Science sees significant rise in NSERC funding

narwhalResearcher Harri Pettitt-Wade photographed narwhal during a field study in Tremblay Sound near the north end of Baffin Island, Nunavut.

The UWindsor dean of science is crediting an influx of researchers recruited to the faculty for a jump of more than 25 per cent this year in funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

“Our strength and recognition in research, and the rising number of students supported, are all buoyed by new faculty,” says Chris Houser.

He says there are many researchers who consistently draw in funding for quality projects, and now the new hires are upping the ante.

“We have Dr. Nigel Hussey from GLIER and biology who was recently in the news for helping contribute video capturing the true use of narwhal’s tusk, and Dr. Simon Rondeau-Gagné who is looking at creating new methods for making highly stretchable and self-healing materials,” says Dr. Houser.

“These new hires are creating unique research projects, which builds new funding dollars and that is just one more example that Science at UWindsor is in a strengthening phase and we’ll only continue to see a rise as we increase faculty.”

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