Volume 95, Issue 52

Tuesday, December 4, 2001
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UWO, staff reach tentative deal

Female student assaulted

Huron receives the "Wright" donation

Teach-in: Plenty of talk, little discussion

Support for abused women just a call away

What about the table? UWO get research chairs

Even more double cohort discussion

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What about the table? UWO get research chairs

By Kristina Lundblad
Gazette Staff

Six of Western's top researchers were named Canada Research Chairs Thursday afternoon by federal Minister of Industry Brian Tobin, bringing the university's total number of chairs to 18.

"The Canada Research Chairs Program is part of the Canadian government's plan to keep and attract young researchers to Canada and to support excellence in research in the community," said Frederique Tsai, assistant spokeswoman for Tobin.

Tsai said there is a total of $900 million set aside in the federal budget for 2,000 chairs to be nominated by 2005.

Once a researcher has received a Canada Research Chair, the individual is eligible to apply for infrastructure funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation – an independent, non-profit corporation established by the federal government in 1997 to address Canadian researchers' needs, Tsai added

"[Canada Research Chairs] have a tremendous impact on our ability to attract top scholars and faculty from Canada and around the world," said Western's associate VP-research Ted Hewitt, adding the chairs will also help retain top faculty members.

Anthropology professor Christine White was one of six Western researchers named Canada Research Chairs.

"This will dramatically improve my ability to have an expanded research program," White said, adding she has also applied to CFI for more equipment needed for isotopic and DNA analysis of skeletal remains.

Chairs were also given to Frank Beier, of the department of physiology, for musculoskeletal health research; Stephen Ferguson, of the department of physiology, for molecular neuroscience research; Lila Kari, of the department of computer science, for bio-computing research; Illeana Paul, of the departments of modern languages and literature, for linguistics research; and Gordon Southam, of the department of earth sciences, for geomicrobiology research.

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