Five Queen's University research projects, ranging from the impact of climate change to competitiveness in the mineral sector, to Internet use by people with autism have received a total of $700,000 from the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation.
Across the province, a total of $11.5 million is being invested in 82 research projects through the Early Researcher Awards program. Each researcher will receive $140,000.
The innovative researchers and projects at Queen's are:
Nicholas Mosey, Chemistry
Project: Rational Design of Lubricants through Chemical Simulation
Dr. Mosey and his team are developing methods to chemically simulate realistic models of lubricated contacts, and use these techniques to predict the performance of lubricant systems.
Andrew Grant, Political Studies
Project: Improving Governance and Competitiveness in Ontario's Mineral Resource Sector
Dr. Grant's research project will assess Ontario's mineral resource sector and provide comprehensive strategies to improve governance and increase competitiveness.
Andrew Take, Civil Engineering
Project: Investigating the Impact of Climate Change on Slope Stability
Dr. Take and his team's research into the effects of climate change on the stability of Ontario's soil slopes will help us protect our environment for future generations.
Joyce Davidson, Geography
Project: Autism Online: The Social and Cultural Implications of the Internet for Individuals on the Spectrum
Dr. Davidson's research team will examine how individuals with autism use the Internet to develop new spaces for shared experience.
Parvin Mousavi, School of Computing
Project: Towards Integrative Data Analysis for Reliable Predictive Modeling in Biomedical Computing
Dr. Mousavi is using data from multiple modalities to build computational models that formulate disease, within the framework of prostate cancer and multiple sclerosis, which could lead to earlier diagnosis of these and other disorders.
The Early Researcher Awards program will support the work of 338 researchers and ensure that leading Ontario researchers have the resources they need to build their research teams. The funding will also help create jobs for graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, research assistants, associates and technicians from across Canada and abroad. For more information visit http://www.mri.gov.on.ca/english/news/ERA081709.asp