Cunningham announces Polanyi prizes 2001

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Cunningham announces Polanyi prizes 2001

Ministry of Colleges and Universities

TORONTO, Oct. 18 /CNW/ - Five outstanding university researchers were announced today as recipients of the John Charles Polanyi Prizes for 2001 by Dianne Cunningham, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities. The prizes, among the most prestigious the province has to offer, celebrate excellence in academic achievement.
"Science and technology have already completely transformed the modern world and continue to do so at an ever-increasing pace," said Cunningham. "This year's prize winners, through their passion for ideas and dedication to research, are discovering new realms of knowledge that will shape our future and contribute to a prosperous economy."
The Polanyi Prizes, worth $15,000 each, are awarded annually in the fields of Chemistry, Literature, Physics, Physiology or Medicine, and Economic Science to exceptional young researchers in the early stages of their career who are currently working at an Ontario university.

Polanyi Prize recipients for 2001 are:

- Daniel Lidar, University of Toronto, for Chemistry
- Joanne Roberts, University of Toronto, for Economic Science
- Joel Faflak, Wilfrid Laurier University, for Literature
- Carl Svensson, University of Guelph, for Physics
- Nina Jones, University of Toronto, for Physiology/Medicine

The recipients will be honoured on November 14, 2001 at 11:30 a.m., at a reception at Massey College, 4 Devonshire Place, Toronto, in the presence of the Honourable Hilary M. Weston, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, Minister Cunningham, Professor Polanyi and Master John Fraser.
The Ontario government established the Polanyi Prizes in 1986 in recognition of the achievement of Dr. John Charles Polanyi of the University of Toronto, who was named co-recipient of the 1986 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work in reaction dynamics.

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POLANYI PRIZES 2001

Established in 1986, the Polanyi Prizes are awarded in recognition of the achievement of Dr. John Charles Polanyi, of the University of Toronto, who won the 1986 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work in reaction dynamics. Each year the Polanyi Prizes, worth $15,000 each, can be awarded in the fields of Chemistry, Literature, Physics, Physiology or Medicine, and Economic Science to scholars and researchers planning to continue postdoctoral studies at an Ontario university. Polanyi Prize recipients for 2001 are:

Daniel Lidar, University of Toronto, Chemistry
Dr. Lidar is undertaking work in Quantum Computation. He focuses on advancing the prospects of constructing technologically feasible quantum computers, and developing error correction methods for quantum computer architectures.

Joanne Roberts, University of Toronto, Economic Science
Dr. Roberts is working on the interaction between technological innovation and economic progress. Her work has touched on many issues, but all fall under the theme of the importance of information and knowledge-generation in the process of economic growth.

Joel Faflak, Wilfrid Laurier University, Literature
Dr. Faflak is exploring the emergence of psychoanalytic case history in Romantic and post-Romantic literature, in advance of Freud's use of case history to diagnose psychopathology. From literature of the 1790's on, he examines the tension between serious systematic science and the narrative story.

Carl Svensson, University of Guelph, Physics
Dr. Svensson works in the area of particle physics, with focus on the Standard Model of the nature of matter. To date, no deviations from the Standard Model have been discovered, but the Standard Model's complexity leads all analysts to expect that there will and must be modifications in the future.

Nina Jones, University of Toronto, Physiology/Medicine
Dr. Jones works on angiogenesis, or the growth of new blood vessels, with reference to both normal embryonic development, and to aberrant angiogenesis, or the formation of tumours. She has identified a receptor system shown to play a pivotal role in both normal physiological and pathological blood vessel growth.

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