Board of Governors appoints Tier I Board of Governors Research Chairs

The University of Lethbridge Board of Governors appointed four new Tier I Board of Governors Research Chairs recently.

“It is my great pleasure to announce these appointments,” says Dr. Robert Wood, interim vice-president research. “Without exception, each of these colleagues is recognized as an exemplary and innovative researcher in their respective field.  The programs of research and student training that they have each proposed for their term as a Board of Governors Research Chair will further elevate our reputation and impact as a comprehensive academic and research university.”

Tier I Board of Governors Research Chairs

Dr. Carly Adams is a founding member of the Centre for Oral History and Tradition and Professor in the Department of Kinesiology. As a social historian and advocate for oral history, her research explores community, resiliency and gender with a focus on sport, recreation and leisure experiences. Adams, in collaboration with Dr. Darren Aoki at the University of Plymouth, UK and several community partners including the Galt Museum, Nikka Yuko Japanese Canadian Garden, and Nikkei Cultural Society of Lethbridge and Area launched the Nikkei Memory Capture Project in 2017. In 2019, they were awarded a SSHRC Insight Grant in support of this research.

Dr. Theresa Burg is a leader in avian molecular ecology. She received her BSc and MSc from the University of British Columbia, her PhD from the University of Cambridge, and was a NSERC postdoctoral fellow at Queen’s University and Chateaubriand Fellow at the Centre national de la recherche scientifique in France. In 2006, she started at the University of Lethbridge and is currently a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences. She has served on the editorial board for four international journals, numerous scientific committees and results from her research have been used in developing conservation and management policies.

Dr. Elizabeth Galway is co-director of the Institute for Child and Youth Studies and a faculty member in the Department of English, where she teaches courses in children’s literature, nineteenth-century literature, and Canadian literature. She is the author of From Nursery Rhymes to Nationhood: Children’s Literature and the Construction of Canadian Identity (Routledge 2008), which examines literature for young readers from 1867-1911. Her most recent work focuses on children’s literature from the First World War, and she has published widely on this topic.  

Dr. Claudia Gonzalez, a professor in the Department of Kinesiology, investigates the mechanisms and origins of sex differences in cognitive function. Born and raised in Mexico City, Gonzalez obtained a bachelor’s in psychology from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and completed a MSc and a PhD in Neuroscience at the University of Lethbridge. She continued with four years of postdoctoral training at the University of Western Ontario. In 2009, she returned to the U of L as a Canada Research Chair in Sensorimotor Control (renewed in 2014). Her research is aimed at understanding sensorimotor and cognitive functions throughout the lifespan with particular interest in sex differences. The ultimate goal of her research is to develop programs to enhance cognitive and motor abilities that improve quality of life for everyone.

All terms begin on July 1, 2022 for a five-year period.