Anthony Rota

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Anthony Rota

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Nipissing U researchers receive funding for labs, equipment

Federal investment supports cutting-edge lab and equipment

News Release

For Immediate Release

Federal investment supports cutting-edge labs and equipment at Nipissing University

Funding allows universities and researchers to carry out ground-breaking research

September 15, 2017 (North Bay, ON) – Whether delving into the complex factors that contribute to intimate partner violence or finding a compound that leads to the next breakthrough medical therapy, researchers need state-of-the-art labs and equipment to make discoveries and to innovate. Anthony Rota, Member of Parliament for Nipissing-Timiskaming, acknowledged this today with a Government of Canada investment of $353,753 for two projects at Nipissing University.

The funding, provided through the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) John R. Evans Leaders Fund, allows universities and researchers across Canada to carry out ground-breaking research in world-class facilities.

At Nipissing, the investment will go toward a human evolutionary laboratory headed by Dr. Steven Arnocky, and to purchase specialized equipment that analyses organic molecules to support the work of chemist Dr. Mukund Jha and psychology professor Dr. Justin Carré.

The institution will receive an additional $106,000 from CFI’s Infrastructure Operating Fund to help with incremental operating and maintenance costs.

The John R. Evans Leaders Fund plays an important research support role for Canadian universities, helping them to attract and retain top talent — particularly early-career researchers — with the state-of-the-art equipment they need to excel in their field. A total of $52,016,920 has been awarded to 220 projects in the last two rounds of the competition.




“I am pleased that the Government of Canada is supporting the research needs of Dr. Steven Arnocky, Dr. Mukund Jha and Dr. Justin Carré so they may continue their important work and add to Nipissing’s growing reputation for academic excellence and successes.”

– Anthony Rota, Member of Parliament for Nipissing-Timiskaming

“As Nipissing celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, we can take great pride in the burgeoning research culture that has evolved on this campus.  This funding directly impacts our ability to continue to perform leading-edge research that benefits all Canadians. Nipissing is dedicated to supporting and nurturing research and scholarship, and as Canadians we should all be proud that our government shares that dedication.”

– Dr. Mike DeGagné, President, Nipissing University

“On behalf of my colleagues, Dr. Jha and Dr. Carré, I offer thanks to the CFI, MRI (Ministry of Research and Innovation) and the federal and provincial governments for this investment in our research. Our students also benefit directly by receiving extensive hands-on training in cutting edge methodology and equipment, helping to prepare them for future success in graduate programs and/or research in private industry.”

– Dr. Steven Arnocky, Associate Professor of Psychology

“Our scientists need the best tools and equipment for ground-breaking research and discovery, and we are committed to ensuring they have them. Their successes will lead to an improved economy and will fuel an active research community here in Canada and internationally.”

– The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science

“State-of-the-art equipment and facilities play a central role in ensuring the new generation of researchers can make breakthrough discoveries and fuel Canadian innovation. These facilities will also act as magnets for international collaborations and for the recruitment of the best students and post-doctoral fellows from around the world.”

Dr. Roseanne Runte, President and CEO, Canada Foundation for Innovation