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Congratulations to Network researcher Ravi Menon who is project leader of the Core Facility for Functional Magnetic Resonance Research. In April, Menon was ranked as one of Canada's top 20 researchers under 40-years-old from the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIAR). Ravi is a scientist with the Robarts Research Institute, in London, Ontario and called his ranking as one of Canada’s best "amazing”. The CIAR, established in 1982, has 200 members who are among the country's top researchers.

Dr. Kathleen Bloom, a Network Researcher team member and Highly Qualified Personnel Committee, Chairperson, will be featured in an upcoming fall 2002 Chatelaine magazine issue. The feature story delves into what your voice says about you and refers to The Network team research study on nasal-sounding voices. Team members on this project are Melanie Campbell, Susan Rvachew and Laurel Trainor, Christine Tsang, and Terry Nearey.

Anne McKeough was interviewed by the University of Calgary Gazette. The Telling Story of Story-Telling article discusses McKeough’s research and expands upon The Network research teams work on Studying the Roots of Developing Literacy in Science a Theme IV research project. Team members include Gay Bisanz (co-leader), Phyllis Schneider, Susan Graham, Rolande Parel, Jeffrey Bisanz, Juanita Turner, Cassandra White, and Tak Fung.

Prudence Allen, Ph.D., is busy on the speaking circuit. On March 4 she presented at the McGill University Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders as part of their colloquium series. She also spoke on April 12 at the State University of New York at Buffalo, Department of Communicative Disorders as part of their colloquium series.

Dr. John Connolly, Network researcher and member of the Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory, Department of Psychology, at Dalhousie University participated in the 2002 Brain Awareness Week Seminar. On March 27, he presented How Neuroimaging Breakthroughs Are Helping Us Understand Dyslexia and Brain Injury.

Vianne Timmons (UPEI) was invited back to Ottawa by the
federal govt (following the talk already described on our Web site) to address some 800 aboriginal educators. More news coming soon on Vianne’s accomplishments.

The Canadian Language and Literacy Research Network co-sponsored a conference on the "Digital Divide" with IBM.  Eileen Wood (WLU) and Teena Willoughby (Brock) were key participants.

Network researchers at three centres Linda Phillips (UA), Anne McKeough (UC) and Vianne Timmons (UPEI) are coordinating a national forum presenting international leaders in literacy research. Each institution is bringing three experts to their city with talks/workshops being sent through by videoconference means to all three sites. The tapes of the talks/workshops are being archived and will be available on The Network Web site at a future date.

The Network participated in The University of Western Ontario’s Community Connection Show on March 20. The show highlighted organizations working on campus. Dan Sinai, Network Managing Director, represented The Network at this event.

Three CLLRNet researchers are part of a McMaster team that received over $2.2 million from a Canada Foundation for Innovation award. The McMaster University team of researchers, headed by Dr. Ron Racine, includes three Canadian Language & Literacy Research Network researchers (Drs. Betty Ann Levy, David Shore, and Laurel Trainor). The funding will allow McMaster's developmental researchers to continue their leading-edge research on understanding how brain development influences cognitive and social aspects of human development.

Professor Mary Ann Evans, a Theme IV project leader, spoke Feb. 7, 2002 to the Institute for Children Youth and Families at Michigan State University on Mothers Coaching Reading. Plus ABC Canada’s newsletter Literacy at Work, January 2002, featured Mary Ann as a researcher with The Network when publishing her most recent research findings relating to parental approaches to fostering children’s reading.

In February, Christian Beaulieu, Theme IV Network researcher, from the University of Alberta was featured on his local CBC radio station about The Network MRI and reading disability study. The brief interview outlined the goals of the study and communicated the fact that we were looking for kids to participate in the study. Also through Christian’s work, The Network will receive a mention in the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research newsletter.

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