Volume 95, Issue 80

Wednesday, March 6, 2002
 
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NEWS

Fifteen seek seat on S.S. Sinal

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Rock lays smack down on 'crummy' facilities

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From the Editor

Rock lays smack down on 'crummy' facilities

By Erin Conway-Smith
Gazette Staff


Federal Industry Minister Allan Rock announced a much-needed cash infusion of $7.6 million for research at Western during a campus visit last Friday.

The money will fund the indirect costs of research, ensuring Western has "the facilities and equipment to create excellence," Rock said.

The grant is part of the federal government's new Innovation Strategy, aimed at improving the economic and social foundation of Canada by intensifying research and strengthening skills and learning.

Rock's visit on Friday was a "great day for Western and a great day for our country," said Western president Paul Davenport.

The announcement took place in the biochemical engineering building, which Davenport noted is "one of the crummiest research spaces on the planet."

The money will help to upgrade research facilities and provide much-needed space for faculty.

Davenport said a sense of despair prevailed at Western during the early 1990s due to a lack of funding. "We were losing our best people to the United States," he said. "The feeling was that if you were a young person, you had to look elsewhere."

He said the money will help Western compete with American and European universities. "We've turned the corner – now this is an exciting place for young researchers."

Rock said he is in the process of meeting with university presidents and the provincial government to see if the contribution could be made into an annual event.

He said investment in research by the federal government will help top students remain in Canada by improving facilities and academic opportunities. "I want them to see Canada as the place to be," he said.

Silvana Micic, a PhD candidate, showed Rock her work solving problems with foundation structures for offshore engineering. She said her project – which has practical applications for the oil industry – has run out of funding.

"Hopefully we will get some funding to enable us to continue our research," she said.


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