McGuinty Government Celebrates Research Excellence

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McGuinty Government Celebrates Research Excellence

Ministry of Colleges and Universities

Ontario Researchers Recognized For Excellence In Their Fields TORONTO, Nov. 22 - The Ontario government is recognizing some of the most important research achievements by Ontario scientists and academics by awarding five researchers with the prestigious John Charles Polanyi Prize for 2007, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities John Milloy announced today. "Ontario's future lies in our ability to compete internationally through cutting-edge research and innovation," said Milloy. "These five individuals represent some of the best and brightest researchers in our province. Together, and with the many other dedicated and talented scientists, researchers and innovators across Ontario, they are helping to keep Ontario at the forefront of the global economy." Each year since 1987, up to five outstanding Ontario researchers are awarded the Polanyi Prize in the fields of chemistry, literature, physics, physiology and medicine or economics. The awards are in honour of Dr. Polanyi, of the University of Toronto, who was awarded the 1986 Nobel Prize in chemistry for his work in reaction dynamics. The awards, valued at $20,000, are targeted to researchers in the early stages of their careers who are planning to continue post-doctoral studies at an Ontario university. "These outstanding researchers stretch our understanding and make a real difference in our lives," said Premier Dalton McGuinty. "Ontario has long been home to some of the world's foremost thinkers and innovators. Supporting their work and celebrating their success helps foster even greater opportunities and will keep Ontario moving forward." "These outstanding young researchers give us an opportunity to showcase the talent that exists in Ontario," said Minister of Research and Innovation John Wilkinson. "Their work and dedication will help inspire new generations of researchers and help foster a culture of innovation that will help improve the lives of all Ontarians." Polanyi Prize recipients for 2007 are: - Dr. Quincy J. Almeida, of Wilfrid Laurier University, for physiology and medicine - Dr. Sarah Phillips Casteel, of Carleton University, for literature - Dr. R. Darren Gobert, of York University, for literature - Dr. Naomi Matsuura, of the University of Toronto, for physiology/medicine and physics - Dr. Derek Andrew Pratt, of Queen's University, for chemistry Contact Info The recipients will be honoured on November 27, 2007, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at a reception at Massey College, 4 Devonshire Place, Toronto. "A strong knowledge-based economy is what is going to propel Ontario into the 21st century and maintain our place as one of the strongest economies in North America and the economic engine of Canada," added Milloy. "These five researchers represent a small cross-section of the young men and women that are destined to be leaders of our next generation. Our government congratulates them and their many colleagues in universities and other institutions across Ontario." Disponible en français www.edu.gov.on.ca www.resultsontario.gov.on.ca Backgrounder ------------------------------------------------------------------------- RECIPIENTS OF THE 2007 JOHN CHARLES POLANYI PRIZE The following five Ontario researchers have been awarded the 2007 Polanyi Prize, given annually to up to five Ontario researchers in the early stages of their careers who are planning to continue post-doctoral studies at an Ontario university. Awards have a value of $20,000, and may be awarded in the fields of chemistry, literature, physics, physiology and medicine or economics. Recipients are chosen by a panel of experts under the Ontario Council of Graduate Studies. Dr. Quincy J. Almeida, Physiology and Medicine, Wilfrid Laurier University Dr. Quincy Almeida is an Assistant Professor of Kinesiology and Physical Education, and Director of the Movement Disorders Research and Rehabilitation Centre at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario. He received his PhD in Behavioural Neuroscience and Kinesiology from the University of Waterloo. He is working on physical exercise as an alternative to drug therapy for the treatment of Parkinson's Disease. Dr. Sarah Phillips Casteel, Literature, Carleton University Dr. Sarah Phillips Casteel is an Assistant Professor of English Language and Literature at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario. She received her PhD in English from Columbia University in New York City. She is breaking new ground in her interethnic approach to examining the figures of the indigenous Native and the Jew in writings of immigrant writers in North America. Dr. R. Darren Gobert, Literature, York University Dr. Darren Gobert is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at York University in Toronto. He received his PhD in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University. He is combining philosophy, psychology, theatre and literature in exploring the nature of emotion in tragedy, with the goal of revising Aristotle. Dr. Naomi Matsuura, Physiology/Medicine and Physics, University of Toronto Dr. Naomi Matsuura is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Medical Biophysics/Imaging Research at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto. She earned her PhD in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Toronto. She is developing ways to use nanotechnology in cancer research for diagnosis and therapy, to detect, track and treat cancer on a cellular level. Dr. Derek Andrew Pratt, Chemistry, Queen's University Dr. Derek Pratt is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Canada Research Chair in Free Radical Chemistry at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. He received his PhD in Organic Chemistry from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Illinois. He combines the tools of organic chemistry, theoretical chemistry and enzymology to determine the mechanisms of new antioxidants to retard the aging process. Contact: Miriam Griffin Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities 416-325-2746 Disponible en français www.edu.gov.on.ca For further information: Karen Edwards, Minister's Office, (416) 314-0268; Miriam Griffin, Communications Branch, Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, (416) 325-2746; Public Inquiries: (416) 325-2929 or 1-800-387-5514, TTY: 1-800-263-2892 HELP | CONTACT US | PRIVACY | IMPORTANT NOTICES © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2008-2009 — Last Modified: February 15, 2009 For further information: Karen Edwards, Minister's Office, (416) 314-0268; Miriam Griffin, Communications Branch, Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, (416) 325-2746; Public Inquiries: (416) 325-2929 or 1-800-387-5514, TTY: 1-800-263-2892