Friday, April 15, 2016

Carleton Researchers to Investigate Groundwater Decontamination and Developmental Evolu...

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Dr. Anh Pham demonstrates his research for Parliamentary Secretary for the Minister of Science, Mr. Terry Beech. Looking on are Dr. Nimal Rajapakse, Vice President (Research and International) and graduate student Nick Zrinyi.

Two Carleton professors have received support from the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) John R. Evans Leaders Fund for their work in groundwater and soil decontamination, and developmental evolution in amphibians.

In total, Anh Pham, assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering and Design, and Hillary Maddin, assistant professor in the Department of Earth Sciences in the Faculty of Science, have been awarded more than $165,000 during this round of funding from CFI.

The announcement was made today at an event in Carleton’s River Building by Terry Beech, parliamentary secretary for Science. Nearly $20 million in funding was awarded to 94 projects at 33 Canadian universities.

At a Glance:

  • Pham received $56,000 to develop remediation technologies for treatment of soil and groundwater contaminated with chlorinated organic compounds, among the most prevalent carcinogens present in more than 22,000 federal contaminated sites across Canada.
  • CFI’s support will help Pham’s team acquire a gas chromatograph/mass spectrometer to investigate degradation of contaminated compounds and formation of byproducts in the remediation technologies they are developing.
  • Maddin received more than $109,000 to fill the gap in our understanding of the evolutionary aspects of skull development, one of the hallmark innovations of craniate vertebrates such as fish and amphibians.
  • CFI’s support will help Maddin develop an innovative facility for performing dynamic visualization of skull developmental patterns and processes using cutting-edge fluorescence technology, with the aim of producing new data for broader discussions of the evolution of the craniate skull.
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L to R: Dr. Jean-Michel Ménard (University of Ottawa), Dr. Wenbin Liang (University of Ottawa), Dr. Roseann O’Reilly Runte (Carleton), Guy Levesque (CFI), Mr. Terry Beech (Office of the Minister of Science), Dr. Anh Pham (Carleton), Dr. Nimal Rajapakse (Carleton), and Dr. Hillary Maddin (Carleton).


“CFI’s support is critical for the development of research infrastructure that will support the excellent work of our dedicated researchers. Anh Pham and Hillary Maddin are just two of the leading Carleton researchers who produce work of global importance.” – Roseann O’Reilly Runte, president and vice-chancellor, Carleton University

“From health to engineering, telecommunications and environmental protection, the Canada Foundation for Innovation provides researchers with state-of-the-art-facilities and equipment that are essential to conduct world-class research that directly benefits all Canadians.”  
– Gilles Patry, president and CEO, Canada Foundation for Innovation

“We envision that the in situ technologies developed with CFI’s support will be more economical and effective than the existing remediation technologies. The equipment we will be able to acquire is indispensable for our research activities.” – Anh Pham, assistant professor in the Faculty of Engineering and Design

About the John R. Evans Leaders Fund:
The funding is designed to help universities attract and retain the best researchers at a time of intense international competition. It will allow institutions to acquire and create competitive research support packages.

Media Inquiries:
Chris Cline
Media Relations Officer
Carleton University
613-520-2600, ext. 1391

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