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We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Canada Foundation for Innovation grant to bolster world-class research at Canada's newest university

OSHAWA, Ont. - Canada's newest university, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), will receive a major research boost as a result of a $19.3 million Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) grant announced last week to the Shared Hierarchical Academic Research Computing Network (SHARCNET).

SHARCNET is a High Performance Computing (HPC) consortium of Southern Ontario universities, of which UOIT is a member. The SHARCNET consortium utilizes a technology that enables hundreds of computers to link together to form a supercomputer, and represents a significant research thrust for SHARCNET's academic members.

This newest funding grant from the CFI will expand the SHARCNET community and provide network and computing infrastructure for its latest members - UOIT, Waterloo, Brock and York - in addition to its original consortium members. SHARCNET was formally established in June 2001, beginning with five member universities and a start-up CFI grant of $42-million.

The current 11-member academic consortium is led by the University of Western Ontario and in addition to its newest members, also includes the universities of Guelph, McMaster, Wilfred Laurier, Windsor, and Fanshawe and Sheridan colleges.

"SHARCNET allows us to investigate problems that were previously beyond our reach," says Dr. William Smith, Dean of the Faculty of Science and SHARCNET Board of Directors member. "We can conduct computational science research that has numerous local research benefits, and we have the glue to link us to other researchers to form a multi-institutional research consortium. SHARCNET is an innovative and cost-effective way for researchers to gain access to world-class HPC resources, essential for them to stay at the forefront of their research fields."

One UOIT research project, led by Dr. Ed Waller of Energy Engineering and Nuclear Science, involves the prediction of radiation exposure.

Using SHARCNET, Dr. Waller's research group at UOIT will be able to simulate radiation exposure and predict an individual's level of exposure from a specified radiation source. Another project, led by Dr. Mark Staley of UOIT's Faculty of Science, involves the prediction of risk exposure by financial institutions on the basis of various types of investments.

SHARCNET will be used by many other researchers at UOIT in the Faculties of Science, Engineering, and Business and Information Technology. It is one example of UOIT's world-class research initiatives.

The university is hosting its inaugural SHARCNET information session on Wednesday, March 17, 3-4 p.m., in UA4170, with a reception to follow in UA4220. Members of the media are welcome to attend to find out more about High Performance Computing and the university's role as a member of SHARCNET.

For more information and to RSVP your attendance, please contact Carol Slaughter at 905.721.3111, ext. 2975.

Visit for a comprehensive look at the SHARCNET organization.

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