January 28, 2011
The Board of Governors recently approved the appointment of Jim Basinger as associate vice-president of research for a five-year, renewable term. Basinger has been serving in the position in an acting capacity.
Professor Bill Roesler has been appointed to the position of Head of the Department of Biochemistry for a five-year term effective July 1.
Dr. Veronica McKinney has been appointed as director, Northern Medical Services in the College of Medicine. Her term began Jan.1.
Professor Richard Evitts has been appointed as acting head of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering for a six-month term which began Jan. 1.
Dwight Newman, professor in the College of Law, and Sákéj Henderson, director of the Native Law Centre, were both recipients of Saskatchewan Book Awards. Newman received the Publishing in Education Award for his book The Duty to Consult: New Relationships With Aboriginal Peoples. Henderson won the First Peoples’ Publishing Award for his book Indigenous Diplomacy & The Rights of Peoples, Achieving UN Recognition.
Yuguang Bai, professor in the College of Agriculture and Bioresrouces, has been appointed acting head of the Department of Plant Sciences for a six-month term which started Jan. 1.
Professor Lynnette Stamler will extend her term as assistant dean of graduate studies and continuing nursing education in the College of Nursing for six more months, ending Dec. 31.
The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) awarded its 2010 Doctoral Prize to Maud Ferrari for her research on predator recognition in prey animals, particularly how fish and frogs learn to recognize and react to threats. Ferrari is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of California, Davis.
Professor Kristina Fagan has been appointed to the position of assistant dean of aboriginal affairs in the College of Arts and Science for a part-time term that will run until June 30, 2012.
Charles Maule, professor in the Dept. of Chemical and Biological Engineering, has been appointed acting associate dean of faculty relations in the College of Engineering for a six-month term that extends to June 30, 2012.
Beth Bilson, currently serving as acting dean of the College of Law, has been selected as the 2011 recipient of the Canadian Bar Association’s Saskatchewan Distinguished Service Award. The award recognizes Bilson’s exceptional contributions to the legal profession in the province.
Natasha Just, a PhD student in the Department of Veterinary Biomedical Sciences, has received one of the three $5,000 national awards from the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute for her position paper titled “Can we afford to continue the use of antibiotics as growth promoters in food production?” The competition was held to develop new frameworks for agriculture and agri-food policy. Just’s PhD program is supervised by Dr. Baljit Singh and Dr. Caroline Duchaine.
Don Kerr, professor emeritus in the Dept. of English, has been named Saskatchewan’s new poet laureate. His term will run until Dec. 31, 2012. Kerr is a poet, dramatist, fiction and non-fiction writer. He has published nine books of poetry, his most recent — The Dust of Just Beginning — being shortlisted for the 2010 Saskatchewan Book Award for poetry. Kerr plays have been produced at 25th Street Theatre and Greystone Theatre, and he has extensive editorial experience with Grain magazine and the boards of Coteau Books and NeWest Press.
The new position of development officer, leadership and class giving, in the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, is Melissa Marshall. She joins the university from the Heart and Stroke Foundation where she was senior manager of fund development.
U of S Chemical engineering professor Ajay Dalai has been named a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC), one of only 20 such awards this year across all engineering disciplines in Canada and the only one from Saskatchewan. The award recognizes exceptional contributions to engineering. Dalai, the Canada Research Chair in Bio-energy and Environmentally Friendly Chemical Processing, is working to create processes to produce “green” fuels.
St. Thomas More College has announced two appointments. Dianne Anton, formerly an event co-ordinator with the Canadian Cancer Society, has taken over the position of development officer for the college, and Madeline Oliver, until recently a pastoral associate at Holy Spirit Parish, has joined the STM campus ministry team.
The Office of the Provost has announced that Kevin Schneider, vice-dean of science in the College of Arts and Science, will serve as acting chief information officer and associate vice-president, Information and Communications Technology, for the period July 1 this year to June 30, 2012.
Nazeem Muhajarine has been reappointed as head of the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology in the College of Medicine for a term that extends to June 30, 2014.