Faculty Awards and Honours Recipients
Faculty Receive National Honours

Four faculty members at the University of Manitoba have recently received some of Canada's highest national honours.

ChochinovHarvey Max Chochinov, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Director of Manitoba Palliative Care Research Unit, CancerCare Manitoba was official named to the Order of Canada in November 2015.  Dr. Chochinov's research in psychosocial dimensions of palliation has helped define core-competencies and standards of end-of-life care.  He holds the Canada Research Chair in Palliative Care and is a member of the Governing Council of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

The Order of Canada recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation.  For more information on Dr. Chochinov and his achievements, please visit UMToday.

The Royal Society of Canada (RSC) has recognized three UM scholars -  Fikret Berkes, Natural Resources Institute, for his influential work in the areas of commons theory and the interrelations between society and resources, James Davie, Department of Biochemistry and Medical Genetics, for his research in the field of epigenetics, and Estelle Simons, Department of Pediatrics and Child Health, for her development of novel approaches for investigation of clinical pharmacology, efficacy and safety of medications used in the treatment of asthma, anaphylaxis, and other allergic diseases. Election to the RSC is considered the highest honour an academic can receive in the Arts, Humanities and Sciences. 

Berkes  Davie Simons
from left to right: Fikret Berkes, James Davie, Estelle Simons

For more information, please visit UMToday.

Two U of M women named among top 100 most powerful in Canada

Tracy Dahl (left) and Zahra Moussavi (right)


Tracy Dahl of the Desautels Faculty of Music and Zahra Moussavi of the Faculty of Engineering have been named as Women's Executive Network's (WXN) 2014 Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winners.

Canada’s premiere coloratura soprano Tracy Dahl has appeared throughout her career with the Metropolitan Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Teatro alla Scala (Milan) and the Théâtre du Châtelet (Paris), among many others. On the concert stage, she has appeared as a featured artist with the New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall, with symphony orchestras from Prague to Melbourne and with every major Canadian symphony orchestra, including the TSO.

Zahra Moussavi is known for her research in two major diseases: Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and Alzheimer’s. Her work has not only resulted in novel technologies, but are also directly applied and practiced for diagnosis and treatment. As a full professor at the U of M, as well as a Canada Research Chair in Biomedical Engineering, she has served as a role model, particularly for her female students.

Please visit UMToday for more information on how these professors have made outstanding contributions to the University of Manitoba and the broader community.

Graduate Students' Association Teaching Award

Dr. Martin Scanlon
Agricultural & Food Sciences

Dr. Martin Scanlon was awarded the Graduate Students' Association Teaching Award at the University of Manitoba's Fall 2014 Convocation. 

Since joining the U of M in 1991, Dr. Scanlon has shown steadfast dedication to the quality of his students' education and his research. He inspires his students to think creatively and critically; in fact, two of his PhD students have won major prizes for their innovative theses. He was honoured last year at the Student Teacher recognition Reception with an award given by undergraduate students to teachers who have made important contributions to their education.

Dr. Scanlon is the Acting Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences. His research concerns our food; he is keenly interested in how food processing changes the mechanical properties of food materials. He has authored or co-authored over 195 publications and 96 refereed journal papers, holds two patents, and with his collaborators, has brought in over $10.4 million in research funding.

Trio elected to the RSC College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists

from left to right: L. Loewen, K. Ladner, E. Jones

University of Manitoba professors Esyllt Jones, Kiera Ladner and Laura Loewen have been elected to the Royal Society of Canada's (RSC) College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.  The college is the first national multidisciplinary recognition system, which honours emerging and productive academics for their contributions to society, with an emphasis on those who take interdisciplinary approaches to their research.  Election to the RSC is considered the highest honour an academic can achieve in the arts, humanities and sciences.

Esyllt Jones, from the Department of History, is an innovative scholar whose groundbreaking research makes new connections between medical and social history.  Kiera LadnerDepartment of Political Studies and Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Politics and Governance, is an established researcher on Indigenous law and politics. Laura Loewen, from the Desautels Faculty of Music is head of collaborative piano and vocal coach at the Contemporary Opera Lab.

Please visit UMToday for more information on how these professors have made outstanding contributions to the University of Manitoba and the broader international community.

Dr. Cheryl Rockman-Greenberg named as recipient of the 2013 Rh Foundation Award

Dr. Cheryl Rockman-GreenbergPediatrics and Child Health and Biochemistry and Medical Genetics, is this year’s recipient of the Dr. John M. Bowman Memorial Winnipeg Rh Institute Foundation Award. Each year, the Rh Awards recognize emergina and established researchers, and on April 29, 2014, Dr. Rockman-Greenberg delivered the prestigious Rh Lecture, discussing her journey of discovery and the challenges ahead in translating advances in genetics research to the delivery of patient care.

