McGuinty Government Celebrates Research Excellence

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McGuinty Government Celebrates Research Excellence

Four University Researchers to Receive Prestigious Polanyi Prize TORONTO, Nov. 23 - The provincial government is promoting research excellence by recognizing four dedicated university researchers as the 2004 recipients of the John Charles Polanyi Prize, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities Mary Anne Chambers announced today. Established in 1986, the Polanyi Prize recognizes the achievement of Dr. John Charles Polanyi, of the University of Toronto, who received the 1986 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work in reaction dynamics. "In celebrating the research excellence of one of Canada's most distinguished scientists, we are also recognizing the ongoing achievements of our talented young researchers who are helping to establish Ontario's reputation as a centre of university research excellence," said Chambers. "Investing in research today not only encourages the best and brightest to stay here in Ontario, it contributes directly to a stronger Ontario - one prepared for success in the knowledge-based economy." Each year, the $15,000 Polanyi Prizes can be awarded in the fields of Chemistry, Literature, Physics, Physiology or Medicine, and Economics to scholars and researchers planning to continue post-doctoral studies at an Ontario university. Polanyi Prize recipients for 2004 are: Dr. Chérif Matta, McMaster University, for Chemistry Dr. Natalie Kazumi Goto, University of Ottawa, for Chemistry Dr. Andrea Most, University of Toronto, for Literature Dr. Anthony Orlando Gramolini, University of Toronto, for Physiology/Medicine The recipients will be honoured on November 30, 2004, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at a reception at Massey College, 4 Devonshire Place, Toronto, in the presence of the Honourable James Bartleman, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. Backgrounder ------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2004 POLANYI PRIZES 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 $15,000 Polanyi Prizes are awarded to scholars and researchers planning to continue post-doctoral studies at an Ontario university. Polanyi Prizes can be awarded in the fields of Chemistry, Literature, Physics, Physiology or Medicine, and Economic Science. The Polanyi Prize recipients for 2004 are: Dr. Chérif Matta, McMaster University, for Chemistry Dr. Matta has carried out pioneering research in theoretical chemistry. This research has already had a strong impact in several fields, ranging from medicinal chemistry to surface science, and is expected to impact the health sciences through studies of the effects of radiation on the function of bio- molecules. Dr. Natalie Kazumi Goto, University of Ottawa, for Chemistry Dr. Goto has devised significant new methods for studying the molecular structures of large proteins using nuclear-magnetic-resonance. This will allow researchers to understand more clearly the functions of these important building blocks of life. Dr. Andrea Most, University of Toronto, for Literature Dr. Most's perspective on Jewish identity and the American culture has changed the landscape of American theatre studies. Her proposed new research involves the creation of a major interactive video archive of stories of North American everyday life. Dr. Anthony Orlando Gramolini, University of Toronto, for Physiology/Medicine Dr. Gramolini has made significant contributions to our understanding of the molecular deficiencies that contribute to muscle diseases such as muscular dystrophy and heart disease. He is now studying how calcium defects in heart muscle can lead to cardiac hypertrophy. Disponible en français www.edu.gov.on.caFor further information: Rob Thompson, Minister's Office, (416) 326-1609; Wilma Davis, Communications Branch, (416) 325-6730; Public Inquiries: (416) 325-2929 or 1-800-387-5514, TTY: 1-800-263-2892