The Li Ka Shing Foundation, one of the world’s largest private non-profit charitable organizations, has granted $1 million to fund the research of Dr. Andrew Pelling, Full Professor at the University of Ottawa’s Department of Physics, into the development of plant-based biomaterials. With this grant, the Pelling Lab for Augmented Biology, located in the STEM Complex at the University of Ottawa, will be able to continue and expand its groundbreaking research into the creation of novel biomaterials. This work first came to global prominence after Pelling premiered the creation of a human ear in a TED talk which has now gained millions of views. Read the full article.
Béla Joós earned the award for his tireless service and selfless devotion to strengthening the Canadian physics community. His service in the executive of the Canadian Association of Physicists, and his central role in supporting, transforming, and rejuvenating Physics in Canada as a national physics magazine during more than 30 years on the editorial board and more than a decade as editor, embody the ideals of outstanding service to Canadian physics that the Kirkby medal celebrates. Read the complete article.
A very involved and knowledgeable group of 44 talented minds from all over Ontario and Quebec spent a week at our Summer Math Camp. Organized since 2000, the camp’s goals is to expose high school students to the various fields of study to which they can apply their math skills.
The University of Ottawa has earned three new Tier 1 Canada Research Chairs (CRCs) along with four new Tier 2 CRCs. This federal government support will assist these researchers in their pursuit of innovations in artificial intelligence and in health. The University is also proud to announce the renewal of a CRC in quantum photonics.
Mathematics PhD student, Jane MacDonald, is the recipient of 2019 Excellence Award for Teaching Assistants from the Teaching and Learning Support Service (TLSS). The award aims to value the work of Teaching Assistants and their remarkable contribution in the classrooms. This annual program gives out an Excellence Award in three categories: Science, Humanities and Online Course. Congratulations to Jane!
The Friedrich-Wilhelm-Bessel prize is awarded to young researchers of the highest level in recognition of the excellence of their research. The Humboldt Foundation awards about 25 Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Prizes to young scientists who are already recognized as researchers in their field. These young scientists are invited to work on the research projects of their choice in cooperation in Germany for a period of 6 months to a year.
The University of Ottawa ranks among the world’s top universities in a new survey by U.K.-based Times Higher Education (THE) that recognizes universities for their social and economic impact. The University occupies 69th place in the inaugural THE University Impact Rankings, which evaluate the contributions of universities around the world to meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Jacob Raymond completed his BA Honors in Financial Mathematics and Economics in the winter of 2019. During his CO-OP placements, he worked three times at Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED), specifically in the Manufacturing and Life Sciences Branch, where he demonstrated excellence through his dedication, professionalism and integrity. Working at ISED has allowed him to learn new skills, including learning more about programming languages such as Python. Adam Slade, his supervisor, admires Jacob’s ability “to work in a multi-disciplinary environment, with our computer scientists and business analysts to bridge the knowledge gaps between these fields.”
The IntelliSyn Pharma Research Excellence Award (formerly the Boehringer Ingelheim Research Excellence Award) is presented to a scientist residing in Canada who has made a distinguished contribution to medicinally relevant organic or biophysical chemistry while working in Canada.