July 31, 2014 – Wolfville, Nova Scotia – Industry Canada
Greg Kerr, Member of Parliament for West Nova, on behalf of Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology), today highlighted the funding that scientists, engineers and students at Acadia University received through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).
Nearly $280,000 will go to four researchers and trainees at Acadia University, including Dr. Nelson J. O'Driscoll, who is receiving $45,653 to update equipment used to provide state-of-the-art analysis of mercury contaminants in air, water, soils and organisms. His research focuses on methylmercury, the most dangerous form of the element, which is absorbed by plants and animals and passed along the food chain.
Dr. O'Driscoll's research to understand why some ecosystems are susceptible to mercury will lead to better protection and preventative measures to ensure the health and well-being of Canadians and protect our environment.
Director of Communications and Parliamentary Affairs
Office of the Minister of State (Science and Technology)
Media and Public Affairs Officer
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada