Canada Research Chairs
Appointments to expand work
in biomedical sciences, rural history
A biomedical scientist pursuing better ways of controlling
Alzheimer's disease, cirrhosis and tumour growth and a scholar
aiming to build a new Canadian economic history based on
the experiences of ordinary farm families are the latest
faculty to be named to Canada Research Chairs at U of G.
Prof. Jonathan LaMarre, Biomedical Sciences, has been awarded
$100,000 annually for the next five years to hold a junior
chair in comparative biomedical sciences. Douglas McCalla,
currently a history professor at Trent University, will
receive $200,000 annually for seven years to hold a senior
chair in Canadian rural history. He will take up the appointment
in the new year.
Industry Minister Brian Tobin unveiled the two chairs as
part of a national Canada Research Chairs announcement Nov.
29 at McMaster University.
"This is wonderful news for the University of Guelph,"
said Prof. Deborah Stacey, assistant vice-president (research
and infrastructure programs). "The appointment of Prof.
LaMarre is very appropriate, given our great strengths in
the life sciences as they relate to human health. And the
appointment of Prof. McCalla, our first chair recruited
externally, fits in very well with the University's emphasis
on rural studies."
As holder of a Canada Research Chair, LaMarre will lead
laboratory inquiry on the regulation of individual genes,
tissues and species and their role in disease states. The
work is expected to substantially increase scientific knowledge
in many health areas, including the diagnosis, pathogenesis
and potential therapies for several animal- and human- related
illnesses. A faculty member at Guelph since 1993, LaMarre
is an internationally recognized scientist and the winner
of seven prior prestigious scientific awards, fellowships
McCalla is the author and editor of several books in economic
and business history, notably an award-winning economic
history of early Ontario. At Guelph, he will do systematic
research on Canadian economic history from 1600 to 1939,
based on the experiences of ordinary farm and artisan families
of the day.
Launched by Ottawa in 2000, the Canada Research Chairs
Program is designed to enable Canadian universities to become
world-class centres of research excellence by providing
them with new funds to recruit and retain world-class faculty.
U of G is expected to have 35 chairs funded over the next
few years; the two chairs announced Nov. 29 bring to seven
the number funded to date.
"Universities are pivotal to Canada's new knowledge-driven
economy because of their role in advancing the frontiers
of knowledge and understanding," Tobin said at the
announcement. "By investing in our researchers through
initiatives such as the Canada Research Chairs Program,
the Government of Canada is promoting leading-edge research
and innovation, providing exciting opportunities for Canadian
researchers, and attracting the best research minds in the
world to Canadian universities."
In addition to the new chairs, two of U of G's existing
chairs received infrastructure funding from the Canada Foundation
for Innovation. Prof. Jacek Lipkowski, Chemistry and Biochemistry,
holder of the chair in electrochemistry, received close
to $140,000 for his work on thin film technology. Prof.
Alejandro Marangoni, Food Science, who holds the chair in
food and soft materials, received just over $145,000 to
study structure-function relationships in food and soft