Science Students Get Increase From $3.3 Million In Grants

Two departments from the University of Victoria, chemistry, and physics and astronomy, have all received $1.65-million grants from the federal Natural Sciences and Research Council.

Part of the Collaborative Research and Training Experience of the council, the grants, are meant to help with collaboration between external agencies universities and private sector. Collaboration prepare scientists that are growing and will indicate a more timely uptake of new ideas by Canadian company to operate in private sector.

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Pupils will spend at least 20 per cent of their moment in industrial labs. No industrial partners have been established in Victoria, but there are many others in Toronto and Montreal and two in Vancouver.

“They are getting a coaching experience above and beyond what they would get as a regular graduate student,” said UVic chemistry professor Matthew Moffittsaid

An example of research would be that the usage of nanoparticles to take medication.

By minding a d**g’s atoms Moffitt stated, the medication can be sent to a cancerous tumour.

The d**g-carrying nanoparticle can be designed to be too big to pass through healthy tissue and blood barriers. However, a c****r tumour’s more porous, more leaky boundaries will make it possible for the passing of this nanoparticle — together with the medicine. Moffitt said the outcome is chemotherapy that can hit at a tumour but abandon the remaining part of the body alone.

Kim Venn, director of UVic’s Astronomy Research Centre, mentioned one example of collaborative work involving four graduate students working using Fibre Tech Optica Ltd., located in Kitchener, Ont.

Venn stated Fibre Tech Optica has generated an optical cable capable of transmitting light with an efficiency score much above anything currently fabricated. The cable is being used to transmit optical signals from the Gemini Observatory to the Canada France Hawaii Telescope roughly 300 metres manner.

In which they may be analyzed using instruments that are spectrographic observations gathers from millions of light years away, then transmits them to the Canada France Hawaii Telescope.

“We are utilizing observatories, construction tools for them, analyzing ideas and really pushing the limitations of this technology and feeding back the results to our industrial partners for use in the Canadian market,” Venn said.

Eighteen grants were passed out over Canada.

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