Published by Communications and Public Affairs (519) 824-4120, Ext. 56982 or 53338
April 25, 2001
U of G research strengthened with appointment of first Canada Research Chairs
Finding new ways to combat global antibiotic resistance, safeguarding Canada’s rural water supply and expanding biological research in the Arctic are just three University of Guelph research areas receiving a major boost today through the appointment of U of G’s first five Canada Research Chairs.
The chairs – a first instalment in an expected 35 such positions to be named at U of G over the next five years -- were announced by Industry Minister Brian Tobin. Three senior professors recognized as leaders in their fields of study and two younger researchers seen as rising stars in their fields will receive a total of $5.2 million in research support.
The senior researchers, receiving $200,000 annually for seven years, are:
Prof. Ross Hallett, assistant vice president (research and infrastructure programs), noted that the University is expecting a decision on three further research chair candidates very shortly. Launched last year by the federal government, the Canada Research Chairs Program is designed to enable to 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 receive funding for 35 chairs, with 10 of them to be established in 2000/2001.
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