Both a pediatrician and geneticist, Rockman-Greenberg is currently head of the department of pediatrics and child health, a professor within that department, a professor in the department of biochemistry and medical genetics, and the medical director of the child health program within the Winnipeg Health Region. As a clinical geneticist at the Winnipeg Children’s Hospital, she is now the principal investigator of an international, multi-centre industry-sponsored clinical trial involving a new treatment for hypophosphatasia, a rare disorder worldwide yet common in Manitoba and select communities in Canada. Dedicated to helping children and families in crisis, Rockman-Greenberg and her team successfully treated the disease in 2008 with a new investigational drug and promising clinical trials are continuing under her leadership.

For more information on Dr. Rockman-Greenberg and the other 2013 Rh Awards recipients, visit UM Today.

Dr. Frank Plummer honoured as recipient of 2014 Killam Prize in Health Sciences

Dr. Charles Bernstein  Dr. Frank Plummer
Medical Microbiology


Few people in the world can say they've saved the lives of millions of people. HIV/AIDS expert Dr. Frank Plummer is among the scientists whose discoveries have had a major impact on the well-being of people across the planet.

The U of M's Distinguished Professor was recently named as a recipient of the 2014 Killam Prize in Health Sciences - one of Canada's most prestigious research awards.

Plummer’s findings that HIV was being transmitted from men to women transformed how researchers viewed AIDS in the early 1980s and how they devised ways to prevent the spread of the deadly disease. No longer would it be considered a virus involving only male-homosexuals or blood-borne infections.

“Dr. Plummer and his team’s research accomplishments in HIV and sexually transmitted infections have generated much of what we now know about the heterosexual AIDS epidemic, have had enormous impacts on global health policy and are saving many millions of lives,” said long-time colleague and Distinguished Professor Emeritus Allan Ronald. “His work in implementing simple strategies for the control of heterosexual spread of HIV has shown that public health strategies for HIV prevention are highly effective.”

Plummer wears many hats: He is a Canada Research Chair in Resistance and Susceptibility to Infections, Scientific Director General of the Public Health Agency of Canada’s National Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg, as well as the chief science officer.  He co-founded the University of Manitoba-University of Nairobi Collaborative Research Program and brought other academic institutions into the collaboration.This consortium is the top infectious diseases research initiative in sub-Saharan Africa.

Source: UM Today, U of M HIV/AIDS researcher wins Killam Prize in Health Sciences, , April 9, 2014


Distinguished Professors recognized for extraordinary achievements and contributions

Dr. Charles Bernstein
 Dr. Charles Bernstein
 Internal Medicine

Dr. Diana Brydon
 Dr. Diana Brydon
 English, Film & Theatre

Dr. Patricia Martens
 Dr. Patricia Martens
 Community Health Sciences



The University of Manitoba has elevated three faculty members to the status of Distinguished Professor, a prestigious title whose rules dictate that only a maximum of 20 academic staff members may hold at any one time.  It is the highest honour the University can bestow upon a professor.

The designation recognizes extraordinary, internationally-recognized, scholarly or creative achievement and an exemplary teaching record.

The newest Distinguished Professors are Dr. Charles Bernstein in Internal Medicine and Bingham Chair in Gastroenterology Research, Dr. Diana Brydon in English, Film and Theatre and Canada Research Chair in Globalization and Cultural Studies, and Dr. Patricia Martens, in Community Health Sciences.

For more about the recipients, please visit UMTODAY.

Distinguished Professors are appointed by the Board of Governors on the recommendation of the Distinguished Professors Selection Committee, which is composed of the President, four distinguished scholars from across Canada, and one Distinguished Professor Emeritus from the University of Manitoba.  For more details on the honour, please refer to the University Governance website.


Source: UMTODAY, Distinguished Professors recognized for extraordinary achievements and contributions, March 25, 2014


2013 Campbell Outreach Award Recipient
Dr. Witold Kinsner
Electrical Engineering

The recipient of the 2013 Dr. and Mrs. Ralph Campbell Outreach Award is Dr.Witold Kinsner, Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Faculty of Engineering. The honour is awarded to a university staff member who demonstrates unquestionable meritorious service in outreach activities.

