Dr. Wolfgang Rau and Dr. Art McDonald receive funding boost

January 18, 2013 — People Stories

Two Queen’s University research projects that are located at SNOLAB have received funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI).

“CFI funding provides the resources to sustain world-class research and to provide the tools to pave the way for new and innovative initiatives in key areas of research at Queen’s. Our success in this recent competition is important recognition of the high quality of Queen’s research in many fields,” says Steven Liss, Vice-Principal (Research). “Queen’s continues to distinguish itself as one of the most research-intensive institutions in Canada, with a focus on excellence, research leadership and impact at a national and international level.”

Dr. Wolfgang Rau (Physics, Engineering Physics, and Astronomy) received $1.7 million for the  SuperCDMS  experiment at SNOLAB. SuperCDMS aims to detect dark matter to help solve the long-standing question of what this mysterious substance, which makes up 80 per cent of the matter in the universe, consists of. 

Dr. Arthur McDonald (Physics, Engineering Physics and Astronomy) also received $1.3 million to search the galaxies for dark matter and double beta decay at SNOLAB.

“Research and innovation is a forceful driver of growth in our communities,” says Gilles G. Patry, CFI president and CEO. “Today’s funding will allow a talented group of researchers and students to create the solutions, products and ideas Canada needs to prosper.”

CFI invests in state-of-the-art facilities and equipment in Canada’s universities, colleges, research hospitals and non-profit research institutions. 

(Courtesy of Queen’s University)