Volume 12, Number 7 November 19, 2004

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Seven latest U of S Canada Research Chairs announced

Although they have been hard at work for some months now in research as diverse as depression, crop diseases and fabrication techniques for microscopic devices, the appointment of seven new Canada Research Chairs at the University of Saskatchewan has just been made public.

Soledade Pedras
Soledade Pedras

The federal government’s Nov. 12 announcement of the appointments was accompanied by a commitment from federal and provincial funding partners for $9.4 million over the next seven years, with $7.1 million going to the chairs and $2.3 million to equipment. This brings the total funding for 26 chairs at the U of S to almost $27.6 million, with almost $5.1 million committed to infrastructure.

The new chairs and chair holders are as follows. Their terms end in March 2005.

Sylvia Abonyi, formerly with the University of Regina, joins the College of Medicine as the Canada Research Chair in Aboriginal Health. She will work toward developing a population health model that incorporates culture.

Having come to the U of S from a German national laboratory, Sven Achenbach assumes the Canada Research chair in Micro and Nano Device Fabrication in the College of Engineering. His goal is to develop synchrotron-based techniques for producing microscopic devices.

In the College of Kinesiology, Lawrence Brawley has assumed the Canada Research Chair in Physical Activity in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. Formerly with the University of Waterloo, Brawley will explore how older adults make physical activity a part of their daily routine while others do not.

Dean Chapman, the new Canada Research Chair in X-ray Imaging, will use synchrotron X-rays to power a new kind of X-ray that promises to capture on film bone as well as soft tissue. Chapman is a professor in the College of Medicine.

Having come from Dalhousie University to assume the Canada Research Chair in Behavioural Neuroscience, Lisa Kalynchuk will use animals to study neurobiological triggers for depression, anxiety and panic. Her work will be done in the psychology department, in the College of Arts and Science.

Chemistry professor Soledade Pedras is exploring new, targeted and environmentally friendly crop protection products as the Canada Research Chair in Bioorganic and Agricultural Chemistry. The work centres on canola and mustard models.

In the Department of Physics and Engineering Physics, the new Canada Research Chair in Environmental Sciences is working to expand knowledge of the ionosphere. Jean-Pierre St.-Maurice, formerly with the University of Western Ontario, will also set up a virtual centre to look at climate change that will involve researchers across campus.

For more information, contact communications.office@usask.ca

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