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CRC Announcements: DAL And UNB Receive 3 New Appointments And Acadia And DAL Receive 2 Renewals.

On December 2nd the Government of Canada announced over 200 new and renewed Canada Research Chairs, thereby acknowledging the role that scientists play in contributing the discoveries and innovations that lead to a strong economy, sustainable environment and vibrant middle class. The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, announced more than $173 million in funding to support a total of 203 new and renewed Canada Research Chairs at 48 postsecondary institutions across the country. Springboard Atlantic congratulates the Government of Canada on their continued investment in research that will transform our economies, communities and the environment locally, nationally, and internationally.

Dalhousie University received two new Canada Research Chair appointments:

Carolyn Buchwald, Oceanography: Dr. Buchwald is the Canada Research Chair in Ocean Chemistry, and has come to Dalhousie from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Dr. Buchwald’s focus is on the impact of fixed nitrogen in open ocean ecosystems and coastal ecosystems. Her research uses a powerful new tool to interpret the processes that control nitrogen in the environment.

Morgan Langille, Pharmacology: Dr. Langille is the Canada Research Chair in Human Microbiome. Microbiomes assist with the digestion of the foods we eat, synthesize essential vitamins, help our bodies defend against unwanted pathogens and help keep our immune systems in check. Dr. Langille’s research aims to improve the understanding of the human microbiome and how it interacts with the human body.

University of New Brunswick received one new appointment:
Ali Ghorbani, Dean of Computer Science - Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Cybersecurity: Dr. Ghorbani’s research focuses on cybersecurity solutions and the development of techniques to detect and eliminate cyberthreats before they cause harm.

In addition to these three new appointments, Acadia University and Dalhousie University also saw the renewal of their existing research chairs.

Acadia University: Mark Mallory, Biology – Canada Research Chair in Coastal Wetland Ecosystems (Tier II):  Dr. Mallory’s research focuses on coastal habitats and Arctic marine birds, and is addressing important national and international conservation issues. Dr. Mallory uses avian tracking technology, trace element and pollutant analyses, wetland sediment archives, and modern ecological approaches to determine how the health of coastal ecosystems varies naturally, and is affected by environmental changes.

Dalhousie University: Gerald White, English: Dr. White has been the Canada Research Chair in European Studies since 2011. Dr. White’s project engages with the cultural history of Europe’s “small nations” and minority groups. The focus is on cinema, but it is also engaged with the literature and history of these European communities. Dr. White’s research will result in the first book-length studies in English of all three subjects, in addition to article-length studies of related problems and a vigorous program of public presentations.

Sources and original articles:
Gov of Canada
Dal News
The Register/Advertiser