TORONTO, Nov. 25, 2013 /CNW/ - Today, five top Ontario university
researchers were awarded the prestigious Polanyi Prizes for their
extraordinary research, which ranges from studies on infidelity, to
breakthroughs in quantum physics, and examinations of blood-feeders as
transmitters of disease.
The Polanyi Prizes were created to celebrate John Charles Polanyi's 1986
Nobel Prize, and the areas of research they recognize mirror those of
the Nobel Prizes. Polanyi Prize winners are awarded $20,000 by the
"The Polanyi Prizes are among the most coveted in Ontario, and recognize
our most talented young researchers," says Max Blouw, Chair of the
Council of Ontario Universities (COU) and President of Wilfrid Laurier
University. "These awards contribute tremendously to the research they
acknowledge while elevating the status of research in our province and
globally - we thank the Ontario government for this recognition."
Winners of the 2013 Polanyi Prizes:
Economic Science: Dr. Roland Pongou, University of Ottawa, is being recognized for his research into fidelity networks, which
involve people who might choose to be unfaithful to their partners
while expecting fidelity in return. Pongou's research highlights the
impact of gender within these networks, and explains why women are more
affected than men by HIV/AIDS in certain cultures. His research also
explains why this epidemic is more concentrated in certain regions.
Physiology/Medicine: Dr. Jean-Paul Paluzzi, York University, wins the award for research into the biology of blood-feeders such as
mosquitoes and ticks, which can transmit various animal and human
diseases. Paluzzi's findings could help control these organisms as
transmitters of disease.
Physics: Dr. J. Patrick Clancy, University of Toronto, is being recognized for his research into quantum materials using
advanced X-ray and neutron scattering techniques. Clancy is examining
the physics of iridium-based quantum materials, which could lead to
innovations in quantum technology.
Physiology/Medicine: Dr. Diane Gregory, Wilfrid Laurier University, wins the award for examining spinal health in relation to the
development of lower back pain. Gregory's research is expected to
improve the understanding and treatment of spinal injuries.
Literature: Dr. David Francis Taylor, University of Toronto, is being recognized for his study of the role that political cartoons
played in 18th-century Britain. Taylor demonstrates that these images
often included complex references to literature, which served to limit
political engagement to the well educated.
"The 2013 Polanyi Prize winners have received one of the highest honours
researchers can achieve from this province," says COU President and CEO
Bonnie M. Patterson. "These awards encourage bright young researchers
to pursue careers at our universities, ensuring that our province will
continue to benefit from the real life applications of innovative
research. Congratulations to the winners of this esteemed award."
The Polanyi Prizes are awarded annually to post-doctoral researchers in
the early stages of their careers in a range of fields. The awards are
created and funded by the Ontario government and administered by COU.
Learn more about the John Charles Polanyi Prizes.
COU is a membership organization of 21 publicly assisted universities in
Ontario. It works closely with the provincial and federal governments
to shape public policies that help universities deliver high-quality
programs for students and advance the research and innovation that
improves the social, cultural and economic well-being of Ontarians.
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SOURCE: Council of Ontario Universities
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