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SHARCNET is pleased to announce the results of the Round VI competition for SHARCNET Fellowships. With over $2.5m in funding requests from 120 applications, this was a particularly competitive round.



Ground-breaking innovations, from advanced visualization tools to startling computer simulations unraveling the mysteries of the universe are being celebrated at the annual ORION Awards in Toronto.



Some of Canada’s top schools are collaborating this week in transmitting high-definition video over advanced networks, in an experimental installation spanning three cities and nearly 5,000 kilometres. The Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) joins Concordia University in Montreal and Simon Fraser University in Vancouver to concurrently broadcast a live high-definition video stream for 72 consecutive hours over Canada’s regional advanced networks, including ORION in Ontario.



Lindi Wahl’s ability to form mathematical models that predict the evolution of drug resistance in microbes has earned her this year’s Florence Bucke prize. Wahl, a SHARCNET researcher from the Department of Applied Mathematics, University of Western Ontario, says her investigations into the probability that a mutation could confer some benefit to a population started with some “beautiful mathematics from the 1920s-30s addressing these sorts of problems.”



SHARCNET is issuing a call for proposals for Round VI of SHARCNET’s Research Support Programmes: Fellowships and Dedicated Resources. The deadline for Round VI is March 31, 2007.



UOIT partners with SHARCNET to spearhead deployment of groundbreaking technology for research collaboration. Thanks to its partnership in a leading high-performance computing network, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) is using groundbreaking technology to bring scientists and students from different locations across Ontario together to share important research ideas, and will soon be taking this technology to the classroom to maximize the learning experience for graduate students.



Dr. Eliot Phillipson, President and CEO of the Canada Foundation for Innovation, was joined by Ms. Isabelle Blain, Vice-President, Research Grants and Scholarships on behalf of Dr. Suzanne Fortier, President of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and the Honourable Peter Van Loan, President of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister for Sport, on behalf of the Honourable Maxime Bernier, Minister of Industry, to announce an investment of $88 million for the creation of the first ever pan-Canadian network of High Performance Computing (HPC) facilities, a national resource that will benefit the entire spectrum of research in Canada.



Thanks to a major funding announcement from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Council (NSERC), a further $88 million will be devoted to building our national high performance computing capacity that will benefit the entire spectrum of research in Canada. Along with matching contributions from provincial and industry sources, the total boost to HPC capacity will be closer to $180 million.