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Meet Concordia's new Canada Research Chairs

From poetics to behavioural neuroscience, these professors advance 'several areas of strategic importance'
February 10, 2016
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By Christian Durand

Graham Carr: “Recruiting talented researchers is integral to Concordia's flourishing reputation.” From left: Krzysztof Skonieczny, Joshua Neves,  Mihaela Iordanova, Nathan Brown and Roch Glitho. | Photos by David Ward Graham Carr: “Recruiting talented researchers is integral to Concordia's flourishing reputation.” From left: Krzysztof Skonieczny, Joshua Neves, Mihaela Iordanova, Nathan Brown and Roch Glitho. | Photos: David Ward


This week, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, announced a $260-million investment in the Canada Research Chairs (CRC) program. The funding will support a total of 305 new and renewed chairs, appointed at 53 post-secondary institutions across the country.

Four Concordia academics are among the new Canada Research Chairs:

Mihaela Iordanova, an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, is the new Canada Research Chair in Behavioural Neuroscience. 

Joshua Neves, an assistant professor in Concordia's Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema is the new Canada Research Chair in Global Emergent Media.

Krzysztof Skonieczny, assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and member of the  Concordia Institute of Aerospace Design and Innovation, is the new Canada Research Chair in Aerospace Robotics.

Nathan Brown, assistant professor in the Department of English, is the new Canada Research Chair in Poetics.

Roch Glitho from the Concordia Institute for Information Systems Engineering had his Canada Research Chair in End-User Service Engineering for Communication Networks renewed.

“Recruiting talented researchers is integral to Concordia's flourishing reputation,” says Graham Carr, Vice-President of Research and Graduate Studies. “The CRC program is an important tool in assisting the university to attract world class talent, and these appointments will help to advance our research and training capacity in several areas of strategic importance.”


Quick facts on the Canada Research Chair Program

  • Created in 2000, the Canada Research Chairs Program has helped attract and retain some of the world’s most accomplished and promising minds. Canada Research Chairs deepen our knowledge, enhance our quality of life and grow our economy.
  • Nearly 1,700 Canada Research Chair holders are working at over 70 post-secondary institutions across the country in a wide range of fields. 
  • The Research Support Fund covers a portion of the costs associated with managing research at Canadian institutions such as administrative support, training costs for workplace health and safety, maintenance costs for libraries and laboratories, and administrative costs.
  • The Canada Foundation for Innovation gives researchers the tools they need to innovate by investing in state-of-the-art facilities and equipment in Canada’s universities, colleges, research hospitals and not-for-profit research institutions.

 

Stay tuned for research profiles on all of Concordia’s new and renewed CRCs over the next five weeks.
 



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