%%tb-image-alt-text%%
Kamloops.me

Me and my Kamloops

TRU researchers share $579,000 in federal awards – TRU Newsroom

TRU researchers share $579,000 in federal awards – TRU Newsroom

June 1, 2019 at 11:21 pm  Education, Kamloops, News

KAMLOOPS – Five Thompson Rivers University researchers received $579,240 over five years through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Discovery Grants program, announced this week by the Government of Canada.

The Discovery Grants Program funds innovations in chemistry, physics, life sciences, mathematics, computer science, geoscience and the many branches of engineering.

This week, the Hon. Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, announced an unprecedented investment of more than $588 million through the program, awarded to more than 4,850 researchers and students across Canada who are pursuing world-leading discovery work. It also includes support for nearly 500 early career researchers.

These newly funded researchers bring the total to 18 TRU faculty currently supported by the Discovery Grant program, which is valued at $2.4 million.

“We are delighted by this announcement, which builds on TRU’s research capacity and supports our faculty in pursuing fundamental research questions. A significant portion of these funds will go to hiring students, providing them with the opportunity to engage in high impact practice through mentored research,” said Dr. Christine Bovis-Cnossen, TRU’s provost and vice-president academic.

“This allows me to hire and mentor undergraduate students, as that’s what most of my budget is devoted to,” said Dr. Catherine Ortner, associate professor, Psychology, whose research program explores emotion regulation strategies.

“This grant allows me to dig deeper. Before I was looking into people’s motives when deciding how to respond to an emotional situation, and now we’ll be looking at the underlying and unconscious mechanisms that go into those choices.”

2019 Discovery Grant Awards

  • Catherine Ortner, associate professor, Psychology. Cognitive processes supporting emotion regulation choices.
  • Lingling Jin, assistant professor, Computing Science. Computational modelling and prediction of plant genome evolution.
  • Jonathan Van Hamme, professor, Biology. Molecular mechanisms of fluorinated organic chemical metabolism in bacteria.
  • Qinglin Yu, professor, Mathematics. Matching extensions in graphs and hyper graphs: structures, algorithms and characterizations.

Backgrounder

  • The investment announced this week includes $426 million in Discovery Grants going to more than 2,295 researchers across the full range of science and engineering disciplines, from biology and chemistry to advanced materials engineering and astrophysics.
  • $6.2 million in Discovery Launch Supplements will be going to 499 early-career researchers in the first year of their Discovery Grants to help them launch their careers.
  • $83 million in scholarship and fellowships to support nearly 1,700 graduate students and fellows in the early stages of their careers.
  • The Government of Canada recently launched  Dimensions: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Canada. This new pilot program, which is inspired by the United Kingdom’s internationally-recognized  Athena SWAN program, will address systemic barriers in research, particularly those experienced by members of underrepresented or disadvantaged groups.

Contact

Dr. Catherine Ortner
Associate Professor, Faculty of Arts
250-828-5497
cortner@tru.ca

The Research Support Fund provides a portion of the costs associated with managing the research funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, such as salaries for staff who provide administration support, training costs for workplace health and safety and maintenance of libraries.

View Link to Original Source

No conversations yet

Activity Stream

Thu, Jul 29, 2021 at 9:00 am - David Suzuki posted on their blog: Is smaller better when it comes to nuclear?
Tue, Jul 27, 2021 at 9:00 am - Doug Smith posted on their blog: Lodgepole Lake Loops – Kamloops Trails
Sat, Jul 24, 2021 at 9:00 am - Doug Smith posted on their blog: On Mt. Thynne – Kamloops Trails
Wed, Jul 21, 2021 at 9:00 am - Doug Smith posted on their blog: On the Upper Peterson Creek Trails
Tue, Jul 20, 2021 at 4:10 pm - David Suzuki posted on their blog: The climate is changing rapidly, but the oil industry isn’t
Sat, Jul 17, 2021 at 5:00 pm - Doug Smith posted on their blog: Stake Lake Loops – Kamloops Trails
Thu, Jul 15, 2021 at 9:00 am - Doug Smith posted on their blog: Big Pine Nature Hike – Kamloops Trails
Tue, Jul 13, 2021 at 9:40 pm - David Suzuki posted on their blog: Blueberry River First Nations court victory offers path to reconciliation
Mon, Jul 12, 2021 at 9:00 am - Doug Smith posted on their blog: Along the Red Plateau Escarpment Rim
Fri, Jul 9, 2021 at 9:00 am - Doug Smith posted on their blog: Hiking the Wounded Knee Trail
Full Stream