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Ministers Bains and Brison announce Dalhousie University's newest Canada Research Chairs

Posted by Media Centre on February 9, 2016 in News

(Halifax, NS) - Dalhousie University is pleased to welcome Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, Navdeep Bains, and Minister Scott Brison, President of the Treasury Board, to campus today to announce the university’s new Canada Research Chairs. From innovations impacting our country’s infrastructure, to the sustainability and governance of the worlds oceans, to research into people’s resilience and childhood pain, Dalhousie’s Canada Research Chairs (CRC) are making an impact on our world.

“Attracting and retaining the world’s brightest minds is critical to ensuring that Canada is positioned to conduct world-class levels of scientific research, achieve technological excellence and compete in the global economy,” says The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development. “The researchers that we are celebrating today at Dalhousie University offer unique and essential expertise to help develop technologies and services to benefit the province of Nova Scotia, Canada and the world.”

Dalhousie University currently receives approximately $5.7 million per year for its Canada Research Chairs. The Canada Research Chairs Program supports and attracts the world’s best researchers, in the fields of engineering and the natural sciences, health sciences, humanities, and social sciences.

“We’re very pleased that Minister Bains and Minister Brison are here to personally honour our newest Canada Research Chairs,” says Dalhousie President Florizone. “We are thrilled to have the expertise and insight of these researchers at Dalhousie University. Their work not only contributes to the Dalhousie community, but to the world as a whole.”

Dr. Pedram Sadeghian is one of the new Canadian Research Chairs being recognized at the event. Dr. Sadeghian is investigating advanced materials and innovative structural systems that will increase the sustainability of Canada’s infrastructure. Today he shared a look at some of his work, using fiber reinforced polymer composites for rehabilitation of existing infrastructure and for building new systems with longer life span, applicable for buildings, bridges, water front structures, and underground structures.

In addition to Dr. Sadeghian, Dalhousie is pleased to welcome its newest Canada Research Chairs:

Dr. Megan Bailey: Dr. Bailey is a fisheries economist focused on the global cooperation required for sustainable seafood governance. Her research will recognize benefits of fisheries beyond the number of fish caught. Further, she’ll examine ways to facilitate more cooperation between countries and how governance arrangements like certification and traceability can help push the sustainability agenda, especially in developing countries.

Dr. Aldo Chircorp: Uniform shipping regulation is of vital importance to international trade and commerce.  Dr. Chircop's research is looking at developing an understanding of the relationship between uniformity in the regulation of international shipping and claims for differential regulatory approaches.

Dr. David Barclay: Autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) are essential to allow researchers to adequately sample the ocean. Dr. Barclay will look at how one class of AUV’s - deep ocean profilers - combined with underwater acoustics can measure ocean properties from the surface to seabed.

Dr. Christine Chambers: Poorly managed pain in children is a serious health problem resulting in unnecessary suffering with long term negative effects. Dr. Chambers’ research will improve the understanding, assessment and management of children’s pain by studying the contributions of various developmental, psychological and social factors.

Dr. Michael Ungar: Dr. Michael Ungar is the founder and director of Dalhousie University’s Resilience Research Centre. His research will investigate how people around the world nurture and sustain their wellbeing despite exposure to high levels of personal, family and community adversity.

Learn more about the Canada Research Chairs.


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