Six UBC Psychology professors awarded NSERC funding

NSERCAwards2015Scientists across an array of faculties at University of British Columbia will receive a combined total of $32.7 million in grants, fellowships and scholarships, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) announced today.

The awards include the NSERC’s flagship Discovery Grants and Equipment Grants.

UBC Psychology’s six grant recipients include Janet Werker, who will receive $550,000, distributed over five years, to support her research into infant speech and language acquisition. Also among the recipients are Jason Snyder, who will receive $141,743 in order to study the manipulation of neural circuits with optogenetic equipment, Catharine Winstanley, who will receive $137,609 to establish an optogenetics cognitive behavioural suite, Lawrence Ward, who will receive $200,000 over five years to study the fast dynamics of brain regional networks underlying cognition, Frances Chen, who will receive $145,000 over five years to support her research on psychophysiological responses to eye contact, and Victoria Savalei, who will receive $70,000 over five years to support her research on two-stage methodology for regression, path analysis, and structural equation models with item-level missingness.

“NSERC’s investment in the significant research being undertaken at UBC will enable our researchers to remain at the forefront of science and technology,” said John Hepburn, UBC vice president, research and international. “These awards are a testament to UBC’s commitment to research excellence.”

In addition, 65 UBC postgraduate students and 75 graduate students will receive a total of $6 million in fellowship and scholarship funds over the next three years. The total amount of funding to UBC is $32,728,634.00.

A full list of recipients can be found on the NSERC website here.

This story has been modified from a story initially posted by UBC Public Affairs. The original story can be seen here.