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Star researcher

Krista Byers-Heinlein wins the competition, "Ça mérite d'être reconnu!"
October 12, 2011
Source: Media Relations


Krista Byers-Heinlein, an assistant professor in the Concordia Department of Psychology, is one of four winners of the "Ça mérite d’être reconnu!" competition. She was named a star researcher at the Recognition Award Gala by the partners of Rendez-vous du Savoir. The ceremony took place October 5 and 6 at the Palais des congrès de Montréal.

Krista Byers Heinlein, professeure au Département de psychologie | Photo par l'Université Concordia
Krista Byers-Heinlein is an assistant professor in the Concordia Department of Psychology. | Photo by Concordia University

The competition "Ça mérite d’être reconnu!" was created to honour and promote the best researchers in academic institutions across Quebec. The contest features three categories: social sciences and humanities; arts and literature; and natural science, engineering and health.

Byers-Heinlein's research investigates language acquisition in infants. To do this, she uses cutting-edge experimental techniques, such as non-invasive neuroimaging technology.
Her research has revealed a form of bilingualism among children at birth who were exposed to two languages during their pre-natal development.

Byers-Heinlein's discoveries have already been recognized by her peers and bear important implications for the socialization and integration of multicultural families — a newsworthy subject in Quebec and around the world.

Byers-Heinlein is a member of the Centre for Research in Human Development and the Centre for Research on Language, Mind and Brain.

The three other contest winners are:

  • Caroline Boudoux, an associate professor in the Department of Engineering Physics and the Biomedical Engineering Institute at the École Polytechnique de Montréal.
  • Éric Deneault, a doctoral student in molecular biology at the Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer at the Université de Montréal.
  • Samuelle Ducrocq-Henry, a professor in the Department of Design and New Media at the Université de Québec in Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT) and new head of the Montreal UQAT Centre for undergraduate 3D design.

The Rendez-vous du Savoir, which completed its second edition, was launched by provincial business leaders to promote the importance of knowledge in Quebec’s economy.

Related links:

•    Rendez vous du Savoir
•    Concordia Department of Psychology
•    Centre for Research in Human Development
•    Centre for Research on Language, Mind and Brain

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