Volume 94, Issue 3

Friday, June 2, 2000


I'm running: DeCicco

SOGS left out in the cold
Privatization plans continue

Exploding tuition put on ice

London takes sixth in Canada

Top-notch prof search gets $9.6M

24 ways to know you're Canadian

London getting diesel powered buses

Arena shortage solved
City approves another rink

Top-notch prof search gets $9.6M

By Chris Lackner
Gazette Staff

Western's ability to retain existing faculty and attract international researchers, has been invigorated due to an influx of $9.6 million in funding from the Canada Research Chairs program.

Over the next five years Western will establish 64 new research chairs in departments across campus, explained Western VP-academic Greg Moran.

"This is a wonderful infusion of funds into the life-blood of our university, which is our faculty," he said. "We can keep key people who are already here and attract new faculty members and researchers."

Moran said 31 of the new chairs will be established in health sciences, 23 in science and engineering and 10 in the social sciences and humanities.

"The first eleven chairs will be appointed next year," he said. "We expect to see candidate submissions from the deans within the next few weeks."

Denis Croux, director of operations for the Canada Research Chairs program, said 2000 chairs will eventually be created across Canada at the cost of $900 million, approximately $160,000 per chair. "Our allocation of chairs per university is based upon their research performance from the window of 1996 to 1998 and are spread across the disciplines according to their historical contribution," Croux said.

Carmen Charette, senior vice-president for the Canada Foundation for Innovation, said her organization has a partnership role in the national endeavour. "CFI will basically provide the funding for equipment and infrastructure for the individuals who obtain the research chair positions. They'll put in a proposal and, if approved, CFI will provide 40 per cent of the funding."

Western's dean of social science, Peter Neary, said Western would greatly benefit from the program. "The large number of chairs allotted to the university is indicative of Western's key role in researching in this country," he said.

Croux agreed, saying international competition and the private sector are a constant threat to steal researchers from public institutions. "We need to ensure we obtain the service of top quality people."

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