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NSERC funds more than $3.7M for ongoing research, tools and instruments

Danelle D'Alvise, Research Communications
May 31, 2012

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) has included five McMaster's scientists on its list of "outstanding researchers . . . who show strong potential to become international leaders in their respective area of research", awarding each with an NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplement of $120,000 over three years. The granting council also announced 68 McMaster researchers who have received Discovery Grants totalling $2,204,500, plus an additional 11 researchers who have been awarded more than $931,000 for new research tools and instruments.

"NSERC's investment provides our scientists and engineers with the resources they need to pursue their promising research programs and equip their labs with leading-edge tools and instruments," said Mo Elbestawi, vice-president, research and international affairs. "More than 75 of our researchers have received grants that will help spur new discoveries, and provide a productive research environment that will inspire and enrich the research experience of our students."

The five researchers who have been awarded $120,000 over three years from the Discovery Accelerator Supplement Program are:

Alba Guarné, Associate Professor, Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences, for Structural and functional studies of DNA mismatch repair proteins

Alex Adronov, Associate Professor, Chemistry and Chemical Biology, for Well-defined Polymer Composites with Carbon-based Nanostructures

Thia Kirubarajan, Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Canada Research Chair in Information Fusion, for Computationally Efficient Adaptive Spline Filters for Nonlinear State Estimation

Natalia Nikolova, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Canada Research Chair in High-frequency Electromagnetics, for Near-field Microwave Imaging of Complex Objects

Gianluigi Botton, Professor, Materials Science and Engineering, Canada Research Chair in Microscopy of Nanoscale Materials, for Bonding, Structure and Properties of Nanoscale Materials

The researchers below have received Discovery Grants, which "recognize the creativity and innovation that are at the heart of all advances in research":

Alex Adronov, Chemistry & Chemical Biology, $70,000 for Well-defined Polymer Composites with Carbon-based Nanostructures

André Bédard, Biology, $26,000 for Control of Reversible Growth Arrest and Survival by the C/EBP Family of Transcription Factors

Gianluigi Botton, Materials Science and Engineering, $90,000 for Bonding, Structure and Properties of Nanoscale Materials

Darren Bridgewater, Pathology and Molecular Medicine, $30,000 for the Regulation of Cell Signaling and Branching morphogenesis

Ana Campos, Biology, $28,000 for the Genetic analysis of larval behaviour

David Capson, Electrical and Computer Engineering, $18,000 for Emerging Applications of Machine Vision

Jacques Carette, Computing and Software, $22,000 for Disciplined Meta-Programming

Bei Chen, Mathematics and Statistics, $15,000 for  Modeling, forecasting and diagnostic testing for financial and econometric time series

Chih-Hung Chen, Electrical and Computer Engineering, $18,000 for Physics-Based Stochastic Noise Characterization and Modeling of Nanoscale Field-Effect-Transistors (FETs) for Designs of Low-Noise, Low-Power Integrated Circuits (IC)
Samir Chidiac, Civil Engineering, $19,000 for Predictive tools for improving and controlling the quality and durabilty of concrete

Ben Evans, Biology, $34,000 for Allopolyploid genomics, disease susceptibility, and sex chromosome evolution in frogs 1501 5 $34,000.00 Eyles,

Carolyn Eyles, School of Geography and Earth Sciences, $27,000 for Climatic and tectonic controls on sedimentation within glaciated basins

Jane Foster, Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, $26,000 for Class I MHC & neuroplasticity - a novel role for a classical immune molecule

Frantisek Franek, Computing and Software, $14,000 for Computational and combinatorial approaches to periodicities in strings

Deda Gillespie, Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour, $25,000 for Tuning the auditory brain 1502 5 $25,000.00

Gillian Goward, Chemistry & Chemical Biology, $55,000 for Solid-State Magnetic Resonance Studies of Reaction Mechanisms and Ion Dynamics in Materials for Energy Storage and Conversion

Alba Guarné, Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences, $48,000 for Structural and functional studies of DNA mismatch repair proteins

Radhey Gupta, Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences $34,000 for Identification and Characterization of Novel Molecular Markers for the Proteobacteria (Beta and Gamma) and Firmicutes Phyla

Megumi Harada, Mathematics and Statistics $25,000 for Equivariant and combinatorial techniques in algebraic and symplectic geometry

