The Canada Council for the Arts has announced the creation of
two $100,000 Killam Prizes, one in the humanities and one in
the social sciences. The two new prizes will complement the existing
Killam Prizes in the health sciences, natural sciences and engineering,
bringing the total value of the Killam Prizes to half a million
dollars each year.
The Killam Prizes, inaugurated in 1981 and administered by the
Canada Council, are financed through lifetime and testamentary
gifts now valued at some $68.1 million to the Canada
Council by Dorothy J. Killam before her death in memory of her
husband, Izaak Walton Killam. The prizes were created to honour
eminent Canadian scholars and scientists actively engaged in
research, whether in industry, government agencies or universities.
In addition to the prizes, the council awards more than 30 Killam
Research Fellowships to senior scholars across Canada.
The two new prizes were announced June 21 by Canada Council vice-chair
François Colbert at a dinner in Toronto honouring this
years Killam Prize winners. Dr. Werner Kalow, professor
emeritus of pharmacology at the University of Toronto; Dr. Ronald
Melzack, professor emeritus of psychology at McGill University;
and Dr. Norbert Morgenstern, professor emeritus in civil engineering
at the University of Alberta, were awarded prizes in the health
sciences, natural sciences and engineering respectively.
Starting immediately, the Canada Council will accept nominations
for the 2002 Killam Prizes in all five fields. Scholars may not
apply for the Killam Prizes on their own behalf; three experts
in their field must nominate them. The deadline for nominations
is Nov. 1, 2001.
For more information about the Killam Prizes, see www.canadacouncil.ca/.
The engineering class of 1976 held its 25th reunion during the
Canada Day holiday weekend. Forty former classmates attended,
travelling from across the province, the country, and the continent
to take part in the activities. On the evening of June 28, the
alumni convened in the Engineering Building for a group picture,
pizza party, and presentations by Memorial president Axel Meisen
and engineering dean R. Seshadri.
get infrastructure funding
The Canada Foundation for Innovation will invest $14.6 million
to support the development of advanced research facilities at
29 Canadian universities, president Dr. David Strangway announced
July 10 .
Our investment will enable over 150 researchers and new
faculty at Canadian universities to compete globally in the knowledge-based
economy, Dr. Strangway said. It will also help enhance
our intellectual capital, protect the environment, improve our
health, create commercial opportunities, and help to ensure a
better quality of life for Canadians.
The $14.6 million CFI investment is being awarded through two
funds. Under the New Opportunities Fund, the CFI Board of Directors
approved an investment of $12.2 million to support 72 infrastructure
projects at 23 universities. The projects will enable 92 new
researchers at Canadian universities to have access to a wide
range of advanced equipment and installations.
Under the University Research Development Fund, the CFI is awarding
$2.4 million to support nine infrastructure projects in social
sciences and humanities, engineering, and the environment at
seven universities. These awards are aimed at strengthening the
research capacity in areas of strategic importance for smaller
universities in Canada.
The CFI is an independent, not-for-profit corporation established
by the Government of Canada in 1997 to address an urgent need
of Canadas research community: new, state-of-the-art research
infrastructure. The Foundation covers 40 per cent of the eligible
costs of projects, with the remaining 60 per cent coming from
the research institutions and their funding partners from the
public, private, and voluntary sectors.
The CFI has been entrusted with a capital investment budget of
More information is available at www.innovation.ca/
Garden open house
Memorials Botanical Garden invites the public to its annual
open house on Saturday, Aug. 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission
is free but food donations will be accepted for the community
food sharing associations.
Activities such as pony rides, scavenger hunts, puppet shows,
gardening tips and various other activities will be ongoing throughout
the day. A food concession will also be available.
Everyone is welcome. For more information, call Dianne at 737-8590.