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Provincial grant fuels eight UVic projects

A $9.2 million grant from the provincial government will help some of UVic’s leading researchers on their way to new discoveries, including what lies beneath the ocean floor, how to maintain good quality drinking water, the cause of cancer, and the future of wireless communications.

“This time last year, the university received its largest ever grant from the federally funded Canada Foundation for Innovation for new UVic-based research projects in these areas,” says UVic President Dr. David Turpin.

“These matching funds ensure that our nationally and internationally recognized researchers have the facilities and equipment they require to conduct their work in B.C. Our continued success in securing research funding speaks to the exceptional quality of our faculty and their diverse work.”

The funding goes to the following projects:

Dr. Verena Tunnicliffe (biology/ earth & ocean sciences, Canada Research Chair in deep ocean research) will develop VENUS (the Victoria Experimental Network UnderSea), a revolutionary, fibre optic-cabled observatory system to provide real-time data from the diverse marine environments of Saanich Inlet, and the Georgia and Juan de Fuca Straits. ($4.1 million)

Dr. Randall Sobie’s (physics & astronomy) research computing facility will process and store large amounts of scientific and engineering data, health information and multimedia objects and will be used by researchers across the nation. ($2.9 million)

Dr. Ned Djilali’s (mechanical engineering) novel water purification technology, known as centrifugal membrane separation (CMS), will produce clean, potable water from a variety of sources where no economic treatment method exists. It will also allow for the treatment of waste and industrial process waters from a variety of sources across B.C. and Canada. ($540,000)

Dr. Juan Ausio’s (biochemistry & microbiology) new lab equipment will allow him to examine the way proteins interact with each other and with DNA in cells. His discoveries will aid in the study of infectious diseases, cancer, aquaculture and fish diseases, and forestry. ($535,000)

Dr. Asit Mazumder’s (biology) regional facility for interdisciplinary research on drinking water, fisheries and forestry will apply basic and advanced analytical, modelling and field tools to the study of the sustainable management of drinking water, fish productivity, toxic chemicals, forest practices, and waterborne diseases. ($524,000)

Dr. Frank van Veggel’s (chemistry, Canada Research Chair in supramolecular photonic materials) new research lab will be used for the development of leading-edge optical devices and biolabels—molecules that emit light and sometimes indicate tumour cell locations—and to determine how signalling occurs between cells. ($310,000)

Dr. Colin Bradley’s (mechanical engineering, Canada Research Chair in design and computational modeling) new experimental facility, the shape adaptive manufacturing laboratory, will develop a new generation of adaptive manufacturing systems and machines—or “smart tools”—with the ability to self-adjust to changing environmental factors. ($158,000)

Dr. Vijay Bhargava’s (electrical engineering, Canada Research Chair in broadband radio access systems) new computer equipment will allow him to investigate advanced antenna technologies, better protection against noise and interference, more efficient use of the broadband spectrum, methods of access control, and protocols for better integration of different applications. ($56,000)

To date, UVic has received $13.5 million from the B.C. Knowledge Development Fund for 23 research projects.