The Faculty of Science is a community of excellent researchers, instructors, students, and staff. We are proud of the accomplishments and achievements attained by the members of our faculty. Please join us in congratulating members of our community who have been recognized for their excellence.
3M National Teaching Fellowship from the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
Recipient: Dr. Kyla Flanagan, professor in the department of Biological Sciences
Dr. Flanagan received this prestigious national recognition due to her expertise incorporating case studies into biology courses, with some of her cases being accessed tens of thousands of times, as well as her passion for providing undergraduate students with equitable opportunities within experiential learning. In addition to her impact with students and in teaching, Dr. Flanagan’s educational leadership is also seen at the institutional level in her work on fostering faculty resilience.
International Association of Cryptologic Research Fellowship
Recipient: Dr. Rei Safavi-Naini, professor in the department of Computer Science
Dr. Safavi-Naini is the fifth Canadian, and the first Canadian woman to receive this recognition (fewer than 100 Fellowships have been awarded to date). Dr. Safavi-Naini is an expert in information security and privacy research, and she is being recognized “for significant contributions to cryptography and its application to information security, and exemplary service to IACR and the cryptography community.”
Project Achievement Award from APEGA
Recipient: Dr. Don Lawton, professor in the department of Geoscience
Dr. Lawton and the Carbon Management Canada team working at the Newel County Facility were recognized for “giving Alberta a head start in the environmental research game. By studying and developing techniques and technologies to contain and store carbon dioxide underground, it’s helping us move towards a greener tomorrow.”
Patricia J Lee Trail blazer Award from Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists
Recipient: Dr. Don Lawton, professor in the department of Geoscience
Recipients of this award have made significant contributions to the field of energy geoscience. Dr. Lawton and Dr. Osadetz (Programs Development Manager, CMC) received this important recognition for their ground-breaking advances in our understanding of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) over the last two decades.
2022 ASTech Award for Outstanding Achievement in Health: Research
Sector: Alberta’s Wastewater COVID-19 Monitoring
Recipient: Dr. Casey Hubert, professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, and Dr. Xiao-Li (Lilly) Pang, University of Alberta – representing the Pan-Alberta Team Monitoring COVID-19 in Wastewater
The ASTech Awards recognizes important successes in the innovation ecosystem in Alberta. Dr. Hubert is part of the team identifying and tracking what can be found in our wastewater and sharing this critical information with the public. Using an efficient and economically effective method, the team uses molecular tracking technology to measure, in real time, the levels of COVID-19 in communities. This technology produces evidence-based data and can be used to measure other infections such as the flu, and is shared publicly to inform officials and citizens alike to make decisions about the health of their communities. The Pan-Alberta COVID-19 wastewater monitoring program builds on several successful COVID-19 wastewater projects that have been led by researcher teams from the University of Alberta and UCalgary respectively, in partnership with Alberta Health Services, The City of Calgary, and EPCOR.
2023 Optica Fellows Class
Recipient: Dr. Paul Barclay, professor in the department of Physics and Astronomy.
Dr. Barclay is being recognized for pioneering work in the field of diamond quantum nanophotonics and optomechanics, and revealing new physical phenomena using nanophotonic resonators. He has served with distinction in the advancement of optics and photonics through distinguished contributions to education, research, and society.
2022 Killam Annual Professor Award
Recipient: Dr. Marina Gavrilova, professor in the department of Computer Science.
The Killam Annual Professors are awarded annually to outstanding nationally and/or internationally recognized professors at the University of Calgary. Winners of the Killam Annual Professor award will have demonstrated excellence in one or more of the following primary areas: Research; Student supervision and undergraduate and/or graduate teaching.
2022 Killam Undergraduate Mentorship Award
Recipient: Dr. Mindi Summers, associate professor (teaching) in the department of Biological Sciences.
The Killam Undergraduate Mentorship Award recognizes excellence in mentorship at the undergraduate level, which may include extensive involvement of undergraduates in research, supervision of undergraduate research projects, and pedagogical practices that promote the integration of teaching and research.
2022 Fellow of Canada’s Association of Information Technology Professionals
Recipient: Dr. Ken Barker, professor in the department of Computer Science
CIPS Fellow Membership has been awarded to professionals in the Information Technology sector who have made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of the IT profession or industry in Canada. Being awarded the CIPS Fellow status is earned recognition of significant development or outstanding contribution to the advancement of the profession, computer technology, the ICT sector or the adoption of ICT.
2022 Emerald Award in Wildlife & Biodiversity; Emerald Foundation
Recipient: Dr. Jana Vamosi, professor in the Department of Biological Sciences
The Emerald Awards are issued to individuals who are raising the bar in addressing environmental and climate change issues. These environmental awards celebrate excellence across all sectors, showcasing Albertan environmental projects and initiatives that have addressed and mitigated the effects of local, regional, and global environmental issues by achieving excellence aligned to current environmental priorities.