Dr. Kinsner has been involved in many outreach programs and student projects during this time. He has been a recipient of the University Outreach Award three times, in 1981, 1988 and 2009, testimony to the his innovation and teaching excellence. His many outreach activities include: T-Sat; Space Camp; the Verna Kirkness Program for Indigenous students; the IEEE Teachers-In­Service Program (TISP); the IEEE Xtreme Programming contest; a radio course on theory and operation; and the Peguis First Nation Science and Technology Symposium.

We congratulate him for his achievements. For further information on his accomplishments, please click here.

Three U of M professors elected to the Royal Society of Canada

 Dr Patricia Martens
 Community Health Sciences

 Dr. Aftab Mufti
 Civil Engineering

 Dr. Grant Pierce

Three University of Manitoba professors have been elected to the Royal Society of Canada (RSC), the country's most esteemed association of scholars and scientists.

The new fellows are Patricia Martens, an internationally recognized expert in population and public health, Aftab Mufti, a pioneer in the field of bridges and intelligent sensing, and Grant Pierce, considered one of the top cardiovascular scientists in the world.  Election to the RSC is considered the highest honour an academic can achieve in the arts, humanities and sciences.  The three professors are among 84 new Fellows elected for 2013.

For more details on the inductee's achievements as well as why they have been selected for this prestigious honour, please visit UMToday.

The Royal Society of Canada was established in 1882 to promote learning and research in the arts, the humanities and the natural and social sciences.  For more information on the society, please click here.

Source: UofM News Release, Prestigious honour for three trailblazing professors, September 6, 2013


2012/13 Recipients of University 1 Excellence in Teaching Award

 Dr. Ian Hudson

 Prof. Carrie Paquette

Congratulations to the recipients of the  2012 / 2013 University 1 Excellence in Teaching Award.  University 1 offers an annual award to recognize teaching excellence among teachers of courses included on the University 1 list of introductory courses.  This year's winners are Professor Ian Hudson from the Department of Economics, Faculty of Arts and Professor Carrie Paquette from the Department of Statistics, Faculty of Science. 

Dr. Hudson has been described by his students as humble and friendly with a great sense of humour.   Prof. Paquette has been described as having great energy with a clear and helpful teaching style.  Both have provided students with a positive experience, encouraging them to continue further in the respective fields.

Congratulations to Dr. Hudson and Prof. Paquette and to all of this year's nominees who have helped deliver an exceptional student experience to our first-year students.

2013 Dr. and Mrs. H. H. Saunderson Award for Excellence in Teaching

 Dr. Lance W. Roberts

Dr. Lance Roberts does not offer an easy sociology course; he challenges his students with difficult tests and manageable burdens of weekly reading requirements, and they (mostly) love him for it. Indeed, last year, he received the University 1 Excellence in Teaching Award. In 2011, he received the Faculty of Arts Teaching Excellence Award and he has received the Faculty of Arts Outstanding Achievement Award four times. In 2002, he was named Professor the Year in the Faculty of Arts and the following year he earned the U of M's outreach award. He began teaching here in 1976 and today is a Professor, a Senior Fellow at St. John's College, and a Collaborating Scholar at the National Center for the Twenty-First Century Schoolhouse at San Diego State University. In the lecture hall, he uses humour to engage students. As one student enthused, he is the "funniest prof I've ever met, I didn't know I could ever pay attention so well in class…his tests were challenging but that was awesome."

Source: The Bulletin, May 23, 2013, Vol. 47, No. 4.

For more information on Dr. Roberts and his approach to teaching, please read the article Not by the Book in the Spring 2013 issue of TeachingLIFE.

2013 Olive Beatrice Stanton Award for Excellence in Teaching

 Prof. Lisa M. Ford
 Environment & Geography

Exuberant. That is how students describe Lisa Fordas a teacher. Other adjectives commonly used are funny, amazing and best. She arrived to the University of Manitoba in August of 2008 with the goal of enhancing the education experience of geography students, particularly first-year students. Judging by one student's comments, she succeeded:"She definitely knows how young minds think and makes activities that will ensure you remember the concepts she goes over in class. Her teaching style will want you to never miss a class…." She teaches physical and human geography and in her short time as an instructor she has been nominated twice for the University 1 Excellence in Teaching Award, and in 2011 she received the Award of Excellence for Undergraduate Teaching. Her passion seems to have rubbed off: "[She's] probably the best instructor I have ever had," one of her students wrote.

Source: The Bulletin, May 23, 2013, Vol. 47, No. 4.

