It may have been a wet and lukewarm summer for most, but the sun has definitely shone on U of G and its researchers over the past few months.
In the latest government research funding announcement Aug. 15, six U of G projects aimed at increasing health science knowledge received more than $1.7 million from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (see page 1 story).
Earlier in the summer, on July 25, three other U of G research projects received almost $4 million from the Canada Foundation for Innovation. Prof. Glen Van Der Kraak, Zoology, was awarded $2.1 million for the project "Enhancing Fish Performance: From Genes to Populations"; Prof. Nigel Bunce, Chem- istry and Biochemistry, received $1.2 million to establish a U of G Electrochemical Technology Centre; and Prof. Iain Campbell, Physics, was awarded $570,519 for the National Proton Microprobe Facility for Environmental Analysis.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Energy, Science and Technology recognized two U of G professors with Premier's Research Excellence Awards (PREA). Prof. Brian Husband, Botany, and Elisabeth Nicol, Physics, each received $100,000 in PREA support and $50,000 in matching funds from the University. The awards brought to seven the number of PREA recipients at Guelph, with these awards now totalling $1.05 million.
In other summer news, OAC dean Rob McLaughlin was appointed interim vice-president (alumni affairs and development).
"Rob will provide the University with the leadership necessary to maintain and advance its achievements in alumni affairs and development while the search for a new vice-president continues," said president Mordechai Rozanski.
McLaughlin, who is in the final year of his second term as dean, will work closely with the president on the University's development and alumni affairs activities and will direct the ongoing work of the Alumni House team.