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Trent University Awarded $1,494,399 in New Research Funding
May 5, 2007

Professor Kenzu AbdellaTrent University will receive $1,494,399 in new funding from the 2007 Grants and Scholarships awards from The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

Funding from the Discovery Grants and Research Tools and Instrument programs totalling $1,075,999 was announced yesterday by MP Colin Carrie on behalf of the Honourable Maxime Bernier, minister of industry and Dr. Suzanne Fortier, NSERC president. In addition, another 29 graduate and undergraduate scholarships amounting to $418,400 were also approved for Trent students yesterday.

"This funding announcement advances many research projects at Trent where faculty are making significant contributions to the important issues of our time, especially in the areas of climate change and wildlife conservation," said Susan Clark, vice-president academic at Trent University.

Reflecting Trent’s interdisciplinary strengths, a highlight of yesterday’s announcement was a Discovery Grant awarded to Professor Kenzu Abdella of the Mathematics Department. His research focuses on fluid dynamics and atmospheric science with an emphasis on developing useful computational models for application in global climate models which are used to predict the effects of climate change. His studies centre on the parameterization of physical processes in the atmosphere, particularly at the boundary layer (2000 meters from ground level), and on the earth’s surface. The calculations involved in global climate models are so complex that very high-speed super computers are required to work them through to determine how the atmosphere is affected by climate change. Prof. Abdella’s finds ways of simplifying the mathematical process so that the end result produces efficient and accurate data. This permits environmental scientists to test conservation strategies and enables them to simulate the future impacts caused by deforestation, water pollution and other human activities.

Professor Doug Evans, dean of graduate studies, was very pleased with the impact yesterday’s announcement will have on Trent’ s up and coming researchers. "NSERC approved 100 per cent of all graduate level scholarship applied for by Trent students, " he said. "This remarkable success speaks to the excellent quality and wider relevance of the education they received at Trent."

  • Prof. Kenzu Abdella, Mathematics Department. Modelling physical processes in the atmospheric and oceanic boundary layers for use in general circulation models (GCMs)
  • Prof. Michael Chan-Reynolds, Psychology Department. Contextual control during single word reading aloud
  • Prof. Cathy Eimers, Geography Department. Hydroclimatic controls on chemical exports from forested catchments
  • Prof. Michael G. Fox, Environmental and Resource Studies Program. Life history variation in native and non-native fishes
  • Prof. Joanna Freeland, Biology Department. Biological invasions and the spatial ecology of genes
  • Prof. Tom Hutchinson, Environmental and Resource Studies Program. An investigation of the ecology anomaly of the tundra of southern Newfoundland and ecosystem response to stress
  • Prof. Don Mackay, Environmental and Resource Studies Program. Models of chemical fate in the environment
  • Prof. Janet Yee, Chemistry Department. Gene expression studies in giardia lambia (known as beaver fever)

NSERC is a federal agency whose role is to make strategic investments in Canada's capability in science and technology. NSERC supports both basic university research through discovery grants and project research through partnerships among universities, governments and the private sector, as well as the advanced training of highly qualified people.