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Budget2018: New federal investments in Canadian science and research will create a better future

February 27, 2018

Ontario’s universities welcome the new federal investments in Canadian science and scholarship announced by Finance Minister Bill Morneau in today’s budget, because investing in university research is an investment in a better future. University research leads to the innovations that boost Canadians’ health and quality of life, spurs business activity, boosts jobs, and creates a better future for students, communities and the province. The funding announced today is recognition by the government of Canada that university research is a vital ingredient in the country’s long-term wealth and prosperity. See Ontario's Universities full statement on Budget 2018 here.

EurekAlert!: University of Guelph Study uncovers new insights into the cause of cell death in Parkinson’s

February 27, 2018

A University of Guelph researcher has discovered one of the factors behind nerve cell death in Parkinson's disease, unlocking the potential for treatment to slow the progression of this fatal neurodegenerative disorder. Prof. Scott Ryan has found that cardiolipin, a molecule inside nerve cells, helps ensure that a protein called alpha-synuclein folds properly. Misfolding of this protein leads to protein deposits that are the hallmark of Parkinson's disease. These deposits are toxic to nerve cells that control voluntary movement. When too many of these deposits accumulate, nerve cells die. Read the full article here.

CTV: Study suggests Canadians on prescription drugs cut back on food, electricity

February 27, 2018

A recent study suggests nearly one million Canadians taking prescription drugs are cutting back on food and electricity to afford them. The pan-Canadian review was conducted by researchers at the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, McMaster University and the University of Toronto and published today in the online version of the Canadian Medical Association Journal. Read the full article here.

Globe and Mail: Ottawa names winners of $950-million ‘supercluster’ funding

February 15, 2018

The federal government on Thursday announced that five industry consortia will receive $950-million under its flagship innovation funding initiative to create "superclusters" to drive economic growth in high-potential sectors.

The winners are:

An “AI-powered supply chain” supercluster led by Quebec City’s Optel Group and backed by such Quebec Inc. mainstays as BCE Inc, Alimentation Couche-Tard, Montreal’s Institute for Data Valorization and dozens of other companies and research organizations including the University of Waterloo. The bid was one of two from Quebec; another that drew together players from the province’s aerospace industry did not make the cut. An “advanced manufacturing” supercluster, a bid drawing together key players from the Toronto-Hamilton-Waterloo corridor and led by innovation hub organizations Communitech of Waterloo and MaRS Discovery District in Toronto, that aims to help improve manufacturing efficiencies through the use of new technologies. Other backers include auto parts maker Linamar Corp., Maple Leaf Foods Inc., Waterloo smart city technologies starup Miovision Technologies Inc., smart clothing maker Myant inc. and University of Toronto Read the full article here.

The Conversation: STEAM not STEM – Why scientists need arts training

January 24, 2018

In 1959, the British physicist and novelist C.P. Snow delivered a famously controversial lecture at Cambridge University. He described a post-war schism between two groups — scientists and the literary world. Snow identified this as a newly emergent divide, across which each party was more than happy to sneer at the other: Scientists proudly unable to quote a phrase of Shakespeare, and literary types untroubled by the second law of thermodynamics. Those divisions within the university seem now more deeply entrenched than ever before. And those working within the arts and the sciences face a third antagonist in society: Populism, with its attendant and increasing distrust of intellectuals. Read the full article here.

Ottawa Citizen: Science of winter – How being cold keeps you warm

January 4, 2018

When François Haman ran into some Algonquin College students from Senegal, they were piling on as many layers as they could to keep out the cold. Don’t do that, he advised them. Haman studies cold at the University of Ottawa, more specifically how the human body reacts to cold and what we can do about it. This is not just theory for him. He also spends a lot of time in Northern Ontario, he travels with hunters there, and he skis. “This is one thing that was very difficult for them,” he said about the Senegalese students. “I tried to explain to them it’s OK to be cold in the winter. They were actually terrified. They were going: ‘I am not going out. There’s no way.’ They were worried their skin was going to freeze. So I said, Make sure you cover it but don’t cover it too much.” Read the full article here.