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REF NO.: 278

SUBJECT: Memorial University awarded five Canada Research Chairs
DATE: May 3, 2006

            Date:               May 3, 2006
Subject:          Memorial University awarded five Canada Research Chairs
The health of cultured and wild marine animals, local dialects and languages and the challenges coastal communities face are just some of the areas of study that Memorial University’s newest Canada Research Chairs will be exploring.
            At an announcement held at Université Laval, Québec, Maxime Bernier, minister of Industry and minister responsible for the Canada Research Chairs Program announced that Memorial University was awarded five new Tier 2 Chairs worth $2.5 million.
“The chairs program allows us to attract and retain the best scholars in the world," said Dr. Christopher Loomis, Memorial’s vice-president (research). "These five scholars will help the university build on its areas of strength and provide graduate and undergraduate students with the opportunity to work with researchers at the forefront of their disciplines."
            Since the creation of the chairs program, Memorial has been awarded 22 chairs whose combined total is worth $21.9 million.
            "The important investments made in university research have re-energized our campuses and given the country's top researchers – our Canada Research Chairs –
the support they need to fully realize their innovative ideas," said  Minister Bernier. 
The five new chairs are as follows:
  • Dr. Ratana Chuenpagdee, Canada Research Chair in Natural Resource Sustainability and Community Development
  • Dr. Samuel Bentley, Canada Research Chair in Seabed Processes and Seabed Imaging
  • Dr. Gerard E. Van Herk, Canada Research Chair in Regional Language and Oral Text
  • Dr. Murray A. Rudd, Canada Research Chair in Ecological Economics at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College
  • Dr. Matthew L. Rise, Canada Research Chair in Marine Biotechnology

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