Daniel Ansari a top Canadian scientist
By Mohammad Ayub Khan
TMO Contributing Writer
University of Western Ontario’s psychology professor Daniel Ansari is one among 34 recipients of Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) awards recognizing the work of outstanding Canadian scientists and engineers.
Ansari, a Canada Research Chair in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, Tier 2, was presented the E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship, one of six awarded to enhance the career development of outstanding and highly promising scientists and engineers who are faculty members of Canadian universities.
A NSERC citation read: “A world leader in searching for the brain mechanisms underlying numerical and mathematical processing, Ansari is using behavioral and brain imaging methods to study the individual differences that put some children on a poor trajectory for learning math. For example, his research has shown that early numeracy can predict future, high-level math abilities – information that will help teachers, school psychologists and parents.”