Early detection of Alzheimer’s disease. Pollution control policy and environmental data justice. The evolution and death of massive stars throughout the universe. These are just some examples of work being done by eight researchers across the Faculty of Arts & Science at the University of Toronto who were recently awarded Canada Research Chairs.
Marking its 20th anniversary this year, the Canada Research Chairs program is the centrepiece of the federal government’s strategy to make Canada a leader in research and development. The program seeks to attract and retain researchers in engineering and the natural sciences, health sciences, humanities and social sciences.
New Arts & Science Canada Research Chairs include:
- Maryam Mehri Dehnavi, assistant professor, Department of Computer Science — Canada Research Chair in Parallel and Distributed Computing
- Maria Drout, assistant professor, David A. Dunlap Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics — Canada Research Chair in Time-Domain and Multimessenger Astrophysics
- Katherine Duncan, assistant professor, Department of Psychology — Canada Research Chair in Memory Modulation
- Anver Emon, professor, Department of History and Faculty of Law — Canada Research Chair in Islamic Law and History
- Björn Herrmann, assistant professor, Department of Psychology and Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest — Canada Research Chair in Auditory Aging
- Michelle Murphy, professor, Department of History and Women & Gender Studies Institute — Canada Research Chair in Science & Technology Studies and Environmental Data Justice
- Andrei Yudin, professor, Department of Chemistry — Canada Research Chair in Medicine by Design
Renewed Arts & Science Canada Research Chairs include:
- Morgan Barense, professor, Department of Psychology — Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience
The eight bring the total number of A&S chairholders to 58 and represent more than a quarter of the 29 U of T researchers named in the latest cohort.
U of T holds the largest allocation of research chairs in the country, with close to 300 chairs awarded to the University and its partner hospitals.