During the discussion period following my State of the University address, we talked about the need to celebrate the work of long-serving U of A faculty and staff. I agree wholeheartedly. Let me share some good news with you now about four U of A faculty members who have developed exceptional research and teaching careers over many years at the U of A.
Jacob Masliyah, of Chemical and Materials Engineering, has been elected a foreign associate of the National Academy of Engineers. Jacob is a leading researcher in advancing the science and technology for recovering bitumen from oilsands. His election is especially noteworthy, as the National Academy only elects nine foreign associates each year.
Mathematician Alexander Litvak received NSERC’s ERW Steacie Memorial Fellowship award for his accomplishments in developing new mathematical theories. This is the tenth U of A Steacie Fellow in the last decade.
Today, it was announced that two of the 2011 3M National Teaching Fellowships were awarded to University of Alberta faculty. Billy Strean, from Physical Education and Recreation, and Scott North, from the Department of Oncology, were both recognized for their passion and leadership in the classroom. For the second year in a row, two of the ten 3M Fellows have been at the U of A.
My congratulations to Jacob, Alexander, Billy and Scott. And my thanks to all of the faculty members who put together the winning award nominations in support of their colleagues.
President Indira Samarasekera