2022 SPE Reservoir Description and Dynamics Award, Society of Petroleum Engineers
Recipient: Dr. Christopher Clarkson, professor in the Department of Geoscience
The Reservoir Description and Dynamics Award recognizes outstanding achievements in or contributions to the advancement of petroleum engineering in the area of reservoir description and dynamics. This award was formerly known as the Reservoir Engineering Award and is the largest international award offered by the Society of Petroleum Engineers.
2022 Internationalization Achievement Award
Recipient: Dr. Mindi Summers, associate professor (teaching) in the Department of Biological Sciences
University of Calgary International aims to recognize and celebrate the outstanding contributions of students, faculty, staff and community members in progressing our institutional commitment to excellence and leadership in internationalization. Dr. Mindi Summers teaches courses in invertebrate zoology, animal behaviour, evolution, and entomology that incorporate experiential learning, research experiences, and community engagement. Dr. Summers’ research focuses on student learning and undergraduate research experiences in invertebrate biodiversity, urban environments, and plant-pollinator interactions.
Elected Fellow, The Geological Society of America
Recipient: Dr. Eva Enkelmann, associate professor in the Department of Geoscience
Society Fellowship is an honor bestowed on the best of our profession by election at the spring GSA Council meeting. GSA members are nominated by other GSA members in recognition of a sustained record of distinguished contributions to the geosciences and the Geological Society of America through such avenues as publications, applied research, teaching, administration of geological programs, contributing to the public awareness of geology, leadership of professional organizations, and taking on editorial, bibliographic, and library responsibilities.
2022 Calgary Black Achievement Awards
Recipient: Dr. Jennifer Adams, associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and Tier II Canada Research Chair in STEM Education
This award celebrates an individual who excels in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math and who is creating opportunities for Black community members to get involved and join the field.
2022 Calgary Awards
International Achievement Award
Recipient: Dr. Barry Sanders, professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and director of the Institute for Quantum Science and Technology
Quantum science will soon transform our current approaches to computing, information-transfer and security communication. As an internationally acclaimed researcher and scholar, Dr. Barry Sanders, BSc’84, PhD, DSc, has showcased Calgary as the hub for cutting-edge quantum research. He promotes international collaboration and creates opportunities for international students to conduct research in Calgary. He has been a speaker at many prestigious international forums and has presented at NATO workshops on terrorism in Moldova and cybersecurity in Estonia. He has also taught summer programs in countries such as Brazil, Pakistan, India and Morocco. Sanders is particularly interested in supporting developing nations; he believes innovation and scientific cooperation will help transform these nations.
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2022 Sustainability Awards
Group Staff Award
Recipient: Wastewater-Based Epidemiology Team, University of Calgary
Comprised of members from a variety of disciplines and expertise, the Wastewaster-Based Epidemiology (WBE) team have come together as part of a stellar transdisciplinary effort in which their backgrounds in wastewater engineering, environmental virology and genomics, clinical molecular biology, and project management lead the way to innovation and advancement of wastewater testing. The WBE team is leading a multi-million-dollar pandemic-monitoring effort that spans beyond Calgary to include most Alberta municipalities, neighbourhoods and high-risk facilities. Wastewater testing is being launched in Alberta First Nations.
WBE Team members (bolded are from Science):
Michael Parkins, Casey Hubert (BISI), Kevin Frankowski, Cathy Ryan, Gopal Achari, Jon Meddings, John Conly, Rhonda Clark, Darina Kuzma, Nicole Acosta, Maria Bautista, Jianwei Chen, Carmen Li, Andra Bacanu, Barbara Waddell, Kristine Du, Kashtin Low, Jangwoo Lee, Jordan Hollman, Srijak Bhatnagar, Janine McCalder, Alex Buchner Beaudet, Chloe Papparis, Navid Sedaghat, Puja Pradhan, Jennifer Van Doorn, Kevin Xiang, Leslie Chan and Laura Vivas.
For more information, please visit: 2022 Sustainability Awards Winners
2022 Canadian Society for Molecular Biosciences (CSMB) Awards
Jeanne Manery-Fisher Memorial Award
Recipient: Dr. Kristin Baetz (BISI). Dr. Baetz is also Dean of the Faculty of Science
The award recognizes an eminent Canadian woman scientist who has a distinguished career in the fields of biochemistry, molecular or cellular biology or genetics, resulting from her outstanding contributions to research, teaching or society.
For more information, please visit: CSMB 2022 Award Winners
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