Saint Mary’s Astronomer Awarded Canada Research Chair

 Dr. Marcin Sawicki

Dr. Marcin Sawicki

Saint Mary’s University has been awarded one new Canada Research Chair and one renewal, the Government of Canada announced last week. Dr. Marcin Sawicki was named Canada Research Chair (Tier I) in Astronomy, and Gavin Fridell was renewed as Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in International Development Studies.

 Dr. Gavin Fridell

Dr. Gavin Fridell

Dr. Sawicki’s research explores the formation and evolution of galaxies at epochs when the universe was only a fraction of its present age. Using telescopes on the Earth’s surface and in space, including NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope set to launch in 2018, Dr. Sawicki explores how stars formed in the early universe to create carbon, iron and silicon—the elements necessary for life.

Created in 2000, the Canada Research Chair Program invests $300 million per year across Canada to attract and retain the world’s most accomplished and promising minds.

Saint Mary’s University proudly hosts a number of Canada Research Chairs:

Dr. Najah Attig
Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Finance

Dr. Christa Brosseau
Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Sustainable Chemistry and Materials

Dr. Gavin Fridell
Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in International Development Studies

Dr. S Karly Kehoe
Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Atlantic Canada Communities

Dr. Kevin E. Kelloway
Canada Research Chair in Occupational Health Psychology

Dr. Marcin Sawicki
Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Astronomy

Dr. Rob Thacker
Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Computational Astrophysics

Dr. Gregory Ventura
Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Petroleum Systems, Geochemistry and Reservoir Characterization