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UOIT to celebrate first Tier 1 Canada Research Chair

OSHAWA, Ont. - The University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) is hosting a reception on Tuesday, January 18 at 5 p.m. in the East Atrium of the UOIT Science building for Dr. Douglas Holdway of the Faculty of Science to honour his major research milestone, the Tier 1 Canada Research Chair.

Dr. Holdway received this honour for his work with Aquatic Toxicology. His research will provide environmentalists with the necessary tools to lessen the impact that toxins have on aquatic life, while developing devices that use biological materials to monitor chemicals in contaminated water.

Dr. Holdway will receive more than $1 million in research funding in equal amounts over seven years. The total award of $1.65 million includes $125,000 in infrastructure funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) and $125,000 in matching funds from the Ontario government.

The award is given to an outstanding researcher who is recognized by peers as an international leader in their field of study. It is renewable indefinitely beyond the initial seven-year period, provided that grantees maintain their record of research excellence.

Funding from this award will also create more opportunities for undergraduates at UOIT to perform research related to aquatic toxicology and will help spur the establishment of a graduate program in the field.


About the University of Ontario Institute of Technology
As the province's newest university, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology provides a unique combination of academic knowledge, vibrant student life, leading-edge research, and hands-on skills. The university offers career-focused undergraduate degree programs in the fields of business and information technology, sciences, engineering, nursing, social science, and education. It is also developing leading-edge research and graduate programs, and is Ontario's first laptop-based university. Sharing facilities and selected services with Durham College, UOIT has over 1,800 students following 16 months of operation. To find out more, visit or call 1.866.844.8648.

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