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(July 12, 2001, Gazette)

100K Killam prizes created
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 year’s 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

Reunion at engineering
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.

Universities 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 Canada’s 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 $3.15 billion.

More information is available at

Botanical Garden open house
Memorial’s 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.

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