Canada Research Chairs
The Canada Research Chairs program was created by the federal government in 2000, to attract and retain top researchers. Tier 1 and Tier 2 CRCs are nominated by universities, but must also be confirmed by their peers as being exceptional researchers and potential leaders — even world leaders — in their field. There are 12 CRCs at Brock:
• John Bonnett, CRC in Digital Humanities, came to Brock in 2005 from the National Research Council. “My research explores how the computer can be used to support expression, analysis and teaching in history. Its purpose is to produce new ways to tell stories in virtual worlds, new modes of content creation to show how and where Canadians lived, worked and played in the past.”
• Stephen Cheung, CRC in Environmental Ergonomics, joined Brock in 2007 from Dalhousie University. His work has led to materials that help Olympic skiers go faster, or help offshore oil workers survive longer if they fall into an icy sea. “I study how our body controls temperature, how being hot or cold affects our performance, and how we can make work in extreme heat and cold safer.”
• Janet Conway, CRC in Social Justice, arrived at Brock in 2007 from Ryerson University. “I work on social movements, protest and activism in the context of globalization. Studying them helps us understand both the problems and possibilities of globalization.”
• Vincenzo De Luca, Tier 1 CRC in plant biochemistry and biotechnology, came to Brock in 2001 from the biotech giant Novartis, in North Carolina’s Research Triangle, where he studied cellular processes and why plants produce unique natural products as a result of gene mutation. His breakthroughs at Brock include increasing the amounts of cancer-fighting drugs generated by the leaf of the tropical Madagascar periwinkle flower.
• Andrea Doucet, Tier 1 CRC in Gender, Work and Care, came to Brock in 2011 from Carleton University. “I am exploring the changing meanings and practices of care work, paid work, and domestic consumption for women and men. This research will increase scholarly and popular understandings of gender equalities and gender differences in paid and unpaid work and contribute to effective policies and community programs for Canadians who have caregiving responsibilities.”
• Tomáš Hudlický, Tier 1 CRC in Biocatalysis (biological methods of manufacturing), arrived in 2003 from the University of Florida. “I do research on new pain and cancer medicines, research in green chemistry and natural product synthesis.” He work includes developing processes to manufacture medicinal agents for pain control and alcohol and drug addiction.
• Kevin Kee, CRC in Digital Humanities, came to Brock in 2005 from McGill University. “My work sits at the intersection of history, computing, education and game studies. I use computing and interactive media to analyze and communicate culture, and history in particular, in new ways”. In 2010 Kee developed an iPhone app that is a GPS-guided interactive tour of War of 1812 sites.
• Ping Liang, CRC in Genomics and Bioinformatics, arrived in 2008 from the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, NY. “I research how we humans are different from each other genetically, and how can such information can be used to prevent and better treat diseases.”
• Cheryl McCormick, CRC in Neuroscience, joined Brock in 2004, from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. Her research centre around “understanding how adolescent brain differs from the adult brain in vulnerability and resiliency.”
• Melanie Pilkington, CRC in Novel Hybrid Materials, joined in 2004 from the University of Berne, in Switzerland. “I make magnetic and electronic materials capable of storing information. That could ultimately lead to faster, lighter and more efficient computers.”
• Jennifer Rowsell, CRC in Multiliteracies, came to Brock in 2010 after teaching at Rutgers Graduate School. “I conduct research on ways of reading, writing, thinking, communicating, visualizing literacy in our day-to-day lives. Much of my research takes place in elementary and secondary schools, and in community hubs such as libraries and museums, exploring the role of community, culture, and social class in our understandings of literacy.”
• Wendy Ward, CRC in Bone and Muscle Development, arrived in 2011 from the University of Toronto. She came to train Canada’s future leaders in health-related fields and to foster partnerships between the university and industry. “I study how dietary strategies, using a combination of healthful foods or supplements, may be used to help prevent debilitating fragility fractures resulting from osteoporosis.”