This year, seven USask faculty members have been awarded the title of distinguished professor.
The honorary title of distinguished professor recognizes exceptional achievements in research, scholarly or artistic work by USask faculty. Recipients of the lifetime award become distinguished professors emeritus/emerita upon retirement.
This year’s recipients are as follows:
Dr. John Giesy (PhD) – Western College of Veterinary Medicine
Giesy is a professor in the Western College of Veterinary Medicine and Canada Research Chair in Environmental Toxicology, and is one of the USask researchers who set up the wastewater monitoring program that’s become the province’s sole reliable source for data on the prevalence of COVID-19.
Prof. Alison Norlen – College of Arts and Science
Norlen is a professor of painting and drawing in the Department of Art and Art History in the College of Arts and Science. Her artwork has been exhibited around the world and featured in many of Canada’s most prestigious galleries and collections.
Dr. Lee Barbour (PhD) – College of Engineering (Emeritus)
Barbour, a professor emeritus in the Department of Civil and Geological Engineering with more than 30 years of research and industrial experience in geo-environmental engineering, has made numerous pioneering contributions in oil sands and mine waste management and reclamation.
Dr. Alan Rosenberg (MD) – College of Medicine
Rosenberg, a pediatric rheumatologist, provides care to Saskatchewan children and youth with various forms of arthritis and related rheumatic diseases. Dr. Rosenberg also provides care for children with immunologic, including immunodeficiency disorders, and directs the activities of The Pediatric Rheumatic Disease Laboratory at USask.
Dr. M. Gabriela Mángano (PhD) – College of Arts and Science
Mángano, a professor in the Department of Geological Sciences, is an ichnologist who specializes in how the study of animal-sediment interactions can help reconstruct major ecological changes in the history of the biosphere.
Dr. Jeffrey McDonnell (PhD) – School of Environment and Sustainability
McDonnell is associate director of the Global Institute for Water Security at USask and professor of hydrology in the School of Environment and Sustainability. Over the past 30 years, McDonnell’s work has focused on field-based runoff process descriptions around the world, leading to new measurement techniques and new understanding of the dominant controls of rainfall-runoff behaviour. He is author of more than 300 papers and co-edited the textbook Isotope Tracers in Catchment Hydrology.
Dr. Valerie Thompson (PhD) – College of Arts and Science
Thompson, a professor in the Department of Psychology and Health Studies, examines human thinking and judgment. She is credited with establishing a new field of psychology called meta-reasoning—the study of how people monitor and evaluate their problem-solving, reasoning and decision-making processes.
The full list of all recipients can be found here.