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Advisory: Welcome Reception for Canada 150 Research Chair in New Media Wendy Hui Kyong Chun

January 17, 2019
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Tessa Perkins Deneault Communications Associate, 778-782-2133 | tcp@sfu.ca
Marianne Meadahl, SFU Communications & Marketing, 778.782.9017; Marianne_Meadahl@sfu.ca

Welcome Reception, Canada 150 Research Chair in New Media Wendy Hui Kyong Chun

Wendy Hui Kyong Chun has joined Simon Fraser University’s School of Communication as a prestigious Canada 150 Research Chair. Media are invited to join SFU staff and faculty, members of the local academic community, industry leaders and government representatives at a welcome reception on January 17 at the SFU Segal Building. A formal speaking program will begin at 6:15pm.

Professor Chun completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Waterloo, and, after spending 25 years in the United States pursuing graduate studies at Princeton and most recently as professor of modern culture and media at Brown University, Chun is excited to return to Canada and join SFU as the Canada 150 Research Chair in New Media where she will lead the University’s Digital Democracies Group

What: Welcome reception for Wendy Hui Kyong Chun

When: 
January 17, 5:30 - 8 p.m.

Where: 
SFU Segal Building, 500 Granville Street, Vancouver

Canada 150 Research Chairs

  • Professor Chun is one of 24 Canada 150 Research Chairs, and one of two at SFU.
  • Chairholders receive a non-renewable appointment of seven years with funding of either $350,000 or $1 million annually.
  • The federal government invested $117.6 million to launch the program. The Canada Foundation for Innovation will provide an additional $830,000, and the Tri-Council agencies will administer the program.
  • The Canada 150 Research Chairs program was created to recruit international talent to Canadian institutions.
  • Among the chairholders, 14 come from institutions in the U.S., five from the United Kingdom, two from South Africa, and one each from New Zealand, Australia and Austria. 
  • Over 58 percent of the chairholders are women, and nearly half of them are Canadians returning home.

Photos will be available after the event.

Background: https://www.sfu.ca/sfunews/stories/2018/03/data-visionary-to-join-sfu-as-canada-150-research-chair.html


About Simon Fraser University:

As Canada's engaged university, SFU is defined by its dynamic integration of innovative education, cutting-edge research and far-reaching community engagement. SFU was founded more than 50 years ago with a mission to be a different kind of university—to bring an interdisciplinary approach to learning, embrace bold initiatives, and engage with communities near and far. Today, SFU is Canada’s leading comprehensive research university and is ranked one of the top universities in the world. With campuses in British Columbia’s three largest cities – Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey – SFU has eight faculties, delivers almost 150 programs to over 35,000 students, and boasts more than 150,000 alumni in 130 countries around the world. 

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