Sudbury astrophysics research to benefit from a $63M grant – by Jonathan Migneault (Sudbury Northern Life – September 9, 2016)

Federal money for Queen’s University to help partner universities and institutions

Laurentian University’s earth sciences and mineral exploration faculty weren’t the only researchers at the institution to benefit from the federal government’s Canada First Research Excellence Fund earlier in the week.

The $900-million fund also granted $63.7 million to Queen’s University to support the creation of the Canadian Particle Astrophysics Research Centre over a seven-year period. While Kingston is about a six-hour drive from Sudbury, the two cities are closely linked in the area of astrophysics.

Art McDonald, who was awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics for his role as director of the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory – and the breakthrough discovery that subatomic particles called neutrinos have mass – is also the Patricia Gray Chair in Particle Astrophysics at Queen’s University.

Queen’s is sharing the spoils of its grant with seven partner universities – including Laurentian – and five partner organizations, including Sudbury’s SNOLAB.

“It’s great news for us and it’s great news for the physics community in Canada,” SNOLAB director Nigel Smith told

Smith said Queen’s new Canadian Particle Astrophysics Research Centre will primarily be a “virtual institute” with faculty conducting research across the country.And SNOLAB, due its depth and world-class facilities, will play a key role in that research.

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