Paul Higgs, Physics and Astronomy $34,000 for Gene gain and loss in bacterial genomes and the dynamics of ribosomes

Todd Hoare, Chemical Engineering, $34,000 for Nanostructured Injectable Hydrogels with Tunable Smart Properties

Jeffrey Hoyt, Materials Science and Engineering, $29,000 for Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Solidification in Al-Si Alloys

Thomas Hurd, Mathematics and Statistics, $21,000 for Mathematical modeling of firms and their capital structure

Roger Jacobs, Biology, $28,000 for Regulators of polarised protein and vesicle traffic in a genetic model of vessel formation

Mukesh Jain, Mechanical Engineering, $24,000 for Material microstructure and surface considerations in microforming of sheet materials

Wolfram Kahl, Computing and Software, $14,000 for Pushing the Frontier with Dependently Typed Programming in High-Level Structures

George Karakostas, Computing and Software $17,000 for Algorithmic and game-theoretic analysis of network design

Thia Kirubarajan, Electrical and Computer Engineering, $33,000 for Computationally Efficient Adaptive Spline Filters for Nonlinear State Estimation

Andrew Knights, Engineering Physics, $33,000 for Band-gap modification applied to the development of silicon photonic devices

Manfred Kolster, Mathematics and Statistics, $21,000 for K-Theory and Arithmetic

Dimitrios Konstantinidis,Civil Engineering $22,000 for Seismic Protection Technologies to Improve the Performance of Nonstructural Components, Equipment and Contents

Joan Krepinsky, Medicine, $26,000 for How caveolae regulate extracellular matrix production in kidney mesangial cells

Victor Kuperman, Linguistics and Languages $26,5000 for Individual strategies of processing morphologically complex words

Mark Lawford, Computing and Software, $22,000 for Certification of Safety-Critical Real-Time Systems

Ryan Leduc, Computing and Software, $14,000 for Scalability and Implementation Issues for Discrete-Event Systems

William Leigh,Chemistry & Chemical Biology, $70,000 for Group 14 Reactive Intermediates & Organic/Organometallic Photochemistry

Marilyn Lightstone, Mechanical Engineering, $26,000 for Mathematical modelling of particle-laden turbulent flows

Fiona McNeill, Medical Physics & Applied Radiation Sciences, $51,000 for Technology development for the non-invasive assessment of exposure to toxic metals

James McNulty, Chemistry & Chemical Biology, $45,000 for Development of New Synthons and Catalysts and Applications in Organic Synthesis

Chung Pang Mok, Mathematics and Statistics, $15,000 for Periods of Automorphic forms: trace formula and geometric aspects

Carmel Mothersill, Medical Physics & Applied Radiation Sciences, $51,000 for Mechanisms underlying the effects of low doses of ionising radiation

Natalia Nikolova, Electrical and Computer Engineering, $52,000 for Near-field Microwave Imaging of Complex Objects

Justin Nodwell, Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences, $118,690 for High-performance liquid chromatography for small molecule purification

Michael Noseworthy, Electrical and Computer Engineering, $31,000 for Advanced Analysis of Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Data for Evaluation of Tissue Physiology

David Novog, Engineering Physics, $31,000 for Innovative Cooling Technologies Using Nanofluid/Nanosurface Heat Transfer Media

Duncan O'Dell, Physics and Astronomy, $20,000 for Quantum Measurement Theory Applied to Cold Atoms

Joaquin Ortega, Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences, $34,000 for Understanding the Assembly of the Small Ribosomal Subunit in Bacteria

Hao Peng, Medical Physics & Applied Radiation Sciences, $23,000 for A simultaneous PET/MR system for whole body imaging

Saiedeh Razavi, Civil Engineering, $29,000 for Location-Aware Construction

Graham Scott, Biology, $32,000 for Integrative physiology of animal performance during environmental stress

Emil Sekerinski, Computing and Software, $14,000 for Programming Methodology for Multi-Core Concurrency and Adaptation

An-Chang Shi, Physics and Astronomy, $42,000 for Topics in Soft Condensed Matter Theory: From Macromolecules to Hierarchically Structured Soft Materials

Rama Singh, Biology, $17,000 for Molecular evolution of sexual systems genes and their role in speciation

William Smyth, Computing and Software, $17,000 for Regulariities in Strings: New Combinatorial Properties, More Efficient Algorithms, Applications

