International research and student opportunities abound as world renowned researchers arrive at uOttawa

Posted on Monday, September 16, 2013

OTTAWA, September 16, 2013 — International research collaborations and a wide range of seminars, lectures and discussion periods will take place as pioneers and luminary researchers from around the world arrive at the University of Ottawa over the coming year as part of the Distinguished Visiting Researcher Program (DVRP).

The awardees for the 2013-2014 competition:

Doctor Hilla Knobler
Unit for Metabolic Diseases and Diabetes, Kaplan Medical Center, Israel
Dr. Hilla Knobler is an international leader in diabetes and lipid metabolism. Dr Knobler’s visit will further promote the collaboration between her and Dr. Zemin Yao from the Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology, in the area of non-alcoholic fatty liver diseases, hepatitis C virus infection, and insulin/letting resistance in diet-induced obesity. In addition to presenting her work and giving a seminar at the Faculty of Medicine, Dr Knobler will also have the opportunity to engage in scientific discussions with graduate students and medical school trainees.

Professor Mehdi Lhalou
Department of Economics and Finance, National Institute of Statistics and Applied Economics, Morocco
Professor Mehdi Lhalou is an expert on migration issues from Africa to Europe. As part of this visit, Professor Hélène Pellerin of the School of Political Studies and Professor Lahlou seek to promote a broader reflection on the dynamics of migration, including the perspective of the countries of origin and social dynamics in these countries. During his stay, it is expected that Professor Lahlou takes part in undergraduate lectures and graduate studies seminars. He will also participate in activities more directly related to issues of transnational migration.

Professor Maria Luisa Marín García
Institute of Chemical Technology, Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain
Professor Maria Luisa Marín García is a distinguished researcher whose projects are leading efforts to understand catalysis at the molecular level. Professor Marín García has a longstanding collaboration in photochemistry with Professor Yuan Scaiano from the Department of Chemistry. Her visit to the University of Ottawa will represent a new angle for the catalysis collaboration. In addition to her research collaborations, during her 6 week DVRP position Professor Marín García will give two open seminars in the department and contribute lectures in a graduate course.

Professor Nagla Rizk
Department of Economics, The American University in Cairo, Egypt
Professor Nagla Rizk’s is an emerging researcher renowned on the international scene for her work on access to knowledge and technology as drivers for human development. Professor Rizk also participates as a collaborator on the Open African Innovation Research Project, led by Professor Jeremy de Beer from the Faculty of Law. Her presence at the University of Ottawa will allow direct discussions and a joint programming of the project’s expansion, as well as increased student participation beyond its current term in 2014.

Professor Freddie Rokem
Department of Theatre Studies, Tel Aviv University, Israel
Professor Freddie Rokem is an outstanding researcher who specializes in the dramaturgies of exile. In collaboration with Professor Yana Meerzon, from the Department of Theatre, Professor Rokem will study Brecht's play Flüchtlingsgespräche within the content of the "dramaturgies of exile" and from the dramaturgical-adaptation perspective. During his stay Dr. Rokem will give talks and hold seminars that will interest not only scholars in the Faculty of Arts and the rest of the University of Ottawa but also colleagues from Carleton University and the general public who are  invited to participate in his presentations at the Jewish Cultural Centre in Ottawa.

Professor Mridula Sharma
Department of Linguistics, Macquarie University, Australia
Professor Mridula Sharma is a renowned and accomplished researcher in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology. Having recently developed an entirely novel electrophysiological approach to examine auditory capacity in children, Professor Sharma’s stay at the University of Ottawa will allow her to share her unique expertise with Professor Lagacé and her research team from the Faculty of Health Sciences. It is also planned that Professor Sharma will give lectures and presentations for students and researchers of the University during her visit.

Professor Gustavo Somoza
Institute of Biotechnological Research - Chascomús Institute of Technology, Argentina
Professor Gustavo Somoza is a world‐renowned fish endocrinologist with a keen interest in molecular and evolutionary mechanisms of sexual development. From this visit in the spring 2014, Professor Somoza and Professor Vance Trudeau from the Department of Biology, will be able to establish the anatomical relationships of secretoneurin with well‐described brain systems critical to the regulation of reproduction. During his stay, Professor Somoza will give a seminar, lead discussions with students and faculty members. A joint mini‐course on fish endocrinology with Professor Trudeau is also planned.

Professor Eduardo Vivaldo-Lima
Department of Chemical Engineering, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico
Professor Eduardo Vivaldo-Lima is a world-recognized researcher in polymer reaction engineering (PRE). Professor Vivaldo-Lima's presence at the University Ottawa will provide great benefit to graduate students in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, particularly to those in Professor Marc Dubé's research group in the development of sustainable polymerization processes. Professor Vivaldo-Lima will also deliver seminars and may give a graduate course in PRE during his stay at the University.

The program is managed by the Office of International Research and aims to foster close partnerships between researchers at the University of Ottawa and prominent international researchers to tackle major projects—all in line with the Destination 20/20 strategic plan, which focuses on internationalization, the student experience, bilingualism and research excellence. As international leaders in their fields, the visiting scientists will enrich the academic experience of students by sharing insights and expertise with them first hand. University of Ottawa faculty members who wish to learn more about the program are invited to consult the Office of International Research website.

The University of Ottawa is committed to research excellence and encourages an interdisciplinary approach to knowledge creation, which attracts the best academic talent from across Canada and around the world. It is an important stakeholder in the National Capital Region’s economic development.

Office of International Research:
Tel.: (613) 562-5397

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