Federal Science Minister meets with researchers

By Krista Baliko Posted: January 19, 2017 1:00 p.m.

Federal Minister of Science, Kirsty Duncan (middle), on a tour of the campus with President Timmons (right) and Vice-President (Research), Dr. David Malloy (left).
Federal Minister of Science, Kirsty Duncan (middle), on a tour of the campus with President Timmons (right) and Vice-President (Research), Dr. David Malloy (left). Photo - U of R Photography

As part of a tour of western Canadian universities, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Federal Minister of Science, visited the University of Regina to find out more about the ongoing research being conducted on campus.

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Discussing carbon capture and utilization with Dr. Raphael Idem. Photo - U of R Photography

“It was wonderful to have had the opportunity to speak with the students and researchers at U of R about their important work, and to see how the University is working to ensure an inclusive learning environment. We need all minds welcomed in the classroom if we are to build a bold, bright future for all Canadians,” says Duncan.

President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Regina, Dr. Vianne Timmons, says ensuring students were a part of the visit was important because students are vital to the rich research life of the University.

“We were pleased to host Minister Duncan on our campus and to have her meet with some of our student researchers,” says Timmons. “She is absolutely passionate about research and science in Canada, and she took a great deal of time to listen to the students who will be part of our next generation of scientists Everyone was very impressed with her strong interest in and advocacy for scholarly pursuits.”

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Finding out more about microbial research from biology student, Danae Suchan. Photo - U of R Photography

Dr. David Malloy, Vice-President (Research) at the University of Regina, says it was important to showcase innovation leaders working in the University’s areas of research strength.

“Our research reputation is growing because our scholars are engaged in leading edge research,” says Malloy. “I’m proud that today we were able to show Minister Duncan some of the areas where I see us being national leaders.”

Malloy says the tour included visits to three labs and included many lively discussions with researchers and students engaged in groundbreaking work.

The tour included stops at:

  • The Institute for Microbial Systems and Society (IMSS), where co-director, Dr. Andrew Cameron, and students working in the lab discussed their work on antibiotic resistance and bioremediation;
  • The Clinical Health Psychology Research Lab where the Minister was able to converse with students and the head of the lab, Dr. Heather Hadjistavropoulos, about their work to combat anxiety and depression through Internet-based cognitive behavior therapy (ICBT).
  • The Clean Energy Technologies Research Institute (CETRI) where Minister Duncan spoke with CETRI director, Dr. Raphael Idem, about sustainable energy and technology, including carbon capture and utilization.

“I couldn’t ask for a federal Minister of Science who is more engaged with research,” says Timmons. “The time we spent with Minister Duncan was important for the University of Regina’s research enterprise, and I look forward to her future visits.”