Yuliang Wu (biochemistry, College of Medicine) was awarded $51,000 for his project, Infrastructure to Study DNA Repair Proteins.

The grants are provided through CFI’s Leaders Opportunity Fund, which provides infrastructure support to Canadian institutions.

For a complete list of the projects awarded, visit www.innovation.ca.

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For more information, contact:

Jennifer Thoma
Media Relations
University of Saskatchewan
306-966-1851
jennifer.thoma@usask.ca