Members of the Saint Mary’s University community formally welcomed the institution’s newest Canada Research Chairs (CRC), Drs. Ivana Damjanov and Mohammad Rahaman, and celebrated existing CRCs at a reception held today.
Created in 2000, the CRC Program invests $265 million per year across Canada to attract and retain the world’s best researchers in the fields of engineering, the natural sciences, health sciences, humanities, and social sciences.
“Whether investigating the consequences of low-wage practices on the worldwide economy or using the world’s most advanced telescopes to delve into details of galaxy formation and evolution, Saint Mary’s CRCs are making an impact on our world and on society’s foundational knowledge,” says Dr. Malcolm Butler, Vice President of Academic and Research at Saint Mary’s University.
With the addition of Dr. Ivana Damjanov, CRC in Astronomy & Astrophysics, and Dr. Mohammad Rahaman, CRC in International Finance and Competitiveness, Saint Mary’s University is proud to host nine more Canada Research Chairs.
The following is a list of Saint Mary's University's Canada Research Chairs:
• Dr. Todd Ventura, CRC in Petroleum Systems, Geochemistry, and Reservoir Characterization
• Dr. Christa Brosseau, CRC in Sustainable Chemistry and Materials
• Dr. Marcin Sawicki, CRC in Astronomy
• Dr. Gavin Fridell, CRC in International Development Studies
• Dr. Karly Kehoe, CRC in Atlantic Canada Communities
• Dr. Kevin Kelloway, CRC in Occupational Health Psychology
• Dr. Najah Attig, CRC in Finance
• Dr. Ivana Damjanov, CRC in Astronomy & Astrophysics
• Dr. Mohammad Rahaman, CRC in International Finance and Competitiveness
Dr. Ivana Damjanov, Canada Research Chair in Astronomy & Astrophysics
Dr. Damjanov’s research involves using images and spectroscopic signatures of massive galaxies to follow the evolution of their stellar and dark matter content over 7 billion years of cosmic time. As Canada Research Chair in Astronomy and Astrophysics, she seeks to expand the spectroscopic and imaging surveys of galaxies to cover large areas of the sky and provide the highest-quality data. By carefully analyzing these information-rich datasets Dr. Damjanov and her team hope to reveal how the biggest building blocks of the universe form and evolve.
Dr. Damjanov is a Professor in the Department of Astronomy & Physics.
Dr. Mohammad Rahaman, Canada Research Chair in International Finance and Competitiveness
Dr. Rahaman’s research is in the area of international finance, international competitiveness, corporate finance, and cross-country financial development. As Canada Research Chair in International Finance and Competitiveness, Dr. Rahaman is investigating how manufacturing and job losses induced by competition from low-wage countries are influencing the way capital is accessed in high-wage countries. His work will contribute to our understanding of how small and medium-sized enterprises in Canada can overcome their financing constraints and contribute to employment growth in our increasingly globalized and competitive world economy.
Dr. Rahaman is an Associate Professor in the Department of Finance, Information Systems, and Management Science.