Explaining why university research matters

Ted Hsu
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This past Wednesday I was happy to be the Liberal co-sponsor of an event by the Council of Ontario Universities (COU): the Pop-up Research Park on Parliament Hill.

As part of COU’s “Research Matters” campaign, this nonpartisan event gave Members of Parliament the opportunity to see up close the great work done by research universities across Ontario.

We saw poster presentations and spoke with researchers representing 21 Ontario universities. The goal was to increase public awareness about the research they are doing and how it benefits society at large.

As Liberal critic for Post-Secondary Education, I know that Ontario’s universities continue to produce ground-breaking research that transforms how people live, work, and play. I was honoured to lend my support to this event and I look forward to participating again next year.

I had an interesting discussion with Peri Ballantyne of Trent University about the impact of social networks and public health.

Pictured above: I had an interesting discussion with Peri Ballantyne of Trent University about the impact of social networks and public health.