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Dr. Gabriel Menard is Awarded One of the 2014 Chorafas Foundation Prizes

Dr. Gabriel Menard is Awarded One of the 2014 Chorafas Foundation Prizes

Dr. Gabriel Menard is the winner of one of the 2014 Chorafas Foundation Prizes, awarded to the best doctoral students in the Hard Sciences at each partner university, who is also graduating the year of the prizes. It rewards research characterized by its high potential for practical application and by the special significance attached to its aftermath. Prize winners must be at the top of their class and demonstrate by their work that they have considered the consequences of their research for man and nature, and that they are ready as individuals to accept responsibility for these consequences. Gabriel obtained his PhD in 2013 under the direction of Professor Doug Stephan and he is currently a Post Doctoral Fellow in the Betley Research Group at Harvard. Congratulations to both Gabriel and Doug.

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Jennifer Murphy Leads Study on Smog-Producing Toxins and Air Quality in the GTA

Jennifer Murphy Leads Study on Smog-Producing Toxins and Air Quality in the GTA

A study about air quality in the GTA was recently featured in an article by the Toronto Star where the research, led by Jennifer Murphy, showed that the GTA had significantly reduced some of the toxins that contributed to smog, however the city still continues to violate the Canada-wide standards for ozone air pollution: “We are able to show that high ozone in 2012 was due to the relatively high number of sunny days that allowed ozone to be produced quickly, and low winds, that allowed the pollution to accumulate locally,” said Murphy. Smog can cause or aggravate health problems such as asthma, emphysema and chronic bronchitis, and is formed from pollutants such as vehicle exhaust, power plants and factories. For more information visit uoft.me/gta-smog.

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