"This year's chosen research chairs represent the wide range of scholarship that is happening at MacEwan University," says Carolyn Graham, chair of the Board of Governors. "They are doing exceptional work in their fields, and their efforts will go far in raising the profile of the university."
The Board of Governors Research Chairs contribute to building the university's culture of scholarship. Faculty members in these roles are responsible for continuing to advance the profile of research, scholarly and creative activities as outlined in the university's Research Strategic Plan.
"The Research Chairs are leaders in the MacEwan scholarly ecosystem and play a vital role in growing our culture of research and creative activity, including the training and mentoring of our undergraduate students to become the next generation of highly qualified professionals," says Dr. Craig Monk, MacEwan University’s provost & vice-president, Academic. "I look forward to seeing how they use this role to enhance their creative and scholarly activities."
Associate Professor Baker and Dr. Striemer will serve two-year terms as research chairs, alongside current research chairs Dr. Cristina Anton and Dr. Fernando Angulo-Ruiz, whose terms run from 2020 to 2022.
Meet the new Board of Governors Research Chairs
Jacqueline Baker is an associate professor in English and Creative Writing. She is the author of a collection of short fiction, A Hard Witching & Other Stories, and two novels, The Horseman’s Graves and The Broken Hours, the latter of which was selected by Esi Edugyan in 2019 for national profiling by the Globe and Mail, a program initiated by Margaret Atwood. Her books have been nominated for and won awards at the provincial, national and international levels including the Rogers Writers Trust National Fiction Prize, the Danuta Gleed Award for best first short story collection in Canada, the international Sunburst Award, the national Evergreen Award, the Howard O'Hagan Prize for Short Stories and the Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize. Baker's short fiction has been anthologized in the Penguin Book of Short Stories by Canadian Women among other national and international titles, and she has participated in more than 50 collaborative panels, talks and readings.
In 2019 she was the recipient of MacEwan’s Distinguished Teaching Award. Her current research project is a cross-disciplinary memoir about trauma, gender and class inequity, reproductive rights and thought reform in former state-run homes for unwed mothers.
Dr. Striemer's research program — funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and a MacEwan Strategic Research Grant — examines the cognitive and neural processes involved in visual attention, visual perception and visuomotor control. Using a wide variety of cognitive neuroscience techniques, including behavioural measures, neuroimaging, kinematics and non-invasive brain stimulation, Dr. Striemer's work is helping us better understand how these important functions operate in the normal brain, and how they are affected by brain injury.
Announcing the 2021 Distinguished Research Award recipient
Congratulations to Dr. Samuel Mugo, associate professor in chemistry in the Department of Physical Sciences.
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