Two Regina universities receive federal research grants

REGINA – Canada’s brain power just got a big boost.

MP Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, sat in for the Minister of Science Kirsty Duncan this morning during an announcement at the University of Regina.

“Today’s announcements involve 33 different universities,” Goodale said.

“There are 94 projects a total investment of approximately $23 million over the next number of years to support scientists and make it attractive to do their work in Canada.”

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Teams at both the University of Regina and the First Nations University of Canada are receiving grant money from the Canada Foundation for Innovation John R. Evans Leaders Fund.

Dr. Carrie Bourassa received $205,178 and is working on an action plan for cultural safety practices.

“Our research is community-based, indigenous community-based, we’re the cultural safety evaluation training and research lab… We’re really looking at Patient safety,” Bourassa said.

Her team will be focusing on making sure indigenous patients are properly respected, to help prevent situations like Attawapiskat and La Loche.

Dr. Garth Huber received $49,980. He is a physics professor at the University of Regina studying the interactions of subatomic particles. He spoke about how his childhood dream was to be a scientist.

His high school physics teacher was in the front row as he explained what the grant money would be used for.

“Our goal is to better understand nature at the most fundamental level. When you go to the very, very smallest scale and what goes on there. There are many mysteries going on at the smallest scale of nature that we don’t understand.”

Huber’s team, in theory, will be team Canada of the science world. Multiple countries will work together to build one large subatomic particle detector.

Goodale hopes this will attract ambitious students to the University of Regina. Ones that are curious, creative and can now better collaborate with other students across Canada, and even the world.

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