The 2009 Polanyi Prize Winners
CHEMISTRY - Dr. Nicholas Jay Mosey, is an assistant professor of chemistry at Queen's University. He received his PhD from the University of Western Ontario. Dr. Mosey's current research uses computer simulations to isolate the process in which motor oil transforms from a liquid to a film that protects car engine's from wear and tear. This research will provide a road map for design of new anti-wear additives to replace motor oil, which is a leading pollutant.
PHYSIOLOGY/MEDICINE - Dr. Michael Kiang is an assistant professor in psychiatry and behavioural neurosciences at McMaster University. He received his MD from the University of Toronto and his PhD from the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Kiang is studying the brainwaves of schizophrenic patients to better understand the abnormalities that cause "delusions." Over time, his work is designed to help shape more effective treatment for schizophrenia, including better-targeted drugs.
LITERATURE - Dr. Amelia DeFalco is a postdoctoral fellow at McMaster University in the Department of English and Cultural Studies. She received her PhD from the University of Toronto and was awarded the ASP Woodhouse Prize for the best thesis in English Literature. Through her research in literature, Dr. DeFalco is exploring the dynamics of care and caregivers with the hope that she can shed some light on how improvements in care giving can be made.
PHYSICS - Dr. Laura Catherine Parker is an assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at McMaster University. She received her PhD from the University of Waterloo. Dr. Parker is an observational astronomer focused on exploring the unaccounted matter in the universe - the so-called dark matter. Using gravitational lensing, which is the study of light deflected from distant objects, Dr. Parker is creating a better understanding for particle physicists of areas of the universe that we cannot see directly.
ECONOMICS - Dr. Gustavo Javier Bobonis is an assistant professor at the University of Toronto. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Bobonis is a specialist in development economics whose work on the American colonization of Puerto Rico is designed to explore the impact of colonization on current levels of educational and literacy attainment.