Volume 95, Issue 86

Friday, March 15, 2002
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By Emmett Macfarlane
Gazette Staff

Western researchers have received a funding boost of more than $9.8 million from the provincial government, following an announcement yesterday at a conference on campus.

The money will go to 17 projects at Western, including the Ontario Research Centre in Earthquake Hazards and Continental Dynamics. The new centre will research early earthquake warning systems and precious mineral exploration.

The centre's lead researcher, David Eaton, Western associate professor of earth sciences, said the large project could only be successful with the teamwork of researchers from various institutions.

Associate minister of health Helen John (MPP – for Huron-Bruce) said investing in research is at the heart of the Ontario government's strategy. "It allows us to attract outside companies to projects that make a difference to the people of Ontario," she said.

"[Funding] creates potential for job development and economic growth," she added.

The investments come from the Ontario Research Development Challenge Fund, the Ontario Innovation Trust, the federal government and the private sector.

Eaton's research will receive a $2.1 million investment from the ORDCF and $1.7 million private sector funding from Ontario Power Generation.

Western president Paul Davenport said he was proud of the university's reputation for world class research. "Investing in strength is what the ORDCF is all about and [it has] done that in this case," he said.

Davenport added the money is important to Western as a whole because the resources help attract people who are the best in their field. "These investments help us keep our best people and recruit them in the first place."

Both the ORDCF and the OIT were established by the provincial government. The ORDCF is intended to increase the research capacity of Ontario's research institutes, universities, colleges and hospitals. The OIT supports research infrastructure, including facilities, equipment and technology.

Bob Kalbfleisch, public affairs advisor for ORDCF and OIT, said the funding is going to the right place. "These investments at the University of Western Ontario will [make a difference]," he said.

Johns said she felt Western was a leader in research. "Western has shown a capacity to inspire all of us – it's important these days [for the government] to be involved in research, especially in the academic [area]."

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