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Users in the News: A Roundup of ARC-Supported Research Making Headlines - November 2018

Our ‘Users in the News’ series showcases and celebrates researchers who have recently made headlines, from local papers to international newswires. Did we miss anything? Send your news to

Investment helps establish Artificial Intelligence-Supercomputing facility in Edmonton

Western Economic Diversification Canada - November 15, 2018

The University of Alberta, a WestGrid member instituation, has received $5.2 million funding from Government of Canada to set up an Artificial Intelligence-Supercomputing Hub for Academic and Industry Collaboration ("the AI-Hub"). The project is expected to assist 40 small- and medium-sized enterprises, train 100 highly qualified personnel, and result in $15 million in increased business revenues and productivity gains.

Read the press release here.


UVic medical researchers named Canada Research Chairs

UVic News - November 13, 2018

WestGrid user Stephanie Willerth has been renewed as a Canada Research Chair in Bio-medical Engineering. Willerth's research uses stem cells to engineer tissues to replace diseased or damaged regions of the nervous system. Ultimately, she hopes to create personalized, engineered tissues that can help repair the nervous system.

Read the full article here. 


Dr. Ed McCauley to be next president and vice-chancellor of the University of CalgaryEd McCauley and Board of Governors chair Jill Wyatt.

UToday, University of Calgary - November 9, 2018

The University of Calgary, a WestGrid member institution, will welcome Dr. Ed McCauley as its ninth president and vice-chancellor on January 1, 2019, succeeding Dr. Elizabeth Cannon. A fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, he has been a board member for Compute Canada, Mitacs, TRIUMF, and the Pacific Institute for Mathematical Sciences. Most recently, McCauley served on the Leadership Council for Digital Research Infrastructure and the Research Council for the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research.

Read the full article here.


Global forum focused on the future of the world’s oceansPanelists at a forum at the University of Alberta on Monday, November 5, 2018

Edmonton Journal - November 6, 2018 

WestGrid user Paul Myers, a physical oceanographer and professor at the University of Alberta's Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, recently participated on a panel roundtable co-hosted by the Embassy of France in Canada and UAlberta North. The roundtable brought together scientists, researchers, and the French and Canadian governments to discuss climate change, its impacts, and help understand each groups’ priorities to help drive greater collaboration.

Read the full article here. 


Edmonton leading way in artificial intelligence research

Edmonton Journal - November 2, 2018 Jonathan Schaeffer is an artificial intelligence researcher at the University of Alberta.

The University of Alberta (UofA), a WestGrid member institution, has been ranked third in the world for artificial intelligence (AI) research. Jonathan Schaeffer, one of WestGrid's founding principal investigators, was interviewed by the Edmonton Journal to reflect on the UofA's success in the field and discuss what the future holds for AI research.

Read the full article here.