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Date: November 10, 2005

Three New Canada Research Chairs Awarded to UVic

Three top scholars who do research in fields as far-ranging as alternative energy systems, infectious disease, and aboriginal education are the latest University of Victoria faculty members to be awarded prestigious Canada Research Chairs.

Canada Research Chairs are aimed at increasing ’s research capacity by attracting and retaining the best researchers. UVic’s three chairs, valued at a total of $2.4 million, are among 126 chairs across that are being announced today in Montreal.

“This program allows us to attract and retain the best scholars in the world,” says Dr. Martin Taylor, UVic’s vice president research. “These three scholars will help the university build on its areas of strength and provide students with the opportunity to work with researchers at the forefront of their disciplines.”

There are two types of chairs. Tier-1 recipients are “acknowledged by their peers as world leaders in their field” and are provided with $200,000 annually for seven years. Tier-2 recipients are “emerging researchers, acknowledged by their peers as having the potential to lead in their field.” They receive $100,000 in research funding annually for five years.

The new chairs are:

Dr. Ned Djilali (Tier-1), Canada Research Chair in Energy System Design and Computational Modelling, who will continue his work on the development of fuel cells and hydrogen-based sustainable energy systems. Djilali is a mechanical engineering professor and director of the university’s Institute for Integrated Energy Systems (IESVic).

Dr. Caroline Cameron (Tier-2), Canada Research Chair in Molecular Pathogenesis, who will continue her studies of Treponema pallidum, the bacterium that causes syphillis. Her basic research will help in the development of novel therapies to prevent this disease, which is on the rise in . Cameron is currently an assistant professor in the department of medicine at the University of Washington. She’ll join UVic next July.

Dr. Lorna Williams (Tier-2), Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Studies, who will oversee curriculum and program changes to bring indigenous knowledge into all aspects of teacher training and revitalize indigenous languages. Williams is a professor in UVic’s faculty of education and the department of linguistics.

To date, UVic has been awarded 33 Canada Research Chairs. The university will be awarded two more chairs by mid-2006.

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Media contacts:

Dr. Ned Djilali (Mechanical Engineering/IESVic) at (250) 721-6034 or ndjilali@uvic.ca

Dr. Lorna Williams (Curriculum & Instruction) at (250) 725-4282 (Tofino) or lornawil@uvic.ca

Dr. Caroline Cameron (Dept. of Medicine, Univ. of Washington) at (206) 595-1529 or caroc@u.washington.edu (Note: Dr. Cameron is unavailable mid-afternoon onwards on Nov. 10)

Valerie Shore (UVic Communications) at (250) 721-7641 or vshore@uvic.ca.


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