2011/2012 Recipient of University 1 Excellence in Teaching

 Prof. Robert Borgersen

Robert Borgersen is the recipient of the University 1 Excellence in Teaching Award for 2011/12. The award, based on nominations from students, recognizes excellence in teaching among those teaching courses included on the University 1 list of Recommended Introductory Courses. Borgensen, an instructor in the mathematics department in the Faculty of Science, uses all the resources at his disposal to enable students in the coursework, including online practice tests, blogs and social media. A true educational pioneer, he believes that future teaching will look very different from traditional instruction: "I'm looking for a way to make it much easier for students to learn, using technology and resources that were not available previously."

For more information on Mr. Borgersen and his approach to teaching, please visit Robert Borgersen-Award Winning Instructor on the Faculty of Science website.

2012 Distinguished Professor Award

 Dr. David G. Barber
 Environment & Geography

After completing his PhD at the University of Waterloo, Dr. David Barber returned to the University of Manitoba in 1993. He started the Centre for Earth Observation Science (CEOS) in 1994 with himself, one half-time technician, and two graduate students. In 2002, he received a Canada Research Chair in Arctic System Science. He continues as Director of CEOS and Associate Dean (Research) in the Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources. Dr. Barber has extensive experience in the examination of the Arctic marine environment as a "system," and the effect climate change has on this system. He shares his experience with his students. To date, he has supervised to completion six honours theses, 18 MSc theses, 17 PhD dissertations and nine post-doctoral fellowships. He currently supervises 11 graduate students, two post-doctoral fellows, and 14 research associates. He is a member and leader of many national and international research councils, and he currently leads a polar marine science group of over 100 people. He has published over 170 articles in the peer-reviewed literature and during the latest International Polar Year (IPY) in 2007, he led the world's largest IPY project — the Circumpolar Flaw Lead system study. Throughout his years as a dedicated administrator, gifted teacher, and bold exploratory researcher, Dr. Barber has distinguished himself through his unwavering commitment to excellence.

Source: The Bulletin, May 23, 2013, Vol. 47, No. 4.

2012 Recipient of the  Dr. John M. Bowman Memorial Winnipeg Rh Institute Foundation Award

 Dr. Kent T. Hayglass

World-renowned immunologist Kent HayGlass is this year’s recipient of the Dr. John M. Bowman Memorial Winnipeg Rh Institute Foundation Award. On March 27, 2013, he delivered the prestigious Rh Lecture, discussing why some people develop allergies, while others do not.

Dr. HayGlass is a Canada Research Chair in Immunology and he has made vital contributions to our understanding of the immune system. His work has a direct impact on the health and well-being of millions of people who suffer from allergies. HayGlass has devoted his career to studying cytokines, a family of about 100 small molecules that control the development, activation, direction and nature of immunity. Discoveries made by HayGlass, his trainees and colleagues have shed light on what controls how our immune system reacts, why some people develop asthma or food allergies and others do not, how an ancient arm of the immune system inherited from fruit flies affects our response, and what biomarkers could provide doctors with valuable information about their patients.

Source: UofM News Release, How your immune system helps and harms you, March 25, 2013

University of Manitoba Faculty Listed in Women's Executive Network's 2012 Top 100 Most Powerful Women

 Dr. Janice Ristock
 Office of the Vice-
 President(Academic) & 
and Women's &
 Gender Studies

 Dr. Cheryl Rockman
 Pediatrics & Child Health   and Biochemistry & 
 Medical Genetics


Two University of Manitoba researchers, Dr. Janice Ristock and Dr. Cheryl Rockman-Greenberg, have earned a spot on the Women's Executive Network's 2012 list of Canada's Most Powerful Women, Top 100, in the 'trailblazers and trendsetters' category. The Toronto-based network chooses women who have had an impact on Canadian society and are strong contributors in their fields, organizations and communities.

Vice-Provost (Academic Affairs) and professor in Women's and Gender Studies, Ristock's work on gender and sexuality has changed society's view of domestic abuse. Rockman-Greenberg, Head of the Department of Pediatrics and Child Health and professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Medical Genetics, was the driving force behind the opening of the first lab in Winnipeg for the diagnosis of genetic disease with DNA testing. Congratulations to them both.

2012 Campbell Outreach Award Recipient

 Dr. Dean Kriellaars
 Physical Therapy

The recipient of the 2012 Dr. and Mrs. Ralph Campbell Outreach Award is Dr. Dean Kriellaars, Associate Professor in Physical Therapy, School of Medical Rehabilitation. The honour is awarded to a university staff member who demonstrates unquestionable meritorious service in outreach activities.

Dr. Kriellaars has travelled across the country, volunteering his time to teach about healthy lifestyles. He has pioneered new programs that address substance use in sports and health and drug prevention among youth and speaks regularly to student bodies about healthy living and substance abuse. Dr. Kriellaars has worked with both national not-for-profit organizations and national agencies to help develop effective tools for assessing physical literacy in our youth.

