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Chet Gervais

Location: Amherstburg, ON

Award: Young Canadians


Year: 2005


The Matrix Probe Fusion System

News Release

Amherstburg, North Bay and Timmins students earn Manning Awards at Canada-wide science fair

VANCOUVER, BC —(May 20, 2005) Three Ontario science projects shared more than $9,500 in cash and trips from the Manning Awards Foundation for their innovative projects at this year's Canada Wide Science Fair, concluding Saturday at the University of British Columbia campus. The students involved with two of the three projects were named Manning Young Canadian Innovators, and receive $4,500 in cash, plus a trip to the national Manning Awards to be held September 30 in Winnipeg. The Canada Wide Science Fair is the annual culmination of science fairs held in 100 communities across Canada involving more than 25,000 students in grades 7 to 12. This year's Fair, the largest to date, involved 478 students discussing 384 projects.

Chet Gervais, Grade 11 student at Sandwich Secondary School, Amherstburg, returned to the national fair this year with a completely revised medical diagnostic imaging approach that should enhance the quality of imaging in the detection of breast cancer. Gervais' Matrix Probe 'fusion' System is capable of producing 'full-field' three-dimensional high resolution data block that incorporates the medical DICOM3 medical image standard for mammography and breast ultrasound images. "This new bio-medical engineering technology allows more precise correlation of multi-planar reconstructed 3D ultrasound images with advanced digital mammography images, thereby improving sensitivity and specificity of both during investigation of breast cancer," explained Gervais, adding that he has filed for a US patent. In addition to his $4,500 cash award and the trip to national Manning Awards in September, Gervais is being invited to attend and participate at the Canadian Science Writers Conference to be held mid-June in Jasper, Alberta. Gervais also won other awards, including $300 and Bronze Medal for the Health Sciences Division; $1000 Quality of Life award from the Canadian Institute of Health Research (Musculoskeletal); $400 from the Canadian Acoustical Association, and a $2000 scholarship from the University of Western Ontario.

Patrick Danielson and Robin Miron, attending Ecole Algonquin Catholique in North Bay also picked up one of the major Manning Awards as Young Canadian Innovators, for their creation of a new-to-science Marine sampling technology --- a flow-through sampler that can quickly and efficiently collect micro-invertebrate samples from large water bodies, do it in real time, and provide data that can be used immediately or back at the lab, thereby increasing the qualitative value of, and more specific locations for, macro-invertebrate populations that are critical to marine research.

In addition to the Manning Award, and the trips to Winnipeg and Jasper, this team complemented that prize with $5000 as recipient of the Encana Best of Seniors category, the Gold Medal and $1500 in their Engineering & Computing Sciences Division, as well as being selected as one of three finalists in the running to represent Canada at the prestigious Stockholm Junior Water Prize competition in August. Rounding out their prize list are $2000 scholarships to the University of Western Ontario and the University of British Columbia.

The third Ontario project recognized by the Manning Awards Foundation earned Spencer Hughes, grade 12 student at Timmins High, the $500 Achievement Award for his project demonstrating the possibility of transforming the residual thermo-ionic potential of nuclear waste in fulfilling a community's demand for environmentally responsible energy. Other cash awards included $1500 from Ontario Power Generation for renewable energy; $1000 each from the Canadian Commission on UNESCO and from AECL for excellence in science; and a $500 NRCan award.

This is the 14th year that the Manning Awards Foundation has supported the Canada Wide Science Fair, recognizing the innovations of more than 70 bright minds at the high school level.

Don Park, Executive Director, Manning Awards