BU Researchers Receive Significant Grants

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BRANDON, MB – Following a nation-wide competition, a trio of Brandon University (BU) researchers has been awarded more than half-a-million dollars in grants to continue their scientific research.

Dr. Martin Lemaire will receive $472,032 to outfit a new laboratory in BU’s Chemistry Department to research molecular spintronic materials, a relatively new field of study. The technology is used, among other things, to dramatically increase storage capacity in computer hard drives.

Dr. Wendy Untereiner has been awarded $86,437 for high-quality imaging equipment in the Department of Biology. The state-of-the-art microscope and digital capture hardware will allow Dr. Untereiner and co-investigator Dr. Janet Koprivnikar to examine the millions of un-described fungi and parasites found throughout Canada.

Dr. David Greenwood, with co-investigator Dr. Johannes Koch, will receive $43,682 for microscope upgrades to research global greenhouse conditions which existed 52 million years ago, as well as the timing of glacial retreats in the Canadian Rockies.

Innovation_LogoThe grants are given by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) Leaders Opportunity Fund (LOF), with industry funding accounting for one-third.

“Receiving these CFI grants is a testament to the cutting edge nature of the research being conducted by Drs. Lemaire, Untereiner and Greenwood,” says BU’s Acting Vice-President (Academic and Provost), Dr. Dean Care. “This new equipment will only enhance the quality of research being conducted by BU researchers and our students.”

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Dr. Dean Care
Vice-President (Academic and Provost)
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