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Queen's researchers receive $3.4 million in NSERC funding


Four Queen’s researchers have received a boost for their research from the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC). NSERC’s Discovery Accelerator Supplements are awarded to proposals that suggest high-risk, novel or potentially transformative research that could contribute to groundbreaking advances in the area of study.

“One of Queen’s greatest strengths is the people who contribute to research and scholarly activities,” says Steven Liss, Vice-Principal (Research). “These grants demonstrate their innovation, leadership and excellence and help create an innovative and transformative training environment for Canada’s future researchers.”

Jean Hutchinson (Geology and GeoEngineering Centre): Dr. Hutchinson studies a variety of subjects in geological engineering, including landslide stability assessment and rock support design. Her current work is on the evaluation of georisk for infrastructure engineering projects.

Cella Olmstead (Psychology): Dr. Olmstead’s research program examines biological and behavioral changes that underlie addiction. NSERC funding will help her team understand the mechanisms that increase vulnerability to drug abuse and eating disorders.

R. Kerry Rowe (Civil Engineering and GeoEngineering Centre): Dr. Rowe studies geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering; his projects include contamination containment and landfill design. This NSERC grant will contribute to his studies into the effects of time and temperature on critical geosystems.

Virginia Walker (Biology): Dr. Walker’s lab is working to unlock the secrets of specialized proteins that help organisms survive environmental stresses. The NSERC funding will be used to discover how genes that code for ice-binding proteins help certain plants, animals and microbes survive our freezing winters. These special proteins will also be tested for diverse applications including medicine and even hydrocarbon exploration.

Each of these researchers will receive $120,000 over three years.

In addition to the four Discovery Accelerator Supplements, NSERC Discovery Grants will provide $1.39 million for up to five years to 38 other Queen’s researchers. Graduate students will receive an additional $2.9 million in funding for master’s and doctoral projects. The funding supports research in a number of different fields including geological sciences, psychology, mathematics and statistics, and engineering.

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council


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