Dedicated to the promotion of a healthy lifestyle and physical activity, Dr. Kriellaars’ passion to pass on this knowledge, at the local and national level, is both commendable and honourable. We congratulate him for his achievements. For further information on his accomplishments, please click here.

University of Manitoba researchers recognized by Royal Society of Canada (RSC)

 Dr. Frank Plummer  
 (pictured above)
 Medical Microbiology

 Dr. Charles Bernstein
(not shown)
 Internal Medicine

 Dr. Raymond P. Perry
(not shown)

Charles Bernstein, a renowned expert on inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), helped put Winnipeg on the map as home to some of the most innovative gastroenterology research in the world.

The University of Manitoba professor’s pioneering efforts are now being recognized by the Royal Society of Canada (RSC), the country’s top association of scholars and scientists. Bernstein has been elected as a Fellow of the Society, which is considered the highest honour an academic can achieve in the arts, humanities and sciences. Bernstein is among 71 new Fellows for 2012, the RSC recently announced.

U of M Distinguished Professors Raymond P. Perry and Frank Plummer (who is already RSC Fellow) are also being recognized. Perry will receive the Konrad Adenauer Research Award, which is given to a Canadian scholar whose research work in the humanities or the social sciences has earned international recognition. Plummer won the McLaughlin Medal, which celebrates distinguished achievement in medical sciences in Canada.

Source: UofM News Release, Researcher given 'Royal' Treatment, September 14, 2012

Dr. Lotfollah Shafai honoured as recipient of 2011 Killam Prize in Engineering

 Dr. Lotfollah Shafai
 Electrical and Computer 

Can you hear me now? These words are a thing of the past due to the research conducted by Dr. Lotfollah Shafai, Canada Research Chair in Applied Electromagnetics at the University of Manitoba and 2011 Killam Prize winner. In his state-of-the-art anechoic (non-echoing) chambers in the Applied Electromagnetics Laboratory in the Faculty of Engineering, he and his team are credited with the development of compact antennas used today in wireless and satellite communications, remote sensing, telemedicine, smart vehicles and navigation systems. The impact of these technologies is great and felt every day around the world by anyone using technology to communicate.

Shafai’s accomplishments span a career of many decades and many awards. His most recent honour, the 2011 Killam Prize in Engineering, is Canada’s most distinguished research award for outstanding career achievements. The award is made possible through the Killam Trusts by a bequest from Mrs. Dorothy J. Killam. Recipients are chosen by a committee of 15 eminent Canadian scholars appointed by the Canada Council.

For more information on the honour as well as Dr. Shafai's research, please refer to Changing the Way the World Communicates and Communications Advances Recognized with Killam Prize.

Source: UofM News Release, Communications Advances Recognized with Killam Prize, April 19, 2011

2011 Campbell Outreach Award Recipient

 Dr. Francis Amara
 Biochemistry & Medical

We are pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2011 Dr. and Mrs. Ralph Campbell Outreach Award is Dr. Francis Amara, Department of Biochemistry and Medical Genetics. A visionary educator and scholar, Dr. Francis Amara has shared his gifts generously with the community.

For over a decade he has actively engaged with the community to raise funds for Alzheimer’s disease, the United Way, refugee programs he has co-founded and directed, and science education programs he created to impassion inner-city students and their teachers. Dr. Amara did this while executing his world-class research examining aspects of Alzheimer’s disease: publishing 30 refereed journal articles, three book chapters, two monographs and receiving a patent. He mentors students in Grades 5-8 and he has won numerous awards honouring such activity. He regularly speaks with students at their middle and high schools to promote the life sciences. He founded the Head Start Aboriginal Science Initiative and coordinates its efforts. In 2004 he co-founded Sierra Leone Refugee Inc. to help immigrants adjust to life in Canada and an aspect of this process dear to Dr. Amara is ensuring new Canadians know about academic opportunities, and that refugee children are successfully integrated into Manitoba’s school system.

His remarkable achievements have earned him, among other awards, the Top 25 National Immigration Award in 2009, the 2009 Visions of Science Network of Learning Canada Award, the 2009 Science Teachers’ Association of Manitoba Achievement Award, the 2008 Ministry of Energy, Science, Mines and Technology Manitoba Certificate Award, and the 2006 Sanofi-Pasteur Canada Award. Throughout his career Dr. Amara has sustained his motivation, passion, and dedication to outreach activities. He is a man for others, and definitively embodies the spirit of the Dr. and Mrs. Ralph Campbell Outreach Award.