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July 31, 2014   

Five U of S Research Projects Awarded Nearly $500,000 in CFI Funding

From top: Philip McLoughlin, Juan Ianowski, Eric Lamb, Gap Soo Chang, and Loleen Berdahl
April 23, 2010

Today University of Saskatchewan (U of S) researchers were awarded a total of $495,960 from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) for five projects that will advance computer technology, help conserve native grasslands, improve wildlife and habitat management, research social responsibility, and develop new treatments for cystic fibrosis.

“I congratulate these outstanding U of S researchers who have successfully met the CFI’s world-class standards for innovative research that will benefit our health, environment, and economy,” said U of S Vice-President of Research Karen Chad. “This CFI investment sets the stage for more U of S discoveries with impact and helps train the next generation of researchers and leaders for many sectors of society.”

The successful U of S Leaders Opportunity Fund (LOF) recipients announced in Ottawa today are:

  • Philip McLoughlin (biology) will study the ecology and evolution of wild populations of hoofed mammals such as elk, bison and wild horses, research that will be used in wildlife and habitat management to help understand disease transmission among wildlife.
  • Juan Ianowski (physiology) will look at how epithelial cells, specific cells lining a patient’s airway, carry out cellular and molecular transport, probing how and why this transport is hindered in patients with cystic fibrosis airway disease. This work will enhance understanding of the disease and could help uncover new drug targets and treatment options.
  • Loleen Berdahl (political studies), Maureen Bourassa (marketing) and Joe Garcea (political studies) will develop a telephone survey laboratory and focus group facility to study social responsibility. This research will produce practical knowledge on how organizations in governmental, for-profit, and not-for-profit sectors can be more responsible to communities, groups, and individuals in their policies, programs and projects.
  • Eric Lamb (plant sciences) will research plant-soil relationships and maintenance of healthy grassland ecosystems, key economic and ecological resources in Western Canada. His work will contribute to the successful management of remaining native grasslands threatened by invasive species, rangeland degradation, and potential climate change impacts.
  • Gap Soo Chang (physics and engineering physics) will look at transistors and memory devices that offer ultra-fast and energy-efficient computer information processing and storage. The project will help the U of S remain competitive in spintronics, a fast-emerging research field, advancing semiconductor electronics and overcoming key challenges in computer information technology development.

Today’s announcement included more than $27 million in support of 118 CFI projects at 32 institutions across Canada.

“The investments being announced today at the U of S will further enhance our country’s reputation as a destination of choice for outstanding researchers,” said Eliot Phillipson, CFI president. “They will make our universities even more competitive when it comes to attracting the best and brightest researchers from around the world.”

Saskatoon-Humboldt MP Brad Trost said, “The Leaders Opportunity Fund is particularly well named. The University of Saskatchewan has been awarded almost half a million dollars so that top researchers in their fields can continue with their ground-breaking work in a wide range of disciplines.”

The CFI is an independent corporation created by the federal government to fund research infrastructure, which includes state-of-the-art equipment, buildings, laboratories, and databases required to conduct research.

The LOF provides infrastructure support to Canadian institutions so they can attract and retain the very best of today and tomorrow’s leading researchers at a time of intense international competition for knowledge workers.

For a complete list of the projects awarded, please visit www.innovation.ca.

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For more information or to arrange an interview, contact:

Kathryn Warden
University Research Communications
(306) 966-2506
kathryn.warden@usask.ca

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