Three New Research Professors Appointed

Posted by mc234 at Nov 02, 2011 02:15 PM |
In support of the University’s commitment to Research Excellence, three new Research Professors have been appointed. Professor Steve King in History, Professor Heiko Balzter in Geography and Professor Rodrigo Quian Quiroga in Engineering will take up their new roles in January 2012. Their appointments will be accompanied by the creation of three new Research Centres in the fields of; Medical Humanities; Spatial Ecohydrology and Bioengineering.

On the new research chairs Professor Sir Robert Burgess, Vice-Chancellor, said 'I am delighted to be able to announce the appointment of three new Research Professors who will develop high quality Research Centres in the University.  I anticipate that the new Research Centres will make a real difference to Leicester and its standing nationally and internationally in the areas selected.  They will enable the University to attract further high profile staff, research teams and postgraduate students alongside providing opportunities for developing links with external partners.'

A competition to find ten new Research Professors was launched in May.  It set out to build upon existing research strengths to develop world-class multi-disciplinary expertise in areas in which Leicester currently has specialist knowledge.  These appointments represent the first three successful candidates.
 
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Prof Steven King

Steven King, Professor of Economic and Social History will be leading the Medical Humanities Research Centre.  The core vision for the Centre is the creation of an inter-disciplinary research Centre which brings together colleagues and disciplinary perspectives from across the spectrum including: museum studies, history and literature, through sociology,  mass communication and management studies, to medicine, bio-engineering, and the biological sciences. Broadly, the Centre will be concerned with the ways in which patient/individuals/families have sought to confront illness, disability and decay and their understandings, representation and consumption of the scientific and medical knowledge that underpins therapeutic practice over the period between the seventeenth and the twenty-first centuries.

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Prof Heiko Balzter

Heiko Balzter, Professor of Physical Geography will be leading the Centre for Spatial Ecohydrology which will establish a novel and innovative intellectual framework to understand interactions of the water cycle.  It will undertake fundamental research that helps solve the problems of global biodiversity loss, water scarcity and flooding, and threats to food security.  This new research field will draw together Geography, Ecology, Hydrology, Physics and Chemistry with Social Science to understand changing landscapes and the ecosystem services they provide. 
 
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Prof Rodrigo Quian Quiroga

Rodrigo Quian Quiroga, Professor of Bioengineering will lead the new Bioengineering Research Centre which aims to develop a world-leading interdisciplinary research programme to get major insights into the understanding of brain functioning.  One of its main areas of research will be the study of how neurons give rise to complex brain functions.

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