Government of Canada

Government of Canada

March 16, 2009 19:00 ET

NSERC Honours Leading Edge Queen's University Researcher

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 16, 2009) - Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Minister of State (Science and Technology) Gary Goodyear, and Suzanne Fortier, President of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), today presented Dr. Ingrid Johnsrude of Queen's University with a prestigious NSERC E.W.R. Steacie Fellowship.

"I offer my most sincere congratulations to each of the researchers we are here to honour today," said Minister of State Goodyear. "Our government demonstrated our commitment to supporting research and development through Canada's Economic Action Plan. The $5.1 billion investment in science and technology initiatives will ensure that these individuals and the thousands of their associates working in labs, universities and research centres across Canada are encouraged to continue innovating for the benefit of all Canadians."

Dr. Johnsrude's work in speech perception combines the study of hearing and cognitive processes in order to find better ways to help people understand one another in noisy environments.

"As people age, it often becomes more difficult for them to hear the voice of a conversational partner and to understand the meaning of their words when there is background noise," Dr. Johnsrude notes. "This research may assist aging Canadians as they struggle to cope with declining hearing abilities and help them maintain important relationships and personal contacts."

"Today's award winners are great examples of what Canadian science has achieved and the promise of more world class discoveries in the future," Dr. Fortier said. "Canadians can be very proud of what our researchers are accomplishing."

The Steacie Fellowships enhance the career development of younger scientists who are earning international reputations for their research. Up to six Steacies are presented each year; each two-year fellowship is valued at up to $90,000 per year.

"I've been privileged in my career to work with many wonderful scientists. This award is a great honour and recognizes the value of a collaborative approach to research," said Dr. Johnsrude.

The NSERC Steacie Fellowships honour the memory of Dr. Edgar William Richard Steacie, an outstanding chemist and research leader who made major contributions to the development of science in Canada. Dr. Steacie believed that young researchers are a great national asset and should be given every opportunity to develop their own ideas. He played an instrumental role in setting the direction of the National Research Council starting in the 1950s.

NSERC is a federal agency whose vision is to help make Canada a country of discoverers and innovators for the benefit of all Canadians. The agency supports some 26,500 university students and postdoctoral fellows in their advanced studies. NSERC promotes discovery by funding more than 11,800 university professors every year and fosters innovation by encouraging more than 1,400 Canadian companies to participate and invest in postsecondary research projects.

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