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Two UTSC profs among 25 new, renewed U of T Canada Research Chairs

Bianca Schroeder (above) of the Department of Computer and Mathematical Sciences, is UTSC's newest Canada Research Chair (CRC). Daniel Bender of the Department of Historical and Cultural Studies has been named a tier 1 CRC.

Two UTSC faculty members are among the 25 University of Toronto professors to be named or renewed as Canada Research Chairs (CRCs).

Daniel Bender of the Department of Historical and Cultural Studies holds the Tier 1 CRC in Global Culture. Bianca Schroeder of the Department of Computer and Mathematical Sciences has been named a Tier 2 CRC in Data Centre Technologies. (Tier 2 chairs are for emerging research leaders, and Tier 1 chairs are for scholars established as world leaders in their fields.)

Ed Holder, Canada’s Minister of State for Science and Technology, was at the University to make the announcement of $118 million in funding across Canada, $29.6 million which will go to U of T researchers.

The new chairholders are:

  • Evdokia Anagnostou, Department of Paediatrics and Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, CRC in Translational Therapeutics in ASD;           
  • Aimy Bazylak, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, CRC in Thermofluidics for Clean Energy;
  • Daniel Bender, Department of Historical and Cultural Studies, U of T Scarborough, CRC in Global Culture.
  • Craig E. Boutilier, Department of Computer Science, CRC in Adaptive Decision Making for Intelligent Systems;
  • Elizabeth A. Edwards, Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry, CRC in Anaerobic Biotechnology;
  • Anver M. Emon, Faculty of Law, CRC in Religion, Pluralism, and the Rule of Law;         
  • Prabhat Jha, Dalla Lana School of Public Health and St. Michael’s Hospital, CRC in Global Health;
  • Gillian King, Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy and Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, CRC in Optimal Care for Children with Disabilities;
  • Goldie Nejat, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, CRC in Robots for Society;
  • Peter Roy, Department of Molecular Genetics, CRC in Chemical Genetics;          
  • John Rubinstein, Department of Biochemistry and the Hospital for Sick Children, CRC in Electron Cryomicroscopy;
  • Bianca Schroeder, Department of Computer and Mathematical Sciences, U of T Scarborough, CRC in Data Center Technologies; and           
  • Dvira D.S. Segal, Department of Chemistry, CRC in Theoretical Chemistry.      

“We are grateful to the government of Canada for this investment,” says Professor Peter Lewis, U of T’s interim vice-president, research and innovation. “The program has been critical to the university’s ability to attract and retain the best researchers from around the world — and to Canada’s as a nation.”

Nejat, holder of the new Canada Research Chair in Robots for Society, spoke at the event, thanking the government for its investment and describing the research it will support in her lab.

In addition to funding the new chairs, 13 chairs were renewed:

  • Stuart Foster, Department of Medical Biophysics and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, CRC in Ultrasound Imaging;
  • Richard Horner, Department of Medicine, CRC in Sleep and Respiratory Neurobiology;           
  • Brad Inwood, Departments of Classics and Philosophy, CRC in Ancient Philosophy;
  • David Jenkins, Department of Nutritional Sciences and St. Michael’s Hospital, CRC in Nutrition, Metabolism and Vascular Biology;
  • Lewis E. Kay, Department of Molecular Genetics, CRC in Proteomics, Bioinformatics and Functional Genomics;
  • Tak W. Mak, Department of Medical Biophysics and University Health Network, CRC in Inflammation Responses and Traumatic Injury;
  • Norman Murray, Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics, CRC in Theoretical Astrophysics;
  • Benjamin Neel, Department of Medical Biophysics and University Health Network, CRC in Signal Transduction and Human Disease;
  • Linda Z. Penn, Department of Medical Biophysics and University Health Network, CRC in Molecular Oncology;
  • Martin Post, Department of Paediatrics and the Hospital for Sick Children, CRC in Fetal, Neonatal and Maternal Health;
  • Philip Sherman, Department of Paediatrics and the Hospital for Sick Children, CRC in Gastrointestinal Disease; and
  • Douglas W. Stephan, Department of Chemistry, CRC in Catalysis and Materials.

 

 

 




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