Paul McNicholas, Mathematics & Statistics, is among the latest cohort to be elected to the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. He is one of the first people in his field to be elected. McNicholas, Canada Research Chair in Computational Statistics, works to develop approaches that extract as much quality information as possible from big, complex or otherwise ‘tricky’ data, which is key to solving emerging problems in areas as diverse as genetics, disease diagnostics, management science and terrorist behaviour. He was also recently appointed director of the MacDATA Institute.
Internationally recognized ecotoxicologist, Karen Kidd, has been named the Stephen A. Jarislowsky Chair in Environment and Health at McMaster University. Kidd has a joint appointment in the Department of Biology and School of Geography & Earth Sciences, which began July 1. Her research focuses on understanding the effects of human activities on aquatic systems and how contaminants, such as mercury, pesticides, industrial chemicals, pharmaceuticals and other pollutants, impact the health of fish in freshwater ecosystems in Canada and abroad. She previously held a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Chemical Contamination of Food Webs at University of New Brunswick.
The Stephen A. Jarislowsky Chair in Environment and Health is funded by long-time university supporter Stephen A. Jarislowsky, and is aimed at enhancing research excellence in the areas of environment, health and water within the Faculty of Science, and across all Faculties at the University.
The analysis has implications for humans, as similar mechanisms have been observed in human DNA and and contribute to ‘genomic baggage’ or extra DNA.