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November 10, 2005 16:38 ET

Minister McLellan Announces 16 Canada Research Chairs in Alberta

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 10, 2005) - The Honourable Anne McLellan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, on behalf of the Honourable David L. Emerson, Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for the Canada Research Chairs Program, today announced $13 million in funding for 16 Canada Research Chairs in Alberta. Funding for university researchers in Alberta from the Canada Research Chairs Program represents $11.6 million, while an additional $1.4 million has been invested by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) to support research infrastructure.

This funding is part of a $91.8-million investment in universities across the country to support the appointment of 126 Canada Research Chairs, as announced today by the Honourable Jean-C. Lapierre, Minister of Transport and Political Minister for Quebec. These senior research positions, vital for Canada's economic, scientific and social development, were further supported with $10.4 million from the CFI.

"The work of the Canada Research Chairs is of crucial importance for Canadians. Whether it is in the areas of health, the environment or education, the new knowledge developed through research has a direct impact on making our communities better, safer places to live and to raise the next generation," said Minister Emerson.

"Alberta has received a total of $180 million for 164 Canada Research Chairs since the program began in 2000," said Minister McLellan. "These awards help our institutions make important advances in science and medicine, and contribute to the development of an innovative, knowledge-based economy for Canada."

Janet Elliott of the University of Alberta is the returning Canada Research Chair in Interfacial Thermodynamics. Her work is improving our understanding of physical phenomena at boundaries, such as the boundary between liquids and vapours. This research will lead to more accurate and descriptive models for industrial processes. She foresees the potential for application of a better theoretical description of challenging physical processes such as evaporation, a model that she hopes will improve preservation of transplant tissue.

The Canada Research Chairs Program (www.chairs.gc.ca) helps universities attract and retain some of the world's best research minds. Canada Research Chairs are recognized internationally as leaders in their fields, whether they work in the natural sciences and engineering, in the health sciences, or in the social sciences and humanities.

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