Brock gets $2.9 million to support leading researchers

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Brock gets $2.9 million to support leading researchers

Published on November 25 2010

The number of globally recognized researchers working at Brock is growing again thanks to a federal government investment in the Canada Research Chairs program.

The university now has 12 Canada Research Chairs who are recognized as international experts in their respective fields of research and development.

Tony Clement, Minister of Industry, announced an investment of $275.6 million to fund 310 new or renewed Canada Research Chairs (CRCs) at 53 Canadian universities. His comments were made in Toronto at a two-day conference celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Canada Research Chairs program.

Brock will receive $2.9 million for four Chairs, one new and three re-appointed, as part of the announcement.

  • Jennifer Rowsell (new) who studies the many forms of literacy in the modern world
  • John Bonnett (re-appointed) who researches the use of augmented reality in historical applications
  • Tomas Hudlicky (re-appointed) who converts chemical compounds into the building blocks of pharmaceuticals
  • Kevin Kee (re-appointed) who uses computer applications such as serious gaming to enhance classroom learning

“We are proud that Niagara can be home to world leaders in research and scholarship, people who make invaluable contributions to knowledge and to our community,” said Ian Brindle, vice-president, Research, at Brock.

“The Government of Canada is continuing its longstanding commitment to invest in science and technology to create jobs, strengthen the economy and improve the quality of life of Canadians,” Clement said during the announcement. “This funding will help strengthen Canada’s capacity for leading-edge research while, at the same time, build economic opportunities for Canadians.”

The Canada Research Chairs Program is designed to attract the best talent from Canada and around the world. Since the launch of the program in 2000, chair holders have improved Canadians’ depth of knowledge, strengthened the country’s international competitiveness and helped train the next generation of highly skilled people.

Brock's newest Canada Research Chair Jennifer Rowsell

Brock's newest Canada Research Chair Jennifer Rowsell