The Network is pleased to announce
that three Canadian Language and Literacy Research
Network researchers have been honoured with Canada Research
Chair designations since the program began.
The University of Western Ontario, professor in the School of
Communication Sciences & Disorders and researcher at the National
Centre for Audiology was awarded the Canada Research Chair in
Childhood Hearing. He will receive $1.4 million in funding
over the next seven years for research into Infant Hearing Loss.
University of Alberta, professor in the Faculty of Education was
awarded the Canada Research Chair in Special Education.
She will study four factors: the learning progress of children from
diverse economic, language and educational levels; their home and
school learning environments; teachers’ and parents’ impact on
student learning progress; and the implementation of a theory- and
research-based model of inclusion to achieve customized,
student-centered learning. She receives $1.4 million over the next
Additionally, we would like to
acknowledge that Ravi S. Menon, another Canadian Language and
Literacy Research Network researcher and scientist with the Robarts
Research Institute was also awarded the Canada Research Chair
designation during the first round of recipients on December 15,
2000. He received $500,000 in funding over the next five years for
research into using functional magnetic resonance imaging to reveal
how the brain responds to specific stimuli and processes thought.
His research could lead to a better understanding of how the brain
reacts to its senses, and how it processes thought.
"I am delighted with this
recognition of the excellence of our researchers. Such awards are a
particularly effective way of helping talented researchers to become
more productive," says Dr. Donald Jamieson, Scientific Director of
the Canadian Language and Literacy Research Network. "In Canadian
universities today, it has become a challenge to find adequate time
for a professor to maintain a significant research program. The
awards ensure that Canada Research Chairs will have more time to do
their research, and the term of the award allows very substantial,
multi-year research programs to be carried out that in the end will
benefit Canada’s children."
Canada Research Chairs Program, part of an overall Government of
Canada plan to encourage Canada's innovation, promotes leading-edge
research and innovation in universities; provides exciting
opportunities for Canadian researchers; and attracts the best
research minds in the world to Canadian universities. Two thousand
Chairs will be established in Canada by 2005.