Program 84

AIRDATE:04/15/03

PROMO: Alberta Conservation Association announces the 200th recipient of the 2 millionth dollar funded under its Biodiversity Challenge Grants program

MRI researcher Dr. Alan Wilman is one of 43 scientists funded in the latest round of AHFMR sponsorship

iCORE announces a new research chair in nanotechnology at U of A and NINT, bringing Dr. Robert Wolkow to Edmonton

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TITLE: Steve Hull, Managing Director, Alberta Conservation Association
SUBJECT: #84 ACA Biodiversity Challenge Grants Program
SYNOPSIS: The Alberta Conservation Association uses some of the money it receives from hunting and fishing licences sold in Alberta to fund the Biodiversity Challenge Grants program. Now in its ninth year, the program recently marked an important milestone, supporting its 200th recipient with its 2 millionth dollar. ACA's managing director Steve Hull is happy with the success of the Biodiversity Challenge program.

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TITLE: Dr. Bill Samuel, Professor, Biological Sciences, University of Alberta and Coordinator, Biodiversity Challenge Grants Program, Alberta Conservation Association
SUBJECT: #84 ACA Biodiversity Challenge Grants Program
SYNOPSIS: The Biodiversity Challenge Grants program is one of Dr. Bill Samuel's favourite undertakings. Underwritten by the Alberta Conservation Association, the Biodiversity Challenge program allows graduate students to do research on Alberta's flora and fauna. Bill sees the program as an important vehicle for developing a strong cadre of conservation biologists in Alberta.

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TITLE: Kirsten Norris, Masters Student, Biological Sciences, University of Alberta and 200th Recipient, ACA Biodiversity Challenge Grants Program
SUBJECT: #84 ACA Biodiversity Challenge Grants Program
SYNOPSIS: Kirsten Norris is a graduate student in biological sciences at the University of Alberta. She is the 200th recipient of the 2 millionth dollar from the Biodiversity Challenge Grant program underwritten by the Alberta Conservation Program. Her study will look at the impact northern pike has on wood frog populations in boreal ecosystems.

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TITLE: Dr. Alan Wilman, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Alberta
SUBJECT: #84 AHFMR Funds MRI Research
SYNOPSIS: The Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research recently announced 27 million dollars in funding to support 43 researchers at the University of Calgary and the University of Alberta. These grants ensures the salaries of health researchers for five year periods. Among this group is Dr. Alan Wilman, a physicist who is pushing the envelope on MRI technology.

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TITLE: Dr. Robert Wolkow, iCORE Chair of Nanoscale Information and Communication Technologies, University of Alberta and National Institute for Nanotechnology
SUBJECT: #84 New iCORE Chair in Nanotechnology
SYNOPSIS: iCORE, the Alberta Informatics Circle for Research Excellence, has just established a Chair in in Nanoscale Information and Communication Technologies in partnership with the University of Alberta and the National Institute for Nanoechnology. Worth 10 million dollars over 5 years, the Chair will play a significant role in cementing Canada's place in the world stage for developments in nanotechnology. One of the world's leaders in the field is Dr. Robert Wolkow. iCORE has succeeded in wooing him from Ottawa to Alberta to continue his research here.

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TITLE: Dr. Dan Wayner, Acting Director General, National Institute for Nanotechnology
SUBJECT: #84 New iCORE Chair in Nanotechnology
SYNOPSIS: Barely past its first birthday, The National Institute for Nanotechnology in Edmonton is making huge strides in attracting brilliant researchers. Now joining NINT's Dr. Dan Wayner is his friend and colleague from Ottawa, Dr. Robert Wolkow, a pioneer in scanning tunneling microscopy.

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TITLE: Dr. Brian Unger, President, iCORE and Professor, Computing Sciences, University of Calgary
SUBJECT: #84 New iCORE Chair in Nanotechnology
SYNOPSIS: As president of iCORE, Dr. Brian Unger sees the establishment of the iCORE chair in nanotechnology as an important step towards securing Alberta's future as a research cluster in this field that will provide future employment for Alberta scientists.

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