Acadia University to get support for four science, engineering researchers and students

Wolfville, Nova Scotia – Industry Canada

Greg Kerr, Member of Parliament for West Nova, on behalf of Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology), today highlighted the funding that scientists, engineers and students at Acadia University received through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

Nearly $280,000 will go to four researchers and trainees at Acadia University, including Dr. Nelson J. O’Driscoll, who is receiving $45,653 to update equipment used to provide state-of-the-art analysis of mercury contaminants in air, water, soils and organisms. His research focuses on methylmercury, the most dangerous form of the element, which is absorbed by plants and animals and passed along the food chain.

Dr. O’Driscoll’s research to understand why some ecosystems are susceptible to mercury will lead to better protection and preventative measures to ensure the health and well-being of Canadians and protect our environment.

Quick facts

  • On June 26, 2014, Minister of State Holder announced a significant federal investment to support scientists, engineers, post-doctoral fellows and students at universities in Canada as they drive innovation, and ultimately economic prosperity, across the country. Of the total investment, $11.5 million will support researchers at universities in the province of Nova Scotia.
  • The awards highlighted today at Acadia University are part of the 2014 competition results for the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s Discovery GrantsDiscovery Accelerator SupplementsAlexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate ScholarshipsPostgraduate Scholarships andPostdoctoral Fellowships.
  • The NSERC Discovery Grants Program is an integral component of the government’s efforts to develop, attract and retain the world’s most talented researchers at Canadian universities. The program funds discovery research in a multitude of scientific and engineering disciplines, which builds a broad base of research capacity across the country.

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