Faculty of Extension associate professor Cindy Blackstock will receive an honorary degree from the University of Northern British Columbia in recognition of her long-time advocacy for Aboriginal children. Dr. Blackstock, a native of Prince George, BC, is also executive director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada. She also serves as a Trudeau Scholar Mentor for the Trudeau Foundation. Dr. Blackstock and CEO of the Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic Games, John Furlong, will receive honorary degrees during May 25 convocation ceremonies.
Congratulations to our esteemed colleague, biological sciences professor Phil Currie, on his latest honour, the Explorers Club Medal, presented at a NYC gala last month. This award puts him in rare company with the likes of Sir Edmund Hillary, Neil Armstrong and "Roy Chapman Andrews, the American explorer — and supposed inspiration for Indiana Jones — who first sparked Currie’s interest in dinosaurs," according to a story today in the Edmonton Journal. It is hard to overstate the influence Dr. Currie has had on dinosaur research and public education about dinosaurs, including helping to create the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller.
Congratulations to our colleagues, both of whom are living the University of Alberta promise of "uplifting the whole people" through knowledge.