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Joanne Lee (L) and Donna Kotsopoulos
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Provincial Research Matters website features Laurier researchers

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May 14/12| For Immediate Release


Abby Goodrum, Vice-President, Research
Wilfrid Laurier University
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Kevin Crowley, Director, Communications & Public Affairs
Wilfrid Laurier University
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WATERLOO – Laurier researchers Donna Kotsopoulos and Joanne Lee are featured in the provincial Research Matters website launched May 14 by Ontario Minister of Economic Development and Innovation, Brad Duguid, at the Ontario Centres of Excellence Discovery 12 conference in Toronto.

Laurier is a partner with the other 20 Ontario universities in the Research Matters campaign. Sponsored by the Ontario Council on University Research, an affiliate of the Council of Ontario Universities, the campaign will tell the story of how the steady stream of useful and creative research in Ontario universities transforms how people live, work and play, across the province and around the world. 

Kotsopoulos and Lee are featured in a story about their research into purposeful play using math concepts with children between 12 and 36 months and its influence on later math proficiency. This research has led to a program for parents and early childhood educators called LittleCounters™, which is offered at local libraries and college early educator training classes. Kotsopoulos is an associate professor in Laurier’s Faculty of Education and Lee is an associate professor in Laurier’s Psychology department.

"Professors Lee and Kotsopoulos demonstrate the incredible impact that research can have on students, on teachers, and on parents," said Abby Goodrum, vice-president: research.

The newly launched Research Matters website includes the stories of researchers from all Ontario universities and covers the full range of research disciplines from theoretical physics to medical history to economics to child development. Ontario universities, which employ thousands of researchers, make this province home to one of the richest, most prestigious, varied and collaborative research environments in the world.

“Research at Laurier is growing in both importance and influence,” said Goodrum. “We are pleased to play an active role in the provincial Why Research Matters campaign.”

Kotsopoulos and Lee were on hand for the Research Matters website launch, along with Goodrum, several other Laurier researchers and members of Laurier’s Office of Research Services.

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