Volume 93, Issue 95

Wednesday, March 29, 2000


Computers stolen from SSC offices

Research gets $18.5M boost

Western student still missing

Alcohol consumptions leads to - less sex?

Multiple arrests made at T.O. rave

Biotechnological food explained in magazine

Settlers have hard time finding jobs


Bass Ackwards

Caught on campus

Research gets $18.5M boost

By Stephanie Cesca
Gazette Staff

Western researchers received an $18.5 million grant yesterday from the provincial government for new research equipment and facilities.

The money will fund 11 research projects at Western's engineering, health, medicine, science and social sciences faculties and at the school's two affiliated health care institutions – the Lawson Research Institute at St. Joseph's Health Centre and the London Regional Cancer Centre.

David Bogart, executive director of the Ontario Innovation Trust, a provincial government initiative, said $9.4 million of the grant would go towards a particular facility which produced high-energy beams to examine living cells. "The board was particularly interested in this project," he said.

Bogart said all the projects held promise and added the money would help provide state-of-the-art facilities and equipment for the university.

Western president Paul Davenport said the school now had a grand total of $113 million in approved funding on the way. "We've come a long way in the past five years. It's a great pleasure to acknowledge the role of our province."

Member of Provincial Parliament for London-Fanshawe Frank Mazzilli congratulated Western for receiving the funds and stressed the importance of research initiatives.

"We need to continue building a province that is strong and competitive," he said. "Students will benefit with a better environment in which to study and learn. We will see our economy grow and thrive as we have seen in the past few years."

The Canada Foundation for Innovation was also a funding partner in these initiatives, said David Strangway, president and chief executive officer of the CFI.

Strangway said this sum of money was crucial, particularly because the province's researchers were recently facing significant problems with infrastructure.

"To see these activities coming now is really wonderful. It's important that it happens provincially," he said. "What's really important is that it gives [this program] the tools. Facilities and equipment are a significant element in creating scientific breakthroughs."

The $18.5 million would help Canada in its quest to become a global economic competitor, he said. "There's a real need and a desire to get back in this competition."

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