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2013 Polanyi Prize Winners

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2013 Polanyi Prize Winners

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Dr. J. Patrick Clancy is a postdoctoral fellow in the University of Toronto's physics department. His research involves the study of novel quantum materials using advanced x-ray and neutron scattering techniques. He has published articles on a variety of topics, including low-dimensional magnetism, geometric frustration, and high temperature superconductivity. Dr. Clancy's present work focuses on exploring the physics of iridium-based quantum materials in order to develop a better understanding of the unconventional electronic and magnetic properties that arise in heavy 5d transition metal oxides.


Dr. Diane Gregory is an assistant professor in the health sciences program and the kinesiology and physical education department at Wilfrid Laurier University. Her research focuses on biomechanics, specifically musculoskeletal spine health and the development of low back pain. Dr. Gregory's research uses both a tissue-based (in vitro) approach as well as a human-based (in vivo) approach to improve the understanding of spine injuries, and how such injuries can be rehabilitated. Her work has earned international recognition and has been awarded two prizes from the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine.


Dr. Jean-Paul Paluzzi is an assistant professor in York University's biology department. As an animal physiologist, his research focuses on the functional biology of blood-feeding arthropods such as mosquitoes and ticks, which are vectors of various animal and human diseases. Dr. Paluzzi's research aims to discover regulatory hormones that control feeding, digestion, excretion, electrolyte balance, reproduction, and development. His research has important implications for understanding basic biology of organisms, aiding in the future development of new compounds to control paths of diseases.

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Dr. Roland Pongou is an assistant professor of economics at the University of Ottawa. His research examines the formation of (in)fidelity networks -- networks of individuals who enjoy having many partners but do not want their partners to have other partners. Dr. Pongou characterizes these networks through various assumptions about individual rationality and social norms. His research highlights how differences in gender relations lead to different sexual networks, and explains why women are more affected than men by HIV/AIDS in some societies, but not in others. Dr. Roland has extended his research to examine multi-ethnic societies, enabling him to develop a new explanation for the high concentration of HIV/AIDS in regions like sub-Saharan Africa.


Dr. David FrancisTaylor is an assistant professor of 18th century literature in the University of Toronto's English department. His current book project -- The Rhetoric of Graphic Satire: Politics, Parody, and the Uses of Literature, 1750-1830 -- contains a study of allusions to and parodies of canonical literary texts such as Gulliver's Travels, Paradise Lost, and Shakespeare's plays in political cartoons of the late 18th century. It tracks the evolving political histories of particular texts and explores the relationship between cultural capital and political literacy. Dr. Taylor is also the author of Theatres of Opposition: Empire, Revolution, and Richard Brinsley Sheridan, and co-editor of the forthcoming book The Oxford Handbook of the Georgian Theatre, 1737-1832.

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