Erik Sorensen, Physics and Astronomy, $41,000 for Computational Quantum Condensed Matter 15

Donald Sprung, Physics and Astronomy, $17,000 for Theoretical methods in quantum mechanics and optics, with emphasis on semi-classical approximations

Christopher Swartz, Chemical Engineering, $20,000 for Operability Analysis of Chemical Process Supply Chain Systems

Mark Tarnopolsky, Pediatrics, $31,000 for Exercise Mediated Systemic Cellular Protection - Exerkines

Michael Thompson, Michael, Chemical Engineering, $29,000 for Pharmaceutical Based Granulation by Extrusion

David Venus, Physics and Astronomy, $20,000 for Magnetic phase transitions in two-dimensional films

Ethan Vishniac, Physics and Astronomy, $51,000 for Magnetic Field Evolution in Astrophysics

James Wadsley, Physics and Astronomy, $41,000 for Computational Planet, Star and Galaxy Formation: Bridging the Scales

Alan Wassyng, Computing and Software, $22,000 for Structuring Assurance Cases to Facilitate Effective Certification of Medical Devices

David Wilkinson, Materials Science and Engineering, $41,000 for Deformation and Fracture of Lightweight Alloys

Christopher Wood, Biology, $149,000 for Transport and Metabolism in Fish

Xiaolin Wu, Electrical and Computer Engineering, $52,000 for Temporal Psychovisual Modulation: a new paradigm of image formation

Zhou Xing, Pathology and Molecular Medicine, $34,000 for Regulation of NK cell biology by lung macrophage-derived interleukin-15

Itay Yavin, Physics and Astronomy, $30,000 for Weakly Interacting Particles and Physics Beyond the Standard Model

These researchers have been awarded Research Tools and Instruments Grants, to assist in buying or developing research equipment:

Alex Adronov, Chemistry & Chemical Biology, $148,219 for a UV-Vis-NIR Absorption Spectrometer

Sigal Balshine, Psychology, $27,979 for A Portable Underwater Assessment Unit

Gianluigi Botton, Materials Science and Engineering, $150,000 for the Upgrade of energy-loss spectrometer for ultrahigh-resolution

Emily Cranston, Chemical Engineering, $92,408 for Multiple Wavelength Surface Plasmon Resonance Spectrometer for Optical Characterization and Adsorption Studies of Biomaterials and Nanocomposites

Bhagwati Gupta, Biology, $73,873 for C. elegans microfluidic electrotaxis system

Victor Kuperman, Linguistics and Languages, $2,895 for Experimental studies of word recognition in the low-literacy adult population

Grant McLelland, Biology, $49,265 for Imaging System for Environmental Physiology Research

Graham Scott, Biology, $57,245 for Swim tunnel respirometers for studying the effects of environmental stress on fish

Leyla Soleymani, Engineering Physics $10,036 for Electrochemical workstation for biosensor fabrication and characterization

Leyla Soleymani, Engineering Physics, $110,500 for Liquid Flow Holder for In-Situ Transmission Electron Microscopy

Michael Thompson, Chemical Engineering, $150,000 for Infrared Microscopy Characterization Tools for Soft Matter Materials

Hatem Zurob, Materials Science and Engineering, $58,875 for Micro-hardness Tester with an Image Capture and Analysis Software and Hardware

"Our Government's top priority is jobs, growth and long-term prosperity. To remain at the forefront of the global economy, our government is investing in the people and ideas that will produce tomorrow's breakthroughs," said Minister Gary Goodyear. "Through these investments, we are creating the best-educated and most skilled workforce in the world."

Scientists, engineers and students at universities across the country will receive more than $410 million in grants and scholarships over terms ranging from one to five years. These awards comprise the 2012 competition results for NSERC's Discovery Grants, Discovery Accelerator Supplements, Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships, NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships, and Postdoctoral Fellowships.

"Through these programs, NSERC provides direct support to an exceptionally strong base of scientific and creative talent in every field of the natural sciences and engineering," said SuzanneFortier, President of NSERC. "Our scholarships and fellowships programs help us recruit and retain the bright young minds that will lead the next generation of Canadian discoverers and innovators. The flexibility and broad base of research supported by our internationally recognized Discovery Grants Program maintains our capacity to promote important breakthroughs."