Two Thompson Rivers University faculty members have been renewed as Tier 2 Canada Research Chairs for another five years.
Dr. Heather Price and Dr. Yana Nec were given the extensions as two of 188 new and renewed Canada Research Chairs granted by the federal government at 43 academic institutions for the 2020-2021 cycle, which represents approximately $151 million nationally, TRU stated in a release.
Price’s chair in culture and communities centres on memory and children as witnesses within the legal system. Her research serves to ensure the integrity of the legal system in relation to the role of children and their participation in it.
As Canada Research chair in applied mathematics and optimization in the Faculty of Science, Nec focuses on the development of mathematical tools to explain complex natural phenomenon. Her research involves solving differential equations that help describe how a certain entity — such as gas pressure in a landfill, water velocity in a river or the concentration of a chemical in a reactor — changes in time or space, or both.
The two research chairs are joined by Dr. Courtney Mason, Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in rural livelihoods and sustainable communities in the Faculty of Adventure, Culinary Arts and Tourism, and Dr. Jill Harvey, Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in fire ecology in the Faculty of Science.
Of the chairholders announced, 39 per cent are women, 22 per cent are visible minorities, about six per cent are people with disabilities and nearly four per cent are Indigenous, which marks an increase in representation for all groups from previous announcements.