(Thunder Bay - November 4, 2005) Lakehead University's Vice-President (Research), Dr. Rui Wang, has announced the University's new Tri-Council representatives.
The Tri-Council comprises: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC); Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC); and Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Dr. Chris Southcott, with the Department of Sociology, will represent SSHRC; Dr. Peter Hollings, with the Department of Geology, will represent NSERC; and Dr. Michel Bédard, with the Master of Public Health Program, will represent CIHR.
"Our Tri-council representatives will have important roles in Lakehead University's research agenda," says Dr. Wang. "They will keep themselves informed about new initiatives taking place at NSERC, SSHRC, and CIHR, and organize Lakehead's corresponding activities. They will also convey the comments and concerns from Lakehead University researchers to these important federal research funding agencies.
"Locally, these representatives will help improve communications between our researchers and University administration," Dr. Wang adds. "These representatives are active researchers with first-hand research granting experience and are recognized for having a broad understanding of research issues across the disciplines supported by the Tri-councils."
Lakehead University's Tri-council representatives represent the broader University research community and play a key role in providing input into new policy and program developments taking place within Canada's three major granting councils.
The Tri-Council Representatives can be contacted directly at:
Biographies of each researcher are attached.
Dr. Wang can be contacted by calling Marla Tomlinson at 343-8177.
Lakehead University is a comprehensive University located in Thunder Bay, Ontario, on the shores of Lake Superior. It has a worldwide reputation for innovative programs and research. With over 7,600 students and 1,600 faculty and staff, Lakehead University is home to the west campus of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, and is developing a satellite campus in Orillia, Ontario, planned to open in September 2006. For more information on Lakehead University, visit www.lakeheadu.ca.
Media Contact: Marla Tomlinson, Office of Communications, 807-343-8177 or 807-472-9113.
Biographies: Tri-Council Representatives
Dr. Michel Bédard
Dr. Bédard is a Canada Research Chair in Aging and Health, the Director of the Public Health Program, and the Director of the Centre for Education and Research on Aging and Health (CERAH). Dr. Bédard holds a Bachelor's Degree (BA) from Concordia University in Montréal, a Master's Degree (MSc) from McMaster University in Hamilton, and a Doctorate (PhD) in Health Studies and Gerontology from the University of Waterloo.
Dr. Bédard's main research focus is on aging, with a particular interest regarding automobile driving, caregiver burden, medication management, and nutrition. His work on driving was the basis of a Premier's Research Excellence Award (PREA) he received in 2002, and the R K Dewar Medical Research Award he received in 2003. His work on family caregiving resulted in a research award from the International Psychogeriatrics Association in 1997. Dr. Bédard's research has also been supported by CIHR and he held an appointment as a CIHR Scientific Officer (2002-2004).
He has authored or co-authored more than 75 peer-reviewed articles
Dr. Peter Hollings
Dr. Hollings completed his PhD at the University of Saskatchewan in 1998 where he investigated the geochemistry of the 2.7-3.0 Ga Uchi Subprovince from Red Lake to Pickle Lake. This research was part of a CAMIRO sponsored project investigating the application of trace element geochemistry of mafic volcanic rocks to the identification of terrenes that may be prospective for VMS deposits.
After a one-year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Saskatchewan where he worked on the characterisation of waste rock associated with uranium mines, Dr. Hollings moved to the Centre for Ore Deposit Research (CODES) at the University of Tasmania, Australia, in 1999 for a two-year NSERC-funded postdoctoral fellowship. At CODES Dr. Hollings participated in a multi-disciplinary research project investigating the genesis of giant copper-porphyry deposits in Chile.
As an Associate Professor at Lakehead University since 2001, Dr. Hollings is continuing his research into the relationship between igneous petrogenesis and mineralisation in Northwestern Ontario. Dr. Hollings' research program is currently funded by NSERC and private industry.
Dr. Chris Southcott
Chris Southcott is a Professor of Sociology at Lakehead University with over 18 years experience doing social and economic research in Northern Ontario. Raised in Northwestern Ontario, he received his Master's and Doctorate from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris, France. He has led research projects relating to Northern resource-dependent regions on an international, national, and provincial level.
In addition to his position at Lakehead University, he is currently Chair of the Research Outreach Program Team of the University of the Arctic where he is coordinating several international research projects dealing with communities in the circumpolar north. He has received several SSHRC grants over the past 7 years. His latest was awarded in 2005 and deals with the impact of new communications technologies on Francophones in Northwestern Ontario.