The 2010 Polanyi Prize Winners
CHEMISTRY - Dr. Todd Hoare is a chemical engineer and professor at McMaster University in Hamilton, where he also received his PhD. His research focuses on the potential use of gel nanoparticles to help treat diseases such as diabetes. These nanoparticles would target a certain part of the body, remain in place over the treatment period and be activated when required.
ECONOMICS - Dr. Benjamin Lester, an assistant professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Western Ontario in London, is developing a theoretical model of the global market for asset-backed securities that will help identify when intervention may be needed. He is studying the search-and-matching theory and how this theory would apply to monetary and financial economics to help prevent future financial crises. Dr. Lester received his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania.
LITERATURE - Dr. Anna Lewis is a part-time faculty member at the University of Ottawa's Department of English. Her research explores the connections between reading, social control, and the fight against individualism in religious reformations in late medieval England, research that remains relevant in the modern world where the written word influences global events more than ever. Her studies will shed light on understanding late medieval and early modern culture, specifically the ways in which communities were guiding and regulating reading. Dr. Lewis received her PhD at the University of Ottawa.
PHYSICS - Dr. Anne Broadbent, a post doctoral fellow at the University of Waterloo's Institute for Quantum Computing is exploring how to optimize the processing of quantum information. Her research on quantum communication protocols will help scientists gain new insights that may lead to the development of computers capable of performing complex computations beyond the scope of classical computers.