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Sep 23/09| For Immediate Release
Dr. Paul Maxim, Associate Vice-President, Research
Kevin Crowley, Associate Director, News and Editorial Services
WATERLOO – The Canada Research Chairs program has announced a new appointment for Wilfrid Laurier University.
Dr. Mark Eys, who is cross-appointed in Kinesiology and Physical Education and Psychology, is the new Canada Research Chair in Group Dynamics and Physical Activity.
The appointment is at the Tier 2 level “for exceptional emerging researchers, acknowledged by their peers as having the potential to lead in their field.”
The Chair is tenable for five years with the potential to be renewed once. For the Chair, the university receives $100,000 annually.
“Canada’s government is investing in science and technology to strengthen the economy, improve Canadians’ quality of life and create the jobs of tomorrow - today,” said Gary Goodyear, minister of state (science and technology), who visited Laurier today to discuss strategy for economic development in Southern Ontario. “The Canada Research Chairs Program helps attract and retain the best researchers from the country and around the world to Canadian universities, which has direct benefits for our communities.”
Dr. Mark Eys’ research involves the dynamics of groups involved in physical activity.
“The majority of Canadians do not meet reasonable physical activity guidelines,” he said. “Consequently, many individuals from across the age spectrum miss out on the benefits derived from physical activity.”
An active lifestyle frequently involves participation in group activities at both the recreational and competitive levels, Eys said.
In his research, he looks at the dynamics of groups involved in either sports or exercise activities.
“Specifically, I am interested in the roles that cohesion – the unity of the group – and other group perceptions play in adherence to physical activity, interventions promoting active living, and group performance.”
Eys also received $74,683 from the Canada Foundation for Innovation towards equipping a laboratory.
Laurier’s other Canada Research Chairs are in: Cognitive Neuroscience; International Human Rights; Mathematical Modelling; Cold Regions Hydrology and Social Psychology.