A trio of SFU researchers secures $2.4 million in new funding as Canada Research Chairs

Photo of Valorie Crooks the new Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Health Geographi
Photo of the new Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Health Geographies Valorie Crooks by SFU

Three Simon Fraser University researchers attain $2.4 million in new funding as Canada Research Chairs, Minister of State Ed Holder announced

The two new chairs were assigned to an associate professor that now holds the new Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Health Geographies Valorie Crooks and computing science professor and new Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Big Data Science Jian Pei.

Crooks became the first Canadian researcher to receive a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) grant to study medical tourism in 2008. Her Medical Tourism Research Group has been collaborating with other researchers to study patients’ private purchase of medical procedures and treatments abroad. 

Widely recognized as one of the world’s top experts in data mining, Pei is researching new ways to analyze ‘big data,’ which refers to the exponential growth of information.

Paul Tupper’s Canada Research Chair in Applied Mathematics has been renewed. Tupper “uses mathematics and computer simulations to study phenomena in linguistics and cognitive science,” according to the media release.

Currently, one of Tupper’s projects involves studying how linguistic information like the sound of various vowels is stored in the mind. This information could provide insight to why languages change from generation to generation.

“We congratulate Drs. Pei and Crooks, whose excellence in research has been recognized with new Canada Research Chair (CRC) positions,” says SFU Vice President Research Joy Johnson. “They join Dr. Tupper and more than 30 of their SFU colleagues who currently hold a CRC in support of outstanding innovative research in areas that further SFU’s research mission."

The trio is among 137 new and renewed chairs at 34 post-secondary institutions announced today.

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