News Release

REF NO.: 52

SUBJECT: Four new Canada Research Chairs appointed at Memorial University

DATE: February 10, 2016

Memorial has hit a proverbial grand slam with the appointment of four professors as Canada Research Chairs (CRC), one of the country’s highest honours for research excellence. Memorial is now home to a total of 15 CRCs.

Kirsty Duncan, the federal minister of science, made the announcement on Feb. 9, at the University of British Columbia. The new CRCs are:

  • Dr. Alex Bihlo, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Faculty of Science, Tier      2 Canada Research Chair in Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing;
  • Dr. Daniel Fuller, School of Human Kinetics and Recreation, Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Population Physical Activity;
  • Dr. John Jamieson, Department of Earth Sciences, Faculty of Science, Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Marine Geology; and
  • Dr. Benjamin Zendel, Faculty of Medicine, who is located at Grenfell Campus, Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Aging and Auditory Neuroscience.

“The CRC program strengthens Memorial’s research expertise and reputation in a wide range of areas while helping attract and retain established and emerging researchers to Newfoundland and Labrador,” said Dr. Gary Kachanoski, president and vice-chancellor. “I applaud the federal government for its vote of confidence in Memorial University, the continued support for our researchers through the Canada Research Chairs program and I offer my congratulations to these four individuals.”

Dr. Richard Marceau, vice-president (research), says the announcement underscores the value and importance of Memorial’s expertise and the capabilities of its researchers.

“The research outcomes of our newest CRCs have the potential to impact the health of millions of Canadians, enhance a deeper understanding of our environment and provide important contributions to the worldwide scientific community,” he said. “The CRC program also provides training opportunities for graduate students, thereby fostering the next generation of researchers right here at Memorial.”

Tier 2 Chairs, held for five years and renewable once, are exceptional emerging researchers acknowledged by their peers to have the potential to lead in their field. For each Tier 2 Chair, the university receives $100,000 annually for five years.

More about Memorial’s four new Canada Research Chairs, their research expertise and projects is available online via the Gazette news site: https://gaze tte.mun.ca/research/grand-slam.  

Memorial is home to CRCs in areas such as Aboriginal studies; natural resource sustainability and community development; marine bioscience; environmental science; and neuroscience and brain repair, among others.

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